TU to stage first musical theater production

PHOTO SUBMITTED Brandon Utley (J.D.) and Chloe Holt (Veronica), rehearse for Tiffin University’s production of ‘Heathers The Musical,’ directed by Aly Horn.

Tiffin University is to present “Heathers The Musical” Feb. 15-17 in the Marion Center, 235 Miami St. Under the direction of Aly Horn, this show marks the first-ever musical theater production in TU’s history.

“Heathers The Musical” is a comedic dark musical based on the 1988 film, with music, lyrics, and book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. It follows the students of Westerberg High as they navigate the highs and lows of high school.

Chloe Holt, a freshman music major from Detroit, stars as Veronica Sawyer, the quiet, smart, but sarcastic girl whose only goal is to graduate unscathed. This dream comes to an abrupt halt when she meets the handsome outcast, J.D., played by senior Brandon Utley, a forensic science major from Alliance. The story follows the two lovebirds as they enact a sinister plan to remove the cliques that are plaguing their hallways and social lives.

The show also features Darla Arnett (professional music, Toledo), Mallory Johnson (forensic science, Mason), Josephine Gabos (cyber defense and homeland security/terrorism, San Diego, California), Michael Seda (professional music and international business major from Denver, Colorado) and Issac Echegoyen (professional music major from Reno, Nevada).

“We are so excited to present our very first musical theater production on campus,” said Brad Rees, executive director of arts programs. “‘Heathers’ has some great music that will really showcase our students’ talent. It’s also fun to present something that’s a little bit more edgy and mature than what you might see in community theater, for example. It’s a very entertaining take on the 1980s cult classic film.”

Reserved seating tickets are available for the three public performances, 7 p.m. Feb. 15 and 16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are available online at tiffinmusic.com/heathers and at the door preceding each performance.

Note: This production examines issues of bullying, teen suicide, homophobia and gun violence, therefore, this show is not recommended for anyone under the age of 16. For more information on tickets and group sales, contact Aly Horn at (419) 448-3360.