A high school drama club in Connecticut was super stoked recently when it got the green light to do a production of the “American Idiot” the musical, based off the Green Day album of the same name. But after putting up flyers letting everyone know that auditions were coming up, the school board decided to nix the production, due to the concerns of some parents.
Enfield High School cited concerns over sex, drugs, and foul language as the biggest issues…. Please!! Like most of these kids really don’t know anything about these matters. Billy Joe says the bigger issue is Censorship! He penned a letter to the school board that reads: 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. 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 ps. I love that your school is called “Raiders”
The school’s drama director says in response to Mr. Armstrong: “It wasn’t the school board as he thinks that forced us to not do the show. “It was a decision that the principal and I arrived at together because there were some kids in the group whose parents didn’t want them involved.” Read the rest of the story here
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