Theatrical Performance: “Spring Awakening” the Musical -Reflections

Spring Awakening on Broadway

Spring Awakening ~ trailer

Spring Awakening Tony Performance – YouTube

Spring Awakening – I Believe – YouTube

Spring Awakening (musical) From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“ a rock musical with music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater. It is based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) 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 the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score…”

All That’s Known: Facts about Spring Awakening Posted on July 9, 2015 by Victoria Barber
“..We are Totally…. Psyched to see how this show plays out on Broadway, and are excited to share some hidden gems that you might not have known…

Spring Awakening is based on the highly controversial and oft-censored 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind. Spring Awakening was Frank Wedekind’s first play. He had it published at his own expense in 1891, but it was not performed until Wedekind started his own repertory company in 1906. The first production in the United States took place in 1912, but since the play was in German it failed to attract widespread interest. The play was finally performed in English in 1917. The debut performance almost didn’t take place because the New York City Commissioner of Licenses tried to shut it down, claiming that the play was pornographic in nature. Almost immediately, Wedekind was able to secure an injunction from the Supreme Court that allowed the play to go on. Unfortunately, the audience seemed to agree with the Commissioner, and the play closed after a single show…”


Personal Reflections

I thought the cast at the University of Minnesota-Morris theater group did a superb job “performance” wise. They are one very talented group (e.g. singing and acting)!

During one of the scenes when the student was going to tell his dad the “bad” news that he ‘ll be expelled or something. He was seen as a “failure” and “embarassment” to his dad, which he would get physically abused. Unfortunately, he would commit suicide. This brought up my indirect experience in high school when 3 classmates from my class were killed in different ways (one commited suicide too with a gun). This also brought me to one of the scenes from an old school movie called “Dead Poets Society”..

Dead poet society Neil Perry and his father – YouTube

Parents and their children need to “dialogue” with each other! Share how you feel and listen to each other-two way communication!

Dead Poets Society – Neil’s Suicide (original)


Dealing with Sensitive Themes Onstage
Navigating the risks and rewards of controversial themes in school theaters
“..Shorewood’s educational leadership sees these productions as social and educational investments rather than risks, suggests King. “First of all, students love performing these titles. So, the excitement level of students can’t be underestimated. A title can draw more students into the arts. Secondly, the social themes in these musicals are perfectly relevant to teenagers— homelessness, homophobia, child abuse, physical abuse, etc. ..”
*see Neutral Perspective: Same-Sex Marriage
Spring Awakening at ANU Arts Centre is a rock musical about teen angst Ron Cerabona November 6 2016 – 3:18PM
“The 2006 musical, Spring Awakening, is set in late 19th-century Germany, but its themes are close to being timeless and universal. Co-director Grant Pegg says, “It’s a show about teenage issues in general. It traverses every teenage issue you could imagine – sexuality, suicide, relationships, rebellion, authority, school, sex, friendship.”

These teenagers are growing up in a deeply religious community in 1891. Melchior (played by Callum Bodman) and Wendla (Kaitlin Nihill) have known each other since childhood but are developing strange new feelings for each other that they don’t know how to explain or handle. Melchior’s anxious friend Moritz (Pip Carroll) is particularly disturbed by the dreams he has been having. And Ernst (Jake Willis) and Hanschen (Lachlan Agett) are developing a relationship that goes beyond friendship…
*see Struggling with Sexual Temptation

Spring Awakening addresses provocative issues By Joshua Claudio | Feb 6, 2012 /
“..Another outstanding performance was accomplished by Adrianne Knapp, who played Ilse. She is a societal outcast who ran away from home because her father beat her, only to run into the arms of another abusive man from a Bohemian colony…”
*see Abused: How do you heal from your traumatic “childhood” past?

Theater and Broadway with an added Christian perspective.
“… Melchior’s carefree behavior and rebellion are a catalyst for much of the show’s action (and the character is ably portrayed by McKenzie). He wonders about the origin of shame and believes that it is a product of education. He encourages close friend Moritz to embrace his sensual dreams and introduces Wendla to sex at his “special thinking place” while indulging her need to be punished. Her fate involves an abortion and death.

A friend, driven to achieve success by uncaring parents dies “Left Behind” the scene is very moving and effectively staged.

To take in the excellent performances, however, you need to be prepared for potentially offensive content. The show posts a Mature rating and contains nudity and all kinds of sexual activity. Some of the titles of the songs are so explicit that I can’t list them here. …..”
*see Neutral Perspective: Abortion and Pro-Life

What to say about … Spring Awakening
You haven’t seen the teen musical sensation, but you can still regale your friends with tales of masturbation, sadism and body-popping – all stolen from the critics
‘..Now unfold the plot: the musical is set in the late 19th century and concerns itself with troubled puberty confronting strict bourgeois morality, you say, paraphrasing the Guardian. “We follow the linked fates of three teenage school pupils. Moritz is so tormented by sex and harried by exam pressure that he is driven to suicide. His rebellious friend, Melchior, unwarily impregnates a 14-year-old girl. Wendla, the innocent in question, dies in the course of an illegal abortion. Other pupils find release in masturbation and same-sex friendships but the show, like the play, remains an attack on a repressive, puritan culture.” Pause. Regain your enthusiasm. Then explode: “You’d have to be a dedicated churl, prude or bigot not to rejoice in the final sentiments and the final anthem” (Independent)…”

How to handle the “stressful” life as a teen?

Good and bad on “meditation”?

Good News Youth

Any other tips?
*see How to deal with Anxiety-Stress in life?

Good News Theatre


When does a boy become a “real” man?

I just watched this “telecast” (“Stepping-Up National Men’s Simulcast/a>) via online with a groupit of 30+ guys at a local church in town (Morris Minnesota), which several churches got together yesterday early on a summer Saturday morning (8a-12p). I thought it was worth my time as we got equipped to become “better” men to fulfill God’s purpose or calling in each of our lives. What is “our” purpose?..

1 Corinthians 16 –

The Collection for the Lord’s People (Session 1: A Man’s Charge-“Act Like Men” by James MacDonald

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.

Don’t act like this..


“Men don’t run from the battle but they run towards it”

Welcome Back, Duke

From the ashes of Sept. 11 arise the manly virtues. OPINION
October 12, 2001 By PEGGY NOONAN
“…I believe this quite literally. But then I am experiencing Sept. 11 not as a political event but as a spiritual event.

And, of course, a cultural one, which gets me to my topic.

It is not only that God is back, but that men are back. A certain style of manliness is once again being honored and celebrated in our country since Sept. 11. You might say it suddenly emerged from the rubble of the past quarter century, and emerged when a certain kind of man came forth to get our great country out of the fix it was in.

I am speaking of masculine men, men who push things and pull things and haul things and build things, men who charge up the stairs in a hundred pounds of gear and tell everyone else where to go to be safe. Men who are welders, who do construction, men who are cops and firemen. They are all of them, one way or another, the men who put the fire out, the men who are digging the rubble out, and the men who will build whatever takes its place.

1 Timothy 3 -Now the overseer is to be “(life) above reproach”..-Session #2 by Dr Crawford Loritts

“…faithful to his wife (see marriage, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap…


One of the questions that was asked during a video was-“When does a boy become a “real” man?

“11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”1 Corinthians 13

Q: What are some of your childish ways (e.g. complaining, pornography, anger, etc..)

Session #3: A Man’s Challenge-“Accept Responsiblity” by Robert Lewis

Man is to [Genesis 2 ]..

1. Obey
2. Lead and love a woman
3. Work (Garden)
4. Serve and better their community (e.g home)

Q: How do you prevent your teenage son skip the “foolishness” of life?
A: Spend time with your son

Michael Vick shares first-ever testimony, POSTED Saturday, Feb. 6.
“Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy listens while a fan congratulates Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on turning his life around after spending 23 months in Leavenworth Prison for dog-fighting. Dungy told the Super Bowl Prayer Breakfast earlier that he and Vick spoke at least once a week during Vick’s incarceration. ..

Titus 2

New International Version (NIV)

Doing Good for the Sake of the Gospel

“2 You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

…6 Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. 7 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness 8 and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. ..

Session #4: A Man’s Commissiion-“Help Other Men be Men” by Dennis Rainey

“2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”2 Timothy 2

Q: Who was your hero growing-up?

In a study, 1/3 “parent(s) 1/3 “no one” 1/3 “me”

40% boys born to “wedlock” mothers

Full-View Notes

After each session, we were challenged to ask God the “action plan” (2 minute meditation) on what we do next after hearing the message after each session.

ACTION: Mentor someone younger than you are!