Preview of “Be More Chill”

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By Claire Conlan

Staff Reporter

Starting on Feb. 5, the Theatre Arts Program will be preforming their first show of the semester “Be More Chill”.

The play is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini.

“Be More Chill” is based on a high school boy, Jeremy, who has a massive crush on Christine.

   All that he wants is to become popular so he can impress her, but he doesn’t know how to be the “cool guy.”

   He comes across an invention known as the “SQUIP” which is a supercomputer in the form of a pill which gives him the power to “be more chill.”

“It’s a show that shows real life more so than a typical Broadway show. The show itself, the dialogue, and the music resembles high school as a whole and it feels real,”  said junior Bradly Taylor who plays Jeremy.

   The show is likely to relate to many different ages and types of people because it takes place in a familiar setting.

“I think it’s a show for everyone. Everyone was in high school that knew the popular girls, the jocks, the nerds, being popular, and trying to talk to a girl. Everybody has experienced that and everybody is still doing it,” said sophomore Justin Weigel who plays the SQUIP. “It’s life and the theatre reflects life and this show absolutely does that so I think everybody can relate to this show.”

   The show features numerous experienced actors and actresses, as well as special effects to tie the show together.

   “I love the special effects of the show. There are twelve TV’s hanging from the ceiling and I just love the music and listening to everyone sing. They are all so ridiculously talented so it has been really cool watching them,” said Weigel.

   However, many hours of hard work have gone into making this show as cohesive and entertaining as possible.

  “Usually in shows we can look up videos on how the character is played, but you can’t with this show. You have to make it completely your own. It is so much fun,” said sophomore Rachel Dufresne who plays Brooke.“This is definitely the most challenging, but the most fun show I’ve ever done.”

  There have also been numerous people who have said that they are traveling from various locations to see the show when it debuts.

“A family from Canada has reached out to us and a couple of people from Ohio are coming as well,”  said Weigel.

“Be More Chill” opens on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Edgerton Theater. Tickets are necessary for entry.

   “The expectations are so high it’s a lot of pressure, but it’s good pressure,” said freshman Johannah Johnson, who plays Christine.

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