Exit 82 Theatre Co. Will Kick Off 8th Season With Heathers

10584073_961928593855035_3443768580251414566_nToms River, New Jersey is home to one of the best state’s best kept performing arts secrets. Exit 82 Theatre Company, founded almost a decade ago, is about to kick off their eighth season of staging productions in the Garden State and we’re featuring them once again on our blog! If you know them, you know what we’re talking about. If you don’t, we’re thrilled to introduce them to you right now! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Exit 82 Theatre Company will kick off its eighth season of theatre with Heathers the Musical!

-asbbrd12-02-2012pressmon1e01020121130imgstrandexterior.tif11iExit 82 Theatre Company has an exciting line up in 2016 just in time for the company’s eighth season and is kicking it all off with a brand new musical! The Toms River based theatre company will stage Heathers The Musical, seen Off-Broadway in 2014, with performances this April at The Strand Center For The Arts (Pictured Right) in Lakewood, New Jersey. Performances for the show run one weekend only playing April 14th at 7 PM, April 15th at 8 PM, April 16th at 2 PM & 8 PM and April 17th at 2 PM.

12310531_10205570712250712_7419617539109747400_nCasting for the first show of this season was announced this week! Leading the show as Veronica Sawyer will be Elizabeth Ritacco alongside Nicholas Wey as J.D. The infamous Heathers gang will be made up of Bre Cade as Heather Chandler, Lisa Adams as Heather Duke and Keely Davenport as Heather McNamara. Other leads include Emily Nielsen as Martha Dunnstock, David Jordan as Kurt Kelly, Billy Cardone (Pictured Left) as Ram Sweeney, Jennifer Nelson as Ms. Fleming, Jennifer Shrestha as Mrs. Sawyer, Joe Hausvater as Bill Sweeney/Big Bud Dean/Coach Ripper and Johnathon Hanson as Paul Kelly/Mr. Sawyer/Principal Gowan. The ensemble includes Tyler Cicardo, Frankie Canfalone, Carley Cosentino, Sean Dickinson, Nick Frascino, Nicole Grassano, Bridget Hughes and Hannah Scarpelli.

10686872_773493946031835_6330893647430100252_nExit 82 Theatre Company was founded in 2008 and has been producing theatre in New Jersey for the past eight years. A non-profit performing arts organization, Exit 82 seeks to provide quality artistic entertainment that involves and inspires the local community to develop talents in all aspects of theatre arts. With the support of the Toms River community, volunteers and countless others, the company produced their 11th production in July 2015 and has produced countless fundraisers and benefits throughout their history. Previous shows presented through Exit 82 include Rock Of Ages, Little Women, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing…Forum, White Christmas, Young Frankenstein, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone, Throughly Modern Millie and On The Town.

Mostly recently, the organization just launched a Creative And Performing Arts Academy offering to classes to students ages 5 through 18 in acting, dancing, musical theatre and movies. The academy will also present a youth production of Camp Rock the Musical later this year. We’re hoping to bring you some more exciting information and news about the new Exit 82 Creative And Performing Arts Academy soon!

cast-of-heathers-the-musical-credit-chad-batka-5-3Heathers is a new musical with music, lyrics and a book by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. The musical is based off of the popular 1988 film of the same title and began in Los Angeles in Fall 2013 before moving Off-Broadway in the spring 2014 (Pictured Left). The musical follows Veronica Sawyer as she finds herself wrapped up amongst the “Heathers”. Think Mean Girls of the 1980’s as school drama, friendship and romance all come into play as Veronica finds out just how much she is willing to pay to be a part of the click. Thanks to Chad Batka for the photo to the above!

Luner Lowdown: Exit 82 Theatre Company is one of New Jersey’s best kept secrets. Now in their eighth year of producing, this company created by Billy Cardone and Keely Davenport (Two Wagner College Theatre Alums might I add) has gone above and beyond to provide quality performing arts entertainment to not only Toms River but the surrounding New Jersey communities. They have produced countless shows and only present top quality entertainment. If you’re a resident of New Jersey and in the Toms River/Lakewood area, I can’t suggest enough you check out one of the productions presented through Exit 82. I’m hoping to find myself in New Jersey this year for one or more of their shows! Especially as I am a huge fan of Heathers the Musical! I’m looking forward to 2016 for this company and seeing how much it continues to grow and expand even more.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on Exit 82 Theatre Company and it’s 2016 season of theatre! We hope to bring you more about each production slated to hit the stage this year through this fantastic company we love and admire! Stay tuned for more about Heathers and the rest of the 2016 Exit 82 Theatre Company season! For more information, visit Exit 82 Theatre Company’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 

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