Director: Stephen Crandall
Set Design and Light Design: Angelo O'Dienero
The children of Spring Awakening don’t know what they don’t know. They only know what they feel. They are not taught anything that would help them survive in their world. This play asks the question of where the line is between innocence and naivete. The adults are so concerned with keeping the children innocent that they neglect to prepare them for the world.
The children each have their own individuality, which we see in the costumes. Wendela wants to be more of a grown-up but doesn’t know what she is doing. Her opposite, Ilse, wants the innocence that she has lost after having been forced into life as an artist’s model. Anna and Martha both suffer different kinds of abuse at the hands of their fathers with their mothers’ consent. The six boys are more similar in their dress, but each is trying to also find his own individuality.
They are in a world where all adults seem the same, to the kids and to the audience. The adults think they are helping and protecting the children, but not letting them know about the world harms them so much more than they could ever imagine.
The band members are dressed as if they are in variations of punk bands.
All Photographs by Callie Hisek