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American Idiot play coming to University of Montana

Posted at 9:30 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-06 11:30:52-04

MISSOULA – Get out your eyeshadow and spike your hair for a pop-punk play that’s finally come to Missoula.

Inspired by the 2004 Green Day album, the play will be directed and choreographed by UM theater Assistant Professor Pamyla Stiehl.

American Idiot is about the journey of self-discovery for three young boys growing up in Suburban America.

The play incorporates all 17 songs off of Green Day’s iconic 2004 album.

The Grammy Award-winning album has made adapting and memorizing it difficult, but music director Josh Farmer says working with such an important album has brought out the talent in the students.

“Green Day’s music has been just epic, inspiring, very punk. A kind of gives us that like sense of revolution you know. Some of this punk rock — instead of the just being pretty music to listen to — having to put it into and your body is, having to dance having to tell the story… they’re starting to like you feel it coming you know it’s awesome," Farmer said.

The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. from April 18 until April 21 and again from April 25 to April 28. Performances also will be held at 2 p.m. on April 22 and April 29.

All performances will be held in the Montana Theater in UM’s Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.