Based on the cult classic 1989 film, Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.
Heathers is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass…but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.
Heathers is a theatrical experience that substantively resonates with 2018 youth culture, offering a darkly comedic take on some of the very serious challenges that are confronted in high schools to this very day. The musical is highly topical in today’s terrorism climate especially in light of the tragic Parkland High School mass shooting that took place only a month ago. Heathers, deals with the very serious issues of bullying, homophobia and high school cliques that were prevalent in 1989, and are still rocking our world today! continued…
Friday 4/27/18 @7:30pm
Saturday 4/28/18 @7:30pm
Sunday 4/29/18 @3:00pm
…Heathers is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers The Musical has now become a cult classic, like the 1989 film it’s based on! continued…
Wednesday 5/2/18 @7:30pm
DISCOUNT Night Thursday
Thursday 5/3/18 @7:30pm
Friday 5/4/18 @7:30pm
Saturday 5/5/18 @7:30pm
Closing Sunday Matinee
Sunday 5/6/18 @3:00pm
…“This show…evokes a pre-”Hunger Games” era when fantasies about teenage revenge could be smaller and didn’t have to involve apocalyptic maneuvers. In a way, this latest incarnation of “Heathers” is to the 1980s what “Grease” was to the 1950s (when it was first staged in the 1970s).” — Ben Brantley, The New York Times
The Genesius production is directed by Genesius Artistic Director, L J Fecho, music directed by Dara Himes, choreographed by Jericho Joy, with a set design by Zack Spadaccia, light design by Spencer Moss Fecho, costume design by Cathy Miller, hair/makeup design by, Kim Siegel of United Artist Salon and sound design by Albert Garcia of Eko Entertainment, LLC. The set is constructed by John Bigos, Mike Maiers and Betty Gerstner, with scenic art by Marjory Ewald. The show is stage managed by our teen stage manager, Kelsey Malone.
The Genesius production features Mamie Covell, in the classic Winona Ryder film role as Veronica Sawyer and Alex Weaver, in the Christian Slater role of J. D. THE HEATHERS – are Caitlin Whelan as Heather Chandler, Cecilia Cooper as Heather McNamara, and Yarilin Chimelis as Heather Duke. Ryan Cunningham portrays Ram, Daniel W. Graf portrays Kurt, and Chloe Ferreri portrays Martha Dunnstock. The ADULTS are portrayed by Simmon Fecho as Miss Flemming, Carl Wolfe as Coach Ripper, and Jeffrey Jones and Principal Gowan.
PRICE RANGE – Student $17.50, Senior $22.50, Adult $28.50, Premium Seats $30.00 and Deluxe Seats $33.00. — SPECIAL DISCOUNT NIGHT – Thursday, May 3, ONLY – Student Tickets are $15 and all other seats are $20.00. For Tickets please visit – www.genesiusdifference.org; 610-373-9500 card fees apply. Tickets also available at the door.
The play is PG 15 – Alcohol, Drugs, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Minor Nudity, PARENTAL GUIDANCE SUGGESTED
Performing at Genesius Theatre
153 North 10th Street, Reading PA 19601
Genesius Theatre is a Performance Venue that specializes in Musical Theatre with professional live orchestras. Genesius performs 10 productions annually, 3 of which feature kids / teens exclusively. The theatre also doubles as a learning center offering summer theatre classes annually. Genesius offers state of the art lighting and modern effects. You will feel immersed in their up-close atmosphere of the performances; the true “Genesius Difference”.
As a 501C3 Non-Profit Organization, Genesius relies on generous donations within the community from people like you. We trust in the power of this inspiring & dynamic medium to transform the artists who create it, the audiences who enjoy it, and the patrons who support it.
FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: Emily Rhinehart as Gladys Calhoun
What interests you about playing your character? This is a very tough question for me to answer. In today’s political climate and society, the role I play represents views and opinions that are completely at odds with who I am as a person. She operates from a place of fear and ignorance, which I guess in her case is more understandable, as this story takes places years ago. But that fear and ignorance is still very strong in a lot of people today. So what interests me the most is her journey which opens her mind and changes her abhorrent views about racism.
What has playing your character taught you about yourself? I haven’t learned any specific lessons from Gladys, but it’s made me incredibly grateful that I grew up with an open mind and heart.
What's your favorite line from the show? When Gladys tells Simmons to “shut up."
What do you think will surprise people about this show? Hopefully, people will see that unfortunately, the racism that existed in the 1950’s is still very relevant today.
Come learn more about Gladys Calhoun (and Emily) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
Racism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “racial prejudice or discrimination.” We’ve all seen it in action, especially in our current political climate, but this has been an issue in America as long as we’ve been a nation.
But love doesn’t understand boundaries. Love wants to grow, and be recognized, and make itself known. And when that love exists between a white man and a black woman, especially in the south in the 1950’s, it’s not necessarily welcome. It can’t announce itself and walk the streets hand in hand.
Felicia Farrell and Huey Calhoun find themselves caught in the tide of love ... and racism. See where they end up when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
FOUR QUESTIONS WITH: DeShaun Williams as Delray Farrell
What interests you about playing your character? What interests me the most about playing Delray is the commanding presence he brings to the show. He's traditionally a big guy with a strong bass voice, and that kind of person makes people nervous. I like that I get to be challenged with bringing that sort of presence on stage. It may just be my most challenging role yet.
What has playing your character taught you about yourself? My role has taught me to be a better lookout for my sisters. Delray has one sister, but I have four, so I can really relate to how Delray acts when it comes to his sister's protection.
What's your favorite line from the show? My favorite line may just be, "Ain't no white folks here - cuz they too damn scared!"
What do you think will surprise people about this show? I'll have to say very surprised in general. This musical isn't like Dreamgirls, where most of the populace have heard of it. Memphis is not as well known, but it packs a mean punch on its own. I feel like once people sit down and watch it for themselves, they'll understand the show's beauty, and want to tell others about it.
Come learn more about Delray (and DeShaun) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
What interests you about playing your character? Huey isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but he still comes up with this “fantastical” idea to bring colored R&B to the big time radio stations in Memphis, especially at a time where the civil rights movement was moving toward its climax. Huey is so much deeper than just not being book-smart, or being socially awkward. He is creative, charming, and innovative. It is going to be fun exploring all the different paths Huey can take to get to what he wants most, which is to share with everyone his love of this music.
What has playing your character taught you about yourself? Huey has taught me that if you have a goal, attack it with full force and passion. It doesn’t matter what other people think and it certainly doesn’t matter if it’s not popular. Just be yourself and block out all the outside noise.
What's your favorite line from the show? “Why would I assume my rhythm and blues show won’t have none of the folks who make rhythm and blues?”
What do you think will surprise people about this show? I saw this show back in 2012 with the Original Broadway Cast, and it is one of the top 3 best musicals I have ever seen. It is quintessential musical theater. The dancing, book and music all come together to tell this important story of acceptance, love, and to “never let anyone steal your rock n’ roll.”
Come learn more about Huey (and Joey) when Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org...
Genesius Theatre presents "MEMPHIS" Playing August 10th thru the 19th, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW Tix & Info: www.GenesiusDifference.org
From the underground dance clubs of 1950’s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. MEMPHIS is filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and two 2015 Olivier Awards, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. ...