PYGMALION AND SPRING’S AWAKENING
• Where: Gist Hall Theater, HSU Campus, Arcata
• When: Thursday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m.; matinee Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m.
• Tickets: $15 general/$10 students and seniors (for both performances). Available at Wildberries or brownpapertickets.com.
GIST HALL, HSU – The Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy’s Young Actor’s Guild decided this year that they wanted to present both a musical comedy and a drama for their annual junior and senior theatrical performance. The result is two complete shows – Pygmalion and Spring’s Awakening. Both plays will be performed back-to-back at Humboldt State University’s Gist Hall Theater this weekend.
Pygmalion is an adaption of the comedy written by George Bernard Shaw with music from the Broadway musical My Fair Lady. The musical is directed by Gretha Omey Stenger. The performance is transported to 1930s Manhattan and incorporates jazz hits by George Gershwin, with choreography inspired by film genius Busby Berkeley.
Spring's Awakening is a drama written by Franz Wedekind in the 1850s. It is directed by Jean Heard Bazemore. This little-known drama is an introspective play about identity, education, trust and communication between adults and children. It will take you into a world where children should only be seen and not question the world around them. This is an ensemble production with original music and dance. This play is recommended for a mature audience.