Meet the Cast of Disney’s Newsies

Meet the Cast of Disney’s Newsies 2018-02-13T13:39:34+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.


Jonathan Mousset (Jack Kelly) is thrilled to be making his debut at The Fireside. He was last seen playing Usnavi in IN THE HEIGHTS under the direction of original broadway cast member Luis Salgado. Other credits include Jesus (GODSPELL), Ethan (THE FULL MONTY), and Chip Tolentino (25TH…SPELLING BEE). He’s performed in NYC spaces such as 54 Below, The Town Hall, and The New York Times Center. Proud graduate of Florida State University (Bachelor of Music). Follow on Instagram: @jonathanmousset


Julia Johanos (Katherine Plumber) is so excited to return to The Fireside after previously appearing as Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST last season! Favorite credits include Lina Lamont in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (The Palace Theatre, NH), Laurey in OKLAHOMA! (CCM), Florence in CHESS (Rocky Mountain Rep), and Hammerhead in SHARK ATTACK! The Musical (The Elektra Theatre, NYC). Originally from Louisville, CO, much love and thanks to Team Johanos for their endless support. “Have courage, and be kind.” www.juliajohanos.com


Stephen C. Kallas (Davey) Recent graduate of Wagner College with degrees in Performance and Technical Studies. Regional: Mac-Haydn Summer 2017 (JOSEPH, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, ANYTHING GOES, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, SWEENEY TODD, SPAMALOT, AND HELLO DOLLY!); In the Wings Productions’ 42ND STREET (Andy Lee); Interlakes Summer Theatre 2016 (Ensemble); Wagner College: TITANIC (Edgar Beane), AVENUE Q (Puppeteer), and CATS (Swing-Mungojerrie, Macavity). Thanks to Ed and the Fireside family! StephenCKallas.com


Jack McFarlane (Crutchie) is a Midwest native living in New York City pursuing a career in acting. Fireside debut! Previous: JoJo (SEUSSICAL) Prince Herbert (SPAMALOT), and Pinocchio (SHREK). BFA: Ball State University. Thanks to everyone at Luedtke! Shout out to 211 Oak, and my guy and my dog back in Harlem.


Altamiece Carolyn Cooper (Medda Larkin) is thrilled to make her Fireside debut. After college she landed the role of Mrs. Jefferson/u.s. Joanne in the 2006 National Tour of RENT. She’s since performed on many stages (including Music Theatre Wichita and Maltz Jupiter Theatre). Regional credits include: HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth), CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Caroline), RAGTIME (Sarah’s Friend), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Armelia). “I would like to thank God, family, and friends for their amazing love and support. To the Fireside family, thank you for this amazing opportunity.


Michael Haws (Joseph Pulitzer) Recent favorite roles here: Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; Monsignor O’Hara in SISTER ACT; Clarence in A WONDERFUL LIFE; Jim in ALL SHOOK UP; Doc in WEST SIDE STORY; Thenardier in LES MISERABLES; The Wizard in THE WIZARD OF OZ; Jacob Marley in SCROOGE. Other theatres: Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane E.P., Light Opera Works, Beef & Boards, Fulton Musical Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square. Joke: What starts the day white and black but ends the day red? Answer: A newspaper (read).


Ian Saunders (Race) is excited to make his Fireside debut, as well as his NEWSIES debut. National Tour: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. Regional: BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (Ogunquit), WONDERFUL TOWN (Goodman Theatre), MARY POPPINS (Kansas City Starlight), GUYS AND DOLLS (Goodspeed), ON THE TOWN (The Marriott Theatre), A CHORUS LINE (Mike, Connecticut Repertory Theatre), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Gangster #2, Connecticut Repertory Theatre). BFA Musical Theatre, Texas State. Ian would like to thank The Roster and all of his family.


Daniel Stanley (Albert) is extremely honored for this to be his first performance at The Fireside. Daniel is originally from Huntsville, AL and graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Dance Performance degree. He has performed around the world on Holland America Line and in multiple states at regional theatres. Daniel is also an aerial supervisor for RWS Entertainment Group in NYC. Without his friends and family Daniel would not be where he is today!


Maurice Dawkins (Specs) grew up in New York City, which afforded him with many opportunities for training in the performing arts. He attended LaGuardia High School for the Arts, studying Theatre and Ballet, and prides himself as a multi-disciplinary performer. Since graduating from Sarah Lawrence College in 2015, he has danced with a number of New York-based contemporary and ballet companies, and has done three shows at The Fireside so far! NEWSIES will be Maurice’s fourth production, and he can’t wait to seize the day!


Connor Coughlin (Henry, Morris) is a proud graduate of Circle in the Square Theatre School and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division. Connor has toured the country in 42ND STREET (Billy Lawlor) and ELF (Ensemble). Connor is also a substitute teacher at Luigi’s Jazz Centre in NYC. Thank you to all my teachers and the company of NEWSIES.


Chasen Greenwood (Finch, Oscar) just finished the west coast premiere of NEWSIES. Dancer, singer, and choreographer, Chasen has been featured in Dancer magazine as “one to watch.” Completing a nationwide tour with State Street Ballet as a soloist, his choreography won as “Best Young Choreographer” and was performed at Regional America Southwest. Chasen began his career performing with Leann Rimes, and in the musicals CASPER (National Tour), training full scholarship with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet Austin.


Mateus Barbosa da Silva (Romeo) is originally from Recife (Brazil), and he is a graduate from West Texas A&M University with a BFA in Dance. He was a company member with Lonestar Ballet for two years performing the roles DR JEKYL & MR HYDE (Mr Hyde), and SWAN LAKE (Von Rothbar). Notable credits include TEXAS! The Outdoor Musical Drama (Dancer), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (Aldolpho), and as a Swing Dancer for Oceania Cruise Lines. He is with Lucille DiCampli Representation.


Dale Elston (Elmer, Scab, Spot Conlon) Recently moving from England this summer, I am honored to be making my debut performance at The Fireside Theatre. I’m so excited to be joining this extremely talented cast, crew and team for my dream show NEWSIES. I would like to thank everyone at LDC Artist Representation for their continual efforts and support. I’d also like to thank my family, especially my amazing husband Preston. Please, enjoy the show.


Joey Fontana (Mush, Scab, Darcy), a recent graduate of Oakland University (BFA Musical Theatre 17’), is originally from Sterling Heights, MI, but is currently living in New York City. He recently performed as a dancer in Busch Garden’s Christmas Town production of DECK THE HALLS in Williamsburg, VA. Regional credits include Paul (A CHORUS LINE), and Mush (NEWSIES). Other notable roles are Arpad Lazlo (SHE LOVES ME), Horton (SEUSSICAL), and Fred/Dance Captain (OKLAHOMA!) Instagram: Joeyfontanaa


Collin Sanderson (Buttons, Scab, Bill) is over the moon to be making his Fireside debut in NEWSIES! Collin has been blessed to work at The Marriott Theatre, LTOTS, and Broadway Palm. Favorite credits: LYSISTRATA JONES Jones (Mick) with Refuge Theatre Project; THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Lucas) at LTOTS; CABARET (Hans) at TATC; and PETER PAN (Lennon) with Lythgoe Family Panto. BFA in Musical Theatre from CCPA. Proud AEA Member. Thank you to Ed and Shanna for this opportunity. Proverbs 3:5-6. www.collin-sanderson.com


Andre Malcolm (Sniper, Scab) is a New York based actor born and raised in Brooklyn. He is an alumna from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy where he majored in Dance Theatre. Andre has performed all over NYC and worked with notable theatre choreographers such as Luis Salgado, Karla Garcia, Jennifer Janckuska, and Richard J.Hinds. Favorite credits include IN THE HEIGHTS (ensemble), MARY POPPINS (Valentine, Ensemble) and The National Tour of PIPPIN (Ensemble). He is thankful to the man of above and his parents.


Brian Elliott (Wiesel, Roosevelt, Bunsen, Policeman) is happy to be back at The Fireside where he appeared as Cogsworth (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Roscoe Dexter (SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN) Uncle Billy (A WONDERFUL LIFE), Grantaire (LES MISERABLES), and Robertson Ay (MARY POPPINS). Other roles include Oskar (THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER) and Max Bialystok (THE PRODUCERS) at Mercury Theater and Younger Brother (RAGTIME) at 4th Wall Theater. He wishes to thank his parents, Mary, Ed, Kate, and his Chicago family (they know why).


Phil Sloves (Snyder, Jacobi, Seitz, Policeman) is so thankful to be returning to The Fireside! You may have seen him here last as Stewpot or Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC or as Judge Group in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Other favorite Regional roles include Clifford Bradshaw (CABARET), Eddie Ryan (FUNNY GIRL), and Marcellus Washburn (THE MUSIC MAN), among many others. He’d like to thank Ed, MJ, Mary, Shanna, Mom, Dad, Andrew, Nana, and @gripless! BFA Montclair State University. www.philsloves.com


Morgan Harrison (Nun, Bowery Beauty, Passerby) is thrilled to be making her Fireside debut in one of her dream shows! National Tours: FLASHDANCE (u/s Tess, Kiki). Regional: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, ALL SHOOK UP, ZM (world premiere). Most recently performed in the 29th Annual Gypsy of the Year competition at the New Amsterdam Theatre! Many thanks to Kelly, Gram, Ryan, Lucille DiCampli, and the entire cast and crew. Hebrews 6:19 @momoinnyc @ldcartistrepresentation


Courtney Lynn Curry (Nun, Bowery Beauty, Newspaper Customer) is honored to be returning to The Fireside for NEWSIES! She is a graduate of Columbia State College and currently lives and works from NYC. Some favorite credits include WEST SIDE STORY, MAMMA MIA!, ALL SHOOK UP, THE ADDAMS FAMILY, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Special thanks to Ed, Shanna, Mary and MJ! So grateful to God, Mitchell, family and friends for constant love and support. Colossians 3:17


Mackenzie Curran (Hannah, Nun) is thrilled to be coming home to Wisconsin to make her Fireside Theatre debut. Recent Regional Credits: SISTER ACT (Marriott Theatre), Lady of the Lake in MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT (Metropolis Theatre), Dyanne in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Palace Theatre – WI Dells), Casey in FIRST DATE (Williams Street Repertory), CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Drury Lane). Many thanks to Ed and the Fireside team, my family, and my dear ones. @mackenziecurran11 and www.mackenzie-curran.com


Doug Reed (Mayor, Nunzio, Policeman, Stage Manager) is a proud Fireside veteran of 30 years and 127 shows. Some favorite roles include Gideon in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Andy Lee in 42ND STREET, Cosmo in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Tommy Djilas in THE MUSIC MAN, Paul in KISS ME KATE, Zebulan in all three productions of JOSEPH, and Wes Warnicker in FOOTLOOSE. Doug is also active as a choreographer and director for high schools, universities, and community theatres in Southern WI and is a proud six time Tommy Award winner!


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