Happy Halloween From Reelout

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Reelout’s Community Lending Library has a BOOntiful collection of queer fear offerings to appeal to every Hallowed Queen at Halloween.  We are located just inside the William Street side entrance of the Sydenham Street United Church and are open from 10am to 3:30pm on October 31st and 11am to 5pm for the rest of the week.  Library membership is $20 and includes membership to our organization and is good for one year from date of sign-up!

TV SERIES

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American Horror Story Season 1 (pictured above with Zachary Quinto in latex.)

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (All Seasons)

Hex (First Season)

Torchwood (All Seasons)

SUPERNATURAL SCARES

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The Frightening (pictured above)

Galaxy of Terror  (campy Sci-Fi horror)

Kingdom of the Spiders (campy 70s creature feature)

The Lost Boys (homoerotic 80s vampires)

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (best unintentionally (?) gay movie ever. Pictured Above)

Otto: Or, Up With Dead People (Bruce LaBruce’s Canadian/German gay zombie movie)

Twinklight (Vampire movie that takes out any eroticism in homoeroticism and goes right for the porn jugular.)

Wild Zero (Crazy rock n’ roll zombie movie from Japan with a trans twist)

CREEPS AND KILLERS

The Cat and the Canary (Erotic filmmaker Radley Metzger’s homage to Agatha Christie)

Dressed to Kill (gender-bending serial killer and one of many Hollywood depictions of trans-identified folks as monsters. See Sleepaway Camp)

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The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror (pictured above)

Grimm Love (“Felicity” meets a gay, cannibal serial killer)

Hellbent (best gay slasher movie EVER!)

High Tension (the queer content is a spoiler)

Into The Lion’s Den  (gay road trip goes wrong)

The Living End  (every Republican’s worst nightmare couple)

Mommie Dearest (Hollywood biopic of Joan Crawford, who is absolutely terrifying)

Pink Flamingos (you’ll want to take a hot shower and brush your teeth after watching this)

Pornography: A Thriller ( the dissappearence of a porn star gets creepy)

 

 

 

Lunch Time Poll Results

Reelout and Blue Canoe’s Production of HEATHERS THE MUSICAL was a huge success for the Juvenis Festival.  Our audiences were polled on several topics and let’s just say some of their questions were quite enlightening.  Here are some of the highlights.

Who is Hotter? Principal Gown, Coach Ripper or ALF?

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Winner: ALF 

This 80s sitcom puppet alien easily won the beauty contest with all age demographics despite some write-in votes for an unspecified Heather, Ram Sweeney and Miss Fleming.

Do you support Miss Fleming’s initiative to ban the Pledge of Allegiance and replace it with a Daily Affirmation written by a myriad of Tibetan, feminist poets?

Interesting.  The majority of our audiences aged 26 or younger said “If you can find them. Sure!”.  However the majority of our audiences born in the 80s or prior felt we should “Send Miss. Fleming on a one-way ticket to Tibet.” Proving that older people are intolerant and traditional.   Ironic considering Miss Fleming is one of them.

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You’ve discovered a new planet in Astronomy class. What would you name it?

Rachel, Prosperpina, Juvenis, Earth, Urrectum, Beyonce, Ur-Anus, Cool Planet, Chris Johnson, Ucluelet, Thomas, Donna’s Hope,  & Sewsuar.

If you could have one superpower what would it be?

The most popular answers were “invisibility” and “flying” .  Other superpowers included: neurokinesis (?), setting fire to the rain, the ability to heal people, communicating with animals and the ability to see the future.

You’re stranded on a deserted island. What would be your luxury item?

Audiences born in the 2000s or 90s were quite practical and offered such items as yachts, hammocks, books like Robinson Crusoe, Fiji water, sunglasses, peanut butter,soap and phones.  Entertainment was also a priority including Beyonce’s latest album, iPods/walkmans, a Rubicks Cube, an acoustic guitar, a water carbonator and a vibrator.  And then some of these kids are just silly/brilliant: Lexus Sport, a magic genie or a teleportation device.

Audiences born in the 60s or prior indicated they would bring someone to be stranded with, a bottle of brandy, a magic 8 ball, soap and a radio.

However it is audience members born in the 70s or 80s that you should steer clear of from now on. The top answers were “a gun” and “massive jugs of moisturizer”.

And finally, we asked our audiences if they could describe their sex life by the title of a movie and we received some pretty eclectic answers!  See below for highlights.

 

 

 

Lunch Time Poll with Rachel Agnew

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.

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Name: Rachel Agnew   Age: 18    Role: Hippie Stoner Chick

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Tracy- Hairspray (Mainstage), Johanna-Sweeney Todd (Mainstage), Hodel- Fiddler On The Roof (Mainstage), One Song Glory (Acting Upstage Co.) Additionally a featured solist for GLO showchoir.

Who’s Your Favorite HEATHERS THE MUSICAL Character?  Heather Chandler because I think that everyone deep down wants to be her. Not nessecarily to the extent portrayed in the show, but everyone can identify with the desire to be desired, to feel as if everyone in the room is looking up to you. Plus she sings the best songs so there’s that.

You win 1 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they’re going to blow it up.  What are you going to do with the money? BIG FUN! but actually, theres not enough time for me to donate my money like a good person and have it aid important issues, so I might as well blow it on an insane night!

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one of The Heathers who would it be?  Contradicting my previous love of Heather Chandler I think I would choose Heather McNamara because she would be a lot more fun for an extended period of time, the other heathers would complain, whereas Heather McNamara can definetly make the best out of any situation she is forced into.

Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

 

 

The A-Z Freshman Guide to Heathers the Musical

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.  Are you a Heathers virgin? Fear not, our handy, (practically spoiler-free), alphabetical guide contains everything you need to know before the curtain rises.

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Andy Fickman- American film director, film producer, screenwriter, television director, television producer, and theatre director. Directed the the Los Angeles and Off-Broadway productions of Heathers the Musical.

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BQ Corn Nuts– This popular convenient store snack is Heather Chandler’s comfort food,  in the cult-classic film and the musical.

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Chandler- Surname to the ringleader of a powerful, high school clique of girls all with the first name “Heather”.  She is referred to as “A Mythic Bitch”.  Heather Chandler is easily identified by her signature colour red.

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Duke- Surname to the lowest rung of the Heathers chain-of-command and is most-likely to be on the receiving end of Heather Chandler’s venomous actions.  However, her love of Moby Dick may be an indication that one day she will harpoon the great white whale that is Heather Chandler.  Can be often found puking up lunch and wearing her signature colour green.

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Eskimo- Not mentioned in the musical but is a great punchline from the film. Heather Duke’s copy of Moby Dick is stolen and the perpetrator begins to highlight what he believes to be meaningful passages to falsely depict her as someone with severe depression including the sole word “Eskimo”.  Later it is interpreted by the Priest at her funeral to mean that her soul was freezing in Antarctica and he prayed she was now rubbing noses with Jesus.  Fun Fact: The word “eskimo” does not actually appear in the novel Moby Dick.

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Fleming- Miss Pauline Fleming is the high school Guidance Counselor in both the film and the musical adaptation. She developed her outlook on life from the hippies in the 60s and may still be suffering from the amount of drugs she took at the time.  The movie character was played by Penelope Milford who was Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Coming Home in 1978.

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Gowan- Principal of the high school.  Toughest decisions include whether to cancel classes over a student suicide.  “I’d be willing to go half a day for a cheerleader.” The movie character was played by veteran Hollywood actor and soap opera vet (General Hospital) John Ingle, who coincidentally was a drama teacher at Beverly Hills High.

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Heather McNamara- The sporty Heather.  Heather Chandler is not all that bright but she does excel at cheerleading and her dad is loaded. If any of The Heathers could be vaguely approachable it would be Heather McNamara although she is far from friendly due to her own insecurities.  She is easily identified by her signature colour yellow.

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Ich Luge Bullets- Trying to keep this as spoiler-free as possible.  Let’s just say there’s no such thing as Ich Luge bullets and “Ich Luge” is German for “I’m lying.”

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Jason “J.D” Dean-  The mysterious, trench-coat wearing new kid in school.  He reads miserable French poets and has a very strange relationship with his father, Big Bud, who owns a demolitions company.  He has a fondness for Slushees and an extreme disdain for mean girls and bone-head jocks.  An obvious literary allusion to James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause.

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Kurt Kelly-  Quarterback and Captain of the football team.  He is chiseled, entitled and cocky.  Essentially he is the male version of Heather Chandler.

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Laurence O’Keefe-  Along with Kevin Murphy wrote the book and the lyrics for Heathers the Musical based on the screenplay by Dan Waters.  The two have also collaborated on Reefer Madness the Musical and Legally Blonde the Musical.

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Martha Dunnstock- Both in the film and the musical Martha is an easy-target for bullying by The Heathers.  The theatrical version of Martha is also a combination of the film character, Betty Finn,  Veronica’s childhood friend.   Martha loves movies with happy endings and is filled with optimism.  She is the idealistic heart of a high school full of cruelty and negativity and appears to be unaffected by the tyranny of The Heathers.

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New World Stages- Site of the Off-Broadway production of Heathers the Musical. Coincidentally, “New World” was also the name of the production company that produced the film.

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Ohio- Sherwood, Ohio is the fictitious setting for the film and the theatrical production.

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Pate. As in, “Great pate but I’ve gotta motor if I want to ready for that party/funeral.” Veronica’s mother seems to enjoy feeding her family and houseguests pate. Although in one of the more notable deviations from the film to stage, Veronica’s family is not affluent  and Heather Chandler makes a rather rude, culinary clarification that what Veronica’s mom is actually serving is liverwurst.

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Queen’s University- While a large casting call for cast and crew was held in the city of Kingston for this upcoming production, the majority of the talent comes from Queen’s University.  It is a public research university founded in 1841.

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Ram Sweeney- High School line-backer and inseparable best friend to quarterback Kurt Kelly.  Once kissed Martha Dunnstock in kindergarten (which she still fantasizes about) but has since grown to be the epitome of a big, dumb, jock.

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Slushees-  J.D’s drug of choice.  Due to the transient nature of his Dad’s work, J.D’s only constant is that in any town they move to, there will be a 7-11.  He enjoys the exhilaration that comes with drinking these beverages too quickly.  “Freeze Your Brain”.

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Teflon- Veronica sums up The Heathers as “solid Teflon- never bothered, never harassed. I would give anything to be like that.”

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University- Alas, another deviation from the film was any reference to parties at Remington University.  One of the more disturbing elements to the film is that Heather Chandler is a High School Junior but frequents frat parties at the local university.  In the film, Chandler invites Veronica along. “I’m giving Veronica her shot. Her first Remington party. You blow it tonight girl and it’ll be keggers with kids all next year.”  This scene was adapted to a house party at Ram’s house instead.

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Veronica Sawyer- The title may be Heathers but the story’s protagonist is in fact named Veronica.  The unofficial  fourth Heather.  In the film, Veronica is already deeply entrenched into the Heathers clique.  The musical adaptation MAY have taken a cue from Mean Girls by introducing Veronica as an attractive outsider who Heather Chandler eyes as a pet project to makeover.  Veronica likes to write in her journal and has the unusual talent of forging handwriting.  She also has a hankering for J.D the mysterious new bad boy at school.

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Westerberg High- The primary setting where a trio of seventeen-year-old girls hold all the power without reproach due to an ineffectual faculty.  The school was named after Paul Westerberg, the lead-singer of The Replacements.  They were Winona Ryder’s (Veronica Sawyer) favourite band.

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X-Rated- What are drunk and stoned teenagers supposed to do when the parents are away?  Ram and Kurt suggest to party goers that they go up to Ram’s parents bedroom and lay on their waterbed, rubbing each other’s backs while watching porn on Cinemax.

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Yo Girl- One of the darkest and shortest musical numbers appears just before the climax of the film as Veronica’s life and sanity begin to crumble.  “Yo girl, keep it together. I knew you would come far.  Now you’re truly a Heather. Smell how gangsta you are.”

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Zesty-Veronica’s favorite dish is spaghetti with lots of oregano. (Admittedly a stretch but alas there are no zebras or zombies in either the film or the theatrical production.)

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Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

Lunch Time Poll with Jade Hesson

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.

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Name: Jade Hesson   Age: 21    Role: Heather McNamara

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: You may have seen me in Company, as “Marta”, with Queen’s Musical Theatre, or perhaps in Dogfight, as “Marcy”, with Queen’s Musical Theatre, or maybe even in Legally Blonde, as “Margot” with once again, Queen’s Musical Theatre…… do we see a trend here……?

Who’s Your Favourite HEATHERS THE MUSICAL character? My favourite Heathers the Musical character would have to be “Young Republicanette” because she is smart, witty, and isn’t afraid to bust a move when the time is right. She is a VERY underappreciated character within Heathers, and although most of the time she is mute, when she does talk she says the real important stuff.

Which is bizarre because most Republicans don’t know when to shut up. 

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Young Republicanettes?

You win 1 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they’re going to blow it up.  What are you going to do with the money? I think I would get my butt on a private plane with Russell Brand (actor, comedian, social activist and HOTTIE extraordinaire), fly and see as many places as I could before the aliens did their business and hopefully eat some amazing street food! Then, I would likely hide my money in a cool cave and hope that I survive the alien bombing and then use it to buy a house on the water for my retirement.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one Heather who would it be and why? This is a tough question but I would probably go with Heather Duke because I have a feeling she would have some good survival skills! Although she is shallow and slightly catty, I think she would get over it once she realized that giant panthers don’t care if you’re popular, they will eat you regardless.

What Song Title best describes your character’s personality? I think the following 80’s songs describe Heather Macnamara quite well: Holding Out For a Hero, Can’t Fight this Feeling, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Another One Bites the Dust and Material Girl.

Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

Lunch Time Poll with Scott Forster

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.

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Name: Scott Forster   Age: 22  Role: Ram’s Dad, Big Bud Dean, Coach Ripper

Where You’ve Seen Him Before: The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (Stan, Queen’s Students on Broadway), Legally Blonde (Elle’s Father/Dean of Harvard, Queen’s Musical Theatre).

Who’s Your Favourite Heathers the Musical Character? I’m a big fan of Heather Chandler ’cause she’s the boss-ass-bitch we all wish we could be, let’s be honest.

You win 1 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they’re going to blow it up.  What are you going to do with the money? I’d spend half on a deep-underground bunker and the other half on enough food, water, and porn to wait out the invasion.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one Heather who would it be and why? Heather Duke would be the ideal Heather since sharing food wouldn’t be a concern. #YouSayBulimiaButISayRegurgitation

You’re playing a Dad in the show. If you could have one TV Dad who would it be and why? I wish Michael Bluth from Arrested Development was my TV dad because (despite accidentally ruining his son’s life at every opportunity) he cares more about his son than anything else in his miserable life…and I wouldn’t mind if Jason Bateman decided to move into my dorm room for a bit, just sayin’.

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Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

 

Lunch Time Poll with Katie Gorham

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.

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Name: Katie Gorham    Age: 19   Role: Heather Puke…er…DUKE

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: You might have seen me in The House of Martin Guerre from the Queen’s School of Drama and Music, as ‘Drunk Trollope’, or in Hairspray as ‘Velma Von Tussle’, with Mainstage Theatre Company, or even in 2014 as ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde also with Mainstage Theatre Company.

Who’s Your Favourite Heathers the Musical Character? I LOVE Ms. Fleming because she has a heart of gold and genuinely wants to make things better for the students of Westerberg, but in a wacky and totally off-putting way. Also that she had the balls to enter into an affair with Steve. He is quite the wild-card.

You win 1 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they’re going to blow it up.  What are you going to do with the money?   I would buy a puppy/kitten from the Shelter and hold them until the end.

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Well this got bleak quickly. Um If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one Heather who would it be and why? It would, hands-down, be Heather Mcnamamarama (I think I spelled that right), because she is so friendly and sweet and would find a way to make the best of a bad situation.

What movie title (or song title) best describes your character’s personality? “Les Miserables” in the beginning, and then “The Change Up” when the world becomes her oyster.

Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

Lunch Time Poll with Dhanish Chinniah

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.

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Name:  Dhanish Chinniah    Age: 18   Role:  Kurt’s Dad, Veronica’s Dad, Principal Gowan

Where You’ve Seen Him Before: The Man Who Can’t Be Moved (David, Queen’s Students on Broadway)

Who’s Your Favourite Heathers the Musical Character? JD ’cause he’s the BOMB haha ha hha (and also because he’s an interesting/complex/amazingly written character, but that’s all secondary to the pun).

You win 1 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they’re going to blow it up.  What are you going to do with the money? I’d just save half of that mill, invest the rest and hope the aliens are all talk.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one Heather who would it be and why? Probably Heather McNamara, just because she’d be pleasant company.

You’re playing Dads in the show. If you could have one TV Dad who would it be and why? Fire Lord Ozai so there’d be a biological explanation as to why I spit straight fire all the time #mymixtapedropsthismay

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Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

 

Lunch Time Poll with Liam Bidmead & Emily-Kate Taylor

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NAMES: Liam Bidmead and Emily-Kate Taylor (EK)  AGES: 20 and 16

ROLES: Liam is Music/Vocal Director and Emily-Kate is Choreographer

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: Liam in As you like it, (TBTB). Reel world, deja brew, (AMDA).  Emily-Kate as  Charlize Poch in “Rock the System”, Louisa in “The Sound of Music”, Baby Louise in “Gypsy”, and you may have also seen her tap dancing down the streets of Kingston. She has a tendency to do that.

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Who’s Your Favourite Heathers the Musical Character Liam? Martha ,because we have all been in a situation that we wanted to end. Most of us can relate and remember that we got through it and came out a stronger person.

And Emily-Kate? Heather Chandler. “Fuck me gently with a chainsaw.” — that’s why.  She was a mythic bitch but, she stayed true to her bitchiness.

Emily-Kate, You’ve been possessed by the “red shoes” and have been cursed to dance for all eternity.  If you could choose the style of dance what would it be and why?  TAP!! It’s my favourite style. Plus, I wouldn’t have to worry about not having music because I would just make my own with my feet!

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Liam, if you could only listen to one vocalist for the rest of your life who would it be and why?: Probably impersonator Christine Pedi. She can do any impersonation and it fascinates me how specific she can do it, Particularly her Bernadette Peters.

If you could cast anyone on Dancing With the Stars who would it be and why?  Bill Murray. I have a feeling he’d be very good.

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Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca

Lunch Time Poll with Audrey Bruce

Reelout & Blue Canoe Productions are proud to be co-producing Heathers The Musical, (book, music & lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy) at The Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston, ON Canada.  The show runs Tuesday May 3-Sunday May 8, 2016.

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Name: Audrey Bruce   Age: TWENTYYY   Role: New Wave Girl

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Unless you’re backstage you probably haven’t. Assistant Stage Manager, Head of props; (Queen’s Musical Theatre).

Who’s Your Favourite Heathers the Musical Character? Heather Chandler because she runs shit (until she doesn’t anymore).

You win 1 million dollars the same day aliens land on earth and say they’re going to blow it up.  What are you going to do with the money? Bribe the aliens with the money and save the world #presidentaudrey2k17 #trumpingtrump  

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one Heather who would it be and why? Heather Chandler because if anyone could recruit a new posee if island peeps to help us GTFO it would be her.

Heathers the Musical is part of The Juvenis Festival, a week-long celebration of youth and the arts in Kingston funded in part through the generosity of the City of Kingston Arts Fund. #juvy2016  Check out their website at juvenis.ca