Carroll Players Put On a Sold Out Show

Missy Ljujic

Carroll University’s theatre club, the Carroll Players, recently presented Spring Awakening, a rock musical with book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik. Spring Awakening tells the story of 19th century German adolescents as they take an intense and emotional journey through their coming of age years. The actors of the show performed on November 22nd and 23rd to three completely sold out audiences.
Even though the play was quite controversial with its usage of profanity and sexual content and received a few mixed reviews from some of those who saw it, the story of the play and the lessons it taught seemed to have left a positive impact on many others in Carroll’s community. Positive reviews from students scattered social media sites during the week following the performances and many positive remarks have reached back to the Theatre Arts Program and the Carroll Players.
When asked about directing the controversial, sold-out show, sophomore theatre arts major Ryan Albrechtson said “I don’t think the controversial aspect really affected anything director-wise. It is true that there are some mature themes in the piece, but there is so much more than that. The message is a really powerful one, and it was wonderful to have so many people come and get that message. I was very excited that the show was sold out, as it made all of our hard work well worth it.”

Carroll’s production of the show was run completely by the students and included performers and crew members from disciplines other than theatre. When asked about what it was like to perform in Spring Awakening, political science major Kali Marcino, who played Thea in the musical, said “The theatre people are completely amazing, friendly and inclusive. I have been insanely blessed to work and learn from my incredibly intelligent friends. I think acting and theatre are highly applicable to political science in terms of speeches and holding a certain persona”.

For more information on Carroll University’s Theatre Arts Program, the Carroll Players, and getting involved in theatre here at Carroll, contact James Zager at and check out the Carroll Player’s website at

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