The team that brought you Evil Dead the Musical 2015 and Hand to God, Stage Right Productions and Lonely Fish Productions present Heathers: The Musical, September 1-16 at 2nd Street Theater. Heathers is directed by Scott Schultz with music direction by Karen Sipes and choreography by Mary Hildebrandt.
The show is based off the 1989 cult film Heathers written by Daniel Waters, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Heathers: The Musical performed Off-Broadway in 2014. The lyrics, music and book were written by Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde: The Musical) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness:
Heathers: The Musical tells the story of high schooler Veronica Sawyer who finds herself on the inside with the popular girls Heather, Heather and Heather, the ruthless clique at Westerberg High. Along with the football jocks, they rule the school, making life a living hell for anyone who crosses them or their path.
But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. (Matthew Vigil). When Heather Chandler (AnyssaBohanan), the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica and J.D. plot the end of The Heathers.
“Since the first time I heard the music of Heathers: The Musical I was personally touched. I could relate to the themes of bullying, teen suicide and self-acceptance, as these were personal struggles I dealt with in high school,” said Director Schultz. “Familiarized with the 1988 cult classic film at a young age (my mother was a huge fan), I knew that I had to bring this show to Central Oregon. Being no stranger to cult classics having previously directed Evil Dead the Musical and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I understand the importance of embodying the themes that audiences recognize and expect.”
Many productions of Heathers: The Musical work in association with local and national suicide prevention and anti bullying organizations. The Heathers Bend production team will be working with Deschutes County Health Department Suicide Prevention by attending a training session and offering resources during the run of the show.
Tickets are available at www.2ndstreettheater.com. $25 for adults and $22 for seniors/students. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30pm with two 3pm Sunday Matinees.