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Third-year FedUni Arts Academy students are stretching their spandex and performing their own version of '80s rock musical, Heathers.
If you step into Helen Macpherson Smith Theatre from Thursday you would be forgiven for thinking you have gone back in time. Boomboxes, bomber jackets, big hair, Lycra and neon everything catch the eye, but the colour contradicts the dark story ensuing.
"The story is about teenagers trying to survive and find their way in the world as they navigate their own internal demons," Alister Smith, the director of the production, said.
Despite being originally written in the '80s, Mr Smith says Heathers is relevant in the world today.
"This idea of teenagers wanting to break out to change the world, demanding change. It echoes quite well."
Georgia Latchford and William Maloney play the roles of Veronica and J.D, two teenagers in the production, and they can identify with the characters they play.
"There's a very fine line between where the character stops and I start," Ms Latchford said.
Heathers: The Musical will run for eight shows, culminating on October 12.