Trust us: at $10, these are gonna go quick. So if you want to head to Lexington High on May 7, 8, and 9 for With the Needle That Sings In Her Heart, Amanda Palmer's high-school musical based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, we suggest you get them now.
If you're in need of a late pass, Amanda posted a looooong update on the state of the play the other day -- including the news that Neil Gaiman had stopped by to check out pre-production
High School Musicals: Amanda Palmer (left, in 1992), Kelsi Nielsen
In one of the spring's most face-melting developments, AMANDA PALMER announced earlier this month that she was returning to Lexington High to collaborate with her old high-school drama teacher and 20 current students on a production based on Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea.Palmer's drama teacher, Steven Bogart, told Palmer's publicist that this isn't really much of a stretch since, as a senior, Amanda wrote a play based on the music of the Legendary Pink Dots called Asylum. Apparently it was quite the hit: the "theatrical post-modern form of the piece challenged the
Massachusetts High School Drama Guild to rewrite their criteria for
judging the state drama festival," Bogart says.
Palmer, for her part, credits Lexington High's drama program -- in which students wrote their own plays from scratch over the course of two months -- with turning her into an artist: "This is the way I grew up understanding theater,"
Palmer says in the press release. "We created magic out of nothing. I always hated the
boring stock plays and musicals, they seemed lifeless. Bogart always
encouraged us to use our brains and hearts to dig deep and find
something meaningful and original to put on the stage."
At around this point in the press release, we suddenly felt like we were reading an abstract of the High School Musical script, and we were suddenly reminded how much Kelsi in HSM#1 reminded us of Amanda (only with Brian Vig's signature bowler thrown in). And wait, don't we have Amanda's high-school yearbook photo floating around here somewhere? Ah, yes: thus, the images above -- that's Palmer's 1992 Lexington High yearbook photo. Wait for it, we've got more after the jump . . .including bonus-round photos of then-Lexington-High senior EUGENE MIRMAN!