The time of your life; Green Day musical set for DCU

DCU Drama Society will hold their annual musical next week over three nights, with this year’s being a new musical based off the music of Green Day.

Green Day’s ‘American Idiot The Musical’ follows the journey of three best friends, Johnny, Will and Tunny, as they desperately try to find meaning in their lives.  Set post-9/11 in Jingletown, USA; a new generation is rising up against the mindless, TV-saturated world they live in.

This is the first Irish amateur production of the show. Speaking to The College View, director Colin Hughes says the show is “a very different kind of musical.

“Obviously American Idiot is a very new show, so it’s exciting doing it. It’s shaping up really well and rehearsals are going great. It’s definitely someone people should get to see.”

Lauryn Gaffney, a former St. Pat’s student and member of DCU Drama, acts as musical director for the show, after the success of her original musical, Big Shot.

“Everybody in the show adds something to different to the show. The music is exceptional, and the direction is so original and new,” she said.

Chairperson of the Drama Society, Aoife Ryan, explained why the committee chose American Idiot as their musical this year.

“It’s such a charged show, and it is such a good show for students. Rights only became available at the beginning of 2015, so we hopped on that and got them over the summer to make sure we were the first production.”

American Idiot plays March 29th, 30th and 31st in The Helix. Tickets are available from The Helix box office and online.

Fionnuala Jones

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