Remember Green Day’s “American Idiot”? No, not the the record from 2004. I mean the musical from 2009 based on the record from 2004. Do you remember that? Some students at Enfield High School certainly remember. Or they stumbled upon their parent’s CD/mp3 collection.
No matter how they found it Enfield High School’s drama club was set on producing a version of the musical. Even going so far as setting some dates and soliciting for those interested. Being as American Idiot is a bit of a “mature” theme (read: swear words) they were exploring working out a cleaner version with the publishing company. It seems that everything was going smoothly. Until the complainers showed up.
The drama club director, Nate Ferreira said, “Unfortunately, a very small number of extremely vocal people have complained about our choice of production.”
Once again someone who gets their knickers in a twist can’t just not take part or look away, they have to ruin it for everyone. This was a challenging undertaking and there seemed to be plenty of people excited by it.
Ferreria continued to say that it wasn’t the principal who forced the change but that the decision was made internally. He suggested American Idiot be “set aside” for now.
Lead singer of Green Day, Billy Joe Armstrong had this to say:
“dear Enfield high school board, #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot
It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot.
I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite “suitable” for a younger audience.
However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that’s the one Enfield was planning to perform which is suitable for most people.
it would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. this production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard. and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history.
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I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater!
as they say on Broadway .. “the show must go on!” rage and love
Billie Joe Armstrong”