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KSU Roe Green Visiting Director Series Presents Spring Awakening

Posted Jan. 17, 2013

Michael RupertKent StateUniversity's School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2012-2013 season with Spring Awakening, as part of the Roe Green Visiting Director Series. Tony Award-winning actor Michael Rupert will direct the production. The show will run Feb.15 through 24 in Kent State University's E. Turner Stump Theatre at the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, Ohio.

Spring Awakening is an exhilarating and provocative rock musical about first loves, youthful passions and lasting regrets, focused on teens coming of age in late 19th-century Germany. The musical won eight Tony Awards in 2007. Please note: the show contains mature themes.

Spring Awakening's book and lyrics are by Steven Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik. The musical is based on the play of the same name by Frank Wedekind.

Shows run Fri., Feb. 15 through Sun. Feb. 24. The Feb. 17 and 24 performances will be held at 2 p.m., and all others will be held at 8 p.m.

Visiting director Michael Rupert is an actor, director and composer. Rupert has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Legally Blonde, Ragtime, Pippin, City of Angels and the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity, a performance for which he won a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award.

As a composer, Rupert wrote the off-Broadway musical 3 Guys Naked from the Waist Down and the Broadway musical Mail. His directing credits include Thrill Me with York Theater Company and Breaking the Code with Weathervane Playhouse.  

Wendla will be played by senior theatre studies major Meredith Kochan, Melchoir by senior theatre studies major Michael Glavan and Moritz by senior theatre studies major Jesse Markowitz.

Spring AwakeningSingle tickets for Spring Awakening are free for full-time undergraduate KSU students, $8 for non-KSU students with valid ID or students under 18, $14 for KSU faculty, staff and Alumni Association members, $12 for seniors (60+) and $16 for adults.  Groups of 10 or more are $10 per person.

KSU students can earn FLASHperks by attending the Wed., Feb. 20 performance.

Tickets are available at the performing arts box office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Drive on the campus of Kent State University. The box office hours are weekdays 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to each performance.  Tickets and more information are also available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787) or by visiting theatre.kent.edu

Roe Green Visiting Director Series

Roe Green is a local arts patron and activist. In 2003, the Roe Green foundation pledged to donate $25,000 a year for five years to the School of Theatre and Dance in order to establish a guest director's series. In 2008, Ms. Green renewed her pledge for another $25,000 and five more years.

Through the Roe Green Visiting Director Series, students have worked with world-renowned directors such as Ping Chong, Vincent Dowling, Victoria Bussert and J.R.Sullivan.

In addition, the Roe Green Foundation pledged the largest capital gift in KentState University history in order to create The Roe Green Center, new and renovated facilities for the School of Theatre and Dance. This project unites theatre and dance under one roof, occupying up to 70,000 square feet of space, for the first time at the university. The new facilities help to create a central location on campus for the performing arts, as the building houses programs in theatre, dance, and music.

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For more information contact:
Effie A. Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398