Bold Theatrics is grateful to the production team of Heathers The Musical for their hard work and dedication. We are excited to bring this thought provoking piece of theatre to the Oneonta community in less than two weeks. Meet some of our team below!
BENJAMIN BURKE (Director/Producer) is thrilled to be directing Bold Theatrics’ premier production, Heathers the Musical. His previous directing credits include Spring Awakening, Steel Magnolias, Next to Normal, Grease!, 13 the Musical, Gypsy, Hair: The American Tribal, Love-Rock Musical, Shrek the Musical, The Rocky Horror Show, Company, 4.48 Psychosis and The Wibbly, Wobbly, Wiggly Dance that Cleopatterer Did. Benjamin’s acting credits include Annie (Rooster Hannigan), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas Iscariot), Grease! (Roger), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), Willy Wonka the Musical (Willy Wonka), The Laramie Project (Dennis Shepard & Others), Into the Woods (Jack), Cats (Munkustrap), You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Cabaret (The Emcee), Rent (Mark Cohen), Babes in Arms (Valentine White) and The Oldest Profession (Ursula). Benjamin studied Theatre Arts at Hartwick College and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.
DAVID BURCH (Music Director) has been a freelance musician and musical conductor in the area since 2007 after relocating from Rochester, NY. David has enjoyed being a piano/keyboard player, orchestra conductor and Musical Director for numerous productions in the Cooperstown, Oneonta, Syracuse and Binghamton areas. Among the productions he has been a part of include Les Miserables, Into The Woods, Rent, The Music Man, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Big River, Little Shop of Horrors, Addams Family, Shrek, Suessical, All Shook Up, The Little Mermaid, The Sound of Music, Little Women, Annie, A Chorus Line and The Wizard of Oz. David is thrilled to step in as Musical Director and Conductor/Keyboards for Heathers, and is truly excited to work with all of these amazing actors and directors for the premiere of Bold Theatrics!
AMANDA YOUNGS (Choreographer) is honored to be a part of the opening production for Bold Theatrics. She has spent many years with local community theatre with roles in Gypsy, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Crazy for You and many more. She has choreographed most recently for Shrek the Musical, Cats, The Lion King Jr. and Hair. Amanda works as a field sales manager for Glenair, and is also a part owner of Primal Revolution Fitness and PRF CrossFit.
BROOKE TALLMAN-BIRKETT (Stage Manager/Producer) is honored to be working with the cast and crew of Heathers The Musical! Credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Director), The Vagina Monologues (Director/Producer), 13 The Musical (Stage Manager), Into The Woods JR (Director), and The Starstruck Players (Director). Acting credits include: Annie (Miss Hannigan), The Rocky Horror Show (Janet Weiss), Gypsy (Louise), Grease! (Rizzo), The Wizard of Oz (The Wicked Witch of the West), Into The Woods (The Baker’s Wife), Hair: The American Tribal, Love-Rock Musical (Jeannie), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), Shrek The Musical (Gingy), Cats (Jennyanydots), The Laramie Project, Legally Blonde the Musical (Enid Hoopes), and Company (Jenny).
by Brooke Tallman-Birkett (Producer/Stage Manager for Heathers The Musical)
Greetings and salutations! When selecting the premier show for Bold Theatrics, Heathers The Musical seemed to us like a no-brainer. The serious subject matter, masked in musical numbers and crude humor, fit perfectly with our passion for providing theatrical experiences that will leave the audience discussing the material long after the curtain closes.
I became a fan of Heathers a year or two after the film was released in 1988, at a sleepover (I would not have been allowed to watch it at home). As a pre-teen, I may not have understood everything I was seeing, but even then I loved the way the movie presented a perfectly conflicted anti-hero in Veronica.
Revisiting Heathers as an adult, my love has only grown (as has my gratefulness for no longer being in high school). Veronica craves love and acceptance. Who she is, and what she is capable of becoming is put to the ultimate test when she finally receives what she desires.
Heathers The Musical keeps the original integrity of the cult classic. The subjects addressed may be uncomfortable to discuss, but as JD says, "the extreme always makes an impression."