Ray Shultz's Spring Awakening

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On Thursday, October 19th, Ray Shultz, Professor of theater arts, and the theatre company, presented a lecture/demonstration on the soon to be staged musical Spring Awakening. Several members of the company as well as Professor Shultz spoke about the musical and gave the audience some of the background informations, as well as enacted three excerpts of the production. The musical, Shultz explains, was written in the Spring of 1890, and although at the beginning was considered scandalous, it is now considered a classic of dramatic literature, as it has influenced and anticipated a lot of other dramatic forms. It is a very influential play even though not well known to mainstream audiences. At the time of its creation it was very reviled and controversial, and because of that it was not given a sage until 1906 in Berlin. After than, the production was banned in many places until 1974, when in England the…show more content…
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