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Department of Performing Arts presents 'American Idiot,' April 26-30

The spring musical production by the Department of Performing Arts is in Roberts Theatre with six performances including weekend matinees.


The Elon Department of Performing Arts will present its spring musical production, "American Idiot," a sung-through stage adaptation of Green Day’s concept album punk rock opera, on April 26-30. 

The story deals with three disaffected young men: Johnny, Tunny  Will, seeking meaning in a confusing time within stifling societal restrictions.

Although set shortly after the events of 9/11, its theme of disenfranchised youth is universal, from Cain and Abel to James Dean, this story has been heard time after time. This music resonates with the generation that grew up on it, and ironically, some of the societal and political problems it rails against have actually escalated since the show’s inception and Broadway run.

Attendees should come prepared to rock out, and maybe recognize a bit of themselves onstage. Note: not suitable for children under 13. 

‚ÄčElon's production is directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato, with musical direction by Valerie Maze, scenic design by Charles Johnson and vocal coaching by Brian Kremer. Music is by Green Day, lyrics are by Billie Joe Armstrong with the book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. 

The Thursday and Friday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances will include a 2 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. show. Performances will be in Roberts Studio Theatre in Scott Studios at Arts West. 

Admission is $13 or Elon ID. Reservations are highly recommended and being taken by calling the Roberts Studio Theatre Reservation Line at (336) 278-5650 or online at http://www.elonperformingarts.com.


Patti Gibbons,
1/12/2018 5:30 AM