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Audition — Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition)

MBTC is pleased to announce auditions for it’s July / August production of Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition)

Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition) 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 handsome 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 butt… but J.D. has another plan for that bullet.


Content Warning, Changes made to the High School Edition and Minimum Age

Please be aware the original Heathers: The Musical contains both discussions as well as graphic depictions of drinking, recreational drug use, suicide, bullying, gun violence, murder, sexual assault, and homophobia.

The following are changes made to the High School Edition:

  1. Removal of curse words as well as onstage smoking, drinking and R-rated sexual scenes (note: there are still PG-13 sexual scenes).
  2. Replace “Blue” with “You’re Welcome,” a new song created by the authors that gives Veronica more of a feature role.
  3. Changes the lyrics and stage direction of “Big Fun” to remove drinking and recreational drug use.
  4. Changes to lyrics and stage directions of “Dead Girl Walking” to remove R-rated sexual scenes.

Participation in this production is restricted to those aged 13+ and parent / guardian consent is required for those under the age of 18.


Audition Notice

Auditions for Moreton Bay Theatre Company’s production of Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition) will be held on Saturday, 17 April — from 9am to 12pm — at NeverLand Theatre.

Should callbacks be required, they will be held on Tuesday, 20 April — from 7 to 9:30pm — at NeverLand Theatre.

Auditions slots are by appointment, only. To book an audition slot, please complete the Audition Form at the bottom of this page.


Production Team

Director: Brigitte Freeme

Musical Director & Vocal Coach: Giulia Bortolanza & Liv Wilson

Choreographers: Cassidy Prosser & Lyndon Steele


Performance Season

12 performances over three weekends from 23 July to 8 August, 2021:

  • Friday, 23 July — 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 24 July — 2pm
  • Saturday, 24 July — 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 25 July — 6pm
  • Friday, 30 July — 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 31 July — 2pm
  • Saturday, 31 July — 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 1 August — 6pm
  • Friday, 6 August — 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 7 August — 2pm
  • Saturday, 7 August — 7:30pm
  • Sunday, 8 August — 6pm

Call times for all performances are 90-minutes before the scheduled performance time.


Rehearsal Days

  • Tuesday — 7 to 9:30pm
  • Thursday — 7 to 9:30pm
  • Sunday — 1 to 4pm

Rehearsals commence [TBC]. It is expected additional rehearsals will be called leading towards the show’s opening weekend. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be provided to successful auditionees.

Rehearsals are held at NeverLand Theatre unless otherwise informed by the Production Team.


Audition Format

Auditionees are asked to present a vocal, dance and acting component:

  • VOCAL — Please prepare and present a chorus and verse from a musical theatre number. Additionally, a vocal range test may be held at your audition.
  • DANCE — A dance component will be taught by the choreographer/s on audition day. Auditionees are asked to present this in small groups.
  • ACTING — Please prepare and present a short monologue with a Standard American accent. Additionally, you may be asked to do a cold read from the script of Heathers: The Musical (High School Edition).

Please wear clothing appropriate for dance and movement. Don’t forget a water bottle and snack!


Available Roles

VERONICA SAWYER – 17. She burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humour. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty).
Voice: High belting required, up to Ab. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

JD – 17. he is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy.
Voice: Strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

HEATHER CHANDLER – 17. Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy.
Voice: Strong belt to F or higher preferred. 

HEATHER McNAMARA – 17. Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful.
Voice: Strong belt to Db, D preferred. Soprano for chorus. 

HEATHER DUKE – 17. Whipping-girl of the 3 Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee, she wields power like a bulldozer.
Voice: Strong belt to C, D preferred. Alto for chorus. 

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK – 17. Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck,” the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Huge and beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection.
Voice: Strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

RAM SWEENEY – 17. Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites.
Voice: Strong Baritone, belt to G, some Falsetto useful.

KURT KELLY – 17.Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram.
Voice: Tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some Falsetto. Note: In certain songs Ram and Kurt can switch choral assignment if, say, Ram sings higher than Kurt.

RAM’S DAD – Former football player turned suburban Dad, has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes.

KURT’S DAD – Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him.

BIG BUD DEAN – JD’s single Dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber.

COACH RIPPER – Stalwart, man’s man; quick to defend his players.

MS. FLEMING – Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth.

PRINCIPAL GOWAN – Rumpled, burned out, hates conflict.

VERONICA’S MOM – Easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law.
Voice: Great belt up to C, higher always welcome.

VERONICA’S DAD – Easygoing and distant.

BELEAGUERED GEEK (BOY 1) – A put-upon, bitter geek.
Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

PREPPY STUD (BOY 2) – A blow-dried 80’s preppy.
Voice: Bass (up to E) or Bari (up to G#).

HIPSTER DORK (BOY 3) – Thinks he’s Ducky from “Pretty in Pink.”
Voice: Bari (up to F#) or Tenor (up to A).

NEW WAVE GIRL (GIRL 1) – A sullen New Wave girl.
Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

STONER CHICK (GIRL 2) – A fuzzy-headed stoner chick.
Voice: Belt to at least C# (a Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE (GIRL 3) – A tennis-playing, uptight Student Council type.
Voice: Belt to at least C# (Soprano up to high A/B is also a plus).

Audition Form

    Auditionee's Details


    Auditionee's Date of Birth


    Participation in this production is restricted to those aged 13+ and parent / guardian consent is required for those under the age of 18.

    Emergency Contact Details

    In the case of an emergency occurring during activity at Moreton Bay Theatre Company, MBTC will contact the person you nominate, below:

    Which role/s are you auditioning for?

    VERONICA SAWYERJDHEATHER CHANDLERHEATHER McNAMARAHEATHER DUKEMARTHA DUNNSTOCKRAM SWEENEYKURT KELLYRAM'S DADKURT'S DADBIG BUG DEANCOACH RIPPERMS. FLEMINGPRINCIPAL GOWANVERONICA'S MOMVERONICA'S DADBOY 1/2/3GIRL 1/2/3

    Vocal Experience

    Do you have performance experience as a vocalist? If so, please provide a summary, below:

    Have you completed any vocal training? If so, please provide a summary, below:

    What is your voice type (e.g. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass)?

    Dance Experience

    Do you have performance experience as a dancer? If so, please provide a summary, below:

    Have you completed any dance training? If so, please provide a summary, below:

    Which styles of dance are you proficient in? Please select all that apply:
    TapJazzBalletContemporaryHip-HopGymnastics / Acrobatics

    Acting Experience

    Do you have performance experience as an actor? If so, please provide a summary, below:

    Have you completed any training in acting? If so, please provide a summary, below:

    Schedule Conflicts

    Please indicate any confirmed or potential schedule conflicts for rehearsals and performances, below:

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