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'Ghost' actress living a dream

October 30, 2013


Oct. 30--Katie Postotnik has been living a dream ever since she landed the role of Molly Jensen in the first national tour of "Ghost The Musical."

Because from the moment the young actress first saw the show on Broadway -- at that point, she had one national show on her resume, "Rock of Ages" -- she knew she wanted to be in it.

"I won a lottery for the show and I got front-row seats," Postotnik said during a phone interview last week. "I loved that kind of music. It really affected me. I loved it. There I was, cheering and crying at the same time, and I decided that I wanted to be a part of it."

Months later, when it was decided to take "Ghost The Musical" on the road, Postotnik auditioned and fulfilled her dream by winning the lead role of Molly. The show opened in September and arrived at Hershey Theatre this week. Performances will continue through Sunday, and tickets are available.

Prior to "Ghost," Postotnik was in the national tour of "Rock of Ages" playing a character that was a polar oppostie of Molly. The actress was ready to make the jump.

"I was so excited to land this role. It was a dream come true," she said. "I did Regina in 'Rock of Ages,' and it was a quirky, funny, outrageous role. And after that, all I wanted was a role where I could sing and act seriously."

She gets that, and more, by playing Molly.

Everyone who's seen the popular movie "Ghost" starring Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg -- which the stage show is based on -- knows the story. Molly loses the love of her life, Sam Wheat, who is murdered. Sam's ghost tries to protect Molly from danger by communicating through a phony psychic, Oda Mae. Eventually, Molly believes that Sam is somehow looking out for her.

The score by David Stewart and Glen Ballard features both dramatic and fun songs.

"There's a lot of challenges to this show that I love," Postotnik said. "I have to sing a long scale musically. So I have to take care of my voice all the time.

"I love singing the score. Also, I have to play a lot of emotions in my character. She's lost the love of her life. She goes through anger and all of the stages of depression."

A native of Wisconsin, Postotnik said that audiences have been spellbound by the groundbreaking special effects in the show -- such as Sam's ghost seemingly passing through a closed door. Despite being in the show for more than a month, Postotnik still has "wow" moments herself.

"I think the audience is amazed every night," she said. "There's an army of people backstage working very hard to make these effects work. There's one trick that I still don't understand."

Postotnik said the stage show stays very true to the movie, and the story appeals to all ages.

"As far as shows go, it is the movie, which I like," she said. "I think it appeals to so many people because everyone knows the movie, and I would say, if you loved the movie, you should come to the show."

The story is an emotional roller coaster of love, humor, life and death, which audiences can relate to.

"A lot of people have lost someone they love, and everyone can feel that connection," Postotnik said. "I think the message of this show is to just believe -- believe in whatever that means for you. It's a great spectacle and a great show that everyone can relate to."


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