Rock Musical 'Spring Awakening' brings to light topics of sexuality and suicide

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Following a journey of teenage self-discovery and coming of age, Fairbanks Light Opera Theater's next show is the rock musical Spring Awakening.

Set in late-19th-century Germany, students Wendla Bergmann, Moritz Stiefel, and Melchior Gabor find themselves facing the anxiety of puberty and teenage life.

Zachary Mason plays the character Melchior Gabor. He said even though the story is set in 1891, many of the themes of the play are relevant today.

“I think it's a really interesting story line and I think it has a lot of really interesting lessons and I really love that fact that it takes place 1891 and it's based on a play that was written in the 1800s and it's supposed to address a lot of issues that they were facing at the time but it's really relevant today,” he said.

Touching on topics such as sexuality and suicide but bringing laughter, as well as light to these heavy topics Spring Awakening shows what life was like many years ago, and how these struggles are still relevant for many teens.

Bekka Hunter also stars in the production, playing the role of Wendla Bergmann. She said the events in the show are worth talking about.

"There's a lot of touchy subject in this show that a lot of people don't like to talk about especially around kids and so this show kind of brings to light how not talking about those things with kids can damage them,” she said.

The production is taking place in the Edna Wise Firehouse Theatre at 656 7th Ave. Tickets for 'Spring Awakening' can be purchased at flot.org or at the box office, one hour prior to show time.

This show starts this Friday, and runs until November 4th.