Meet the Cast of A Second Helping

Meet the Cast of A Second Helping 2018-05-18T14:06:19+00:00

The Fireside auditions and hires professional singers, dancers and actors from all over the United States. Many come with Broadway and National Tour experience. All of them come with great talent and a passion for their craft.

Deborah Jean Templin (Vivian) Starring roles in WHITE CHRISTMAS, MARY POPPINS, HELLO, DOLLY!, and ANNIE. National Tours: MAMMA MIA! TITANIC, and ANNIE. Television: Gotham, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Law and Order and daytime dramas. Recipient of the New Hampshire Theatre Award and Philadelphia’s Barrymore Award.  Inductee Hall of Fame – Glencoe, Minnesota. Her plays SINGING FOR THE COWS and UNSINKABLE WOMEN: Stories and Songs from the Titanic have played over 130 venues domestically and abroad.

Renee Claire Bergeron (Mavis) is excited to be making her Fireside debut!  Winner of the 2012 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE (Lily). Other credits include: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (National Tour), THE GUYS (Joan), THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Ruth), NUNSENSE (Mother Superior). TV/Film: The Path, Onion News Network, As The World Turns, Celebrity Nightmares Decoded. Proud AEA member. Special thanks to Ed and Avalon Artists. For Mom and Dad.

Dawn Trautman (Karin) returns to The Fireside having appeared in last summer’s CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES and as Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch in THE WIZARD OF OZ. She’s an authentic Minnesota Lutheran, and has played Karin in five previous productions of CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES throughout the Midwest opposite Laurie Sutton as Beverly. Other favorites include Marion Cunningham in HAPPY DAYS, Doatsy Mae in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE, and creating a role in Cameron Mackintosh’s new musical, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK.

Laurie Sutton (Beverly) is delighted to return to The Fireside after appearing in CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN!  Other favorite credits include: OKLAHOMA (Laurey), WONDERFUL TOWN (Eileen), LES MISERABLES (Cosette), DAMES AT SEA (Ruby), GREASE (Frenchy, u/s Sandy), and GYPSY (Dainty June).  Special thanks to Ed for the opportunity, the Klopcic Family for their hospitality, family and friends for their support, and God for His many blessings!

Joe Lehman (Pastor Gunderson) is delighted to return to The Fireside Theatre where he has appeared in CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES, SOUTH PACIFIC, MAMMA MIA!, and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE.  A proud member of Actors’ Equity he has worked at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Theatre at the Center, Williams Street Rep, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Marriott Theatre, First Folio, Creede Repertory Theatre, Shaw Chicago, Classical Kids Live, and Meadow Brook Theatre among others.  Thanks for your support of live theatre!

Eva Marie Mastrangelo (Karin/Vivian/Mavis Cover) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside once again! You may have previously seen her as Sister Mary Lazarus in SISTER ACT the Musical or as Mrs. Hatch in A WONDERFUL LIFE. Other credits include EVE AND HER NEIGHBORS, ELISE: A New Musical, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, TOMBSTONE, and COMPANY. Thank you to Ed, the Klopcics, and the whole Fireside family. Love always to CRN!

Natalie Hershman (Beverly Cover) is very thankful to have been with her Fireside family since she was seven. For the past ten years, some of her favorites include HERE’S LOVE (Susan Walker), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Marta), A FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS 2016, and ensemble work in FOOTLOOSE, MARY POPPINS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and SOUTH PACIFIC. Natalie resides in Fort Atkinson where she teaches dance classes and is involved in different youth groups. Special thanks to Ed, the Klopcics, and her family and friends for all their love and support.

Mike Hennes (Pastor Gunderson Cover) is delighted to be back at The Fireside, bringing back the radio stylings of Arvid Odegard to the show! Previous productions here include CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES, DRIVING MISS DAISY, WEST SIDE STORY, A WONDERFUL LIFE, and SISTER ACT. Thanks to his wife Dawn, his four beautiful daughters, and Ed for this great opportunity. Also, to synthetic motor oil which cuts down the frequency for oil changes as he makes the 100 mile round trip back and forth to Hubertus!

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