Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Preview: Spring Awakening

Today we take on the Masks.

The masks serve several different functions in this production. First, to separate the adult characters from the adolescents. But also it allows us the audience to see the world through the eyes of the children. Adults look very different to children than they do to adults. And certain people, depending on their situation, can look more intimidating than others. Familiar people such as parents and relatives have a softer look while teachers and clergy tend to the more grotesque side.

The masks also signify what we acquire as we grow older. The older we become the more experience, perspective, prejudice, fear, mistrust and many other layers we obtain. Some of them are good and some of them are bad. It's how they affect our live and how we choose to act on them that determines how others will view us. In this play the masks represent the choices the adults have made over the years.

*Thank you to Crystal Jovae Mazur for the mask design.

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