CHICAGO – Blank Theatre Company has announced the cast and creative team for their inaugural production, SPRING AWAKENING. SPRING AWAKENING features music by Duncan Sheik, book & lyrics by Steven Sater, based on the play by Frank Wedekind, orchestrations by Alan Stevens Hewitt, vocal arrangements by AnnMarie Milazzo, and string orchestrations by Simon Hale.
Leading the cast are Haley Bolithon (Hatfield & McCoy at The House Theatre) as Wendla, Jeremiah Alsop (Yank at Pride Films & Plays) as Melchior and Sam Shankman (South Pacific at Drury Lane) as Mortiz. Joining them are Blank artistic associate Claire Latourette as Ilse and co-artistic director Dustin Rothbart (The History Boys at Eclectic Theatre) as Georg. Rounding out the cast are Bryce Ancil as Otto, Adam Brody as Ernst, Molly Coleman (High Fidelity at Refuge Theatre Project) as Anna, Chase Heinemann (A New Brain at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre) as Hanschen, Cari Meixner (The View Upstairs at Circle Theatre) as Martha, Lisa Savegnago (Fuddy Meers at Eclectic Theatre) as The Adult Woman, Tiffany T. Taylor as Thea and Mike Weaver (Legally Blonde at Big Noise Theatre) as The Adult Man. Jonah Cochin and Kristina Plumb will serve as swings for the production.
Co-artistic director Danny Kapinos will direct with musical direction by Tyler Miles and choreography by Britta Lynn Schlicht. The design team includes Shelbi Arndt (Lighting Design) David Lundholm (Costume Curator), Zak Payne (Intimacy Direction) and Brian Plocharczyk (Fight Choreography).
SPRING AWAKENING is a contemporary rock musical based on the classic German play by Frank Wedekind, following the struggles of German teenagers in the 1890’s trying to find their voices in a socially conservative world.
SPRING AWAKENING will run September 6th-30th at the Frontier, 1106 W Thorndale Ave, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Additional information is available at blanktheatrecompany.com (until August 20th) or Blanktheatrecompany.org (after August 20th).