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‘Mean Girls’: Lessons from the show and how to stop bullying in school

Bullying and cyberbullying are very prominent in our culture. Today, we talk to a cast member of ‘Mean Girls’ the musical about the show, and how she is helping provide a safe space for youth to open up and share. Plus, a school psychologist shares lessons can we learn from musical, and how students can combat bullying in school.

April Josephine
Actress April Josephine will play three characters in the musical ‘Mean Girls’ at the Houston Hobby Center, August 17 – 20.


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Mean Girls the musical hits the stage in Houston. The show features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs.

Cast member April Josephine, who plays Mrs. Heron, Ms. Norbury, and Mrs. George, talks with us about her experience touring with this production, the nuance of her roles, and what audiences can expect.

Josephine is not only an actress, but also works as an arts educator. She shares why the arts and theatre is so important in providing an open, safe space for students to discuss hard topics.

Also, as students head back to school, we talk with a school psychologist, about "mean girl" behavior, what causes it, and how we can prevent it. Plus, what parents, students, and school staff can do about bullying, and cyberbullying.

If you or someone you know is being bullied, contemplating suicide, or in crisis, call 988, or log on to

"Mean Girls", the musical comedy based on the hit film, runs August 17 – 21, 2022, at the Hobby Center in Houston. For more information, log on to

Please note, the Tuesday, August 16, 2022, performance of "Mean Girls" has been rescheduled due to unforeseen technical difficulties. Tickets for the August 16, 2022, performance, are now valid for a newly added performance on Friday, August 19, 2022, at 2:00pm CT. Ticketholders unable to attend the new performance should check their e-mail or reach out to their original point of purchase for further options.


April Josephine

  • Actress in ‘Mean Girls’ (Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George)

Dr. Laurie McGarry Klose

  • School Psychologist, Owner of educational consulting firm RespectED, and Immediate Past President of the
    National Association of School Psychologists

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