Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Spring Awakening, Singapore style.

We've read it in the papers – reports on the rising number of teen pregnancies and teen suicides. Perhaps we know of someone whose mom or dad physically abuses them, or a friend who is in search of his or her sexual identity.

These pains and struggles faced by teenagers during their growing up years are distinctly portrayed in PANGDEMONiUM!'s latest production, Spring Awakening. (For those who were wondering, PANGDEMONiUM! is a local theatre company founded by Adrian Pang and his wife, Tracie. I see what you did there, Pang;) )

Spring Awakening was originally a 2006 broadway production staged in New York, with eight Tony awards to its name. The musical is set in 1892 Germany but the content still remains highly relatable in this day and age – and probably even in the next 50 years.

The main characters are played by actor-musician, Eden Ang (Moritz), teenage heartthrob, Nathan Hartono (Melchior), and one of the "World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids" – a title coined by Oprah Winfrey herself, Julia Abueva (Wendla).

The ever talented actor-director, Adrian Pang and Candice De Rozario – a woman no stranger to local theatrical productions, take on multiple roles as the adults.

Moritz, Melchior and Wendla started off as childhood friends. While embarking on their journey to adulthood, the inquisitive Moritz and naive Wendla were confronted with questions on the birds and the bees which only the quick-witted Melchior had the answers to. Along the way, the trio, as well as their friends, were faced with numerous obstacles – Melchior and Wendla's sexual relationship resulted in complications, Moritz suffered from dejection, Ilse and Martha were victims of child abuse and Hanschen was a homosexual whose love interest was Ernst.

With an eclectic range of music genres – from the upbeat "Totally Fucked" to the melancholic "Left Behind", expect a chock full of emotions in this multifaceted production. Parents, take a cue from this musical and talk to your children about these pressing issues – it's never too early. Teenagers, make these lessons your valuable takeaway point – learn from the mistakes of others. As for the rest of you, sit back and reminisce your earlier teenage years. Laugh, cry, or laugh till you cry. Either way, you're bound to have a ball of a time. 

If that didn't convince you, here are another three reasons on why you should catch Spring Awakening:

1) Nathan Hartono (His first shot at performing in a musical; moreover, as a lead cast. Impressive!) 
2) Xander and 
3) Zachary Pang. Adrian Pang's adorable, talented boys.

'nuff said.

Get your tickets now, before the show ends on the 26th Feb at www.sistic.com.sg.
And for more information: www.pangdemonium.com

Having serious post-SA withdrawal symptoms, I wished they produced a soundtrack for it! In the meantime, I be listening' to Nathan Hartono...

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