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Spring Awakening Essay

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North Central Texas College performed their version of the rock musical Spring Awakening. Their adaptation was based on the 1891 version of the play by Frank Wedekind. The modern version of the play is written in English is by Anya Reiss. The play basically expresses the challenges, troubles, and misfortune teenagers go through, but also the happiness, joy, and excitement. The play also shows that in the adolescent years, teenagers are still searching and learning about themselves and discover who they really want to be. It also shows teenagers exploring their sexuality. The play was very relatable especially to teens. The play was performed on March 1, 2014 at 7:30PM at the First Bank ...view middle of the document...

However, the Broadway version didn't have much scenic design either. There wasn't that much props as well. I think that Broadway version somewhat influenced the NCTC production in terms of the scenic design. I believe that they just wanted the background, setting, and other props to be simple because they didn't want that to be the focus in the play. For example, when Wendla sang “Mama who Bore Me,” the only prop visible was the chair that she was standing on. I think that this made the performance more emotional and unique. Another example would be when Melchior, Moritz, and Wendla sang “Those You’ve Known” at the ending. The only prop was the razor Melchior was holding when he was contemplating suicide because of all the pain and guilt he was feeling. I think that the director wanted the audience to focus on the acting of these college students and also the dramatic singing which really brought life to the play rather than the scenic design.
The costume and makeup in the play embodied each character and their personalities. For example, Wendla, who is a 14 year old innocent girl, wore a long white dress with white stocking and had simple makeup. This embodied and exemplified her innocence and purity. Her hair was clipped back in both sides which made her look younger and more innocent. Similar to the Broadway version, Lea Michelle was wearing a long white dress too, but she was wearing black stockings. Her hair was also clipped back. On the other hand, Ilse, played by Stephanie Scott wore a short white long-sleeved dress, which looked more like a man’s polo shirt. She looked very promiscuous, which is exactly her personality. Isle is very carefree. She ran away and became a model and was lovers of many different painters. Isle in the Broadway version was wearing the same thing as well. I liked the fact that this production was somehow similar to the Broadway production because NCTC’s production seemed more professional and less of a college play.
The sound design was great too. Some sound effects were rain, thunder, and the chirping of birds. It was a rock musical so they all sang live. However, at certain times the sound would be either too soft or too loud. It is very understandable why the sound wouldn’t be perfect since it is a college production. Overall, the tones of their voices were amazing especially when they would start singing. The actress who played Wendla had such an amazing voice. She seemed as if she had previous theater experience before. Her voice is very controlled, especially her vibrato. When she sang “Mama who Bore Me,” I experienced goose bumps. Even though it was a rock musical, there was no shouting involved in the singing parts. When it would come to the rock part of the songs, you could feel the anger and frustrations these teenagers were facing.
Overall, the play was amazing. I am more of a movie and concert type of girl but I felt as if this production was a combination. The acting was spot on. I felt so much...

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