What happens when a teenager gets everything he wants?
This is the question posed and answered in the first production by the 2020 season by The Regals Musical Society.
Be More Chill is the teen musical telling the story of Jeremy Heere, an average teenager and a bit of a loser until he discovers the SQUIP, a super computer inside a tiny pill he swallows with Mountain Dew that implants in his brain and promises him everything he desires: a date with Christine, an invitation to the 'raddest' party of the year, and a chance to survive high school.
But, as he upgrades in popularity and starts to get the girls, the SQUIP takes control of everything he says and does and deletes everything important to him, including his best friend Michael.
Be More Chill director, Kenney Ogilvie said the show speaks to a younger generation of theatre lovers.
"If there is a teen in your life, this is the perfect production to share with them," he said.
The cast includes Vincent Huynh of Moorebank, who plays the key role of Michael Mell, the best friend of Jeremy's central character. Michael is a fan of the 80's and it's music - pop culture from before he was born. He is also one of the only characters who understands and celebrates who he really is. Michael is sceptical about The SQUIP from the beginning and is ultimately shut out of Jeremy's life by the controlling supercomputer.
Be More Chill will be Vincent's first show with The Regals Musical Society, as well as his first ever lead role. Currently studying for his Bachelor of Music Theatre, he has a keen interest in directing musicals. In Be More Chill, Vincent has the privilege of singing one of the most powerful songs in the show "Michael in the Bathroom" which has resonated with millions of young people worldwide for its accurate and heart wrenching portrayal of teenage loneliness.
Vincent said, "I have never felt more "seen" or "represented" in a musical than when I saw George Salazar perform as Michael in Be More Chill. I hope to live up to that image."
Be More Chill is showing at the St George Auditorium, 4-16 Montgomery Street, Kogarah, from March 11 to 14.
Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 concession, and $25 on March 12.
- Bookings via Regals website: www.theregals.com.au/be-more-chill
- Phone: 0433 813 381.