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Aug 10 – Aug 20 2017

Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Lawrence O’Keefe

Based on the film by Daniel Waters

Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) is 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.

Brought to you by the award-winning creative team of Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness, Desperate Housewives), Laurence O’Keefe (Bat Boy, Legally Blonde) and director Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness, She’s the Man), Heathers The Musical (High School Edition) is a hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal new show based on the greatest teen comedy of all time. 

Presented and performed by ArtsWest Musical Theater Students

Directed by Jay O’Leary

Tickets (General admission): $10

*Please note that this play includes mature themes and content, and the firing of prop guns.





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After Hours: Sondheim

Jul 17 – Jul 31 2017

Monday, July 17 at 7:30pm – Eric Ankrim

Monday, July 24 at 7:30pm – Jessica Skerritt

Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm – Justin Huertas with Rheanna Atendido

The Summer Cabaret series is back!

The music of Stephen Sondheim is incredibly varied, deeply textured, rich with meaning, and – of course – legendary. For three Mondays in July, renowned Seattle artists Eric Ankrim, Jessica Skerritt, and Justin Huertas (with Rheanna Atendido) will each take a turn with their own selections from Sondheim’s storied work.

ArtsWest Cabarets can be enjoyed from our Playhouse seats or an intimate Table for Two. Single tickets and subscriptions are available. With the Table for Two (both as single tickets and subscriptions) patrons will enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine and nibbles to accompany the performance.

All Cabarets begin at 7:30pm. All are 90 minutes with no intermission.

Single Tickets

General – $30

Table for Two – $80

Subscription (admission to all 3 performances)

General – $75

Table for Two – $210



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Jun 01 – Jul 07 2017

Pictured: Ben Gonio as Sweeney Todd. Photo by John McLellan.


The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – A Musical Thriller
June 1 – July 1, 2017
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on an adaptation by Christopher Bond

1979 Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book, Score, and Lyrics

Stephen Sondheim’s bloody masterpiece Sweeney Todd –  a worldwide success since its Broadway premiere in 1979 – tells the tale of an unjustly exiled man who, after returning to the city that cast him out, finds refuge in an abandoned attic barbershop. There he forms an unlikely partnership with the woman downstairs, the pie baker Mrs. Lovett, herself an outcast with an axe to grind against the ruling powers. When the two hatch a gutsy plan for revenge, the powerful elite – who have for years swept the powerless under the rug – are soon swallowed up by the same hungry masses they worked to oppress.

“There is more artistic energy, creative personality and plain excitement than in a dozen average musicals. Mr. Sondheim has composed an endlessly inventive, highly expressive score that works indivisibly from his brilliant and abrasive lyrics.” – The New York Times

“Sweeney Todd is above all cracking high class entertainment with a pulsating score and a fascinatingly lurid cast of characters that is at times little more than a singing freak show though it is none the worse for that.” – The Independent

“Must be seen by anyone who cares about the gifts and risks of Broadway at its best.” – Newsweek


Adults – $39.50

Seniors – $35 – 65+

Students – $19 – with valid school ID

Run time is approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission.

Water-based haze is used in this production. 


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Apr 20 – May 14 2017

April 20 – May 14, 2017
By Bryony Lavery

2004 Tony Award Nominated Best Play
2004 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play

One evening ten-year-old Rhona goes missing. Her mother, Nancy, retreats into a state of frozen hope. Agnetha, an American academic, comes to England to research a thesis: “Serial Killing—A Forgivable Act?” Then there’s Ralph, a loner who’s looking for some distraction. Drawn together by horrific circumstances, these three embark on a long, dark journey which finally curves upward into the light. Angry, humane and compassionate, FROZEN is an extraordinary play that entwines the lives of a murderer, the mother of one of his victims and his psychologist to explore our capacity for forgiveness, remorse and change after an act that would seem to rule them out entirely.

“…[a] fine play…so concentrated and unflinching that at times it takes your breath away.” — Observer (London).

“A major play…thrilling, humane and timely.” —Times (London).

“…[a] big, brave, compassionate play about grief, revenge, forgiveness and bearing the unbearable.” — Guardian (London).

“Consistently surprising and even bravely comic…The almost thriller-like promise of the play’s climactic confrontation is like a time-bomb ticking in the back of your head.” — Independent (London)


Adults – $37.50

Seniors – $33 – 65+

Students – $17 – with valid school ID


Run time is 2 hours 30 minutes with an intermission.

Note about content: Frozen features mature themes, strong language and references to violence. This play is not recommended for children.

Note about the stage: Frozen is presented in the round. A diagram of the seating arrangement is visible when you select your tickets.


How does a story become timeless? Why do we write and perform tragedies? What do  James Joyce, William Shakespeare and the Bible all have in common?  Find out 6:30pm on Friday, April 28, when ArtstWest Artistic Director Mathew Wright will give an unparalleled look inside his bold vision for Frozen and the extraordinary breadth of influences bringing this production to life.




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