Auditions set for “Once Upon a Mattress”

The Heritage Players will audition for the spring production of “Once Upon a Mattress” on December 9th & 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM each night.  Those interested in auditioning are asked to sign-up for a one hour time slot on just one of the two audition nights.   Find all the audition details on the website on the Auditions page.

This year the Heritage Players choose a musical for the spring show with a medium to large size cast.  “This show will need 2-3 times the number of cast members that we have for a typical spring show, so we want to have plenty of time to cast the show and coordinate schedules before rehearsals begin in January,” says Becky Schueller, Production Manager for the show.

Scott Tolzmann is excited to begin the process of casting the show as he makes his directing debut with Heritage Players.  The next several weeks will also include putting the remaining Production Team members in place.  If you’ve ever been interested in being part of a community theater production, now is your chance!  Contact us at heritageplayers@gmail.com with your contact information and area of interest and we’ll get you added to our volunteer list!

What to expect this season in Pine City!

We are less than a month away from the first event of our season…. our December Songs of the Stage event returns for our third year as a community event held in conjunction with the Holiday Madness events hosted through our Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce.   This year our theme is titled, “My Favorite Holiday Songs” and will be held on Saturday, December 1st at the American Legion Post in Pine City.
The evening is hosted by two of our local favorites, Elisa Mill & Mary Ellen Sauser.  When these two are together…. we never really know what to expect.  “My Favorite Holiday Songs” will feature musical performances from new and returning singers plus a special guest appearance by Jay Schueller and Friends, ventriloquist.
Performer line-up and ticket information will be announced very soon.  All proceeds from Songs of the Stage events are contributed to the Harvey Lindstrom Memorial Scholarship Fund for area students interested in theater enrichment programs.

“Once Upon a Mattress” performing in March 2019

Next up we have our winter production of “Once Upon a Mattress”! An exciting retelling of “The Princess & the Pea” fairy tale. Prince Dauntless the Drab must be wed before anyone else can get married in the land, and no one is good enough for the overbearing Queen Aggravain, but that all changes when Princess Winnifred the Wobegone swims the moat to find her suitor!
We are excited to a new, but familiar face to the Director’s seat for this production.  Scott Tolzmann joins us for his regional directing debut for “Once Upon a Mattress”.   You’ve seen him onstage last summer in Shrek, but now he’s excited to help bring this story to life!
Scott studied Theatre Arts at Concordia University, St. Paul, where he was an active member of the theatre department through performing onstage, working in the costume shop, and serving as Vice President of the Student Theatre Association for Greater Education for two years.
Jay Schueller, Board President, says, “We’ve enjoyed having Scott as part of many shows in the last few years as an actor and volunteer.  His investment in the success of the organization makes him a great fit to achieving our mission as an organization.  We look forward to seeing his vision come to life with this show.”
Tolzmann says, “I’m very excited to be continuing the tradition of quality theatre in the community. And would like to thank the Heritage Players for this amazing opportunity! I hope to see you at auditions in December!”

“Into the Woods” planned for July 2019 performances

Wrapping up our 2018-19 season, we have Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods”, coming to our stage in July! Taking some of the most beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales and wrapping them together in a story about wishes, family, and the choices we make.
The production team planning for shows is still in progress and we are interested in hearing from those interested in volunteering to be part of any of the shows this season.  If you’d like to be involved (onstage and off), and keep up to date on Heritage Players happenings, please subscribe to our newsletter below, follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or email us at heritageplayers@gmail.com

2018-2019 Season Begins in Pine City

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While our blog pages have been a bit quiet since the closing of “Shrek: The Musical” in July, our behind the scenes work and planning hasn’t slowed down!  Each year in the month of August the Board of Directors meets for the annual organization meeting where new officers are elected and new volunteer roles are assigned.  We begin planning the new season and seeking out the production staff that will take on the “heavy lifting” of organizing and planning for each show that we will be performing.

As you can see, we’ve got a great line-up for shows this season and we are looking forward to sharing them with our community!  Stay tuned for more information on the season, upcoming shows and production team announcements…. until then…. let me share a quick update on the Board of Directors for the Heritage Players Community Theater.

2018-2019 Officers for Heritage Players:
President: Jay Schueller
Vice-President: Cassandra Olson
Secretary: Rachel Bigelow
Treasurer: Becky Schueller
Directors: Dennis Howard, Alan Gosen, Nick Basta and JoAnn Lindstrom

Advertise With Us!

The Pine City Heritage Players are seeking advertisers for the upcoming production of  “Shrek: The Musical”. The production will be performed in the Pine City High School Performing Arts Center.  The show will be performing July 19, 20, 21 & 22, 2018.

We are selling ad space in the production programs to defray the expenses for this production.  We are anticipating an audience of 200+ visitors to each of the performances. 

Download a copy of our Advertising Form here.

Cast Announcement for Summer 2018

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Congratulations to the cast for the Heritage Players summer production of Shrek: The Musical .

Scott Tolzmann  ~ Shrek
Rachel Bigelow ~ Adult Fiona
Zach Fluegel ~ Donkey
Jon Bigelow ~ Lord Farquaad
Alexandria “Ali” Gosen ~ Dragon/Bluebird/Blind Mice
Miranda Burger ~ Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy/Papa Ogre
Ruth Elkerton ~ Pinocchio/Blind Mice
Calvin Cheney ~ Big Bad Wolf/Knight/Thelonius
Anna Savage ~ Straw Pig
Thomas Yoder ~ Stick Pig/Knight
Brandon Moua ~ Brick Pig/Knight
Cece Bredeson ~ White Rabbit
Isabella Bredeson ~ Mad Hatter
Angel Kidd ~ Peter Pan
Peyton St. Germain ~ Ugly Duckling
Laura Michels ~ Mama Ogre/Wicked Witch/Blind Mice
Elisa Mill ~ Papa Bear/Bishop
Brooklyn Shellito ~ Elf
Cheyenne Sandell ~ Dwarf/Happy Family
Keith Bredeson ~ Captain of the Guard
Kodie Maki ~ Teen Fiona/Fairy Godmother
Vivian Lahti ~ Youth Fiona/Humpty Dumpty
Brecken Reiser ~ Youth Shrek/Baby Bear
BeckaJo Bredeson ~ Mama Bear/Happy Family
Hannah Theisen ~ Happy Family
Chase Holmstom ~ Guard
Hailey Magnison ~ Guard
Brooke Simonson ~ Guard
Amelia Prokop ~ Guard
Lena Roubinek ~ Guard
Jaylynn Maurstad-Rock ~ Guard

Bye Bye Birdie will hit the Pine City stage in July

The 2017 Summer Musical in Pine City will be “Bye Bye Birdie”, directed by Rachel Bigelow. Performance dates are July 13 – 16 with three evening performances and the closing matinee on Sunday.

The show is set in 1958 and the story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957.  Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim McAfee for a very public farewell kiss.

Audiences will love the rock-n-roll sound, loveable and laughable characters, and truly have a good time this summer with the cast and crew of “Bye Bye Birdie”.

We are welcoming back a few returning actors and actresses from last summer’s musical “The Music Man” and welcoming many new faces from the Rush City and North Branch communities this year!

 

BYE BYE BIRDIE CAST LIST

ALBERT PETERSON – Scott Tolzman
ROSE ALVAREZ – Allie Gosen
CONRAD BIRDIE – Paul Willard
MRS. MAE PETERSON – Laura Michels
KIM MACAFEE – Emily Elliot
MRS. DORIS MACAFEE – Miranda Burger
MR. HARRY MACAFEE – Jon Bigelow
RANDOLPH MACAFEE – Owen Neel
URSULA MERKLE – Angel Kidd
MRS. MERKLE – Jenny Simonson
HUGO PEABODY – Nathan Kleppe
GLORIA RASPUTIN – Allison Hammill
MAYOR –  Brian Scholin
MAYOR’S WIFE – Elisa Mill


TEEN CHORUS
NANCY- Laura Meissner
ALICE- Emily Schueller
MARGIE- Kodie Maki
DEBORAH SUE- Lydia Struss
HELEN – Sarah Schmidt
HARVEY JOHNSON – Trevor Minor
SUZIE – Alixe Waxberg
PENELOPE – Emma Johnson
RUTH – Anna Savage

ENSEMBLE
Lena Roubinek
Hannah Theisen
Alana Mangan
Carolyn Mangan
Ashley Peters
Gavin Schueller
Robert Sandell
Andrew Belland
Mikayla May
Kyle Peters
Brandon Strohecker

Up Next: Songs of the Stage ~ April 8th

Our next Songs of the Stage fundraiser concert at the Pizza Pub of Pine City is going to be great! Be sure to join us to hear music from:  Hamilton, Beauty and the Beast, Music Man, Chess, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Shrek, Guys and Dolls, Wicked and many more!

Tickets are now available at Cabin Coffee’s and the Pine City Area Chamber of Commerce office.  Advance ticket discounts are available through Friday, April 7th.

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Nunsense Returns to Pine City Stage

It was 1995 when “Nunsense” was first performed on the Pine City stage.  The original script was performed and 5 fabulous ladies were cast as Mother Superior and the Little Sisters of Hoboken.  The show had great success and is remains a favorite for many long-time members of the Heritage Players team.  Just a few short years later, the organization would experience a drop in participation that resulted in a five year hiatus from the stage.

In 2005, a small group of theater-lovers began cooking up a plan to bring the Heritage Players organization back to life and jump start new interest in the arts and community theater.  Interestingly enough, a few of those same ladies approached a novice director about putting on a show…. and in December of that year, “Nuncrackers” was performed with a few of the same faces.

Fast forward to 2017 and the “most popular musical series in theater history” will make a return to the stage.  This time around the show will be directed by Jay Schueller with vocal direction by Laura Michels and orchestra direction by Joni Nelson.  The Heritage Players have also chosen to perform the “Nunsense: Mega Musical Version” this year to allow for more cast members to join the fun!

The cast includes:

  • Elisa Mill as Reverend Mother Mary Regina
  • Mary Ellen Sauser as Sister Mary Hubert
  • Dawn Barstad-Carpenter as Sister Robert Anne
  • Jennifer Hansmann as Sister Mary Amnesia
  • Vanessa Alm as Sister Mary Leo
  • Dennis Howard
  • Cassandra Olson
  • Bethany Cleary

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Auditions for “Nunsense” THIS WEEK!

The Heritage Players are excited to share details about the upcoming auditions for the winter production this year.  “Nunsense ~ The Mega-Musical” will perform for ONE WEEKEND ONLY in February 2017.

Auditions for the production are scheduled for this week, December 14th or 15th, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Auditions will be held in the Pine City High School Auditorium.

Auditions Details:

  • Prepare to sing a song of your own choosing, 16-32 measures is sufficient.
  • Bring a copy of your theatrical resume (if you have one).  If you don’t have one, an audition form will be available for you to complete.
  • Reading of scene or two with others

Those interested in auditioning are asked to arrive at 6:00 PM on either Wednesday or Thursday evening and plan to stay for the 2-hour time slot.  If you are not able to arrive at 6pm, please be sure to let us know so that we plan accordingly for staff.

If you have questions regarding the audition process, please email us at heritageplayers@gmail.com

Nunsense ~ The Mega-Musical will be directed by Jay Schueller, with musical direction from Laura Michels.

 

Tickets on sale for “Songs of the Stage”

Tickets for the next “Songs of the Stage” event are now on sale at More Than Sprouts, Cabin Coffees or the Chamber Office.  Advance ticket purchases provide guests with a $5 discount per ticket as long as they are purchased by Friday, December 2nd.

The “Songs of the Stage” series has been hosted as a fundraising night to provide us with the opportunity to produce additional theatrical shows throughout the year.  Be sure to attend on December 3rd as we’ll make the “official” announcement of our next production!

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