By Kamilah Shepherd – Collegiate Staff
Actors’ Theatre kicks off its season with “Heathers The Musical’ tonight at 8 p.m. Movies like “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Mean Girls” get the point across that every high school has cliques. But the 1988 film “Heathers” was the original high school clique movie, dipping into the dark side of the supposed “best years of our lives.”
The rock-and-roll musical features misfit Veronica Sawyer who ends up getting in with the three most popular girls at Westerberg High, Heather, Heather and Heather. But when she meets the new kid in school, her loyalty is put to the test.
Madeline Jones, 20, of Grand Rapids, is playing the part of “Stoner Chick.” This is her first show with Actors’ Theatre, but the third time performing on Spectrum’s stage.
“The rehearsals have been the smoothest out of any show I’ve ever done,” Jones said. “If you’ve ever seen the movie, there’s no doubt in my mind that you’ll be a fan of the musical … There’s not a dull moment in the show. It’s so much fun, it’s constantly moving, and I think that people are really going to enjoy it.”
Jones said the show might not be for everyone, though.
“It’s for mature audiences,” Jones laughed. “No children or anything like that.”
The show will premiere at 8 p.m. tonight at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theatre. “Heathers” is a rock musical written by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy and directed and choreographed by Jolene Frankey.
Shows will continue at 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. through Oct. 24, Tickets are available online or call the Spectrum Theatre box office at 616-234-3946. The starting price per ticket is $28 and $10 for student rush tickets one hour before the show.
Kayla Tucker contributed to this article.