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.
Matt McClure (Buddy Holly) Originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, Matt is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut! He is no stranger to Buddy Holly, however, with this being his seventh time donning the horn-rimmed glasses. Matt also travels the country as a freelance technician, most recently as the Head Carpenter for the National Tour of BROADWAY CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND. Other credits include: MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET (Carl Perkins), NOISES OFF (Garry Lejeune), and THE ELEPHANT MAN (John Merrick). “Let’s rock n’ roll it!”
Noah Berry (Joe B. Mauldin) This is Noah’s first time playing Joe but his fifth time performing in BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story. He played Jerry Allison on two of the show’s National Tours. Other favorite credits include the National Tour of SPAMALOT (Ensemble/flying nun), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymour), TITLE OF SHOW (Hunter), and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Leaf Coneybear). Much love to his family, his friends, and his Sunshine.
Max Kramer (Jerry Allison) After a two year stint abroad in Germany, recent Northwestern grad Max has restarted his theatre career in Chicago with back-to-back appearances in BoHo Theatre’s 110 IN THE SHADE and BRIGHT STAR. He is ecstatic to join the Fireside family with BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story. A multi-instrumentalist, Max can’t wait to bring Buddy’s iconic drummer Jerry Allison to life. He is represented by Stewart Talent in Chicago, and can’t wait to see you at the next show!
Joe Lehman (Hipockets Duncan) is delighted to return to The Fireside Theatre where he has appeared in MAMMA MIA!, GREASE, CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES #1 & 2, SOUTH PACIFIC, and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE. A proud member of Actors’ Equity he has worked at Williams Street Rep, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Theatre at the Center, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, First Folio, Creede Repertory Theatre, Classical Kids Live, and Meadow Brook Theatre among others. Thanks for supporting live theatre! www.joe-lehman.com
Emilee Hassanzadeh (Maria Elena) is delighted to make her Fireside debut! She was most recently seen as Rebecca Fajardo in the regional premiere of ON YOUR FEET! at The Gateway Playhouse in New York. Favorite credits include: CATS (Bombalurina), OKLAHOMA (Ado Annie), CHICAGO (Roxie), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle), KISS ME KATE, and BEEHIVE. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Emilee attended Coastal Carolina University where she received a BFA in Musical Theatre (2018). Many thanks to Ed for this opportunity! More at www.emileehassanzadeh.com IG: @emileehazz
Craig Underwood (Big Bopper) is excited to be making his Fireside Theatre debut! A resident of Chicago, his recent credits include SHREK at The Marriott Theatre, HAIR at The Mercury Theater Chicago, and SWEENEY TODD at The Paramount. Much love and thanks to RDMLL.
Khalid Rivera (Ritchie Valens) is delighted to join The Fireside Theatre in this fall’s production of BUDDY HOLLY! He previously played the role at Ivoryton Playhouse, CT. Broadway: THE CAPEMAN and JUAN DARIEN. Tours: SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL, FLY GUY & OTHER STORIES (National Tours) and HARLEM SOPHISTICATE (European Tour). TV: POSE, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT and BROAD CITY. Khalid is also a chart-topping EDM Recording Artist. www.KhalidRivera.com. @KhalidRivera.
Matthew Ruff (Norman Petty) is ecstatic to make his debut at The Fireside in BUDDY. He’s an NYC based actor and Rock’n’Roll musician. Eternal gratitude to God, Ruff family, friends, and The Fireside for having me here. Favorite regional credits: Padre (MAN OF LA MANCHA), Stanley (SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN), Professor (SOUTH PACIFIC), Lil Jake (ANNIE GET YOUR GUN), Pete (SHOW BOAT), Pa Ingalls (LAURA INGALLS TOUR).
Sarah Statler (Vi Petty) New York Theater: MAKEOVER (New Dramatists), ATLANTIS! (Emerging Artists Theatre), ADA (The Ensemble Studio Theatre) and THE DOME (Prospect Theater Company). Regional theater: BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story (John W. Engeman Theater), INDECENT (The Arden Theatre Company), IMAGINE – A Beatles Celebration (Broward Stage Door Theatre), Bernstein’s MASS (The Virginia Arts Festival), as well as various productions at Busch Gardens, VA (vocal swing). BM in Voice, Manhattan School of Music. ASCAP Award Winner. www.sarahstatler.com
Altamiece Carolyn Cooper (Apollo Performer) is honored to return to The Fireside, last seen here as the vivacious Medda Larkin in NEWSIES. Other Regional: CHICAGO (Matron “Mama” Morton), HAIRSPRAY (Motormouth), CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Caroline), INTO THE WOODS (Witch), AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ (Armelia). National Tour credits: RENT (Mrs. Jefferson/u.s. Joanne). Altamiece would like to thank God, all of her family, and friends for their amazing love and support. To the Fireside family, thank you. LOVE has the power to change the world, so just do it! IG:@altamiececarolyncooper
Lexi Brie (Apollo Performer) is excited to be working on her first show with the Fireside family! Her performance skills were refined at the University of Central Missouri where she earned a B.F.A in Musical Theatre. Her favorite stage credits include THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, SHREK, SISTER ACT, OKLAHOMA! and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. !
A.D. Weaver (Apollo Performer) Fireside debut! Regional Theatre Credits: Mercury Theater Chicago (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, AVENUE Q), Court Theater (FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE), Children’s Theater of Madison (THE JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE), Park Playhouse – New York (RAGTIME), Cardinal Stage (A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD), Black Ensemble Theater (TEDDY PENDERGRASS STORY), ETA Theater (MIGRATION ), NIETF Foundation (RAGTIME). To my family and my village I love you deep. Jeremiah 29:11 Keep the Faith! Instagram: adeontaiii
Sherman Lee Sutton (Apollo Performer), a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is proud to be making his Fireside debut in The Buddy Holly Story. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Some previous credits include Fighting Prawn in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, and Seaweed in HAIRSPRAY The Musical. He would like to thank his family and friends for the continued support. Enjoy the show! IG: @_sutton_jr
Keaton Eckhoff (4th Cricket) is thrilled to be returning to the stage with the Fireside family performing this dream show. Fireside credits include Jamie in MY FAIR LADY. He has been seen in an array of Regional theatre including: Gabe in NEXT TO NORMAL, Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Action in WEST SIDE STORY, Scuttle in THE LITTLE MERMAID, and Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN. He thanks God for his family and friends every day. AMDG.
Melody Allegra Berger (Miss Emmylou Maybelle) is an award-winning fiddler who has been raising a ruckus in NYC for the past decade and has toured nationally and abroad. You can see her on SNL(S44E19), and hear her on House of Cards (S2E05), Trixie Mattel’s Two Birds, and Gangstagrass: American Music. Favorite Theatre gigs include – Off Broadway: MY NAME’S NOT INDIAN JOE, GOLDEN BOY OF THE BLUE RIDGE and covering Fiddle/Mandolin for DESPERATE MEASURES; Regional: CARELESS LOVE, RING OF FIRE, and ALWAYS . . . PATSY CLINE. www.melodyfiddler.com
Patrick ZurSchmiede (Decca Producer, Murray Deutch) 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. Returning for his third performance at The Fireside, following MY FAIR LADY and ANNIE, Patrick is ready to rock and roll through BUDDY: The Buddy Holly Story!
David Rivera (Engineer, DJ, Clear Lake MC) is so excited to be making his Fireside debut! Favorite Credits include Scorpion/Male Swing in THE VIDEO GAMES off-Broadway, Jimmy in THE REAL LIFE ADVENTURES OF JIMME DE LAS ROSAS (Passage Theatre Company), Hal in PROOF (SCRT) and Berger in HAIR (Fredonia State). BFA MT Fredonia State, Fredonia NY. This one is for Trevor. Special thanks to Mom and Jackie! Follow on IG @DavidJRivera07
Natalie Hershman (Mary Lou Sokolof, Back-up Singer) is very thankful to have been with her Fireside family since she was seven. For the past twelve years, 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, SOUTH PACIFIC, and GREASE. 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.
Tonyia Myrie Rue (Apollo MC, Shirley, Back-up Singer) is delighted to be back at The Fireside Theatre in this fall’s production of BUDDY – The Buddy Holly Story! Tonyia, who recently performed in THAT’S WHAT I CALL ROCK ‘N ROLL, has other credits including: MAMMA MIA! at Short North Stage/West Virginia Public, DREAM GIRLS National Tour, Pittsburgh CLO Tour, ANYTHING GOES, AIDA and THE FACES OF BLACK HISTORY at Irving Street Rep. Tonyia is thankful and happy to be apart of this incredible production!