If there's one thing I love more than books, its theater.
Earlier tonight, I went and saw Spring Awakening
with my sister. I'd heard amazing things about it, listened to one song in particular, and seen various photographs beforehand. Other than that, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I originally wanted to go see Spring Awakening after watching Glee. It is one of my favorite tv shows and after I heard that Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff both started out in Spring Awakening, I knew I had to see it. I'm very glad I did.
Spring Awakening is a musical set in a previous era but remains current thanks to the awesome rock music. While the musical tackles many difficult issues, I was amazed at how it approached them in an in-your-face manner, without overdoing it. Spring Awakening is perfect for college students. There's lots of sex, cursing, standing up for what you believe in, and upbeat music. It also tackles issues that college students, especially those at KU, often deal with: Sex, suicide/death, homosexuality, child abuse, love, pregnancy/abortion, and most importantly, getting out from under "the Man" (or their parents).
I couldn't believe the amount of adults who were in the audience. I was glad that they were there, but I wondered if they knew the entirety of the show. At intermission, as I was standing in line to buy my t-shirt and soundtrack, I watched a couple of old ladies walk out. They were muttering to each other, probably talking about how "corrupted today's youth" has become. Considering the last scene before intermission is filled with sex, I was surprised I didn't see more people walking out. I'm sure there were more that I just missed.
I pride myself on being able to step out of my comfort zone. Because of my ability to do so, I've learned I can do some pretty amazing things, and I'm not afraid to do them. Like asking a boy to dance, going shopping by myself, being able to speak to complete strangers.
Every once in awhile, everyone needs to step out a little. I wanted to grab those little old ladies by the hand and drag them back into the theater. I KNOW that there was partial nudity. I KNOW that there's been a lot of cursing. I KNOW that there have been too many euphemisms to count. There were many disclaimers when I read the synopsis, bought the tickets, and walked into the theater. They may have grown up when things were different, but if you completely shut yourself of from new experiences that make you uncomfortable, how are you ever going to grow? How do you expect to continue to learn?
The best part about life, is that it keeps going. There are always ways to expand your mind and challenge yourself. Take my NaNoWriMo experience, for instance! (Which, by the way, I am super excited for. November 1st please get here soon!)
There's a reason that this musical won eight Tony Awards, including BEST MUSICAL. It's meant to make you uncomfortable. Yes, it is for entertainment (and it is very much so!), but you should walk out with more than song lyrics and dance number stuck in your head as you walk home. It's supposed to make you think.
Challenge yourself. Think outside the box. Do something you normally wouldn't. Otherwise, you're totally f*cked.