Meet the Cast: Captain & the Guards

Keith Bredeson as Captain of the Guard

This is Keith’s second production with Pine City Heritage Players.  He has also worked with Play Inc Arts and ABC Theatre.  Previous roles he has had include: Dr Einstein in Arsenic and Old Lace, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker, Old Joe in A Christmas Carol and Dr.  Chausible in The Importance of Being Earnest.  He has also been in the Chorus for My Fair Lady and The Producers.

Chase Holmstrom as Happy Family & Guard

CJ has enjoyed her first time performing with Heritage Players. She has been involved in both choir and danceline since 3rd grade. In 6th grade she was performed in the Lion Ling Jr. She would like to thank her mom for getting her places. She hopes you enjoy the show.

Hailey Magnison as Happy Family & Guard

Hailey is heading into her Senior year of High School and this is her first time doing community theatre. She’s been apart of high school productions, such as Blithe Spirit and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, but has enjoyed the different atmosphere that community theatre provides. Thank you to everyone who made this show possible and enjoy the show!

Brooke Simonson as Happy Family & Guard

Brooke Simonson is going into ninth grade. She’s been in the Family Reunion to Die For, Murder at the Malt Shop, and the Night Shift Before Christmas. She’s enjoyed acting her whole life. She’d like to thank her family for support and rides, and she’d also like to  thank the Pine City Heritage Players for this wonderful experience. Enjoy the Show!

Amelia Prokop as Happy Family & Guard

Amelia is ready to let her “Freak Flag Fly”. She lives in Harris, MN. She has been in multiple plays like A Family Reunion to Die for, Crowded House, and Name This American. She loves art and theater. She is so excited to use her abilities for the stage. She wants to thank her family and friends for supporting her.  Enjoy the show!

Lena Roubinek as Happy Family & Guard

Hakuna Matata. Hi I’m Lena, this is my third Heritage Player production. I have most recently been in the Lion King Jr. as Timon. If I am not on the stage this summer you can find me on the ice, the tennis courts, our farm or with friends. Thanks to my parents for allowing me to do this show and bringing me to practice. Enjoy the show.

Jaylynn Maurstad-Rock as Happy Family & Guard

Jaylynn is a junior at Pine City High School. She’s been a part of Princess Whatshername, and the Secret Garden. This musical was really funny and it was a blast. She would like to thank her Grandma. She really enjoyed this musical. Thanks to the cast. Hope you enjoy the show!

Meet the Cast: The Last of the FairyTale Creatures

Elisa Mill as Papa Bear & Bishop

Beginning with her very first role as a 13-year-old  playing an elderly widow, Elisa has been cast in a  variety of roles. From a grieving widow to an innkeeper, a mayor’s wife, a nun (several times) and the Virgin Mary on the stage of the Ordway. Now cast as Papa Bear & the Bishop, Elisa makes her second stage appearance as a man ( a trend that is beginning to concern her). Elisa says, “the fun part about acting is being something that you are not.” Her various roles certainly embrace that attitude.

Cheyenne Sandell as Dwarf

This is the first time that Cheyenne is taking the stage for Heritage Players, but she is no stranger to performing.  She has been dancing for the last 8 years and loves being on stage.  She would like to say thank you to her mom, dad, and grandma for supporting her and getting her to rehearsals!

Kodie Maki as Teen Fiona & Fairy Godmother

Kodie Maki is going to be a junior at North Branch High School. She loves being in theater and softball. Her past shows that she has been involved in are You Can’t Take It With You, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Bithel Spirit, also Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Tonight she will be playing the roles of teen Fiona and Fariy Godmother in Shrek the Musical. This show has been such an enjoyment and she can’t wait for her family and friends to see this show.

Vivian Lahti as Young Fiona & Humpty Dumpty

My name is Vivian Lahti and this is my first year with the Pine City Heritage Players.  My hobbies offstage include playing basketball, dancing, singing, reading, and training my 1 year old dog Belle. I would like to thank my parents, Jeff and Rita and my sister Sophia for supporting me!

Brecken Reiser as Young Shrek & Baby Bear

Brecken is so excited to return to the stage for her second production with PCHP. She recently participated in her school’s production of the Lion King Jr., as Pumbaa, the fun-loving warthog, where her love of theater really flourished. She has truly enjoyed the challenge of learning several different roles for this show and is grateful to have worked with such a talented cast and crew. Brecken would like to thank her family their encouragement and support.

BeckaJo Bredeson as Mama Bear & Happy Family

This is BeckaJo’s first production with PCHPs but she has enjoyed involment in theater since childhood. Some of her most recent shows are A Christmas Carol as the Spirit if Christmas Yet to Come, The Importance of Being Earnest as Miss Prism, the Gift of the Magi as Madam Vodskya, My Fair Lady, Pickled or Pickles, and the Producers.

Hannah Theisen as Happy Family & Duloc Dancer

Hannah has been acting and modeling for a number of year’s and joined the Heritage Players for her first stage appearance last summer for Bye Bye Birdie.  She also appeared in her school production of The Lion King Jr. earlier this spring.  She also enjoys dance and gymnastics.

 

Meet the Cast: More FairyTale Creatures

Angel Kidd as Peter Pan

Angel is very excited to be back for her second     summer with PCHP! She will be a senior in North Branch this fall. This is her fifth musical and eighth performance overall. Her favorite past role was Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie. She’d like to thank Thomas for   being so supportive and giving her a shoulder to lean on. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Cece Bredeson as White Rabbit

This is Cece’s first show with the Pine City Heritage Players and she is excited for the opportunity. She has been doing theatre for her entire life. She is a senior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists.       Besides theatre, she also enjoys robotics, 4-H, and crafts.

Isabella Bredeson as Mad Hatter

This is Isabella’s first production with the Pine City   Heritage Players. Her previous productions were with Play Inc, ABC Theater Company, and the Art and     Science Academy.  She is going into 8th grade at the Art and Science Academy. The last show she did was in Say Good Night to the Rootbeer Prince. She is  looking forward to more productions with the Pine City team.

Peyton St. Germain as Ugly Duckling

Peyton St. Germain is going into 6th grade and this is her second performance this year. She’s always loved theatre and loves to sing. She performed with the Pine City Elementary Musical, The Lion King Jr. earlier this spring and is now doing Shrek. She would love to thank all the cast and Anna for working on costumes. And she wants to thank her mom for bringing her to practice.

Brooklyn Shellito as Elf

My name is Brooklyn Shellito and i am 12 years old. That means i will be  going to the high school next year and i am excited! For my hobbies i really like to sing and i like to express myself in acting. I like to try new thing and have new experiences. I have 4 pets, wich i love all of them dearly. I am very interested in space and hope to do astronomy along with acting when i grow up.

 

Meet the Cast: Wolf & the Three Pigs

Calvin Cheney as Wolf & Thelonius

Calvin returns to the Pine City stage for his second production with the Heritage Players.  He played the role of Mortimer Brewster for the spring production of Arsenic & Old Lace.  He has also performed with Play, Inc. Performing Arts out of Cambridge.

Anna Savage as Straw Pig

Anna is currently a senior attending NBA High School in North Branch. Throughout Anna’s high school    career she has participated in theatre and she is proud to call this her eighth show.  Some of Anna’s previous roles include “Ed” in You Can’t Take It With You, “Alice” in Women and War, and “Waitress” in Tracks. This is Anna’s second production with Heritage Players and she is extremely excited to be returning to the Pine City Stage. Anna would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her dreams even with her busy schedule.

Thomas Yoder as Stick Pig

Thomas is sixteen and is attending eleventh grade at Perpich Performing Arts High School in Golden Valley. He was excited to be as involved as possible in the arts. This is his fourth musical in his career and he enjoyed every second of it.

Brandon Moua as Brick Pig

Brandon is 19 years old and is planning on going to UMD his sophomore year of college. He has been in 4 productions not including Shrek The Musical. His roles have been: Lt. Ward/Ickes in Annie, Buddy (Bruggaletta) in Women and War, and Kolenkhov in You Can’t Take It With You. He loves Nature, Psychology, Zoology, Philosophy, and Sociology. He loves to dance, sing, play piano, and practice different accents.

 

Meet the Cast: Dragon, Gingy, Pinocchio & Wicked Witch

Allie Gosen as Dragon

This is Allie’s 2nd show with the Heritage Players, and she has loved every minute of it. Her most  recent shows have been The Dining Room, First Person Shooter, as well as Beauty and the Beast with Pine City High School. She was also in last summer’s musical Bye Bye Birdie. She is a recent graduate of PCHS and will be attending Concordia University, St. Paul this fall as a theatre major.

Miranda Burger as Gingy

This is Miranda’s 4th Heritage Players production.    Previously, she was in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” When not on stage with the Heritage Players, she can be found near her hometown assuming her role as President of the Village Players Board, where she’s  active in performing as well. Presently, she’ll be in “Death by Golf” opening in the weeks to come. She’d like to thank the Heritage Players for the opportunities they’ve given her, the cast and crew for making this  experience one to remember, and her family, friends, and co-workers for their unwavering support. She hopes you enjoy the show.

Ruth Elkerton as Pinocchio

Ruth Elkerton is beyond excited to be making her Heritage Players debut in Shrek. Some of her previous roles include Erzulie in Once on this Island and Penny in You Can’t Take it With You. She is currently pursing a degree in theatre and will be attending Concordia University, St. Paul next fall. She lives in North Branch with her loving family of whom she cannot thank enough for their endless love and support. Let your freak flag fly!

Laura Michels as Wicked Witch & Mama Ogre

Laura is enjoying this fun and challenging show! Previously you may have seen her as Mrs. Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie and Mrs. Shinn in Music Man. Laura also directed Heritage Players’ most recent show, Arsenic & Old Lace. When not working with PCHP, Laura is one of the directors for the shows at North Branch High School and works in the Media Center at Pine City High School. She would like to dedicate this performance to all of her students, current and former, of whom she has had the pleasure performing with in this show. She would like to thank her husband for his love and support and for always encouraging her to do what she loves.

 

Meet the Cast: Shrek, Fiona, Donkey & Farquad

Scott Tolzmann as Shrek

Scott Tolzmann is excited to be taking the stage as Shrek! This is Scott’s fourth production with the Heritage Players & 31st production since catching the theatre bug in high school. Scott currently lives in Rush City where he works as a Program Assistant for the St. Croix River Education District.  He’d like to thank his family and friends for their love and support, our fantastic production team for their impeccable work, and YOU for joining us for this performance! Scott hopes you enjoy the show and says, “Stop by the swamp after the show for a batch of s’nothers!”

Rachel Bigelow as Fiona

Rachel has a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of MN where she studied acting, scenic artistry, and stage management. She now works as a special ed teacher in Rush City, where she resides with her husband, Jon, and their new baby boy, Regan. This is Rachel’s 4th performance on stage with PCHP,  although she has enjoyed working on many shows for the past few years in various capacities including director,  scenic artist, and choreographer. She is excited to be back on stage and hopes you enjoy the show!

Zach Fluegel as Donkey

Zach is very excited to debut with PCHP in a most   auspicious manner. Some previous roles of his include: Joseph (Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) Rooster (Annie), Seymour (Little Shop of Horrors), and Fork (Beauty and the Beast). He wants to thank all who have encouraged him, his parents for allowing him to follow his passion and especially his number one     supporter and fan Jalen.  He hopes you all enjoy the show.

Jon Bigelow as Farquad

Jon is survived by his beautiful wife Rachel, and his son Regan. Jon lived a happy life, graduating from the     University of Minnesota with a B.A (not a BFA) in    theatre, and then moving to Rush City to become the youngest Grumpy Old Man in town. Jon has previously appeared on the Pine City stage in Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, and Noises Off. He’s excited for you to see his final performance as a hologram.

 

Shrek Callbacks

Thank you so much for giving your time to audition for Pine City Heritage Players’ production of Shrek The Musical! It was a pleasure to meet so many talented individuals of the Pine City community.

Please see attached for the callback schedule for today, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Callbacks are scheduled 6:00-8:30p, and the attached schedule notes when certain actors are called and what they will be performing during that time. No one is called for the entire duration and we will try to be as respectful of people’s time as is possible. Please review the schedule carefully as your name may only be mentioned once or multiple times. Please also note that this schedule is our goal, but things may move more quickly or a little slower than anticipated, so if you are able to arrive a few minutes before your call time, even better!

Please note that just because you are not being called back tonight does NOT mean you do not have a role. Once again, even if you are not called back tonight, you could still have a chance of being in the show! We will be posting a final cast list as soon as possible, once callbacks are over, on the audition website, and we will send out the list via e-mail! 

Callback Schedule

Meet the Cast: Almaelou Music Co.

The owners and staff at Almaelou Music Corporation in New York City will bring you some sassy attitudes, loveable characters, and laugh out loud moments that will bring you back for more!   There are only four performances…. so don’t delay in getting tickets for Thursday or Friday…. then you’ll still have time for a second look!

Scott Tolzman ~ Albert Peterson (Owner of Almaelou Music Corp)
Scott is excited to be taking the stage with Heritage Players as  Albert Peterson! He is very glad to be part of the thriving theatre community in East Central MN, having previously been seen as Paul in “Company” with Play Inc. and Lloyd in “Noises Off” with Heritage Players.  He would like to thank his parents for their love & support, his friends for dealing with work & rehearsal taking him hostage, and his glasses.  He’d be lost without them.

Laura Michels ~ Mrs. Mae Peterson (Owner of Almaelou Music Corp)
Laura attended college at BYU-Idaho where she majored in     Technical Theatre, specializing in scenic art. She has worked  backstage and painted for a variety of shows. More recently she has been directing the plays at North Branch High School, as well as being involved both as a director and actor for PCHP. She also has performed vocally with the Minnesota Mormon Chorale and was the President of the choir for 5 years. Laura wishes to thank her husband for his encouragement and support during this and all other productions she has been involved in.

Allie Gosen ~ Rosie Alvarez (Albert’s Secretary)
This has been Allie’s first show with the Heritage Players and she has enjoyed it immensely. Allie’s former shows have been with Pine City High School and have included the characters of Rachel Lynde (Anne of Green Gables) and Ariel Moore (Footloose). Working on Bye Bye Birdie has been an amazing experience and Allie’s greatest challenge yet. She looks forward to future shows with Heritage Players.

Paul Willard ~ Conrad Birdie (The Talent)
Paul is a recent graduate of North Branch Area High School. This is first stage production with the Heritage Players, along with his first show outside of high school. Favorite roles include the Dentist in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Oliver Warbucks in “Annie”. Paul would like to thank this cast, they dealt with him; the director, she didn’t kill him; and his family, they supported him. Last but not least, Paul would like to thank the United States Armed Forces, and remind them that he respects them very much, regardless of the “funny” things he does when acting like them.

 

 

 

Meet the Cast: The MacAfee Family

 

The MacAfee family is ready to share a little comedic flair to the Bye Bye Birdie production…. opening this Thursday, July 13th with a 7:00 PM performance.  Here is a little background info about the fabulously funny MacAfee’s and their Kids!

Jon Bigelow ~ Mr. MacAfee
This actor once had a name but he left it behind for a box of red wine and some Canadian jerky. Coming from the manhole on the north side of the street across from that foot odor repellant factory, (you know the place), he stayed the night with a lisping lizard and inherited a rare fortune of beetle shell husks. That started his segue into theatre and he has since performed in 1 1/2 shows, completely revolutionizing the art of nose puppets. He would like to acknowledge his pet teddy bear for all of the snuggles lately. He hopes you enjoy  the show.

Miranda Burger ~ Mrs. MacAfee
Although this is Miranda’s first Heritage Players show, she is no stranger to the stage. Last summer she was in “Drinking Habits” at the Voyager Village Community Theatre near her home. Before that, she was enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. From which she graduated in 2015 with a major in Film. She’s been an avid theatre lover and participant since grade school and was thrilled to have the opportunity to join this cast.

Emily Elliot ~ Kim MacAfee
Emily is from Pine City and is about to enter her junior year at PCHS. This is her second on stage role with the Heritage Players. She also played trumpet in the pit for their winter show, “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical.” Some of Emily’s past roles include: Zaneeta Shinn in “The Music Man” with the PCHP; and Rusty in “Footloose” at PCHS. Emily would like to thank the cast and crew of this show for their love and support, Rachel for this amazing opportunity and teaching her how to breathe, and her wonderful family for their never-ending love and encouragement. Now Emily knows how lovely it is to be a woman, and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Owen Neel ~ Randolph MacAfee
Owen plays the role of Randolph MacAfee and is excited to be part of a show in his home town. Owen has been on stage with many local troupes, including his favorite roles of Jack in “Jack in the Beanstalk,” Clyde Herdman in “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and Robin Starveling in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  When Owen isn’t on stage, he’s playing board games and role-play games with his friends, drawing, or working on his stop-motion animation projects.

 

Getting to Know Us ~ Part 1

What fictional place would you most like to visit?
~ Narnia (Rachel Bigelow, Director)
~ Atlantis (Paul Willard, Conrad Birdie)
~ Narnia or Neverland (Anna Savage, Teen Ensemble)

What is your “go-to” music when you’re not singing Bye Bye Birdie songs?
~ The Beatles (Trevor Minor, Harvey)
~ Passenger (Emily Elliot, Kim MacAfee)
~ Disney or Showtunes (Miranda Burger, Mrs. MacAfee)

What TV channel should exist, but doesn’t?
~ A channel that only shows musicals or plays (Trevor Minor, Harvey) & ever other response with the exception of…
~ I don’t know (Anna Savage, Teen Ensemble)
~ 1 (Brian Scholin, Mayor)
~ Girls Hockey 24/7 (Lena Roubinek, Ensemble)

What age do you wish you could permanently be?
~ Well, I’m pretty awesome now. (Elisa Mill, Ensemble)
~ 17, too young to pay taxes, but old enough to do the fun stuff (Paul Willard, Conrad Birdie)
~ 23. It just seems like it’d be a fun time. (Emily Elliot, Kim MacAfee)
~ The age I’ll be when I have it all figured out. (Miranda Burger, Mrs. MacAfee)
~ 237: So I’d have a long time to prepare for it (Brian Scholin, Mayor)
~ 22- old enough to be an Scientist and still be young enough to “play”. (Lena Roubinek, Ensemble)

What is your favorite musical or play?
~ “The Sound of Music” or “Les Miserable” (Rachel Bigelow, Director)
~ Seriously? “Nunsense” (Elisa Mill, Ensemble)
~ “Footloose” or “The Phantom of the Opera”. “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Dear Evan Hansen” are close runner ups! (Lydia Struss, Deborah Sue)