Young Play­ers Sec­ond Stage presents ‘Heathers The Mu­si­cal’

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The Young Play­ers Sec­ond Stage group of Ben­ton will present ‘Heathers The Mu­si­cal’ be­gin­ning Jan. 9 through 12 and Jan. 16 through 19 in the his­toric Royal Theatre, lo­cated at 111 S. Mar­ket St. in Downtown Ben­ton.

The rock mu­si­cal fea­tures mu­sic, lyrics and book by Lau­rence O’keefe and Kevin Mur­phy, and is based on the 1988 film of the same name writ­ten by Daniel Wa­ters.

The show is a high-en­ergy, fun, but dark com­edy that fa­cil­i­tates con­versa

tions about im­por­tant is­sues in­clud­ing bul­ly­ing, teen sui­cide, sex­ual as­sault and school vi­o­lence that are still rel­e­vant to­day.

Show times are 7 p.m. Thurs­day through Satur­day, and 2 p.m. Sun­day. Tick­ets are $15 for adults; $12 for mil­i­tary, col­lege stu­dents with a valid ID, and se­nior cit­i­zens 60 plus; and $6 for stu­dents, 12th grade and younger.

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at www.theroy­alplay­ers.tick­­mu­si­cal.

With a cast of 37 ac­tors, the pro­duc­tion show­cases some of the best lo­cal young tal­ent in Arkansas. The leads were dou­ble cast to al­low both col­lege and high school aged ac­tors to take cen­ter stage. A large en­sem­ble is fea­tured in all of the shows.

The Candy Store cast, fea­tur­ing mostly col­lege stu­dents, will per­form Jan. 9 through 12 and the Brain Freeze cast, fea­tur­ing mostly high school stu­dents, takes the stage Jan. 16 though

19. The lo­cal pro­duc­tion fea­tures di­rec­tion by Justin A. Pike, mu­sic di­rec­tion by Tan­ner Oglesby, and chore­og­ra­phy by Rea­gan Ham­monds.

Destiny March­ese is stage man­ager, as­sisted by Emma Boone.

The Candy Store cast fea­tures Han­nah Hill as Veron­ica Sawyer, Brooke Melton as Heather Chan­dler, Izzy Ham­monds as Heather Duke, Han­nah Black­law as Heather Mcna­mara, Makenna Scha­ef­fer as Martha Dunn­stock, Stan­ley Robin­son as Kurt Kelly and Chris­tian Wal­dron as Ram Sweeney. The Brain Freeze cast in­cludes Annslee Clay as Veron­ica Sawyer, Skyla Conger as Heather Chan­dler, Sharayah Wal­lace as Heather Duke, Madison Stolzer as Heather Mcna­mara, Lexie El­lis as Martha Dunn­stock, Luke Fer­gu­son as Kurt Kelly and Zachary Glover as Ram Sweeney. Ethan Pat­ter­son por­trays Ja­son “J.D.” Dean in both casts.

The en­sem­ble ap­pear­ing be­side both casts in­cludes Molly Austin, Lauren Belk (Stoner Chick), Lauren Bond, Mav­er­ick Burleson, Brook­lyn Court­neymoore, El­iz­a­beth Daw­son, Ethan Davis (Mccord), Si­mon Guess (Be­leagured Geek), Matthew Glover (Mil­ner), Wyatt Gunter, Kris Jerry (Preppy Stud), Am­ber Thomp­son, Noah Lee, Shelby Loftis, Hazel Rags­dell (New Wave Party Girl), Makayla Shipe (Young Repub­li­canette), Madison Smith, Matthew Trib­ble (Hip­ster Dork) and Sa­man­tha White.

Adult men­tors round­ing out the cast are Tony Clay, Danny Troil­lett and Cheryl Troil­lett.

“Heathers The Mu­si­cal” is the darkly de­li­cious story of Veron­ica Sawyer, a brainy teenage mis­fit who finds her way into the most pow­er­ful and ruth­less clique at Wester­berg High: the Heathers (Heather Chan­dler, Heather Duke, and Heather Mcna­mara.) Be­fore she can get com­fort­able at the top the high school food chain, Veron­ica falls in love with the dan­ger­ous new kid, J.D. When Heather Chan­dler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veron­ica must de­cide whether to com­ply or fight back.

Young Play­ers Sec­ond Stage, YP2S, is a branch of the Young Play­ers pro­gram at the Royal Theatre. It ex­ists to pro­vide ad­vanced the­atri­cal op­por­tu­ni­ties to like­minded, cre­ative young peo­ple in the greater cen­tral Arkansas area. YP2S stresses ded­i­ca­tion, pos­i­tiv­ity, pre­pared­ness, com­mu­nity, and fo­cus as a means to suc­cess. This pro­gram pro­vides a unique youth theatre ex­pe­ri­ence in that it com­bines the tal­ents of young theatre en­thu­si­asts with the tal­ents of ex­pe­ri­enced adult men­tors.

YP2S was con­ceived in 2013 by Justin A. Pike and Daphne Shop­pach and pro­duced its first pro­duc­tion in Jan­uary 2014.

Ages 13 to 23 are el­i­gi­ble to au­di­tion and par­tic­i­pate.

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