Musical Heathers 101 Coming for the First Time Ever to Tampa Bay
For the first time in the Tampa Bay area, the musical Heathers 101 will take the stage July 22 with the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful, angst-filled teen with a taste for revenge.
Following a week-long intensive workshop, the performance arts group Progressive Arts will present the tamed adaptation of the off-Broadway show at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Rd., Dunedin, Fla.
The musical is directed by Kirsten Stiff-Walker, owner of Progressive Arts and a professional actress and television personality. Heathers 101 is a workshop for middle school, high school and college performers. Registration already includes award-winning singers, dancers and actors from Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties and is still open for other performers. The workshop runs from July 17 to the July 22 show.
“The talent onstage will be astounding,” Stiff-Walker said. “These talented teens will convey so much emotion to the audience, and they will break your heart as you live through bullying and teenage depression with them.”
The musical follows the plot of the 1988 movie of the same name that gained cult status, but Heathers 101 is the high school version that tempers the sex, drugs and alcohol and adds a prologue of Veronica’s induction into the popular clique, The Heathers. Before she gets comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica’s life descends into chaos and spirals out of control.
The show is licensed through Samuel French, Inc. According to the writers, the Heathers revamp has made the piece stronger.
Heather 101 is best for audience members middle school age and above, including parents, teachers and counselors and for people that love the movie. Tickets can be purchased for $12 each in advance or at the door.
Following Heathers 101, Progressive Arts will hold another week-long workshop for performers from pre-K to middle school. The workshop will conclude with an adaptation performance of Trolls on July 29. Registration is open.
Rehearsals for both workshops are at the Masonic Lodge, 1297 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, Fla.
Stiff-Walker is known for bringing cutting edge musicals. Earlier this year, she directed Dunedin’s first Shakespeare in the Park with Midsummer’s Night Dream with performers of all ages. During the year, students perform in such shows and at multiple charity events.
Stiff-Walker’s goal for Progressive Arts is to develop the 5-year-old company into a strong force in Tampa Bay’s theater community. She teaches group classes and private lessons. Students are provided with multiple performance opportunities from stage to TV. The company’s goal is to build confidence and enhance skills in performers.
To register for either workshop, ticket information or press inquiries call Kirsten Stiff-Walker at 828-226-4290 or email Progressive Arts at ProArtsFL@gmail.com. Find Stiff-Walker on Facebook at Kirsten Marie S or Progressive Arts.