Music, Lyrics and Book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy
This project received funding support under the Granville Island Cultural Project Program. See www.giculturalsociety.org for more details.
July 28 – August 26, 2016
Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. When misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and sexy stranger J.D., all hell breaks loose. When kids start dying no one will ever be the same. This hilarious musical, based on the classic 1989 film, is co-written by the writer of LEGALLY BLONDE and BAT BOY.
RYAN MOONEY (DIRECTOR): As the founder and artistic director for Fighting Chance Productions Ryan is a multi CTC and Ovation Award winning director. Select directing credits include Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Sweeney Todd, Rent and The Laramie Project for Fighting Chance, The Crucible and Noises Off for the White Rock Players’ Club and Facing East at the Lyric Theatre in London, England. As an actor Ryan has recently been on stage in Parfumerie and Lend Me a Tenor (Metro Theatre), Barefoot in the Park (White Rock Players’ Club – CTC Nomination) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Fighting Chance Productions – CTC Winner).
LYNDSEY BRITTEN (CHOREOGRAPHER): Lyndsey Britten is delighted to be choreographing her first musical with Fighting Chance Productions. She has been training in dance for 15+ years and has been teaching and choreographing for over 6. She has trained in places such as Goh Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Caulfield School of Dance where she reached her RAD Advanced 2 level. Last summer, Lyndsey choreographed Mary Poppins for Odeum Theatre Society in association with Theatre in the Country and has also been the choreographer for Gleneagle Secondary School’s Musical Theatre Program since 2010. Recent performing credits include: Wizard of Oz (Gateway Theatre), Hairspray (TUTS), My Fair Lady (RCMT), Shrek the Musical (TUTS), and Crazy For You (Gateway Theatre), which won the 2015 Ovation Award for Outstanding Tap Ensemble.
COURTNEY BETTANIN (STAGE MANAGER): Courtney is thrilled to be back working with FCP for her second show. Heathers is one of her favourite shows which makes working on this production even more exciting. Before getting into theatre she was a dancer for twelve years with Tri-City Dance Centre. With her studio she got the chance to dance in Disneyland and on Cruise Ships. Stage Manager experience includes ONE PLUS ONE (Pipedream), CATS (FCP), THAT OLD TAP MAGIC. Assistant Stage Manager experience includes ANNIE, MY FAIR LADY (RCMT), LEGALLY BLONDE (TUTS), DARLING (Springboard Productions), SNAPSHOTS (WRS Productions). Have a fun night!
DAVID Z COHEN (J.D.): David is excited to be making his Fighting Chance debut in the role of J.D.! Thank you Ryan, Clare and Lyndsey. Select credits include CRAZY FOR YOU, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Gateway), LEGALLY BLONDE (TUTS), 13! THE MUSICAL (Awkward Stage – Pick of the Fringe Winner) and 42ND STREET (Metro). David is an Ovation Award winner (2015), who has participated in the Canadian Improv Games, and is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Arts: Political Science. David has also been assisting in the music direction of AMERICAN IDIOT (Fighting Chance). Love and thanks to friends and family, always.
YOORA KANG (HEATHER MAC): YooRa started performing in musicals in the summer of 2014 when she found Broadway Edge Studio where she was taught by Diana Kaarina, Candace Woloshyn, Christina Cuglietta, and Steven Greenfield. There, she played Velma Kelly in CHICAGO, Lucinda in INTO THE WOODS and Rona Peretti THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. After being introduced to the performing world by BE she nervously went to her first audition which was for A Play on Words Productions’ 11th AND BROADWAY where she was cast as an ensemble member. Since then she’s performed in a pantomime with the White Rock Players’ Club as the principal boy, a revue show FORBIDDEN BROADWAY where she played many interesting characters such as Idina Menzel and Fanzine, and recently worked with POW again in BONNIE AND CLYDE. YooRa is absolutely elated to make her FCP debut as Heather Macnamara in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL. She welcomes you to the candy store!
MAX KIM (ENSEMBLE): Max is going into his third year at Capilano University’s musical theatre program, and is very excited to be making his FCP debut in Heathers. Max has recently performed in the ensemble of CABARET with Exit 22 Productions and THE WHO’S TOMMY with Arbutus Studios. He would like to thank the creative team for wonderful opportunity, and hopes you find the show as “Beautiful” as he does!
THOMAS KING (RAM SWEENEY): Thomas King was born and raised in Regina, SK. He grew up a musician and later studied musical theatre at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Afterwards, he worked as an accompanist around Victoria, BC and later moved to Ontario to pursue other creative pursuits. This is his first of what he hopes to be many shows since his return to BC. Previous credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Tevye), GRAPES OF WRATH (Pa Joad), GODSPELL (Jeffrey), FOOTLOOSE (Lyle), WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE (Composer/Musical Director), AGAMEMNON (Assistant Musical Director), and Saskatchewan Express.
JOHN RAYMUND KOH (ENSEMBLE): John Raymund has always loved to be on stage ever since he took part in past schools’ productions when he was younger. Now a high school student at Dr. Charles Best Secondary, he is actively participating in the school’s drama department. Whether it be helping out others from backstage or performing out front, he’s always there. John Raymond is very proud to be in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL because this is his first time performing outside of school. As it is a new experience for him, he feels he can learn a lot from other actors and actresses working alongside him. He would like to give a huge thank-you to Ryan Mooney for this exciting experience.
LINDA LEONG SUM (MISS FLEMING): Linda has appeared onstage for Fighting Chance as Princess Puffer in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Ovation Award nominee), and Tina Turner in both THE WEDDING SINGER and THE AWESOME 80S PROM. Other credits include Madam Liang in FLOWER DRUM SONG for Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre, Domina in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WYA TO THE FORUM, Paulette in LEGALLY BLONDE, Muriel in DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and Motormouth Maybelle in HAIRSPRAY for the Lawyer Show, and THE FORBIDDEN PHOENIX and THE KING AND I for Richmond Gateway Theatre. Linda is an active theatre volunteer and board member, and proud mum to Sarah and Amanda.
RYAN LINO (ENSEMBLE): Ryan is ecstatic to be a part of his third musical with Fighting Chance Productions. He has recently been involved in two of the company’s shows: JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR and Into the Woods as Milky-White, both which garnered him a nomination for Best Male Newcomer in the 2016 Ovation Awards. Other credits include: 7 STORIES, GET SMART, and CANNIBAL! THE MUSICAL (Awkward Stage Productions). He is a graduate from the Motion Picture Arts program at Capilano University and is currently finishing his studies at the University of British Columbia. He would like to give a big thanks to the entire FCP team for another fantastic adventure! Enjoy the show!
LIZZIE MENZIES (ENSEMBLE): Lizzie is making her debut with Fighting Chance Productions. She has many years of dance (Shift Dance Academy), acting (First Step Actors), formal voice training (Kimberly Markarian, Vocal Coach, North Vancouver) and musical theatre (Kay Meek Theatre). Lizzie has trained with Estill Voice International, and has won many awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival in the Musical Theatre Division. She is in her senior year at Rockridge Secondary School and, this fall, she is headed to the United States to pursue an undergraduate degree in musical theatre.
LEAH NEWSON (HEATHER DUKE): Leah is a recent graduate of Capitano University’s Musical Theatre Program and she is delighted to make her debut with Fighting Chance Productions in HEATHERS. Recent credits include Fraulein Kost in CABARET (Exit 22) and Ensemble in LUCKY STIFF (Arbutus Studio). Leah would like to thank the production team for giving her this opportunity and her family for their constant love and support. Enjoy the show!
ANDREA RAMIREZ (ENSEMBLE): Andrea is so excited to be part of The Heathers as her second production with Fighting Chance this year. Some past credits include VIRGINS: A MUSICAL THREESOME as Coco Delicioso (Fighting Chance), CABARET as Kit Kat Club Patron (Exit 22), THE WHO’S TOMMY as The Harmonica Player/Ensemble (Arbutus Studios), and HAIRSPRAY as Motormouth Maybelle (Broadway Peru) She would like to thank her parents for their support!
ALISHIA SUITOR (HEATHER CHANDLER): Alishia is thrilled to make her Fighting Chance debut in Heathers! Originally from North Vancouver, Alishia moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy as a Musical Theatre Performance major. After graduating she worked all over the United States in California, Alaska, Florida, New York, New Jersey and Nashville. Favourite credits include: SWING!, GUYS AND DOLLS, JOSEPH…TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, MACK AND MABEL, THE WORLD GOES ROUND and THE WIZARD OF OZ North American tour. Alishia has also appeared as a Pro Dancer in the Miss America ‘Show Us Your Shoes’ Parade and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade televised on ABC. Huge thank you to everyone at Fighting Chance Productions! Much love to Tanner and my family for their support.
SARAH SUM (ENSEMBLE): Sarah is currently studying at the UBC School of Music as a Voice Performance major. She has appeared in THE KING AND I (Gateway Theatre), ANNIE (Footlight Productions), as Amanda in FRANKLIN FALLS, and as Rusty in FOOTLOOSE (Magee Mainstage). Other performance experience includes the chorus in La Traviata and Third Spirit in The Magic Flute (UBC Opera). Sarah is a soprano in UBC University Singers and often performs with the VSO; most recently U Singers was featured in Beethoven’s Ninth and Brahms’ German Requiem at the Orpheum. You can catch Sarah selling hats and playing dress up at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop in Yaletown.