FROM 24 November to 3 December 2023 the Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy (LAMTA) will present Spring Awakening at Theatre On The Bay, its much anticipated final production for 2023. The powerful rock musical that scooped eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical, will be directed by award winning writer and actress Sylvaine Strike (Firefly, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Donkerbos, District 9).
Niall Griffin (Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story, Dinner with the 42’s, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), the winner of numerous design awards, will helm the design bringing the set, costumes and lighting elements together into a visually beautiful and cohesive world. Musical direction is by the formidable team of Amy Campbell and Anton Luitingh while Duane Alexander acts as choreographic supervisor to the two promising choreographers and LAMTA Alumni, Anna Olivier and Naoline Quinzen who have impressed audiences in past LAMTA productions with their innovative, original style of work.
The critically acclaimed, ground-breaking musical that is loosely set in 1895, has consistently pushed boundaries and captivated audiences with powerful storytelling, unforgettable music and thought-provoking themes that surround the trials and tribulations of growing up in the oppressive society of the day. Based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial play that was first performed in Germany in 1906, Spring Awakening delves into the lives of a group of adolescents students discovering their sexual identities and desires as they rebel against the prevailing burdensome and restrictive societal norms. Under Strike’s visionary direction, this reimagined production will bring the gripping and emotional story to life as it explores complex themes such as self-discovery, repression and the power of rebellion.
Tickets are from R250 to R350 through Webtickets or the Theatre On The Bay box office on 021 438 3301 with discounts available for students, seniors, and groups. Please note Spring Awakening contains mature themes, partial nudity, sexual situations as well as explicit language. No persons under 13.
- Photo: LAMTA students Dylan Janse van Rensburg and Scarlett Pay, by Claude Barnardo