November 3rd, 2018 - December 2nd, 2018


Spring Awakening


Book & Lyrics by Steven Sater, Music by Duncan Sheik

Directed by Matt Okin

Assistant Directed by Michael Gardiner

Choreographed by Samantha Brenner

Spring Awakening is based on the 1891 German play Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind. Set in late-19th-century Germany, the musical tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality.
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 8PM, Sunday: 2PM.
Tickets: $30 Adults  /  $25 Students & Seniors
Group rates 10 or more people: $20/per person
Tickets can also be purchased at the venue.
Spring Awakening is presented in special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
Samantha Brenner Samantha Brenner (Anna, Choreography) is thrilled to be a part of her second production with Black Box. Currently, Samantha can also be seen in Junie B. Jones at BBPAC. Other performance credits include The Life of Mozart (Traveling Lantern Theatre Co.), Shrek The Musical (Mayo PAC) & Legally Blonde (Fairleigh Dickinson University). Spring Awakening is Samantha's first choreography credit and she can't wait to help bring this show to life. Thank you to Matt & Mike for the opportunity, and special thanks to Allison for the constant love and support!
Allison Falkenstern Allison Falkenstern (Martha) is a member of the Black Box Repertory Company, serving as Co-Administrative and Education Director. Company Credits: Dog Sees God (CB's Sister), Peer Gynt (Kari/Begriffenfeldt), Macbeth (Director), Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Director). She is a graduate of the BA Theatre Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Allison would like to thank her friends and family for their constant support.
Jason Felix Jason Felix (Hanchen) is an actor in both realms (theatre & film). Raised in a Colombian/ Dominican household, Jason's BBPAC credits include Talk Radio, Hand To God (Assistant Director/Production Design), Disgraced (Production Design) the titular role of 'Skip Gold' in Skip & Rivka's Not-So- Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience, Stage Manager for Twist of Faith, Production Stage Manager and "Soldier" in Cloud 9, Jake in Evil Dead: The Musical, Sammy/Mr. Lyons in Blood Brothers: The Musical, and more.
Tyler Fuentes Tyler Fuentes (Otto) is so grateful to be a part of the Black Box PAC cast! He is a New York State native and a recent graduate from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Tyler is also attending the New School for his BFA. Other productions include The Addams Family (Gomez Addams), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Hello Dolly (Ensemble). All the love to my family and friends for all their support.
Sara Giacomini
Sara Giacomini (Thea) is thrilled to be back at the Black Box Performing Arts Center after touring the country as Sally in The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions/TheatreworksUSA). Most recently, she was seen as Viola in Twelfth Night in the inaugural season of Shakespeare in the Park, presented by Black Box Studios and the Township of Teaneck. Other credits include: 0Junie B. Jones: The Musical> (Junie B.), Hand to God (Jessica), Blood Brothers (Linda) at Black Box Performing Arts Center and Faith in Shackles (Anne Frank) at the NJ Fringe Festival. Sara currently works as a teaching artist at Black Box Studios, George Street Playhouse, and Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. Sara holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. She is a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company, serving as their Education and Administrative Director. "Never apologize for your art." saragiacomini.com
Samuel Hapner-Goldman Samuel Hapner-Goldman (Moritz/TD) is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University from which he holds a B.A. in Theater. Previous roles include Cheswick (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Angus (Macbeth), Woof (Hair), Jeremy (Griller), Stu (Talk Radio) and Josh (Reality). He would like to thank his mother, father, and sister for their unending support of his artistic endeavors.
Danielle MacMath
Danielle MacMath (Wendla) is honored to be a part of this production. As a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company, she has performed in Hair (Jeanie), Evil Dead (Cheryl), and Junie B. Jones (May/Grace/Mother), among others. Other credits include The Polar Express Train Ride (Event Energizers/Warner Bros.) and Mary Warren in The Crucible (Fairleigh Dickinson University). She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she studied Theater, Literature, and Education. Danielle would like to thank her family, the squad, and her support system at Black Box. She would not be where she is today without them. Twitter: @DanielleMacMath
Stephan Marcellus
Stephan Marcellus (Melchior) Englewood native Stephan Marcellus is thrilled to be part of this production of Spring Awakening. Marcellus is an accomplished singer-songwriter with performances at iconic venues such as The Apollo Music Café, Carnegie Hall, and The Highline Ballroom. The tenacity, texture, and tone of Marcellus's voice calls to the free-thinkers, dreamers, and trailblazers. As a breakout star on Season 13 of NBC's "The Voice", Marcellus continues to make waves within the entertainment industry. The purity of his sound, the authenticity of his stories, and the honesty of his voice make him a truly unforgettable talent. Marcellus's storytelling enchants you, his performances captivate you, and his presence leaves you in awe. Marcellus artfully coins his sound alternative soul- a blend of nostalgic soul and new age rock. The essence of Marcellus rests in his spirituality, which stems from his Guyanese roots and is the foundation of his artistry. Graduating from Bowie State University in 2012 with a degree in Child and Adolescent Studies, Marcellus uses his platform to mentor and encourage youth. His eclectic style paired with his message of freedom and authority transcends all barriers: allowing him to move freely through all genres of music and he plans to continue exploring the world of theater. He made his acting debut this past summer in Hair at BBPAC.
Mikey Miller
Mikey Miller (Ernst) earned his B.A. in English with a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Favorite credits include Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Ruddigore (Robin Oakapple), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), High School Musical (Ryan Evans), Once on This Island (Papa Ge), and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (J. Pierrepont Finch). When Mikey isn't acting, he works as a senior applications consultant for CollegeVine, helping high school seniors with their college applications. He is super excited to be in Spring Awakening and thanks all involved, as well as all in his life for the constant love and support. @mikeyemiller
Ellen Revesz Ellen Revesz (Women) was last seen in the inaugural production of BBPAC's Shakespeare in the Park, where she performed Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Hecate in Macbeth. Other BBPAC credits include Talk Radio/Griller (in Rep) and the epic production of Peer Gynt. Ellen appeared as Kate in the premiere production of The Grand Tour, winner of the 2017 NJ Playwrights Contest. She performed the role of Katherine Stockman in Enemy: Project Ibsen, both Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Other favorite performances: Almost, Maine; The Merchant of Venice; The Threepenny Opera; Gypsy. Ellen has a BA in theatre from Western Connecticut State University. She'd like to thank her husband Adam for taking care of the cats while she was busy on stage.
Oscar Selby Oscar Selby (Georg) is a mixed race actor, singer, writer and full time uncle. A stella adler alumni who did intensives like the musical conservatory (With Peter Flynn and Andrèa Burns) and self generated theater conservatory (With John Gould-Rubin and Stacey Robinson). His voice teacher is Steven Stein-Grainger. He was previously in the Black Box Studios production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest as Martini. Previous work include the title role in Alexander and The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day The Musical and Marty in Madagascar! A Musical Adventure. He would like to thank Black Box Studios for this opportunity, his support systems (They know who they are) and most of all his mother, Dr. Karen Selby.
Larissa Terese Larissa Terese (Ilse) is a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company serving as both an actor and Literary & Special Events Coordinator. BBPAC credits: Junie B. Jones (Lucille), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Nurse Flinn), Macbeth (First Witch), Twelfth Night (Maria), and Dog Sees God (Van's Sister). She is from Buffalo, NY and received her BA in Theatre Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University. University credits include: Spring Awakening (Thea), Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Merrily We Roll Along (Meg/Featured Ensemble), Lysistrata (Myrhinne) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (First Fairy). Larissa dedicates this and every performance to her late mom and brother, for whom she is always finding a "Song for Purple Summer."
Laurence Wallace Laurence Wallace (Men) wants to thank Matt Okin, the director, and all the cast and crew of Spring Awakening for this amazing experience! He has performed in previous productions here at BBPAC including One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Talk Radio, Griller, Peer Gynt, Buried Child, Hand to God, Disgraced, Cloud 9 and The Goat Or Who is Sylvia? Some of his other theatre credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Philipstown Depot Theatre in Garrison, NY, True West, 'ART', A Soldier's Story and Red. Laurence is incredibly thankful to his AMAZING partner Stan, whose beauty inside and out are truly a source of inspiration and strength. He also wants to thank his wonderful parents for their enduring love, support and generosity. And last, but certainly not least, he sends a big hug to Maska, his beloved English Mastiff dog and Instagram Star @maskamastiff www.laurencewallace.com
Rob Seven Rob Seven (Bass) is on staff at BBPAC as the Web Administrator and Facilities Manager. Theatre credits (all at BBPAC): Soul Searching (2017) (Bass), Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (2017) (Audio, Sound Effects), Skip & Rivka's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience (2017) (Catering Coordinator), American Idiot (2016) (Bass). By day, he runs the web sites for the mighty Roundabout Theatre Company. You can see him doing bad stand-up comedy on Open Mic Nights here at Black Box.
Kathy Sheppard Kathy Sheppard (Music Director/Keyboards). Upon graduating from the Berklee College of Music, Kathy Sheppard toured the northeast and Canada with rock band, Scarlet Fever. She also joined the then-thriving New York recording scene, where she played keyboard on the soundtracks of many commercials, industrial films, and artists' releases.

When the recording industry folded, Kathy began teaching private lessons full-time from her home in Maywood, N.J. In addition, she performed live in situations as diverse as Tinseltown Rebellion (a tribute to the music of Frank Zappa), and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Her own band, FayWray, was a regular on the New York club circuit, playing her original songs. Two of those songs went on to win awards in the first annual Billboard Songwriters' Competition. She also served her Alma Mater as Berklee's regional admissions representative for many years.

After the birth of her son, Kathy was introduced to School of Rock founder Paul Green, who granted her permission to open the first music school bearing his name in the New York area, located in South Hackensack, N.J.

Today, Kathy is the happy mom of ASP eight-grader, Evan. She directs the Saturday performance program at the School of Rock in New York City, and operates www.mylullaby.com, creating personalized CDs of her original music for babies. She and Evan organize Shepstock, an annual rock concert that benefits the Best Answer for Cancer Foundation. Kathy is honored to lead the music for Spring Awakening in her first show for BBPAC.
Matt Okin from Black Box Studios Matt Okin (Director/BBPAC Artistic Director) founded Black Box Studios in 2007 and opened Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015. Recent directing credits include: Griller, Talk Radio, Dog Sees God, Peer Gynt, Buried Child, Hand To God, Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (teens), Disgraced, Cloud 9, Skip & Rivkah's Not-So- Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?, Blood Brothers A Musical, Evil Dead The Musical, Bad Jews, RMTI's new production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (teens), True Groove Productions’ Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth, The Pillowman, and Passing Strange (all at BBPAC); the Off-Broadway premiere of Huey Esquire's This Time, A New Musical Romance (at Theater For The New City, as well as BBPAC); and the BBS Ensemble's productions of Falsettos "In Concert", House Of Blue Leaves, and Next To Normal (all at bergenPAC), among many others. As a playwright, director, and composer, Matt's original plays and musicals include: Beltsville/Rockville, Part One: Rise Of The Goatman (NJ workhops), Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (devised, at Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NYMF), Generations (various NYC venues and NYMF), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). Other original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours include: Second Chances, Twist Of Faith, Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, Cherry Hill, The Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts.