Cramming and memorising endless amounts of information for school, a lack of sexual education at home and questions left unanswered; we’re not talking about an afterschool special here where Papa Don’t Preach is the theme song du jour. Instead, we’re transported to 1891, rural Germany, by Pangdemonium’s production of modern rock musical, Spring Awakening. Looks like some things still haven’t changed.
Featuring relatively fresh faces, the talented young cast includes 21-year-old crooner, Nathan Hartono and 16-year-old singing ingénue Julia Abueva as the lead actors. All of us at Penny have a special love for Eden Ang who played the role of Moritz, but we shan’t blatantly play favourites when the young cast portrayed youthful awkwardness and naiveté so well.
Directed by Tracie Pang, Spring Awakening was given a rock musical treatment of Frank Wedekind’s 1890s play by Steven Sater and singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. Think mohawks, microphones and songs like “Totally F***ed”. Yeah, if you can describe it in just one word, it’s ‘honest’. It’s a breath of fresh air when the topics of sex, suicide and teenage pregnancy are still taboo.
Backed by only two adult actors, Adrian Pang and Candice De Rozario, it was firmly led by the young cast’s perspective, with rock music as its narrative. It was easy to be swept up by their energy, angst and ideals as they restlessly fought against conservatism and societal rules.
A winner of 8 Tonys, including Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Book and Best Score, this fantastic local production of Spring Awakening, featuring Singapore’s next generation of great musical actors is not to be missed.
Pangdemonium! Productions Presents: Spring Awakening!
Date: Now til 26 February 2012
Venue: Drama Centre Theatre at the National Library
Tickets can be purchased fromSistic.