I Don T Do Sadness Play Analysis

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Rebellious Youth Storms the Stage On Thursday, April 14, 2016, I attended the final dress rehearsal for Spring Awakening in the Harvey M. Powers Theater, directed by Gary Grant and choreographed by Dustyn Martincich. This musical version by Duncan Sheik was based on the play written by Frank Wedekind in 1891. As it had been adapted as a rock musical, I was unsure what to expect from the clash of cultures. I feared that the disconnect between the setting of 19 and Americanized rock soundtrack would feel jarring. I did not find this to be the case, however. In fact, I found the soundtrack dissonance actually helped enhance the central theme of the play, which explored the necessary coming of age (or sexual “awakening”) that teenagers…show more content…
It served as a nice contrast to the period costumes and props, though I think the overall multi­level set design could have been more clear in what it was. The music contributed to some of the more emotionally poignant moments of Spring Awakening. Most notably for me was during “I Don’t Do Sadness” sung by Rodney West as Moritz. I felt this was the climax of the musical, even more so than the end of Act One with “I Believe”. I think this was because the song itself felt like an internal struggle with Moritz facing up against his future, of course climaxing with his decision to end his life. His performance was impossible to ignore because of how close he felt to audience, thanks to the extended stage which he fully utilized. I felt connected to his predicament and I’m sure many school age folk can relate to thinking that poor grades can be the worst thing in the world, especially in a society that reiterates the importance of grades so much. Though of course it was blown hugely out of proportion, West portrayed well the need to get out of his predicament using the only method…show more content…
He felt very dimensional and realistic. I think a young teenage me would have related closely to his sexual frustrations as well feelings of being overwhelmed with the importance of grades in something that just isn’t working, and having it all manifest itself in his dreams. I think it would be an interesting challenge to tap into these turmoil­filled subsections of my past and current self to better play this role, although West’s performance would be difficult to top. I think the hardest role for me to play would be Calleja as all of the adult males. It’s so hard preparing for just one role, let alone 6+. I feel it would difficult for me to really get deep into the state of mind of the characters and pull off a scene like Moritz’s funeral because I’d be spreading myself thin. How can he go from such a defeated character to being the ultimate authority as Headmaster of the prep school? Also, the fact that he was playing “the man”, essentially what everyone else is rebelling against, would be tricky for me as I don’t see myself as an uptight authoritative figure. I see myself more taking part in the rebellion with the rest of the
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