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.

Alan Ball (Tevye) Alan’s 42-year career as an actor, singer, and occasional art photographer spans 200 productions in 50 states and 30 countries around the world, including eleven seasons as an Artistic Associate of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival. He is profoundly grateful to his wife, Joan, for her love, to his parents for their example, Ed for his trust, and his rabbi, Harold Kushner, of blessed memory, for teaching him what it means to be a Jew. He is also grateful to YOU for supporting live theatre and sharing this story of love, resilience, and…tradition. L’chaim!

Sunny Koll (Golde) is thrilled to make her Fireside debut as well as her Musical Theatre debut in America, having moved to New York from Australia. Aside from her band and recording credits, theatre credits include: her one woman show, BETWEEN THE BARS (Bennetts Lane, Melbourne), THE GLASS MENAGERIE (Amanda / The Glove Theatre). TV: PIXAR IN REAL LIFE. Film: QUANTA, SMOKO and IN THE WAKE. IG @sunnykoll. Enjoy the show.

Sophie Jones (Tzeitel) is thrilled to be back at The Fireside after her maiden voyage here aboard TITANIC last season! Select credits: Off Broadway: FINDING MADAME CURIE (Celine/u/s Marie/Swing). Regional: TITANIC (Kate McGowan), INTO THE WOODS (Cinderella), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria Rainer), CABARET (Fraulein Kost/u/s Sally Bowles), A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (Sibella). Thanks so much to Ed and the Klopcic family! Much love to her family and B. Socials: @sofathecouch2. More at!

Alyssa Jaffe (Hodel) Fireside debut! Favorite credits: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Belle), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria), and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Rona Lisa Peretti). You can find her @alyssavjaffe, with over 200,000 followers. She is a graduate from NYU Steinhardt. Special thanks to the Fireside team and to her Mom, Ava, Grandparents, and Reggie for their support. She dedicates her performance to her Dad, who she loves and misses with all her heart.

Idan Bar (Chava) is thrilled to be joining the Fireside Family! She graduated from IAMT in NYC. Recent/Favorite credits include Francine (JERSEY BOYS), Jovie (ELF) and Sophie (MAMMA MIA). If you know anyone doing ROCK OF AGES please let her know. When not performing she is a professional photographer for Silky Money Studios. A MASSIVE thank you to all her wonderful teachers as well as her amazing family for their endless support. Thank you for coming to see the show! (IG/tiktok: @Idarsha)

Matthew Fairlee (Motel) Fireside debut! Off-Broadway: THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE and MEDICINE the Musical. National tour: TWUSA JUNIE B’s.… Other credits: FOREVER PLAID at Theatre Raleigh, ROCK OF AGES on NCL, COLE at Saint Vincent Summer Theatre, and summers at Forestburgh and Millbrook Playhouses. Rider MT 2016, with The Luedtke Agency and Atlas Talent. For James. Thank you to friends and family for the love and support – I owe you everything. @matthewfairlee

Vincent DiPeri (Perchik) is happy to be returning to The Fireside, last seen as Oliver Hix in THE MUSIC MAN. Favorite credits: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at Paper Mill, SOMETHING ROTTEN (Nick Bottom) Park Playhouse, Disney’s TANGLED the Musical, HAIRSPRAY at the Palace Theatre, LE NOZZE DI FIGARO (Don Curzio) McCarter Theatre. National Tours: PRETTY WOMAN and HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. Thanks to Ed and the entire Fireside team! Love to Carl and Théo! @VincentDiPeri

Dylan Goike (Fyedka) is a New York-based actor born and raised in Northern Michigan. BFA from Central Michigan University. Notable credits – Off-Broadway: the English Language premier of the French opera ANNE FRANK (Peter), THE BLACK COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO (Maximillian). Cruise Ships: Oceania Sirena (Vocalist). Regional: World Premiere of DARK OF THE MOON at Rubicon Playhouse (Devin). Dylan thanks his family and amazing support system at The Hell’s Kitchen Agency. IG: @dylancgoike,

Bobby Underwood (Lazar Wolf) For four years Off-Broadway, Bobby played the Constable in the Drama Desk Award-winning FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH directed by Joel Grey. Fireside credits: JERSEY BOYS (Norm Waxman), WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS (Host), and A WONDERFUL LIFE (Sam Wainwright). For Siobhan, Mom, Dad (1929-2023), and everyone who has ever fled to this nation of immigrants when their homeland became inhospitable.

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Rhonda Rae Busch (Yente) is fresh off a run of Skylight Music Theatre’s XANADU. This is her seventh production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, but her first playing this role! Recent Fireside shows include TITANIC (Ida Straus) THE MUSIC MAN (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn), MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Brill, Birdwoman), and CINDERELLA (Stepmother). Favorites elsewhere: WHITE CHRISTMAS (Martha), CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES (Mavis), LES MISERABLES (Madame Thernardier). Rhonda Rae is the proud wife of Bill and mother of Emily and Adam.

Brian B. Elliott (Rabbi, Avram) is overjoyed to be in his twelfth show in time for his tenth anniversary at The Fireside! He previously appeared as Bob Cratchit (SCROOGE), Henry Etches (TITANIC), Cogsworth (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST), and Grantaire (LES MISERABLES), among others. At the Mercury Theater of Chicago he’s appeared as Max Bialystok (THE PRODUCERS), and at PlaybyPlay Theater in Green Bay as Lord Capulet (ROMEO AND JULIET). He wishes to thank Mary and Ed. Love to his parents and Skye! (Instagram: @belrianpendragon).

Craig Underwood (Constable) is excited to be back at The Fireside after appearing in SCROOGE (Christmas Present), BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (Big Bopper) and GUYS AND DOLLS (Big Jule). A proud graduate of Ball State University Theatre and Dance, he now calls NYC home. Some past favorite roles include HAIR (Margaret Mead), INTO THE WOODS (Baker), GUYS AND DOLLS (Nicely Nicely), and SWEENEY TODD (Beadle). Many thanks to Ed, Mary, MJ, and the entire Fireside team. Love to RDMLLa @craigie_u

Kimberly Abrams (Fruma Sarah) is hrilled to be returning to The Fireside after playing Fruma Sarah here exactly 10 years ago this month! She was last seen at The Fireside in SISTER ACT in 2016. National Tour: CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE. Off-Broadway: PINKALICIOUS, 2015 and 2023. Recent Regional credits: MAME (Mame Alt., Arizona Broadway Theater), ELF (Emily Hobbs, Broadway Palm). BFA in Musical Theater, State University of New York at Fredonia. IG: @kimabrams. For my Dad.

Jessica Caldwell (Grandma Tzeitel) is so excited to return to The Fireside after being seen in SCROOGE! Favorite Credits: GYPSY (Louise), URINETOWN (Hope Cladwell), THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa), GUYS AND DOLLS (Ensemble/U.S. Sarah Brown), CATCH ME IF YOU CAN (Ensemble), DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (Ensemble). CAP21 Conservatory at Molloy University alumni. Thank you so much to Ed and The Fireside team for this opportunity and my family and friends for their constant love and support! Instagram: @jessica.r.caldwell

Daniel Pippert (Mordcha) is thrilled to return to The Fireside, appearing in SCROOGE the Musical last holiday season. Past credits include COMPANY, KINKY BOOTS, CAMELOT, BRIGHT STAR, A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, SPAMALOT, MARY POPPINS, and MAN OF LA MANCHA. He is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University. Thanks to Ed and the entire Fireside team. Sending love to the family back home in Virginia! @danielpippert

Seth Robert Patterson (Mendel) is thrilled to continue his time at The Fireside after serving as a swing in their fabulous JERSEY BOYS! Seth is a BFA graduate of Central Michigan University and a grateful member of Dr. Eric Tucker’s voice studio. Now based in New York City, Seth remains proud of his small-town Northern Michigan roots. Recent credits include: Clifford Bradshaw, CABARET; Jamie Wellerstein, THE LAST FIVE YEARS; and MACBETH. Thank you to the village it took. @seth_robert_patterson

Raquel Fernandez (Ensemble) Fiddler marks Raquel’s Fireside debut. Most recently, she played Shprintze in Off Broadway’s Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winning FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH, directed by Joel Grey. Regional: Julie Jordan in CAROUSEL. Raquel received the Emerging Professional Award at The National Theatre Conference in 2018. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music (MM Classical Voice). Many thanks to Ed, Badiene, Monaco, Tessa & Johannes. For my loving family. @raquelnfernandez

Nahuel Recoba (Ensemble) steps into the professional theater scene with his debut performance. He extends his gratitude to Ed for his belief in his talent and to his family for their unwavering support. Nahuel studied voice performance at UW-Whitewater. This moment marks a significant milestone in his career, hoping for an exciting future in the world of musical theater. @nahuelarecoba

Cole Winston (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making his Fireside debut after spending much of his childhood performing in the Milwaukee theatre scene. A graduate of Indiana University, he is a Wisconsin native who now calls New York home. Some favorite credits include Chip in SPELLING BEE, Laurie in LITTLE WOMEN, Stine in CITY OF ANGELS, and Davey in NEWSIES. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and every teacher he’s ever had. @coleawinston

Matthew Liu (The Fiddler) is thrilled to be back after singing and fiddling (and drowning) here in TITANIC as Bandleader Wallace Hartley! Acting: Song Liling in M. BUTTERFLY (Woodstock Playhouse), NIGHTCLUB CANTATA (the cell theatre), Stephen Sondheim’s YOU’RE GONNA LOVE TOMORROW (Theater 2020). Music Directing: Nederlander Worldwide, Off-Broadway and Regional. Training: The Juilliard School. Love to family, friends and mentors – couldn’t have done it without you! To this epic cast, here’s to life! L’chaim! Insta/TikTok: @hithereitsmattliu