“Mean Girls” Opens in Atlanta July 19-24

"Mean Girls" The Musical makes its debut in Atlanta this month.

Few teen dramas have impacted the millennial generation quite like “Mean Girls.” Now, the Broadway stage production is touring the country and making a stop in Atlanta at the famous Fox Theatre this summer. We caught up with performer Jasmine Rogers, who plays not-so-mean girl Gretchen Wieners. Catch “Mean Girls” live from July 19-24. 

Jasmine Rogers (Gretchen Wieners) and English Bernhardt (Cady Heron) in "Mean Girls" Atlanta | WhereTraveler
Jasmine Rogers (Gretchen Wieners) and English Bernhardt (Cady Heron) in "Mean Girls" (©2022 Jenny Anderson)

Talking “Mean Girls” With Jasmine Rogers

WT: Please tell us about your character.
Rogers: Gretchen is truly a sweetheart. Even though she’s a part of the Plastics, all she really wants is to be loved and accepted. I like to think that she and Regina have been friends for a very long time, and she knows exactly what Regina wants to hear. That’s why she finds out everything she can about everybody, so they’re always one step ahead. Sadly, I think that’s why Regina keeps her around. When things start to go awry, and Gretchen starts to lose her place in the group, her weird side comes out. Though honestly…I think that’s the most charming thing about her. She tries so hard to be “perfect”, something we can all relate to, but she thinks she just can’t seem to get it right. In reality, I think she’s perfect just the way she is, and I love getting to play this quirky girl every night. 

WT: How did you get your start on the stage?
Rogers: I love telling this story, though I don’t really know why. I started theater when I was around seven years old and living in Milford, Massachusetts. My mother made my brother and I both play instruments, and I chose the violin. My brother chose the saxophone, and I bet my mom regretted her decision when she heard us practicing upstairs. I had a really hard time focusing on the violin, but luckily one day in music class, a flyer was passed out for the local performing arts center. They were doing a production of Peter Pan, and I begged my mom to let me audition. I remember my mom getting the phone call, and I’ll never forget that feeling of anticipation and excitement waiting to hear if I’d gotten in. I ended up being cast in Tiger Lilly’s tribe. I was so happy to be there that every night I sang at the absolute top of my lungs. I’ve been hooked ever since! Shoutout to MPAC for giving me my start.  

WT: Other than “Mean Girls,” what has been your favorite production and role?
Rogers: I recently got to originate the role of Melody Green in the world premiere of The Wanderer at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. It’s a story about the life and music of Dion Dimucci. We used a lot of his music in the show (as well as some songs he has covered), and something about that music and that story just really sat in my heart. Melody came so naturally to me, and the music she got to sing felt so natural in my body. I really connected with her, and I’m very proud of the work I did. I was truly on cloud nine. Definitely keep an eye out for this show! 

WT: What cities on the North American tour have been your favorite so far? 
Rogers: I’m pretty new to the tour, but Greenville, South Carolina, has been my absolute favorite so far. That town is absolutely beautiful, and it felt like we were walking through a little storybook. 

WT: What do you look forward to seeing in Atlanta?

Rogers: I am really excited to be back in Atlanta as an adult! The last time I was here, I was performing in the new production Becoming Nancy. At the time, I was only 19, so when the adults went out and explored, I usually stayed behind. I’m truly excited to explore the nightlife and go back to a place that made me feel so welcome! 

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Jasmine Rogers Headshot (Courtesy Jasmine Rogers)