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Chandelier Productions presents: SPRING AWAKENING|
A Benefit for Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets
August 21, 22, 28, & 29 - 8pm (Doors @ 7pm)
Broadway Performance Hall (1625 Broadway, Seattle).
All Ages! (Bar w/ ID)
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Georgina Spelvin
Based on Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 expressionist play and featuring an electrifying score, Spring Awakening follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they navigate their journey from adolescence to adulthood in a fusion of morality, sexuality, and rock & roll. Winner of 8 Tony Awards - including Best Musical.
Presented in agreement with Music Theatre International. Proceeds from our production will benefit Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets (www.psks.org)
Note: Though our show is all ages, parents should be aware that Spring Awakening contains adult subject matter, some explicit language, and brief nudity.
Georgina Spelvin is a director, makeup artist and photographer. Her most recent work can be seen in the artistic design and direction for
The Rocky Horror Show (2013) and Hedwig & the Angry Inch (2011) including costume, makeup and wig design.
Words to live by: To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. But one must remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste. --John Waters
KAT ROSE AGNEW
Kat Rose Agnew is a twenty one year old preschool/drama teacher from the beautiful Fidalgo Island. She is a classically trained vocalist with a love for musical theatre and Rock. She has been seen in both comedies and dramas and most recently starred in Les Misérables as Eponine and Once Upon a Mattress as Fred. Musical theatre is her passion and she is so happy her journey has led her to Chandelier Productions. This has been an incredible opportunity. She'd like to thank her directors, family, friends, love, and the power of vulnerability.
Michael studied music and neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, PA and earned a BFA in Acting from Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts. Having briefly endured a UW graduate program in auditory neuroscience, he is returning to the theater world where his heart lives. He sings with Seattle contemporary choral group The Esoterics and teaches acting and vocal performance with Viva Vocalists.
This is Devon's first production with Chandelier and if he may, it's about time! He's so excited to work with such a fun and go-get-em group of people. Previous productions include roles at Seattle Musical Theater (Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), SecondStory Repertory (La Cage aux Folles), Marxiano Productions (Seattle VICE) and Annex Theatre (Zig Zag). He also plays piano, composes, and has done work as a costume designer and more. Much love to his co-workers for the support, and of course love to Andrew.
Photo by Steven Miller
Jackie An hails from the high desert foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico where she received an education in classical music in Piano under Martha Harrison Hays and Violin under Willa Deane Howells. Jackie has enjoyed an abundantly varied career in music in Seattle: Past collaborations include musical direction for Coriolis Dance, performing with folk band Tenderfoot and improvisational work with butoh dancer, Joan Laage. A 2010 Darmasiswa scholarship recipient, Jackie has lived in West Sumatra to learn traditional Indonesian music. Currently, she is a member of Gamelan Pacifica and performs under her solo noise project, Circadies.
The Adult Men
Heith Bailey has been involved with the theatre arts on stage and off stage for several years. He is excited to work with Chandelier Productions and feels honored to work with such talented people. This role has been a wonderful challenge and an experience he will remember forever.
MATTHEW "STRUTTER" BOWEN
A long time rock n roll collaborator, Mr. Strutter has played guitar in many of our past projects, including Hedwig & the Angry Inch, and In Dreams: A Tribute to Roy Orbison. Matthew has played in a lot of Seattle bands, including heavy metal heroes Sindios and rock n' roll supergroup Mexican UFO. He currently plays with the garage revival band On the Make.
This is Kate's third year with Chandelier Productions. She backed our Roy Orbison this past May as part of The Royelles and will join us this October as Janet in The Rocky Horror Show. Past favorite roles include Tamina in Die Zauberflöte, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and her very first lead as Anne with an "e" of Green Gables.
This is Christina's debut as a member of the talented Chandelier group. Before finding them in the vast sea of Craigslist ads she completed her BMA at Pacific Lutheran University, studying under the watchful guidance of Betty Agent, and playing in both the University Symphony Orchestra and KamerMusikere chamber ensembles conducted by Dr. Jeffrey Bell-Hanson. After a year long stint with Seattle band "Yours," she's been enjoying her free time serenading lovers and her twin kitties. Currently: awaiting to find her Fleetwood Mac.
RANDALL SCOTT CARPENTER
Randall is very excited to be making his Chandelier debut! Select National Tour/Regional Credits: For All That (Original Cast-Malcolm), Stuart Little (2013-2014 DCT National Touring Company-Stuart), Ragtime in Concert (Newsboy), Into the Woods (Jack), Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg), Grease (Doody), Cabaret (Bobby/Gorilla), Music Man (Salesman/Dancer), RENT (Squeegee Man and others) and The Fantasticks (Mortimer). Caro Mio!
Jack has been playing in and producing shows in Seattle for nearly twenty years. Currently he plays with The James Apollo Five, and he has played in and co-produced Chandelier Productions Hedwig and the Angry Inch since we first started back in 2007. A Jack of all trades, he splits his time on our shows between graphic design, promotion, running sound, screen printing, and even baking cupcakes!
The Adult Women
Alissa Cattabriga is happy to be a part of this vibrant cast in one of her favorite musicals. Alissa studied acting at Freehold Theatre in Seattle and has a busy year acting in a wide variety of shows including musicals, Russian dramas, and children's shows. She seems to have an affinity for being rather villainous on stage but swears she's a nice person in real life.
Chance is incredibly excited to be doing his first production with Chandelier Productions playing a dream role of his, Moritz. Chance was last seen in the 5th Ave's production of i>Carousel and ArtsWest's production of Dogfight.
Jordan Sloan Frost is an actress, artist, costumer, musician, and proud art school dropout from Seattle. She would like to thank her parents, friends, and cat for being supportive and patient while she juggles two jobs, a short film, two shows, and being a (kind of) real adult. Most of all she would like to thank Chandelier Productions for providing her with this incredible opportunity to be in one of her favorite shows in her dream role. In the past she has worked with C.P. in The Rocky Horror Show (trio member) and will be reappearing in the role this October. Look for her work as a costumer and actor (Lilith) in the short film Posture of a Lion coming out this year. To her cast she would like to extend a huge "YAAAAAAAAAS" and booty shake in their honor. #figs
Fourteen years ago, Desta chose to learn the cello and has been playing ever since. She currently maintains a private studio of cellists and conducts a community symphony. By day, she is an elementary music teacher, teaching kids to play recorder, sing, dance, and drum. In her free time Desta likes to read, and write arrangements of pop songs for her students and the symphony she conducts.
Michael is honored to be a part of this production of Spring Awakening, a show which he holds very near to his heart, and thanks you for your attendance. Michael has travelled across the country acting, directing, and producing. Of the roles he has played, his favorites include: Lawrence (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Ernst Ludwig (Cabaret), and Kenickie & Danny Zuko (Grease).
CHLOE RAIN ROBERTS
Chloe Roberts is a 22-year-old new to the city of Seattle, having just moved here from Bellingham, WA. She recently graduated from Western Washington University this spring with her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Psychology and shortly after accepted a job as a Domestic Violence Legal Advocate for the YWCA of Pierce County. She has been acting since she was 7-years-old, most recently performing in Les Misérables (Ensemble), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon), and Steel Magnolias (Shelby). She would like to thank her wonderful family foralways being there to see her perform and her boyfriend for listening to her bitch about how hard these harmonies are.
Georg Zirschnitz/Musical Director/Producer
Dustin Schisler holds a B.F.A in Classical Voice Performance from Cornish College of the Arts. Dustin played Riff Raff in our 2013 production of The Rocky Horror Show and in 2012 Dustin played the roles of Eddie, Dr. Scott, and Hedwig in our double feature production of Rocky Horror and Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Other credits include: Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando), Le nozze di Figaro(Basilio) and Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio). In addition to his musical talent, Dustin is an accomplished writer and director.
After graduating with a degree in composition and clarinet performance at the University of Idaho, Lauren moved to Seattle where she now regularly performs on woodwinds with both rock bands and classical ensembles alike.
Anna Urband. Human Woman. This will be my third project with C.P. (Rocky Horror, Roy Orbison) and I'm still in disbelief that I have been given
the chance to be in this production of Spring Awakening! Other Seattle credits inculde co-choreographer and cast member of Hello Dolly! (Ermengarde)
and A...My name is Alice (Asst. Choreo). I'm just super stoked I get to work with these nut jobs again. I'd like to give a special shout out to Jonnie.
You have taken this show to a whole new level. Your vision has been inspiring and I'm glad to have been part of your process. Break a leg everyone!!!
**It doesn't have to be your own...
Collin is a Seattle native who owns his own business (Ravenna Arborists). His past musical projects include contributing vocals and guitar to the bands Throwaway Angels and Four Easy Pieces. Currently he fronts On The Make, in which he is joined by lead guitarist Matthew Bowen. On The Make takes R'n'B and garage rock and filters it through a deeply ingrained punk rock music and lifestyle. They are influenced by Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Booker T and the Mg's, The Sonics, and The Fabulous Wailers.
Other achievements include: The Rocky Horror Show at the Showbox (2013), a reoccurring Mother's Day tribute to the legendary Roy Orbison at the Triple Door (2013/2015), The Rocky Horror Show/Hedwig & the Angry Inch Live Double Feature (2012), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch at The Crocodile (2011). In partnership with Rudy's Barbershop, Cupcake Royale and The Stranger, the 2011 production of Hedwig raised over $10,000 in benefit of Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project. Seattle Gay Scene touted Chandelier Productions' Hedwig as "pure rock n' roll...a concert of Iggy Pop & David Bowie combined. Fans would die to see this show more than once, but only until next [time] will we see a show of this caliber."
About Peace from the Streets by Kids from the Streets: PSKS provides support and services to Seattle area homeless youth and young adults. Their committed efforts are targeted at providing steppingstones to transition youths from the streets to self-sufficiency and productive roles in the community. Their philosophy and practice of inclusion has allowed them to engage young people who are at risk of falling through gaps in community services. For more information visit: www.psks.org.
If you would like to help us raise money for these causes the easiest thing you can do is buy tickets to our shows. If you are unable to attend or would just like to help out more we welcome your donations, which help us put on bigger and better shows to raise even more money for these great organizations. Basically every dollar we receive we will work our hardest to multiply into the biggest donation possible through our stage shows!
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It was this quote from playwright Frank Wedekind's original script that was the catalyst for everything. That damned dress and subtle act of rebellion in a society full of clipped wings. I know this girl. I was this girl. Fourteen years old, Catholic school uniform tucked and pinned, showing more leg than a bucket of chicken, and wise beyond my years. As a director, my aim became clear - I wanted to tell my story, the story of my friends, of our cast, their friends. I asked myself - what would modern counterculture look like in 1891? I wasn't surprised to find that Wedekind based the lives of these characters off of his own wayward experiences and those of his friends. These weren't merely words on a page, but human beings, born again decade after decade and doomed to repeat the same coming-of-age cycle. Clawing their way into emotional clarity and substance. Screaming to be heard. Praying, "Is this it? This can't be it."
With this in mind, it was important to me that each character be given a solid, convincing arc. I wanted to go beyond the original Broadway production and deliver a presentation without stock characters or chorus members just to fill out the musical sound. We worked hard to give even the smallest parts in the ensemble life and blood. In addition to our lead characters, we see Thea - the puritanical pastor's daughter coming to terms with her sin, Ernst - struggling to accept his sexuality, Anna - the free spirited nymph. In this respect, I drew on the British television show, Skins, which follows the lives of a group of teens in Bristol as they experience many of the same issues that Wedekind explored - dysfunctional families, sex, death, the whole lot. In Skins, each episode is titled after one of the characters and focuses on their struggles - finally coming together to an "Everyone" episode at the end of the series. Each group of teenagers are given two seasons of development in their final years of high school before wrapping up their stories and continuing on to the next generation. Wedekind's play was so episodic and Steven Sater certainly held on to these elements - making this the perfect framing device for this production. What you will see tonight is a series of "episodes", shown through the use of title cards written on a chalkboard. Each episode is dedicated to furthering the title character's story as well as highlighting the strong bonds between character arcs and the interdependence these friends have on each other. While we could isolate each of these "episodes" into their own moments, I also imagined this format as an opportunity to consider the production as a two-season arc about these characters - with Act One marking the end of Season 1. The decision to have the actors write their own names instead of using digital projections or pre-made cards was also a key element to me. I wanted the raw display of varying degrees of penmanship and legibility, making each of these characters that much more human. It is these small details that we strive for throughout.
As a whole, the running joke about Chandelier Productions is that we only choose the most shocking, loud, lewd, and downright weird rock musicals to produce. And to that end - this production will definitely not disappoint. But there is more to it than that. At the core of our group, we are musicians at heart. Spring Awakening as a work shares many of the same appeals of really good rock music - youthful energy, disruptive power, and a feeling of authenticity and true expression. To us, beyond Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's electric pages, Spring Awakening speaks to our vision of what a theatre-going experience should be in 2015 -uninhibited and disruptive. Rule breaking. As a company, we are like a "choose your own adventure" story. Whether you are in a stage seat or swaying in the back - you choose how you interact with us - rock out with us, learn the tunes, yell shit at us, allow yourself to be a part of our show and we will be a part of your memories. And it is from there that our ambition is born.
HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH|
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