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“Heathers: The Musical” at the Florida Repertory Theatre” & Season Preview

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Courtesy of Florida Repertory Theatre

Young actors with the Florida Repertory Theatre’s Conservatory Program are currently performing “Heathers: The Musical.”  The Off-Broadway rock musical is based on the 1988 cult-classic black comedy film, “Heathers,” featuring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty.  The show delivers a satirical take on issues relatable to young people including the often-malicious social hierarchies that can dominate high school life, bullying, violence and empathy.

In our current era of school mass shootings and bullying, the play’s themes can take on a deeper meaning.  We speak with the production’s director Kody Jones, who is also the Florida Rep’s Education Director. We’ll also explore the Florida Rep’s Theatre Conservatory Program, summer camp offerings, and classes for youth and adults alike.  We’ll also sit down with long-time Florida Rep actor and director Jason Parrish for a preview of what theatregoers can look forward to in the Florida Rep’s 2018-2019 season.

If You Go:

Heathers: The Musical at Florida Repertory Theatre, 2267 Bay St. Fort Myers

Show Schedule: May 23-27.  (Performances begin at 7:00 p.m. weekdays and Saturday with 2:00 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday)

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.