Casting is complete for But I’m a Cheerleader: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the cult film that will make its premiere at London's The Turbine Theatre February 18–April 16, with opening night set for February 23.
Alice Croft will star as Megan Williams, the high school senior who loves cheerleading, joined by Oliver Brooks as Dad/Larry, Edward Chitticks as Jared/Rock, Damon Gould as André, Tiffany Graves as Mary Brown, Jodie Jacobs as Mom/Lloyd, Lemuel Knights as Mike, Evie Rose Lane as Graham, Harry Singh as Jalal, Jodie Steele as Kimberly/Hilary, Aaron Teoh as Dolph, and Kia-Paris Walcott as Sinead.
Based on the film of the same name, But I’m a Cheerleader was originally presented as part of MTFestUK at The Other Palace in 2019. The musical has a book and lyrics by Bill Augustin, music by Andrew Abrams, direction by Tania Azevedo, and choreography by Alexzandra Sarmiento.
The story follows Megan, an all-American high school cheerleader who has the perfect life—until she finds out her friends and family suspect her of being a lesbian and send her to a rehabilitation camp to set her straight.
“The musical explores themes around conversion therapy and coming out and the complications some teenagers face trying to be their authentic selves,” said Turbine Theatre Artistic Director Paul Taylor-Mills in an earlier statement. “Conversion therapy is still legal in the U.K., and most of America, and is very much still in play. This important work feels absolutely in line with the type of stories that we want to tell.”
The upcoming production will also have musical direction and orchestrations by Josh Sood, set and costume design by David Shields, lighting by Martha Godfrey, and sound design by Christ Whybrow.
The London premiere is presented by Taylor-Mills and Bill Kenwright, in association with Adam Bialow, by special arrangement with Lionsgate.