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.
Andrew Kindig (Host) is excited to be returning to the Fireside Theatre. Fireside credits: Host (VIVA VEGAS, ROCKIN’ AT THE FIRESIDE), Mordcha (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF). Other Regional credits: Leo Bloom (THE PRODUCERS), The Gentleman Caller (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), Giles Ralston (MOUSETRAP), Isaac DISGRACED), Jeff Douglas (BRIGADOON), Steven Kodaly (SHE LOVES ME), Emcee (CABARET), Roscoe Dexter (SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN). Thank you to Ed and the Klopcic family, Steve and the Band, and my Rockin’ crew at home K, A, and C.
Steve Watts (Bandleader, Keyboard, Vocals) Fireside: 27 in all including BACK TO THE 50’S, ALL SHOOK UP, 42ND STREET, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, DAMN YANKEES, and 13 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 Ed, Ryan, and everyone at The Fireside.
Ryan Farnsworth is ridiculously rhapsodic to be returning to his rock roots in THAT’S WHAT I CALL ROCK ‘N ROLL. He has numerous recordings, including an original piece, “Another Day” for Disney Records. “Farns” is a graduate of UC Irvine (BFA in Musical Theatre). His theatrical credits include BEAUTIFUL, the Carole King Musical (1st National Tour); Disney’s NEWSIES (Tuacahn Center for the Arts); RAGTIME (Theatre Aspen); ZOMBIE STRIPPERS (NYMF), and MEMPHIS (Arkansas Repertory Theater). www.ryanfarnsworth.net @TheRealFarns
Emily Janes NY Theatre: TRUFFLES (Isabella, Off-Broadway), SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Stephanie, SALT Nom and BroadwayWorld Nom-Best Actress, Cortland Rep). Australian National Tour of THE BOY FROM OZ (Starring Hugh Jackman). Concerts: 54Below (Lead Vocalist, Monthly), Broadway By The Year (Lead Vocalist, NYC Town Hall), Radio City Music Hall (Lead Vocalist). Education: NYU Steinhardt-Musical Theatre, WAAPA (Australia) Contemporary Voice. Thanks to Ed for this fantastic opportunity. www.emilyjanesnyc.com @emilyjanes16
Tommy Hahn This production marks Tommy’s third with The Fireside Theatre (PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES, ROCKIN’ AT THE FIRESIDE). Other local credits: Milwaukee Rep (MAN OF LA MANCHA), Skylight Music Theatre (RENT, LES MISÉRABLES, MUSIC MAN). Regional: Rochester Civic Theatre (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR), Marriott Theatre at Lincolnshire (PHANTOM, MISS SAIGON, EVITA). Tommy also created the role of Tank Turrette in the World Premiere of DEE SNIDER’S ROCK & ROLL CHRISTMAS TALE for the Broadway in Chicago series.
Norell Moore is new to the Chicago theatre scene after a seven year career in Denver, CO. Last seen at BDT Stage in Boulder as Patsy Cline in ALWAYS . . . PATSY CLINE. Other credits: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Aurora Fox); I DON <3 U NE MOR (Lucille Lortel/NY Fringe); LEGALLY BLONDE (Arvada Center); SHREK THE MUSICAL and SISTERS OF SWING (BDT Stage); HAIR (Town Hall Arts Center); BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (Dicke Productions). BFA Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. AEA member.
Eric A. Lewis is excited to return to The Fireside. Other credits: The Off-Broadway hit SPAMILTON; Jimmy Early in DREAMGIRLS at Porchlight Music Theatre which earned him a Jeff Award; FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at Court Theatre; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID, IN THE HEIGHTS and TOMMY at Paramount Theatre; PARADE at BoHo Theatre; HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS . . ., SISTER ACT and SEUSSICAL at Marriott Theatre. Eric would like to thank God and his family for their continued love and support.
Abigail Raye is thrilled to be back at The Fireside head-banging in her third band show! Previous Fireside credits include BACK TO THE FIFTIES, ROCKIN’ AT THE FIRESIDE and SISTER ACT. Additional credits: Lady of the Lake in the National Tour of SPAMALOT, Janis Joplin in BEEHIVE THE 60’S MUSICAL at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, and Paulette in ABT’s LEGALLY BLONDE. I love you mommy!
Damien DeShaun Smith hails from Chesapeake, Virginia. International and National Touring credits include RENT (Angel), MAMMA MIA!, and the West End’s Michael Jackson tribute show THRILLER LIVE. BFA Shenandoah Conservatory. Mr. Smith is honored to return to The Fireside after his sidesplitting, comedic tour de force debut portrayal as Rydell High’s Honored Valedictorian Eugene Florczyk in last year’s big crowd pleaser GREASE! Damien also sends all the love and thanks in the world to Mary and Ed for yet another most appreciative and certainly cherished opportunity!
Tonyia Myrie Rue is delighted to join The Fireside Theatre in this summer’s production of THAT’S WHAT I CALL ROCK ‘N ROLL! Tonyia’s credits include NORWEGIAN, DREAM GIRLS Tour, Pittsburgh CLO, ANYTHING GOES, and AIDA just to name a few. Her recent credits includes Short North’s production of MAMMA MIA! and THE FACES OF BLACK HISTORY at Irving Street Rep/McDonalds Corporation. Tonyia is grateful for this opportunity at The Fireside and thanks God and her family! Let’s Rock the HOUSE!!!!
Patrick Morrow (Drums) is thrilled to be back working with Eric Lewis. He returns after performing in BACK TO THE 50’S, ROCKIN’ AT THE FIRESIDE, and HOLLYWOOD SINGS. He spent a few years (572 performances!) with the Equity Tour and original Chicago production of MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, toured with LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE: The Musical and been stationary with Milwaukee Repertory Theater, First Stage Children’s Theater, and Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Patrick has also recorded and toured with Eddie Clendening, The Bellfuries, and The Two Timin’ Four.
George Ballesteros (Bass) is a freelance musician based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied music at Concordia University and is currently a member of the UW-Milwaukee Jazz Band. He is the bass guitarist for the Ethan Keller Group and Pineapple Migraine, and enjoys playing with numerous ensembles and groups throughout the Milwaukee area. He loves jazz, blues, soul, and agrees with Victor Wooten: “You can’t hold no groove if you ain’t got no pocket.”
Jim Doherty (Trumpet) has performed as both sideman and leader, most notably as a member of the Clyde Stubblefield Band, Janet Planet & the Urban World, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, MadiSalsa, Phat Phunktion, and the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Jim studied trumpet at UW-Madison, Northwestern, and the Eastman School of Music in addition to studying jazz with the renowned tenor saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi. Jim directed the big band at UW-Madison for a decade and currently teaches trumpet privately and directs the East High Jazz Orchestra in Madison.
Joe Gorman (Guitar) is a Milwaukee Guitarist who has been performing with a wide array of bands and projects over the last 25 years, ranging from country bands like the Phil Delta Group to Fusion bands such as Millennium and Street Life and many things in between. He currently owns a studio in which he records bands and does advertising production music for a wide range of clients.
Curt Hanrahan (Woodwinds) is Director of Jazz Studies at UW-Milwaukee. As a freelance musician he has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, Skylight Theatre, Broadway productions, and such artists as Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Maureen McGovern, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Diane Schurr. Curt has several recordings available online at www.curthanrahan.com. He is also Director of the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra which has a Big Band CD “Welcome to Swingville.” More info available at mjojazz.com.
John Hibler (Woodwinds) has enjoyed an exciting and fulfilling career in music and education. He has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and in Broadway Show pit orchestras and back up bands for many of the biggest names in show business. He was a member of the Melody Top Orchestra and the Milwaukee Rep’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL pit orchestra. In 1999 the Brookfield East High School Music Dept, under his direction, won a Grammy Award for excellence in music education and in 1997 he was awarded a Distinguished Alumnus Award from UW-Milwaukee.