OP Theatre Troupe Performs “High School Musical”

Orland Park Theatre Troupe Performs “High School Musical” at Sandburg HS April 26-28
Posted on 04/15/2019

Orland Park Theatre Troupe Performs “High School Musical” at Sandburg HS April 26-28

Buy Reserved Seat Tickets at Village Sportsplex and on Village Website

 

ORLAND PARK, IL (April 1, 2019) --- The 2006 Disney film favorite, “High School Musical,” is coming to the Orland Park stage. The village’s Orland Park Theatre Troupe will perform the show April 26-28 at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center.

 

“This is a great family show that everyone will enjoy,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee.

 

Orland Park Recreation Program Supervisor Jean Petrow, the show’s executive producer, added, “The cast has been working very hard for several weeks. We’re all looking forward to an exciting show.”

 

The star athlete of the local high school falls for the brainy beauty. When they both audition for the upcoming high school musical, it disrupts the social hierarchy at the school.

 

“I’m so excited to be directing this show with almost 60 of the most talented kids, teens and adults in Orland Park,” said Geoff Epperson, the show’s producer/director. “Everyone is working so hard to make this the best show possible next month at Sandburg.”

 

Thomas Erhardt, of Bradley, plays the male lead, Troy Bolton. Erhardt is a theater major at Joliet Junior College and works at Escapology in Orland Park. 

 

“This show has been a favorite of mine and many others since it was released 13 years ago. This cast has a blast performing it and we cannot wait for the crowds to come enjoy it,” Erhardt said.

 

Patricia Domico, of Orland Park, is one of the two adults in the show and portrays Ms. Darbus, the high school drama teacher.

 

“High School Musical is about accepting everyone and supporting your friends in anything they do,” Domico said. “It’s a feel good story about realizing that you can be anything you want to be when you dream big and allow yourself to risk.”

 

Along with Petrow and Epperson, the artistic staff includes Assistant Director Dee Hamilton, Vocal Director Nathalee LoCoco, Choreographer Michelle Belair, and Costumer Terri Devine.

 

Kaitlyn Samawi of Orland Park portrays Gabriella Montez to Erhardt’s Bolton.

 

Orland Park’s Allison Boertlein, who plays Taylor McKessie, said, “Rehearsing this show has been so much fun, and we’re all hoping that this is something we will be able to share with our audiences come the performances.”

 

“It’s a super fun show for everyone to see,” added Amanda Malone who appears as the jealous Sharpay.

 

Orland Park residents appearing in the show include Katie Rose Ahmer, Venessa Annel, Allison Boertlein, Elizabeth Boertlein, Megan Boertlein, Samantha Boertlein, Sarah Boertlein, Jack Boldelon, Katie Boldelon, Rose Cosme, Tina Cucci-Fisher, Brady Dahl, Aeris Danet, Patricia Domico, Aaliyah Eazell, Nathan Epperson, Jack Ford, Alexandra Gilman, Katherine Nora Kanagy, Lucas Kratz, Amanda Malone, Alexis Maria Marascio, Gianna Isabella Marascio, Louie Marasco, Kyle Patrick Matchen, Cassidy McKibben, Ella O’Brochta, Jacob Sexton, Abigail Sims, Anna Sintic, Laina Smith, James Sullivan, Aileen Tunney, Naomi Turk, Lucas Vajarsky, William Vajarsky, Madeline Zenner, and  Brendan Patrick Zielinski.

 

Domico added, “We say in the play ‘we’re all in this together.’ It’s a show that anyone can relate to at any age. The kids show that all cliques can come together and accept being part of many clubs and activities and not just stick with one status quo.”

 

“The music and energy in this show are infectious, I’m sure everyone is going to leave the theatre smiling and humming a song we sung on stage,” Boertlein added.

 

Orland Hills residents appearing in the show include Amanda Belair and Hannah Belair. Those from Tinley Park include Crystal Meyer and Larissa Meyer. Homer Glen residents appearing in the show include Hunter Chetnik and Tara Mastorakos.

Cast members also include Zachary Furmanek (Lansing), Kritika Goyal (Lemont), Elizabeth Khouri (Palos), Gabe Mali McKinney (Homewood), Chayse Mueller (Hickory Hills), and Grace Svetkovich (New Lenox).

 

Performances are Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Sandburg’s Performing Arts Center. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street and online at https://bit.ly/2V314Ex

 

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $14 for children age 12 and younger. Questions may be directed to the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-5000.

 

Epperson added, "You don't want to miss this one --- huge dance numbers, amazing singing....and even fireworks at the end!”

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Patricia Domico portrays Ms. Darbus and Thomas Erhardt is Troy Bolton in the Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s performance of “High School Musical” at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center April 26-28. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street, and online at https://bit.ly/2V314Ex

 

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Kaitlyn Samawi portrays Gabriella Montez, Thomas Erhardt is Troy Bolton, and Amanda Malone is Sharpay in the Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s presentation of “High School Musical” April 26-28 at Sandburg High School. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street, and online at https://bit.ly/2V314Ex

 

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Kaitlyn Samawi portrays Gabriella Montez and Thomas Erhardt is Troy Bolton in the Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s presentation of “High School Musical” April 26-28 at Sandburg High School.

Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street, and online at https://bit.ly/2V314Ex