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Harlequins produce "Heathers: The Musical"

by George Boria - Copy Editor
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 08:00 pm
Photos taken by Emma Misiaszek/PHOTO EDITOR

The Harlequins Performing Arts Club premiered their rendition of `Heathers: The Musical` on Sunday, April 2. The show was directed by senior Dalton Pitts and was carried out by other Brockport students.
Photos taken by Emma Misiaszek/PHOTO EDITOR The Harlequins Performing Arts Club premiered their rendition of "Heathers: The Musical" on Sunday, April 2. The show was directed by senior Dalton Pitts and was carried out by other Brockport students.
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 Over the past weekend The College at Brockport's Harlequins Performing Arts Club performed their rendition of "Heathers: The Musical". "Heathers: The Musical" is written and scored by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe and is adapted from the 1988 film "Heathers". 

For those who haven't seen either the musical or the movie, the story revolves around 17-year-old Veronica Sawyer and the struggle she faces with her psychotic boyfriend, along with everyday high school drama. Sawyer and her fellow students have to face problems no high school student should have to deal with: murder, suicide and date rape. The story arch is well - portrayed with the lens of high school drama and popularity. 

The Harlequin production was brought to life by 15 actors and actresses directed by Brockport senior Dalton Pitts. For nine students "Heathers: The Musical" was their debut Harlequin production. Pitts, on the other hand, is finishing up his last year as president of the Harlequins and made a good example of what "going out with a bang" really means. Pitts expressed a great pleasure working with the students.

"This was a great experience, probably one of the best I've had here," Pitts said. "We only had two months to get everything ready and in that time everyone really developed their characters and I wouldn't change a thing about it."

The production was popular with the student body.

"We sold out every show," Pitts said.

A full house is a pleasure that not even all the main stage productions can share.

The production was performed in the Black Box Theater, which for the sake of the production was set up as a thrust stage. 

A thrust stage is stage set up with the audience on three sides of the performance area. The production was set up in such a way that only the front section fully got what the show had to offer. A proscenium arch would be much more appropriate for the musical's purpose. 

The production featured live instrumentation that in the opening song, "Beautiful" was easily louder than the actual actors and actresses singing the song. The choreography in the production supported the story arch, well maintained by the cast.

Harlequins, a club based in providing members with an authentic professional theater experience, allowing those involved to put on workshops and create close-knit social experiences within the  local campus-based theater community. Through this, students are allowed a creative outlet which thrusts their student-run productions directly in the Brockport spotlight.


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