A rock musical
Majestic Players’ latest production explores teen angst
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
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.