Spring Awakening—The Musical

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Course Description 

Spring Awakening—The Musical
Oct. 27-29 & Nov. 3-5, 2016

A Production of TAPS Department in collaboration with Arts Intensive: The Next Stage
Premier Performance in brand new Roble Gym Theater!
Auditions in April, TBA

Executive Produced by Professor and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Harry J. Elam, Jr.
Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play of the same name, Spring Awakening is an electrifying contemporary musical with a pop/rock score and a rebellious spirit. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, the musical follows the interweaving lives of a group of adolescents as they navigate issues of sexuality, morality, and adulthood. With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, Spring Awakening is a touching expose of lost innocence and coming of age. 

This production serves as the launching pad into Stanford's next theatrical evolution, as both the first production in the new Roble Gym Theater and the inaugural event for Arts Intensive: The Next Stage.

Students will be cast through the audition process in April 2016.  Cast members and other key creative roles will be offered 2 units credit through the Arts Intensive program and will be housed on campus for rehearsals during the Arts Intensive program period:  September 5-16, 2016.  (Students with an Autumn Housing Assignment will move to their assigned residence on Sept. 16th).

Grading Basis: S/NC

Enrollment Cap: 30


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Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. In addition to his scholarly work, he has directed professionally for over twenty years. Most notably, he directed Tod, the Boy Tod by Talvin Wilks for the Oakland Ensemble Company and for TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California. He directed Radio Golf by August Wilson, Jar the Floor by Cheryl West and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleague, which was nominated for nine Bay Area Circle Critics Awards and was the winner of Drama-Logue Awards for Best Production, Best Design, Best Ensemble Cast and Best Direction. He has directed several other August Wilson plays, including Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and Fences, the latter of which won eight Bay Area “Choice” Awards. In 2010, at the Roble Theatre on the Stanford campus, Professor Elam directed Rent by Jonathan Larson.