Alex Garretson of Rockville, Md., a senior double majoring in wildlife science and theatre arts, starred in the School of Performing Arts’ spring production of “Spring Awakening.” The musical, based on the 1891 German play of the same name, explores controversial issues like sexuality, puberty, rape, suicide, and abortion. The story revolves around a group of German teenagers coming of age and exploring their sexuality in the late 19th century. In one of the play’s four leading roles, Garretson played the introverted perfectionist Moritz Stiefel. Garretson’s strong and engaging performance stuck with audience members long after the final bows were taken.