Noone to Perform at Edinburgh Festival

Dr. Katherine NooneMarch 9, 2012

NDSU Musical Theatre Coordinator Dr. Katherine Noone will be appearing as the in the upcoming performance of Act Up’s Production of Sheik and Sater’s Spring Awakening which opens this July at The Stage at Island Park.  The show will travel to Scotland in August for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Spring Awakening is a rock musical adaptation of the controversial 1892 German play of the same title by Frank Wedekind. It features music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater. Set in late-19th century Germany, it concerns teenagers who are discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. The original play was banned in Germany for some time due to its frank portrayal of life.  In the musical, alternative rock is employed as part of the folk-infused rock score. Spring Awakening received eleven 2007 Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Tony’s for best musical, direction, book, score and featured actor. The show also won four Drama Desk Awards, while its London production won four Olivier Awards.

Other summer activities for Dr. Noone include team teaching with Broadway star and Moorhead native, Becky Gulsvig at Trollwood Performing Arts School in June 2012.  The class will be a Musical Theatre Intensive open to advanced students enrolled in the Trollwood Conservatory.

Winter 2012 Activities

In January 2012, Katherine performed as the featured soloist in the Festival of Singing’s production of Broadway on Broadway at 222 Broadway in downtown Fargo.  She performed “Waiting” from Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family, “We are Women” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, “Make Your Garden Grow” from Candide, and “Run, Freedom, Run” from Hollman and Kotis’ Urinetown

Dr. Noone was featured in 5-Alarm Cabaret at the Firehall Theatre in Grand Forks, ND, January 2012.  She performed “Waiting” from Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family, “What You Don’t Know” from Coleman’s City of Angels, and “I Remember” from Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose.

Dr. Noone is currently traveling with eight NDSU Theatre Arts students to New York City and Boston, MA to audition and attend the New England Theatre Conference.  Additionally, students will visit Broadway composer Andrew Lippa and NDSU alum David Boyd who is the scenic designer for The Jimmy Fallon Show (taped at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center).

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