WCSU to present live performances of HEAD OVER HEELS
After a two-year hiatus before performing live in front of an audience, the cast and crew of the new production from the Department of the Theater Arts at Western Connecticut State University can once again perform live for the community. WCSU’s School of Visual and Performing Arts has presented 13 virtual productions since March 2020 and is now ready to perform live.
The Department of the Theater Arts will present the Mainstage Theater’s live music production, “Head Over Heels,” a contemporary musical featuring songs by popular 1980s band The Go-Go’s from October 15-24, 2021. The performances are in the University Visual and Performing Arts Center on WCSU’s Westside Campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension to Danbury. Tickets are available at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com.
“Head Over Heels” is a hilarious and exuberant celebration of love that follows the escapades of a royal family on a scandalous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction, only to discover the key to their survival. kingdom is found in each of their own hearts. Set to music from The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed”, this energetic production is directed and choreographed by contestant Tony Elizabeth Parkinson and Tony winner Scott Wise with music conducted by conductor / composer Howard Kilik; all are assistant instructors at WCSU.
The “jukebox musical” originally appeared on Broadway in 2018 and adapted the plot from “The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia”, Sir Philip Sidney’s 16th-century prose romance. “Head Over Heels” is a “chic and punk mash-up” that includes mistaken identities, jealous lovers, scandal and self-discovery, where everything and everyone is not quite what it seems. It sends a message of unconditional love and acceptance to yourself and everyone you know, regardless of gender or gender identity.
Members of the public must wear masks at all times inside the Visual and Performing Arts Center, and a three-foot social distancing will be enforced, with seating inside the Mainstage Theater limited to all other seating. Tickets must be purchased in advance at wcsuvpac.eventbrite.com, and prices range from $ 15 to $ 25. Discounts for seniors, children under 12 and groups are available. This production is recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets cost $ 10 each for current WCSU students. Performances are October 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and October 17 and 24 at 2 and 7 p.m.
The cast of “Head Over Heels” (book designed and original by Jeff Whitty; book adapted by James Magruder) includes Derek Alexander of Swansea, Massachusetts, as Dametas; Nate Bloom of West Haven, as Basilius; Olivia Hendrickson of Callicoon, New York, as Pamela; Seymour’s Teagan La’Shay, as Mopsa; Cara Leahy of Pawling, New York, as Philoclea; Ariana Locascio of Southington, as Gynecia; George Pinnock of Queens, New York, as Musidorus; and Ulric Alfred Taylor of Brooklyn, New York, as Pythio.
The set includes Berny Balbuena of Newburgh, New York; Jack Canevari of Pawling, New York; Ethan Chan from Queens, New York; Michelle D’Amico from Dallas, Texas; Victoria D’Orazio of Hopewell Junction, New York; Logan Farley from Belvidere, New Jersey; Katie Geniuch of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts; Jonas King of Cranston, Rhode Island; Chloe Kramer from Poughkeepsie, New York; Meaghan Maher from Long Island, New York; Tyler Manemeit of Clinton; Alyssa McDonald of Nyack, New York; Antonio Porciello from Whippany, New Jersey; and Aurora Schloat from Avon.
Crew members include Jessi Cohen of Brookfield; Mary Donovan of Wappingers Falls, New York; Jakob Kelsey of Bethlehem; Beckett Pais of Bethel; Tim Schoeberl from Lagrangeveille, New York; Courtney Skeens of West Haven; Sara Stone of New Milford; Meredith Yoho of New Fairfield; and Theresia Young from Rochelle, New York.
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