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    BPA Musical | Make it Dinner & a Show! Final Shows! May 13-15
    Posted on 05/09/2021
    Spring Awakening Poster

    Spring Awakening | Ballard High School’s musical Spring Awakening rocks with teen rebellion and questioning

    The nature of all teenagers is to question their parents. Back in 1890’s Germany, things were no different. Spring Awakening follows three teenagers in a small village who experience the dawn of their own sexuality. They inevitably awaken to both joy and pain, with little direction from the adults around them.

    The original play from 1891 was so scandalous for addressing sex violence and suicide that it was not staged until 1906. This contemporary production was first staged on Broadway in 2006, with a rock soundtrack by Duncan Sheik.

    The story follows three teenagers in a small German village: blossoming 14-year-old Wendla; socially awkward Moritz; and their fearless classmate Melchior. Raised by prudish parents in a repressive school environment, they experience the dawn of their own sexuality. Inevitably they awaken to both joy and pain, with little direction from the adults around them.

    Ballard’s virtual production is directed by Shawn M. Riley with musical direction by BHS choir teacher Courtney Rowley. Eia Waltzer choreographed the show and BHS alumnus Gustavo Gutierrez is director of photography and editing. The cast features 21 Ballard HS students.

    Performance Details | Show Dates! May 13-15 | 7:30pm

    The performances will be live-streamed on May 13, 14, 15, and begin at 7:30 pm.


    ***Parental advisory due to subject matter***
    Tickets are $25. Order tickets at and you will be provided a link to watch it on the evening you select. Performers rehearsed completely via Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Purchasing a “streaming” ticket is the same as buying a ticket to a traditional live production. You will receive an email from with the link in it for viewing the show.

    NOTE: The ticket you buy will indicate the specific date you chose on the website. The link is only good for one viewing on that day. It is not a live link that can be sent to others to watch the show when you are finished with it. For any questions please contact Shawn Riley at

    Parental Guidance Advisory for explicit language and content.
    Trigger Warning: The musical addresses adult and teenage themes, such as teen pregnancy, suicide, academic pressure, and social acceptance. During the run of the show there will be virtual talk-backs

    Make it Dinner and a Show

    Alison’s Coastal Kitchen Takeout has put together a spring-themed, takeout dinner box ($55 for two) to enjoy with the show. Preorder now at Alison's Coast at Home (with 24-hour notice) 

    Alsons Bakery image blue starAlison's Coastal Cafe & Bakery | We are partnering with woman-owned "Alison"s Coastal Cafe" in Ballard. Her food is mouth-watering but we originally got to know Alison through her work as a counselor with the Ballard Boys Girls Club.

    Given some of the themes of this play, pairing up with someone who familiar with the themes of the show made sense. As BHS Theatre Director Shawn M. Riley puts it's “Teenagers face hardships in every generation and this year has been no exception,” he says "I chose this play because the message of Spring Awakening is that whatever you’re going through and whoever you are, your feelings are valid and you absolutely have a voice.”

    Spring Awakening Cast

    Melchior Gabor --- Milo Palmer
    Wendla Bergman --- Tova Goedert
    Hanschen Rilow --- Vee Ashmun
    Ernst Robel --- Hadley Mollman
    Martha Bessell --- Lili Reigart
    Georg Zirschnitz --- Andrei Whyte
    Adult Man --- Will Shepard
    Ilse Neumann --- Lydia VanKley
    Adult Woman --- Rose Shipley
    Moritz Steifel --- Sebastian Varriano
    Otto Lammermeier --- Elijah Graham
    Anna --- Mercedes Tucker
    Thea --- Ella Papineau
    --- Maylie Gardner
    --- Hope Onstad
    --- Emma VanSteenis
    --- Bridget Donnelly
    --- Gabby Bandy
    --- Ainslee Workman
    --- Eliot Jamet
    --- Will Shepard 

    Musical Description

    The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, "the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade," Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years. This celebration of rebellion provides the perfect opportunity to feature performers of all types, as well as the creative flexibility with the use of costumes, set pieces and lighting. Featuring a pop rock score, Join this group of students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion in the daring, remarkable Spring Awakening.

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