Theatre group presents musical at Chestnut
BY MIKE WARREN
MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Area Actors theatre troupe is presenting the Broadway musical, “Head Over Heels” at the Chestnut Center for the Arts in mid-June.
“Head Over Heels” is an energetic musical featuring the music of the Go-Go’s.
Andrew Steinert plays Basilius, the lead character in the production.
“Basilius is kind of…I wouldn’t say arrogant, but he sure thinks a lot of himself as a King, is very sure that everything is going perfectly fine under his rule, despite lots of signs showing things have been declining for quite a while now,” Steinert says of his character.
“We get a summons from the new Oracle of Delphi fairly early in the show, saying, ‘Hey, come meet with me. We have to discuss some things.’ Not to give it all away, but the Oracle gives us four different prophecies that, if all of these were to come true, the Kingdom of Arcadia – which is the kingdom that Basilius rules – will come into ruin,” says Steinert. “So, he immediately goes about keeping this secret from everybody, and saying, ‘We need to leave now. I’m not going to explain why or what’s going on, but we just need to leave.’”
Steinert, also the current board president of the Marshfield Area Actors, has been involved with the group since 2009, when it was still known as the Marshfield Area Youth Actors.
Courtney Wozniak portrays Philoclea in this production.
“She is very shy, very timid, and your typical people pleaser, but she does kind of find her voice in the end,” says Wozniak. “Whether you know the Go-Go’s or the story, I do think that you’ll still have fun coming to watch us.”
Paige Bulgrin plays Pamela, older sister to Wozniak’s Philoclea.
“She is kind of your classic older sibling,” Bulgrin says of her character. “She likes all the attention on her. She’s kind of known as the prettiest girl in the kingdom, and she knows that she’s the prettiest girl in the kingdom, and she likes that everyone else knows about it, too,” Bulgrin adds.
Other cast members include Sonja Wieselman as Gynecia, Eli Splude as Dametas, Emily Vander Pas as Mopsa, Kevin Fischer as Musidorus, Jake Deglow as Pythio, Ella Kadolph and Serena Skibba as Voice of the Oracle, Amanda Fauer as Lion and Pete Vanderlesse, Ella Kadolph, Nicole De Nardis, Herald Eisner, and Methuselah Eisner as members of the Ensemble. The show’s Director is Madeline Sarasio Meyer.
Performance dates are June 15-17, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 18, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or on Eventbrite.com.
“We’re always looking for people, so if anybody has ever had interest in doing a show – even if you just want to be a part of putting it on – we’re always looking for people to help backstage,” Steinert adds.