OP Sisters Perform in Village’s “High School Musical”

Orland Park Sisters Perform in Village’s “High School Musical”
Posted on 04/15/2019
Orland Park Sisters

Orland Park Sisters Perform in Village’s “High School Musical”

Five Boertlein Girls Balance Theater, Sports & School Activities


ORLAND PARK, IL (April 4, 2019) – The Orland Park Theatre Troupe has a long history of families performing together, parents and children, siblings, cousins, grandparents and more. 


“Orland Park prides itself on offering events for the entire family and the village’s theater program does just that,” said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. “Not only does this longtime village program produce great shows for the community, it has given countless families the opportunity to perform together.”


Five Orland Park sisters are currently appearing in their second village production.


The Boertlein sisters last performed in the village’s 2017 production of “Beauty and the Beast” and are now rehearsing for “High School Musical.”


“This play has been a great opportunity for the girls,” said Karen Boertlein, the girls’ mom. “They love everything musical and there’s always someone singing in our house. Now, they are finally singing the same songs,” she said laughing.


Karen and her husband, Gary, have lived in Orland Park with their girls for the past 17 years.


Allison, the eldest, is a freshman at Carl Sandburg High School where she is involved in school, volleyball, speech, choir and scholastic bowl. Allison also plays club volleyball and plays the violin. In “High School Musical,” Allison is one of the six main characters playing the part of Taylor McKessie, the best friend of Gabriella Montez and captain of the East High Scholastic Decathalon Team.


“The girls are all great to work with,” said Producer/Director Geoff Epperson. “Allison was one of the leads in Sandburg’s ‘We Will Rock You’ last summer. I joke that the cast is 50% Boertlein,” he said smiling.


“It’s fun to finally be in the same activity,” Allison said. “Most often, we’re going in five different directions so it’s been nice to spend the rehearsal time together doing something we all enjoy.”


Elizabeth, 12, appears as Alanna and is a thespian in the show. Elizabeth plays volleyball and runs cross country at Century Junior High where she is also in the Early Act Club, orchestra, choir and the school play. Elizabeth plays club soccer and volleyball as well.


“My favorite part of the show is dancing to ‘Bop to the Top’. It’s a fun part of the show because we get to act out part of the song and it has a fun dance break,” Elizabeth said.


Sarah, 11, appears as a cheerleader and is part of the ensemble with her twin, Megan. She too plays club volleyball and soccer and is a member of the school choir and orchestra at Orland Park’s Meadow Ridge School.

“The rehearsals are always fun.  There is a lot of laughter and we work together to help everyone learn their lines and dance moves. It’s fun being all together in this show,” Sarah said. 


Megan, also 11 and a fifth grader at Orland Park’s Meadow Ridge School, plays club volleyball and soccer and is in the school orchestra and choir.


Asked if she and her sisters rehearse at home, Megan said, “Yes, I think it’s fun because we get to take turns being the dance instructor and helping each other learn the dances and songs.”


The youngest of the five Boertlein sisters, Samantha, is a fourth grader at Meadow Ridge School and is a cheerleader and part of the ensemble. Along with theater, Samantha’s activities include club volleyball and soccer, basketball, and being a part of the school orchestra and choir.


“I like singing and dancing so with rehearsals, I get to do it now three days a week,” Samantha said. “I’ve made lots of friends and get to spend more time with my sisters so it’s great. I can’t wait for the show to see how it turns out.”


With opening night just a few weeks away, Karen added, “We can’t wait to see them all on stage.”


Performances are Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Sandburg’s Performing Arts Center. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now at the village’s Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street and online at https://bit.ly/2V314Ex


Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and $14 for children age 12 and younger. Questions may be directed to the Village of Orland Park Recreation Department at 708/403-5000.






Orland Park’s five Boertlein sisters will appear in the village theatre troupe production of “High School Musical” April 26-28 at the Carl Sandburg High School Performing Arts Center. Pictured (l to r) are Elizabeth, Megan and Sarah with Samantha and Allison in the back. The family dog Annie sits in front.