Spring Awakening Video: M&M's - An Obsession Gone Wrong

New TotallyTrucked Video: M&M's - An Obsession Gone Wrong

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a delectable basket full of M&M's! Jake Epstein crashes Christy Altomare's hotel room and conjures up a fascinating idea to consecrate Wendla's and Melchi's love with their mutual obsession of the candy that melts in your mouth, not in your hand. A little bit creepy, a whole lot of funny. Happy Halloween!


Class Assignment: Most Kick Ass Halloween Costume?

It's time for another Class Assignment. We asked our cast, crew and musicians, "What was the most *kick ass* Halloween costume you've ever had?" Here are the answers we received. Thought everyone would find this a-moo-sing.

Taylor Trensch

I am extremely passionate about Halloween costumes so, in my opinion, they have all been totally awesome. Most recently I was a sock monkey, Ash Ketchum, and DJ Samantha Ronson. As far as this year's costume goes I am having a hard time deciding between Peewee Herman (who is making a comeback!) and Arthur the aardvark (of PBS fame).

Taylor as Ash

Krystina Alabado

My most kick ass Halloween costume was definitely when I was 5 years old and I dressed up as Jasmine from Aladdin. Because still to this day, I want to be her. She was my favorite Disney Princess back then and it was my favorite movie. I would watch that movie like everyday and dream about being Jasmine in real life, so when I got to be her on Halloween, it was the best.

Krystina Alabado as Princess Jasmine

Matt Shingledecker

I know this sounds utterly ridiculous, but in 7th grade, I went as Mt. Rushmore for a Halloween costume contest. I have no idea how I came up with that crazy idea. I wore a grey sheet, and doctored up a box with a picture of Mt. Rushmore on it and managed to put my face in the middle of all of the presidents. I somehow managed to win most creative. I wish I had a picture.

Matt as mt_rushmore

Kimiko Glenn

I guess the costume I am most proud of would have to be Quail man from Doug.

Kimiko as Quail Man

Jake Epstein

Now I've had a lot of kick ass Hallow's Eve costumes in my day. The one that comes to mind- my best one- was possibly my very first Halloween costume. When I was 7, every kid around me wanted to be a vampire, or a zombie, or a Ninja Turtle...but me, I wanted to be a cow. I asked my mom to make a realistic cow costume. It was incredible. Udders, spots, the whole deal. Best costume ever.

Jake as Cow

Steffi D

Most kick ass costume to date:
I went through this phase where I was obsessed with bows. They became my trademark while I was on Canadian Idol. Senior year, I created a BOW-LERINA costume. I was in a tutu with bows head to toe; millions of them in my hair.

(Here's a picture of me as a child dressed as a princess for Halloween)

This year:
I'm in love with Lady GaGa.
Halloween is the only day of the year where I can be her!

Little Steffi D

[Blogmaster note: Erm, I don't know if I have to say this, but for those who are really gullible, that was the only "real" picture of the cast members featured on this blog post. Ain't she kewt...? Oh yeah, and we all wanted to wish you...]


Spring Awakening Dance Party! SACRAMENTO

What better way to celebrate the fact that we will be playing California's Capitol city
Nov 4-15th? By dancing your patootie off!

Spring Awakening is happy to sponsor a dance party TONIGHT in Sacramento, featuring remixes of some of our songs. 21 over only.

Here's all the info: Tweet this out, y'all, and spread the word!

Spring Awakening Sacramento Dance Party

News Wrap Up: 4 Star Reviews Spring Awakening in San Jose

Wow! Reviews for Spring Awakening in San Jose are just stellar. We couldn't have asked for more love... Check them out:

San Jose Mercury News Review
Review: 'Spring Awakening' rocks San Jose

The daring new musical "Spring Awakening" rocked so hard it took Silicon Valley by storm Wednesday night. An electric jolt of youthful angst and yearning that revolutionized the usually staid genre of Broadway, this musical is perhaps the coolest one ever to grace San Jose's Center for the Performing Arts, where it runs through Sunday.

This audacious mash-up of 19th-century themes and cutting-edge alt-rock takes our breath away from start to finish. Frank Wedekind's once-scandalous 1891 tragedy about adolescents awash in lust, fear and chaos is now the height of hip. The Tony-winning rock musical is worshipped by flocks of teens known as "Guilty Ones," many of whom were texting like maniacs at the intermission....

Metro San Jose Review
Spring Soars

The acclaimed Broadway musical about growing up in the 1890s in a small German town is more than one thing; it is not easy to define and file away in an alphabetized sock drawer. This show is a collision of a rock spectacle and a powerhouse musical that expresses the angst and inner turmoil of growing up in an oppressive society. And just like the musical itself, the children are not just students. They are lovers, explorers, dreamers and pirates who remind the audience that no matter what the time period or the place, there were always children who felt that anxious tug when they turned from caterpillar to butterfly.

Taylor Moritz

Stark Silver Creek Review
Theater review: ‘Spring Awakening’ delivers Broadway hit to San Jose in style

...what makes Spring Awakening so good, is how it all comes together so well. The music blends in with the story, carrying our emotions along for a rocking (and occasionally, joyfully loud) ride. In between the exciting drum and guitar work, though, there is character depth, and meaning behind actions. We feel and relate to their circumstances. Better yet, we are drawn to Melchior’s intelligent perspective, documented in his journal, that prevents the following events from becoming standard melodrama.

Spring Awakening is another Broadway gift to San Jose. Enjoy it as soon as possible (it’s only here for five days; 6 performances remain after this afternoon’s) and thank the lucky stars (or Dutch company Nederlander) we get to experience something so entertainingly fresh and vibrant. Colorful memories of high school years gone by is just icing on the Kuchen.

Check out this video blog Stark Silver Creek did of Opening Night and Cast After Party in San Jose. Make sure you make it to the middle of the video, where Christy Altomare, Andy Mientus, and three of our Guilty Ones in San Jose are interviewed!

On Location: Spring Awakening opening night and cast interviews, San Jose from StarkSilverCreek.com on Vimeo.

San Mateo Daily Journal

I needed..to find out whether “Spring Awakening,” justified all of those theater awards it gathered in 2007, and yes, it did...And, if this is a touring company, one would wonder how much better the original show might have been.

With a “knockout” musical score, this “pop rock” musical is one of those theater works that “snap, crackle and pop,” from the opening until the last delicious spoon full. It is one of those tightly written and symbolic masterpieces of modern musical theater that takes just enough time to say what it needs to and moves on, ultimately, to enter the permanent repertoire of American theater works.

My conclusion: The record number of awards was justified and if you, as I, had missed this production before, now is the time to catch an excellent touring version of a certain future musical classic.


Bay Area Stage and Screen (blog)

Not since Hair shocked Broadway audiences in 1968, has their been a musical that has so enlivened the genre. Spring Awakening, currently showing right now with the new company - Broadway San Jose - through Sunday, busts down the doors of propriety and jolts us into a teenage reality. Never has there been a musical that so honestly depicts the travails of growing up.

With the departure of our beloved American Musical Theatre of San Jose, the Nederlander Corporation is doing a wonderful job of bringing Broadway to the South Bay. I miss AMTSJ very much for a myriad of reasons, but I am glad that Nederlander seems to be making a valiant effort to keep us in the Broadway loop so to speak.


Q: Why did you choose to try out for "Spring Awakening"? More specifically, what is it about the play that particularly drew you to this role?

A: Well, I saw the show on Broadway in 2006 and just completely fell in love with it. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, like I was just on the edge of my seat the whole time. I had chills for half the play. I thought it was just the amalgamation of rock music and theater, and I just thought it was so cool. Two years later I (actually went to) an open call in Toronto, my home, 'cause I heard they were looking for replacements on Broadway. ...

Q:In "Degrassi" you played a brooding musician with bipolar disorder and in "Spring Awakening" you play a kind of rebellious trickster who leads his classmates against
society. So, why did you want to play a character so drastically different from Craig?

A: (laughs) Well, it's funny. I don't even think of it as that totally different from Craig. I mean, I brought so much of myself to "Degrassi," and I think in the same way I sort of related a lot to some of Melchior in "Spring Awakening" as well. So, yes, they are two completely different characters, but I think of them as parts of myself. And I think if anything, it's actually the opposite — that I recognized parts of myself in these characters and (it) made me want to play them, not that they were so different, but the fact that I could relate to them.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/search/ci_13645370


Spring Awakening in San Jose, CA!

San Jose is not only recognized as the capital of Silicon Valley, it
is the safest big city in America according to findings by Morgan
Quitno Press based on 2003 FBI crime statistics.

Freddy Hall tweeted this fun pic of the cast on their way to San Jose:

Do You Know The Way To San Jose...?
Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

We open at the San Jose Performing Arts Center tomorrow, October 28, and run until November 1st. Tickets start as low as $20!!

To purchase tickets, go online to www.sjtix.com or call (408) 792-4111.

A couple of announcements:


Those attending the evening Halloween performance of SPRING AWAKENING in San Jose can expect a special treat in their goodie bags. Broadway San Jose will be doling out Spring Awakening removable tattoos and iTunes gift cards with pre-loaded music to the first 1,000 audience members at the 8pm performance October 31, 2009.


Experience this high-powered rock epic up close and personal with on-stage seating and pit seating (first four rows) for only $25, available for every performance during the run.

On stage seating can be purchased in person Monday-Friday 9am-5pm at the SJ Tix Box Office, located in the San Jose Convention Center OR BY PHONE (this is new) by calling (408) 792-4111. You will be limited to four onstage seats per buyer. No signing requirements of the disclaimer needed, not all parties attending theater need to be there at time of purchase.

We are offering an exclusive discount to TotallyTrucked subscribers. Now, you can get a FREE ticket for every ticket you buy for our matinees this week, whether you sit in sections A, B, or C. That's a 50% savings! Discount will apply to the following performances only:

SUN 11/1 2 PM

Use code DEEDS at this link: http://bit.ly/SADiscount

Archived Videos: Orphan Movie and After DC Cabaret

Spring Archives: 'Orphan' with a mix of 'Madness'!

A little bit of fun, a little bit of madness in Washington DC! While visiting our nation's capitol, our cast took some time to see the uber scary flick 'Orphan' along with Zachary Reiner-Harris, visiting us from the Broadway cast.

The second vid is some hotel room madness, fresh from the exhilarating success of the cabaret..the benefit, not the musical. Spring Awakening was able to raise more than $5000 for the Make A Wish Foundation as a result of this cabaret, helping to create moments of joy for children living with terminal illnesses. Enjoy the behind the scenes antics!

Video #1: Seeing Orphan in DC, or "There's Something Wrong with Anthony Lee Medina."

Video # 2: Post-Cabaret Hotel Madness

Jake Epstein Profile of the Month: Extended

We forgot to remind you guys that the deadline for Jake Epstein's Profile of the Month questions was last Friday, so we're extending it until this Friday, Oct 30th, 2009. We got a lot of great questions, many of which repeated each other, but there's still time for a really creative question to rise to the top of the pile. Go to this post and submit your question in the comments:

Last week of Halloween Contest. Here's where we stand:

We're overwhelmed at how many awesome photos we've received for our Spring Awakening Halloween Photo Contest so far! These photos are currently in the lead. Want to change the outcome? Sign up for our Flickr group and vote for your favorites. You can still submit your photo up until midnight on Sun Nov 1st.

17 votes, submitted by WATATATOW:
Wendla Martha and Ilse

14 votes, submitted by Nik321: -0Tto-

14 votes, submitted by WATATATOW
spring awakening (2)
13 votes, submitted by Randy MacAfee:
Totally Trucked: Halloween Costume Contest

12 votes, submitted by Katey-Michele:
Ilse? You frightened me.

There are a lot of great ones like these which won't make the cut unless you vote!
Spring AwakeningHalloween Costume Contest: So Dark...So Dark~Melchior Gabor~

Go to http://www.flickr.com/groups/springawakeninggallery and vote now!


Vote for TotallyTrucked! Please.

Love Our Vids? NOMINATE Spring Awakening.

From Kyle's banana dreams to Belly Mamba to the Bitch of 40, the cast of Spring Awakening has created over 150 videos in just one year. Now it's time to show your SA love by nominating our Totally Trucked YouTube Channel in Mashable's Open Web Awards for "Best Brand Use of YouTube." Here's what we need...

To Nominate...
VISIT - http://mashable.com/owa/
SIGN IN using your Facebook or Twitter log-in
PASTE http://www.youtube.com/user/TotallyTrucked into the "Nominate" section
SELECT "Best Brand Use of YouTube" from category pull down

We need everyone to do this....

Thank you!

Fan Friday Video: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For this week's Fan Friday, we are honored to feature Lisa, a fan who created this profound and moving video to call attention to National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The National Bar Association estimates that one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. It crosses all class and racial lines and
affects not just the households it tears asunder, but the entire community in which we live. As Spring Awakening shows, these tragedies are not isolated incidents, but are systemic of a culture that chooses to sanction violence and which, all too often, silences its victims. What are the ways that our society institutionalizes violence? What lessons do we learn growing up that perpetuate a belief that violence is OK? What is our responsibility as a community and as individuals to end violence?

Thank you, Lisa, for creating this video for all the Marthas and Ilses in the world living in fear and shame who do not have a voice and must suffer "The Dark I Know Well" in silence:

There is help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families.
Call 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)


Spring Awakening in Austin!

We're opening in Austin, TX tonight! Tickets start as low as $20!

Our discount is still good. Use code SPRING to get $10 off your ticket tonight and tomorrow night.

Buy Tickets here: http://bit.ly/UTPAC

Available day-of-show 2-hours prior to curtain at the Bass Concert Hall Box Office.
Limit 2 tickets per person. Student ID required.

Call 877.275.3804

Afterwards, come around to the stage door and say hi. The stage door is located by the loading dock.

DID YOU KNOW: "Keep Austin Weird" has become the unofficial motto of the Texas capitol.

Upcoming Press/DVR ALERTS!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

9:00 am KXAN (NBC Affiliate) Morning Show interview with Steffi D. and Taylor Trensch. This will air as part of the 9 o’clock news. They will also do a separate interview which will be available online.

UPDATE: Here it is!

On going KUT NPR Radio. Interview with Steffi D. and Taylor Trensch will run as part of Julie Moody's Arts and Entertainment report at various times.

UPDATE: Here it is! They made them interview each other! http://kut.org/items/show/18552

11:40 am KVUE-TV (ABC Affiliate) LIVE In-Studio Interview with Steffi D. and Taylor Trensch with the mid-day news hosts.

UPDATE: Here it is! http://www.kvue.com/video/?z=y&nvid=408661&shu=1

4:00 pm KEYE-TV (CBS Affiliate) LIVE In-Studio TV Interview with Andy Mientus.

Great Behind the Scenes footage of setting up at the Bass Hall by the Austin Statesman:

Lastly, help us kick SA to be the number one event in Austin this week! Post a review of the show: http://www.nowplayingaustin.com/event/detail/440121053

Video: Dropping Claire Off at Citadel

Spring Awakening Tour: On the Break - Charleston
"On the Break" is our series of vids that were taken during the 7-week hiatus from August through September 2009.  Matt Shingledecker went back home to Charleston, SC ---where they KNOW that clothes make the man-- with friend and castmate Krystina Alabado. They were driving by Citadel Military college when who should they spy walking on the side of the road on her way to see her boyfriend? Enjoy this last tribute video to SA alum Claire Sparks who is off on her own college adventures! We can't wait for the show to come to Greenville, SC! Imagine seeing ALL our boys in bow ties...?



Video: Equality March: Spring Awakening Cast says "Let's Get This Done!"

Spring Awakening Tour: Equality March Let's Get This Done!:

Frank Wedekind, the author of Spring Awakening, wrote a daring and controversial play in the late 1890s that pushed the social boundaries of not only his era, but continue to be topics of taboo even to this day. Same sex relationships continue their fight for equal rights even in the 21st century and on this past weekend, on Sunday, October 11, 2009, tens of thousands of activists across the country, including many Broadway performers, descended upon Washington DC to give voice to the cause.

The cast of Spring Awakening were in Milwaukee and could not attend the march but decided to spread the message the best they know how - SA style! Check it out and continue the fight!


Thanks to Christy Altomare for creating this video.

For more information and to hear from other Broadway performers, visit http://www.broadwayimpact.com

Video: OC Guilty Ones Kick Off "Mirror Blue Night Remix"

Check out this video of the Orange County Guilty Ones kickoff party for Spring Awakening. They talk about how much this show means to them and...what how do you guys think of the "Mirror Blue Night" remix? It's by Amy Birnbaum. You Guys Rock!

To buy tickets to SA in Costa Mesa:


Announcements incl. Discount for Spring Awakening in Austin

KANSAS CITY: Kansas City Star Review of Spring Awakening http://bit.ly/KCReview

SAN JOSE: SPRING AWAKENING STAGE SEATING ON SALE NOW! Must buy in person & sign the disclaimer. Box office: 408 Almaden Blvd San Jose (408) 792-4111

DENVER: Tickets ...for SPRING AWAKENING in Denver Go On Sale 10/18 http://bit.ly/17xzVz

WE NEED GUILTY ONES IN DENVER, CO AND GREENVILLE, SC! Email your name, age and email address to: nationalguiltyones (at) gmail (dot) com. Get access to exclusive on stage seats, marketing experience, and a chance to hang out with your fellow Guilty Ones from your town!

AUSTIN: Spring Awakening opens at UTPAC Austin on 10/20. Use the code SPRING and get $10 off your tickets. http://bit.ly/UTPAC

Austin Article: Facebook met Broadway in 'Spring Awakening'
Andy made the cover!

Andy Mientus on cover of Austin 360

Part I - http://bit.ly/pX0lv
Part II- http://bit.ly/49YBr
Part III- http://bit.ly/4yl3O4

Please join us the SA Group on Facebook! http://bit.ly/9bn5p

REMINDER: We've had some great submissions for our Halloween Costume Contest. Please comment on them and vote for your favorites! http://www.flickr.com/groups/springawakeninggallery


Archived Video: Nickelodeon Adventures

Spring Awakening Tour: Nickelodeon Adventures

This is a long overdue archived video from our stay in Minneapolis. Ben Moss, Matt Shingledecker, and Krystina Alabado share their high octane antics on the Sponge Bob Roller Coaster in this video when the cast and crew visited Nickelodeon Universe in Bloomington, MN. Those who are motion sickness prone, beware! Thanks to Krystina for making this video!


Spring Awakening in Kansas City, MO! Announcements


We're in Kansas City, MO this week! Kansas City is well known for being a theatre town and for its contribution to jazz and blues stylings. If you're in Kansas City, make sure all your friends know not to miss us! Anyone from St. Louis traveling to see the show again?

To get tickets to our engagement in Kansas City at The Music Hall, go here:

Come on back and see us! The stage door is located at the corner of Wyandott and 13th st.

Upcoming press:

1) Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Taped In-Studio TV interview with STEFFI D on KSHB-TV (NBC)
Air date TBA, likely later on news programs later that day.

2) Sat and Sun Oct 17 and 18, 2009
This will be a taped interview with anchor Iris Hemosillo. This piece is scheduled to air on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 as part of the KCTV5 This Weekend Morning Show

Advance Features:

KANSAS CITY STAR: Interview with Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater:

Every once in a while, we get a story that really touches our heart. We posted a write-in contest here last week for people in Kansas City to win tickets by posting their coming of age story on the Kansas City Examiner.com. The winning entry is from a person that found our music online which helped them get over the suicide of their best friend and their own thoughts of suicide. Here is the story, in his/her own words:

Two short years ago, my friend Josh Overton killed himself. When I found out, I felt my life was forever changed. I went through a "dark stage" where I myself turned suicidal. One night, I was searching iTunes and found the soundtrack to Spring Awakening, I clicked on the song entitled "Left Behind". It explained everything I was feeling in a 3 minute song. I downloaded the CD and fell in love with the story. It is hard to admit, but a musical saved my life. Everyday that goes by, I think of Josh and everything he left behind, I am still heart broken and I still miss him. His 19th birthday just passed, he would be in college. He would later get married, he would have kids, he would have a family. It is hard to think of his life that he will never live. I miss him. If I did not discover this musical, I would be where Josh is. I owe my life to Spring Awakening. A chance to see this musical would be a dream come true. I miss you Josh. You will never be forgotten.


We're in Austin next week, and we've already got a few promotions running:

Austin Chronicle - Best of Austin Party & Game On Austin Event
Register to win a pair of tickets to Spring Awakening. Contest ends on October 15th

KAMX Radio - Awake to your 1st True Love write in contest
Contest ends October 18th

CALL TO ACTION! Would you do us a favor? Please sign up at do512.com and vote for us to become the top listed event to do in Austin! http://do512.com/event/2009/10/20/spring-awakening


Flickr Halloween Costume Contest started yesterday. We've already gotten some awesome entries! Make sure to go to our group and vote for your favorite! The five photos with the most comments will go on to the semi-final round! Http://www.flickr.com/groups/springawakeninggallery

Jake Epstein Profile of the Month: Deadline for questions is Friday Oct 23rd. Scroll down to the post and leave your question as a comment.


FAN FRIDAY: Sara's Moritz Drawing

Sara P submitted this drawing of Moritz to us and we think it's so cool that we're gonna feature it. Thanks for sharing your love of SA with the world, Sara! If you have something you'd like to share, email us at totallytruckedblog (at) gmail (dot) com. Leave a comment below and tell Sara what you thought.

We asked Sara to talk about the drawing and her love for SA. Here's what she said:

Hey totally trucked! Thanks so much for being interested in my drawing. I'm 18 years old and I'm from Minneapolis, Minnesota originally but I go to school at Michigan State University in East Lansing. I'm a huge fan of spring awakening and have been since I saw it last year when the tour came to Minneapolis. I had no idea what to expect but I was completely blown away. The show to me is just overall amazing. I absolutely love the tour cast! Blake Bashoff is my favorite actor and Moritz is my favorite character (which I why I chose him for the drawing). I really enjoy the music, Don't do sadness/ blue wind is my favorite song from the show. I like how the whole story line is relevant today and I think it sends a really strong message.  

Tomorrow I am going all the way to Milwaukee from East Lansing, MI just to see the show again. I plan on going to the stage door to meet the cast! Too bad Blake Bashoff won't be there.. My friends and I are still really excited to meet everyone and see the show again!

Thanks so much totally trucked for picking my drawing! It's an honor. 

-Sara P.       

Ps- the drawing is done in graphite drawing pencil in case you wanted to know. 

A Fan's Rendition

Halloween Costume Contest!


We're having a contest for the best Spring Awakening Halloween costume!

If you are planning to go as a character from Spring Awakening this Halloween--or if you've EVER dressed up as a character from Spring Awakening--upload your photo to our Flickr Group between Monday October 12th, 2009 and Sunday November 1st, 2009. Your fellow fans will vote for the top 5 semi-finalists by leaving comments on your photo. The winning photo will be chosen by our touring cast and revealed in a Totally Trucked video exclusive.

PRIZE: TBA, but it will be something signed by the cast.


1. Join our Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/SpringAwakeningGallery
If you are not already a Flickr member, you will be asked to sign up for a free account. You do not have to use your real name.

2. Upload your picture anytime between 12 a.m. October 12, 2009 and 12 a.m. November 1, 2009. Make sure the photo is not just in your photo stream but has been sent to our group.

3. Encourage friends to leave a comment. Only people with a Flickr account can leave comments, though they do not have to be members of our group.

4. Winner will be announced in November and will be contacted via Flickrmail.

The five photos with the most comments by midnight on the 11/1/ will automatically ascend to our semi-final round. The earlier you upload your photo, the better the chances that your photo will amass comments. In order to make it fair for everyone, submissions received before 10/12 will not be counted. Only one comment from the same Flickr user allowed per photo. You may respond to comments on your photo, but your comments will not be counted towards the contest. So as not to dilute the number of comments your costume may get, make sure to only upload ONE photo per costume. A group photo is eligible, but only one prize will be given away. You may manipulate your photo in any way you wish (photoshop, retouching, etc).

Spring Awakening Milwaukee Reviews

We got some terrific reviews. Thank you, Milwaukee!


"Spring’s radical reworking of the Broadway formula represents the musical’s future"


"Spring Awakening makes teen angst timeless."



"It is safe to say that anyone who can still get tickets to the short run of Spring Awakening at the Marcus Center should jump at the opportunity. This musical is vibrant, showy, rebellious and perhaps unlike anything the regular theatergoer has seen before".


We also got some terrific advance press from these Milwaukee bloggers. Thanks guys!

CRICKET TOES http://www.crickettoes.com/blog/2009/10/now-is-the-spring-of-our-discontentthe-musical.html

ARTSY SHMARTSY http://www.artsyschmartsy.com/2009/10/bitch-of-livingget-out-of-my-head.html

and an advance feature in

THE JOURNAL SENTINEL: Preview article: http://www.onmilwaukee.com/ent/articles/springawakeningpreview.html

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAKE EPSTEIN: Here's Jake's interview on Lake Effect, WUWM. You can also download it as a podcast: http://www.wuwm.com/programs/lake_effect/view_le.php?articleid=820

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH ANGELA REED: An interview with Angela is scheduled to air this Sunday, Oct 12th on Mix 99.1's Early Morning Show.

TODAY! LUNCHEON REMINDER! Have lunch today at noon with Tom Hulce, Jake Epstein and Christy Altomare for only $35. Call 414-273-7206.

Win Free Tickets in Kansas City! Just embarrass yourself.

We're running a promotion with the Kansas City Examiner. You can win a free pair of tickets to Opening Night (!!) on Tuesday October 13th 2009. All you have to do is embarrass yourself. Submit your funny/ touching/embarrassing coming-of-age story that captures the essence of what it is like (or was like) to be a teenager.

AS OF THIS POSTING, THERE WAS ONLY ONE ENTRY, SO GET THEE TO THIS LINK! http://www.examiner.com/x-14906-Kansas-City-Performing-Arts-Examiner~y2009m10d4-Spring-Awakening-comes-to-Kansas-City-and-you-can-win-free-tickets

Tip: I would use an email address that is not your main address and to prevent spam robots, type out the (at) and the (dot) com.


Video: Spring Awakening Goes Gospel

Spring Awakening Goes Gospel

Chicago blues, House of Blues, Blue Wind? The boys of SA fearlessly took the
stage and "gospelled out" while celebrating Krystina's birthday brunch in Chicago..famous for its Blues music!
Our boys got just as much funk and soul as they do rock and angst! Sing along as they
come "down by the riverside."


Next Profile of the Month: JAKE EPSTEIN

Due to popular demand, our next Profile of the Month is the ever-popular, ever-sweet bad boy, Jake Epstein. Leave your question for Jake as a comment to this post. Deadline is Friday, October 23rd. The profile will be out in November.

Anyone in Sacramento?

Sacramento is just starting their Guilty Ones street team now and desperately trying to find people to help promote the show. So if you're in Sacramento, send us your name, age and email address to guiltyones.sacramento (at) gmail (dot) com.

Join the Sacramento group on Facebook:


Spring Awakening in Milwaukee--We're Back!!

We're back! We're rested and ready to rock Brew Town! Going to rehearsals, the cast has been walking arm in arm and acting out the opening of Laverne & Shirley, "schlemiel, schlimazel, hasenpfeffer 'corporated!" Somehow, I think Milwaukeans are used to people doing that...Oh, and TotallyTrucked is also now back on its Tue-Fri posting schedule. Here are some dates for you to be aware of:


TUE OCT 6TH 9:20 am
Live In-Studio TV Interview with TOM HULCE– WTMJ4 (NBC)
This interview will be with Molly Fay from Morning Blend, the morning news show.

WED OCT 7TH 11:30 am
LIVE In Studio Radio Interview with JAKE EPSTEIN– WUWM (Milwaukee Public Radio)
This interview will be for their program “Lake Effect” with host Stephanie Lecci.


Join us for a lunchtime Q&A with Producer Tom Hulce, Jake Epstein and Christy Altomare. This is a special community event to celebrate the Marcus Center's 40th Anniversary. This special offer is only available for anyone who has already purchased a ticket for Spring Awakening during its run in Milwaukee.

DATE: Friday, October 9th, 2009
TIME: 12:00 NOON
LOCATION: Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
MORE: $35 Luncheon Fee with a paid ticket to Spring Awakening (LUNCH INCLUDED)


Q&A will be moderated by critic Damien Jacques, who called us "The Best Musical coming out of Broadway in the last five years!" Join us!


10/06/09 - 10/11/09
Uihlein Hall Marcus Center For The Performing Arts
929 North Water Street, Milwaukee, WI

10/13/09 - 10/18/09
Music Hall
301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO
Non-subscription tickets on sale Sept 5, 2009 (subj to change)

10/20/09 - 10/25/09
Bass Hall
23rd St & Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX
(512) 477-6060

10/28/09 - 11/01/09
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts/BroadwaySanJose

Nov 4-15, 2009
Sacramento Community Center,
1301 L Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Nov 17-29, 2009
Orange County Performing Arts Center
600 Town Center Drive Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Ticketing number: 714.556.2787

Dec 1-13, 2009
The Buell Theatre
Denver Performing Arts Complex
14th and Curtis Streets Denver, CO 80204
Non-subscription tickets on sale: Mon, Oct 19, 2009 (web only Oct 18)
Ticketing Number: (800) 641-1222
Groups: 303-446-4829

Jan 5-10, 2010
Hershey Theatre
15 E. Caracas Ave, PO Box 395 Hershey, PA 17033
Non-Subscription Tickets on sale: Mon Aug 17, 2009
Groups: 717-534-3412

Jan 12-24, 2010
Aronoff Center
650 Walnut Street Cincinnati, OH 45202
Non-subscription Tickets go on sale: Nov 2009
Ticketing (not avail until 11/9) 800.982.2787

Jan 26-31, 2010
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
8099 College Parkway, SW Fort Myers, FL 33919
Non-subscription Tickets on sale: Sept 1, 2009 (Tentative)
Ticketing number: 800-440-7469
Groups: 239-489-3033, x 3122

Feb 2-Feb 7, 2010
Belk Theatre, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St. Charlotte, NC
Group Tickets: (704) 379-1380
Ticketing number: (704) 372-1000

Feb 9-14, 2010
Auditorium Theatre, Rochester Broadway League
885 E. Main Street Rochester, NY 14605
Ticketing Number: 800-745-3000

February 23-28, 2010
Bushnell Performing Arts Center

MARCH 2-7, 2009
DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center
Ticketing: 919-680-2787
Groups: 919-281-0587

March 9-14, 2010
Fabulous Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Call Ticketmaster at (404) 817-8700

March 16-21, 2010
The Peace Center
300 S. Main Street Greenville, SC 29601
Ticketing Number: 800-888-7768
Groups: 864-679-9201

March 23 - April 4, 2010
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
2100 Ross Avenue, Suite 650 Dallas, Texas 75201
Box Office: 214.880.0202

April 20-May 9, 2010
3011 W. Grand Boulevard Detroit, MI 48202
Ticketing number: 800-982-2787
Group Tickets: 313-871-1132

May 11-16, 2010
Arsht Center
Box Office: 305.949.6722

May 18-23, 2010
Carr Performing Arts Center
401 West Livingston Street Orlando, FL 32801

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I send fan mail to the cast?

If you just want to send a quick note to all the cast members telling them you appreciate their work, you can email us here at totallytruckedblog (at) gmail (dot) com. I will be happy to forward your email to the cast, but to preserve their privacy, it is unlikely they will email you back (I will, though).

You can also send individual performers fan mail and care packages care of the theatre at which we are currently performing or will be performing. Go to the theatre's website (listed above), find their mailing address, write the actor's name as well as "Spring Awakening" and send c/o the theatre. Remember, we are often at these theatres for only a week so make sure to allow for delivery times. It's a better bet to send it to the theatre we will be going to next as they can always hold packages for us until we arrive. Letters received late will not be forwarded to our next location.

2. How Can I Audition for Spring Awakening?
From time to time, we have open calls in larger cities across the US. We will post any additional open calls here. Subscribe if you havn't already to keep informed. In the meantime, we've made it easy for you to submit yourself singing a folk/alternative rock song on video. Go to: http://www.springawakening.com/videoauditionsubmission/ Make sure your submission is less than 500 MB and is one of the accepted formats. Your screen should change and you should get a confirmation that says your submission has been received. Trust us, people are called in this way. Lucas Wells was cast because of an online submission!

3. How Do I Score On Stage Seats?
That is really up to the individual theatres. Most of them won't release the seats until just before performances because they want to make sure the house is sold first. Some do so online, although the ticketing systems they have in place often can't accommodate our unique seats onstage. Most of them are available only at the box office (though you can purchase them for a performance in the future). The Guilty Ones Street Team members have the rights to purchase these seats before the general public. Any seats left over will be released to the box office and may also be purchased as part of rush tickets (discounted, day-of tickets).

4. How Do I Join The Guilty Ones?

The National Guilty Ones Street Team is a way for fans of the show in each of our tour stops to help us spread the word. You will get access to parties, meet and greets, and other special events while meeting new friends who share your passion for the show, all while gaining some valuable marketing experience. You must be at least 15 yrs old. Email your contact info to nationalguiltyones (at) gmail (dot) com.

5. Can I Get Discounts?

From time to time, a theatre may offer us discounts to send out to our fans. We will post any here on the blog. Subscribe now!

6. Who runs this site? This site was created for fans to stay connected with our touring cast and follow their adventures around North America. Ideally, it would be in the voice of the cast members. Unfortunately, our cast members are often too tired or busy to post lengthy blog posts on a regular basis. Company members will contribute a post from time to time and every month we will have a compiled blog post that most every company member will participate in. The other stuff like updates, etc, will be posted by me. My name is Pun. I work for the production, love this show, its cast, and our fans, and I'm so very glad you're here!

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