Commentary: CMTS’s Heathers is a showstopper

Based on the 1989 film by the same name, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS)’s production of Heathers is Mean Girls meets murder meets musical. Directed by Victoria Rutkowski, and music directed by Galen Cuisson, the CMTS’s second ever production was an absolute treat. Veronica Sawyer (Michelle Gendron) is a quiet, dorky student at Westerberg High in Sherwood, Ohio. She dreams of being friends with the popular clique, three girls who share one name: The Heathers. Veronica claws her way to the top of the Westerberg food chain, and finally becomes a Heather herself. When she falls in love with JD, the dark and mysterious new kid, the Heathers disapprove, and her world turns […]

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Q+A: Heathers director Victoria Rutkowski

The Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS) is putting on a production of Heathers, an off-Broadway musical based off the film of the same name. With the premiere fast-approaching on March 8, The Charlatan talked to director Victoria Rutkowski about the show. The Charlatan (TC): Tell me about your musical theatre experience before this show. Victoria Rutkowski (VR): I’ve actually been involved in musical theatre since I was maybe four years old? I’ve done shows with various choirs and companies, I did about eight years of theatre with the New Star Children’s Theatre Company, and I was super involved in my musical theatre courses in high school. We did three musicals, I directed and played roles in all of them. I […]

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Carleton Musical Theatre Society tackles Heathers

After last year’s successful run of Cabaret, the Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS) is back again for its second year on campus. Having tackled an old Broadway standard, they will be changing the pace this year with one of 2014’s more popular Off-Broadway shows, Heathers: The Musical, an adaptation of the 1988 dark comedy Heathers. Jesse Levy, CMTS’s co-president, said she hoped the ‘80s nostalgia would boost attendance for this year’s production. She added that acquiring the rights to Heathers was expensive, but not difficult. “We just had to answer a bunch of questions about who we are and what we do. The fact that the show never made it to Broadway made it easier I think,” Levy said. The […]

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Review: Carleton Musical Theatre Society’s Cabaret

Welcome to the Kit Kat Klub, where troubles disappear as scantily-clad girls and boys prance on stage, and alcohol intoxicates the senses. But beware of what sinister realities the painted smiles and flashy costumes conceal at Carleton Musical Theatre Society’s (CMTS) production of Cabaret. The year is 1929, when American writer Clifford Bradshaw (Kyle Villeneuve) arrives at a Berlin boarding house in hopes of finding inspiration for a new novel. He is promptly distracted by the city’s vivid nightlife, exemplified by the Kit Kat Klub, a racy cabaret headlined by the vainglorious yet charming British performer Sally Bowles (Kelsey Lee). But all is not well in Berlin—with the rise of Nazi politics, the carefree lifestyle is compromised as tensions rise […]

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Cabaret shines spotlight on musical theatre society

The Carleton Musical Theatre Society (CMTS) opened their production of Cabaret on Feb. 3, their first show as a Carleton club. Cabaret follows the story of a young man as he moves to Berlin at the start of the 1930s and experiences the world of seedy nightclubs and constant partying. According to Madie Jolliffe, one of the club’s co-founders and director of the show, Cabaret was “the perfect choice” for  CMTS’ first performance. “The musical director, Chris Santillán, who’s also the [club’s] co-founder and co-president and [is] producing the show, he saw Cabaret a couple times on Broadway when he was there and said ‘Madie, we’ve got to do Cabaret,’” Jolliffe said. According to Sam Kellerman, a local actor who […]

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