Hattie Rumsey and Joseph Riley
Hattie Rumsey and Joseph Riley

A Tony Award-winning musical sensation is being brought to a stage in Lichfield by the city’s newest theatre company.

Let Me In Productions will present Spring Awakening in the performance space at the St Mary’s Centre.

Hattie Rumsey and Joseph Riley

Spokesman Chris Buckle said the piece would be the company’smost intimate and ambitious project yet.

“It is a musical that breaks boundaries, transcends genre and conveys the human struggle so astutely,” he said.

“We cannot wait to perform such a unique production in a truly spellbinding setting.”

Set in Germany, 1891, this celebration of rebellion follows a group of late 19th Century students on their passage as they navigate teenage self-discovery and coming of age anxiety in a powerful celebration of youth and rebellion.

Chris explained: “Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable.

“The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.”

Let Me In Productions has assembled a young cast of professionals and local performers to undertake this brutally honest tale of teenage angst and discovery.

Taking the lead female role of Wendla Bergmann is 17-year-old Hattie Rumsey, from Barton-under-Needwood.

Hattie is no stranger to Lichfield audiences, having performed with Lichfield Musical Youth Theatre (LMYT) for the last six years.

Her roles include Maureen in RENT and Fantine in the critically acclaimed production of Les Miserables in the cathedral last year.

Chris said: “We feel incredibly blessed to be working with a performer of Hattie’s calibre and we feel very proud that we will be presenting a performer that we are sure will go on to achieve whatever she hopes to achieve in the future.”

Joseph Riley, who has also starred in several LMYT productions, takes the male lead.

The cast is backed by a professional six-piece band led by Jack Hopkins, lighting and sound designer Martin Pritchard, visionary director Richard Poynton and award-winning choreographer Jessica Lambert. 

Spring Awakening will be performed from 7th to 10th August. Tickets are £18.50 from letmeinpresents.co.uk or via stmaryslichfield.co.uk, or by calling 01543 41474.