At a typical high school, junior Lindsey Pasieka would expect her kid brother, Alex, to come see her play the widow Paroo in “The Music Man.”
Junior Chelsea Frisbie, playing Eulalie McKechnie Shinn, the mayor’s wife, would look out and see her kid brother, Jake, in the audience, too.
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The same with junior Caitlin Healy, 17, and her brother, Liam, and Steve Maio and his younger brother, Nick.
But Lindsey, Chelsea, Caitlin and Steve attend Westlake High School in Thornwood, which has a tradition of casting middle-schoolers in its productions.
So River City will look like the dinner table at the Pasieka, Frisbie, Healy and Maio homes: Pass the roles, please.
Meredith Willson’s paean to small-town America includes the songs “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Trouble” and “Good Night, My Someone.”
Directed by Michele Pesce at Westlake, it stars Justin Thomas as the smooth-talking Harold Hill, Miranda Grieco as the prim librarian Marian and Alex Pasieka — Lindsey’s little brother — as Winthrop, Marian’s little brother.
Both Thomas and Alex have played the role of the lisping Winthrop before: Thomas in a Mount Pleasant Community Theater production (on the same Westlake stage) and Alex in an Off-Broadway production alongside his father.
“Once you get past the lisp, it’s pretty easy,” Alex says. “It’s not the biggest part, but it’s fun.”
The sixth-grader appeared as Chip, the little teacup in “Beauty & the Beast” at Westchester Broadway Theatre and has a growing list of theater credits.
“It’s fun to do a show with relatives,” he says.
They play relatives onstage, too. Lindsey plays Alex’s mother, a role that means “I have to be even more protective.”
Senior Nick Squillante, who plays Marcellus, was one of those sixth-grade call-ups six years ago, when he played Patrick Dennis while his sister played the title role in “Mame.”
“It was mind-blowing,” he says. “Every night you sing ‘My Best Girl,’ you hear the crowd just go wild.”
Junior Steve Maio, a junior, a traveling salesman in the show, runs into his brother, eighth-grader Nick, on the streets of River City.
“It’s good to finally have someone to be with,” Nick says, looking up to Steve.
Chelsea Frisbie, a junior, is the mayor’s pompous wife. Her brother, Jake, 13, is an eighth-grader who was in “Bye Bye Birdie” last year, as a seventh-grader. He’s a River Citizen this year.
“You get to watch the older kids and learn from them,” Jake says.
“I’m so proud of him,” says the mayor’s wife. “The middle-schoolers are all so cute.”
Caitlin Healy has been playing up at Westlake for years.
“I made some of my best friends doing these shows,” she says. “It was crazy.”
Caitlin plays her brother’s mother in “The Music Man.”
Does it feel weird for Liam to have his sister playing his mom?
“It’s annoying,” he says, in a spot-on portrayal of 12-year-old younger brother.
“I’m already annoying to him,” Caitlin says.
How will Liam react when he’s playing one of the boys in Harold Hill’s band and Caitlin has to make a big fuss over him?
On a weird scale from 1 to 10, only about a six, Liam says.
Just a six?
“Trust me,” Liam says matter-of-factly. “She can get a lot weirder.”
What: “The Music Man”
Where: Westlake High School, 825 Westlake Drive, Thornwood
When: 8 p.m. March 5, 6, 12, 13; 2 p.m. March 7
Tickets: $12/$10 students and seniors
With: Justin Thomas, Miranda Grieco, Nick Squillante, Sam Stein, Nicole Papa, Lindsay Pasieka, Amanda Petfield, Chelsea Frisbie, Marco Zeffi, Brook Comegys, Elke Nelson, Jillian Brady, Andrea Pucarelli, Melisa Trainor, Emily Singer, Claudia Torzilli, Christian Gisondi, Thomas Palacios, Chris Lee, John Casullo, John Nash, Dennis John, Nicole Papa, Emily Pucarelli, Nicole Sommavilla, Bridget Boccio, Christina Barile, Rowan Epstein, Nicole Cioppa, Sharon Chen, Caitlin Healy, Emily Banks, Leah Perkins, Colby Casoria, Kristine Lynch, Mellie Behrens, Jillian DiRoma, Emily Pucarelli, Rob Farella, Dennis John, JC Policarpio, Steven Maio, Kevin John, John Nash, Patrick McCabe, Matt Benincasa, Rob Farella, Dennis John, JC Policarpio, Steven Maio, Kevin John, Sharon Chen, Leah Perkins, Alex Pasieka, Jake Frisbie, Liam Healy, Nick Maio, Grace Bello, Steven McCrain, Kelsey Fritz, Stephen Leone, Nick Coppola, Dennis Cullen, Sean Healy, Steven Unger, Ryan Perucci, Pablo Alania, Kevin Mesquita, Tom Higgins, Mike Mele, Stephanie Hopkins, Melissa Castro, Vinny Battaglia, Danille Mastro, Steven Pierro, Kim Williams, Dan Miserendino, Kevin Mundackal, Karen You, Mitch Guido, Joe Callagy, Joe Beland, Jaime Briggs, Joe Muccin