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.
Elysia Jordan (Sarah Brown) opened the First National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SCHOOL OF ROCK The Musical (Mrs. Hathaway, u/s Rosalie Mullins and Sheinkopf). Regional credits/concerts include: The Ogunquit Playhouse, North Shore Music Theatre, 54 Below, Lincoln Center Songbook Series, Feinstein’s at The Nikko, MGM Grand Las Vegas. She graduated from Ithaca College (BFA Musical Theatre) and teaches kids around the world via Musical Theatre College Auditions (MTCA). Follow her at www.elysiajordan.com and on Instagram @LysieJordan.
Michael Glavan (Sky Masterson) This is Michael’s first production at The Fireside where he can show his face! Michael is an actor and director based in NYC. Fireside credits: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Beast), PHANTOM (Phantom). NYC/Off-B’Way: AMERICAN HERO the Musical, THREE SISTERS, ETHEL, MIRACOLO, ULTIMATE MAN! Regional: JOSEPH, 1776, CAMELOT, VANYA…SPIKE. Directing: JOEY AND RON the Musical, MACBETH: TWO TRUTHS, RICHARD III, GODSPELL. TV: Shahs of Sunset, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. Instagram: @mglavan425.
Kerri Rose (Miss Adelaide) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside after last being seen as Lily St. Regis in ANNIE! Other Regional Theatre: WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Tintinabula), 42ND STREET (Peggy Sawyer). Film/TV: Utopia, Vinyl, America’s Got Talent, SNL. BFA: University of the Arts. Thanks to Ed Flesch and The Fireside, DDO Chicago, and my husband, Josh. This show is dedicated to our little guy (or doll) due in July!
Matthew Ruff (Nathan Detroit) is so very ecstatic to be playing a life-long dream role, Nathan Detroit, at The Fireside. This is his third Fireside show (BUDDY and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER). He’s an NYC-based actor and musician. Eternal gratitude to God, Ruff family, Katelyn, and his friends. Favorite credits: Padre (MAN OF LA MANCHA, Arizona Broadway Theatre) Stanley (SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Cumberland Playhouse), and The Professor (SOUTH PACIFIC, Arizona Broadway Theatre). So sue me!
Darryl Winslow (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) is excited to return to The Fireside, where he appeared as Santa in A CHRISTMAS STORY The Musical, Edna in HAIRSPRAY, and the Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Broadway: AVENUE Q. Off-Broadway: EVIL DEAD: The Musical, SHLEMIEL THE FIRST, and the award-winning revival of GOOD PERSON OF SZECHWAN at The Public. Favorite Regionals: SPAMALOT and SISTER ACT at Arkansas Rep, DAS BARBECUE, THE FULL MONTY and URINETOWN at The Barnstormers, JEKYLL & HYDE and JOSEPH… at NCT, and NMTC at the O’Neill Center.
Matt Casey (Benny Southstreet) is so excited to be returning to The Fireside stage. He was last seen here in A FIRESIDE CHRISTMAS 2016. Matt lives in Chicago where he spends a good amount of his time performing and teaching dance. Some favorite Chicago credits include The Goodman Theatre (THE MUSIC MAN), Paramount Theatre (THE PRODUCERS), and Drury Lane Theatre (CHICAGO). This Spring he will be at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 42ND STREET. Thank you for coming and supporting the arts! Enjoy!
Michael Haws (Arvide Abernathy) Michael’s recent favorite roles here: Pickering in MY FAIR LADY; FDR in ANNIE; 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: Why isn’t gambling allowed in Africa? Answer: Too many cheetahs!
Craig Underwood (Big Jule) is excited to return to The Fireside Theatre, after appearing as The Big Bopper in BUDDY- The Buddy Holly Story. Originally from Indianapolis, IN, Craig is a Chicago based actor and director. Recent credits: The Baker INTO THE WOODS (Nettle Creek Players), Beadle SWEENEY TODD (Paramount), and Margaret Mead HAIR (Mercury Theater Chicago). Craig is a proud graduate of Ball State Theatre and Dance. Thanks to RDMLL, ED, Mary, and the Fireside Team!
Michael Dikegoros (Harry the Horse) is thrilled to make his Fireside debut! Past credits include GUYS AND DOLLS (Harry the Horse), A CHORUS LINE (Bobby), PIPPIN (Dance Captain u/s Lewis), AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Mr. Z), CHICAGO (“Me and My Baby” Trio) at Music Theatre Wichita, MY FAIR LADY (Freddy) and HELLO, DOLLY! (Ambrose Kemper). BFA Elon University Music Theatre. Love to Mom, Dad, Nicole, Laur, and CTG. michaeldikegoros.com. Follow him on Instagram: @m_dikegoros
Rhonda Rae Busch (Gen. Cartwright) 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).
Dan Embree (Lt. Brannigan) is delighted to return to The Fireside. Previous credits include FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, and several of the live band revues. Dan lives near Branson, MO and has appeared in a number of Branson’s famous shows, most recently as Mr. Potter in Silver Dollar City’s production of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Thanks to Ed Flesch and the Klopcic family for the many opportunities they have offered him over the years. Much love to his beautiful wife Dana, their children Kelly and Max, and their granddaughters Dani and Kinsley.
Parker Joh (Rusty Charlie) is thrilled to perform again with The Fireside Theatre. He is a graduate of The University of South Carolina with a degree in Geography as well as a graduate of The Broadway Dance Center Training Program. Previous Fireside credits include A CHRISTMAS STORY: The Musical and ANNIE. Other select regional credits include SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, SPRING AWAKENING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Much thanks to Ed, MJ, Shanna and The Klopcic Family. @parkerjohact
Melissa Strain (Mimi) is an NYC based performer, originally from Abita Springs, Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Dance and Kinesiology from Indiana University and The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. Credits include: In the Heights Movie (2020), Porsche Shanghai, Choice Hotels, Southwest Airlines, FX’s American Horror Story: Freakshow, AMC’s Roots, and VIACOM’s Chicas de Viaje! Special thanks to The Fireside Theatre, Ed Flesch, and Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation. Website: melissastrain.com Instagram: @sissastrain
Eden Eernissee (Agatha) is so delighted to be returning to The Fireside! Her Fireside debut was playing Connie Boylan (u/s Grace) in ANNIE this past summer! Some other 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! Psalm 86:5 @edenrainee • edeneernissee.com.
Rex Glover (Liver Lips Louie) is jazzed to be making his Fireside Theatre debut in GUYS AND DOLLS! Favorite credits include: A CHORUS LINE (Larry/Dance Captain), CATS (Skimbleshanks), and the workshop, THE COUNTESS OF STORYVILLE (Dance Captain/Choreographer’s Assistant), choreographed by Denis Jones. He recently completed his second contract dancing with Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. The University of Alabama BA Musical Theatre/BA Dance. Gus Giordano Dance School. Special thanks to the Glovers, Ed, and The Fireside! @rexdaflex
Ivory Leonard IV (Society Max) is thrilled to be at The Fireside Theatre! Regional: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, NEWSIES, and THE PRODUCERS (Paramount Theatre); BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Drury Lane); ON THE TOWN (Capital City Theatre); A CHORUS LINE (Metropolis); MEMPHIS (Porchlight); PETER PAN (Music Theatre Works). Operas: MOBY DICK (Chicago Opera Theatre); THE FLOWER OF HAWAII (Folks Operetta). Tour: INVINCIBLE: A Tribute to Michael Jackson. Company: PHILANDANCO II. BA: Theatre Performance, Florida A&M University. IG: @ivoryleonard
Alec Talbott (Brandy Bottle Bates) is making his Fireside debut and is elated to be bringing this classic show to life. He recently fi nished a run in the Broadway National Tour of A CHRISTMAS STORY, and is excited to be in one place for a few months. As an avid dancer and tumbler, some of his highlight shows include NEWSIES (Derby Dinner Playhouse), SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Maine State Music Theatre), and A CHRISTMAS STORY (National Tour). Have a wonderful experience and thank you for being a theatre patron. Follow his journey in theatre and life @duffystuff !
Kayla Boye (Hot Box Girl) is thrilled to return to The Fireside following A CHRISTMAS STORY. Chicago credits include THE WIZARD OF OZ (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), SOUTH PACIFIC (Drury Lane Theatre), PIPPIN, MARY POPPINS, (Mercury Theater Chicago), CAN-CAN (Porchlight Music Theatre), ANYTHING GOES, GYPSY, MAME (Music Theater Works). She holds a BA from Youngstown State University. Thanks to Ed, MJ, Mary, and Shanna! www.kaylaboye.com
Melissa Buriak (Hot Box Girl) is excited to be back at The Fireside! She was last seen on this stage as Mrs. Greer in ANNIE, Deb in ELF The Musical, Anytime Annie in 42ND STREET, and Cheryl Finfer in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET. Melissa also performs around the world 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. www.MelissaBuriak.com
Kamilah Lay (Hot Box Girl) is a proud 2019 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University. She is overjoyed to make her adult Fireside debut, having begun her professional career here as a youth in the 2005 production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Chip). Regional credits include: First Stage, Cedar Point, Ravinia Festival, Marriott Theatre, and Drury Lane Theatre. Kamilah aspires to connect, learn, and grow as new opportunities present themselves. Endless gratitude to Ed, Mary, MJ, Shanna, and her sister, Iris. www.kamilahlay.com