After almost 3 years of development, North Shore Theatre Company is excited to finally bring their production of “Heathers: The Musical” to the stage this coming May.
The NSTC creative team has been collaborating with a cast of talented performers to bring this musical to life at The Zenith Theatre in Chatswood. Director Monique Placko, Choreographer Jo Nalty and Musical Director William Yates have each contributed their expertise towards creating a theatrical experience of laughter, tears, showstopping dances and explosive power ballads.
With a range of ages and life experiences represented across the cast roles, many have found the confronting themes explored throughout the show to be relatable not only to viewers familiar with the 1980s, but also to younger audiences of today.
Despite a marathon of Covid delays affecting planned performance dates, Jessica Kok (performing in the lead role of Veronica Sawyer) has found the creative experience to be a rewarding one. “Whilst putting on a show is an exhausting process, when it’s one of your greatest passions it almost feels impossible not to put your blood, sweat and tears into it. I personally live and breathe theatre, so when a show finishes and I can say I worked my hardest on it, I feel on top of the world.”
“There have been countless hours put into this show both in and outside of rehearsals,” comments Jacen Bennett (playing love interest J.D.) “The effort given by the entire cast and the communication with each other on what needs work is truly bringing us all together. Although the pressure of putting on an incredible show is always there and sometimes leaves you feeling completely exhausted, it is a fantastic character-building experience that is all well worth it in the end.”
Claire Hutchinson (as titular character Heather Chandler) commends the “astounding effort and passion” contributed by the Heathers team. “It’s a high energy show with a captivating plot line. The vision of Director Monique is one of fluidity and wit. It is complex and yet so simple, and the other members of the Production Crew have enabled this vision to come to life. The cast have done a spectacular job of embodying each character – this NSTC show is definitely one not to be missed!”
Musical theatre veteran Tim Martin (Principal Gowan/ Ram’s Dad/ Big Bud Dean) acknowledges how older authority figures are portrayed as often having a negative influence on the developmental experiences of younger people: “Playing three adult characters who each fail in their responsibility to guide and care for the teenagers in their lives, my roles in Heathers starkly show how parents and teachers often realise too late how to show love and acceptance.”
Dance Captain Jordan Miller (Young Republicanette) believes that Heathers “discusses and brings to light a lot of incredibly challenging topics that can be difficult to convey in a respectful and conscious manner. This show not only identifies these struggles, but portrays them through human experience with that classic late 1980s dark humour, to carry the story in a way that can be appreciated for its authenticity”.
North Shore Theatre Company’s production of Heathers: The Musical runs for two weeks only, so make sure that you book your tickets now!
Friday May 6th – 7.30pm
Saturday May 7th – 2.00pm matinee + 7.30pm
Wednesday May 11th – 7.30pm
Friday May 13th – 7.30pm
Saturday May 14th – 2.00pm matinee + 7.30pm
The Zenith Theatre (corner of Mcintosh St & Railway St, Chatswood NSW)
Discover vouchers can be redeemed by contacting The Zenith Theatre box office:
(02) 9777 7555
*Please be advised that this show contains adult themes for mature audiences and is strongly recommended for viewers aged 15+.
For more information, visit our website: https://www.northshoretheatrecompany.org