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. There are also 19 area children sharing ten roles including the featured role of Ralphie.
T.J. Mannix (Jean Shepherd) has played everything from Santa Claus at Radio City Music Hall to a kidnapper on “Law and Order: SVU.” He teaches at the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theatre in Manhattan, has toured with The Second City/NCL, and BLANK: the Musical Off-Broadway. T.J. founded the 11th Annual New York Musical Improv Festival and is currently touring the world with the epic one-man improvised musical LIMBOLAND. Thanks to Craig and Avalon Artists Group.
Heather Patterson King (Mother) Thrilled to return to The Fireside! Previous: MAMMA MIA! (Donna)–Broadway World Best Actress, MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Doris); Other: MAMMA MIA! Saugatuck SCA, Arrow Rock; International, ENGEMAN; Off-Broadway: ON THE RAILS; TV: SHADOW OF DOUBT; Regional: OLIVER (Nancy), 9 TO 5 (Violet), ALL SHOOK UP (Sandra), NEXT TO NORMAL (Diana u/s), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Glinda), ROMEO AND JULIET (Lady Capulet), MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Banks), FOOTLOOSE (Vi), MACBETH (Lady M). www.heatherpattersonking.com
Victor Hernandez (The Old Man) created the role of Henry Barrow in BONNIE & CLYDE The Musical on Broadway. Previously at The Fireside: Harry-MAMMA MIA, George Banks-MARY POPPINS, Rev. Shaw Moore- FOOTLOOSE, Walter Hobbs-ELF, and Shellhammer-MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Regional credits: BONNIE & CLYDE (La Jolla Playhouse & Asolo Repertory), Dan-NEXT TO NORMAL (Seven Angels Theatre), Lt. Brannigan-GUYS AND DOLLS (Bucks County Playhouse). Thanks, to Ed, Mary, Shanna, and The Klopcic family for welcoming me back. Happy Holidays!
Courtney Brady (Miss Shields) is excited to be returning to The Fireside! Credits include National Tours: THE PRODUCERS. New York: CRAZY FOR YOU (Broadway Lab), DAUGHTER OF SOCIETY (NY Summerfest). Regional: Fireside Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Riverside Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre. Courtney has performed all over the world on cruise ships as well as with the USO Show Troupe! Glory to God! Thanks to Ed and TPG, Love to my family & sweet friends. IG@cocobrady
Darryl Winslow (Santa Claus) is excited to return to The Fireside, where he appeared as Edna in HAIRSPRAY and the Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ. He was in AVENUE Q on Broadway. Appeared Off-Broadway in EVIL DEAD: The Musical, SHLEMIEL THE FIRST, and the award-winning revival of GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN at The Public. Favorite regionals include SPAMALOT and SISTER ACT at Arkansas Rep, DAS BARBECUE, THE FULL MONTY and URINETOWN at The Barnstormers, JEKYLL & HYDE and JOSEPH… at NCT, and the NMTC at the O’Neill Center.
Sara Zoe Budnik (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Fireside Theatre debut! Favorite previous credits include: Mother in A CHRISTMAS STORY (National Tour), Narrator in MURDER BALLAD, and Young Phyllis in FOLLIES. Sara has sailed to 50 countries while performing at sea and she is a proud member of the USO Show Troupe. Sara would like to express her gratitude to Ed, her family, and friends! www.hellosarazoe.com IG: @hellosarazoe.
Kayla Boye (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Fireside debut! Chicago credits include THE WIZARD OF OZ (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), SOUTH PACIFIC (Drury Lane Theatre), CAN-CAN, BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL, LITTLE ME (Porchlight Music Theatre), PIPPIN, MARY POPPINS, (Mercury Theater Chicago), ANYTHING GOES, GYPSY, MAME (Music Theater Works, formerly Light Opera Works), and A CHRISTMAS STORY (Citadel Theatre). She holds a BA from Youngstown State University. Thanks to Ed, Shanna, and Mary. www.kaylaboye.com
Olivia Greco (Ensemble) graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Dance. Her theater credits include Dance Captain at UNTO THESE HILLS and ensemble member in THE LOST COLONY. She is beyond excited to be joining the talented cast of A CHRISTMAS STORY here at The Fireside Theatre, and would like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support!
Hope Jamieson (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Fireside for another Christmas season in A CHRISTMAS STORY! She is a Columbus, Ohio native and received her BFA in dance from the University of Arizona. Recent credits include ELF THE MUSICAL, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Many thanks to Mom and Dad for their constant love and support. This one is for you Grandma and Pappy!
Parker Joh (Ensemble) is thrilled to return to The Fireside for the holiday season! He is a graduate from the University of South Carolina as a Geography Major as well as completing the Broadway Dance Center Training Program. He was last seen at The Fireside in ANNIE over the summer. Other select regional credits include: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, SPRING AWAKENING, MAMMA MIA, and ELF: The Musical. Much thanks to Ed, MJ, Mary and Shanna! @parkerjohact
Alicia Kee (Ensemble) hails from Vancouver, Canada. She currently resides in NYC where she graduated from AMDA. Some of her favorite theatre credits include HELLO, DOLLY! (Cohoes Music Hall), MIRACLES (Busch Gardens Williamsburg, VA). TV: The Today Show (NBC) and HARRY! (Fox 5). She’s also had the pleasure of dancing in music videos with recording artists Michael Buble and JLiNE. Alicia is ecstatic to be making her Fireside Theatre debut!
Oren Korenblum (Ensemble) is a NYC-based performer, choreographer, dance teacher and founder of the OK Dance Company. He’s thrilled to be returning to The Fireside Theater. Fireside credits include MARY POPPINS and WIZARD OF OZ. Other regional theatre credits include SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, SPAMALOT, 42ND STREET, CATS, and more. He also performed in the NYC run of the new musical – MY PRINCESS DIANA. Oren is currently a faculty member at AMDA and BDC NYC. Many thanks to Ed for this opportunity! www.orenkorenblum.com IG: @taporen
Matt Paris (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut! He was most recently seen as Frederick Frankenstein in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at Priscilla Beach Theatre in Plymouth, MA. Other credits include: GUYS AND DOLLS (Nathan Detroit), PINKALICIOUS (Peter), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Tom), and SPRING AWAKENING. Matt is a proud alumni of the University of Miami, receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre in 2018. www.mattparisnyc.com IG: @mattyp1233
Megan Peterson (Ensemble) is elated to return to The Fireside, her debut being MY FAIR LADY. National Tour: THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (Rockette). Regional: CHICAGO (Hunyak) at Potsdam Music Theatre, CRAZY FOR YOU (Tess) at Surflight Theatre, ANNIE (Axelrod PAC), THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES (Finger Lakes Music Theatre Festival). Pace University BFA Commercial Dance graduate! Thank you, Ed, Mary, and Shanna! Love to Mom, Dad, Kelly, and Andrew.
Cesar Razza (Ensemble) is delighted to return to The Fireside, last seen in ELF The Musical in 2018. Favorite productions include National Tours: THE WIZARD OF OZ, SID THE SCIENCE KID LIVE, CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG; Regional: MAMMA MIA Understudy Pepper/Eddie at Arizona Broadway Theatre, THE WIZARD OF OZ Understudy Zeke/Lion at The Palace Theatre in NH, and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at The Fulton Theatre. Cesar would love to thank his family, Forecast Talent, Caitrin, and The Hungry Gal Pals for all of their love and support! IG: @cesarrazza123com cesarrazza.com
Kelcey Steele (Ensemble) is delighted to be performing at The Fireside Theatre for the first time! Favorite regional roles include: Hero in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED . . . Cincinnati Shakespeare Co.); Drew Boley in ROCK OF AGES (Carnegie Theatre); Huck Finn in BIG RIVER (Heartwood Regional Theater); and Peter in PETER PAN (Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati). Kelcey can also be found as an Irish dancer in multiple touring shows. Follow the journey @kelceysteele on Instagram. kelceyksteele.com
Cody Thomas (Ensemble) is extremely excited to be a part of A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Musical here at The Fireside Theatre. Cody graduated from Ball State University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. Originally from Indianapolis, he has recently moved to New York City. His favorite credits include traveling the world dancing with Carnival Cruise Line Entertainment, performing in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyu Theatre Orb, and playing Elmer in Disney’s NEWSIES. Cody would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support.