Heathers: The Musical in Rhinebeck

Heathers: The Musical opens September 9 at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The cast features Rachel MKay, Kerry Gibbons, Caira Asante, Wendell Scherer and Olivia Rose.

Heathers: The Musical opens September 9 at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. The cast features Rachel MKay, Kerry Gibbons, Caira Asante, Wendell Scherer and Olivia Rose.

The 1989 movie Heathers got turned into a stage musical, which is about to be revived by the Castaway Players Theatre Company at the Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. Here’s its premise: “Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, who plans to put the Heathers in their place: six feet under.”

It’s black comedy, but it addresses some serious issues of adolescence, including teen suicide and homophobia.

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Directed by Sean Matthew Whiteford, the Castaway Players’ production of Heathers: The Musical will run from September 9 to 18, with performances beginning at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, plus 3 p.m. matinées on Sundays. Tickets cost $27 and $25. To purchase, call the box office at (845) 876-3080 or visit www.centerforperformingarts.org. The Center for Performing Arts is located at 661 Route 308, 3.5 miles east of downtown Rhinebeck.

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