Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Shiek
SPRING AWAKENING is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
Part of the mission of Wild Horse Stage Co is to produce shows that engage and challenge the community. Spring Awakening was a natural fit for us with timeless themes that resonate with people of all ages but especially for teens and young adults. Spring Awakening is based on Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 drama, which was scandalous in its day for addressing sex, violence, and suicide. The show explores the journey of teenagers growing up in 1890s Germany as they navigate the complexities of growing up, love, and loss. Spring Awakening gives a voice to those young people both in the past and in our present day who face the same hardships. We wanted to create a clear distinction between the real life sepia-toned "scene world" and the heightened neon rock fantasy of "song world" where the characters can truly express themselves through song. We also wanted to highlight the topics this show deals with that can be too often swept under the rug including abortion, suicide, mental health, and abuse. We felt this show was especially important to produce this year as the rights of women and the LGBTQIA community are being stripped away yet again.
The concept for our production differs from the original Broadway show as we wanted to make sure we were creating a production that stayed true to our space, our community, and most importantly reflected the authentic selves of our cast. We focused on themes of death and rebirth with the enigmatic character of Ilse representing both of those concepts as well as acting as our primary storyteller, weaving throughout the show.
We hope that our production of Spring Awakening brings the critical message to our audience and especially young people in our community that whatever you are going though, wherever you are, whoever you love, it's okay. You are not alone in your struggles and there is light to be found. We are so grateful for our talented, kind, and brave cast for going with us on this journey of discovery and bringing this controversial but important show to our community.
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Melchior - Henry James
Moritz - Xander Borg
Hanschen - Quentin Powers
Ernst - Kaleb Vaughn
Georg - Jacob Nichols
Otto, u/s Hanschen - Trevor Young
Wendla - Cassidy Buchan
Ilse - Melody Ricketts
Martha - Serena Dantzler
Thea - Kendall McDonald
Anna - Alicia Wilson
Female Ensemble, u/s Anna - Baylee Spear
Female Ensemble - Julia Nolan
Female Ensemble - Becca Hughey
Female Ensemble, u/s Ilse - Lara Vo
Female Ensemble, u/s Martha - Tiffany Cornejo
Male Ensemble, Rupert, u/s Ernst - Ethan Spier
Male Ensemble, Ulbrecht, u/s Otto - Isaiah Williams
Male Ensemble, Dieter - M. Colton Brodeur
Male Ensemble, Reinhold, u/s Georg - Ryan Walker
Adult Woman 1 - Marti Creveling
Adult Woman 2 - Katie Koerner
Adult Man - Joe Paslov
Directors: SIERRA SCOTT & TARA BURKE
Choreographer: STEPHEN MOORE
Music Director: MARSHALL JONES
Intimacy Director: THOMAS RAO
IDEA Consultant: ANTHONY MENDOZA
Stage Manager: MELINA FROGGET
Assistant Stage Manager: EMMA ACHTABOWSKI
Producer: WILD HORSE PRODUCTIONS
Light Design/Operator - TARA BURKE
Sound Operator - DON BURKE
Stage Crew: PHOENIX BURKE, REAGAN HUKARI, JOSH NICHOLS
Special Thank You to:
Melody Jane Photo, John Paul Rivard (wig master), The Brewery Arts Center,
Wild Horse Productions and all our Volunteers
Xander has been performing since 2013, with favorite roles including Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain, Bert in Mary Poppins, and Mark in Rent. Xander would like to thank Wild Horse for giving him the opportunity to play a dream role, Moritz Stiefel in his favorite show, Spring Awakening. Xander hopes this show will raise awareness toward mental health, a vastly under discussed issue.
Ever since their childhood roles of Aladdin in 'Aladdin' and Sour Kangaroo in 'Suessical the Musical', Serena has known they belong on stage. Having performed in over twenty local productions and taken a short hiatus after graduating high school, Serena has since rekindled their relationship with the theater in two of their favorite roles to date: Joanne in Rent and Bebe Benzenheimer in A Chorus Line both with Wild Horse Stage Co. They are currently studying to receive a degree in Computer Science Engineering, but can't think of a better way to spend free time than performing with their best friends. When they're not performing or doing homework, you could probably find them karaoke-ing with friends or playing mario kart with their best and most fluffiest one, their kitty Sasha.
Before moving to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue a career in art direction, photography, and scenic design, Henry spent his childhood performing right here in Carson City. Some of his favorite past roles include Mr. Mushnik in “Little Shop of Horrors”, Bobby Strong in “Urinetown the Musical”, and Pippin in “Pippin”. While in Southern California, Henry was a featured soloist with the Long Beach Camerata Singers. He put life in LA on pause to audition for this production, and is thrilled to return to the stage after a seven-year hiatus to play Melchior Gabor, a dream role.
Jake is thrilled to be back with WHSC again for Spring Awakening! Jake started his musical theatre journey back in 2008 with his first show Annie with Backstage Kids. Some of his favorite roles to date include Ram Sweeney in Heathers: High School Edition (WHSC), Mike Costa in A Chous Line (WHSC), and Steve in Rent (WHSC). Jake also has 14+ years of dance under his belt, with Tap being his favorite style. He hopes that his theatre background and major love for Disney helps him to one day perform in the parks. He wants to thank every director and choreographer who helped him get where he is today! Finally, he hopes everyone comes out to see this amazing production!!
Melody Ricketts is thrilled to be a part of Carson City's first ever production of one of her all-time favorite musicals. She grew up doing Wild Horse Children's Theater and, after living/performing professionally in Los Angeles for several years, her path led her back to Nevada... and it means a lot that she gets to perform with the company again as an adult. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Fantine in Les Miserables and St. Jimmy in American Idiot. When she's not rehearsing, she keeps herself busy with her photography business (melody jane photo) and writing. Her original musical ("Devil You Don't") was recorded in the summer of 2021 with a full band and will be released as a demo EP album in February, 2023. Once released, she hopes to acquire a full team to help bring it to the stage as a full-blown production. She'd like to thank the endless love and inspiration from her friends and family... and to Carson City in general for making such an effort to increase/support art!
Alicia is thrilled to be apart of their third show with WHSC. They have been performing since the age of eight with the support of their parents, showing them the many different hats in theatre from wings to stage. Besides performing, they spend their time watching Bluey with their daughter, Eleanor, and serving coffee to their local community. Alicia would like to thank everyone who’s supported and encouraged them to continue performing, “I couldn’t do it without you.” Special thanks to CB, KV, and ES.
M. Colton Brodeur
Colton usually prefers to stay behind the curtain but has made a rare exception due to their love of this show and these people. Having last performed in a musical over 11 years ago, they have been working as a professional stage technician most of their adult life. These days Colton has been putting more time into practicing their passion of poetry, and can be found reading their work nearly every Monday night at Spoken Views Collective's poetry open mic in Reno. Colton loves the artist community more than anything, and is thrilled to share a stage with all of these wonderful people.
Becca has been performing in the community for most of her life and has been in close to 40 productions! Some of her favorite theatrical experiences have been Frozen (Elsa), Heathers, Newsies, Dear Edwina, and currently, Carrie. Becca is a senior at Carson High School where she competes on their Thespians team and will be representing CHS at the International Thespian Festival this upcoming summer. She’s planning to continue her education in musical theatre after high school. She’d love to thank the entire team at Wild Horse Productions along with Darby Beckwith for cheering her on and always creating a safe and environment for growth.
Ensemble, u/s Anna
Baylee has been performing since she was 3. Her first show was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as a baby beaver with Wild Horse Children’s Theater and Baylee has been performing ever since. Her most recent show was Rent with Wild Horse Stage Co. which changed her life. She looks forward to bringing trans representation to the theater community. Performing isn’t her only passion, currently, she is currently going to school for Gender, Race, and Identity studies, with the current goal of a masters degree in the field. To help build safe spaces for people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and races. In her free time Baylee loves making ceramic pieces in her studio with her friends, reading queer novels or just vibing with her houseplants. Baylee is so excited to be a part of this amazing production and is ecstatic to work with all of these talented individuals. “Speak your mind even if your voice shakes” -RBG
Ensemble, u/s Isle
Lara received her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. She has previously performed in RENT (Maureen), 35MM: A Musical Exhibition (Woman 1), and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy). When Lara is not doing theatre, her second passions are social work and aerial arts. Special thanks to JM, KL, PL, and MT for their never-ending support. Follow me on instagram @princess.lara.vo Enjoy the show!
Ensemble, Ulbrecht, u/s Otto
Isaiah Williams is a local performer of 8 years. Starting in 2014 as an extra in Carson High School's production of "Pippin," and soon climbing into supporting and secondary lead roles. In other CHS musical productions of "Kiss Me Kate," and "Godspell." And Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company's "Crazy for You" and "Once upon a Mattress." He has also dabbled in Horror, winning a Carson Creepy award for Best Performance in the horror short film "Ready or Not." This is his first time appearing in a Wild Horse Production since "Legally Blonde Jr." in 2017. When not acting or singing, he loves to focus his efforts towards writing stories.
Adult Woman 2
Katie started performing in middle school and fell in love with the theater. In high school she would often perform multiple shows at a time. Her first show with Wild Horse was The Chronicle on Narnia; The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe 15 years ago where she played Susan, one of her favorite rolls. Her other favorite roll she has played was Tim (yes a man) in Noises Off. She eventually found she loved helping backstage as much as being on stage. She has been working as a stage manager for Wild Horse for many years now and is excited and nervous to step back on stage; as the last time she performed 9 years ago. She is ready to step back out on stage and excited to do so with some of the same people she shared a stage with when she was younger.
Cassidy Buchan has been performing since she was 6 and has been apart of over 30 shows. Spring Awakening was a step out of her comfort zone, but she is so happy to be involved with such an amazing production with some of her closest friends! Some of her favorite roles she has played include Aladdin: Jasmine, A Chorus Line: Diana Morales, Newsies: Elmer, and Matilda: dance troupe and older student. Not only has she performed in many shows, but she is also very involved with the backstage part of theatre. She has assisted in choreographing 3 shows and is in the process of assisting with another currently. When she’s not performing she works a full time job as an assistant teacher at a daycare/preschool and enjoys staying home with her two rescued cats, Nala and Jasper.
This is Kendall’s first production with Wildhorse Stage CO is Spring Awakening, and she's incredibly excited and honored to be part of the show! Kendall first found her passion for musical theater when she was 11 years old, and her appreciation and love for being on stage has only increased throughout the years. Due to this desire and love for performing, you can find Kendall in at least three different shows all at the same time. She’ll be the first to tell you she’s happy to be there and grateful for her directors and friends who provide her with the opportunity to be the best she can be!
Kendall’s last performance was playing Nancy in Wild Horse Children’s Theater, Oliver Jr. That was her first big role where she was able to make many cherished memories that will last a lifetime. One in particular happened to be when she received the Spirit of Wild Horse award! When she's not on stage, you can usually find her ballroom dancing, with Salsa being her favorite dance. Other hobbies include painting portraits, knitting for fun, writing songs, or even capturing photos that she posts daily on her social media. Kendall also loves helping her family with their real estate business, and she is planning to get her own real estate license very soon.
Quentin has an extreme passion for music and arts and is delighted to be in another wild horse stage co. production! His past roles include Bill Slank and teacher in Peter and the Starcatcher, Davey in Newsies (Wild Horse Productions), and Roger in Rent (Wild Horse Stage Co.)
Kaleb has performed in a variety of shows throughout his life, most recently taking part in the WHSC production of RENT and playing Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors at TWNN. He is currently working to pursue degrees in both theater and journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. In addition to performing, Kaleb also teaches the teen acting class at TWNN where he is passionate about building a theater space that thrives off of inclusion. Outside of the theater, he can be found either bothering his brother, Oliver, or bothering his cat, Parker. Kaleb would like to thank his Wildhorse theater family for their constant support and encouragement!
Otto, u/s Hanschen
Trevor is so excited to be a part of “Spring Awakening” with WHSC. Trevor's first show was Winnie The Pooh Jr. in 2013 with Wild Horse Children’s Theater. With dozens of shows under his belt, some of his favorite roles are Shrek in Shrek Jr. (YTCC), Gomez in The Addams Family (CHS), Gregory Gardner in A Chorus Line (WHSC), and Company in RENT(WHSC). Trevor loves being on stage and backstage as a theater tech with many production Companies. When not performing Trevor is usually editing short films or fun videos for others! He hopes everyone can come and see “Spring Awakening” and that it leaves a great impact on this community to show how fun theater can be for ANYONE and EVERYONE even while performing some heavy material!
Tiffany is insanely excited to be apart of this wonderful show and is very grateful to the Wild Horse Stage Company for having her be apart of this amazing journey. This is her second show with Wild Stage Co, and third musical. She was previously Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie and Mimi in RENT. Tiffany’s hobbies include singing, eating, dancing, and watching tv shows with her boyfriend. She is excited to share the important message this show has to offer and can’t wait for people to see it!
Julia is super excited to be in her second show with Wild Horse Stage Co. She first started performing at age 10 after seeing a local production in the community and falling in love with the idea of theater. So far she has been in over 10 theatrical productions and is hoping to do more!
Julia is extremely grateful to be performing and working with such talented people. She would like to thank everyone for truly inspiring and challenging her to be a better performer.
Ensemble, Rupert, u/s Ernst
Ethan is insanely thrilled to be a part of another Wild Horse Stage Co. Production. He started his acting journey when he was about 7 years old in California. He didn’t get back into acting until moving to Carson City where he did some school plays, but eventually stepped out of his comfort zone into community theater where he landed the role of Prince Eric in Little Mermaid with Youth Theatre Carson City. He then found a home at Wild Horse Stage Co. in Heathers, RENT, A Chorus Line and now Spring Awakening. He would like to thank Judy Monson for the guidance into singing, Marshall for the help with his confidence in singing, and Sierra and Tara for trusting him enough to be in their shows. Ethan is just happy to be here today, doing what he loves. And he sends a big thank you to everyone who has supported him in doing what he loves.
Ensemble, Reinhold, u/s Georg
Ryan is so excited to be doing another show with WHSC. Ryan started his musical theatre journey back in 2021 with Elf The Musical with TWNN. Ryan’s been acting since 2020 appearing in 2 local horror films and 2 statewide commercials for NV211 and Project Worth’s gambling project. If Ryan could say anything to anyone it would be “Love and Live like there is no tomorrow!”
Adult Woman 1, Frau Gabor, Frau Bergman and Frau Bessell
Marti has been performing most of her life and in many states. Since moving to Northern NV in 2008 after her husband's Navy retirement, she has found theatre homes with multiple company's in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, Minden and Truckee. She is honored to be in her first production with Wild Horse Stage Company. Marti has also served as director, stage manager and props mistress for many productions.
Favorite roles include Mrs. Baker-"Butterflies Are Free", Jewel-"Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", Sister Regina-"Nunsense", Mother Abbess-"Sound of Music", Roz-"9 to 5", Martha Watson-"White Christmas" and Charlie Brown-"You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"
When not rehearsing or performing, you can find Marti at her "real job" as a mammography technologist.
Adult Male, the Herrs, et al
Joe, D Paslov
When Joe first signed on for this show, he thought Wildhorse was doing the iconic musical “Hair.” Turns out, he is actually playing quite a few “Herrs” of the German variety, in the production! Joe is very excited to be back performing in this space, where he has many fond memories! Especially those working with the theater’s namesake. He is very grateful to Sierra, Tara, and this amazing crew, for the opportunity of playing and performing with such an exquisite young cast!
Mama Who Bore Me – Wendla
Mama Who Bore Me (Reprise) – Wendla and Girls
All That's Known – Melchior
The Bitch of Living – Moritz, Melchior, and Boys
My Junk – Girls and Boys
Touch Me – Boys and Girls
The Word of Your Body – Wendla and Melchior
The Dark I Know Well – Martha, Ilse, and Boys
The Word of Your Body (Reprise 1) - Otto and Georg
And Then There Were None – Moritz and Boys
The Mirror-Blue Night – Melchior and Boys
I Believe – Boys and Girls
The Guilty Ones – Wendla, Melchior, Boys, and Girls
Don't Do Sadness – Moritz
Blue Wind – Ilse
Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind (Reprise) – Moritz and Ilse
Left Behind – Melchior, Boys, and Girls
Totally Fucked – Melchior and Company
The Word of Your Body (Reprise 2) – Hanschen, Ernst, Company
Whispering – Wendla
Those You've Known – Moritz, Wendla, and Melchior
The Song of Purple Summer – Company
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- Jonathan Larson