by Jessica Price
This weekend only, Falcon’s Eye Theatre debuts their biggest – and boldest – production thus far by taking on Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik and Steven Slaters’ Tony winning triumph of teenage angst. The show, which plays through Sunday in the Harris Center, takes advantage of the large stage by using interesting, slanted sets, bold and colorful lighting, and video projection on screens. This makes the show feel more like a rock opera, which ties in nicely with the edgy music used in the show.
The actors also work in harmony with one another. They sing the music of the show with heart, helping them to become one with the characters and the situations. As Wendla, Holly Wilson is excellent. Her voice and perfect mixture of innocence and ambition light up the stage whenever she takes it. Elio Gutierrez also brings an incredible confidence to Melchior and his struggles to make any sense of society. The entire supporting cast does a wonderful job, with the featured soloists stealing scenes as often as the leads.
The show is a great rendition of a modern classic. Go see it! It is definitely worth it and it’s easy to tell that the actors worked very hard. Excellent job.
Spring Awakening runs this weekend on Stage One at Folsom Lake College.
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