Spring Awakening launches NWSA's theater season at the Colony Theater

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NWSA launches the theater season with a daring rendition of

Spring awakening at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach

MIAMI— In celebration of its 25th year anniversary, New World School of the Arts will launch the college theater season in a grand and  daring scale, as it presents the Tony-award winning musical Spring Awakening, based on the play by Frank Wedekind. Directed by NWSA theater faculty and renowned actor James Randolph, this musical highlights the artistic talent of the college sophomores, juniors and seniors. A controversial play due in part to its sexual connotations in the western culture, Randolph notes – “this play has had a life in Universities because it deals with those issues that directly impact the youth of this country. In fact it was produced at New World School of the Arts in 1994. Having been familiar with it in graduate school but seeing it performed, I was truly engaged and intrigued.”
The three-day schedule begins on Friday, October 7, 8:00 pm at the Colony Theater - 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach.  Additional performances will be on Saturday, October 8, 8:00 PM and Sunday, October 9, 2:00 PM at the Colony Theater. General admission is $20, students and seniors $15. Tickets can be purchased online at nwsa.mdc.edu or from Ticketmaster.

“Spring Awakening is offering our students the opportunity to stretch their acting and vocal skills in a rock musical, which is a genre that we don’t often explore at New World” explained Patrice Bailey, dean of theatre at New World School of the Arts. “The division feels that it is an essential part of our music theater training to allow students to be exposed to current trends and musical styles of the 21stcentury.  Spring Awakening is a significant piece of theater that fits into this component. It is also exciting for the Theater Division to be the first college in the South Florida area to produce Spring Awakening during our25th Anniversary year!”

“Frank Wedekind was a man born before his time” mentioned the NWSA Director. “The original play, Spring Awakening [also known as A Children's Tragedy], is in many ways indicative one of the most common conflicts in western culture and that is of generations. The play, which was banned for decades due to its controversial content, had a limited production in New York City in 1917 (only one performance). Although it criticizes the sexually-oppressive culture of late 19th century Germany, it is timeless because there is always controversy between parents and children, schools and students, religious institutions and their members on the value and function of sex and sexuality. The human animal certainly has always had all kinds of tendencies in regards to sex and the freedoms pursued by individuals and groups,” concluded Randolph.

Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing on stage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, and is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Through its partnership with the University of Florida NWSA is able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees.

For more information about the theater program at NWSA, call (305) 237-3541 or visit nwsa.mdc.edu.

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