Why did F.A.M.E produce Heathers? A play about murder, suicide, sex, drugs, bullying and school violence — what could possibly go wrong?

At FAME, students have input in deciding which shows get produced. Before choosing, the students meet to discuss possibilities and give us, the production team, their three top picks. They have input, but the adults have veto power.

As quoted from the FAME website, 'FAME is not doing this play for the shock value. We are not looking to offend. The students requested a venue where they could use the theater to talk about the issues that concern them the most. As parents, teachers and leaders, we like to think we are more relaxed and more insightful than our parents.

Unfortunately, we are not. One of the most poignant lines in Heathers is when Heather Chandler says: “This is their big secret. The adults are powerless. They can’t help us. Nobody can help us.” There is no shortcut to growing up. Every generation faces its unique social circumstances. Heathers is a cry for help- and our cast members had the brilliant insight that FAME could use the play to help.'

I interviewed some of the cast and directors to help explain the reasoning behind the musical production. Here is their take on things.

Heathers: A story about how the controversial play came to be.

This play was controversial because of the dark subject matter.