I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
The Heathers is your jam
Segue Productions have slowly been establishing themselves as a force within the Adelaide theatre scene. With successful productions of The Last Five Years and If/Then, Segue has been building a reputation for powerful theatre. So, when they chose to do the cult classic,Heathers, for their next production they were expecting a big response but the reaction they received was a lot greater.
With a glut of performers auditioning and an overwhelming public response, the pressure was on Segue from day one. As has become expected from the relatively young company, Segue came through with flying colours. Having carefully selected a talented cast and led by a passionate production team, Segue has done Heathers justice.
For those of you who are uninitiated, Heathers follows Veronica Sawyer (Millicent Sarre) as she is adopted by the popular clique at school consisting of Heather McNamara (Maya Miller), Heather Duke (Kelsey McCormack) and the group's leader Heather Chandler (Nikki Long). When Veronica's new status at school is threatened by Chandler, she turns toward her new boyfriend, JD (Gus Robson), himself a loner and outcast. As JD's worst tendencies start to come out Veronica's enemies start 'committing suicide' and Veronica must ensure that their love doesn't end up with more people dead.
Heathers is by no means an easy production to pull off as the songs and choreography have a tight and snappy rhythm to it. Musical Director, Kristin Stefanoff, and Choreographer, Ashleigh Rathjen-Robson have put together a stellar execution. Complex routines flow seamlessly as dancers' synch perfectly with the live orchestra and how can they not love what they do. The soundtrack is catchy as all hell and the cast get you to buy in as much as they have with their boundless energy and enthusiasm. The whole room comes alive with somewhat rock, a whole lotta pop and a little bit of feels. Everyone is committed 100%.
The cast explore a large emotional range. As much as Heathers is a high school teen musical, there is a tremendous amount of heavy subject matter within. With that said, I have to advise a Trigger Warning for anyone thinking of seeing the show. A lot of the show deals with suicide, depression and sexual assault. Heathers has done a tremendous job of handling this subject matter delicately while keeping the mood high.