NWSA kicks off the season with the world-premiere WOKE / SPRING

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WOKE spring public relations photo.Launching the theater season at New World School of the Arts, 32 college students, under the direction of NWSA faculty member and Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage, Stuart Meltzer, will present the world premiere WOKE / SPRING, an adaptation by Meltzer of the of Frank Wedekind's expressionist play Spring Awakening. “I have loved Frank Wedekind's play Spring Awakening for years, explained director Meltzer, “I believe the play needed to be told again with an American backdrop in the Bible Belt where modernity moves at a slower pace. I also wanted to explore the magic and ghosts that live in the Appalachian Mountains.” Woke/Spring is a play with music co-composed by New World School of the Arts theater alumnus, Nate Promkul and Stuart Meltzer.
 
Opening performance – WOKE / SPRING opens on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 PM. Additional presentations on October 12, 18, and 19; 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 13 and 20; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $12; Students and seniors $5. Tickets available at http://nwsa.mdc.edu. Information at 305-237-3541.
 
“Our cast is very diverse, and that fabric is a beautiful springboard into bringing new perspectives into these staple characters. Also, by New World School of the Arts doing a world premiere production, the students and I have the opportunity to have on-hand collaboration in the rehearsal room. We work together in creating the moments that will come alive in front of an audience. The students take ownership of these characters and connect to their stories on a much more personal and poignant level,” noted Stuart who received the Carbonell Award for Best New Work in 2018 for The Goldberg Variations
 
Best known to contemporary audiences from the Broadway musical of the same name, Spring Awakening was originally written between 1890 and 1891 and caused a big raucous with its subject matter of sexual awakenings in teenagers. WOKE / SPRING is set today in Knoxville, Tennessee and mixes modern-day challenges with Appalachian myths. Focusing on three teens over the course of one year as they try to understand new urges while living in a vigorous academic and religious environment and the unfortunate circumstances in which they find themselves.
 
About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and University of Florida.
 
About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-237-3135.