Why SPRING AWAKENING is still so relevant today

Week 2 of SPRING AWAKENING starts tonight, and we’re very excited to present this show to more members of our community. And, if you needed proof that this story from 19th century Germany is still vital and relevant to the youth of today, look no further than this article in ROLLING STONE.


On a happier note, we’re pleased to share with you the final online-only trailer created by our videographer Matt Helbacka for SPRING AWAKENING. This one’s all about the Girls.

The Boys of Spring Awakening & A Special Offer!

Happy Monday, Blog Readers!

We had a great opening weekend of SPRING AWAKENING. This show is truly something special and tickets are flying out the door fast. We had to turn away a lot of people this weekend, and we can’t stress enough that you should make your reservations in advance, either by purchasing them online at www.teatrozuccone.com or by calling (218) 336-1414 and putting tickets on hold.

Today, we’re pleased to show you an online-only video created by our staff videographer, Matt Helbacka. It’s all about the Boys of Spring Awakening. And on Wednesday we’ll show you the one he created all about the Girls of Spring Awakening. They’ll help keep you primed and ready to catch the show this Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at 8pm.

Oh, and if you happen to watch “Glee,” “New Girl,” “The Daily Show” or “The Colbert Report” be sure and keep your eyes peeled for our commercial spot. It looks so much prettier on a big high-def screen than it does on youtube.

Finally, our friends at Charter media have given us a special offer that we just HAD to share with all of you. Riverdance is coming to Duluth for the LAST TIME on Feb 29th, and if you click on the link below, you can get tickets for 1/2 the price! That’s a deal that makes us want to dance a jig. Or play a fiddle really fast. Or wear a headband and pants up around our nipples.


Spring Awakening Trailer Premiere

Renegade Theater Company’s staff videographer, Matt Helbacka, spent 24 hours or so without sleep to create, edit and upload the teaser trailer for our production of SPRING AWAKENING, which opens tomorrow at 8pm.

As always, he’s turned in a terrific trailer that perfectly captures the essence and energy of the show. Damn talented kid, that Matt. Check it out below, of catch it on the commercial breaks of your favorite television shows over the next few weeks. We’ve already set our Tivo.

Wine & Chocolate + Spring Awakening = Awesome!

We’re just TWO days away from the opening night of our Northland premiere production of SPRING AWAKENING. And, if you need another reason to see it opening weekend (beyond an amazing cast, a laser light show, an awesome rock band, etc.) we’ve got a special offer for you.

Come to SPRING AWAKENING during our opening weekend (Feb 9-11) and enjoy $10 BOTTLES OF WINE! That’s right, Forestville Malbec and Chardonnay will be on sale at the concessions stand for a single Alexander Hamilton.

And what goes better with wine than some fine (insert snooty sniff of pretension here) chocolates (pronounced like that Johnny Depp movie). All kidding aside, these chocolate bars are ridiculous. We’ll be offering 7 different varieties of Chocolove chocolate bars for only $4 a bar. And once you taste them, you’ll feel like you’re stealing them at that price. The flavors are:

Pure Milk Chocolate
Toffee & Almonds in Milk Chocolate
Pure Dark Chocolate
Cherries & Almonds in Dark Chocolate
Raspberries in Dark Chocolate
Orange Peel in Dark Chocolate
Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate

So get there this weekend, get there early, and get your decadence on at SPRING AWAKENING. And then stick around after for RENEGADE IMPROV at 10:30 pm.

Oh, and you can always start your night out at the Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, enjoying their German special created in honor of the show.

Seriously, if the Zeitgeist Arts Building started renting out beds, you’d never really need to leave.

Production Photos from Spring Awakening

It’s Monday, which means the cast and crew of SPRING AWAKENING have survived tech week! It also means we’re only 4 days away from opening night, Thursday the 9th at 8pm.

Do you have your tickets yet? Because they are selling fast.

And, if your Monday needs a little pick-me-up and coffee just isn’t cutting it, here’s a first look at production photos from the show. It’s just the smallest of previews of what you will see live when the show opens on Thursday. All photos by Renegade staff photographer, Andy Miller.

Moritz (Tyler Goebel) leads the Boys in “And Then There Were None.”

Zach Stofer in one of the 9 roles he plays as the only Adult Male in “Spring Awakening.”

Tyler Goebel (as Moritz) rocks out. And gains a new Facebook profile picture, probably.

The company sings “The Song of Purple Summer.” Loretta Miller (as Martha) is into it more than the rest of them.

Melchior (Erin Miller) leads the Boys in “The Mirror-Blue Night.”

“Spring Awakening” from the Conductor’s POV

Happy Friday, Blog Readers!

The cast of SPRING AWAKENING has the night off, while the band is getting one more rehearsal in before tech weekend begins tomorrow. The cast is celebrating with a little social gathering at an undisclosed location, but we thought we’d celebrate on the blog by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the show from the perspective of our fabulous conductor and pianist, Erin McConnell. She snapped these photos with one hand while playing intricate piano parts with the other. She’s like a social media ninja, and now we share the fruits of her efforts with you.

Don’t forget, SPRING AWAKENING opens Thursday, Feb 9th at 8pm! That’s only 6 days away. Tickets are flying out the door so get yours now before they are all gone! Call 218-336-1414 or visit www.teatrozuccone.com and make sure you don’t miss out on this fabulous show.

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Spring Awakening Cast List!

Thanks to everyone who came out to audition for “Spring Awakening.” We continue to be amazed by the depth and breadth of talent in our community. We are pleased to announce that the first show of our 2012 season will feature over a dozen very talented local performers, including 9 Renegade rookies! Without further ado, here’s the principal cast of our production of “Spring Awakening.”

The Girls
Wendala: Jessica Ilaug
Ilse: Johanna Dittus
Martha: Loretta Miller
Thea: Taylor Vezina
Anna: Kier Zimmerman
Ensemble: Amber Burns & Katie Workman

The Boys
Melchior: Erin Miller
Moritz: Tyler Goebel
Hanschen/Rupert: Dylan Olmsted
Georg/Dieter: Alex Goebel
Ernst/Reinhold: Christian Isaac
Otto/Ulbrecht: Matthew Smith

But, we still need an Adult Man and Adult Woman. These crucial, pivotal actors each play multiple characters and provide worthy foils and adversaries for the students. Simply put: We need two incredible adult actors. And that’s why we’re opening up another round of auditions just for adult actors.

We’re seeking one man and one woman, ages 30-60. Auditions will be held on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th at 6:30 pm. Auditions will be held on stage at the Teatro Zuccone. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. You don’t need to prepare anything. Singing and movement abilities are a plus, but not necessary, as the bulk of the singing and dancing is done by the student characters. But, if you can sing, show us. We’d love to add your voice to the ensemble numbers!

You don’t need to sign up for a time, just show up at the theater at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9th. We hope to see you there!

TONS of Updates!

Hello Blog Readers -

It’s been a busy week here at Renegade, and we have a lot to talk about. So settle in, this is going to be a good post.


First of all, it’s closing week of CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION!

If you haven’t seen this funny, touching and beautiful show, you’ve only got three more chances. So get your butts down to the Teatro Zuccone this Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at 8pm. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. And be sure to ask the bartender for a “Tequila Transformation,” It’s a Tequila Sunrise for only $5 and it’s only available for the next three days!

This play is barely 18 months old, and we’ve got the Northland premiere. Come out and help support new, bold and challenging work in the region! Renegade Theater Company is honored to present this fantastic new comedy from one of the strongest voices in theater today, and we can only continue to present these types of cutting-edge work with your support. So come show it! Call 218-336-1414 for tickets.


Don’t forget that auditions for the first show of our 2012 season, the 8-time Tony Award winner SPRING AWAKENING are this Saturday, October 1st at noon.

You can sign up for a 5-minute audition slot between 12-3pm by contacting Artistic Director Katy Helbacka. You need to prepare two 32-bar contemporary pop or Broadway selections. Callbacks are the same day at 5pm. If called back, come dressed to move, as you will be asked to learn a dance combination.

This is your first chance to be a part of this production, as it’s the Northland premiere. It features a great rock score and excellent parts for both youth and adults. And it’s in February. We don’t know if you realize this, but the surest cure for the winter blues is to be in a musical with the word “spring” in the title. Well, either that or a vacation somewhere tropical. But let’s be honest, we produce theater, we can’t afford vacations!


Duluth’s only resident sketch comedy team takes over the Zinema for two nights of major motion picture mockery!

Join us as some of the area’s funniest comedians grab a microphone and take over the front row to give a Hollywood blockbuster the ball-busting it so richly deserves. Sit back with a cold beer and try to enjoy the movie with three jerks wise-cracking about it the entire time! They might even fast-forward through your very favorite part. What fun!

First up, THE MATRIX!

Sept 30th & Oct 1st, 2011 @ 9:15 p.m.
Tickets just $10!

Okay … let’s see, was there anything else? The show, the auditions, the movie-thing. No, I think that covers just about everything. Or does it? See, we’ve got one more thing for today’s blog post. A very fun announcement. We’ll let our graphic designer Matt Olin do the announcing work for us with another stellar poster:


Renegade Theater Company is pleased to announce auditions for the first show of their 2012 season, the Tony Award-winning musical SPRING AWAKENING!

WHEN: Generals on Saturday, October 1st @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Callbacks same day, Saturday October 1st @ 5:00 pm

WHERE: Auditions will be on stage at Teatro Zuccone (222 E. Superior Street in Downtown Duluth)

PREPARE: Two 32 bar selections of contemporary Broadway or pop music; one up-tempo, one ballad. There will be a dance call at callbacks.

Sign up in advance for a 5-minute time slot by e-mailing katyhelbacka@gmail.com

FREE DOWNLOAD: Spring Awakening Audition Packet