HAVERHILL -- Sophia Joan Wulsin loves every role she undertakes. And the talented Lowell 10-year-old is having an especially fun time tackling Amaryllis, a precocious young girl in the Spotlight Playhouse production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, on stage at Haverhill High School June 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7 p.m., and June 22 at 3 p.m.
"I like Amaryllis, since she is a sassy girl who speaks her mind -- and sometimes she gets in trouble for that," Wulsin said recently. "I also love singing 'Good Night, My Someone' with Marian (the librarian and love interest of Professor Harold Hill, the music man). It's a really beautiful song."
While Wulsin shares a couple of traits with Amaryllis, including taking piano lessons and enjoying singing and dancing, she doesn't like boys and Amaryllis does.
"Yuck," said Wulsin, a fourth grader at the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro.
Joining her as cast mates on stage are fellow Lowellians and husband and wife Alexandra Wax-Henkoff and Dan Henkoff. She plays Marian's mother Mrs. Paroo and he is Charlie Cowell.
Wulsin is having a great time with this cast and crew because they are all "really nice."
But she is also gearing up for a busy summer since she begins rehearsals on June 23 for with Boston Children's Theater.
"It is literally one day after The Music Man final performance -- so no break," said Wulsin. "I am excited to be doing it, since some of my friends that I have been in shows with before are in the cast. It will be fun."
Visit SpotlightPlayhouse.org for tickets and information.
On the marquee
- ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE: Commonwealth Shakespeare returns with Free Shakespeare On the Common, one of greater Boston's favorite summer traditions, with performances of Twelfth Night, the Bard's classic comedy of love in disguise. Performances July 23-Aug. 10 are free and open to the public on Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m. and one matinee on Saturday, July 26 at 3 p.m. Visit commshakes.org or call 617-426-0863 for details... Actors Shakespeare Project will open its 2014-2015 season with Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Sept. 24-Oct. 19, venue to be announced, and continue with Jean Racine's French tragedy Phaedra, Nov. 19-Dec. 7, venue to be announced; Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Jan.actorsshakespeareproject.org.
- SUMMER LINE-UP: Greater Lowell Music Theatre has announced cast members for its upcoming shows in Durgin Concert Hall on the UMass Lowell South Campus. Eddie Mekka, of TV's Laverne and Shirley fame, stars as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, June 27-29, and will be joined by Andrea Grande, Deb Popper and Rick Sherburne in supporting roles. Jessica Dee, Kate Grande and Jerry Bisantz star in Chicago, a Musical Vaudeville, Aug. 1-3. Visit glmt.org or call 978-319-8867 for tickets and info.
- KID STUFF: Meet the Cat in the Hat, Horton, Gertrude McFuzz and a flock of other familiar characters from Dr. Seuss in Theatre with a Twist's production of Seussical Jr., being performed at Hale Middle School in Stow on June 13 at 7 p.m., June 14, at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and June 15 at 1 and 4 p.m. Visit theatrewithatwist.org for tickets... Little Red Riding Hood opens North Shore Music Theatre's summer musicals for kids series on Friday, July 18, in the Dunham Road, Beverly playhouse. Other shows include Jack and the Beanstalk, Friday, July 25; Pocahontas, Friday, Aug. 1, and Cinderella, Friday, Aug. 22. All shows at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit nsmt.org for tickets.
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