Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billy Joe Armstrong
Book by Billy Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer
A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award® winning hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT follows a young anti-hero, Johnny, the self-proclaimed “Jesus of Suburbia”, and his two buddies, Will and Tunny, as they attempt to break out of their mind-numbing, aimless suburban existence and follow their dreams.
Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before.
Runtime: 100 Minutes, No Intermission.
Adult Language, Adult Content
2132 Radcliffe Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28274
(Tickets may become available at show time. If you would like to join the waitlist, we recommend arriving at the Hadley Theatre around 7:15PM and checking in.)
Amanda Becker (The Extraordinary Girl) (The Extraordinary Girl) Amanda is from Fort Mill, SC and recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Catawba College! Recent: Central Piedmont Summer Theatre’s COMEDY OF TENORS (Mimi), Spinnaker Production’s THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (Ensemble/Dance Captain) Barn Dinner Theatre’s THE ART OF MURDER (Kate) Temple Theatre Company’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Belle) Central Piedmont Summer Theatre’s SISTER ACT (Ensmeble) Central Piedmont Summer Theatre’s BOEING BOEING (Gabriella) CPCC’s HOW TO SUCCEED… (Rosemary) Queen City Theatre Company’s HEATHERS (New Wave Girl). Amanda can be seen next in various holiday productions at Carowind’s Winterfest! Thanks Mom and Dad for everything you do!
Steven Buchanan (Will) is extremely proud to be joining Actors Theatre Of Charlotte for the regional premiere of AMERICAN IDIOT. Most recently he starred in THE PRIDE (Oliver Henshaw) with Queen City Theatre Company. Other credits include; Regional: ANNIE GET YOUR GUN ( Frank Butler u/s) Park , AMERWRECKA (Jeff Miller) The Actors Lab. Local: WEST SIDE STORY (Riff) Davidson Players, GREASE (Doody) Queens University, SIDE SHOW (Sheik) Queen City Theatre Company. Steve would like to thank Chip, Tod, Carrie, Kathryn and everyone at ATC for their exceptional quality of work and effort. To my beautiful family... I LOVE YOU ALL!
Matt Carlson (Johnny) is pleased to return to Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte in the current production of AMERICAN IDIOT (Johnny). Matt’s previous ATC roles include ROCK OF AGES (Drew), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Cazo) and BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (Bandleader). Additional local theatre credits include, HEATHERS THE MUSICAL (J.D.), SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE (Matt), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Raoul), NEXT TO NORMAL (Henry), and GODSPELL (Matt). Matt is a popular music student at Catawba College. He also performs with D & G Entertainment, and writes and performs music as Wild Domestic www.wilddomesticmusic.com. Love and gratitude to my parents, Karissa and Miss B! And to a wild and crazy talented AI cast and crew, “p.s. take a f*#king shower!”
Megan Cobb (Featured Ensemble) grew up in Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, and attended the Summer Training Institute and Fall Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA that summer and fall. Megan’s work includes: JULIUS CAESAR (Decius Brutus/Cobbler/Pindarus/Strato/Citizen) with the Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company; CAMELOT (Guenevere), HAIR (Crissy), MIRACLE ON 34th STREET (Shellhammer), VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE (Nina), THE ROYAL FAMILY (Gwen), INTO THE WOODS (Lucinda/Witch Double/Dance Captain), and LES MISERABLES (Factory Girl) at Chattanooga Theatre Centre; THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Schwarzy), MIDDLETOWN (Sweetheart), ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS (Kate/Ben/Jackey), and THE WINTER’S TALE (Dorcas/Bear Puppeteer) at UTC; THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Janet) and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Hermia) with UTC Summer Players; THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Marcy Park) at Dalton Little Theatre.
Jeremy DeCarlos (St. Jimmy) is a Carolina native with a Theater Performance degree from Winthrop University. He was most recently seen in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's STUPID FUCKING BIRD (Dev), THE TOXIC AVENGER (Toxie), FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS PARTS 1,2, & 3 (Homer), ROCK OF AGES (Dennis), and RED (Ken).
Jonathan Ford (Featured Ensemble) is a recent graduate from the College of Charleston with a degree in theatre and a performance concentration. He is extremely grateful for the opportunity to bring this moment in time to the stage.
Lizzie Medlin (Heather) is from the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina. She is represented by JTA Talent Agency here in Charlotte. The nineteen year old is not a stranger to the stage, having been involved in community theatre for fourteen years. Her most recent work has been with The Uwharrie Players in COMPANY (Marta), The Uwharrie Players in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Inga), The Piedmont Players in THE LITTLE MERMAID (Ariel), and The Tiger Theatre Troupe in THE ADDAMS FAMILY MUSICAL (Alice). She is thrilled to finally join the Actor's Theatre of Charlotte family, and she plans to stay involved with these wonderfully talented people.
Nonye Obichere (Whatsername) is thrilled to be in her first production at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte! Favorite credits include HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL (Heather Duke) at Queen City Theatre Company, LEGALLY BLONDE (Pilar) at CPCC Summer Theatre, CHICAGO (June), BIG RIVER (Alice's Daughter), and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Crystal) at Weathervane Playhouse, and THE INSANITY OF MARY GIRARD (Mary Girard) at Elon University. Many thanks to the creative team for this amazing opportunity!
Hannah Risser (Featured Ensemble) has been living in Charlotte for nine years. After graduating from the University of St Andrews in 2016 with a Masters in Psychology, she began her Charlotte performance career with Theatre Charlotte’s SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Ensemble/Candy). Hannah then worked with Central Piedmont Community College in their productions of RAGTIME (Harlem Ensemble) and FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Daughter Ensemble).
Emily Roy (Ensemble) is excited to be a part of her first show at ATC. She was last seen in Theatre Charlotte's production of CRY BABY (LENORA). She would like to give a special thanks to her friends and family for supporting her and to everyone who made this show possible. She hopes you enjoy it as much as she enjoyed putting it together!
Katy Shepherd (Ensemble) is so happy to return to ATC to rock out again! Audiences may remember her in ROCK OF AGES (Regina) and STAGE KISS (Angela). Her favorite roles also include FLOYD COLLINS (Nellie Collins), JANE EYRE THE MUSICAL (Jane Eyre), LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE (Lilly), THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS (Toad), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mary Magdalene), and CABARET (Kit Kat Girl). Katy is happy to call Charlotte home after performing at various regional theatres in WV, IN, OH, MI, GA, TX, and IA. In addition to acting, she also teaches music and theatre at Grace Covenant Academy (K-6th) and Children's Theatre of Charlotte (Pre K-12th). You can catch her next at CTC in THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER-THE MUSICAL! Her love, devotion, and utmost gratitude go to her amazing husband for his incredible encouragement and support!
Timothy Scott Thomas (Featured Ensemble) was last seen in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN ( Agent Cod ) in CSDs 2017 Summer Stock, marking his return to Theatre, after an eight year hiatus. Past credits include LES MISERABLES ( Marius) and VIOLET ( Flick). He would like to thank his friends and family for pushing him back into his first love, and the cast and crew of American Idiot for trusting him to flesh out such a unique vision!
Vikki Thomas (Ensemble), a Connecticut native, is thrilled to be making her on-stage Charlotte and Actors Theatre debut in American Idiot after working behind the scenes at Actors Theatre for the past year. Her favorite roles have included BARNUM THE MUSICAL (Charity Barnum) and MAN OF LA MANCHA (Housekeeper). She has been practicing silks for the past year at AIR Aerial Fitness, and is excited for the opportunity to perform them for an audience.
Renee Welsh-Noel (Featured Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte for a third time in American Idiot. Previous credits with Actor’s Theatre include STICK FLY (Cheryl) and PASSING STRANGE (Edwina/Mariana/Sudabey). She recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in dance performance and choreography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she concentrated on modern dance. Renee currently teaches jazz, tap, and modern dance at the Charlotte and Belmont Schools of Ballet and choreographs independently.
Grant Zavitkovsky (Tunny) is thrilled to return to ATC as Tunny in AMERICAN IDIOT. He is a recent graduate of Coastal Carolina University, where he got his BFA in Musical, and was last seen in Charlotte in ATC’s production of COUGAR THE MUSICAL (Buck). Other favorite credits include SPRING AWAKENING (Melchoir), OKLAHOMA! (Curly), NEXT TO NORMAL (Gabe), ROCK OF AGES (Drew), and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Levi). Thanks to Chip, Todd, and Ryan for this amazing opportunity!
CHIP DECKER (Director) was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont and has lived in Texas, North Dakota and North Carolina. Chip joined Actor’s Theatre in 1996 and became Artistic Director in 2002. In addition to acting in our productions of DARK RAPTURE, STUMPS, ZARA SPOOK & OTHER LURES, BUG, THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE’S “ABRIDGED” plays and RABBIT HOLE, Chip received MTA's Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Michael in ATC's multi-award winning drama, THE PILLOWMAN. Also, he received Creative Loafing’s Best Director (Comedy) Award for our production of WONDER OF THE WORLD, as well as sharing Theatre Person of the Year honors. He has directed THE WHIPPING MAN, RED, CUTTIN' UP, BLUE DOOR, THE 39 STEPS, END DAYS, MY FIRST TIME, ATC’s first World Premiere Commission SOUTHERN RAPTURE, THE LIEUTENANT OFINISHMORE, POLISH JOKE that opened our 2005-2006 season, THE OLDEST PROFESSION, and THE SANTALAND DIARIES.
Ryan Stamey (Musical Director)
TOD KUBO (Choreographer) For 23 years, Tod A. Kubo has choreographed his way across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. He is thrilled to be choreographing THE TOXIC AVENGER for ATC after previously choreographing ROCK OF AGES and THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILERPARK XMAS. Tod is an adjunct professor at Catawba College and teaches dance for their theatre arts dept. Highlights of Tod's choreography career include: PETER PAN and THE WIZARD OF OZ-Onstage Theatrics Las Vegas, RENT-Prague Czech Republic Premiere/The Kalich Theatre, KING DAVID- New York and European Tours, DREAMER- National Tour, COUGAR, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, TITLE OF SHOW, PASSING STRANGE and DREAM A LITTLE DREAM- Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, CHICAGO for CPCC Summer Theatre, CABARET, THE COLOR PURPLE, SPAMALOT, LEAP OF FAITH, CATS and CHICAGO- PPT Inc., OKLAHOMA-West Coast Opera Theatre Palm Desert, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and PETER PAN- Bob Hope Cultural Arts Center, WEST SIDE STORY and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-Musical Theatre West, 42ND STREET-Gallimaufry Performing Arts, FACETS FROM BROADWAY- Pacific Symphony Orchestra and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK-Saddleback CLO. Some additional choreography credits: DREAMGIRLS, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, FOOTLOOSE, CURTAINS, THE CHILDREN OF EDEN, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, GYPSY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GUYS AND DOLLS, HOW TO SUCCEED..., CHESS, MIKADO, HELLO DOLLY, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING..., THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ME AND MY GIRL, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, TITLE OF SHOW, and THE MUSIC MAN.