Casting set for HEAD OVER HEELS at ITHACA COLLEGE
Ithaca College's Department of Theatre Arts has set the cast for its upcoming production of Head Over Heels. Directed by Theatre Arts' Assistant Professor Gavin Meyer, the show will run as part of their hybrid virtual/in-person Spring 2021 Season. It will be performed live for an extremely limited audience on April 2nd and 4th.
From the official website for Head Over Heels on Broadway: "HEAD OVER HEELS is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q and Spring Awakening... This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980's all-female rock band The Go-Go's... A modern musical fairy tale where once-upon-a-time is right now, it follows the escapades of a royal family who set out on a journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction."
Jack will be playing the role of Dametas, King Basilius's (Jeff Hines-Mohrman) loyal viceroy. When Basilius allows pride and jealousy to distract him from an immanent, existential threat, it falls upon Dametas to uphold order in Arcadia and prevent the apocalypse. Through the show, he unearths newfound empathy and understanding in his heart, allowing him to accept the ones he loves for who they truly are.
Dametas will be the fourth and final role performed by Jack at Ithaca College. Since their freshman year, they have played Mother's Younger Brother in Ragtime (directed by IC Alum and Broadway Veteran Eric Jordan Young), a variety of utility characters in Violet, and the titular character in Hookman (directed by IC Alum Isobel Duncan). Additionally, during their freshman year they understudied Roy Cohn and Joe Pitt in Angels In America Part I: Millennium Approaches (directed by Robert Moss) and swung the near-entirety of Cabaret (directed by Department Chair Catherine Weidner), learning every "male"-identifying track in the show except Emcee. They swung on for the role of Bobby for two performances.
While it is surely bittersweet to be finishing their time as a member of Ithaca College's theatre department, they are thrilled to be among such a talented group of friends during their final weeks.
The cast also includes Maya Brettell as Mopsa, Tessa Coleman as Pamela, Logan Geddes as Musidorus, Courtney Long as Gynecia, Sushma Saha as Pythio, and Delaney Stephens as Philoclea. Markia Furtado-Rahill, Liz Gilmartin Peter Murphy, Jahmar Ortiz, Erica Reyes, Abby Upingco, Nick Traficante, Brian Tuohey, Joshua Witzling, and Amanda Xander make up the show's tight ensemble. It will be choreographed by Courtney Young, musical directed by Jeff Theiss, and stage managed by Rico Froelich.