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.
Bridgette Karl (Maria Ranier) is on cloud nine to be back at The Fireside Dinner Theatre in one of her dreams roles! 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), Ensemble, u/s Eliza Doolittle (MY FAIR LADY at The Fireside). She enjoys going running in the rain, fire escapes, and coffee. Peace and love to my family and friends. www.bridgettekarl.com
Jon Reinhold (Captain Von Trapp) is absolutely thrilled to be back at The Fireside, and back on stage!! Favorite Fireside credits: SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Adam Pontipee), LES MISERABLES (Javert) SOUTH PACIFIC (Emile de Becque), among others. International: MAMMA MIA! Other favorites: THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Trevor Graydon), DAMN YANKEES (Joe Hardy), CAROUSEL (Billy Bigelow), BABY (Nick Sakarian), and 1776 (John Dickinson), among others! Proud AEA Member. For my father, Jonathan, the best Captain von Trapp I’ve ever seen!
Anastasia Glasheen (The Mother Abbess) Since playing Millie in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS at The Fireside Theatre, Anastasia Glasheen has been “Climbing Every Mountain,” domestically and abroad, as a performing artist (popular music, musical theatre, opera, choral) and as a music educator. Anastasia’s recent participation as a chorister in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony (conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and released on the Deutsche Grammophon label) has earned a 2022 Grammy nomination. In loving memory of Dick and Rita Glasheen. Thanks again, Ed!
Laura Cable (Elsa Schraeder) has recently been seen on the Fireside stage as Linda Mason in HOLIDAY INN, the Fairy Godmother in CINDERELLA, Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY, and Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID. Other favorite shows include: ALL SHOOK UP, CATS, DAMN YANKEES, MARY POPPINS, TANGLED: The Musical, and THE 39 STEPS. Many thanks to Ed, love to the Cable family, and praise to God for this adventurous life in the theatre!!
Michael Haws (Max Detweiller) Michael’s recent favorite roles: Jacob in JOSEPH; The King in CINDERELLA; Arvide in GUYS AND DOLLS; Pickering in MY FAIR LADY; FDR in ANNIE; 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. Other theatres: Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane E.P., Light Opera Works, Beef & Boards, Fulton Musical Theatre, Little Theatre. Joke: What do you call a sleepwalking nun? Answer: A Roamin’ Catholic
Megan Stier (Liesl) is excited to be making her Fireside Theatre debut! Some of her most memorable credits include CINDERELLA, SPRING AWAKENING, and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. Megan is actively involved in the Miss America Organization, having held multiple titles including Miss Greater New York and Miss Broadway. She can also be seen in HBO’s Rap Sh*t and Netflix’s The Half of It. A special thanks to her family and friends. @MeganMStier
Connor Olney (Rolf Gruber) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut! Originally from Albany, NY, he holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Florida State University. He was recently seen in GREASE and TWELFTH NIGHT as a part of MTWichita’s 50th anniversary season. Other Regional credits include: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (Cosmo), 42ND STREET (Billy), and MATILDA (Escapologist). Special thanks to the cast and production team, TPG, and his friends and family!
Blair Baker (Sister Margaretta) National Tours: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY. Regional: Tuacahn, Theatre Under The Stars, Ogunquit Playhouse, Greenbrier Valley Theatre. BFA, University of Arizona. This is an important (and still very timely) musical and Blaire is forever in debt to her grandmother Betty for introducing it to her when she was young. In her honor, she will be making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Find more about BB at blairebaker.com and @thequeenbeebs.
Rhonda Rae Busch (Sister Berthe, Fraulein Schweiger) is excited to be back at The Fireside and thrilled at the return of live theatre! Previous Fireside credits include LES MISERABLES (Madame Thernardier), CINDERELLA (Stepmother), MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Brill), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Wardrobe), and GUYS AND DOLLS (General Cartwright). Favorites elsewhere: WHITE CHRISTMAS (Martha), MUSIC MAN (Widow Paroo), CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES (Mavis), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Golde), and INTO THE WOODS (Jack’s Mother).
Ebony Deloney (Sister Sophia) is thrilled to make her Fireside debut! From Indianapolis, IN Ebony is a proud alumni of AMDA NY. International: Disney Cruise Line, The Ohmies (Daisy Dog). Regional: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Candy), NEWSIES (Medda Larkin), HAIRSPRAY (Cindy Watkins/Dynamite), NUNSENSE (Sister Mary Hubert), ALL SHOOK UP (Lorraine), and 8 TRACK (Soprano). She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support! To God Be The Glory! Philippians 4:13 @blacktress
Cody Gerszewski (Herr Zeller) Fireside Productions: MAMMA MIA! (Sky), SOUTH PACIFIC. New York: DADDY LONG LEGS (PangeaNYC [Revised Premiere]), GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE, SUNSET BLVD (The Engeman), A GIRL I KNOW (54 Below). Regional: JANE EYRE (New City Music Theatre [Revised Premiere]), LOVE/PERFECT/CHANGE, […]TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Sierra Repertory). Proud Actor’s Equity member. Thanks to Ed and the Klopcics. Love to Sophie, Mom/Dad/Grandma, and especially Eric: I wouldn’t be here without you! @CGerszewski www.CodyGerszewski.com
Matt Casey (Franz) was last seen in JOSEPH and HOLIDAY INN here at the end of 2021 and is so excited to be back for this beautiful show! Matt is originally from Iowa and now lives in Chicago. Some of his favorite credits include THE MUSIC MAN at The Goodman Theatre, THE PRODUCERS at The Paramount Theatre, CHICAGO at Drury Lane Theatre, and Benny Southstreet in GUYS AND DOLLS here at The Fireside. Thank you so much for coming and supporting the arts! Enjoy!
Lauren Kidwell (Frau Schmidt) Credits: THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour (Mother Abbess), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Woman #2), LITTLE WOMEN (Aunt March), RAGTIME (Mother), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Mary Magdalene), SMILE (featured performer, Boston Gay Men’s Chorus). Lauren also performs in NYC as part of a jazz singer duo with her younger sister, aptly named The Kidwell Sisters. MFA in Musical Theatre (Boston Conservatory). All glory to Jesus Christ and gratitude to the family for their love!
Matt Paris (Baron Elberfeld/Admiral Von Schreiber) is thrilled to be returning to The Fireside! He most recently appeared as Bob Cratchit in A CRIPPLE CREEK CHRISTMAS CAROL (Thin Air Theatre Co.), Gomez Addams in THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Priscilla Beach Theatre), and Nick Bottom in SOMETHING ROTTEN (Russo Richardson Productions). Matt is a proud graduate of the University of Miami, receiving his BFA in Musical Theatre in 2018. mattparisnyc.com IG: mattyp1233
Marissa Hecker (Sister Teresa) is so grateful to be performing again! Off Broadway: THE OFFICE! Musical Parody. National Tour: SPAMILTON (Leading Ladies). Regional: Weston Playhouse (WEST SIDE STORY, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, THE MUSIC MAN), Lake Dillon Theatre Company (CABARET). She also produces original song parodies on her YouTube channel “BFA Problems” and commissions art. Proud CCM MT graduate. Endless love to her family, Thomas, and The Price Group. This one’s for Max. marissahecker.com @mhecker
Collier Cobb (Sister Raphaela) is beyond excited to be back on stage (woohoo!) and making her Fireside debut with THE SOUND OF MUSIC! Georgia native and proud NYU/Tisch, New Studio on Broadway alum. NYC: FIORELLO! at Classic Stage Company (Lena). Regional: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (Stephanie; Annette), KISS ME, KATE (Lilli/Kate u/s, Ensemble). All the thanks to Ed and the SOM/Fireside team, and lots of love to my incredible family and friends. @callyourcobb
Kaylee Verble (Sister Emilia) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside where she was last seen in ELF! Other favorite credits include Peggy Sawyer in 42ND STREET at Beef & Boards, Brooke Ashton/“Vicki” (BroadwayWorld Award) in NOISES OFF! at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Zelda (u/s Lina Lamont) at Theatre By The Sea, and Disney Cruise Line. Proud graduate of NYU, Steinhardt. Endless gratitude to Ed! Love to my wonderful family and SW Artists. @KayleeVerble
Connor Martin (Admiral Von Schreiber’s Aide de Camp) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside where he has also been seen in MARY POPPINS (Michael Banks), THE WIZARD OF OZ (Ensemble), A WONDERFUL LIFE (Tommy Bailey), and PETER PAN (John Darling). Other credits include THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Fester), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Lord Farquaad), in which he received a Jerry Award, and touring with Kids From Wisconsin as a Principal Singer/Dancer. He would like to thank his family for their continued support.