I, Phone: Meet the Cast (Spring 2020)

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Actors in the Northbrook-based Bright Star Theatre Company (BSTC) are busily preparing for their upcoming March performances of this year’s original musical, I, PHONE. Starring 10 actors with disabilities and their volunteer Creative Companions, rehearsals began in September. 

It’s the twenty-second century. Modern technology no longer requires human input. Cell phones run the world and humans have been turned into portable solar charging stations. Then one day it rains and rains, and the phones stop working. Watch the fun unfold as humans struggle to learn how to communicate without electronics and discover that they are never too young to learn old tricks!

Performances will take place at Northbrook Theatre on Saturday, March 14 at 5:00 pm and Sunday, March 15 at 1:00 pm. Click here for details.

Katie Baeckelandt (Virginia Mobile)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? What is your favorite show? Four years. THE HIVE.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I like the singing group Cimorelli.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Chocolate.
How long can you go without your smartphone? A short time.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Coloring.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? No. Worse because everyone is distracted.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Clean it.

Callan Cox (Ma Belle)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? What is your favorite show? Seven years. Little Mermaid.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I am very outgoing!
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Chocolate.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Use my imagination.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? YES!
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? I don’t remember life before a smartphone. It makes my life better because I love it.

Kathleen Dreger (Ann Droid)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? What is your favorite show? This is my seventh year. THE HIVE.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I can play the piano really well. I play before every Bright Star performance.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Smartphone.
How long can you go without your smartphone? Two days.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Play the piano.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? Yes, my life was better before I had a smartphone.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Throw it away!

Emmett Fox (Sam Sung)

How long have you been a member of Bright Star? This is my first year.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I play guitar.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Smartphone.
How long can you go without your smartphone? Two weeks.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Go on dates with girls.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? I don’t remember, life is better because I can talk to my friends all day.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Use it as a football.

Maggie Johnson (Gal X E)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? This is my first year.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I’ve been doing theatre for 32 years.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Smartphone.
How long can you go without your smartphone? I don’t have one.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? I like to draw.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? I can’t remember. Smartphones make me happy and make my life better.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? A broken phone would make me a grumpy cat!

Lisa Krupinski (Eleanor Gleason, “Elle G”)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? What is your favorite show? Nine years. THE HIVE.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I am a 2017 “Yes, I Can” award winner!
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Smartphone.
How long can you go without your smartphone? Two hours.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Dance.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? Yes. Better; I can FaceTime with friends.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Nothing.

Deane O’Connor (Mike Rosoft)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? This is my first season.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I know lots of lyrics and songs. Julie, the director, says I am amazing!
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Smartphone.
How long can you go without your smartphone? Don’t have one.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? I am happy without a smartphone.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Charge it!

Aarav Saraiya (Kyo Cera)
How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? This is my first year.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I can sing well.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Chocolate.
How long can you go without your smartphone? 20 minutes.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Play outside.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Yes.
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? Worse.

Jay Slotnick (Mr. Theodore Noble III, “T Noble”)

How long have you been an actor with Bright Star? What is your favorite show? Three years. Doo Wop Red Riding Hood!
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I love the Cubs, Northwestern and the Bears.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Chocolate.
How long can you go without your smartphone? Don’t have one.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Go to sports events.
Do you think Mr. T and Elle G are going to live happily ever after? Of course!
Do you remember what your life was like before you had a smartphone? Does it make your life better or worse? I’ve never had one and my life is fine without it.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Buy a new one!

Jacob Stasieluk (Moe Torolla)

How long have you been a member of Bright Star? This is my first year.
Tell us something amazing about yourself. I’m a very good singer.
If you had to choose between your smartphone and chocolate, which would you choose? Smartphone.
How long can you go without your smartphone? Three days.
What is your favorite thing to do that doesn’t involve a smartphone or computer? Watch movies.
What can you do with a smartphone that doesn’t work? Give it to my mom to fix.