Theatre Department Produces Rock Musical “Spring Awakening”

Universal themes, dynamic acting and live music make “Spring Awakening” a perfect choice for the theatrical season finale at California State University, Dominguez Hills. With rock music and strong vocals performed by students and faculty from the Department of Theatre and Dance, this powerful musical will take the stage April 27, 28, and May 3, 4, 5 at 8 p.m., and May 6 at 2 p.m., in the University Theatre.

Originally written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind and adapted into a rock-opera in 2006 by Steven Sater, with music by Duncan Sheik, “Spring Awakening” is about young adults working through issues of sexuality within the confines of strict school and home environments, all complex subjects that still resonate today, said lecturer of theatre arts Kari Hayter, who is directing the CSU Dominguez Hills production.

WHAT: “Spring Awakening”

WHEN:  April 27, 28, and May 3, 4, 5 at 8 p.m.; May 6 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: University Theatre, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747

TICKETS: General admission – $15; Students and senior citizens – $12. Group rates available. or call (310) 243-3589

“It has many contemporary themes that we feel will inspire and reach a younger audience, and maybe those who would not ordinarily come to the theatre. It touches on family, friendship, identity, homosexuality, suicide, sex, and abuse,” Hayter said.

Critics have raved about the coming-of-age Broadway hit, which won eight Tony Awards in 2007.

“In exploring the tortured inner lives of a handful of adolescents in 19th-century Germany, this brave new musical, haunting and electrifying by turns, restores the mystery, the thrill and quite a bit of the terror to that shattering transformation that stirs in all our souls sometime around the age of 13.” –New York Times

Audiences should also be aware that the musical features partial nudity, and strong adult language and themes.


“Hanschen”                                             Nick Adorno

“Wendla”                                                 Chelsea Baldree

“School Girl”                                           Natalia Balestra

“The Adult Women”                               Naomi Buckley

“Martha”                                                  Analise Castellanos

“Ernst”                                                      Zack Crocker

“Moritz”                                                    Christopher W. Hamby

“The Adult Men”                                     Rob Kaufman

“Ilse”                                                        Janelle Vione Kester

“Anna”                                                     Courtney King

“Otto”                                                       Danny Marin

“School Girl”                                           Marina Mathis

“School Girl”                                           Rebecca Muli

“Thea”                                                      Katelyn O’Neill

“Georg”                                                    Jake Patrick Thomson

“Melchior”                                               Keaton Williams

Tickets to performances of “Spring Awakening” are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. To purchase tickets online, visit: For other payment options, call the box office at (310) 243-3589.

For more information about “Spring Awakening” or the CSU Dominguez Hills Theatre and Dance program, call (310) 243-3588 or visit:

CSU Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria St., in Carson. The University Theatre is off Toro Center Drive on the east side of campus. For a campus map, visit:


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