Westfield State’s Musical Theatre Guild presents ‘Heathers: The Musical’
Westfield State University’s Musical Theatre Guild (MTG) will present its spring show “Heathers: The Musical” from Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25 on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall. Nightly performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, February 25.
“Heathers: The Musical” is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. It debuted off Broadway in 2014. Set in the late 1980’s, the story follows 17-year-old Veronica Sawyer, a misfit who is kicked out of the popular clique in her high school after falling for the mysterious J.D. Veronica and J.D. team together to plot their revenge on the popular kids. The musical was adapted from the 1988 cult film, which starred Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannen Doherty.
The show is entirely student-run and features 35 students in the cast and crew. “Heathers: The Musical” is directed by Julie MacLeod ’17 of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. and Presley Mahanna ’18 of Berkley, Mass.
MacLeod said the two chose “Heathers” because the show portrays the implications and consequences of manipulation.
“Manipulation and power can take over any school system,” MacLeod said. “Through this hierarchy, many students become enthralled in the thought of being popular while others learn the importance of protecting those you love. The main character Veronica sees how being selfish and being easily manipulated has ruined her life and the lives of many people close to her.”
Mahanna added that the show also highlights some of the struggles that affect high school students.
“With this show, we want to bring to attention the pressures that weigh down on teenagers and how they can not only affect their academic lives, but also their personal relationships and overall happiness,” Mahanna said.
The Musical Theatre Guild was formed in 1976 and is one of the oldest student-run clubs at Westfield State. The club puts on two musicals per school year.
Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for general admission. Tickets will be sold at the door, but can be reserved by emailing assistant producer Rachel Dunphy at email@example.com.