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Southern Miss Theatre Presents the Rock Musical Spring Awakening

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Spring Awakening opens April 16 at Southern Miss’ Tatum Theatre. (Submitted photo)

In a follow-up to last season’s smash hit musical, Rent, The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Theatre will present the exhilarating rock musical Spring Awakening, adapted by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater from the original play by Frank Wedekind.

Performance dates are April 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. A pre-show talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. prior to the April 23 performance. All performances will take place in Tatum Theatre of the Southern Miss Theatre and Dance Building.

Brimming with adolescent angst and bursting with invigorating music, this production will contain socially provocative themes with language and situations strictly appropriate for mature audiences. 

Mollie Betsch, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance major from Slidell, La., is playing the role of “Wendla.”

“The musical tells the stories of teenagers in late 1890s Germany about their sexual awakenings, youth revolts in regimented societies and self-discovery and love in a new century,” said Betsch. “Most musicals interweave songs in shows, but these songs are almost like inner monologues of teenagers today to show that themes over 100 years ago are still relevant today.

Drew Davidson, a Masters of Fine Arts Theatre Performance candidate from Mount Vernon, Ky., is playing the role of “Melchior.”

“My character feels oppressed from all sides, by teachers, parents, the society as a whole, and he wants to build a better world for himself and his classmates; a much freer world than the one they are stuck in now,” said Davison. “On this journey he has to ask himself, ‘Is the price of freedom worth dying for?’ ‘Are you willing to risk the lives of those around your for just a taste of the unknown?’ ‘Once you are free, can you live with yourself and the choices you've made to get there?’ These are questions everyone faces and Spring Awakening allows us to explore these life questions.”

Ticket prices: $14 general admission; $10 faculty, staff, seniors and military; $8 students. Tickets may be purchased by calling (800) 844-8425, visiting southernmisstickets.com or at the box office prior to each performance.

For more information about all events in the College of Arts and Letters, visit http://artsandlettersnow.usm.edu.