Heathers the Musical
The adaptation of the film Heathers into musical theatre was first done in the United States of America and now it has come to Perth through FRINGE WORLD.
This dark comedy has been successfully reimagined as a musical with songs covering topics ranging from crude jokes about blue balls to shockingly deep themes such as suicide.
For those not familiar with the film Heathers, the narrative follows a teenager, at school named Veronica, who is invited to join the three popular girls all named Heather. She falls for a rebellious boy, who goes by the name JD. As teenage dramas arise the consequences lead to fights and even disturbing deaths.
The young performers were all wonderful with powerful voices, high energy and humorous acting. There is a strong dynamic among the cast, especially in the romantic scenes between the characters of Veronica and JD. Even the supporting cast were convincing in their roles, sometimes stealing the attention away from the leading stars.
The basic black set does not take away from the enjoyment of the show but leaves a lot to the imagination. The set mainly utilises three benches and a few small props like pillows, phones and drinks.
The costumes were also quite simple, but were used to represent the varying personalities that are at every school. This includes the popular girls, sporty guys, gothics, dorks and other tropes often seen in coming of age narratives.
With themes of bullying, revenge, violence and teen angst, the plot takes the audience on a roller coaster journey. For fans of the film, there is some variation, but the musical numbers certainly add an extra level of enjoyment.