An opening for a team of volunteers…

The Heritage Players cast and production team for the spring musical “Once Upon A Mattress” have been busy with rehearsals and planning for the last three weeks. With the show just over a month away from opening, and the opening for a princess already filled…. we are now on the lookout for volunteers that are interested in getting involved in the show.

Volunteer Opportunity #1 — Poster Distribution
The posters and postcards arrive this week and we would love to get a few volunteers that will help get them posted throughout Pine City and into our neighboring communities. Contact us via email at heritageplayers@gmail.com to make arrangements to pick up your posters.

Volunteer Opportunity #2 — Set Construction
One of the best ways to get involved with the Heritage Players is to join us for one of our first two set construction days. No experience is necessary, we’ve got a great team that will help teach you the tricks of this trade! We would love you to join us for an hour, two or the whole weekend — whatever works best in your schedule. We welcome people of ALL ages to help with construction, painting, and other creative projects…. but those under 16 must be with a parent/guardian to assist.

Join us on Friday, March 8th or Saturday, March 9th.

On Saturday, March 9th we’ll also have a potluck lunch at Noon…. so plan accordingly if you are joining us!

Want to receive text message reminders for these volunteer opportunities as well as others that will be scheduled based on the results of these two dates?
Send a text message 81010
with the message @pchpcrew

Once Upon A Mattress Cast

Our thanks to all that auditioned for the spring production for the Pine City Heritage Players, we are thrilled to see so many talented folks that are joining the cast for this production.  According to Director Tolzmann, it was a tough task in finalizing this ensemble, but he is excited to begin rehearsals after the Christmas holiday.

Congratulations to all…

Minstrels………………………………..Mary Ellen Sauser & Elisa Mill

Jester…………………………………….Mac Lucking

Wizard…………………………………..Jared Dyrdahl

King Sextimus the Silent…………..Keith Bredeson

Queen Aggravain…………………….Laura Michels

Prince Dauntless the Drab………..Nathan Kleppe

Princess Winifred…………………...Miranda Burger

Sir Harry…………………….…………Calvin Cheney

Lady Larken…………………………..Emily Elliot

Sir Studley-1st Knight……………..Shane Korte

Sir Luce-2nd Knight………………..Steve Clemens

Lady Rowena…………………………Jennifer Simonson

Lady Merrill…………………..……..BeckaJo Bredeson

Lady Lucille…………………..………Becci Palmblade

Mabelle…………………..…………….Cassandra Olson

Princess No. 12……………………….Carmell Korte

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

2018-19 season Facebook cover photo

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

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.