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ACT UP Theatre rocks Fargo-Moorhead and Edinburgh, Scotland’s Festival Fringe with the hauntingly provocative musical Spring Awakening.

ACT UP Theatre will be performing Spring Awakening on July 26-29 and August 1-4 at the Stage @ Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota.   On August 5th, ACT UP will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform SPRING AWAKENING from August 7-17 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The company of Act Up Theatre has raised over 95% of the budget needed to mount this production but we need your help to reach our goal!

Funds raised on Kickstarter will be used for:  Rental of Equipment, Performance Rights, and the hiring of support staff in Scotland.

ACT UP Theatre is a performance and training ground for young performing artists with exceptional musical theater talent and a discipline that makes them stand out among their peers. ACT UP immerses young artists in the creative process while using the arts for advocacy and social change. The mission of ACT UP Theatre is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate, and empower artists and audiences, in order to nurture a more conscious and compassionate community.   Through the production of contemporary, issues-based musical theater, ACT UP will train and support the next generation of theatre artists and celebrate the essential power of musical theatre to illuminate our common humanity. 

SPRING AWAKENING will be performed July 26-29 and August 1-4 at the Stage @ Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota.   On August 5th, ACT UP will travel to Edinburgh, Scotland to perform SPRING AWAKENING from August 7-17 at the International Fringe Festival. Catch them at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall.

ACT UP Theatre is excited to invite you to be a vital funding source for this summer’s production of the musical SPRING AWAKENING. Winner of 8 TONY Awards, including BEST MUSICAL, SPRING AWAKENING celebrates the unforgettable journey from youth to adulthood with a power, poignancy, and passion that you will never forget. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionist play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years, it has been hailed as the “Best Musical of the Year” by the New York Times, New York Post, Star Ledger, Journal News, New York Observer, and USA Today. 

With a hard-edged live orchestra, electrifying choreography, and harrowing vocals, Act Up Theatre showcases the talents of young theatrical artists performing across the United States: Minneapolis, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City. Past production reviews include: ‘**** ‘Three Weeks, and ‘The Big 11 of 2011’ The Forum. 

Your dollars will fund social advocacy and education in three vital ways. . .

Awakening Understanding SPRING AWAKENING is a tragedy and the themes and issues that the main characters deal with in SPRING AWAKENING produce tragic consequences still today. However, through artful exploration we have the power to be catalysts for change. By bravely and honestly discussing the issues in SPRING AWAKENING, audience members can personally prevent the tragedies that befall the characters in Spring Awakening. The famous playwright, Bertolt Brecht, once said of theater that, “The point is not to leave the spectator purged by a catharsis but to leave him a changed man (or woman), to sow within him the seeds of changes which must be completed outside the theater”. We embrace these seeds of change.

 Awakening Awareness For youth between the ages of 10-24, suicide is the third leading cause of death and results in more than 4,400 deaths each year in the US. Act Up Theatre will produce and distribute 1,000 “Awakening Awareness” magnets which spell out the warning signs of depression and suicide. These magnets will be distributed to audience members, parents, children, teachers, and community partners. The mission of Act Up Theatre can be realized when we use the arts for public good and reach out with compassion and understanding to those who, like the characters in Spring Awakening, are facing their darkest hours. 

 Awakening Conversation According to studies conducted by the the Center for Disease Control, when parents to talk to their children about sexuality, the children are more likely to delay intercourse, have fewer partners, and use contraception. To that end, Act Up Theatre will be partnering with area mental health professionals to produce production talk backs which “awaken” the conversation between parents and their children about issues of sexuality.

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***The artistic staff of Act Up Theatre and the company of SPRING AWAKENING have been humbled by the enormous community and artistic support we’ve received and would like to personally thank every donor who has contributed to making our “Purple Summer” a reality. We have been blessed with an important story to share. Please know we will work tirelessly to produce a show worthy of Wedekind’s words while being sensitive to the vitally important messages that it encompasses.

May all know the “wonder of Purple Summers”,
The Act Up Family


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