Two weeks ago, a motivated group of Rockers known as “SLIMT,” or “The Student-Lead Independent Musical Theater group,” put on their first show: Be More Chill, written by Ned Vizzini and Joe Tracz with lyricist/composer Joe Iconis.
The show follows high school student Jeremy Heere on his quest for popularity. The opportunity comes to him under the guise of a wintergreen Tic Tac; a form of super secret technology called a “SQUIP.” While at first things seem to be going great, soon Jeremy is forced to decide what is more important to him--being cool, or the people he cares about. The fun, upbeat musical was a great show that encouraged both the actors and the audience to loosen up and have a good time.
With a project that has been six months in the making, every student’s dedication to was clear. While watching the show, I could feel the energy in the room from the audience and the performers alike. All of the students collaborating and fighting to create their own experiences and be a part of something they are passionate about was truly inspiring.
I asked the team what the highlight of their experience was working on Be More Chill, and here’s what they said:
“The highlight was definitely being able to grow as a person and as an actor while working with this amazing group of people. I was able to get to know everyone in cast and crew better, and create relationships or build upon already existing ones. We had great moments, from meditation to Yee-Haw Jeremy. I can’t wait to work with SLIMT again next year on their next project.” (Garrison Funk, actor, first-year)
“[My highlight was] knowing that I was paving the ground for more musicals at BCSR and that I was working within my major of Interdisciplinary art. Also getting to know so many talented freshmen. Also when Garrison Funk sang his opening song in a southern twang.” (Ang Gardner, actor, sophomore)
“This musical reminded me to have fun. I was so comfortable with the cast that I really let myself go, and it became an experience I wouldn't trade for the world.” (Elise Kelly, actor, first-year)
“It felt very empowering to be a part of a production where practically no adults were involved. I think that as kids, and as minors, we feel the need to have adults’ permission to do something, so it was very cool to be a part of a community of students that just wanted to put on a show. Also playing a f**kboy was really fun.” (Zelda Offermann, actor, first-year)
“[The most memorable part was] staying up until 6:30 AM working on projection.” (Finn Weeks, sound tech/projection designer, first-year)
“The best part about working on Be More Chill was definitely getting to know the cast and creative team better. I also loved having the power to boss people around and make them do whatever ridiculous dance moves I came up with.” (Lissy Wood, choreographer, first-year)
“Having the unbelievable opportunity to come together as students and perform a Broadway show was such an unforgettable experience. I'm so glad I was able to make new friends, learn so much as an actor, and laugh a lot throughout the show.” (Hilary Yarger, actor, sophomore)
“Getting to hang out with so many people I wouldn't have otherwise gotten to know. Also, check-ins are super fun.” (Anonymous)
Here are some pictures you might not have seen from behind-the-scenes: