It was only a year ago when Balagan Theatre was forced to close down their doors at their home on Capitol Hill, underneath Boom Noodle, but these guys and gals have been busy bees to get things rolling again. With the artists and administrators at Balagan Theatre back in motion and gearing up for their upcoming opening production “Spring Awakening”. This Seattle-premiere production features the talent of local actors: Jerick Hoffer, Diana Huey and Brian Earp, and it tells a story of teens whose connections has tragic repercussions. Director guru, Eric Ankrim, brings this story to life here on Capitol Hill at The Erikson Off-Broadway Theatre, which Balagan Theatre is now managing. Ankrim has been emerging and growing as a local director in the form of musical theater with directing credits at The 5th Avenue Theatre and beyond.
There is a great sense of excitement and scare when you are counting the days down to opening night of a production, all because of the mystery. What is about to be released to the hound-dogs and how am I going to react at what the product has to offer, there right into my face?
“Spring Awakening” is an offbeat, teen rock musical about young love and social repression, based on the highly controversial play of the same name by Frank Wedekind. One of the noteable actors joining the cast is Jerick Hoffer, who is known to many as Jinkx Monsoon, the current host of Le Faux / Julia’s on Broadway. Capitol Hill is filled with young love and social repression so it’s one smart move to produce this musical and perform this rock n roll masterpiece on Capitol Hill, in the middle of the scene. The slogan and expression that Balagan Theatre strives to explore is “Redefine Your Nightlife” and it’s an expression that has not escaped them during the hiatus of twenty-eleven. You will only have six chances to consume Spring Awakening at Balagan Theatre and tickets begin at only $20. Catch it once, catch it twice and explore the greater purpose of live theater and that’s beginning a conversation, emerging yourself in someone else’s story and give yourself the power to think, educate and inspire. Come join this community meeting space for Balagan Theatre’s production of Spring Awakening, a place where you enter as strangers, but leave as friends.
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