With Wendla’s opening lament of not feeling that her mother has properly taught her the things she needs to know about life, Spring Awakening: The Musical is the story of a group of young teenagers struggling with the transition from adolescence into adulthood in a repressive 19th century society.
Spring Awakening: The Musical is Orpheus Musical Theatre’s leap towards serving a younger, hipper audience. Making use of the new, state of the art Centrepointe Theatre Studio as their stage, the idea is to present a different branch of musical theatre compared to the large scale mass appeal musicals Orpheus is known for. Indeed, when I first saw that Orpheus had announced Spring Awakening for this season, I’d thought, “Bold move. Certainly not your typical Orpheus fare.”