But drama club director Nate Ferreira tells the Hartford Courant that he and the school's principal decided to drop "American Idiot" because some parents expressed concern. The production contains swearing, drug use and sex.
Green Day's frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, sent an open letter to the school board on Instagram on Monday, even though the board did not make the decision. He noted there is a high school version of the production and said "the bigger issue is censorship."
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He wrote: "Dear Enfield high school board, 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.
The school will instead put on Little Shop of Horrors.