About this project
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION?
The best art and music in Los Angeles is when it’s found where you least expect it, and we think that theatre should be no different.
The idea of a concert-styled production of SPRING AWAKENING came to us one sunny afternoon when we were discussing art atop the roof of a four-story walk up in Los Feliz: tanning, drinking beer and jamming to Jack Johnson.
We decided to bring SPRING AWAKENING back to our music-loving roots.
As a theatre-concert hybrid, we aim to give our audiences the same feeling they get stepping into that East Village music lounge or that Sunset Strip bar, conjuring the same energy we all had at our first rock concert -- Ears ringing. Drink in hand. So damn happy.
By stripping away the theatricality, our audiences are left with art in its purest, most unadulterated form: the message, the dialogue, and the music.
Official Artwork | Los Angeles | Summer 2012
WHAT IS THE HISTORY?
The heartbreaking story of SPRING AWAKENING and its vibrant folk-rock score is as poignant today as it was when it premiered off, and on, Broadway in 2006 winning eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score.
More notably, the source material and play upon which this is all based, with themes of teen suicide, pregnancy, sexuality and identity, is just as topical as it was when conceived in 1891.
Because these problems still affect teens today, we too often hear a tragic case of someone, like the young Moritz Stiefel, giving in to their sadness –
Their bullying. Their wounds. Their voices lost to the world as a whisper.
These are the people that NEED to hear this story.
As part of our artistic vision, we are using SPRING AWAKENING to illuminate the message of the LOVE IS LOUDER movement. We are actively using art to raise the volume of awareness among young people and artists alike.
"Blue Wind" featuring Caitlin Ary
WHAT WILL THE SHOW BE LIKE?
Above all things, this piece is driven by its pulsing score. We want the audience to feel and hear the soul of the story evolve through the music as they follow the characters in their journeys.
In fact, it is through the music that we are invited to get a sense of the two clear and distinct worlds: the world of the spoken and the world of song.
Don’t get us wrong. This will still be SPRING AWAKENING, and everything you know and love about it. But this will have the touch of artistic Los Angeles. The performers are some of the highest caliber local singers and songwriters, a well known LA rock band will add their own spin to the score, the audience will nurse beers in their seats. And every night, there’s an after party.
"Touch Me" featuring Topher Rhys, Caitlin Ary, Michael Christopher Luebke, Jamie Lee Barnard & Jonah Platt
WHY DO YOU NEED MY SUPPORT?
We want you to get involved! We ask for your help to raise the $6,500 we need to cover the final expenses for our LIMITED ENGAGEMENT here in Los Angeles at the Hayworth this July.
This amount will help cover the costs of the theater, rehearsal space, sound and lighting equipment, set design, guerrilla marketing and press!
But NO knee socks. There will be no knee socks in this production.
OKAY, I WANT TO GET INVOLVED, CAN YOU WALK ME THROUGH IT?
Sure thing, it’s actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it or put the glass of Pinot Grigio down.
STEP ONE: CREATE
a Kickstarter account. It's simple; all it takes is an email and a
STEP TWO: SIGN IN at Amazon.com - if you already have an account, you're all set. If not, no worries, it is easy to set-up as well.
STEP THREE: PLEDGE at whatever level you like. Remember, we don’t get any of our donations if we don’t reach our goal!
STEP FOUR: SHARE this with your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and whoever else crosses your path. Let everyone know you are a backer for SPRING AWAKENING, in concert | LOS ANGELES (thanks in advance!)
And most importantly, please don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook!
Photo Credit: Nicole Priest | Caitlin Ary as Ilse | "Trash Heap"
Thank you for joining us on our journey!
“All will be forgiven”
Love (I don’t know, is there such a thing?),
The Guilty Ones
SPRING AWAKENING, in concert | Downtown Los Angeles | 2012
UPDATE # 1: WE HIT OUR 30% MARK!
Thank you so much to everyone who's donated so far, but we still have so much further to go so please help us spread the word!
And take a listen to our newest acoustic demo "My Junk!"
"My Junk" featuring Kelley Jakle, Olivia Noelle, Jilli Marine, Jamie Lee Barnard & Caitlin Ary.
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