Shorewood High School’s production of Green Day’s American Idiot runs February 4, 5 and 6 in the Gensler Auditorium.
This two-time Tony Award-winning musical is based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning rock album, American Idiot.
The show is set in a post 9/11 world, and centers around three dissatisfied men trying to find their place in the world.
Graham Hartlaub, senior, will play Johnny, one of those men.
“I am looking forward to music, … rocking out with an amazing cast,” Hartlaub said.
Joe King, drama teacher and director of the show, said one of the reasons he chose the show was for the high energy.
“It being a rock musical is going to be fun … to see if some of our classically-trained singers can rise up to the expectations,” King said.
King said the choreography will be different.
“I think the show is going to provide a new style of choreography … it might rival the style of choreography we saw in Spring Awakening four years ago,” King said.
The musical will feature a pit orchestra comprised of primarily students. David Deshpande, sophomore, will play in the pit for his second year.
“I played percussion last year for Cabaret … It was a good experience and I think this show is going to be really fun to be in the orchestra,” Deshpande said.
According to King, there will be impressive technical aspects to the production as well.
“The set design is going to be amazing and three stories … we’re also doing flying,” King said.
Natalie Dess, senior, and co-stage manager, agrees.
“ [What] I’m looking forward to … the most is combining the cast with the amazing technical things that are going to happen,” Dess said.
Hartlaub hopes the show will send a
message to the students and community.
“I hope that they are assured that there is a place for them in the world … that’s what the show is all about,” Hartlaub said.
King believes the community
will be very supportive of the production.
“[The community] tends to be supportive of Shorewood High School’s and Shorewood Drama’s penchant for approaching progressive concepts and themes … I think that American Idiot will fit right in with that,” King said.
Hartlaub said he is a little apprehensive about playing such a comprehensive character.
“I’m a little nervous honestly … It’s a big leap forward. My biggest apprehension is going to be … adapting this character of a high caliber,” Hartlaub said.
However, Hartlaub thinks the show will be successful.
“I am looking forward to being a part of this amazing spectacle for Shorewood to enjoy,” Hartlaub said.
by Maya Schneider