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Broadway Players present Spring Awakening


John St. John, left, gives Myra Lynn Fearn, center, direction in an exercise with Christiana Caleca in a rehearsal at the Broadway Theatre for the Broadway Players upcoming production of Spring Awakening.

The Broadway Players have never been shy about performing cutting-edge theater. Their opening musical this year is no different. Spring Awakening will hit the stage in early September. And yes, what you’ve heard is true. There will be nudity. In fact, Myra Lynn Fearn, of Mt. Pleasant, makes a point to tell people who ask about the show is that it’s rated R. She tells them this first and, according to her, some people don’t want to hear any more but others are intrigued.

MMCC has multiple connections to the production. Director John St. John got his LPN Certificate from MMCC in 1985. Cast member Fearn is a former MMCC student, and Cristianna Caleca, of Mt. Pleasant, works at MMCC in Library and Learning Services. All three are graduates of Mt. Pleasant High School.

Myra Lynn Fearn rehearses her upcoming solo for Spring Awakening.

According to Fearn who plays Martha, her character admits to being abused by her father. The girl’s mother either doesn’t care or is oblivious to the situation.

Caleca plays all of the adult female roles and enjoys being able to play a variety of characters. During the show the adults give a lot of incorrect information to the teens and leave out important details along the way.

Cristianna Caleca focuses during rehearsal for a scene of Spring Awakening.

The show is not suggested for anyone under the age of 18 and has been rated “R” by the Broadway for its nudity, language and other sexual content. It is a pop-rock adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s 1981 play about the excitement and rebellion of teen years. The show won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Original Score.

Performances will be held Sept. 6-8 and 13-15 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at Ace of Diamonds, Ric’s Food Center in Mt. Pleasant, and at the door. The Broadway Theatre is located at 216 E. Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant.

Additional productions scheduled for this season include “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Spring Awakening Cast List:
Melchior: Conor Hall
Wendla: Kayla Crawford
Hanschen: Kevin Gage
Martha: Myra Fearn
Georg: Matthew Fox
Thea: Marissa McConnell
Anna: Iana Neville
Adult Female: Cristiana Caleca
Moritz: Dillon Harke
Ernst: Patrick Davis
Otto: Dan Schafer
Ilsa: Kate Compton
Adult Male: Mark Carpenter


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