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South Eugene Theater Presents 'Be More Chill' Ahead Of Its Broadway Premiere

Margaret Bull

The musical sensation Be More Chill is preparing for its Broadway premiere in 2019, but South Eugene High School is getting ready for their own opening of the musical this week.

The musical’s premise is simple enough- an unpopular high school student takes a pill - which is actually a tiny computer that starts controlling him- to make him popular. It’s a cautionary tale, and you don’t have to be a high schooler to relate. After all, who doesn’t want to be more chill?

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South Eugene Theater students rehearse for their production of Be More Chill.

Thanks to a cast recording from an earlier, small production in New Jersey that went viral, the sci-fi teen musical had social media buzz even before it opened for a sold out, limited edition run off-Broadway run this past summer.  Now South Eugene Theater is one of only two high schools on the West Coast showing Be More Chill this year.

Director Pat Avery says with the show heading to Broadway, South’s production is a real coup. “The fact that we’re getting to do this show right in the middle of that is pretty unusual and pretty awesome,” says Avery.

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Jared Menegat portrays Rich in South Eugene Theater's production of Be More Chill.

Avery says his theater program has a great reputation, and this show delivers. He adds that “what people come to expect all the time at South Eugene theater is a super high-quality production and with this particular show, a group of kids just having a tremendous amount of fun on stage.”

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Townes Genoves (left) portrays Michael, and Quinn Hansen portrays Jeremy in Be More Chill.

Be More Chill opens Thursday, November 1st and runs for three weekends through November 18th.  

For tickets, see South Eugene Theater’s Be More Chill Ticket Information.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Sociology.