Heathers, The Musical
High School Edition
Auditions will be held:
Sept 7: 3:30-8:30
Sept 8: 10am-3pm
Callbacks Sept 9
Youth ages 14-19 will be considered for this show, which contains mature content. Auditions by appointment only. Email: email@example.com
Rehearsals are Friday evenings, Saturdays daytime and Sunday afternoon/evenings, then every evening the week prior to the first show. A detailed schedule will be provided at the auditions. Very few exceptions to rehearsals will be allowed.
VERONICA SAWYER is a senior at Westerberg High and she is tired of being low in the social pecking order. Veronica should be extremely relatable, as she carries the audience through the entire show and they must care about her. Should have an excellent voice and a wide range of acting skills, and especially great comedic timing.
JASON DEAN (J.D.) is new to Westerberg High. J.D. is both a heartthrob and a villain: he’s attractive, funny, and disarmingly honest about his high school experience, but unravels into a dangerous wild card as the show progresses. J. D. should be a strong actor and tenor able to portray conflicting layers, initially charming both Veronica and the audience, making his degeneration later in the show even more shocking.
HEATHER CHANDLER is the ultimate Queen Bee—she rules the school and she knows it. Her attitude doesn’t wane even after her unfortunate demise, and she continues to haunt Veronica. Should be a strong, confident actress and singer with a sense of maturity who can make bold choices onstage.
HEATHER DUKE is often put in her place by her leader, but she is more than ready to step into her long-awaited spotlight once the opportunity arises. Heather Duke’s general cattiness balloons into outright cruelty once she’s out of Heather Chandler’s control. A confident actress who harmonizes well is perfect for this role.
HEATHER MCNAMARA, head cheerleader, completes the Heathers triumvirate. While she begins the show as one of the all-powerful Heathers, she later voices her self-doubt and troubles. This revelation requires a performer who is able to show peppy confidence and extreme vulnerability. In addition to her solo, Heather McNamara sings with the other two Heathers throughout the show.
MARTHA DUNNSTOCK should be everything the Heathers are not: awkward, shy, and (most importantly) kind. Martha is a genuinely good person who doesn’t deserve the harsh treatment she receives from the other students. Several characters explicitly mock Martha for her weight. Whether the actor physically fits this description or not, her clothes, posture and performance can highlight her low social standing. Martha sings a powerhouse ballad in the second act. The audience should root for this character.
RAM SWEENEY is one half of the jock duo that parades around Westerberg High. Ram is the object of Martha’s deep-seated affection, but Ram has long since passed the days of accepting people for who they are on the inside. Should have a good singing voice and bring humor to this stereotypical “meathead” role.
KURT KELLY is Ram’s partner in crime. Kurt thoroughly enjoys reinforcing his status as a top dog at Westerberg High. Much like Ram, Kurt is a great role for someone who exceeds at physical comedy as their antics can verge on the extreme.
The Student Ensemble furthers the story both as a chorus and through featured individuals. There are lots of solos within the Student Ensemble. Include lots of stereotypical high school groups: football players, cheerleaders, hippies, brainiacs, etc.
HIPSTER DORK has a featured solo. Must be a comedic actor with a solid singing voice.
PREPPY STUD character actor who sings in many small groupings of characters and has a solo.
STONER CHICK strong character actor.
YOUNG REPUBLICANETTE a female singer who later sings with New Wave Girl.
BELEAGUERED GEEK requires a good singer and actor with great comic delivery for when he reveals his dream about the Heathers.
NEW WAVE GIRL sings with Young Republicanette and has a small solo.
MS. FLEMING is the free-spirited school guidance counselor. Ms. Fleming is ready to jump into action following all of the suicides; however, her excessive enthusiasm for mourning is off-putting to both the students and the other faculty. She leads the cast in an up-tempo number, so should be a solid singer who can portray a slightly wacky ex-hippy without going into a cartoon stereotype.
RAM’S DAD and KURT’S DAD are stereotypical tough guys. While Kurt’s Dad initially expresses disgust at the boys’ apparent homosexuality, Ram’s Dad shocks everyone by leading the church into a worship-style celebration of their sons’ love. Must be able to portray both the gruff dads at the beginning and the softer, more accepting dads later in the show.
BIG BUD DEAN is J.D.’s explosive-loving father. He’s somewhat distanced from J.D. and should come across as slightly unhinged, bordering on menacing.
PRINCIPAL GOWAN and COACH RIPPER are the two male adult figures at Westerberg High. Both are tired and apathetic, and do not put much effort into their jobs. Should be comfortable singing a few solo lines.
VERONICA’S MOM is supportive and wants what is best for her daughter. She’s not impressed with Veronica’s new friends, and encourages Veronica to remember her other friends, like Martha.
VERONICA’S DAD is oblivious to the type of girls Veronica has taken up with; he is content to continue making dad jokes.
OFFICERS MCCORD and MILNER discover the body of Heather Chandler, along with the forged suicide note. They determine the case is a suicide, and join Veronica and Heather in singing “The Me Inside of Me”. The officers can be played by guys or girls.