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Award-Winning Local Theatre Group Stages Iconic Musical Spring Awakening at the Lyceum Theatre
Press Contact: Producer/Director Shaun T. Evans 619-944-7574 or [email protected]
The award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre (CYC) is proud to present a special engagement of Spring Awakening, opening June 3, 2015 at the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Spring Awakening is based on the play by Frank Wedekind, and features a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.
With an electrifying score that swings from folk to rock, Spring Awakening follows the unforgettable journey of a group of students in late 19th century Germany as they move from adolescence into adulthood. Facing both the devastation and the wonder of sexuality and self-discovery, the characters navigate through their coming-of-age despite parents and authority figures who are intent on withholding information and suppressing thought and expression. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears and exhilaration of the teen years, which was banned in its time, this modern masterpiece is an exhilarating fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll.
Producer/Director Shaun T. Evans has assembled an impressive team for this production, including a stellar cast which includes the area’s very best high-school and college performers. San Diego power-house, Leigh Scarritt, is choreographing the show, which features some impressive and high-energy choreography. Of Miss Leigh’s choreography, one cast-member stated, “Leigh Scarritt is amazing. Her choreography is so much more than just movement. She’s teaching us to make a character live and breathe on stage with our body as the instrument.” The cast also had some special instruction and preparation by the acclaimed stage and screen actress, Karole Foreman.
Since 2003, San Diego theatre-goers have been treated to CYC’s outstanding programming which features bold and ambitious projects with professional guest performers and collaborators. In the summer of 2013, CYC produced San Diego’s first presentation of the new Broadway version of Les Misèrables, which was co-directed by Evans and special guest director Thomas O’Leary, who played the title character in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. That production garnered the group a Bravo San Diego award for “Best Musical” from the San Diego Performing Arts League—an honor never before bestowed on a youth theatre group. Additionally, the production hit a national high for box-office sales with a six-figure take in only a two-week run. Prior to that, the group gained attention with several ‘first-ever’ productions for a youth company, including the world’s first-ever youth theatre productions of RENT, Ragtime and Aaron Sorkin’s play, A Few Good Men. As evidence of the group’s local acclaim, CYC Theatre also won the “Best Theatre Group” title on the San Diego A-List Awards for three consecutive years (2011, 2012 and 2013).
CYC Theatre pioneered the trend-setting model of pairing aspiring young performers with seasoned professional performers who serve as mentors for the student performers. This mentor-based training model has served CYC’s students very well as many of them have gone on to professional careers at very young ages. In its 11 short years of programming, CYC has already sent three of its ‘native sons’ to Broadway, and is celebrating the third CYC alumnus to appear on “American Idol.”
This show will open on July 3rd at 7pm at the Lyceum Theatre. All patrons in attendance that night will be treated to a complimentary champagne and dessert reception after the show. Tickets range in price from $18 to $32, with discounts available for students, seniors and military personnel. For more information, go to www.cyctheatre.com or call 619-944-7574. To order tickets directly, call the Lyceum Theatre box office at 619-544-1000. For a complete cast-list, cast photos and other materials, please see the PRESS page on www.cyctheatre.com.
WHAT: California Youth Conservatory Theatre presents Spring Awakening at the Lyceum Theatre. Live music, refreshments and raffle prizes. Free parking available.
WHERE: The Lyceum Theatre in Horton Plaza. 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101
WHEN: July 3rd through July 19th, 2015. Performances every day during the run except Mondays and Tuesdays. Matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays.
For Full Cast List, please go to www.cyctheatre.com