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Theatre UNI to present hit musical 'Spring Awakening'

October 10, 2013

Eric Lange, artistic director, Strayer-Wood Theatre, 319-273-6833,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Theatre UNI will present "Spring Awakening" at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 31, Nov. 2 and Nov. 7 to 9, and at 2 p.m., Nov. 3 and 10. All performances will be in Strayer-Wood Theatre on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Spring Awakening" is a rock musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1892 expressionist play about the struggles, frustrations and thrills of the teen years. The musical, by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, follows a group of adolescent students as they wrestle with their burgeoning sexuality and the refusal of their parents and teachers to admit what is really happening. It is a groundbreaking theatrical work in its use of contemporary music and choreography in the world of 19th century values and repression. With hope, reason and passion, "Spring Awakening" explores the conflicts between children and parents and double standards in morality and sexuality. The show contains adult themes, language and brief nudity.

"Spring Awakening" is the second performance of Theatre UNI's 2013-14 season, "Deadly Sins." The production is directed by Jay Edelnant, professor of performance. Scenery design is by Mark A. Parrot, assistant professor of design and production. Costumes are designed by Amy Rohrberg, associate professor of design and production. Two guest designers are working on this production; projection design is by Carsten Earl from Luther College, and the lighting design is by Chris Wood, a well-established freelance designer. Sound design is by senior theatre design and production major Shawn Poellet and projection support is provided by Aharon Moody, also a senior theatre design and production major. The production stage manager is Jessica Kray, a senior theatre major and Stage Inc. scholarship recipient.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $14 for groups of 8 or more, $12 for youth and free for UNI students with their student ID. Tickets can be purchased from the Strayer-Wood Theatre lobby box office between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before curtain time.

For more information, contact Eric Lange, artistic director for Theatre UNI, at 319-273-6833 or, call the Strayer-Wood Theatre box office at 319-273-6381 or visit