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'Spring Awakening' energizes Keller

by Frank Mungeam

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Posted on October 22, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:36 PM

'Spring Awakening', winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, opened Tuesday at Keller Auditorium.

The youthful cast delivered an energetic performance of the musical, which bluntly explores the issues faced by teens. Spring Awakening tackles teen sex, physical abuse in the home, teen pregnancy, and suicide with musical numbers that range from tender to rocking. For the kids, the favorite number has to be when the entire cast gets to repeatedly belt out what could be a teen anthem: "You're F@#ked!"

As a parent of a teen, I found myself taken along for the ride, feeling the anguish teens experience trying to fit it, struggling with young love and the pressure to succeed. Interestingly, the producers report that many parents who attend the show find it to be a vehicle that helps them have the tough conversations about sex, suidice and success with their own teens. A special web site Spring Awakening for Parents includes letters from parents who've attended the show.

Spring Awakening continues through October 26th. More info at: Broadway Across America