The theater will present the musical “Head over Heels”, from April 21 to 24
JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s theater department will wrap up its 2021-22 season with “Head over Heels.” The original book is by Jeff Whitty and adaptations made by James Macgruder with music and lyrics by The Go-Gos.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 21 and 23, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24. Performances will be held at the Drama Theater, adjacent to the Great Hall at the Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr.
“Head over Heels,” a daring new musical, is a hilarious love story set to the music of iconic 1980s girl rock band The Go-Gos, including the hit songs “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “Vacation”, “Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle and “Mad About You”.
A hilarious and exuberant celebration of love, “Head over Heels” follows the escapades of a royal family on a scandalous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction – only to discover that the key to their kingdom’s survival resides in each of their hearts.
The cast includes Russellville theater majors Christian Armstrong, as King Basilius; Jonesboro’s Kylah Hood, as Queen Gynecia; Haskell’s Skyla Conger, as Princess Pamela; Madison Stewart of Trumann, as Princess Philoclea; Russellville’s Alex Jones, as Musidorus; Michael Joseph de Van Buren, as Pythio; Batesville’s Jon Clark, as Dametas; Emma Bryant of Siloam Springs as Mopsa.
Additionally, the ensemble includes theater majors Julie Barnett of Crossett; Kori Denison of Batesville; Kaito Ito from Tokyo, Japan; Emilie Provence de Searcy; Beebe’s Tyler Jones; Hitomi Naoi from Chiba, Japan; and Gavin Wilson of Berryville.
The show is directed by Virginia Hirsch, theater trainer in interpretation and staging. Trey Moore, a theater major from Batesville, is the assistant director.
Music and Theater Collaborative Singing Instructor Dr. Kristen Sullivan is the Musical Director. Assistant theater and dance teacher Brianna Larson serves as choreographer, with Sheridan’s strategic communications major Anna Handloser as assistant choreographer.
Jeff McLaughlin, associate professor of theater, is the set designer and technical director. An associate professor of drama, Claire Abernathy serves as costume designer with theater major Kit Castellan of Poplar Bluff, Mo., as assistant costume designer.
Caisa Sanburg, Assistant Theater Professor, is the lighting and sound designer. Property managers include theater majors Orion Hulsey of Heber Springs and Alec Lazarini of Memphis.
The stage manager is the theater major Grace Dial de Paragould. Jake Clontz, a political science graduate from Leicester, North Carolina, is assistant stage manager. Theater Major Sami Lynn Miller of Anchorage, Alaska is also an assistant stage manager. Haley Reed, a theater major from Bay, is an assistant stage manager and lighting panel operator.
The soundboard operator is theater major Alli Peavy of Memphis. The wardrobe team includes theater majors Destiny Johnson from Cabot and Allie Jones from Jonesboro. Theater majors Norah Wilborn of Jonesboro and Baylor McElhaney of Benton are the stage crew.
The house manager is Marie B. Kazyak, a theater minor from Manila. Hayley Murry, a theater student from Beebe, serves as documentarian and publicist.
Bandleader/pianist Emily Jenkins leads the band. Alex Ditto will play guitar with Jack Ezell on bass and Calvin Rawlings on drums.
The captioning team includes Miraya Gerardo-Munguia, a theater student from Searcy, and Fernanda Posadas, a theater student from Sherwood. The Spanish translation team is led by Tatsiana Chaiko, Spanish teacher. It includes Rachel Wilson from Marion, Nicholas Davis from Lake City, Karen Reyes from Senath, Mo., Angelly Sanchez from Bryant and Jean-Marc Scorea from Willemstad, Curacao.
Tickets for “Head over Heels” can be purchased from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the A-State box office at First National Bank Arena or by calling (870) 972-ASU1. Tickets can also be purchased online at AState.edu/tickets. Prices are $12 for seniors, children, and A-State staff/professor and $17 for the general public. A-State student tickets are free at the box office with a student ID.