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.

Stacey Scotte

Stacey Scotte (Miss Hannigan) is thrilled to make her Fireside Theatre debut. Theatre credits include Off-Broadway and Regional; favorites: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Ivy), COMPANY (Amy), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Marie Dindon), HAIRSPRAY (Prudy Pingleton); theatres: Goodspeed, Sacramento Music Circus, Riverside Theatre Vero Beach, Florida Studio Theatre, Florida Rep. Television and film credits include 30 Rock, The Practice, Unsolved Mysteries, Zoobilee Zoo, Julie & Julia, Judy’s Child (on Amazon Prime) and HBO’s Succession Season 2.

Steve Watts

Steve Watts (Warbucks) Fireside: 28 in all including ALL SHOOK UP, 42ND STREET, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, DAMN YANKEES, and 14 live band revues. Regional/ International credits include RAGTIME and I LOVE A PIANO (Milwaukee Rep), A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan), and CAROUSEL (Fulton Theatre). New York: MACBETH, HAMLET, and the world premiere of the original musical HURRICANE. Thanks to family and friends for continued support and everyone at The Fireside.

Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans (Grace) Fireside debut! Broadway: RAGTIME (Evelyn understudy), A TALE OF TWO CITIES. Tours: CINDERELLA (Madame), BILLY ELLIOT, JERSEY BOYS, ANNIE, MY FAIR LADY (Eliza understudy), THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE… (starring Ann-Margret), SHOWBOAT (Magnolia). Regional: HOLIDAY INN (Linda) at Finger Lakes, MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Banks), and THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Miss Dorothy) at Tuacahn, OKLAHOMA! (Laurey) at TOTS, MUSIC MAN (Marion) at Forestburgh and Secret Garden (Lily) at APAC. BFA from NYU. Thanks to Mom and Mark!

Phil Sloves

Phil Sloves (Rooster) Phil is elated to return to The Fireside this summer! Broadway: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (Swing, u/s Patrick Star, Mr. Krabs) Fireside: SOUTH PACIFIC (Luther Billis), MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (Judge Group), NEWSIES (Snyder/Jacobi). Thanks to Ed, Mary, MJ, and everyone at The Fireside! Love to my family! Instagram @pjsloves5

Kerri Rose

Kerri Rose (Lily St. Regis)  is new to the Midwest after growing up in Massachusetts and training/performing in NYC and Philadelphia. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from UArts. Regional theatre credits include: WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda), 42ND STREET (Peggy Sawyer), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Connie/Ensemble), and many more! TV/Film: Vinyl, Utopia, SNL, and Gender Bender. Thanks to Ed Flesch, DDO agency, and my husband Josh!

Michael Haws

Michael Haws (FDR, Bundles) Michael’s recent favorite roles here: Pickering in MY FAIR LADY; Grimsby in THE LITTLE MERMAID; Pulitzer in NEWSIES; Maurice in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST; 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. Other theatres: Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane E.P., Light Opera Works, Beef & Boards, Fulton Musical Theatre, Little Theatre on the Square. Joke: What do you call geckos on a hot sidewalk? Answer: Leapin’ Lizards!

Patrick ZurSchmiede

Patrick ZurSchmiede (Bert Healy) Enjoying singing in both operas and musicals, Patrick’s favorite roles include The Pirate King in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Ben in THE TELEPHONE, and Top in THE TENDER LAND. Patrick studied vocal performance at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. As his second time singing with The Fireside following his appearance in this Spring’s MY FAIR LADY, Patrick is elated to join in this performance of ANNIE.

Melissa Buriak

Melissa Buriak (Ensemble) is excited to be back at The Fireside! She was last seen on this stage as Deb in ELF, Anytime Annie in 42ND STREET, and Cheryl Finfer in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Selected regional credits include 42ND STREET (Phyllis), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda), ANYTHING GOES (Purity), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Christmas Future). Melissa also works as the resident Tap Choreographer for @GPCabaret. Thanks to Ed, Shanna, MJ, Mary, and the whole Fireside team for all that you do! Love to Mom, Dad, and Matty B.

Rhonda Rae Busch

Rhonda Rae Busch (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside! Previous Fireside credits include LES MISERABLES (Madame Thernardier), MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Brill), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Wardrobe), CINDERELLA (Stepmother), and A WONDERFUL LIFE (Milly Bailey). Favorites elsewhere include WHITE CHRISTMAS (Martha), MUSIC MAN (Widow Paroo), CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES (Mavis), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Golde), and INTO THE WOODS (Jack’s Mother). She is excitedly looking forward to her daughter Emily’s wedding this September!

Eden Eernissee

Eden Eernissee (Connie Boylan, Ensemble) is so delighted to be making her Fireside debut! Some recent credits have been PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (Molly Aster) at the Jenny Wiley Theatre, ENGINEERS NOT FOUND (Taylor) with Honest Accomplice Theatre, and SPRING AWAKENING (Wendla). She is beyond grateful for her beautiful family and everyone at Carson-Adler! @edenrainee •

Parker Joh

Parker Joh (Sound Effects Man, Ensemble) is humbled to debut at The Fireside Theatre. He recently moved to NYC from the South. Regional Credits include: MAMMA MIA!, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, SPRING AWAKENING, and ELF: The Musical. Graduated from both The University of South Carolina (BS Geography) and the Broadway Dance Center Training Program. All my love sent to my teachers, mentors, fellow artists and family!

Kalie Kaimann

Kalie Kaimann (Ronnie Boylan, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Fireside Theatre debut! Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Kalie has just come off The National Tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ as Dorothy Gale (‘17-19 season). Other professional credits: Sandy (GREASE), Ulla (THE PRODUCERS), Belle (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), Sally (CAT IN THE HAT), Bonnie (ANYTHING GOES), Millie (THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE), and a Swing Dancer (SWING! The Musical). Special thanks to Ed, her amazing family, and her always supportive partner-in-crime, Hunter. God is good!

Kaitlin Leddy

Kaitlin Leddy (Star-To-Be, Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to The Fireside for the second time! Last year Kaitlin made her professional debut as Marty in The Fireside’s production of GREASE. She is a recent graduate of Syracuse University’s Musical Theatre program, where she starred in and produced LADY PARTS which was remounted at The Davenport Theatre in NYC. Special thanks to Ed for another amazing experience! Additional thank yous to my friends, family, and everyone here at The Fireside. Much love to all of you! @kaitroseleddy

John Marshall Jr.

John Marshall Jr. (McCracken, Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut in ANNIE. The 1999 TV remake of the musical is what sparked his love for musical theatre. John, a Chicago based actor, was nominated for a Jeff Award for his supporting role in YANK! A WWII LOVE STORY. He’s performed around Chicago at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Paramount Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Theatre at the Center, Porchlight Music Theatre and more. Thanks to KaCee at DDO Artist Agency and love to Patrick.

Terrance Martin

Terrance Martin (Drake, Lt. Ward, Ensemble) is grateful to be back at The Fireside where he was last seen in MY FAIR LADY (Harry), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Sebastian). Credits: HAZEL A MUSICAL MAID IN AMERICA at Drury Lane; WONDERFUL TOWN at the Goodman Theatre; CATS (Mr. Mistoffelees) and IN THE HEIGHTS at the Paramount Theatre; Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Georgia native, proud Equity Member, BFA from The University of the Arts. Thank you to my support team! Instagram: terrance_martin

Michelle Morris

Michelle Morris (Bonnie Boylan, Ensemble) is ecstatic to be performing in Annie at The Fireside! This May, she graduated cum laude from Wagner College with a BA in Theater Performance. Recent credits include KISS ME KATE (Summer Theater of New Canaan), MY ONE AND ONLY (Wagner College), and ANGELINA BALLERINA (Vital Theater Company). To catch some more of Michelle’s journey dancing around, check out her Instagram @michellemmorris or

Jason Plourde

Jason Plourde (Jimmy Johnson, Ensemble) Previously seen in MY FAIR LADY, Jason is thrilled to be back at The Fireside for a fifth time. With over 20 years of experience in Opera, Theater, and Musical Theater some favorite characters have included Boolie Werthan (DRIVING MISS DAISY), Frank Abagnale, Sr. (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN), Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (JEKYLL AND HYDE), Henry Higgins (MY FAIR LADY), Tom (THE NORMAN CONQUESTS), Tony Wendice (DIAL M FOR MURDER), Eddie (LOST IN YONKERS), and Macbeth (Verdi’s MACBETH).

Lance Spencer

Lance Spencer (Ensemble) is excited to be making his Fireside debut. Chicagoland credits include MAMMA MIA! (Drury Lane), A CHORUS LINE (Metropolis), CHESS REVISIT (Porchlight), BARNEY THE ELF (Other Theatre), and NAKED BOYS SINGING (Eclectic Theatre). He would like to thank his family and friends for always pushing him to be the best version of himself. Instagram: @lance.b.spenc

Gina Ventura

Gina Ventura (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be making her Fireside debut! Recently seen in Riverside Theatre’s EVITA. Other theatre credits include: ROLL OUT THE BARREL (Busch Gardens Williamsburg), DREAMGIRLS (Skyline Theatre Company). Also a choreographer, catch Gina’s work in the smash hit new musical, HIT HER WITH THE SKATES, coming to a theatre this fall. A proud Jersey girl and graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross and Graduate School of Education. Instagram: @gina_beanaa. #13

Neely Scott

Neely Scott (Duffy) is overjoyed to be joining the Fireside family. Nashville raised and Brooklyn based. Credits: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS – The Musical! (Bugsy – U.S. National Tour & Grand Ole Opry), SCOOBY-DOO LIVE! (Velma – Saudi Arabian National Tour), ALICE BETWEEN (Alice – Alliance Theatre), CHICAGO (Hunyak – Nashville Repertory), TWELFTH NIGHT (Olivia – Powerhouse Theatre Festival). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from Samford University. Peace and love to all.


Willow (Sandy) is a purebred champion Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. When not acting she trains and competes in most venues of dog sports including dog shows, obedience trials and retriever tests. Agility competitions are on her “to-do” list. She is delighted to be making her debut in ANNIE at The Fireside. If she looks familiar, her grandmother performed at The Fireside in ANNIE 2011 and LEGALLY BLONDE in 2012.