Spring Awakening By Frank Wedekind

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Spring Awakening, written by Frank Wedekind and adapted into a musical by Steven Slater and Duncan Sheik, follows the troubles and turmoil of German school children in the 19th century. These children are around 13 to 15 years old, so they are beginning to go through puberty and are experiencing a sexual awakening. Due to the society around them, they know nothing about their own bodies or sexuality. This leads to some major problems such as unwanted pregnancy, abortion, and rape. Though there are many moral and societal issues presented in the musical, Kennesaw State University’s production of Spring Awakening places the emphasis on the importance of sexual education and the problems that occur when proper education is not given to students.
This musical primarily focuses on the actions of three children: Melchior Gabor, Wendla Bergmann, and Moritz Stiefel. While in class one day, Moritz incorrectly pronounces a Latin term and gets ridiculed by the teacher. Melchior attempts to help him, but he is punished for speaking out. Moritz explains to Melchior that he cannot sleep due to “nightmares” (sexual fantasies), and Melchior has to explain that every classmate is having those as well. To help Moritz understand more, since there is no sex education, Melchior writes an essay explaining everything. Melchior and Wendla end up meeting in a field and talk about their childhood and their wanting. In the meantime, though he has technically passed his midterm examinations, Moritz is…
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