Wednesday, 14 April, 2010 7:56 AM
A. Wells to perform in 'Spring Awakening' at Detroit's Fisher Theatre
credit: Brendy Barr Communications
A. Wells will star as an understudy in "Spring Awakening"
at Detroit's Fisher Theatre from April 20 through May 9.
A. Wells attended Siena Heights University for acting. Now, he is
one of the stars in the musical "Spring Awakening." It
is the story of teenage self-discovery and sexuality as seen through
the eys of three teenagers. "Spring Awakening" celebrites
the journey from youth to adulthood. It won eight of 11 Tony Awards
including Best Musical and Best Director in 2007. The musical opens
at Detroit's Fisher Theatre on April 20 and runs through May 9.
is my first professional job and have been in college at Sienna
Heights University in Adrian, Mich.," Wells said during a phone
interview. "I was studying theatre there. I went auditioning
on a whim and it worked out. For this musical, I sent in a video
of myself. Then, they sent me 'Spring Awakening' music from the
show and I recorded that, sent it back. I was called to New York
City and had seven auditions over a three or four days and then
I was cast. The whole process was only about three months long.
I've been doing it for two years now."
part of the ensemble and is an understudy for every role in the
musical. He will stand-in as one of the six characters if they are
sick or unavailable to perform.
I don't know what role I'm going to be in until half an hour before
the show," the actor said. "All of the characters are
really different. Each has something that people can relate to whether
you're a kid or a grownup going to see it for the first time. It's
beautifully done, beautifully written. It's this coming-of-age story
of these teenagers in 1890's Germany. The play was written by Frank
Wedekind a long time ago. It was adapted by Steven Sater and Duncan
Sheik. It's this great classical period piece backed with new age
rock music. It's about love, lost and accepting who you are. There's
a lot of sadness and a lot of laughter too."
some of the cities that you've been to so far with the musical?
been all over the country," Wells responded. "We've been
to rehearsals in New York City in July 2008. We started touring
in August, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington
D.C. We've also come to East Lansing, Columbus, Ohio, Cleveland,
Toronto. It's really cool to see how different cities react to material.
The more Midwestern states haven't reacted as well as some of the
other states. For the most part, everybody really, really loves
the show. We've got a good response everywhere we've gone."
your thoughts on Michigan's new 42 percent tax incentive for the
film industry? Would you like to do a film here?
would love to," he said about doing a film within the Great
Lakes state. "It's something we need and a lot of states are
doing that. So why not jump on board?"
your advice to students going into theatre who are now looking for
their first jobs?
you know this is what you want to do, you can't be lazy about it,"
Wells said. "It's not going to come to you so you've got to
work hard and keep trying and have thick skin. It will happen for
you if you keep trying and go to New York and put yourself out there.
Don't be afraid to be vulnerable. Just be yourself."
for you after "Spring Awakening" is over?
doing a production of the Who's Comedy down in Hilton Head, South
Carolina for two months," the actor said. "We open June
23 and we close August 1. Then, I'm headed to New York after that."
prices for the Detroit engagement of Spring Awakening range from
$24.00-$79.00 (inclusive of parking and facility fees) and are now
on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations.
Tickets are also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com
and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats
will be available at the box office only.
credit: Paul Kolnik 2008
of the "Spring Awakening" national tour.
credit: Joan Marcus 2009
Christy Altomare and Jake Epstein in the "Spring Awakening"