Meet the Cast of Grease

Meet the Cast of Grease2018-08-28T16:36:04+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.

Austin Thomas (Danny Zuko) is ecstatic to be returning to The Fireside for GREASE! NYC: OCTOBER SKY, BRAVE NEW WORLD, BROADWAY RISING STAR (Town Hall), GRAND HOTEL (CAP21). Regional: Theatreworks (THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE),The Palace Theatre, Fireside and New Stage Theatre. CAP21 Graduate. Sending my love to my wonderfully supportive family and friends, especially my sweet wife Bailey. A tremendous thanks to Ed Flesch for giving me the opportunity to work on this story! And a shout out to the Fireside team who made this show possible!

Bailey McCall Thomas (Sandy Dumbrowski) Fireside Theatre debut! National Tour: CABARET (Sally Bowles). Regional: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Dyanne), THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM (Rosamund). Alumna of CAP21 and The University of Tennessee. Love to Austin, Mom and Dad, Whit and Lauren. Many thanks to Ed for entrusting me with one of my dream roles. Grateful for God’s grace and faithfulness on this adventure! @baileymccallthomas

Timmy Hays (Betty Rizzo) Fireside Debut! National Tours: MEMPHIS, CURIOUS GEORGE LIVE! Regional: Guthrie, THE MUSIC MAN; Ordway, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, OKLAHOMA!; Crown Uptown Theatre, A CHORUS LINE; Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, GREASE; Maples Repertory Theatre, BIG RIVER; Cardinal Theatricals, ROCKY HORROR SHOW, and Prather Entertainment Group, CATS. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Zachy for the unending love and support. @timmyhaysfordays

Will Leonard (Kenickie) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut and to perform once again in his home state! La Crosse, Wisconsin native and Viterbo University graduate. National tour: SEVEN BRIDES . . . (Frankincense), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Fyedka). Cruise Ship: DISNEY DREAM (portraying Tarzan, Captain Hook, others). Regional: OKLAHOMA! (Will Parker), FOREVER PLAID (Frankie), SOUTH PACIFIC (Lt. Cable), and MAMMA MIA (Sky). He gives much love and thanks to his family for their support.

Alanna J. Smith (Patty Simcox) is making her Wisconsin debut! I hear there’s cheese here? Regional: Brooke in NOISES OFF, Philia in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Cecily in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (Walnut Street Theatre), Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Media Theatre), Dainty June in GYPSY (Hangar Theatre). Thank goodness for my family, Jacob, The Tischlers, and the Fireside team. Proud graduate of Ithaca College. @alannajsmith

Damien DeShaun Smith (Eugene Florczyk) hails from Chesapeake, VA. Shortly after graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in MUSICAL THEATRE, Damien moved to New York City starting on his first professional job with the acclaimed rock musical RENT. He toured internationally and nationwide playing the role of Angel. Damien’s other Touring credits include MAMMA MIA! and the Michael Jackson tribute show THRILLER LIVE. Mr. Smith is honored to be debuting at The Fireside and sends his thanks and well wishes to all that made this performance possible.

Chris Withers (Roger) Fireside debut! Chris previously played Roger at Virginia Repertory Theatre and is thrilled to revisit Rydell! National Tour: DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! (Swing, Dance Captain). Regional: LIFE COULD BE A DREAM (Cortland Rep), SHOW BOAT and MY FAIR LADY (Prather Entertainment), SPAMALOT and 9 TO 5 (Riverside Center Theatre), HAIRSPRAY (CPS Productions), LES MISERABLES (Cohoes Music Hall). BA from Christopher Newport University, AMDA alumnus.

Hannah Clarke Levine (Jan) is so excited to be making her Fireside debut! Her previous credits include Dot/Marie (SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE), Woman #2 (SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD), and Audrey (AS YOU LIKE IT) at Ithaca College; Rapunzel (INTO THE WOODS) at Potsdam Music Theatre; and Tracy Turnblad (HAIRSPRAY) at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre. BFA Ithaca College.

Tray Wright (Doody) a Birmingham, Alabama native, is thrilled to be making his Fireside Theatre debut as Doody in GREASE. BFA in Musical Theatre, Point Park University. Current NYC Resident. Thanks to Ed, the creative team, Mom, and Dad for the constant love and support. Enjoy the show! For Ricardo Tobia.

Fiona McIntyre (Frenchy) has worked regionally and in Canada playing Judy Haynes in WHITE CHRISTMAS, Ruby in DAMES AT SEA, Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, Alais in THE LION IN WINTER and Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ. She appeared on the CBC TV series Over the Rainbow with Andrew Lloyd Webber (Top 20 National Finalist) and received her BFA in Musical Theatre at Montclair State. Special thanks to Ed and the Fireside team!

Nathaniel Rothrock (Sonny LaTierri) has had a successful career in theatre in the Bay Area, California, and now pursues venues beyond the Golden State. Previous credits include SATURDAY NIGHT, NO NO NANETTE, THE BOYFRIEND (42nd St Moon); 1940s RADIO HOUR (Los Altos Stage); MY FAIR LADY, THE LITTLE MERMAID (PCRT); IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, ANYTHING GOES (Center Rep). Nathaniel also works as an accompanist, and is the lead singer in the rock cover band UP AND TO THE RIGHT.

Kaitlin Leddy (Marty) is thrilled to be making her Fireside and professional debut! Excited to be joining the cast of GREASE after graduating from Syracuse University with her BFA in Musical Theatre last Spring. Since graduation she produced and starred in her sold-out show, LADY PARTS, at the Davenport Theatre in NYC. She would to thank her family and friends for their unwavering love and support, without them none of this would be possible!

Joe Lehman (Vince Fontaine) is delighted to return to The Fireside Theatre where he has appeared in CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES #1 and 2, 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, Shaw Chicago, Classical Kids Live, and Meadow Brook Theatre among others. Thanks for your support of live theatre!

Ryan Slone (Johnny Casino) is excited to make his Fireside debut. A Cincinnati native and graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Ryan currently resides in New York City. Previous roles include Gaston in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (The Growing Stage), and Pirelli in SWEENEY TODD (City Island Theatre). Ryan has also explored the world as a performer with Viking Ocean Cruises and just returned from a four day climb up to Machu Picchu in Perù. Ryan sends thanks to family, friends, and his partner for all the support along the way!

Tasha Heggem (Cha-Cha DiGregorio) BA from The National Academy of the Arts, Norway. Credits; WEST SIDE STORY (Houston Grand Opera), MY FAIR LADY (Lyric Opera of Chicago), THE PRODUCERS (Theatre By The Sea), PETER PAN, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, A FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS (Fireside Theatre), WEST SIDE STORY (Oslo New Theatre), DIE CZARDASFÜRSTIN (Norwegian National Opera), Company; Saul Ulerio + The Human Institution, Julia Ehrstrand & Dancers, Caston & Company, Oslo Dance Ensemble, Subjazz.

Michelle ZurSchmiede (Miss Lynch) is thrilled to be retuning to The Fireside! Along with playing District Attorney Mara in The Fireside’s MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, her roles include Velma Von Tussle in HAIRSPRAY, Irene Malloy in HELLO DOLLY!, Lois Lane/ Bianca in KISS ME KATE, Stepmother in CINDERELLA, and Eulalie Shinn in THE MUSIC MAN. Off-Broadway credits include originating the role of Fairy-Godmother in TWINKLE TAMES A DRAGON.

Nathan Mittleman (Teen Angel) Fireside: Billy Lawlor in 42ND STREET. Select Chicago/Regional: FRONT PAGE FLO (Adirondack Theatre Festival); 42ND STREET (Paramount); THE LITTLE MERMAID, SHREK (Chicago Shakespeare); NICE WORK…, SPAMALOT, BIG FISH, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 42ND STREET (Theatre at the Center); MARY POPPINS (Dells Palace); ANNIE (Cardinal Stage); ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S… (Northbrook TYA). BFA: Indiana University. Proud member of AEA. IG: @nathanmittleman

Natalie Hershman (Ensemble) is very thankful to have been with her Fireside family since she was seven. For the past eleven 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.

Stephen C. Kallas (Ensemble) is elated to be back at The Fireside after performing as Davey in NEWSIES! Stephen is a proud graduate of Wagner College. Regional Credits: Arizona Broadway Theatre’s CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (u/s Frank Abagnale Jr); Palace Theatre (NH)’s 42ND STREET; Mac-Haydn Summer 2017; In the Wings Productions’ 42ND STREET (Andy Lee). Select Wagner College Theatre credits: TITANIC (Edgar Beane); AVENUE Q (Puppeteer); CATS (Swing-  Mungojerrie, Macavity).

Elise Kowalick (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Fireside after performing in 42ND STREET this past spring! Her favorite credits include: CRAZY FOR YOU (Signature Theatre), 42ND STREET (National Tour), HOLIDAY INN (Fingerlakes MTF), ROMEO AND JULIET (DC Shakespeare Theatre), and OKLAHOMA! (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma). Elise is a native of Northern Virginia and a graduate of Oklahoma City University. Endless thanks to Ed and the entire Fireside family for welcoming me back! For you, Mom and Dad.

Boe Wank (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut! National Tour: Kathleen Marshall’s Tony Award-winning revival of ANYTHING GOES. Favorite Regional credits include Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, A CHORUS LINE, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, ALL SHOOK UP, LITTLE WOMEN: The Musical, RENT, FOLLIES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, OKLAHOMA!, KISS ME KATE, and LEGALLY BLONDE. Proud Buckeye, big brother, and member of AEA. All love and thanks to Ed, The Fireside, and the Wank clan. Instagram: @boink_90

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