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2018-09-12 / Local News

American Repertory Theater presenting musical dealing with teen violence


Kelly O'Hara, left, Carly Luksch, and Talia Mobley perform as the ruthless Heathers in the American Repertory Theater of WNY’s production of Heathers: The Musical. The show opened on Thursday in the Philip Sheridan Building and runs through Sept. 22. Kelly O'Hara, left, Carly Luksch, and Talia Mobley perform as the ruthless Heathers in the American Repertory Theater of WNY’s production of Heathers: The Musical. The show opened on Thursday in the Philip Sheridan Building and runs through Sept. 22. Taking place this week and running through Sept. 22, the American Repertory Theater of WNY is presenting “Heathers: The Musical,” a show based on the 1988 cult classic of the same name, which deals with teen violence, bullying and suicide.

The show is taking place in the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Tonawanda, and will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, as well as at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

The Western New York debut of the production stars student actors ages 20 and younger from throughout the region, including college students Madalyn Teal, Joe Russi and Carly Luksch, according to Candice Kogut, artistic director for ART of WNY.

Kogut said the show, geared toward audiences ages 13 and older, is a story about overcoming negative influences found in a clique of ruthless, popular girls that the main character Veronica, played by Teal, gets involved with, and a new student in town, whom she falls in love with.

“It’s basically about how everybody has good and bad sides, and everybody has choices to make,” Kogut said.

General admission tickets for the musical are $25 and can be purchased by calling 983-4345, or visiting heathersart.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets for high school and college students cost $15 with student ID.

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