Dance teacher, choreographer and star of Mean Girls the Musical, Stephanie Bissonnette, has died aged 32, the production confirmed in an emotional social media statement

Mean Girls the Musical star Stephanie Bissonnette has died aged 32, the production has confirmed.

Stephanie, who was also a dance teacher and choreographer, played the role of Dawn Schweitzer in the hit Broadway show.

Her death was announced in a statement on the production’s Twitter page, which read: “Our hearts are broken as the Mean Girls community mourns the loss of Stephanie Bissonnette.

“Our original Dawn Schweitzer, Stephanie was part of our Broadway company from our first performance to our last.”

It continued: “She filled our theater with her laughter and friendship, inspired us with her fighting spirit and bravery, and graced our stage with the fiercest talent Broadway has ever known.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie’s family, friends, and the entire Mean Girls community during this time. We will miss her profoundly and encourage everyone to do something they love today in Stephanie’s honor.”

No cause of death has been confirmed as of yet. Stephanie was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor in 2019.

Following the news of her death, fans also took to social media to share their own messages. One Twitter user wrote: “Saddened to hear the loss of Stephanie Bissonnette, who starred in and choreographed Broadway’s Mean Girls. Sending love to her family and friends.”

Another said: “Woke up to the news that Stephanie Bissonnette died. Oh man. I had the privilege of interacting with her once. She was so kind and humble. Mean Girls was there for me when I really needed it and Stephanie was a huge part of it. She fought so hard. F*** cancer. Rest easy.”

And a third added: “Stephanie Bissonnette was an absolute f***ing joy to watch on stage. She loved what she did and it was impossible not to smile watching her dance. And she was always so kind to me, and such a big part of my experience with MG.”

As well as her Broadway appearance, Stephanie has featured Keith Urban’s music video for Never Comin’ Down. She also produced the choreography for the likes of Shakespeare Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, Seven Angels Theatre and The Muny.

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