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THE BARLEY SHEAF PLAYERS PRESENT
Eight-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical Receives Area
Community Theatre Premiere September 7 – 29, 2012
(Lionville, PA) – The Barley Sheaf Players present the area community theatre premiere of SPRING AWAKENING, with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. It is based on the 1891 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. The show runs for eight performances only from September 7 – 29, 2012, at 810 N. Whitford Road, Lionville, PA. Tickets are available by visiting www.barleysheaf.org or by calling 610.363.7075.
The Tony Award-winning alternative rock musical is set in late 19th century Germany and follows a handful of angst-ridden teenagers exploring their newfound sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany due to its controversial nature which includes sometimes frank portrayals of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide, and the musical is therefore not recommended for children.
SPRING AWAKENING is the winner of eight 2007 Tony Awards, four 2007 Drama Desk Awards and four 2010 Olivier Awards for the London production.
Director Rose-Marie Abi-Richa says, “I love this show so much that I have seen it six times. I was captivated with the show’s music and characters and was moved by the story line. The alternative rock score really spoke to me. I knew it would be a great show for Barley Sheaf and jumped at the chance to direct it when the rights became available. I am honored that this is the area’s community theatre premiere and look forward to sharing SPRING AWAKENING with our audiences.”
Principal cast members include locals Haley Akers (Martha) and Ben Chadwell (Melchior), both of West Chester, Chelsea Barnett (Anna) and James Barnett (Hanschen), both of Malvern, Jason Blanski (Ernst) of Reading, Nick Glassmyer (Georg) of Pottstown, Bob McCormick (Otto) of Philadelphia, Tessa Raum (Ilse) of Devon, Jessica Rossana (Thea) of Downingtown, Kristen Roth (Wendla) of Manayunk, and Doug Schultz (Moritz) of Media.
SPRING AWAKENING runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm on September 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students under the age of 18 and seniors. Online ticketing is now available by visiting the Barley Sheaf Players web site at www.barleysheaf.org or by calling 610.363.7075.
The Barley Sheaf Players is a community theatre in Lionville, Pennsylvania, offering year-round shows and activities. Boasting an over 200-person membership, Barley Sheaf Players has been in its current location in Lionville since 1973. The Barley Sheaf Players produce a 5-show season as well as two summer youth programs, a One-Act Play Festival, a holiday production and a travelling and in-house children’s workshop.
Next up at Barley Sheaf Players is the fun and whimsical ALICE IN WONDERLAND, running October 26 – November 10, 2012. This play is recommended for all ages.