Video: Cast Audition Medley Part 2

Spring Awakening Tour: Audition Cut Medley - Part 2

It's Part 2 of our video from the Spring It On Rochester cabaret. Both Christy Altomare and Kimiko Glenn auditioned with a rendition of "River" by Jonie Mitchell while Taylor Trensch keeps it in the SA family of tunes with "Left Behind." Krystina Alabado takes it back to contemporary with Michelle Branch's "Everywhere" and Ben Fankhauser sings "On The Way Down" by Ryan Cabrera and Steffi D ends the medley with a song from a fellow Canadian, "Angel", by Sarah McLachlan. Leave comments below, and if you've ever auditioned for Spring Awakening before, let the community know what song you chose. Enjoy!



Durham On Stage Seats: There are still plenty of seats on stage available for next Wednesday, March 17, 2010. You get to be part of the action for just $25. Snap them up! Call 919.680.2787 or come to the Durham Performing Arts Center box office.

Atlanta On Stage Seats: Reminder: went on sale to the general public last Tuesday. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre box office only.

Here's Taylor and Steffi's performance of "Don't Do Sadness" on the ABC 3 in Hartford, CT: http://www.wfsb.com/video/22657668/?taf=hart


Exclusive Video: Cast's Audition Songs

Exclusive Video: Cast's Audition Songs

Many of you have or will audition for Spring Awakening. Over the years, we've fielded literally hundreds of questions from you about appropriate audition songs for Spring Awakening. The creatives always state they prefer an alternative rock/folk song and not musical theatre songs, but as you can see in this video from the Rochester Cabaret at Method Machine a few weeks ago, that rule comes with some exceptions. In the end, the song that shows off what you can do well and the song that you have a strong personal connection to will serve you best. What songs did the touring cast audition with? We'll do better than tell you. We'll show you.

Rochester Cabaret: Spring It On planned by Sarah Hunt and Anthony Lee Medina, hosted by Steffi D and Taylor Trensch. Thanks to Krystina Alabado for this two part video:


Part II this Friday! Leave comments below.

Spring Awakening in Hartford, CT!

Spring Awakening is in Hartford, CT this week, Feb 23-28th. That's only 2+ hours outside of New York City! If you've been missing the show on Broadway, do not delay. Tickets are going fast.

Tickets start at just $15 here: http://www.bushnell.org/index.cgi/44151

The cast had time to catch the Leonardo Di Caprio movie "Shutter Island" yesterday. Most really liked it, although Anthony Lee Medina tweeted: "4 out 5 stars but the score was a little ridiculous and I'm still confused. Is he crazy or not?"

Justin Scott Brown wasted no time in getting some distinctive Hartford food options: "Woody's Foot Long Hotdogs hitting the spot after Spartacus and boot camp this morning. 1st Hartford 'Man v. Food' stop...check."

DID YOU KNOW? The daily Hartford Courant newspaper is the country's oldest continuously published newspaper, founded in 1764.

ON STAGE SEATS: May be sold out, but check for availability and last minute cancellations The Bushnell Box Office (860-987-5900).

25% OFF MEZZANINE THIS WEDNESDAY: Join the Bushnell Facebook page to get a 25% discount on any remaining mezzanine seats this Wed and a special pre-show party before the show this Wednesday. http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=314626171090&id=35975886889&ref=mf

STUDENT RUSH: Just announced! Student Rush Tix! 50% off rear mezzanine and front balcony seats for the Tues, Weds, Thurs, and Sun eve performances. Come to the box office beginning two hours prior to the show to buy your tix. This offer is available only with a valid student ID, so no trying to get in with a fake one!

STAGE DOOR: Stage door is on Trinity across from the Capitol. Come say hi afterwards!

WEATHER ADVISORY: Given the current weather forecast, all performances of Spring Awakening this week will go on as scheduled. There is a late seating hold once the performance begins, so please allow sufficient time to arrive at the theater for curtain time.


HARTFORD COURANT Spring Awakening is a game changer. Includes interview with local fans and with Duncan Sheik http://www.courant.com/entertainment/arts/hc-spingawakening.artfeb21,0,4236155.story

HARTFORD COURANT BLOG: How Spring Awakening almost premiered in CT http://blogs.courant.com/curtain/2010/02/still-more-spring-awakening.html?icid=sphere_tribune_hartfordcourant_inline

HARTFORD ADVOCATE Cool interview with Violist Pinky Weitzman: http://www.hartfordadvocate.com/article.cfm?aid=16759

DVR Alerts! (subject to change especially with expected bad weather)

Wednesday, Feb. 24

10 o’clock hour (morning news) - WFSB 3 CBS LIVE TV Interview and Performance of Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind with Taylor and Steffi

UPDATE: Here It Is: http://www.wfsb.com/video/22657668/?taf=hart

11 o’clock hour (morning news) – NBC 30 LIVE TV Interview with Ben and Andy

Thursday, Feb. 25

8 o’clock hour (morning news) – FOX 61 LIVE TV Interview with Matt Shingledecker

Stay tuned to this blog post for updates and reviews when they are ready to be posted!


Fan Friday: Schenectady Guilty Ones painting a car!

Our fans show their dedication in so many ways. In today's post, we feature what the Guilty Ones in Schenectady have been doing to get the word out before we came into town this week. Painting banners, creating and distributing Spring Awakening tattoos, passing out flyers, and more. But perhaps no act shows their dedication more than being willing to withstand sub zero temperatures to paint their car! Thank you Alyssa Wells, Hannah Fettinger and all the Schenectady Guilty Ones for all their hard work. If you see this car driving around town, make sure to give a honk! And come see the show at Proctors-you only have one more weekend!



Spring Awakening in Schenectady, NY!

We're in the Capital District this week! Had some problems getting here due to the snow, but it sure is breathtaking here in upstate NY. Krystina Alabado tweeted: "has never seen snow like this in her whole life. It is so incredibly beautiful!!!" The cast's connection to the area includes David Breitbarth, our Adult Men understudy, going to school at nearby Hamilton College.

We had to say goodbye to our musical director, Jared Stein, who has been with us since the start of the tour. Kristen Lee Rosenfeld has stepped up to the plate and she rocks! You can listen to one of her original songs on Lucas' YouTube channel (linked in the callout for his Profile of the Month below). Charity Wicks (who did our show on Broadway) steps in as associate conductor. Here's a picture of our awesome band at Jared's going away party two weeks ago. So much love:

Goodbye Jared!

DID YOU KNOW? Schenectady was originally inhabited by Mohawk Indians. They called the settlement "Schau-naugh-ta-da," which meant "over the pine plains.

GET TICKETS: Proctors Theatre Feb 16-21st, 2010. http://www.proctors.org/events/3229 Tickets start at just $20.

STAGE DOOR: Stage door is in the “Arcade” under the marquee—last door on the left. Come say hi after the show!

ON STAGE SEATS: as of yesterday, on-stage seats were still available for select days of the run. Call (518) 346-6204 to check availability.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010 ET

9:00 am LIVE Radio Phone Interview with Jake Epstein– B95.5 FM (Rick and Laura Morning Show). This interview will be with host Rick Mitchell.

9:45 am LIVE In-Studio Radio Interview with Steffi D – WAMC (Northeast Public Radio). This interview will be with radio host Sara LaDuke.

12:25 pm LIVE In-Studio TV Interview with Steffi D – WRGB-TV Channel 6. This interview will be with TV anchor Liz Bishop.


TROY RECORD Interview with Sarah Hunt http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2010/02/11/entertainment/doc4b7320602d5f3182675501.txt

TIMES UNION Interview with Christy Altomare


SCHENECTADY GAZETTE A rave! "In front of a truly enthusiastic audience on Tuesday night, the Tony Award-winning rock musical “Spring Awakening” charged onto the stage at Proctors, providing theatergoers a magnificent production of a provocative and daring modern musical." http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2010/feb/18/0218_spawreview/

TIMES UNION: This guy didn't like that the music didn't match the world of the play (haha), but still thought it was "a brilliant production." hmmm http://blog.timesunion.com/reviews/spring-awakening-proctors-21710/1774/

METROLAND: "With its blue language, brief nudity and simulated sex, Spring Awakening is a remarkably risque staging for this area; but its good heart, tasteful and clever staging, and universally high quality of singing talent easily won over, and held, the crowd." http://www.metroland.net/theater.html

NIPPERTOWN: "Part theatre, part rock concert!" http://www.nippertown.com/2010/02/18/theater-spring-awakening-proctors

ALBANY ACTING EXAMINER: "This show was an experience, one which made me cry and squirm and laugh and soar. There are only five more days to see Spring Awakening at Proctors- you won't want to miss it!"

WORKING MOTHERS EXAMINER: "In addition to being about self-discovery, the show also sounds a call for better parenting, more education in the areas of body awareness and sexuality, and the need for parents to respect and accept their children for who they are." http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-28949-Albany-Working-Moms-Examiner~y2010m2d17-Spring-Awakening-challenges-parents-and-teens-to-face-tough-topics


New Video: Meet new company member Alan Stevens Hewitt

Steffi D (and the entire company) gives us a Hot Minute interview with new company member and bassist Alan Stevens Hewitt. The interview was taken only three days since he joined the company in Hershey, PA. Watch the company grill Alan with questions as they induct him into the fold!

Info for Hartford, Dallas, Detroit. Fox Theatre Discounts for Spring Awakening in Atlanta

First Meet and Greet for the Detroit Guilty Ones will be held on Thursday, February 25th at 7p.m. Come hungry for pizza and ready to learn about all the great SPRING AWAKENING prizes your'll receive for putting up posters, recruiting a friend to the Guilty Ones, handing out flyers, etc. To RSVP or for more info, contact Hannah Williams at DetroitGuiltyOnes (at) smz (dot) com or 248-296-4360. Once you RSVP we will give you directions to the meeting.
Also, join the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=435396130095&ref=ts

First Meet and Greet for the Dallas Guilty Ones will be held on Wednesday, Feb 24th from 5-6pm in the Potter Rose Performance Hall in the Wyly Theatre at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. For more information, email Erin Finegold at guiltyones (at) attpac (dot) org.

NOTE: If you have already submitted your name and contact info to the national email address, you do not have to re-submit to the presenting venue. They have your information and will reach out to you soon if they havn't already.

On-STAGE SEATS went on sale to the general public last Friday. There was already an extremely limited selection even before the tickets became available to the general public. Check availability by calling The Bushnell Box Office (860-987-5900).


ON-STAGE SEATING FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC at our engagement at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta is set to go on sale Feb 23rd. The Guilty Ones will be submitting their points for exclusive on-stage seating privileges on Feb 22nd and we will have a better idea at that time as to how many we will have left to sell. Stay tuned.


1) Date Night! Get 2 tickets to Spring Awakening for just $60! For Thur, Fri, Sat, and Sun 3/11-1/14

2) Student Discount--If you're a student, you can get better seats without having to wait in line for student rush. These tickets are 25.00 in the second price level and for all performances. The tickets are available at the Box office only and there is a limit of 4 per person with student ID. The password is STUD but there is no link to share since these are box office only. I guess you just show up and tell them you're a stud!

3) For the Gourmand:
The Fox Theatre has partnered with Atlanta's favorite neighborhood eatery, Ecco, to give you a three course dinner before you enjoy Spring Awakening, all for just $66 a person (alcohol, tax and tip not included).

First Course (choose one)
Fried goat cheese with pepper and honey
Roasted mussels with saffron and chilis
Oak-grilled asparagus with marinated tomato

Second Course (choose one)
San Marzano tomato, basil, housemade mozzarella pizza
Chili-braised pork, garlic, housemade papardelle
Roast organic chicken thighs with salsa verde and spinach

Dark Chocolate Terrine

To order, visit http://www.foxtheatre.org/dinner_broadway/index.htm today!

Next Profile of the Month: Lucas Wells!

You voted, and watching the poll results come in was as suspenseful as anything we saw on the Winter Olympics (for us, at least LOL). Lucas Wells received a huge surge in the last few days of voting, edging out the competition in a tight race and winning by a margin of only 10 votes. What prompted this surge? Perhaps word spread that when he covered Ernst last week in Rochester, Lucas became the only person in Spring Awakening history to have played ALL the male roles (except, of course, for the Adult Men)!! Or perhaps because Lucas did some smart politicking of his own by posting his and Krystina's sweet performance at the Rochester Cabaret on his YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajt_ZIC0rLU Or perhaps it's just his lovable personality. Whatever the reason, the community has spoken!

Leave your question for Lucas in the comment section below. Questions are due by next Monday, 2/22 at 6 pm.


Class Assignment: Valentines Day Playlist

Class Assignment: What's Your Favorite Love Song?

In honor of Valentine's Day, we asked the Spring Awakening company for their favorite love song--or song that expressed how they feel about love. If you're planning on creating a playlist or burning a CD for your loved one, here are some songs you should consider. Feel free to share and embed this playlist. Let us know what you think of the company's selections. Did we turn you on to a new singer? Do you share the same musical taste as one of the cast members? Share YOUR favorite song with us. Let us know in the comments section below. Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

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Krista Pioppi:
If it Kills Me - Jason Mraz
She's got a Way - Billy Joel
Use Somebody - Kings of Leon
The Next Ten Minutes - The Last Five Years
Just some of my favorites!! :)

Andy Mientus:
January Wedding by The Avett Brothers
Yesterday by Nizlopi (NOTE: song not available on Playlist.com, featured another one)
First Day of my Life by Bright Eyes

Kayla Foster:
My songs are:
Sweet Darlin' by She & Him and True Love Waits by Radiohead. Happy Valentines!

Krystina Alabado:
I like the song, "Last Transmission" by one of my favorite bands Mae. Also right now I am really loving the song "Crawl" by Chris Brown. Kind of a love song.

Ben Fankhauser:
Sweetest love- robin thick
Hello my apple- Priscilla Rene (NOTE: song and artist not available on playlist.com)

Taylor Trensch:
1. "you're gonna make me lonesome when you go" by bob dylan
2. "a lover like you" by the avett brothers

Jake Epstein:
Not gonna lie, Valentine's day always confuses me and even sometimes depresses me.
As of now, my song of love is: Tarantulove by Hawksley Workman
(NOTE: not available on Playlist.com. Featured two other songs by Hawksley Workman)

Marques Walls:
My first favorite love song would have to be John Mayer's version of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" (NOTE: this was not available on playlist.com). Second would have to be "All I Need" by Radiohead.

Freddy Hall:
"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds and, hands down, "I'll make love to you" Boyz 2 Men, these two songs would be on repeat when someone special is over and we're...eating...

Sarah Hunt:
"In your eyes" Peter Gabriel.
Steffi D:
My Favorite Love Songs: (I couldn't just pick one!)
"Future Love" -Lady GaGa (not available)
"Boats and Birds" -Gregory and the Hawk
"Say it Somehow" -Light in the Piazza (not available)
"Islands" -The XX
"I'd Give it All for You" -Songs for a New World (not available)

Pinky Weitzman: Shares a love song from her band, Not Waving But Drowning. The lyrics are killer:

There're birds erupting
Flying from my chest
And when I burn to nothing
There'll be nothing left

And then I will be free
Of all these useless dreams
And all I have to do
Is burn alive without you

To listen to the MP3, go to wavingdrowning.com. You can friend the band on myspace.com/wavingdrowning and FB: facebook.com/wavingdrowning.



Spring Awakening Makes a Wish Come True

Curtain Call for Wish Child Jesse!

ROCHESTER, NY (Feb. 10, 2010) – Wish child Jesse Pardee, an eighteen-year-old from Camillus, NY diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, will be performing in the Spring Awakening national tour during the Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 performances at the Rochester Auditorium Theatre.

Pardee’s original wish was to audition for the Spring Awakening national tour. This wish was fulfilled on January 20, 2010 in NYC when she auditioned in front of the Spring Awakening creative team, which included the director, Michael Mayer, the music supervisor, Kimberly Grigsby, and the associate choreographer, JoAnn Hunter. The team was so impressed with her talent and personality that they invited her to perform in Rochester as part of her wish experience.
During the evening performance on Friday, February 12 and the matinee and evening performances on Saturday, February 13, Pardee will be performing as part of the ensemble in the “chair of rock” role.
Spring Awakening, the 8-time Tony Award® winning Broadway musical, is based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play of the same name, and features an electrifying score by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater, direction by Michael Mayer, and choreography by the award-winning Bill T. Jones.

Set against the backdrop of a repressive and provincial late 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening tells the timeless story of adolescent self-discovery and budding sexuality as seen through the eyes of three teenagers. Haunting and provocative, Spring Awakening celebrates an unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, a poignancy and a passion you will never forget. For more details about Spring Awakening visit SpringAwakening.com.

Tickets for Spring Awakening at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester are available at www.ticketmaster.com, 800.745.3000 and at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office.

Please join us share in the power of a wish as Jesse’s wish comes true!

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 188,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

New Video: How Spring Awakening Celebrates Birthdays on the Road

Spring Awakening Tour: Behind the Scenes - Bdays On The Road

What do SA cast members do on their birthday when on the road? Steffi D celebrated
her 20th in Boston with a pink tutu and Krystina has practically grown up on the
road from ages 18-20. Back in Cincinnati, we celebrated Kayla Foster's Birthday with 2 cakes and a wonderfully tuned and melodically perfect rendition of "Happy Birthday to You." Thanks to Krystina for creating this vid. Enjoy!

Spring Awakening in Rochester, NY!

We're back on the east coast for three engagements! For all our fans on Broadway who have been missing the show--time to make travel plans and get your tickets now for Rochester, Schenectady and Hartford!

The winter storm that hit the east coast messed up our travel plans to Rochester and the cast was forced to split into two travel groups. This created a friendly (or not so friendly) war of words on Twitter between cast members in Group 1 and 2.

Chase Davidson: Group one is way more skinny and talented than group two. We flew on lady gaga's private jet that served chipotle and coldstone...and gold.

Just to further reinforce their fabulosity, Ben Fankhauser tweeted this picture of Group one's hair teasing party in Rochester:

Hair Teasing Party!

See how Group 2 responded at this link: http://twitter.com/springtour/cast-musicians

BUY TICKETS: Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Auditorium Theatre Feb 9-14th.
Tickets from $30.50-$64.50 http://www.rbtl.org/ShowAndEvents/Detail.aspx?ShowID=144

ON STAGE SEATS: Just $25. Available only in person at the box office.

STUDENT RUSH: Student Rush Tickets are now available for Spring Awakening! Select seats are offered for ½ price with student ID beginning 2 hours prior to each performance. Available at the Auditorium Theatre Box Office only. Limit of 2 tickets per student. Not valid toward prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other offers.”

STAGE DOOR: Come say hi afterwards! Stage door is on the back side of the Auditorium theatre.

Rochester’s eclectic House of Guitars was listed #2 on Esquire
magazine’s July 2003 “Road Map to Musical America.”


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Taped TV Interview with Chase Davidson – (not sure air time) WROC (CBS & FOX)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

8:45 am LIVE In-Studio TV Interview – 13 WHAM (ABC) with Anthony Lee Medina

12:15 pm LIVE In-Studio TV Interview – WROC (CBS & FOX) with Matt Shingledecker

12:15 pm LIVE In-Studio TV Interview – News 10 NBC/WHEC with Steffi D and Taylor Trensch

1:00 pm Taped TV Interview at the Theatre – WYNN-TV “Your News Now” with Steffi D and Taylor Trensch.
(not sure when this will air)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

8:20 am LIVE In-Studio Radio Interview – WKFL (Variety Station) with Ben Fankhauser
This interview will be with morning show DJ Marti Casper.

8:50 am LIVE In-Studio Radio Interview – WFXF FM 93.3(Classic Rock Station) with Ben Fankhauser
This interview will be with morning show DJ Brother Wease.

12:30 pm Taped Radio Phone Interview (not sure air time) – WDVI 100.5 FM The Drive with Lucas Wells
This interview will be with entertainment reporter Paul Guglielmo

Evening News Taped In-Studio TV Interview – News 10 NBC/WHEC with Steffi D and Taylor Trensch
This interview will run in conjunction with a piece on the Rochester Theatre League’s education program surrounding Spring Awakening. This will air on Feb. 11 as part of the evening news.

MPNNOW.COM Interview with Taylor Trensch:

ROCNOW: Interview with Steffi D http://rocnow.com/article/arts/20102070319?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE: "Frankly, I didn't know what to expect from the musical, and wondered how Rochester Broadway Theatre League patrons would view a controversial production that makes Rent and Avenue Q seem tame by comparison.
The overall consensus was "dark but beautiful" — and I had to agree." I would rate this play R for real. Yes, it's provocative, but its growing pains have heart. http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=20102110330

ROCHESTER CITY NEWSPAPER: A rave! " Of course, it helps to have a fantastic cast bringing the songs and words to life. Altomare and Epstein lead a great group of young actors (and older ones - Angela Reed and John Wojda do excellent work bringing to life a variety of adult roles in the play). The tiny Altomare has a piercing, haunting soprano voice, and even her most difficult melodic passes seem totally effortless. Epstein is commanding in his lower register and slides through his many falsetto portions with expert precision. Other stand-outs include Taylor Trensch, who balances terror, rage, anxiety, and despair as poor, doomed Moritz; "Canadian Idol" star Steffi D as sweet-voiced outcast Ilse; and Andy Mientus, who capitalizes on every moment of the fairly minor character of Hanschen to deliver some of the night's funniest, sexiest moments." http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/entertainment/stage/2010/02/THEATER-REVIEW-RBTLs-Spring-Awakening/


Who Should Be The Next Profile Of The Month?

We would like YOU to choose who should be the next Profile of the Month. You may vote once a day. Polling ends Monday Feb 15th at 6 pm. You may also share this poll on all your social media sites. Thanks for participating!


Charlotte reviews and more

It's snowing in Charlotte! But we're lovin' it. As Ben Fanhauser tweeted, "Charlotte is the bomb!" We loved it from the minute we landed, when we ran into a certain American Idol alum in the airport:

Fantasia meets the cast of Spring Awakening

Here's some press events you might have missed, all of which aired yesterday, Thursday, February 4, 2010

8:45 am In-Studio TV Interview with Steffi D and Taylor Trensch – WCCB-TV (FOX)

9:15 am In-Studio Radio Interview with Christy Altomare and Jake Epstein –
WFAE 90.7 FM “Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins” http://www.wfae.org/wfae/audio/CT20100204.m3u

12:15 pm In-Studio TV Interview with Ben Fankhauser– WBTV (CBS) interview with news anchor John Carter. (I can't find this online yet)

*******ANOUNCEMENT: TWEET UP!**********************************

#CLTTweetUp - Sat. Rockbottom - Tweetup! If u attend chance to win tix
to see Spring Awakening Sat. Night & SA Stuff! RSVP- http://bit.ly/TUpSA

*******REVIEWS: CHARLOTTE LOVES US! ****************************

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER A rave! And great notices for our Melchoir understudy and hometown boy Matt Shingledecker:

"Awakening is bold and bracing" By Lawrence Toppman

"Any students in this group who reached adulthood would be in their late 50s when Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany in 1933. Could Mayer and Jones be implying that, when someone in power stamps down individuals and demands unthinking obedience to authority, the Nazi Party is the likely result?"

(The answer to your question, Mr. Toppman, is yes! That's exactly what we mean to imply. Andy's hair ain't blond fer nothin'. Very astute).


ARTS A LA MODE By Mark Pizzato

"Maybe we do have to go back in time to making meaning out of our youthful confusion, nostalgic passions, and hollow idols today."

(I love it, all these Charlotte critics really get it."


By Mitch Metz

"Overall, this is one of the most fantastic shows you will ever see. It will entertain and touch you. You’ll remember confusion and frustration from your own adolescence, your heart will pour out to the abused, you’ll laugh with Melchior when he realizes he’s F’ed, and you’ll tell all your friends, just as I am … you must see Spring Awakening at the Belk, playing now through February 7th!"


(wow, thanks, Mr. Metz! Lovin' ya back.)

Profile of the Month: Christy Altomare Part II

Spring Awakening Tour: Profile of the Month - Christy Altomare Part II

Did you know Christy writes her own songs? We hear she's working on a new tune called, "She Got My Man - Thea's revenge." Find out about her tunesmith skills and more as we rollout Part II of Christy Almoare's Profile of the Month. So stick around, break out some Nutella, and listen to our Wendla tell it like it is.

VIDEO Part 2


Profile of the Month: Christy Altomare Part I

Spring Awakening Tour: Profile of the Month - Christy Altomare

It's been a long time coming, but our original First National Tour Wendla, Christy Altomare, has finally arrived in the Profile of the Month hot seat. A veteran of the road, Christy has been with the tour since day one and answers your questions, from her thoughts on working with multiple Melchiors to her favorite fan gifts (Graeters ice cream - my fav too!). As Jake Epstein says in this video (thanks to Jake for filming), "she's so sweet!" Check it out below:

VIDEO - Part 1


Spring Awakening in Charlotte, NC!

We're in the beautiful town of Charlotte, North Carolina! This stop, Matt Shingledecker and Taylor Trensch will act as hosts for the cast and crew. They both went to Elon University and are so excited to be back! Matt also grew up in Charleston, SC, not too far away (and where alum Claire Sparks is going to school; we can't wait to see her again soon).

It's hard to believe we've been on the road for this long. We celebrated our 500th performance last week in Ft. Myers. Woo Hoo! Check out this cake that was made for us!

500th performance Spring Awakening

TICKET INFO: Come see us at the BLUMENTHAL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, Belk Theatre! Tickets start at only $20 and trust me, they are going FAST for this engagement. If you've been snoozing, don't dilly dally:
Get tickets here: http://www.blumenthalcenter.org/default.asp?blumenthal=59&objId=1242 or call 704-372-1000.

STAGE DOOR: After the show, come on by and say hi to the cast; stage door is on 101 North College St

DID YOU KNOW... The city of Charlotte was named for German Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, an avid supporter of the fine arts

POST SHOW DISCUSSIONS: Post-show discussions are scheduled following these four performances: Wed. (2/3 - 7:30 p.m.), Thurs. (2/4 at 7:30 p.m.), Fri. (2/5 at 8:00 p.m.), and Sat. (2/6 at 8:00 p.m.).

STUDENT RUSH: Student Rush tickets will be available at the box office two hours prior to curtain for each performance if seats are available. Ticket buyers must present a valid student ID and can purchase one $20 ticket per ID.

Get your ticket in advance without having to stand in line! To get the student pricing, you can order in advance, but you have to pick up the tickets in person, and show student ID at that time. More info: http://ev12.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetGroupList?prc=SPRING1&caller=PR&linkID=ncb&RDAT=&RSRC

ANNOUNCEMENT! There’s a free pre-show party for college students tonight, February 2nd, from 6PM to 7PM in the Belk Mezzanine Lobby.

AFFILIATE CLUBS: It's not too late to sign up for one of the Blumenthal's affiliate clubs to get pre-show parties and other goodies all for free! There's one for students, one for adults in their 20s and 30s, a social group for gays and lesbians, and one just for educators! How awesome is that? http://www.blumenthalcenter.org/default.asp?blumenthal=49

ONSTAGE SEATS: On-stage seats are all gone. A good portion were reserved for the Guilty Ones Street Team (thanks so much, guys!) and the rest were gone just an hour and a half after they were made available to the public. If there are no-shows or returns, they will be re-sold at the box office.


CHARLOTTE MAGAZINE Interview with Matt Shingledecker: http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/February-2010/An-Early-Spring/

CHARLOTTE OBSERVER Interview with Duncan Shiek: talking about his high school experience, ""I wasn't one of the popular kids, but not unpopular - kind of on my own track. There's always a huge amount of angst about who you are, what's cool and what's not, so there are roiling emotions." http://www.charlotteobserver.com/312/story/1211030.html

QNOTES (reprinted from SeattleGayScene) " Spring Awakening proves why it’s Broadway’s best musical... not only connects with a younger crowd but is highly entertaining for both young and old audiences alike. This show is so rocking that you cannot help but love it. Literally, I have to say that this is one of the best shows I have seen on stage in a long time..."http://goqnotes.com/5095/spring-awakening-proves-why-its-broadways-best-musical/


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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