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New musical theater head steers U. students in steamy, stormy 'Spring Awakening'

Utah theater » Denny Berry leads U.’s fresh-minted Musical Theatre Program out of winter and into spring production.

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"The incredibly stressful lunch break" • Nelson is confident that Berry is finding those crucial notes in a musical some may find difficult to digest.

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‘Spring Awakening’

When » April 12-28. Student previews April 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. April 12-14, 18-21, and 25-28 at 7:30 p.m. April 20, 21, 27 & 28 at 2:00 p.m.

Where » Babcock Theatre, 300 S. 1400 East on University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City.

Tickets » $11-$18. Call 801-581-7100 or visit www.KingTix.com. Also visit www.theatre.utah.edu for more information.

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"People better come to this play with eyes wide open," he said. "But it deals with all these difficult issues with honesty, kindness and hope."

Posted on the door of Berry’s office are placards that speak to the end-goal of every future production she hopes to direct in her new position. One, by cellist Pablo Casals, speaks perhaps louder than the others: "The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all."

It’s also through her office door that Berry can hear the honest appraisals of her students as they shutter between the rehearsal stage and time-out.

"Another incredibly stressful lunch break!" she hears one of them say.

Berry takes it in stride, and with pride.

"That’s who I am," she said. "I’ve put people off that I’ve worked with, but I’ve worked at smoothing off the edges so I can have the effect I want. I really want it to be right, and I want it right in my way."


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