Temple Theaters’
Spring Awakening
in pictures

This semester, Temple Theaters is presenting its first live production since the COVID-19 pandemic began, a staging of the hit coming-of-age musical Spring Awakening.

Based on a play by German playwright Frank Wedekind and set in the late 19th century, the rock musical chronicles the experiences of a group of teenagers who feel stifled by a society that understands little about them and cares even less.  

Hear from Megan O’Brien Perri, director and adjunct assistant professor at the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts, about how the cast and crew brought the musical to life and follow the production from when the sets were built to opening night.

Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
A student paints floorboards for the "Spring Awakening" set.
Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
A student helps install the "Spring Awakening" set.
A student helps install the "Spring Awakening" set.
Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
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Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
A student paints floorboards for the "Spring Awakening" set.
Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
A student helps install the "Spring Awakening" set.
A student helps install the "Spring Awakening" set.
Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.
Temple students build and install the "Spring Awakening" set.

The orchestra in rehearsal.

The orchestra in rehearsal.

A cellist plays in the "Spring Awakening" orchestra.
The "Spring Awakening" orchestra.
A member of the "Spring Awakening" crew holding a microphone.
A member of the "Spring Awakening" crew.
A member of the "Spring Awakening" crew.
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A cellist plays in the "Spring Awakening" orchestra.
The "Spring Awakening" orchestra.
A member of the "Spring Awakening" crew holding a microphone.
A member of the "Spring Awakening" crew.
A member of the "Spring Awakening" crew.
“One of the things that I’m always asking myself when I start a project is why should this story be told now? I feel so much of the show is about silencing people who need to be heard and that feels very appropriate for what is going on in our world right now.”
Megan O’Brien Perri
Two students performing during a rehearsal for "Spring Awakening."
A closeup of students on stage during rehearsal, with one holding a script for "Spring Awakening."
Two students talk, with one holding a script for "Spring Awakening."
Students perform on stage during a rehearsal for "Spring Awakening."
Two students perform on stage during a rehearsal for "Spring Awakening."
Blue, pink and amber lights shine onto the "Spring Awakening" stage.
A student sweeps the "Spring Awakening" stage with a broom.
Students perform during a "Spring Awakening" rehearsal.
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Two students performing during a rehearsal for "Spring Awakening."
A closeup of students on stage during rehearsal, with one holding a script for "Spring Awakening."
Two students talk, with one holding a script for "Spring Awakening."
Students perform on stage during a rehearsal for "Spring Awakening."
Two students perform on stage during a rehearsal for "Spring Awakening."
Blue, pink and amber lights shine onto the "Spring Awakening" stage.
A student sweeps the "Spring Awakening" stage with a broom.
Students perform during a "Spring Awakening" rehearsal.
A student sings during a "Spring Awakening" rehearsal.
“I felt pretty emotional the first time I heard them all sing together. That was the first time in a very long time I’ve been in a room where there’s been a group of people singing and that was something I used to experience all the time.”
Megan O’Brien Perri
A student places a hanger on a clothes rack.
Students sort through costumes on a rack.
Two students tie their ties in front of a mirror during costume fittings.
A student adjusts his shirt collar during costume fittings.
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A student places a hanger on a clothes rack.
Students sort through costumes on a rack.
Two students tie their ties in front of a mirror during costume fittings.
A student adjusts his shirt collar during costume fittings.
A student ties his boot laces during costume fittings.
Students during costume fittings.
A closeup of students boots as they stand on stage during a costume rehearsal.
Costumes hang on a clothes rack, beside a hat on a shelf.
A group of students on stage during a costume rehearsal.
A member of the costume team adjusts a student's collar as and his castmates stand on stage.
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A student ties his boot laces during costume fittings.
Students during costume fittings.
A closeup of students boots as they stand on stage during a costume rehearsal.
Costumes hang on a clothes rack, beside a hat on a shelf.
A group of students on stage during a costume rehearsal.
A member of the costume team adjusts a student's collar as and his castmates stand on stage.

The audio and costume departments collaborated to create microphones and face masks specifically designed to make it easier for the performers to sing while wearing masks.

A student is fitted for a microphone.
A student is fitted for a microphone.