Opening the season on September 21, Hart House Theatre presents a musical that is “so very” with a dark side that is “grody to the max”, Heathers: The Musical. Based upon the iconic film of the same name, Heathers: The Musical tells the tale of mean girls and murderous vengeance between outcasts and the popular in-crowd. With a twisted, pitch-black sense of humour and a rockin’ soundtrack, this musical explores some of today’s societal challenges with the backdrop of a 1980s high school social scene.

Directed by well-known musical powerhouse, Jennifer Walls, who returns to Hart House Theatre after performing as Mary Lane in the Canadian Premiere of Reefer Madness and Marie LaSalle in High Fidelity. This is her directing debut, alongside a stellar cast of emergent talent, this production promises to deliver a night at the theatre to die for.

When asked what makes a story from 1988 relevant 30 years later, Jennifer had this to say:

“Somewhere in the mixed up world of senior year, Veronica, the precocious 17 year old at the centre of all mayhem, makes the answer clear. There’s a cycle of cruelty in the world, and in that cycle we make ‘Heathers’. We made them in 1988 when the film was released and we continue to make them nearly 30 years later. Bullies and victims going back and forth (lather, rinse, repeat) until they tear each other apart. That cycle of cruelty turns into suicides, guns, bombs and sometimes a car on a curb in your city. We’re responsible for our fellow ‘students’. Veronica discovers how to break the cycle and opens our eyes to the importance of treating each other with compassion and understanding. Beneath it’s dark comedy and content, Heathers gives us a glimmer of hope that there can be change in the world if we stop looking the other way and connect.”

On Stage Sept 21 to Oct 6, 2018

Week 1: Fri. & Sat. at 8 pm

Week 2: Wed. to Sat. at 8 pm

Week 3: Wed. to Sat. at 8 pm and Sat. at 2 pm

Postshow Talkbacks: Sat., Sept. 22 and Thurs., Sept. 27

Preshow Artist Chat: Sat., Oct. 6 at 1 pm

Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle

Adults: $28 / Seniors: $17 / Students: $15 – $12 Student tickets every Wednesday evening

Tickets | | 416.978.8849

Book, Music and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O 19;Keefe

Based on the film written by Daniel Waters

Directed by Jennifer Walls

Music Direction by Giustin MacLean

Choreography by Amanda Nuttall

Set Design by Brandon Kleiman

Costume Design by Erin Frances Gerofsky

Lighting/Projection Design by Melissa Joakim


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Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.