Penn State Altoona will present the rock musical Spring Awakening, April 4 – 7, 2013, in the Wolf Kuhn Theatre of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 general admission.
Spring Awakening, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is inspired by Frank Wedekind's controversial 1891 play Spring’s Awakening – A Tragedy of Childhood, which caused a scandal in 19th-century Germany and took fifty years to be translated into English. This poignant story follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of their budding sexuality. An acclaimed score by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater turns this timeless story into a powerfully modern coming-of-age rock musical.
Directed by Bryce Britton, musically directed by Bonnie Cutsforth-Huber, and choreographed by KT Huckabee, this show features a powerful ensemble of fifteen performers and a rich seven-piece orchestra conducted by Brett Keith. Costumes are designed by Julie Piotti, sets by Carlos Ruiz, lights by Brittany Thaler, and sound by Gregory Ray.
This production is entered as a Participating Entry with the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, which recognizes excellence in college and university theatre throughout the nation. Penn State Altoona’s theatre program is highly decorated in achievements from KC/ACTF. Several student actors and crew on Spring Awakening have been awarded Certificates of Merit and have been nominated to compete for national acting scholarships. Several of the college’s past productions have been presented at KC/ACTF regional festival.
Tickets for Spring Awakening may be purchased at the box office Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and before and during all performances. You may also call 814-949-5452 for more information.
15-Year-Old Prodigy to Speak on Pancreatic Cancer at Penn State Altoona
ALTOONA – Jack Andraka is just 15 years old and has created a potentially revolutionary pancreatic cancer detection tool. This “Thomas Edison of the 21st century,” as he is called by his mentor at Johns Hopkins University, will speak at the Devorris Downtown Center, April 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Featured in the December 2012 issue of Smithsonian magazine, written about in Forbes and Psychology Today, a speaker at TED2013, winner of 2012 IntelScience Talent Fair, and guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2013 State of the Union address, Andraka, a Maryland native, has developed a paper sensor for the detection of lung, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer that is cheaper, faster, more accurate, and less invasive than current tests. He will join two of the nation’s leading pancreatic researchers for the “Pioneering Research Advances on Cancer 2013, Creation of a Landmark Medical Alliance” event. The event is presented by the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation in collaboration with Penn State Altoona, Blair Gastroenterology, Sheetz Inc., Altoona Regional Health System, Tyrone and Nason hospitals, and the Home Nursing Agency.
Dr. A. James Moser, executive director of the Institute for Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, BIDMC/Harvard University, and Dr. Amer Zureikat, surgical oncologist at UPMC Pittsburgh, will speak about their innovative research and the current state of pancreatic surgery and treatment.
The event will also mark the announcement of the formation of the Alliance of Families Fighting Pancreatic Cancer, a partnership of grassroots foundations and families across the country unified in the quest to defeat pancreatic cancer.