Head Over Heels

Near West Theatre

Cleveland, OH (Gordon Square)
Community Theatre

Songs by THE GO-GO'S
Based on 'The Arcadia' by SIR PHILIP SIDNEY
Conceived and Original Book by JEFF WHITTY

April 21 - May 7, 2023

Show Description:

When Renaissance meets Rock & Roll, the most unforeseeable things can and doth happen! Head Over Heels is an unpredictable, frolicsome tale about a royal family that embarks on a quest to prevent an oracles' prediction of their downfall. Their pilgrimage is filled with mistaken identities, jealous lovers, sexual awakening, scandal, and self-discovery, where everything (and everyone) is not quite what it seems.

This jovial love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s, including the hit songs, “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Mad About You.”

Staff and Cast

Director: Trinidad Snider
Musical Director: Jordan Cooper

Adam Rawlings - Basilius
Sydney Noelle Warren - Gynecia
Christina Ciofani - Pamela
Camila Pinero - Philoclea
Donnell James - Dametas
Madelyn Hayes - Mopsa
David Turner - Musidorus
Roman Novosel - Pythio
Amanda Bender - Pit Singer
Katie Blume - Pit Singer
Joel Fenstermaker - Pit Singer
Robert Kowaleski - Pit Singer
Shannon McPeek - Pit Singer
Madeline Saraniti - Pit Singer
Kyla Burks - Dance Ensemble
Kyle Burnett - Dance Ensemble
Bryce Cook - Dance Ensemble
Emma Devine - Dance Ensemble
Alyssa Henkelman - Dance Ensemble
Sydney Lewis - Dance Ensemble
Emma Clark - Dance Ensemble
Mark Vandevender - Dance Ensemble
Rachael Armbruster - Ensemble
Amy Aust - Ensemble
Giovanni Conti - Ensemble
Stacie Eleby - Ensemble
Russell Miller - Ensemble
Dawon Owens - Ensemble
Erin Sheplavy - Ensemble
Mayela Squires - Ensemble


7:30pm Thursday (5/4 only)
7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays
2pm Sundays (No performance 4/23)

Runtime: 2h 20m (includes 10m intermission)


$15 or Pay What You Can

(216) 961-6391

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There is a 10-minute intermission for the audience to use the restrooms and head outside to the Sullivan Plaza for fresh air.

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As of July 1, 2022, Near West Theatre is no longer requiring audience members to wear masks during performances on our mainstage. Masks are still highly recommended and we ask those that are unvaccinated to please mask while in our building. Cloth, surgical, and KN95 masks are all accepted. Surgical masks are available free of charge at the box office.

The house will remain at full capacity. Reserved seating is available.

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Content Advisories

Rated PG-13


Near West Theatre
6702 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102