A rock mu­si­cal

Ma­jes­tic Play­ers’ lat­est pro­duc­tion ex­plores teen angst

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDITOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570628- 6002

Alo­cal theater troupe is set to re­turn to Pottsville nex­tweek­end with a re­vamped ver­sion of a cen­tu­ry­old Ger­man mu­si­cal that focuses on the tur­bu­lence of youth.

The Ma­jes­tic Play­ers will be dis­play­ing their act­ing tal­ents in “Spring Awak­en­ing,” amod­ern rock mu­si­cal with mu­sic by Dun­can Sheik based on an 1891 Ger­man play of the same name by Frank Wedekind, ac­cord­ing to Sarah Yorke, Ma­jes­tic Play­ers di­rec­tor and former di­rec­tor of the Ma­jes­tic Award- win­ning Shenan­doah Val­ley Drama Club.

The mu­si­cal will be held at 7 p. m. Aug. 11 and 12 and 2 p. m. Aug. 13 at the Ma­jes­tic Theater, 209N. Centre St. Tick­ets cost $ 15.

The cast will in­clude many veter­ans of high school act­ing; most are also pur­su­ing or plan­ning to pur­sue ca­reers at var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties for de­grees in act­ing or theater. They in­clude Lauren Tid­more as Wendla; Ri­ley Guers as Mel­chior; Nick Twardzik as Moritz; Leanne Rooney as Ilse; PJ Moran as Otto; Brook An­talosky as Martha; Cole Dem­cher as Ge­org; Chris Swan­tek as Han­schen; Abbey Kostyal as Anna; Hanna Spo­nen­burg as Thea; and Danny Rei­ley as Ernst.

Yorke’s sec­ond mu­si­cal with the group, she de­scribes it as “a stun­ning work of art that takes even the most chal­leng­ing sub­jects such as pu­berty, sui­cide, abuse, bul­ly­ing and sex­ual ex­pe­ri­ence, and trans­lates them into po­etic songs and strik­ing scenes.”

“The minute I saw‘ Spring Awak­en­ing’ for the first time, my life changed,” Yorke said.

Com­pared to other mu­si­cals, this one took a bit more work, how­ever, the ex­pe­ri­ence the ac­tors re­ceive will mir­rors the work they put in, Yorke said.

“This mu­si­cal focuses so much on the act­ing and hu­man con­nec­tion be­tween two peo­ple, and al­low­ing that to res­onate through­out the en­tire cast. While the­mu­sic, chore­og­ra­phy and over­all sub­ject­mat­ter can be chal­leng­ing, cre­at­ing a safe, sup­port­ive, col­lab­o­ra­tive and open en­vi­ron­ment for these young ac­tors to ex­plore and ex­press them­selves has been ahuge fo­cus and ex­tremely re­ward­ing.”

She ex­pects young and old alike to be quite re­cep­tive of the plot be­cause it brings easy- to- ig­nore, real- life is­sues to the fore­front, cre­at­ing a more open di­a­logue be­tween par­ents and their chil­dren.

“There is such a stigma at­tached to cer­tain top­ics. This show ad­dresses them and truly shows the tragic beauty in them and howwe cope. I hope au­di­ences leave feel­ing open, in­spired and alive,” Yorke said. “This showhas so much power and elec­tric­ity, the au­di­ences will leave feel­ing dif­fer­ent than when they walked in. There’s truly no other show like this and our cast brings it to life in the most pow­er­ful way.”

For­more in­for­ma­tion about “Spring Awak­en­ing” and other up­com­ing events at the Ma­jes­tic Theater, visit www.ma­jes­ticthe­ater.net.

“There is such a stigma at­tached to cer­tain top­ics, this show ad­dresses them and truly shows the tragic beauty in them and how we cope. I hope au­di­ence leave feel­ing open, in­spired and alive.” Sarah Yorke, di­rec­tor

JAC­QUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Lauren Tid­more, Or­wigs­burg, left, stars as Wendla and Abbey Kostyal, Pottsville, as Anna in the Ma­jes­tic Play­ers pro­duc­tion of “Spring Awak­en­ing.” The show, di­rected by Sarah Yorke, will be pre­sented at 7 p. m. Aug. 11 and 12 and 2 p. m. Aug. 13 at the Ma­jes­tic Theater, 209 N. Centre St., Pottsville. BE­LOW: Chris Swan­tek, Ring­town, left, stars as Han­schen and Danny Rei­ley, Auburn, as Ernst in the pro­duc­tion.

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