Fall musical proves to be exceptional but flawed

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Fall musical proves to be exceptional but flawed

Students perform during the dress rehearsal of

Students perform during the dress rehearsal of "American Idiot" on Nov. 1.

Sydney Blackston

Students perform during the dress rehearsal of "American Idiot" on Nov. 1.

Sydney Blackston

Sydney Blackston

Students perform during the dress rehearsal of "American Idiot" on Nov. 1.

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The Hayfield drama department premiered their fall musical, “American Idiot,” on Nov. 1, 2018. The show, comprised of songs in rock band Green Day’s “American Idiot” album released in 2004, is about the restless suburban life of American teens after 9/11.

The performance opened with a slide show of clips from the early 21st century, including a video of 9/11. Like most Hayfield musicals, the show started with lively dancers singing together under colorful stage lights. From the opening number, the singers made one thing clear: suburban America was awful. However, it wasn’t evident why they were so miserable with their lives.

As the story progressed, the three main characters became clear: the narrator, Johnny, played by junior Corbin Farrell, who escapes to the city; Tunny, played by freshman Evan Holt, who joins the armed forces; and Will, played by sophomore Max VonKolnitz, who remains on a couch for the entirety of the play mourning the fact that he has knocked up his girlfriend.

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At first glance, I thought Will to be ineffectual due to his inability to leave the couch. It wasn’t until later that I understood the symbolism in his role. In fact, he wasn’t glued to the couch, but rather the suburban life that he could not leave due to his girlfriend being pregnant. Still, it was irking to watch VonKolnitz’s character complain and moan in every song from the dusty green cushions.

Along with teen pregnancy, the plot touches on controversial matters such as drugs, war and sex, and director Patrick Mitchell hopes that it will start a conversation in school about such topics.

Having read the synopsis before the play, I was able to understand what was happening in each scene, but for those who had not, it may have been difficult to follow due to unclear singing and a complicated story line.

However, the talent was visible. The students depicted a variety of emotions through their singing. The voice of junior Scarlett Alexander, who played Will’s girlfriend, Heather, stood out radiantly, emoting feelings of anger and sadness throughout the show. The singers were accompanied by student musicians who superbly performed Green Day’s original pieces, making it one of the highlights of the musical.

The tech team maintained light and sound adequately, but small microphone problems were apparent. A loud buzzing occurred a few times during transitions between scenes, but it was quickly forgotten as the students took the stage.

Adult viewers occupied most of the seats in the auditorium, and while the musical was lively and enjoyable, I think fans of Green Day’s music would find the show much more fulfilling than those who are not. Regardless, the drama department has another satisfactory performance to add to their list.

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