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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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