AmericanaDespite spending my schooldays in a grey comprehensive, American high school life is something that feels very familiar. The cheerleaders, the prom, the cruel hierarchy, all recognisable stereotypes that Americana employs well in this enjoyable if somewhat safe musical production.

The tenuously presented story tells the tale of stoner outcast David, who embarks on a much-shunned relationship with Brody, an all American football captain. There are other threads,  too, such as thoughts on religion and drug use, but most of these feel secondary to the thrust of the songs and dancing

With such a large cast, Hungry Bitches Productions must be commended for the creativity and order within the choreography. The majority of the numbers feature heavily energetic complex movements that the cast rise to admirably; a song in praise of a dreamboat is particularly memorable as he strides between a lapping sea of bodies like a testosterone-fuelled messiah.

For all the pomp and effort however, the music soon begins to clump together. With such heavy reliance on pop punk power chords it does feel at times that anything other than the choruses were given little thought. That isn’t to say that the band, intriguingly positioned behind a picket fence, aren’t talented players, but aside from the occasional introduction of a violin, songs do become hard to discern from the other. Something that shouldn’t be happening for a show whose story is fairly damp.

In spite of these flaws however, Americana shines bright through the persuasive joy of its ensemble. Every cheerleader, jock and nerd really does give their all and, mid swing, it’s quite a wonderful sight.

Americana is at the C South (Venue 58) until 25 August. For more information and tickets visit the Edinburgh Fringe website.