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February - March 2022
ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

The Mitchell Old Company presents, HEATHERS: The Musical, a high-energy immersive theatre experience. Based on the cult classic film of the same name, this heartfelt, hilarious and provocatively dark comedy will come to Sydney for a strictly limited season in February 2022. Featuring NEW SONGS straight from the West End production – come and join the 1989 class of Westerberg High School, for an explosive night of theatre!

Synopsis

Brought to you by the award-winning writing team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, “Desperate Housewives”), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man). HEATHERS: The Musical, is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High: the Heathers. But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously sexy new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized ass... but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.

Reviews

"Fun created of murderously good performances, lethal ensemble work, terminal velocity action and infectiously deadly music." - Reviews By Judith

"The Mitchell Old Company's production of the West End musical showcases an exceptionally talented cast and simultaneously highlights the importance of independent theatre in Sydney." - City Hub

"In the words of this cast: Holy shit! There is 'Big Fun' going down right now at the ARA Darling Quarter Theatre!" - Sydney Arts Guide

"Collectively a wonderfully tight performance with strong vocals and clean choreography. If this is an indication of The Mitchell Old Company's capabilities, this new theatre company is one to watch out for..." - Broadway World

"The producer and musical director Mitchell Old, barely out of his teenage years himself, has put together a terrific production, which is comparable in standard to the original Australian season at Hayes Theatre in 2015." - Stage Whispers

"In the central, pivotal role of Veronica, Tiegan Denina is an outstanding triple threat... [who] grounds the production and holds it together with significant talent, excellent vocals and a powerful stage presence." - Sydney Chic

"With a stellar cast, led by a voraciously talented lead, Heathers is a rollercoaster ride that is made for fans of modern musicals, and those seeking a night of high energy entertainment. How very!" - Theatre Thoughts

 

Production Team

Creative Producer   Mitchell Old

Director   Jake Tyler

Choreographer   Rheanna Hindmarch

Resident Choreographer   Gelina Enriquez

Lighting Design   Jasmine Rizk

Music Director   Mitchell Old

Creative Consultant   Jason Langley

Sound Operator   Emma-Jade Dwyer

Intimacy Director   Shondelle Pratt

Publicist   Amanda Buckworth

Artistic Design   Mitchell Old & Cassandra Stokan

Repetiteur   Maia Hopf

Production Assistant   Yannis Low

Stage Manager   Hannah Ribbons

Run Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes (Including Interval)

Performance Dates: 8 February - 5 March 2022

Theatre: ARA Darling Quarter Theatre

This production of HEATHERS: The Musical is recommended for audiences over the age of 15. HEATHERS: The Musical contains: Strong Language, Gun Violence, Violent Death/Murder, Child Abuse, Rape, Suicide, Alcohol & Drug Use, Mild Domestic Violence, Bulimia, Homophobia, Fat Shaming, Sex and Sexual Themes. This production will also contain strobe lighting, theatrical haze, theatrical cigarettes, simulated gunfire and loud noises. For a more detailed content warning including spoilers, click here.

 

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CEO and Artistic Director of The Mitchell Old Company is a young and upcoming Sydney based Theatre Producer and Director. With a passion for empowering young professionals to rise above their own perceived limitations and to unlock their inner leadership, craft and artistic identity, Mitchell naturally gravitated towards musical theatre. In 2019, Mitchell directed and produced his first Cabaret show...

Mitchell Old

Creative Producer

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Jake Tyler is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Music graduating with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Musical Theatre. As a performer he has worked alongside American Composer John Bucchino and was invited to perform with international star Adele in her Australian tour in 2017.  Jake has toured with the Australian Shakespeare Company and Echelon Productions...

Jake Tyler

Director

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Rheanna Hindmarch graduated Dargie Entertainment receiving a diploma in Elite Performance in 2019 and has gone onto perform at countless commercial events in Sydney. As a performer Rheanna specialises in commercial dance and is often engaged as a cheerleader for some of Australia's largest sporting teams. After touring nationally with Pro Cheer Australia, Rheanna is currently signed with the Sydney Kings Basketball Team...

Rheanna Hindmarch

Choreographer

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From a Filipino family of musicians, Gelina (she/her) extends that same passion to other outlets such as theatre, dance and choreography. Gelina can be seen in music videos ‘Italiana’ and ‘Child’ – both by Sony Music Australia artist KOTABANKS, as well as ‘Sunday Suit’ by Tyne James Organ with Crater Productions. Theatre credits include ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘We We Will Rock You’ all by Packemin Productions...

Gelina Enriquez

Resident Choreographer

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Jasmine is an accomplished Sydney based theatrical lighting designer and programmer, working with both the professional and independent theatre community. Recognised for her creative expertise and producing inspiring lighting designs, Jasmine was thrilled to be the lighting designer for the Jekyll & Hyde 25th Anniversary Concerts starring Australia’s best, Anthony Warlow and Jemma Rix in 2019...

Jasmine Rizk

Lighting Designer

Cast

Veronica Sawyer   Tiegan Denina

JD (Jason Dean)   Jerrod Smith

Heather Chandler   Sabrina Kirkham

Heather Duke   Kira Leiva

Heather McNamara   Laura Dawson

Kurt Kelly / Ram's Dad   Jake Vollbon

Ram Sweeney / Kurt's Dad   Sam Welsh

Martha Dunnstock   Jayd Luna

Ms Fleming / Veronica's Mum   Michele Lansdown

Stoner Chick   Gelina Enriquez

Cheerleader Girl   Jordan Predl

Young Republicanette / Swing   Danika Rojas

Blow-dried Preppy Kid   Manu Sarswat

Bitter Geek   Ryan Webber

Principal Gowan / Swing   Zachary Aleksander

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Tiegan is a versatile performer from Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Throughout her childhood, Tiegan grew up singing with the Australian Girls Choir culminating in being awarded the 2016 June Bronhill Encouragement Scholarship. In 2017, Tiegan completed the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Diploma of Musical Theatre and during her studies performed in Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘Chimerica’ (dir. Kip Williams) 

Tiegan Denina

Veronica Sawyer

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Jerrod grew up in a large musical family and was encourage to pursue his skills in performance. He graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium with a Bachelors Degree in Musical Theatre. During his time at The Conservatorium he had the privilege of playing roles such as; Bobby (Company), Judas (Godspell), Chino (West Side Story)  and Adam Pontipee (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)...

Jerrod Smith

J.D. (Jason Dean)

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Kira is a graduate of the renowned Musical Theatre Program at the American Musical Dramatic Academy in NYC, where she held an International Scholarship. Upon graduating she was cast in the role of Shoshana in a production of Carner & Gregor’s Island Song, at the Off-Broadway Theatre, The Davenport. Other US credits include: In The Heights (Vanessa), Into The Woods (Narrator)...

Kira Leiva

Heather Duke

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Jake is a Brisbane born performer and a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium’s Bachelor of Musical Theatre program. During his time at the Con, Jake featured the roles of Billy Biggelow in Carousel, Gibbs in Dogfight, Larry in Personals and Granatire in Les Misérables. Since graduating, he performed in the Australian Premier of Bring Them Home: The State of Origin Musical, toured Queensland with Echelon Productions...

Jake Vollbon

Kurt Kelly / Ram's Dad

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Michele’s passion for musical theatre has seen her tick off many ‘bucket-list’ roles including Norma Desmond in the Sydney premiere production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, Desiree in A Little Night Music, Meredith in Bat Boy, Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Agatha Makin in the critically acclaimed Riverside season of The Hatpin. 

Playing Velma von Tussle in Packemin’s production of Hairspray was a hoot...

Michele Lansdown

Ms Fleming / Veronica's Mom

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A Sydney Hills District local, Danika has been performing in community and school productions for many years. Danika has received 10 years of professional vocal training at the Sister2Sister School of Singing in Castle Hill, led by industry professionals Christine and Sharon Muscat. Throughout her performance journey, she has played supporting roles in high school productions of My Favourite Year and Hello, Dolly!...

Danika Rojas

Young Republicanette

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Sabrina Kirkham is an emerging performer from Sydney. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Musical Theatre) at the Australian Institute of Music. She then trained at The Hub Studio for a year, completing the Actor’s Ensemble course. Sabrina has been accepted into the Stella Adler Academy of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, which she hopes to be involved with in the near future...

Sabrina Kirkham

Heather Chandler

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Samuel was born and raised in the coastal town of Port Macquarie on the New South Wales mid north coast.  From an early age, he had always had a love for performing, predominately through music. Samuel studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), graduating from the three year bachelor course in 2016. Whilst there, he played the roles of Twig in Jay-James Moody’s production of Bring It On...

Sam Welsh

Ram Sweeney / Kurt's Dad

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From a Filipino family of musicians, Gelina (she/her) extends that same passion to other outlets such as theatre, dance and choreography. Gelina can be seen in music videos ‘Italiana’ and ‘Child’ – both by Sony Music Australia artist KOTABANKS, as well as ‘Sunday Suit’ by Tyne James Organ with Crater Productions. Theatre credits include ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘We We Will Rock You’ all by Packemin Productions...

Gelina Enriquez

Stoner Chick / Resident Choreographer

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Manu was brought up in India for the early part of his life, and was exposed to the culture of dance and arts from a very young age. Moving back to Australia at the age of 12, he started training in a range of different dance styles. He then decided to pursue dancing full time and graduated from ED5 International in 2020 with an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts under the guidance of William A Forsythe...

Manu Sarswat

Blow-dried Preppy Kid

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Laura wears many hats in the entertainment industry, and after graduating from ANU (English/Drama & Music) moved to Sydney to pursue her passions. She is a co-founder, writer and performer with children’s entertainment group ‘The Beanies’ which has released seven albums with ABC Kids, and was nominated for an ARIA award for ‘Best Children's Album’ in 2019. The group has garnered a loyal fan base...

Laura Dawson

Heather McNamara

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Jayd is and always has been, a lover of music. Her journey started with Hi-5 singalongs on DVD and brought her to play the role of the infamous loser, Martha Dunnstock. While this isn’t her first time appearing in a musical, it is her first time playing a featured role and she is beyond excited to deliver the full Westerberg experience alongside her beautiful, well accomplished cast...

Jayd Luna

Martha Dunnstock

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19 year old Jordan Predl from Brisbane, Australia graduated from ED5 International in 2020 with an Advanced Diploma of Performing arts. Since the age of 3 she was trained by her mother and Grandmother owners of Ashfield Ballet School in Brisbane before moving to Sydney to extend her training and pursue her career in the Performing Arts Industry.

She now lives in Sydney and has worked for some amazing choreographers such as...

Jordan Predl

Cheerleader Girl

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Ryan started his dance training at the age of 7 at his local dance school in Five Dock. He soon moved to ED5international Junior School with whom he traveled to Europe at age 17, where he performed in Disneyland Paris and was a featured dancer at the Barcelona Dance Grand Prix, of which ED5international was awarded Overall Champions.

He then went on to receive his Advanced Diploma of Performing... 

Ryan Webber

Bitter Geek

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Zachary is a Sydney-based actor, musician and director. Whilst completing his Bachelor of Music (Australian Institute of Music), he notably worked on Tyran Parke's Into The Woods as The Baker (2016) and Squabbalogic's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (2016), also appearing in The Witches of Eastwick (2015), Urinetown (2015), Chicago (2016) and Lucky Stiff (2017). After leaving AIM, he joined the Little Triangle Company...

Zachary Aleksander

Principal Gowan / Swing

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Serena Tramontana is a fresh face in the Australian performing arts scene. A recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Music, Serena holds a Bachelor of Music (music theatre). Serena has always had a passion for singing and found her voice in her schools choir at the age of 9 and has grown to become an exceptional vocalist. She has performed in numerous cabarets and sung as apart of an ensemble for Cowra Civic Centres World Peace Day Suite...

Serena Tramontana

Swing

Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe. Based on the film written by Daniel Waters. By Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.