HEATHERS THE MUSICAL provides multiple insights into the bullying, assaults, intimidation, violence and gun ownership of American senior high school students at Westerberg High. Beautiful misfit loner Veronica Sawyer, is wonderfully played with great gusto by Julia Hyde, when she finally succeeds in joining the school’s elite and cliquey trio of beautiful young women, THE HEATHERS.
Veronica falls deeply in lust for Jason Dean (J.D.), played by Stuart Prime, the very dark, mysterious and dangerously sexy new bad boy at the school. Julia Sophie Liela is undeniably menacing as the elegant Queen Bitch, Heather Chandler.
Unremittingly entertaining musical with biting lyrics plus murder and mayhem galore, and is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie HEATHERS starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
Directors Kyle Stephens and Liviu Monsted have wisely cast three very brightly voiced women as the Three Heathers. Thought-provoking teenage revenge musical contains frequent confronting adult themes and easily blends its enthralling young-adult drama with caustic sharp humour.
We finally meet the mean girls, these three bitches, Heather Duke, Heather McNamara and led by Heather Chandler. They are HEATHER I and II and III fully displayed in all their glory, hunting down all the nerds who are their easy prey, in the school jungle.
Mood enhancing lighting choices, and the intimate staging and brilliant set design were all exceptional. The realistic-looking dynamite bomb with timer, plus the explosion pyrotechnics helped make the evening extremely memorable. The young ensemble cast perfectly delivered Laurence O’Keefe’s and Kevin Murphy’s lyrics, with never-ending enthusiasm and intensity, making for an awe-inspiring great night out.
This is a bargain night out, as tickets are only $30 each, concession $25, plus booking fees.
Beautifully staged in an intimate theatre space, and with a superb young cast, this enthusiastic HEATHERS was magnificent and a very entertaining night out.
Julia Hyde – VERONICA SAWYER
Stuart Prime – JD
Julia Sophie Liela – HEATHER CHANDLER
Emma Kay Whiteley – HEATHER MCNAMARA
Lauren RK – HEATHER DUKE
Micayla Lucy – MARTHA DUNNSTOCK
Nathaniel Hole – RAM SWEENEY / Rams Dad
Dean Craig – KURT KELLY / KURT’S DAD
Siri Molin – MS. FLEMING/ Veronica’s mum
Christopher Daw – Principal Gowen/Veronica’s Dad/JDs Dad
Sasha Cole – Bitter Geek
Mike Williams – Hipster Dork / COACH RIPPER
Stephanie Segafredo – Stoner Chick
Stephanie Hillman – Young Republicanette / Ensemble
Sarah Fittock – Goth Girl
Amy Rose-Eileen Jones – MARTHA DUNNSTOCK understudy
– Understudy/ VERONICA’S MOM.
Directed by Kyle Stephens dan Liviu Monsted
Music Direction by Elliott Falzon
Choreography by Rhiannon Paige and Scott Reynolds
Keys 1 Elliott Falzon
Keys 2 George Mav
Guitar David Lewis
Bass Samual Wilson
Bass Depp Amanda Jenkins (opening night)
Drums Peter Kotevski
Book, Music, Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
All firearms within the production, are used under direction and supervision of a licensed theatrical armourer.
Duration under 150 minutes, including one interval.
STRICTLY LIMITED SEASON – HEATHERS is at the Fuse Box inside the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville.
Performances at 7:00pm from the 15th November until 25th November 2017.