Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Auditions for HEATHERS THE MUSICAL at Mesa Encore Theatre announced for March 22 & 23

Heathers the Musical

Auditions: March 22 6PM-9PM, March 23 9AM-12PM

Callbacks: March 30th 1PM-5PM

Director: Sarah White
Assistant Director: Gianbari Deebom
Music Director: Jon Landvick
Choreographer: Paul Yount
Intimacy Coordinator: Monica Sampson


Please prepare 32 bars (30 seconds to a minute) of a Pop/Rock/Musical song in the style of the show. An accompanist will NOT be provided, however we highly prefer no acapella singing. A speaker with a plug-in capability will be available.

Note, we are looking for story telling along with your vocal ability.

Headshots and resumes are welcomed but not required. If you choose to submit a headshot/resume, please email them in lieu of a physical copy to artisticdirector@mesaencoretheatre.com

1350 S. Longmore Mesa, AZ 85202— in the strip mall directly to the left of the Auction House. 

Directions may take you to the flower shop in the center of the plaza, but we are located behind the flower shop in the center of the actual strip mall.

Rehearsals will begin April 6th and take place Monday-Thursday from 6PM-10PM and Saturdays from 9AM-1PM.

Performances are May 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, June 1, 2 

Evening performances will be at 7:30PM and matinees will be at 2:30PM.

This show will rehearse at our rehearsal space(the same space that auditions will take place) and perform at the Mesa Arts Center in the Nesbitt Elliott Playhouse.

For this production, we are casting 18+.

** We encourage anyone to audition for any role regardless of race, ethnicity, body type or physical expression.

** Please be aware of the following trigger warnings that come with Heathers the Musical

This production includes strong themes including: suicide, sexual assault, death/murder, homophobia, bullying, excessive swearing, sex, gun violence, child abuse, alcohol, eating disorders, and fatphobia

** This production will be using intimacy choreography with an intimacy coordinator for any on stage sexual conduct.

Please seriously, and honestly, consider your ability and comfort dealing with these issues before committing to your involvement in Heathers. In particular, you should note the following:

●  Veronica & JD are required to kiss and there is a simulated sex scene

●  The “Dads” will have a dramatic kiss in one scene

●  Kurt, Ram, JD & Veronica are required to appear in underwear on stage

●  Martha, Heather McNamara, and JD attempt suicide in the show

●  Veronica fakes her own suicide

●  Veronica, Kurt, and Ram are involved in a scene where sexual assault is implied

●  Heather Chandler, Kurt, and Ram are murdered in the show

●  Many characters sing about topics of a sexual nature

●  Some scenes depict the use of alcohol and drugs

●  Some scenes and songs include coarse language and adult themes


VERONICA SAWYER – (17) Burns to be both cool and kind, but doesn’t yet know how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love or shocked by cruelty. Voice: high belting required, up to A♭.

JASON “J.D.” DEAN – (17) Darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive. Charming on the outside, damaged on the inside. Keen smarts, savage wit. Voice: strong, confident belt to at least an A♭, A preferable; wide emotional range.

HEATHER CHANDLER – (17) The richest, hottest, cruelest person in town. Relishes power and wields it without fear, patience, or mercy. Voice: strong belt to F or higher preferred.

HEATHER MCNAMARA – (17) Beautiful, innocent, stupid. Can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: strong belt to D♭, D preferred.

HEATHER DUKE – (17) The whipped beta dog of the three Heathers. Deeply insecure. When she finally becomes Queen Bee, she wields power like a bulldozer. Voice: strong belt to C, D preferred.

MARTHA DUNNSTOCK – (17) Beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: strong belt to E or F.

RAM SWEENEY – (17) Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: strong baritone, belt to G, some falsetto useful.

KURT KELLY – (17) Quarterback and captain. Chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. He’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: tenor, strong belt to A♭ or A, some falsetto.

MS. FLEMING – (45-50) Aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Resentful of today’s entitled youth, protective of the underdogs. Despite a penchant for self-promotion, genuinely cares about the students in her charge. Voice: great belt up to C, higher always welcome.

RAM’S DAD – (40-45) Former football player turned suburban dad, has never outgrown his high school glory days. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Voice: baritone/tenor, power Country/Gospel belt to A♭, higher welcome.

KURT’S DAD – (30-45) Straight-laced, very conservative, also former football player. A simple guy, not book smart, you’d be happy to share a beer with him. Voice: strong baritone/tenor, power Country/Gospel belt to G, even higher better.


A group of vocally dynamic performers with strong movement skills of varying ages to play the following roles along with the chorus.












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