Company C Hits Greater Victoria with Its Edgiest Show Yet!

Company C Hits Greater Victoria with Its Edgiest Show Yet!

Spring Awakening runs from October 21 – November 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 — Victoria, BC - 14 highly talented Year III performers from Oak Bay’s Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA) are working tirelessly to produce the region’s first-ever staging of Spring Awakening. Claiming an astonishing eight Tonys in 2007, Spring Awakening is a ground-breaking musical by Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik that bridges the generation gap and shatters the stigma surrounding adolescence, innocence and sexuality. With a powerful rock score reminiscent of shows such as RENT, Hair and Next to Normal, Spring Awakening is a show that musically appeals to young and modern theatre goers.

The show is controversial in its truthful portrayal of adolescent sexual curiosity and the consequences of deprivation of information, oppression and sexual ignorance. Its rock score with song titles such as “The Bitch of Living” and “Mama Who Bore Me” make the musical very relevant and relatable to today’s youth.

This production also marks the college’s first ever show with the support of the Belfry Theatre. Working alongside Belfry Artistic Director, Michael Shamata and talented mentors, the students are contributing to the show both on and off stage in a variety of fields. “Working on Spring Awakening with the students from the Year III program has been a long time coming and I’m very excited to get to share the whole experience with this group”, says Music Director and Company C manager Heather Burns. “It seems it is the aligning of all the ideal components; production team, musicians, directors, and cast, with the potential to bring a brilliant production to life”.

Spring Awakening is the first of three shows this year’s Company C program will be mounting between now and February with each show introducing them to new production and management challenges, a new role, a new venue and a new professional Canadian director.

For tickets and ticket information, contact the Belfry Box Office at 250-385-6815 or visit their website at www.belfry.bc.ca. Tickets are on sale now!

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For more information, contact:

Steven Seltzer
Communications Manager
Communications@ccpacanada.com
250-882-8441

Mark Dusseault
Marketing & Communications Director
pr@belfry.bc.ca
250-385-6835

Spring Awakening - The Bitch of Living

Spring Awakening - The Dark I Know Well

Nick Heffelfinger (Hanschen), Austin Eckert (Moritz), Ian Crowe (Melchior), Richard Hurst (facing back wall), John Han (Georg) and Jesse Negraeff (Ernst) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
John Han (Georg) and Jesse Negraeff (Ernst), Ian Crowe (Melchior), Austin Eckert (Moritz), Nick Heffelfinger (Hanschen) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Foreground - Ian Crowe (Melchior) and Siobhan Barker (Wendla). Background - Amy King and Richard Hurst in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Siobhan Barker (Wendla) and Ian Crowe (Melchior) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Colleen Maguire (Anna), Alexa MacDougall (Thea), Kaley Cronk (Martha) and Siobhan Barker (Wendla) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Amanda Lisman (Adult Women),  Austin Eckert (Moritz), and Richard Hurst (Adult Men), in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Kirsti Hack (Ilse) and Austin Eckert (Moritz) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Foreground - Nick Heffelfinger (Hanschen) and Jesse Negraeff (Ernst). Background - Ian Crowe (Melchior) and Siobhan Barker (Wendla) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Siobhan Barker (Wendla) and Ian Crowe (Melchior) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Siobhan Barker (Wendla) and Ian Crowe (Melchior) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Siobhan Barker (Wendla), Ian Crowe (Melchior), and Austin Eckert (Moritz) in Spring Awakening / Music by DUNCAN SHEIK, Book & Lyrics by STEVEN SATER / Photos by David Lowes.<br/><br/><a href="http://www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/" rel="nofollow">www.belfry.bc.ca/spring-awakening/</a>
Christine Baker - Ensemble
Siobhan Barker - Wendla Bergman
Tayler Cnossen - Ensemble
Kaely Cronk - Martha Bessell
Ian Crowe - Melchior Gabor
Austin Eckert - Moritz Stiefel
Kirsti Hack - Ilse Neumann
John Han - Georg Zirschnitz / Dieter
Richard Hurst - Adult Men
Amanda Lisman - Adult Women
Amy King - Ensemble
Alexa MacDougall - Thea
Nick Heffelfinger - Hanschen Rilow / Rupert
Colleen Maguire - Anna
Jesse-Alan Negraeff - Ernst Robel / Reinhold
Sadie Fox - Stage Manager
Ursina Luther - Assistant Stage Manager
Mark Dusseault Marketing & Communications Director at Belfry Theatre
Steven Seltzer Communications Manager at Canadian College of Performing Arts (CCPA)