I’ve always thought I wanted to walk down a red carpet and get blinded by paparazzi flashes, but something about the pressure of engaging in a glamorous promenade along an actual red carpet wearing Donatella Versace and stilettos—of course—is actually incredibly intimidating. Ephrata Performing Arts Center and Fine Living Lancaster magazine put a grody spin on feeling like an a-list celeb. Fine Living Lancaster magazine sponsored the preview performance of EPAC’s American Idiot by hosting a Black Carpet Event on the evening of Wednesday July 20, 2016. Attendees were encouraged to dress the part—the grungier, the better.
Guests were greeted with hamburger sliders and spicy (as hell) bacon served on skateboards, styrofoam mannequin heads with mohawks made out of bamboo-skewered vegetables, and Wacker Brewing Company Anniversary Ale by which was brewed in honor of FLL’s tenth year as one of the top publications in Lancaster county.
The entire cast put on a powerful show. FLL’s own Mark Pontz was slinging some hard bass lines in his band, The 1.21 (who played the entire accompaniment for the show). In fact, the show felt like a 90-minute-long rock and roll concert full of moshpits, strobe lights, and expletives.
The whole show had a very “screw the government” mentality, as the main characters, with one goal in mind originally, each branched off onto their own paths. I think everyone in the audience could relate to the characters who desperately searched for a place to call their own.
Peace, no nukes, and avoid the noid.