Heathers The Musical
Heathers The Musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid, J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.
Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man). Heathers The Musical is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers will be Tampa’s most popular musical. Are you in, or are you out?
Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe
Written by Daniel Waters
Direction by Justin Batten
Music Direction by TBD
Choreography by Kelly King
Sunday, November 11th,
11 AM – 2 PM
Friday, November 16th, 7 PM – 9 PM
Callbacks: Sunday, November 18th, 11 AM – 2 PM
February 14 – March 3, 2019.
Thurs-Sat: 8 pm, Sun: 2 pm
Shimberg Playhouse @ The Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Note: All roles are available. All actors must be at least 18 years old.
VERONICA SAWYER – 17. She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: High belting required, up to Ab. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.
JD – 17. He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.
HEATHER CHANDLER – 17. Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy. Voice: Strong belt to F or higher preferred. Mezzo for chorus. NOTE: In certain choral songs Chandler can switch parts with her other Heathers as needed.
HEATHER MCNAMARA – 17. Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: Strong belt to Db, D preferred. Soprano for chorus. NOTE: in certain choral songs Heather Mac and Duke can switch vocal parts as needed.
HEATHER DUKE – 17. Whipping-girl of the 3 Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Alto for chorus. Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred. Alto for chorus. NOTE: in certain choral songs Heather Duke and Mac can switch vocal parts as needed.
MARTHA DUNNSTOCK – 17. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck”, the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.
RAM SWEENEY – 17, Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to G, some Falsetto useful.
KURT KELLY – 17. Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: Tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some Falsetto. NOTE: in certain songs Ram and Kurt can switch choral assignment if, say, Ram sings higher than Kurt.
RAM’S DAD/BIG BUD DEAN/COACH RIPPER – 40 to 45. Ram’s Dad: Former football player turned suburban Dad, has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Also plays Big Bud Dean: JD’s single Dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Also plays Coach Ripper: Stalwart, man’s man; quick to defend his players. Voice: Baritone/Tenor – power Country/Gospel belt to Ab, higher welcome. NOTE: Sometimes this actor has played Principal Gowan instead of Big Bud/Coach.
MS. FLEMING/VERONICA’S MOM – 45 to 50. Ms. Fleming: Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Also plays Veronica’s Mom: easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.
KURT’S DAD/VERONICA’S DAD/PRINCIPAL GOWAN – 30 to 45. Kurt’s Dad: Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him. Also plays Veronica’s Dad: Easygoing and distant. Voice: Strong Baritone/Tenor — power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better. Also plays Principal Gowan: Rumpled, burned out, hates conflict.
BOY 1 – Bitter Geek 16-18. A put-upon, bitter geek. Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).
BOY 2 – Blow Dried Preppy 16-18. A blow dried 80’s preppy. Voice: Bass (up to E) or Bari (up to G#).
BOY 3 – Hipster Dork 16-18. Thinks he’s Ducky from ‘Pretty In Pink.’ Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).
GIRL 1 – Goth Girl 16-18. A sullen goth girl. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
GIRL 2 – Stoner Chick 16-18. A fuzzy headed stoner chick. Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
GIRL 3 – Young Republicanette 16-18. A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type. Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).
Note: All actors are unpaid volunteers. All actors must be at least 18 years old.
Auditions will take place in downtown Tampa. The specific address and time will be shared after your audition form has been received.
WHAT TO BRING TO THE AUDITION:
1. A resume or list of theatre experiences
2. A headshot photo is preferred, but we will also take a picture at the audition
3. Please prepare between 16 and 32 bars of sheet music in the correct key that showcases your voice. We strongly encourage you not to use a song from the show.
4. PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST PROVIDE SHEET MUSIC. An accompanist will be provided. A CD/mp3 player will not be provided. Tracks and a cappella auditions are not allowed.
5. Comfortable dance clothes for the dance audition portion
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE AUDITION:
1. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before your scheduled audition time.
2. We may also test your vocal range after your singing audition.
3. There will also be a dance audition following vocal auditions. You may bring comfortable dance clothes. You will have the opportunity to change into different clothes for the dance portion of the audition if you would like, although an outfit change is not required.
Note: Recorded audition submissions will be permitted if the actor is not available on either date. However, it is highly recommended that actors audition in person. Please complete the audition form and note that you are requesting a video audition. We will send you specific requirements and due dates.
Callbacks will be held on Sunday, November 18th beginning promptly at 11:00 am. If you are called back, you will be provided scene(s) and song(s) from the show that you will need to learn.
We may extend auditions to ensure we have the right set of actors. All auditionees will be notified of casting decisions as soon as possible.
Excessive rehearsal conflicts will make it difficult to cast you. New conflicts after being cast are problematic and must be limited to legitimate emergencies.
Rehearsals will begin on Monday, November 19th. A tentative rehearsal schedule is provided here and on the registration form. Please review in its entirety.
mad Theatre of Tampa is proud to support local instrumental musicians by hiring them to play live for our productions!
We look for proficient instrumentalists who are able to perform music at high level of difficulty with very little group rehearsal time. Each production has a little bit different orchestration, so each show’s music director assembles a new band for that production; that said, we love to work with mad Theatre veterans as well as newcomers! Our show band will gather to rehearse together only at the Sitzprobe and during tech week, but they will receive the music in advance to work it up on their own before the Sitzprobe. Auditions for instrumentalists are scheduled individually with the music director and/or members of the Board of Directors.
If you’re interested in joining the mad Theatre family as an instrumentalist, or for more information, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we’d love to hear from you!