Watching a play is the second-best way to achieve emotional catharsis, right behind writing a play about achieving emotional catharsis. Tear-stain a playbill with this GrouponLive deal.
- $30 for two tickets to see Spring Awakening (up to a $60 value)
- Where: Theatre Cedar Rapids
- Seating: center orchestra or balcony
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
- Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Addressing the darker side of adolescent life in a sexually restrictive society, the 2007 Tony–sweeping musical Spring Awakening is based on an 1892 play of the same name, rarely performed and often banned in its own time. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik arranged, scored, and adapted this raw, unfiltered story, which follows a student body of turn-of-the-century teenagers as they navigate the difficult road to adulthood. The singer-songwriter behind the radio hit "Barely Breathing," Sheik sets the uncomfortable truths of adolescent sexual anxiety to heart-wrenching songs, such as the romantically naïve Wendla's unanswered plea for wisdom in "Mama Who Bore Me," and "Touch Me," a tender, triumphant ballad that buzzes with physical desire. The centerpiece of the drama is the growing attraction between the headstrong yet well-educated Melchior and Wendla, whose faulty knowledge leads to tragedy.
Meanwhile, Melchior's best friend, Moritz, pines for the Bohemian runaway Ilse, and tirelessly works to succeed in school even as he struggles to rein in his stampeding libido. None of the central couples' classmates are free of secrets either, and the musical boldly faces these realities, from closeted homosexuality to child abuse. This musical contains adult content and profanity and is intended for mature audiences.
Theatre Cedar Rapids
Voted Best Theater of 2010 and 2011 in KCRG-TV9's CityVoter poll, the community collective of Theatre Cedar Rapids gathers accolades as it grows. The seeds of the company were planted in 1925, when a tiny troupe of thespians played its heart out to audiences of only 30. The theater now reaches more than 50,000 eastern Iowans with its education programs and full seasons of musicals, comedies, and dramas. Although its Iowa Theater Building home has been recently refurbished with new sound and light systems, the theater maintains the charm of its 1920s vaudeville and movie-house origin with a functioning Rhinestone Barton theater organ, 550-seat capacity, and absence of holographic ushers.