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.
Steven Lane (Henry Higgins) After being away for over a decade, Steven is overjoyed to come back to The Fireside; MY FAIR LADY is his 20th production here! Favorite roles include Newman Noggs in NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, Jasper in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, Man in Chair in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, Che in EVITA, Cornelius in HELLO DOLLY, C. S. Lewis in FREUD’S LAST SESSION, Seymour in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. TV: Burn Notice, Dead Silent, Swamp Murders. Soli Deo Gloria!
Laura Cable (Eliza Doolittle) returns to the Fireside family after playing Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID last summer. National Tours: CATS and DAMN YANKEES. Favorite Regional: THE 39 STEPS, MARY POPPINS, VICTOR/VICTORIA. Thank you, Ed, for trusting me with this iconic role. Love to Mark and the Cables, and endless praise to God! To all the flower girls in the audience who work hard and dream even harder – keep doing both. This one’s for you.
Alan Ball (Alfred P. Doolittle) is pleased to return to The Fireside, having previously played Bill, the Australian (possible) dad, in MAMMA MIA! Based in Chicago, his 35 years as an actor and singer (and occasional fine art photographer) have taken him to all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world. Alan is an Artistic Associate of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and a proud 27-year member of Actors’ Equity. www.AlanBall.biz
Michael Haws (Colonel Hugh Pickering) Michael’s recent favorite roles here: Grimsby in THE LITTLE MERMAID; Pulitzer in NEWSIES; 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 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 the British eat for breakfast? Answer: Cheerios ‘ol chap.
Glory Kissel (Mrs. Higgins) is thrilled to be back at the wonderful Fireside. As a Chicago actress, she has appeared at The Paramount (GREASE, ANNIE, MARY POPPINS), at The Marriott (MY FAIR LADY), and at Drury Lane (OLIVER!). She has also performed at Ravinia, The Chicago Theater, Goodman, and other Chicago area theaters. She is best known at The Fireside for DRIVING MISS DAISY and her last appearance here as the oldest nun in the world in SISTER ACT! My thanks to Ed, MJ, and the best tech staff anywhere.
Mary Jane Guymon (Mrs. Pearce) is delighted to be returning to The Fireside where she was last seen in PETER PAN (Mrs. Darling) and FOOTLOOSE (Vi Moore). Favorite Chicago credits include LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Margaret), SECRET GARDEN (Lily), ENTER THE GUARDSMAN (Actress), WORKING (Waitress), LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Mme. Dindon), SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Milly), and INTO THE WOODS (Witch). Deepest thanks to Ed and the Klopcic Family. Love to Chris.
Ian Laudano (Freddy Eynsford-Hill) Fireside debut! Originally from New Jersey, and a recent Montclair State graduate, Ian’s select previous credits include: THE LITTLE MERMAID, AIDA, BRIGHT STAR, FREAKY FRIDAY, ALL SHOOK UP, BYE BYE BIRDIE, and BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Lots of love to his family. Avalon Artists Group. www.ianlaudano.com.
Terrance Martin (Harry) is grateful to be back at The Fireside where he was last seen in ELF and as Sebastian in Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, as well as other amazing productions. Also: 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; Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Georgia native, proud Equity Member, BFA from The University of the Arts. Thank you to my support team! www.terrancemartin1.com Instagram: terrance_martin
Keaton Eckhoff (Jamie) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut. Keaton is a recent BFA Major graduate from Wright State University. Credits: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lumiere), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Lucas), GREASE (Kenickie), WEST SIDE STORY (Action), LITTLE WOMEN (Laurie), THE LITTLE MERMAID (Scuttle), and NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES (M1). Keaton is also a writer himself of a show called TOGETHER: A SPACE MUSICAL which includes aliens, epic music, and deep moral questions. AMDG www.keatoneckhoff.com
Jason Plourde (Zoltan Karpathy, Lord Boxington, Ensemble) Previously seen here as the Bishop (LES MIS), Pat Denning (42ND STREET), and in ELF, Jason is thrilled to return. With 20 years experience in Opera, Theater, and Musical Theater, some favorite characters include Boolie (DRIVING MISS DAISY), Frank Sr. (CATCH ME IF YOU CAN), Jekyll and Hyde (JEKYLL AND HYDE), Henry Higgins (MY FAIR LADY), Tom (THE NORMAN CONQUESTS), Tony Wendice (DIAL M FOR MURDER), and Eddie (LOST IN YONKERS). For performances, videos, and more please visit www.jasonplourde.net
Michelle ZurSchmiede (Mrs. Eynsford-Hill, Ensemble) is thrilled to be retuning to her Fireside Family! Her regional work includes Velma Von Tussle in HAIRSPRAY, Irene Malloy in HELLO DOLLY!, Lois Lane/ Bianca in KISS ME KATE, Stepmother in CINDERELLA, Eulalie Shinn in THE MUSIC MAN, District Attorney Mara in The Fireside’s MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, and Miss Lynch in The Fireside’s GREASE. She also moonlights as a traditional jazz singer. Search “Michelle Zurschmiede” on YouTube to take a listen.
Jill Gittleman (Ensemble) is pleased to make her debut at The Fireside! International Tour: WEST SIDE STORY (Velma, Dance Captain). Regional: WEST SIDE STORY (Velma/Teresita, Asolo Repertory Theater), ELF THE MUSICAL (Ensemble, Ogunquit Playhouse). Love and thanks to friends and family.
Bridgette Karl (Ensemble) is tickled pink to make her Fireside Dinner Theatre debut in MY FAIR LADY! She is based out of New York City and holds a BFA degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Credits include: Elle Woods (LEGALLY BLONDE), Allison (CRY-BABY) and Jeannie Muldoon (NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT). She enjoys going running in the rain, fire escapes, and coffee. Peace & love to my family and friends! www.BridgetteKarl.com
Brett Michael Lockley (Ensemble) A Baltimore, MD native and University of the Arts graduate, Brett is thrilled to be making his Fireside Dinner Theatre debut in MY FAIR LADY! Credits – National Tour: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL (Ensemble/Dance Captain). Regional: LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (Ensemble, NSMT). International: A CHORUS LINE Shanghai (Richie), Tokyo Disney, Universal Studios Japan. IG: @Brett.Lockley
Garrett Marks (Ensemble) is incredibly excited to be joining the cast of MY FAIR LADY. Garrett is a graduate of Belmont University with a BFA in Dance and BS in Entertainment Industry Studies. New York Theatre: ON THE TOWN (Andy, Martha Graham Studio Theater), ON 1 CONDITION choreography series (Dixon Place), THEATRE OF DREAMS (BC/EFA, Saks Fifth Avenue). Cruise Ships: Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Infinity. www.garrettmarks.com, @gmarks91
Brittany Moore (Ensemble) is elated to be making her Fireside debut! Brittani is originally from Robbins, a small suburb of Chicago. She received a BFA in Vocal Performance from Northern Illinois University. Past performances include JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with Citadel Theatre, ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S WE ARE IN A PLAY! with Citadel, and BEEHIVE! THE 60’S MUSICAL with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Special thanks to loved ones for the constant support.
Heather Nolting (Ensemble) Fireside Theatre debut! Previous credits include 42ND STREET (Fulton Theatre). She is a graduate of Marist College with a B.S. in Chemistry. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support.
Megan Lynn Peterson (Ensemble) A Jersey girl born and raised, Megan is a proud BFA Pace University NYC alumni. National Tour: THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR (Rockette), Regional: ANNIE at Axelrod PAC,THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, CHICAGO (Hunyak) at Potsdam Music Theatre, CRAZY FOR YOU (Tess) at Surflight Theatre. Thank you Ed, Kate, Mary, and Shanna for this special opportunity. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, and Kelly. IG:@meganlynnpeterson
Patrick ZurSchmiede (Ensemble) Enjoying singing in both operas and musicals, Patrick ZurSchmiede’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 first time singing with The Fireside, Patrick is elated to join in this performance of MY FAIR LADY.