Catching up with Meg Murry, Charles Wallace and the talented young actors playing them onstage

James Mullooly and John Fernandez will play Charles Wallace
During a recent interview with 88nine’s Lisa Goldman, set to air later this month, cast members of First Stage’s upcoming play A WRINKLE IN TIME sat down to dish on what it takes to portray the complex characters of this timeless classic. 

James Mullooly, a fourth-grader at Wauwatosa Montessori, plays Charles Wallace in the Space Cast. He describes Charles Wallace as a genius and enjoys playing a guy who can read minds.  How does he channel Charles?  “I pretty much just imagine how someone like Leonardo da Vinci would act and then do that.”  When not on stage you can find James hanging out with his older siblings (he’s the youngest of five!), playing soccer, golfing or drawing.  In the Time Cast, Charles Wallace will be played by fifth-grader John Fernandez.  John loves acting because it’s a chance to “step out of your own shoes and do fun stuff you wouldn’t normally get to, like get hypnotized!”  He also likes the challenge of learning lines and being a part of a cast.  James and John have been onstage many times, but a First Stage production is a first for both of these young performers.

Katherine Pollnow and Erin Stapleton
talk about character Meg Murry.

Look around Katherine Pollnow’s room and you’re sure to find a well-worn, dog-eared copy of A Wrinkle in Time.  It has been one of Kat’s favorite books since she was little.  Last seen as Wanda in First Stage’s THE HUNDRED DRESSES, Kat is up for the challenge of playing Meg Murry in the Time Cast.  “I really like what a strong character Meg is.  There is so much going on in her life (what with her father missing, worrying about her little brother, and even just struggling in school) and yet she still is strong throughout it all.  I also love how much she grows throughout the book and play.  Being able to portray her is a challenge and blessing in so many ways.”
Last seen as Isabelle in First Stage’s musical U:BUG:ME!  Erin Stapleton brings Meg to life onstage in the Space Cast.  She’s thrilled about portraying this character and feels that everyone will learn something from her heart.  Erin said, “Meg has a tough persona but she’s really vulnerable to her emotions… yet doesn’t want anyone to see it.”  Erin is a junior at Wauwatosa West and is passionate about the arts including dance, music, watercolor painting and acting.

A WRINKLE IN TIME runs January 27 – February 19, 2012 at the Todd Wehr Theater, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  For tickets and information,

Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of the book A Wrinkle in Time?  Find out more about the story, author Madeleine L’Engle and more at

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