Flashback Friday: 'Heathers' company reflects on successful musical
On Oct. 27,the Cy Springs Theatrical company did their production of the musical “Heathers”. The musical ran for six shows, and was a huge success.
“The show was a success and probably one of our best shows to date,” said senior Sharif Goodlette. “A lot of people worked countless hours to make the show as good as it was.”
“Heathers: The Musical” written by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’ Keefe is a musical based on a high school mean girls clique, and the topic of bullying and suicide, which brings controversy in any high school auditorium. Normally the play would have been cut of any sensitive subjects, however the previous director of instruction, Dr. Bruce Hill, encouraged the play to run.
“I hope the audience sees that Cy Springs is capable of doing a knockout musical,(and) that we have a lot of talent here, and that we can handle delicate and sensitive subject matter with mature and grace,” said director Tommy Grubbs. “My biggest goal for ‘Heathers: The Musical’ is that it changes the game for Cy Springs in the world of theatre and for Cy Fair.”
The show brought light to dark topics using dark humor. Main character Veronica Sawyers, played by Carly Arguelles, gets brought into Westerberg High’s cool girl group ‘The Heathers’. Veronica also meets a mysterious new boy named J.D, played by Deion Berry, who she soon finds herself infatuated with. Together, J.D and Veronica conspire to kill the popular clique.
“My favorite aspect was not only being able to experience both sides of theatre world in one show, but also sharing the stage with such an amazing friend group,” said senior Brevan Crawford, who played Ram’s dad, cheerleader, geek, and lighting designer on tech.
The show wouldn’t have been possible without an amazing, professional technical crew. Details such as lighting and sound were executed flawlessly, set design was accurate, and costumes were directly inspired from characters in the 1980s.
“I feel that the costume department and technicians in general get overlooked,” said senior and costume head Destiny Cisneros. “ This play and the pieces inside of it took a lot of research and altering. Our director, Mr. Tommy Grubbs, had such an image of what the show was to be and the technicians did their absolute best to make it come to life.”