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Spring Awakening

Kent State University at Stark Theatre

Fine Arts Building
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720

Box Office & Will Call
Fine Arts Lobby

Box Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Opens 2 weeks prior to a performance.

Theatre Contact:
Brian Newberg
Theatre Director
103A Fine Arts

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Spring Awakening


Book and lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik

This Tony Award-winning rock musical tells the story of desire and confusion as teenagers’ hormones collide during the journey from youth to adulthood. Through rebellious trials and tribulations, the sensuality of the characters is often denied and suppressed, leading to tragic consequences. The poignant and revealing messages in Spring Awakening are powerful, passionate and unforgettable.

For mature audiences only, due to sexual content, strong (profane) language and the theme of abuse.

Performance Dates:

February 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8 p.m.
February 22 and March 1 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.

Ticket Information:

Adults - $14
Seniors (55 and over) - $10
Non-KSU Students (17 and under) - $10
KSU Students - Free with current ID
  • Tickets go on sale February 9.
  • Purchase tickets online, by phone or in person at the Box Office.
  • Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Checks and cash accepted in person at the Box Office.
  • Tickets purchased online or by phone will be available at Will Call.
  • Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain time and closes when the performance begins.
  • Kent State Students: Free admission with current Kent State ID. Seats must be reserved in person at the Box Office.
  • No refunds for purchased tickets. Exchanges for the same production can be made by contacting the Box Office prior to the reserved performance date.
  • Tickets held at Will Call will be forfeited if not picked up by curtain time.

Ticket sales begin February 9 at 8 a.m.



Caitlin Roberts: Wendla

Erika Butler: Martha

Sarah Marie Young: Thea 

Paige Burris: Anna

Beth Recob: Ilse

Cassandra Terry: Adult Women

Abigail Morrill: Female Chorus

Michael Fox: Melchoir

Joseph Ball: Moritz

Connor Reese: Hanschen/Rupert

Bryan Russell: Ernst/Reinhold

Matthew Smetana: Georg/Dieter

Matthew Heppe: Otto/Ulbrecht

John Lagucki: Adult Men

Joseph Fisher: Adult Chorus

Andre Frazier: Adult Chorus

Jordy Vargas: Adult Chorus


Production Team:

Brian NewbergBrian Newberg: Director
Brian Newberg is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director at Kent State University at Stark. Brian’s directing experience (over eighty production credits) includes Broadway, Regional, Equity Waiver, industry showcases, new work development, and many college productions. He has extensive experience as an actor (over seventy production credits) in the New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oregon areas. He has also served as an Associate Artistic Director for a regional theatre company, run his own private acting studios, and taught at a number of colleges on the west coast before coming to Kent State. Brian is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, Irvine.

Laurel Seeds Laurel Seeds: Musical Director
Laurel Seedsreceived her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Kent State University.  She is an Associate Professor in the Music Department at Kent State Stark Campus and teaches applied voice, applied studio musicianship voice and class piano.  Laurel is a frequent recitalist, performer, accompanist and music director and has performed with The Lyric Theatre Ensemble, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Akron Baroque, Canton Comic Opera, Canton Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and the Concert Series of The English Church of St. Mark’s in Florence, Italy. She is a member of Delta Omicron, The MacDowell Music Club, The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association and is active as a Solo and Ensemble adjudicator in the state of Ohio.  

Angelo LemmoAngelo Lemmo: Choreographer

Louis WilliamsLouis Williams: Scenic & Lighting Designer
Louis Williams is the resident technical director, and scenic and lighting designer, at Kent State Stark and has designed over 200 productions in 30 years in theatre, opera, ballet and rock-n-roll. This includes work with such theatre companies as: The American Ballet Theatre II, The Joffrey Ballet II, The Arizona Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, The Kenley Players, The Ohio Light Opera, The Cleveland Opera, The Cinncinnati Opera, Southern Arizona Light Opera Company, Carousel Dinner Theatre, The Agora, Cleveland Ohio, The Temple Of Music And Art, Tucson, Arizona, ChildsPlay Inc, of Phoenix, Arizona, and The Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale, Arizona. Read more.

Susan BlurtonSusan Blurton: Costume Designer
Susan Blurton has designed costumes for various productions over the past 16 years including the Canton Palace Theater, Canton Civic Center, Players Guild, Porthouse Theatre, John F. Knight Center, Akron Civic Theater and The Christmas Spectacular, which was recorded and aired on PBS. She began her venture into theatre while living in New York and freelancing for Off-Broadway shows, mainly as a stitcher and pattern maker. She designed sportswear for the 7th Ave. design house Ellen Tracy/Liz Claiborne. Her duties included designs for sportswear and the dress division, purchases of all fabric and trims, and dressing models at runway shows and photo shoots. While living in L.A., she served as a dresser to Franki Valli, The Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and she was a personal shopper for Aaron Spelling. Along with designing costumes, she is an active artist and art teacher. She received her B.S. in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati, Teaching Certification from Mount Union University and M.A. from Marygrove College.

Stephen OstertagStephen Ostertag: Costume Designer



Ron JarvisRon Jarvis: Sound Designer
You might recognize Ron Jarvis as a performer, producer, music director, and/or composer for such stalwart North East Ohio acts as The Buckeye Biscuit Band, Ital, First Light, Alex Bevan, Pat Dailey and, most recently, Macaw; the American Worldbeat Band.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at Kent State where he has taught Art of the Theatre and Theatre Criticism classes as well as the three part series of Sound Design and Technology classes for the Entertainment Arts and Technologies certificates program.Ron has worked with world renowned directors Vincent Dowling (composition for The Winter’s Tale at Kent State) as well as Ping Chong (Blindness: The Irresistible Light Of Encounter at La Mama Theatre in NYC) and has served as a live mix consultant at Geauga Lake and Cedar Point Amusement Parks. Although his first sound design for Kent State Stark was for the 2002 production of Dancing at Lughnasa, since 2007 he has designed many of the Kent State Stark theatrical productions including Oklahoma!, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Into the Woods, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Mikado, Crazy for You, Dating is Tough to Do...and Funny, Too!, Songs for a New World, Plumfield, Iraq, Evil Dead: The Musical and Anton in Show Business.

Jessica Swank: Assistant Director

Molly Patterson: Stage Manager

Maya Nicholson: Assistant Stage Manager

James McKeon: Scenic/Lighting Design Assistant

Laurel Borkowski: Scenic/Lighting Design Assistant

Costume Design Assistant

Jered Rossow: Sound Design Assistant

Alissa Gates: Sound Design Assistant

Paul Crisafi: Sound Design Assistant

Jillian Dailey: Crew

Michaela Muckelrath: Crew

Samantha Wadsworth: Crew

Bryan Stefee: Crew

David Sponhour: Crew