‘Be More Chill’ returns to the Turlock High School stage

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The musical was initially shut down by the school principal and site administrator after a performance for its mature content.

TURLOCK, Calif. — A controversial musical is back after being abruptly shut down earlier this year.

Turlock High School announced on its Facebook page that its spring musical “Be More Chill” will return in mid-May for a weekend of performances “after behind-the-scenes discussions and additional preparation.” The musical was initially shut down by the school principal and site administrator after a performance for its mature content.

Written by Joe Iconis, “Be More Chill” is a sci-fi musical set in high school, where the main character struggles to choose between popularity and being himself.

“Due to mature content/themes, children under 13 will not be permitted without a parent/guardian,” the school said in its Facebook post.

The show is scheduled for May 13-15. Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 2.


Turlock High School cast member Evan Espinosa spoke with ABC10 at the time of the cancellation and said many parents were supportive of the show.

“I just want people to know that the arts should be embraced and creativity is an amazing thing that everyone should embrace and embrace,” Espinosa previously told ABC10.

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