Yes, this is actually happening. SMU’ Program Council and Theatre department have teamed up to host a unique theatrical production: the 24-hour musical.
You heard it here, folks. In only 24 hours, students will rehearse the hit musical “Spring Awakening” and perform it at 2 p.m. on April 4 in the Greer Garson Theatre in Meadows. And here’s another interesting twist: auditions were open to students from all majors. Therefore, this isn’t just a creative exercise for educated actors but a collaborative project of 35 students from all academic fields.
Based on the German play written by Frank Wedekind, “Spring Awakening” takes place in late 19th century Germany. The story follows three teens as they experience the turbulence of sexual discovery. Originally written for stage, “Spring Awakening” was transformed from the Broadway stage in 2006 into a Tony Award-winning rock musical.
So let’s make a list of pros and cons of seeing SMU’s 24-hour production. Pros: random students making their theatre debut, a musical frantically put together in under a day, and a story about teenage sexual discovery (aka the next blockbuster. We all know why people love Twilight. Don’t lie.)
Cons: oh wait, I got nothing. This is awkward. Well, looks like you’ll have to see it now. If you would like to reach me on Saturday, April 4, at approximately 2 p.m., I will be in the front row of Greer Garson Theatre like a kid in a candy shop. I really should have auditioned.
But the world isn’t ready for that.