Kent State University at Stark Theatre
Fine Arts Building
6000 Frank Avenue NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
Box Office & Will Call
Fine Arts Lobby
Box Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 1 - 5 p.m.
Opens 2 weeks prior to a performance.
103A Fine Arts
In case of inclement weather conditions, please check Kent State University at Stark’s website for up-to-date information on theatre performance cancellations.
Patrons requiring physical accommodations or accessible seating should contact the Box Office prior to ticket purchase. Accessible seating is located in the back row of the theater.
Kent State University at Stark does not permit the use of the Fine Arts Theatre to external groups and organizations.
Available after opening night.
Book and lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
This Tony Award-winning rock musical tells the story of desire and confusion as teenagers’ hormones collide during the journey from youth to adulthood. Through rebellious trials and tribulations, the sensuality of the characters is often denied and suppressed, leading to tragic consequences. The poignant and revealing messages in Spring Awakening are powerful, passionate and unforgettable.
For mature audiences only, due to sexual content, strong (profane) language and the theme of abuse.
Performance Dates:February 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 8 p.m.
February 22 and March 1 (ASL interpreted) at 2:30 p.m.
Ticket Information:Adults - $14
Seniors (55 and over) - $10
Non-KSU Students (17 and under) - $10
KSU Students - Free with current ID
- Tickets go on sale February 9.
- Purchase tickets online, by phone or in person at the Box Office.
- Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. Checks and cash accepted in person at the Box Office.
- Tickets purchased online or by phone will be available at Will Call.
- Will Call opens one hour prior to curtain time and closes when the performance begins.
- Kent State Students: Free admission with current Kent State ID. Seats must be reserved in person at the Box Office.
- No refunds for purchased tickets. Exchanges for the same production can be made by contacting the Box Office prior to the reserved performance date.
- Tickets held at Will Call will be forfeited if not picked up by curtain time.
Ticket sales begin February 9 at 8 a.m.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE HERE
- Tickets for Friday, Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.
- Tickets for Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m.
- Tickets for Sunday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m.
- Tickets for Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.
- Tickets for Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.
- Tickets for Sunday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Caitlin Roberts: Wendla
Erika Butler: Martha
Sarah Marie Young: Thea
Paige Burris: Anna
Beth Recob: Ilse
Cassandra Terry: Adult Women
Abigail Morrill: Female Chorus
Michael Fox: Melchoir
Joseph Ball: Moritz
Connor Reese: Hanschen/Rupert
Bryan Russell: Ernst/Reinhold
Matthew Smetana: Georg/Dieter
Matthew Heppe: Otto/Ulbrecht
John Lagucki: Adult Men
Joseph Fisher: Adult Chorus
Andre Frazier: Adult Chorus
Jordy Vargas: Adult Chorus
Brian Newberg: Director
Brian Newberg is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director at Kent State University at Stark. Brian’s directing experience (over eighty production credits) includes Broadway, Regional, Equity Waiver, industry showcases, new work development, and many college productions. He has extensive experience as an actor (over seventy production credits) in the New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Oregon areas. He has also served as an Associate Artistic Director for a regional theatre company, run his own private acting studios, and taught at a number of colleges on the west coast before coming to Kent State. Brian is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California, Irvine.
Laurel Seeds: Musical Director
Laurel Seedsreceived her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Music Education and Vocal Performance from Kent State University. She is an Associate Professor in the Music Department at Kent State Stark Campus and teaches applied voice, applied studio musicianship voice and class piano. Laurel is a frequent recitalist, performer, accompanist and music director and has performed with The Lyric Theatre Ensemble, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Akron Baroque, Canton Comic Opera, Canton Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and the Concert Series of The English Church of St. Mark’s in Florence, Italy. She is a member of Delta Omicron, The MacDowell Music Club, The National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association and is active as a Solo and Ensemble adjudicator in the state of Ohio.
Angelo Lemmo: Choreographer
Louis Williams: Scenic & Lighting Designer
Louis Williams is the resident technical director, and scenic and lighting designer, at Kent State Stark and has designed over 200 productions in 30 years in theatre, opera, ballet and rock-n-roll. This includes work with such theatre companies as: The American Ballet Theatre II, The Joffrey Ballet II, The Arizona Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, The Kenley Players, The Ohio Light Opera, The Cleveland Opera, The Cinncinnati Opera, Southern Arizona Light Opera Company, Carousel Dinner Theatre, The Agora, Cleveland Ohio, The Temple Of Music And Art, Tucson, Arizona, ChildsPlay Inc, of Phoenix, Arizona, and The Scottsdale Civic Center, Scottsdale, Arizona. Read more.
Susan Blurton: Costume Designer
Susan Blurton has designed costumes for various productions over the past 16 years including the Canton Palace Theater, Canton Civic Center, Players Guild, Porthouse Theatre, John F. Knight Center, Akron Civic Theater and The Christmas Spectacular, which was recorded and aired on PBS. She began her venture into theatre while living in New York and freelancing for Off-Broadway shows, mainly as a stitcher and pattern maker. She designed sportswear for the 7th Ave. design house Ellen Tracy/Liz Claiborne. Her duties included designs for sportswear and the dress division, purchases of all fabric and trims, and dressing models at runway shows and photo shoots. While living in L.A., she served as a dresser to Franki Valli, The Pointer Sisters, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and she was a personal shopper for Aaron Spelling. Along with designing costumes, she is an active artist and art teacher. She received her B.S. in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati, Teaching Certification from Mount Union University and M.A. from Marygrove College.
Stephen Ostertag: Costume Designer
Ron Jarvis: Sound Designer
You might recognize Ron Jarvis as a performer, producer, music director, and/or composer for such stalwart North East Ohio acts as The Buckeye Biscuit Band, Ital, First Light, Alex Bevan, Pat Dailey and, most recently, Macaw; the American Worldbeat Band. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Kent State where he has taught Art of the Theatre and Theatre Criticism classes as well as the three part series of Sound Design and Technology classes for the Entertainment Arts and Technologies certificates program.Ron has worked with world renowned directors Vincent Dowling (composition for The Winter’s Tale at Kent State) as well as Ping Chong (Blindness: The Irresistible Light Of Encounter at La Mama Theatre in NYC) and has served as a live mix consultant at Geauga Lake and Cedar Point Amusement Parks. Although his first sound design for Kent State Stark was for the 2002 production of Dancing at Lughnasa, since 2007 he has designed many of the Kent State Stark theatrical productions including Oklahoma!, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Into the Woods, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Mikado, Crazy for You, Dating is Tough to Do...and Funny, Too!, Songs for a New World, Plumfield, Iraq, Evil Dead: The Musical and Anton in Show Business.
Jessica Swank: Assistant Director
Molly Patterson: Stage Manager
Maya Nicholson: Assistant Stage Manager
James McKeon: Scenic/Lighting Design Assistant
Laurel Borkowski: Scenic/Lighting Design Assistant
Costume Design Assistant
Jered Rossow: Sound Design Assistant
Alissa Gates: Sound Design Assistant
Paul Crisafi: Sound Design Assistant
Jillian Dailey: Crew
Michaela Muckelrath: Crew
Samantha Wadsworth: Crew
Bryan Stefee: Crew
David Sponhour: Crew