Five Dunmore students featured in Heathers Teen Edition

Five students from both Dunmore High School and Holy Cross High School are featured in the upcoming production of Heathers The Musical: Teen Edition to be presented Aug. 3, 4 and 5 by the Youth Ensemble of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival at the Marketplace at Steamtown.

The production is directed by Lizzie Newcomb Gumula, founder of the SSF Youth Ensemble and a recent graduate of Lafayette University. The show is choreographed by Kelly Jean Graham and music directed by Burke Hutchinson.

Julianna Argust, a junior at Dunmore High School who appeared in last season’s Youth Ensemble production of Peter and the Starcatcher, plays a nerd in Heathers. She has been a member of the DHS drama club and played Mrs. Claus in its Christmas show. Julianna is also a member of the newspaper and TACT clubs at her school.

Also appearing from Dunmore High School as a Goth in Heathers is Savanna Sherman. A sophomore honors student, she is involved with band, where she is the saxophone section leader; chorus, drama, mock trial, and Student Council. She has performed in productions of All Together Now, Hard-Boiled Eggnog, and The Wizard of Oz.

Holy Cross High School senior Theodore Novak plays Ram Sweeney in Heathers. A student at Dave Ragnacci School of Dance, he has played in school productions of Cinderella, Pygmalion, and Little Women, and played the title role in last year’s Youth Ensemble production of Peter and the Starcatcher.

Pictured from left: Julianna Argust and Savanna Shermank, both from Dunmore High School; Shannon Ryan, Teddy Novak, and Brielle Scheland, all from Holy Cross High School.

Shannon Ryan, who has local acting experience, has also acted in plays at Holy Cross High School where she is a senior. She portrays a cheerleader in Heathers, an activity she also participates in at Holy Cross during football and basketball seasons.

Brielle Scheland, a senior at Holy Cross, plays a cheerleader and serves as Dance Captain for Heathers. She has been a dancer for eight years and participated in this year’s District and Regional PMEA Choir Festivals.

Youth Ensemble members also receive instruction from professional senior members of the Scranton Shakespeare Festival, including Jill Aebli, Burke Hutchinson, Gianna Porfano, and Lydia Stinson.

Heathers The Musical: Teen Edition is based on the popular movie and tells the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High–the Heathers. 

But before she can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, Veronica falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid, J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica decides to bite the bullet and kiss Heather’s aerobicized butt…but J.D. has another plan for that bullet. The show is a hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. The show is rated PG-13.

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