Waterfront Theatre School presents the South African premiere of cult show Heathers The Musical at Artscape.

Waterfront Theatre School presents the South African premiere of the cult show Heathers The Musical at Artscape. It runs from 17 to 27 July, 2024, at Artscape Arena. Bookings can be made at Webtickets

More than just your usual high school musical, this show promises to deliver a powerful and unforgettable theatrical experience. Directed by Paul Griffiths, Heathers The Musical, transports audiences back to the vivid and intense world of high school drama, where the stakes are life and death. So, get ready to be entangled in the dark and twisted world of high school power plays, croquet games, and a trio of Heathers who rule the roost with a flick of their perfectly coiffed hair.

The production won the 2019 WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Musical and has recently been revived in the West End in London.

Completing the stellar creative team, Musical Direction is by Garth Tavares. The production’s vibrant choreography is crafted by Ursula Lubbe and supervised by Genna Galloway.

Costume Design is helmed by Delia Sainsbury, with Saskia Bormans designing the set.

Film cult classic

Heathers – The Musical is based on the cult classic 1988 film, and it delves into the dark underbelly of high school life with a biting wit and unforgettable score. Audiences will follow Veronica Sawyer, a teenager navigating the treacherous social hierarchy of Westerberg High School. With its energetic songs and sharp dialogue, this production tackles themes of popularity, bullying, and the desire for acceptance.

“As we delve into the world of Heathers, it’s impossible not to reflect on the tumultuous journey that is adolescence. Being a teenager is an inherently challenging time – a period of rapid development and profound self-discovery. Navigating this phase often feels like a battle for identity amidst the pressures and expectations of the world around us,” says Director Paul Griffiths.

“Heathers brings these issues to the forefront, presenting a darkly comedic yet poignant exploration of the high school experience. Through its sharp wit and memorable characters, it sheds light on the toxic behaviours that can emerge in the pressure-cooker environment of adolescence. But crucially, it also offers a glimmer of hope. The overall message of Heathers is that there is a better way—a way where we choose kindness over cruelty, support over sabotage, and understanding over judgment.”

The cast

The show features Liesel Irene Horn as Veronica Sawyer;  William Young as JD; Rachael Saunders as Heather Chandler, Azande Dube as Heather Duke; Tyde Hickman as Heather Macnamara; Kudzai K Kamwendo as Kurt Kelly; John Marshall as Ram Sweeney; Saskia Bormans as Martha Dunstock; Katey Measures as Mrs Flemming; Ethan Dunk as Bill Sweeney and Iain Webb as Paul Kelly.

The Waterfront Theatre School is a premier institution dedicated to nurturing the talents of aspiring performers. With a focus on comprehensive training in acting, singing, and dance, the school has produced numerous successful graduates who have gone on to achieve acclaim in the performing arts industry.

Performance dates are: 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27 July at 8pm, and 20 and 27 July at 2.30pm.

Age Advisory 14 years.

What: Heathers Musical Waterfront Theatre School
Where: Artscape Arena Cape Town
When: 17 to 27 July 2024
Heathers Musical tickets: Webtickets. R200. School group sales, jeff@jbpro.co.za or 083 825 2847