DLC's Teaching Young Artists to Present HEATHERS THE MUSICAL: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
Drama Learning Center's professional training company for emerging young artists will present Heathers the Musical: High School Edition this January.
Adapted from the cult classic 1980's film by the same name, Heathers follows the social rise and fall of teenage misfit Veronica Sawyer in a fictional suburban Ohio town. On the heels of a growing romance with social outsider JD and her dismissal from the high school clique known as "The Heathers," things in Sherwood, Ohio take a decidedly dark turn.
Heathers brings together the creative forces behind Legally Blonde and Reefer Madness (Laurence O'Keefe and Kevin Murphy) for the music, lyrics, and book. The musical played Off-Broadway at New World Stages from March to August 2014. Licensing house Samuel French recently adapted the edgy and contemporary musical to be more appropriate for high school performers and audiences.
"Through the lens of dark comedy, Heathers challenges us to think about the very real issues that teens are facing today with increased frequency: bullying, peer pressure, teen suicide, gun violence, and the struggle for acceptance," says director Stephanie Lynn Williams.
She continues, "Producing this show with students in this age group provides an opportunity to create a dialogue with them about these issues, and what they can do to help create a world where we see these problems decrease instead of fester and grow. What seemed like an over-the-top story in the late 80's is now the very real world in which they live. Heathers shines a light on the importance of paying attention to the teenage experience, and what that means for this generation."
Drama Learning Center's Professional Training Company, TYA (Teaching Young Artists), presents its Winter production of Heathers the Musical - High School Edition from January 12-21, 2018 at Drama Learning Center in Columbia. A select program available by audition only, the TYA program allows students to work in a professional theatre environment as they learn about all aspects of theatrical work. TYA has a strong history of bringing cutting-edge titles to local audiences. The group has previously mounted area premieres of Cry-Baby, Hands on a Hardbody, First Date, Carrie the Musical, GHOST the Musical, 13, Legally Blonde, and High School Musical. This production continues TYA's long-standing tradition of producing professional contemporary musical theatre.
IF YOU GO:
HEATHERS THE MUSICAL: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION
January 12-13, 19-20 at 7:30 PM
January 14 & 21 at 2:00 PM
At the Drama Learning Center, 9130-I Red Branch Rd., Columbia, MD 21045
Director: Stephanie Lynn Williams
Music Director: Tiffany Underwood Holmes
Lighting Design: Lynn Joslin
Costume Design: Jackie Rebok
Featuring TYA Company Members: Lauren Alberg, Annabelle Anderson, Ayla Bailey, Nick Brogan, Kendall Broughton, Livi Carey, Chloe Colvin, Justin Diaz, Mia Ehrlich, Ceoli Jacoby, Elyse Johnson, Sydney Lowry, Laura McHale, Lauren McKenna, Ellie Parks, Ava Pirie, Mark Quackenbush, Lea Reineck, Sarah Rubin, Samuel Russel, Ava Shapiro, Carleigh Solomon, Nya Stevens, Bryan Thompson, Amanda Tossman, Grace Tyson, Julia Totis, Raj Ukondwa, Eli Vogel, Tristan Webster, John Woods III, and Amelia Yasuda
Tickets on sale December 1st at www.dramalearningcenter.com or by calling 410-997-9392. Prices: $18 in advance; $20 at the door.
Heathers the Musical: High School Edition is presented by permission through special arrangement with Samuel French.