Veronica Sawyer was never particularly popular, but with a little work she finds herself in the middle of the most popular and most ruthless group of girls at Westerberg High, the Heathers (the original ‘mean girls’). However everything changes when she meets J.D., the bad boy new kid who sets out on a quest to set the bullying social system straight…no matter the cost. A rock musical based on the 1988 film “Heathers”.
Jess is excited to be returning to the Actors' Stage after appearing as Florence in Chess in the 2014 season. She recently appeared as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha with the Shadblow Theatre Company at the Jenison Center for the Arts and in Evita at Circle Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods (Theatre616) and Bonnie in Anything Goes (Lake Superior Theatre).
David is thrilled to be making his debut with Actors' Theatre this season. Although this is his first community theatre experience, stage performing played a large role during his years in school. While attending Forest Hills Central High School, he had the pleasure of playing characters like Lumière (Beauty and the Beast), Jonathan Brewster (Arsenic and Old Lace), and Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).
Emily is thrilled to be making her Actors’ Theatre debut! She has previously appeared in Company (Circle Theatre), 9-5 (Civic Theatre), Legally Blonde (Civic Theatre), and other productions around town.
Elayna is making her Actors' Theatre debut with Heathers. She has been a dancer for the majority of her life and made her first public theater appearance this past summer, playing Rusty in the Civic Theatre's Summer Repertory Theater production of Footloose. Elayna is entering her senior year at Grandville High School and plans to pursue Musical Theatre.
Lexee recently graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with my BA in Theatre Performance. This is her first production with Actors’ Theatre and she is incredibly excited and blessed for the opportunity.
Macey is a recent GVSU graduate with a degree in film and theatre. You may have seen her on the GVSU stage as Joanne in Company, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Evelyn in The Shape of Things, or the Duchess of York in Richard III. Last fall she has the privilege of being part of an Actors’ Theatre’s Second Space Series, in which she played Zura in Nordost.
Ben is extremely excited to make his Actors' Theatre debut. Recent credits include Becky's New Car (Circle Theatre) and I Hate Hamlet (Aquinas College). While not on stage, Ben studies at Aquinas College, majoring in both Spanish and Communication w/ a theatre emphasis.
Austin has been doing theater for about 5 years now; 3 shows at Circle Theatre and this is his first show with Actors’ Theatre. He is looking forward to future endeavors with the area theatre groups.
Ray is thrilled to be making his stage debut at Actors’ Theatre in Heathers the Musical. Food Scientist by day, voice actor by night and owner of www.ourvoiceoverguy.com, Ray has been a commercial voice actor for radio, TV, and corporate imaging for over 15 years. No stranger to the spotlight, Ray is known throughout West Michigan for his public and media appearances representing a vast selection of specialty food products throughout his professional career.
Annie is returning to Actors’ Theatre after a long hiatus while she raised her 2 children. She began her community theatre experience way back in 1986 at Circle Theatre in Godspell. Annie has performed with most of the Grand Rapids community theatres. A few of her favorite roles include: The Baker's Wife in Into The Woods for Circle Theatre(1992), Ms. Hannigan in Annie for Civic Theater (1996), 6 Women With Brain Death for Actors’(1995), and she performed in Woody Gutherie's American Song for Heritage Theatre Group (2009). Annie has been teaching for 26 years and is currently teaching 3rd grade at Shawmut Hills for the GRPS.
Jon is happy to be back performing with Actors' Theatre. He last appeared on Actors' stages as “Daddy” in the 2014 Second Space production of TempODYSSEY. Prior to that, he has appeared in Nadia (2012), Spring Awakening (2011), Distracted (2010), and as the title role in Mr. Marmalade (2010). In addition to work with Actors', Jon has performed locally with Circle Theatre, Civic Theatre, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare, Theatre616, and Aquinas College. His credits include more than 45 stage productions over the past two decades. Jon studied theatre at Aquinas College, The Theatre School in Chicago and South Dakota State University.
Jason is delighted to take the stage again in his third show at Actors’ Theatre (other two being Chess and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson)! Jason studied theatre at Cornerstone University and Aquinas College and always seeks ways to improve his craft. He has recently been seen in Evita at Circle Theater and in Man of La Mancha with Shadblow Theatre Company, but has been quite involved with other productions in the Grand Rapids theatre community over the past year and is grateful to them all for letting him continue to pursue one of his primary passions.
Madeline is ecstatic to be performing for Actors' Theater for the very first time. Recently, you may have seen Madeline playing such roles including GRCC’s “Isabella Orsisni”, A Sleeping Country (Grand Award Nominee); “Clara Makin” The Hatpin (Grand Award Winner); "Jill" Open Door; Magic Circle Theatre’s "Huldra" A Sleeping Beauty: Somewhere In Time; Dog Story Theater's "Clamene/Norris" Exit of Mr. Behn; "Adela" Bernarda Alba, or Jewish Theater's 'Ethel/Ida/etc.' The Triangle Factory Fire Project.
Mackenzie graduated from the Aquinas College Theatre Program with an emphasis in Performance, Acting and Directing. Most recently she has been drenched in blood as Carrie in Carrie the Musical (Circle Theatre), fondled a boscage as Nell Gwynne in The Leo Play (Dog Story), stole babies as Agatha Makin in The Hatpin (GRCC), and obsessed over Andrew Jackson as the Storyteller in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Actors’ Theatre).
Jenna is ecstatic to be making her Actors’ Theatre debut after having been away from the Grand Rapids theater scene for 7 years. Some of her favorite past productions include playing the Little Girl in Ragtime (Civic), Bet in Oliver! (Circle), and a Bird Girl in Seussical the Musical (Oklahoma City University). Jenna is so excited to be back in Grand Rapids and starting her teaching career after recently graduating from Central Michigan University.
Gerrit is a senior at Jenison High School, where he is an active member of the theatre program and serves as president of Thespian Troupe #5421. After high school, he plans to study directing out of state. Previous roles include Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (JHS) and Willard in Footloose (VMW).
Harrison is thrilled to be making his Actors' Theatre debut! He has performed in many shows at the Rockford High School, such as Seussical, The Secret Garden, Hello Dolly, Urinetown, Footloose, and Into the Woods. Harrison has also appeared in some shows at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre: Cinderella, James and the Giant Peach, Bye Bye Birdie, and The Wizard of Oz. With Flat River Community Players, Harrison appeared in Last Stop 'Till Christmas, and he played Ralphie in A Christmas Story. Harrison has also appeared in Oliver, Scrooge's Awakening, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer at the Rogue River Community Theatre. In his free time, Harrison enjoys writing music. He was an MMEA Honors Composition winner in 2012. Harrison also appeared on Take Five and EightWest for placing 2nd in GR's Got Talent.
Jolene is thrilled to be working on this premiere production of Heathers the Musical. Her direction & choreography credits include Love! Valour! Compassion!, Next to Normal, Four Stories (Actors' Theatre); Becky's New Car, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns (Circle Theatre); Blue's Clues (Civic Theatre); LaughFest (Fubble Entertainment); Rhythm Rox, Midori & Friends (CRW Productions-NYC); and Oliver (Gateway Playhouse-NY). On stage, Jolene won Grand Awards for her performances as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (Civic Theatre) and Dana Fielding in The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (Actors' Theatre). She has also been seen locally in [title of show] (Actors' Theatre); Evita, Steel Magnolias, Sweet Charity (Circle Theatre); 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Civic Theatre); Mother F*cker With A Hat (Mixed Roots Collective) and nationally in The Sound of Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Tommy, Carousel, A Christmas Carol (PCLO); Nine (Pittsburgh Playhouse); The Music Man, A Chorus Line, South Pacific, Bye Bye Birdie, (Cherry County Playhouse); Saturday Night Live (NBC Studios); as well as in the World Premieres of Red (Pittsburgh Playhouse) and Crash Club (Cherry County Playhouse).
Scott began his performance career at age 15, and has studied at Interlochen, EGRHS, GRCC and GVSU. Scott has performed before presidents Bush, Reagan, Ford, PM Margaret Thatcher, Queen Beatrix (NDL), and has worked on projects that have included Martin Short, Kevin Nealon, Alan Zweibel (SNL), Jay Leno, and Tony Randall. Scott has produced work for Actors’ Theatre, Heritage Theatre Group, GVSU, Aquinas College, Circle Theatre, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Jazz Society. Scott’s repertoire of work includes: Evita, Chess, Spamalot, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, Next To Normal, Spring Awakening, Honk!, Little Shop Of Horrors (Grand Award), Reefer Madness, Rent, Altar Boyz, Hello Muddah, Esther, Smokey Joe’s Café (Grand Award), Love,Perfect,Change, Pippen, and Ain’t Misbehavin’. He has also written and directed several original and concert version shows, including, Let’s Twist Again, Shout Somebody, A Bit Of Billie, Let It Be, Jesus Christ Superstar In Concert, Men Of Motown, Divas Of Soul, and The Music Of: Queen, Woodstock, Stephen Schwartz, and Andrew Lloyd Webber in concert. As a freelance vocal talent, Scott’s voice has been heard in many regional jingles and ads over the years. He has been a returning guest artist at Fountain Street Church and St. Thomas the Apostle as well as many other charitable organizations. He has performed in venues throughout the USA, and continues to provide public and corporate entertainment.