WO students to perform in Vanguard’s ‘Spring Awakening’

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NEW YORK CITY — Vanguard Theater Company will present “Spring Awakening” for four performances only from Jan. 17 through 19 at the American Theater for Actors, 314 W 54th St. in New York City. The show includes many local young actors, including Joe and Maria Nalieth, two West Orange High School students.

“Spring Awakening” is a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the 1891 German play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. Set in late 19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality in a world where parents, ministers and teachers create an atmosphere of shame, silence and ignorance. 

Vanguard’s staging of “Spring Awakening” is directed by Janeece Freeman Clark, with choreography by Lawrence Dandridge, musical direction by Sam Sultan, and intimacy choreography by April Leonhard. It features a cast of 20 teenage and two adult performers from New York and New Jersey.

To purchase tickets, visit https://vanguardtheatercompany.org.

Photos Courtesy of Jessica Sporn