Sunday, October 2, 2011

Becoming Jason Hite fans

DH and I cashed in our change jar to buy tickets for Spring Awakening again.  Here is a link to my previous post on the show.

Upon the second viewing, I was struck by how much of the show depended on the performance of Jason Hite, the lead playing Melchior Gabor.  While this ensemble musical provides features songs for most of the characters, Melchior sings the songs involved in most of the movement of the plot.
Jason handles the weight of responsibility, projecting the emotional conflict ably, transitioning from teen exuberance to defiance to regret and hope through the course of the play.

Of course, he still could not have done it all alone.  All the performances by the troupe were strong, and on second viewing, DH and I were thrilled to have the chance to check out the antics of the secondary characters on stage during the musical numbers.  They were all performing at top level, with facial expressions, songs, and poses that would have been appropriate if they had owned the spotlight alone.

Miguel Cervantes (Moritz) and Zarah Mahler (Ilse) are two we especially enjoyed watching.  

DH and I both wished we could have the cast album from THIS show, as the songs were performed even more passionately than on the Broadway recording that we have.   I was happy to find that San Jose Rep had its digital scrapbook posted here.  Not sure how long that will be available, but they've been kind enough to provide both print and web downloads.  I'm going to make my own scrapbook pages from these!  Though we'll try to see other versions of this show for comparison, I am afraid we may have already seen the best ever and others won't compare.  Like the lyrics from the song, "Those we've known", we'll carry the memories from this show with us forever.
I was commenting to DH after the show how much I enjoyed watching Jason Hite, when the woman seated in the row in front of us turned and exclaimed proudly, "That's my son!"  We chatted briefly with her and Jason's grandmother, who were both understandably delighted to have seen their son/grandson's awesome performance.  Jason had another audition on Monday already, and we join them in wishing him the best of luck!

The performers were in the lobby again, and we took the opportunity to chat with Zarah, whose resemblance to our babysitter was so uncanny that it sent us rushing home after the first performance to check on our kids.  DH offered to take my picture with Jason Hite, and I declined.  Though he may well be famous some day, having a picture of him wouldn't mean all that much, since he would be unlikely to remember me.  (I should have gotten a picture of his Mom/Grandmom, though!).

When we got home, I did some online research, and discovered there is another famous Jason Hite, known for his photography.  Our Jason was in the Berkeley performance of "Girlfriend" last year (link to interview).  I'll be watching for more news as his career grows.

1 comment:

  1. Just wrote a long comment that got swallowed somehow, ah well. It was really enjoyable getting to compare the preview vs. 2nd to last show, and to compare our view from 2nd row initially to our seats perhaps 20 rows back the second time. From all angles, this show was unforgettable. Individual performances were outstanding, and choreography and staging were unlike anything we've ever seen. Truly, the best use of change jar money EVER! Thank you San Jose Rep!


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