Is Spring Awakening appropriate for a 13 year old?

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The majority is sexual in nature, straight, gay, s/m...I'd leave the 13 year old home...unless of course he knows everything already (and which 13 year old doesn't)
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95% of the show?
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I would say leave the 13 year old at home.
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Not only is it inappropriate, but it's not very good either.
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It's very very "edgy," but it really depends on the maturity of your 13 year-old. I was thinking the other day that I really wish I'd had a show like Spring Awakening when I was 13 or 14.
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It's a completely innocent and positive musical. You can't go wrong.
....but the world goes 'round
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It depends on his/her maturity level. I've once seen a girl who looked to be at most 11 or 12 years old in the audience with her mother and she seemed to be able to handle the subject matter fine. I don't necessarily agree that a child that young should be taken to a show with such sexually explicit subject matter, but it really depends on a person's maturity level.
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Tom148502-wtf?

SA is one of the best shows on b-way now...

and to the original poster

when I was 13, 3 years ago..I would have understood everything...So if it is a kid..or understands all the sex, language and all that junk..take em...

if not..leave em home
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^ Ha! I saw this when I was 13.
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Bring the 13 year old unless he or she is very immature for their age. They will get it. They will like it. I saw Spring Awakening when I was 15. I could have easily enjoyed it two years earlier.
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Aside from sex....there's also an issue of suicide and abortion....and subtle reference to atheism!

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I think it is fine for a 13 year old. He/she will love it.
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If they're mature enough then they'll most likely enjoy it, and for that, it's worth taking them.

Just don't expect them to fully appreciate it at the age of 13. But they should enjoy it.
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Oh lord, I forgot about the subtle references to Athiesm! Get this show off of Broadway immediately! Abominable!
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I'm 13, and I loved it.
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Here's some of the themes in the musical:

1. Pre-Marital Sex - also includes mild nudity.

2. Masturbation
- also there was a scene where's there is a subtle reference to Melchior teaching Moritz how to masturbate. (TOUCH ME number)
-a young man masturbating while girls are singing MY JUNK

3. S/M- Wendla wants to experience violence.

4. Sexual Molestation

5. Homosexuality

6. Atheism (subtle reference)

7. Abortion

8. Suicide

I will think of more...Its been awhile since I saw it... it was on previews...

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Updated On: 4/16/08 at 10:04 PM
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A mature 13 year old will be fine at SA. The issues raised in this wonderful show are ones 13 year olds live with every day. It can be a springboard for parents and teens to talk more comfortably and openly because they have shared the experience of seeing the show together. But I think the ideal situation is to go with friends, and seat the teens separately!
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Yes. If he's going with other teenagers. Some of it may go a LITTLE over his head. But there's some enjoyment to be found.
With a parent/close relative? No.
How uncomfortable.
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I think all teenagers know about those themes already...

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Umm, jaystarr, how on earth is Atheism put on a list with suicide and sexual molestation? If you're going to put Atheism on there, put Christianity too.
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It really all depends on the maturity of your thirteen your old. I wouldn't have been able to handle it as a thirteen year old, but I know a few thirteen year olds who love this show. It really depends on if you are okay with your child to watching all of the sexual/religious themes and if u think they can handle it, then go for it! I mean all of this stuff is real and goes on in the world. And the characters in this are 14. If not, don't. It just may be awkward seeing it a parent!
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oh yea! youre right! duh? lol

9. Religion- specifically Christianity.

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If she's seen Rent, take her. She can obviously deal with more mature themes, though Spring Awakening is a bit more (with nudity, and all). But if she likes Rent she'll probably like Spring Awakening too.
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Agree with Invito re: Christianity.

A big part of SA is also about fear of failure, and the intense academic and social pressures on students in a school setting- any 13 year old will relate to these. The issue of whether teens have access to sex information in an era "abstinence only" education is particularly relevant.
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http://youtube.com/watch?v=PSyLcIOJ0CQ

It is truly a beautiful show.
My brother saw it at 11 and it was way too early for him. My mother regreted it.
However, it was perfectly okay for my 13 year old sister. Don't listen to everyone who says it's innapropriate unless they can clearly remember what life was like at 13.

Have a talk with your daughter, ask her if she feels comfortable. I am so comfortable with my mother and was totally okay with her sitting next to me while watching a sex scene.
Updated On: 4/16/08 at 10:32 PM