By Megan Palumbo & Karlee Henry – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
The Drama Club will be perform its fall production “Heathers: The Musical” beginning November 17. The teenage comedy is based off the original 1988 film. “Heathers” is a dark but humorous story about Veronica Sawyer (Lily Anderson), hustling her way into the most exclusive high school clique: the Heathers. During her journey to the top of the teenage social food chain, she ends up falling in love with the sexy new kid, J.D. (Spencer Hill). When Heather Chandler, the leader of the pack, decides to kick her out, Veronica pays the piper with her own plan in mind.
“Despite the adult themes, the audience will be talking about bullying issues, the music and the incredible performances on the car ride home,” said director Lori L’ Italien.
According to L’Italien, the best part about directing is seeing all of the little pieces develop into a show. Since the majority of the Lasell undergraduate community is female, she is always looking for shows that feature a lot of girls and have a large ensemble in order to build the drama program. “Heathers” fit the bill.
“‘Heathers’ play is going to be a relatable show that students will be interested in,” said L’Italien.
“Students should expect to see a lot of ensemble work that is expressive, fun and at the same time dark and deep,” said freshman Amelia Bickford, who plays Mrs. Flemming.
“The play is very much a satire,” said Molly Parrott, who is the Vice President of the club. The show also touches upon deep issues in people’s lives that aren’t necessarily a funny topic.
“Even though the play deals with dark issues the play ends with a great message and the audience will leave happy,” said Parrot.
Catch the production on opening night on November 17 at 7 p.m. in Yamawaki Auditorium through November 20. Audience members must be 17 years or older to be admitted due to adult content.