Production photography by Grant Lesley.
This was an unremittingly dark as well as entertaining musical with Emma Taviani delivering a nuanced and compelling performance as Veronica Sawyer. As many will know this musical is based on the cult 1988 Hollywood movie Heathers starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.
Director Meg Day has wisely cast three perfect, bright voiced women as the Three Heathers. This was a moving and thought-provoking revenge musical containing confronting adult themes and blends enthralling drama with sharp humour.
We meet HEATHER I and II and III. Veronica Sawyer is not part of the “in crowd”, and is trying to survive as hunted prey in the school jungle. She suddenly becomes part of the most popular mean girls clique at Westerberg High School, made up of these three bitches: Heather Duke, Heather McNamara and led by Heather Chandler.
Veronica Sawyer decides to get out of the snobby clique that is completely destroying her good-girl reputation and teams up with the new guy Jason Dean (J.D.), and he becomes her sociopathic lover who plots to murder the cliquey students.
The staging and set design were both exceptional, and the huge ensemble cast went to town with Laurence O’Keefe’s and Kevin Murphy’s lyrics, making for an awe-inspiring and extraordinary evening.
Miranda Musical Society’s production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL opened at the Sutherland Memorial School Of The Arts 21-23 East Parade, Sutherland on Friday 16th June and is playing until 25th June. The venue is located near the railway station car park.
Director:- Meg Day
Musical Director:- Joshua Ransom
Choreographer:- Tracey Blankenship
Veronica Sawyer = Emma Taviani
Jason Dean (J.D.) = Daniel Cullen
Heather Chandler = Tanya Boyle
Heather McNamara = Jess Farrell
Heather Duke = Steph Josifovski
Martha Dunnstock = Elle Zattera
Ram Sweeney = Daniel O’Connell
Kurt Kelly = Jay Cullen
Ram’s Dad/Veronica’s Dad = Brad Facey
Ms Flemming/Veronica’s Mum = Michele Lansdown
Kurt’s Dad / Big Bud Dean = Garth Saville.