SPRING AWAKENING

JANUARY 2014

ORIGINAL PHEONIX PRODUCTION

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Genevieve Skehan

Producer: Tim Bradbeer
Assistant Director: Lucy Cooper
Choreographer: Ben Seward
Musical Director: Emma Brocklehurst
Vocal Coach: Cecily Colahan

CAST

Wendla : Hannah Bloom
Martha: Magda Cassidy
Ilse: Devon Amber
Anna: Natalie Addis
Thea: Lauren Osman
Melchior: Jonathon Leigh
Moritz: Gruffydd Evans
Hanschen: Will Rushworth
Earnst: Adam Dolan
Georg: Matt Holmquist
Otto: Joe Caton
Adults: Tash Fardell,

 Rhys Jenkins, Henry
Adams, Anna North
Dancers: Joe Schofield,

Charlotte Trefusis,

Alison Sinclair,

Tom Giles,

Holly Osmond Smith

PRODUCTION TEAM

Lighting Designer: Sam Woolven
Costume: Christina Graham
Hair and Make-up: Ameleah Vermeulen
Stage Manager: Ruth Hodges
Assistant Stage Managers: Laura Howard

& Ritika Dilip
Marketing: Christina Caillard
Fundraising: Nikki Dadhley
Sound: Alex Mancuso 

BAND

Violin: Kate Smethurst
Viola: Kim Stansfield
Cello: Isobel Archer
Double Bass: James Rintou
Saxophone: Jack Chilcott
Keys 1: Tim Cook
Keys 2: Dannee McGuire
Guitar I: Julian Morrall
Guitar II: Ben Ramsden
Bass: Josh Cooper
Drums: Laura Grist

THE NSDF AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION

BEST NEW DIRECTOR
Geneveive Skehan
CAMERON MACKINTOSH AWARD FOR BEST MUSICAL
BEST ACTOR
Hannah Bloom
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CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM

Producer: Tim Bradbeer
Assistant Producer: Emily Watts 
Director: Genevieve Skehan
Assistant Director: Lucy Cooper
Choreographer: Ben Seward
Musical Director: Emma Brocklehurst
Vocal Coach: Cecily Colahan
Lighting Designer: Sam Woolven
Costume: Christina Graham
Hair and Make-up: Ameleah Vermeulen
Stage Manager: Ruth Hodges
Assistant Stage Managers: Laura Howard & Ritika Dilip
Marketing: Christina Caillard
Fundraising: Nikki Dadhley
Sound: Alex Mancuso 

CAST

Wendla : Hannah Bloom
Martha: Magda Cassidy
Ilse: Devon Amber
Anna: Natalie Addis
Thea: Lauren Osman
Melchior: Eoin McAndrew
Moritz: Gruffydd Evans
Hanschen: Will Rushworth
Earnst: Adam Dolan
Georg: Matt Holmquist
Otto: Joe Caton
Adult 1: Tash Fardell
Adult 2: Tom Giles
Adult 3: Henry Adams
Adult 4: Anna North
Dancers: Joe Schofield, Charlotte

Trefusis & Alison Sinclair

BAND

Violin: Annabel Lainchbury
Viola: Kim Stansfield
Cello: Isobel Archer
Keyboards: Dannee McGuire
Guitar I: Andy Smith
Guitar II: Ben Ramsden
Bass: Josh Cooper
Drums: Laura Grist

REVIEW
Billy Barrett - Noises Off

          Children lose their innocence in Spring Awakening. The oft-performed coming-of-age play is given high-octane, hormone-pumped productions at this year’s NSDF, making imaginative use of scant set and limited tech.
          Shotgun Productions, stage a sensitive twist on Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s musical adaptation of Wedekind’s nineteenth Century play. Beautifully choreographed, the company exude a passionate energy that makes me absolutely refuse to condemn their being slightly out of synch with one another. 

They feel like a real gaggle of gawky teenagers, rather than an overly polished musical theatre outfit, and it’s enormously refreshing. The musical arrangements are toned down slightly from the original production, striking an altogether more sensitive note.
          Spring’s pleasingly simple set – two low platforms of steel-deck and a couple of folding tables – brings a suitable German austerity to the aesthetic, while the stylised staging is a nice handling of the musical’s deliberate anachronism of contemporary rock music underscoring period drama. 

Stephens’ text is perennially popular with A Level drama groups, and this is a particularly smart one, but there’s also almost something more tragic about the fact that with its few props and uniformed teenagers, this looks like one. A bold take on an old favourite, schooling us in the dramatic possibilities of making something out of nothing.

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