Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING

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Spring Awakening, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, will open Olney Theatre Center 75th Anniversary Season playing on the Mainstage February 7 - March 10, 2013. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!

Spring Awakening celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy and passion you will never forget. In the tradition of Hair and Rent, Spring Awakening is a musical that has captured the heart and soul of a new generation.

Based on the Expressionist play that caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany, Spring Awakening features a captivating score by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sate.

Steve Cosson, founding Artistic Director of The Civilians and director of Anne Washburn's Mr. Burns at Woolly Mammoth [Top 10 of 2012 The Washington Post] takes the helm for this new production. Mr. Cosson is joined by Helen Hayes Award-winning Music Director Christopher Youstra and New York Choreographer Sam Pinkleton.

The cast is led by Matthew Kacergis and Alyse Alan Louis as the star-crossed lovers Melchior and Wendla. Mr. Kacergis recently made his Olney Theatre Center debut as Prince Christopher in this Winter's Cinderella. DC audiences will recognize him from his performances in Parade, The Civil War and 1776 at Ford's Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company's Two Gentlemen of Verona: In Concert. Ms. Louis appeared on Broadway as Sophie in the hit musical Mamma Mia! Other credits include Bells Are Ringing, Camp Wanatachi, The Daughters, POP! Who Shot Andy Warhol?, Xanadu, Bright Lights, Big City and Hair.

Portraying the tortured Moritz Steifel is Helen Hayes Award Winner Parker Drown. Audiences will recognize Mr. Drown from his performances in Olney Theatre Center's Cinderella, Grease and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as well as Studio Theatre's Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and Keegan Theatre's RENT, which his portrayal of Angel earned him a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical.

Rounding out the cast are MaryLee Adams, Austin VanDyke Colby, Maggie Donnelly, Samuel Edgerly, Ali Hoxie, Gracie Jones, David Landstrom, Liz Mamana, Katie McCreary, Christopher Mueller, Dayna Marie Quincy, Chris Rudy and Ethan Watermeier.

Spring Awakening is beyond sex and controversial issues. It's about conversation-one that Olney Theatre Center invites the Washington D.C. metro area to be a part of. Olney Theatre Center is offering additional Spring Awakening programming, the first of which is a panel discussion with local sexual health educators. The "Let's Talk About Sex" Panel Discussion will be held on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 7:30 pm, and will be open to the public, free of charge.

Photo Credit: Stan Barouh

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Wendla's Mother (Liz Mamana) explains, in her way, where babies come from to Wendla (Alyse Alan Louis).

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Ali Hoxie, Dayna Marie Quincy, Gracie Jones, Alyse Alan Louis and Maggie Donnelly

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Melchior (Matthew Kacergis) stands up for Moritz (Parker Drown).

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Alyse Alan Louis as Wendla

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
The Cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Melchior (Matthew Kacergis) and the cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Melchior (Matthew Kacergis) and the cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
The cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Melchior (Matthew Kacergis) and Wendla (Alyse Alan Louis) share a moment.

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Parker Drown

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Melchior (Matthew Kacergis) and Wendla (Alyse Alan Louis) listen to the sounds of their bodies.

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Moritz (Parker Drown) prepares to commit one last desperate act.

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Melchior (Matthew Kacergis) is prosecuted by his teachers (Liz Mamana and Ethan Watermeier).

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
The cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
The cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
The cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
The cast of Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Liz Mamana and Ethan Watermeier portray all the adult roles in Olney Theater Center's production of SPRING AWAKENING.

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING
Hanschen (Austin VanDyke Colby) and Ernst (David Landstrom) realize their mutual attraction.

Photo Flash: First Look at Olney Theatre Center's SPRING AWAKENING

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