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’80s classic comes to NCC

Before “Mean Girls,” there was “Heathers”. On Oct. 20, you can witness a re-imagining of the 1989 cult classic, Heathers, brought to you in musical fashion by the Northampton Community College Theatre Department.

“Heathers: The Musical” follows the story of Veronica Sawyer, a beautiful but troubled teenager, who is as intelligent as she is rebellious. After wrestling her way through the social food chain, Veronica joins the most feared and ruthless clique in Westberg High. After a falling out with leader Heather Chandler, Veronica is ousted from the prestigious clique in a humiliating fashion. Furious by the ejection, Veronica seeks consolation in new kid J.D.; a mysterious and alluring teenager who plans to avenge Veronica with his own agenda in mind, one that is not for the faint of heart.

“Heathers: The Musical” is directed and choreographed by NCC professor Bill Mutimer, with musical direction by Sheri Melcher. Unlike the film edition, “Heathers: The Musical” elevates the story to new heights with engaging musical pieces, distinguishing itself from the more dark and unsettling tones of the original.

“While the film has its funny moments, the musical takes those moments and amplifies them…whether it’s the one-liners or the variety of song styles,” said Jonathan Fehnel, who plays Beau, a preppy stud in the High School Ensemble.

“I am just truly excited to see it get up on its feet and have this cast show the Valley what NCC has to offer,” Fehnel said. “You really don’t want to miss this show; it has something for everyone to enjoy!”

While Heathers may have fun musical numbers and unique set pieces, the story also delves into the perils of high school drama through satire, much like another popular film “Mean Girls”. However, “Heathers: The Musical” explores the grim actions of students to an almost comically absurd extent, though it is not recommended for children 12 and younger.

Opening night is on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 at the Lipkin Theatre in Kopecek Hall. Additional performances are on Oct. 21 and 22, at 7:30 pm, with a matinee on Oct. 23 at 3 pm with the donation of non-perishable food item donations and/or a donation to the Norman R. Roberts Theatre Scholarship. Reservations are suggested. For tickets, call 610-861-5524 or email NCC_theatre_tickets@nullnorthampton.edu.