Exploring the rites of spring

CONTROVERSIAL play Spring Awakening is being performed by pioneering youth theatre group Spectrum Arts in St Albans tomorrow night and on Saturday.

The 1891 German play by Frank Wedekind has been adapted into a rock musical featuring music by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Slater.

It is set in late 19th century Germany and is the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.

It tackles such hardhitting issues as abortion, homesexuality, rape and suicide and was originally banned in Germany.

The lead role of Wendla in the Spectrum production at the SandPit Theatre in Marshalswick is taken by Cara Rodford, 18, who has taken inspiration from the Tony award-winning rendition of the role by Lea Michele, who is currently best-known as Rachel Berry in the TV series Glee.

She said: “Knowing that Lea Michele worked on Spring Awakening in her early teens, her experiences both on stage and off will have contributed to her outstanding performance.

“The issues in Spring Awakening are relevant to all of us, none more so than the kids in and around St Albans. I hope to do the show justice in honour of all those touched by its story.”

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Spring Awakening is suitable for ages 15 and above and tickets at �12 are available at www.sandpittheatre.co.uk or call 01727 370067. It begins at 8pm both nights.