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‘Be More Chill’ comes to Cain Center in early March

Cain Center | Photo by Justin Dionne

Feb. 5. The Cain Center for the Arts will showcase local youth talent in “Be More Chill,” a groundbreaking musical that delves into the complexities of the teenage experience. Based on the 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini, the musical follows Jeremy Heere, an average teenager until he finds out about “The Squip,” a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school.

The show resonates with young audiences and addresses issues that are authentic and important.

Be More Chill


Performances will be Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, March 2 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at www.cainarts.org/bemorechill.


The production will feature some of the most talented theater students from Lake Norman, including Hough High School, Community School of Davidson, Davidson Day School, Northwest School of the Arts, Ignite Christian Academy and Mountain Island Charter School.

The collaboration with Melissa Ohlman-Roberge, a beloved figure in the local theater community, adds an extra layer of expertise and guidance to the production. In addition to learning the script and score, Ohlman-Roberge has prioritized cast time for deep discussion around universal themes such as belonging, overcompensating for insecurities, and the increasing impact of technology in today’s society.


The Cain Center for the Arts executive director Justin Dionne | Photo by Dave Yochum

“We are thrilled to bring ‘Be More Chill’ to Cain Center for the Arts, providing a stage for our region’s talented young performers to shine,” said Justin Dionne, executive director of Cain Center. “This production is not only a celebration of their skills but also an exploration of the challenges and triumphs that define the teenage experience. We believe in the power of theater and the arts to inspire, educate, and connect, and this performance is a testament to that belief.”


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