BWW Feature: SPRING AWAKENING at Tri-M Productions
Tri-M Productions presents "Spring Awakening", the 2007 Tony Award-winning musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind.
This large-cast modern classic features a very timely story about what faces our youth as they mature.
Tri-M's production of Spring Awakening features over twenty Santa Fe/Albuquerque based performers, including Anna Balsamo, Elizebeth Barnes, Miles Blitch, Natalie Bonelli, Marguerite Boone, Andrew Bornman, Emily Breitbach,
Laura Garrett, Miya Hamashige, Kathryn Harrell, Marina Heaney, Caleb Heaton, Rebecca Jimenez, Katherine Keener, Jensen Klodnicki, Caiti Lord, Ian Noble, John Reiser, Victor Reyes, Emme Segler, Carlos Vazquez Baur, and Jeremiah Vigil.
Creative includes direction by Marilyn Barnes, musical direction by Kathlene Ritch, choreography by Elizebeth Barnes (with Laura Garrett as assistant choreographer), fight and intimacy choreography by
Zoe Burke (with Victory Reyes as assistant intimacy/fight choreographer), technical direction by Sarah LeBlanc, and costumes by Anne de May of Costumes, Ltd.
In addition to rehearsing for a trio of benefit concerts, the Tri-M company has been working on this production since May; many of the performers were teens -
and thus the target audience -- during either the original Broadway run or the 2015 Deaf West revival, adding additional resonance to the time spent working on this timely project.
Kathryn Harrell, who plays Martha, says, "when I first listened to The Dark I Know Well in 2006, it was just another powerhouse anthem for my angsty teenaged self to release my frustrations. Sixteen years later, our world has seen a #MeToo movement, rights being taken away from LGBTQIA+ individuals, way too many shootings, and a fight for Roe v. Wade -- again.
This song is so much more now. I am proud and honored to tell Martha's story. Her story belongs to so many women, children, and men. I am grateful that Tri-M and the entire cast have allowed me a safe space to sing about such a personal and sensitive topic."
Andrew Bornman, who is in the ensemble and understudies Georg, says, "working on Spring Awakening has been a wonderful and amazing experience. Within my own experience I have made friends and family -- not only that, but have experienced healing in myself and have helped heal others. We are ready for Santa Fe's voices to be heard."