Press release: LAMTA’s Spring awakening rock musical a hit

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Picture of Scarlett Pay and Dylan Janse van Rensburg: provided

Spring Awakening opened last weekend at Theatre on the Bay to critical acclaim, a riveting rock musical  directed by Sylvaine Strike and presented by the Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy (LAMTA) that has been garnering rave reviews across the board. Keith Bain, Daily Maverick contributor said: "It is a soaring triumph. A roller-coaster of emotional highs and lows, tenderness and raunchiness, great big laughs and tears rolling down your cheeks ... it will shake you to the core."  

LAMTA turned 5 this year and Spring Awakening is their final production for 2023 that also marks the Academy’s first book musical. It is a  powerful production that scooped eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical after the On Broadway premiere. It is also the first musical that the award winning writer/actress Strike (The Promise, Firefly) has directed. 

Guest artists joining the outstanding triple threat LAMTA cast include Francis Chouler and Natalie Robbie in multiple roles, as well as several LAMTA graduates. Says LAMTA alumnus Tjaart van der Walt who plays Otto Lammermeier: "Wat Spring Awakening uitsonderlik maak is die kontemporêre rockstyl van musiek wat gebruik word. Dink Fokofpolisiekar, Glaskas en Karen Zoid, maar in ’n musical! Daarmee saam is daar dan die Euphoria esq-storielyn wat nie skaam is om dáár te gaan nie, met temas van seksualiteit, emosionele en fisiese trauma en selfverwesenliking." 

Said Barbara Loots from Theatre Scene Cape Town: "Spring Awakening has carved out a phenomenal space for itself in the history of musical theatre," while Call Off The Search’s Siobhan Cassidy penned: "There is nothing amateur about this production. No-one misses a beat or a note in a very slick performance by students of LAMTA. every performer seems to be telling their own story in so many fabulously choreographed scenes."

This production of Spring Awakening by LAMTA is a creative collaboration between diverse and passionate individuals who have come together to retell this incredible story," says LAMTA co-founder Anton Luitingh. "At the Academy we aim to push the boundaries of traditional musical theatre and create an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impact on all who attend." 

The season must end this weekend on 3 December 2023. Tickets cost from R250 to R350 through Webtickets or the Theatre on the Bay box office on 021 438 3301 with discounts available for students, seniors, and groups.

 Please note that Spring Awakening contains mature themes, partial nudity, sexual situations as well as explicit language.



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