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Monday, January 15, 2018

‘Heathers the Musical’ at Aspire Performing Arts Company

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Aspire Performing Arts Company is gearing up to present Heathers the Musical (High School Edition), now in its final weeks of rehearsals. The production takes place Thursday, January 25 through Saturday, January 27, 2018 at George Washington Middle School in Wayne, NJ.

If you lived through the late 80’s, “What’s your damage, Heather?!” may be one all too familiar question. The 1989 dark comedy, Heathers, which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, quickly became a cult favorite after its release, and spawned more than a dozen catch phrases. In 2014, the movie got the musical treatment, and has also acquired a massive following.

Heathers the Musical follows the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy and beautiful outsider who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get too comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. And when Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt...but J.D. has another plan in mind.

Heathers the Musical is by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man).

Lisa Beth VettosoLisa Beth Vettoso, Aspire’s Founder and Artistic Director, directs the production, which features 32 performers between the ages of 13 and 18. The doubled cast is led by Courtney Bulger and Julia DiGirolamo as Veronica, Gerald Cetrulo and Robert Scharf as J.D., Emily Moran and Gianna Trivisani as Heather Chandler, Olivia Howell and Olivia Kozlevcar as Heather McNamara, and Jillian Cetrulo and Jackie Tkaczenko as Heather Duke.

“I grew up with the Heathers, and have loved the movie for more than twenty years. The musical refreshes the material and makes the story even more relevant to the lives of teenagers today. It’s a wild ride of a show, with moments that make you laugh and cry, often at the same time,” says Ms. Vettoso.

Performances will take place Thursday, January 25 at 7:00pm; Friday, January 26 at 7:00pm; and Saturday, January 27 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at George Washington Middle School, located at 68 Lenox Road in Wayne, NJ. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.aspirepac.com or contact Aspire PAC at 201-220-4933 or aspirepac@gmail.com.

Since 2011, Aspire Performing Arts Company has provided children and teens with opportunities to participate in theatrical productions, master classes, and Broadway trips, gaining a strong reputation along the way. For more information, you can find Aspire online at www.aspirepac.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) is presented by permission from Samuel French.

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