A SEARING tale of youthful revolt, adolescent self-discovery and sexuality, Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s rock musical Spring Awakening premiered on Broadway in 2006 after almost a decade of development - it scored eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Direction, Book, Score and Featured Actor.
At The King’s from tomorrow, pupils of the Capital’s MGA Academy of Performing Arts are preparing to set tongues wagging with their production of the piece which boasts ‘choice language, themes of an adult nature and nudity.’
Based on German playwright Frank Wedekind’s seminal work of the same name (written in 1891), the piece is set in late-19th century Germany and tells the story of three teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of their burgeoning sexuality.
Described as ‘an electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion’, Spring Awakening packs a powerful emotional punch that we can all relate to promises Andrew Gowland, director and MD of The MGA Academy.
“I am completely thrilled to be returning to the Kings Theatre with this musical theatre production,” he says.
“After the success of The Producers, Flashdance and the Scottish premiere of The Addams Family, Spring Awakening is a challenging and innovative production.”
Spring Awakening, the story of three youths, Wendla Bergman, Melchior Gabor and his friend, Moritz Steiffel, has always been a controversial piece addressing as it does themes of domestic abuse, violence, death, abortion and suicide.
“Spring Awakening is a truly haunting piece of theatre that all of us, young and old, can relate to,” says Gowland, adding, “A Broadway smash hit and a musical of cultish popularity amongst contemporary teenagers, it seemed like the obvious choice as a showcase for the wealth of talent within the musical theatre ranks at The MGA Academy.”
Head along to the King’s over the next couple of days and you might also spot one or two musical theatre stars of the future in MGA’s 100 strong cast.
Spring Awakening, The King’s, Leven Street, tomorrow-Saturday, 7.30pm (2.30pm), £15-£19.50, 0131-529 6000