Youth theater group presents ‘Spring Awakening’ at Lyceum Theater in San Diego

Local youth will be among the performers in the award-winning California Youth Conservatory Theatre’s (CYC) special engagement of “Spring Awakening,” July 3-19 at the Lyceum Theater in Horton Plaza.

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” is based on the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, and features a book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik.

“Spring Awakening” follows the unforgettable journey of a group of students in late 19th-century Germany as they move from adolescence into adulthood. Facing both the devastation and the wonder of sexuality and self-discovery, the characters navigate through their coming-of-age despite parents and authority figures who are intent on withholding information and suppressing thought and expression.

Banned in its time, this modern masterpiece is an exhilarating fusion of morality, sexuality and rock ’n’ roll.

Producer/Director Shaun T. Evans has assembled an impressive team, which includes the area’s very best high-school and college performers.

San Diego powerhouse Leigh Scarritt is choreographing the show, which features some impressive and high-energy choreography. The cast also had some special instruction and preparation by the acclaimed stage and screen actress Karole Foreman.

In its 11 short years of programming, CYC has already sent three of its “native sons” to Broadway, and is celebrating the third CYC alumnus to appear on “American Idol.”

This show opens at 7 p.m. July 3 at the Lyceum Theatre. All patrons will be treated to a free champagne and dessert reception after the show. Tickets range from $18 to $32, with discounts for students, seniors and military personnel. Visit www.cyctheatre.com or call 619-944-7574. To order tickets directly, call the box office at 619-544-1000.

The Lyceum Theatre is at 79 Horton Plaza, San Diego. Performances are daily during the run except Mondays and Tuesdays. Matinee performances are on Saturdays and Sundays.

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