Cast & Team
JEN BURLEIGH BENTZ
Jen BB is stoked to be performing again with Second Fiddle Produtions! She's currently performing the role of Maud Dunlop on the Guthrie Stage in the Music Man.
Broadway: Mamma Mia - Tanya.
Regional: Queenie in Wild Party (Lippa), Fitzgerald Theatre, Judy Garland in Beyond the Rainbow, Laverne Andrews in Christmas of Swing, Mrs. Winters in Working Boys Band at the History Theatre, Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Old Log, Annie in Annie Get your Gun, Irene Malloy in Hello Dolly! and Violet in 9 to 5, amongst other lovely roles she feels blessed to have had the opportunity to play. Jen co-owns Brickhouse Music in River Falls, WI with her guitarist/singer-songwriter husband, Tommy Bentz. Catch Jen next singing in the Collide Dance Troupe's production of CLUE at the Cowles Center this October.
Jennifer Maren: Second Fiddle: Debut; The Guthrie Theater: The Sunshine Boys; Children's Theatre Compnany: Jackie and Me; MN Orchestra: Carousel; Skylark Opera: Candide; Mixed Blood: Love Person, Esperando de la Carrozza; Park Square Theatre: Rock-n-Roll, Panic, 33 Variations; The History Theatre: Sisters of Swing, The Christmas Schooner, Hiding in the Open, Nellie; Old Log Theater: Leaving Iowa; Walking Shadow Theater Company: Mary Stuart, The Whale; Illusion Theater: My Antonia
Training: St. Olaf College, British American Drama Academy
Upcoming: The History Theatre: Glensheen
Reid Harmsen is thrilled to be making his Second Fiddle debut! ORDWAY: Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees, A Christmas Story: the Musical, Cinderella, Broadway Songbook: Rock & Roll on Broadway / Comden and Green; Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Hello, Dolly!, The Little Mermaid, All Shook up; Cardinal Theatricals: The Rocky Horror Show!, Rent; Theater Latté Da: Gypsy, Next: Musicals in the Making: C.; Illusion Theater: Love and Marriage; Guthrie Theater: Hamlet; Children’s Theatre Company: Disney’s High School Musical, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Cinderella; Hennepin Theatre Trust: Awesome 80’s Prom;Paul Bunyan Playhouse: Seussical; Troupe America: A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street; Thirty Saints Productions/Broadway Asia: Joseph…Dreamcoat (International tour). Member AEA.
Mr. Lyons / Ensemble
Second Fiddle Debuet!
National Tour: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes.
New York: The Public Sings! (The Public Theater), Empire (Broadway Workshop/Stamford Center),
Seth’s Broadway 101 (Actors Fund)
Little House on the Prairie/Music Man (The Guthrie), Carousel (Minnesota Orchestra), Hello Dolly/Fiddler on the Roof/The Little Mermaid (CDT), Cats/Hot Mikado (Marriott Theater, Lincolnshire Chicago), Beauty & the Beast (North Carolina Theatre), Pippin (Denver Center), Guys & Dolls (Stages St. Louis) Encore! (Tokyo Disney), Chicago (Pioneer Theatre Company), & Best Little Whorehouse… (Arvada Center), Full Monty (Weston Playhouse), Little Shop of Horrors (Minnesota Repertory Theater), Cabaret (BCT) Upcoming: Sister Act at CDT.
MADDY LA ROCHE
Maddy La Roche is so excited to be back home in MN! While in Chicago, Maddy worked with Drury Lane Theatre, Metropolis Center for the Arts, Emerald City Theatre co and The Lyric Opera of Chicago. She is a division winner of both the Chicago and IL NATS Music Theatre Competitions and was honored to represent the Midwest at the National NATS Music Theatre Competition. Favorite Roles include: Mary Tilford- The Children's Hour, Alice- Alice in Wonderland and Natalie- Next to Normal. BFA Theatre Arts- Directing, The Theatre School at DePaul University & Second City Training Center, Chicago.
Ruthie Baker is thrilled to be playing so many fun parts in Second Fiddle Productions Blood Brothers. A Minnesota native, Ruthie moved to NYC in 2005 where she was involved in various readings with B-Side Productions, NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Manhattan JCC. She is delighted to be back in the Twin Cities and hopes to help other artists connect with their potential and possiblity through Second Fiddle! Ruthie has loved musical theatre since she was 3 and saw her first musical "Peter Pan" at the Hopkins Community Center. She is the Artistic Director and Founder of Second Fiddle Productions. Catch her this summer in The Music Man at the Guthrie Theatre and this fall in Glensheen at the History Theatre. www.ruthiebaker.com
What inspires me: Simple & honest storytelling, exploring without fear. Sillyness, creativity, possibility and fun-loving people! Oh, and puggles.
Joy is so excited to work with Second Fiddle...for the SECOND time! Recent productions include Shelly Bachburg- Orange Is The New POTUS- MN fringe, Lemonade for the Lawnboy: The Musical- Greta Grosch's Adaptation, The Other Place- Park Square, Love and Information- Frank Theatre, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet- Guthrie, Chicago Avenue Project and Breaking Ice with Pillsbury House, and Disenchanted at L’Homme Dieu and the Illusion Theater. She has also collaborated with Unit Collective, Theatre Pro Rata, Freshwater Theater, and is an active member of Little Lifeboats and Theater of Public Policy. You can see her next in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind" at Nimbus Theater, brought to you by Theatre Pro Rata.
Second Fiddle Directing Debut.
Joshua James Campbell- (Director) – Select Directing credits: Calvin Berger- Minneapolis Musical Theater, Deal!- the musical- Ritz Theater, The Philadelphia Story- Daleko Arts, Edith Stein- Open Window Theater, The Could Be Project-Hell’s Kitchen, S.M.E.- Avant Guard Theater Festival (NYC), The Shoe Tree Reading-Theater Latte Da, Where’s My Tony- Hennepin Theater Trust (also co-writer), and for various cabarets, concerts, and high schools. Upcoming Project: C.L.U.- Collide Theatrical, Doubt- Artistry Theater, Urinetown- DalekoArts
As an Assistant Director: Violet- Guthrie Theater (Peter Rothstein-Director), Charlotte’s Web- Children’s Theatre Company (Greg Banks-Director), and The Chiselers- Emerging Artists Theater, NYC (Melissa Attebery-Director).
As an actor: performed in the 1st National Tour of Legally Blonde, Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia, locally at the Guthrie, Jungle, Theater Latte Da, Park Square, Old Log, Ordway, and Children’s Theater, and many other shows around the U.S.. Josh graduated from Loyola University-Chicago. www.joshuajamescampbell.com
Eric is very excited to work with Second Fiddle Productions for the first time! In the Twin Cities, Eric has worked with the Old Log Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Theater Latté Da, and Nautilus Music-Theater. Eric also sang the role of Beppe for Mill City Summer Opera’s inaugural production of I Pagliacci. Select regional credits: Curly in Oklahoma!, Tommy in The Who’s Tommy, Robbie Fay in A Man of No Importance, Big River, The Civil War, The Light in the Piazza, and City of Angels. Come see him play “The Wedding Singer” this fall and winter at the Old Log. BFA Ithaca College.
Joe Botten last appeared in Carousel with The Minnesota Orchestra and The Threepenny Opera for Frank Theatre. In addition to several local and national commercials, stage credits include Ed in Torch Song Trilogy (Workhouse Theatre); Les Misérables (MVCT); Cabaret and Puntila and His Hired Man Matti (Frank Theatre); The Reluctant Debutante and The Devil's Disciple (Theatre in the Round); Vampires! Horror! (Table Salt Productions); Oklahoma! (Chanhassen Dinner Theatres); A Christmas Carol (National Tour/Troupe America);Floyd Collins, A Man of No Importance (Theater Latte Da); A Christmas Carol, The Pirates of Penzance (Guthrie Theater); Officer Lockstock in Urinetown (Heritage TC); Jerry Springer: The Opera (MMT); Man of La Mancha (Nautilus Music-Theater);Company, Sweet Charity, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Music Man, Evita (Bloomington Civic Theatre); Chicago, Oklahoma!, Man of La Mancha (Paul Bunyan Playhouse). Graduate: University of St. Thomas. Thanks to Ruthie for this opportunity and to B.U.C. for the support! Follow Joe online: www.joethemnmovieman.com / @joemnmovieman
Josiah Thompson is excited to be working a second time with Second Fiddle Productions! He was most recently in Second Fiddles Titanic and in the MN Fringe. Recent credits: Skin Deep Sea at the Playwright's Center. Before that Josiah was studying for his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he was a part of many productions including; Legally Blonde the Musical (Kyle), Damn Yankees (featured dancer), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Ollie) and others. Other credits include; Bare: a pop opera and Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors(The Underground), and Pippin (Lundeen Productions). Huge thanks to Ruthie Baker for this awesome and fun opportunity.
Nic Delcambre is a Twin Cities composer, keyboardist, and actor who is proud to be Music Directing his third Second Fiddle Production. His stage credits include Casting Spells Production's Disenchanted (Piano/Band Leader), The History Theatre's Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Piano), The Christmas Schooner (Barclay), 1968 (Piano/Band Leader), MSCM Theatre's Hair (Music Director/Piano), Assassins (Charles Guiteau), Working (UPS Man/Trucker), WCT's The Music Man (Music Director/Harold Hill) Into the Woods (Cinderella's Prince), The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzieg) and many others. In addition to creating and Music Directing new works for The Producing House at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Nic has composed and scored a number of short and feature length films, including Maxwell Freduenthal’s Undone, a feature-length musical which won the Audience Choice Award at the OUT Twin Cities film festival. Nic has played keyboards for the hit 80's rock sing-a-long Power Balladz and was recently in The History Theatre Working Boys Band and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story also at the History Theatre. He will be music directing the Spring Musical at the History Theatre in 2016.
Second Fiddle Orchestra Debut. Matt is new to the Twin Cities theatre scene, but he has been an avid performer for the last 22 years. At 13 years old, he discovered the joy of the orchestra pit, and has passionately combined his love of theatre with his percussion, trombone, and conducting skills ever since. Favorite orchestra pits include Once On This Island, Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, and Aida. Matt holds a Bachelor of Music in Media Music from Brigham Young University, where he toured the U.S., Australia, and China with The Young Ambassadors musical theatre revue as assistant music director and drummer. In 2009, Matt came to Minnesota to begin his professional career performing at Valleyfair. You may have seen him playing keytar with The Squiggles, singing and beatboxing with The Acafellas and the Skele-tones, drumming with StreetBeat, dancing with The Peanuts Gang, or hosting various events as DJ UpBeat (and his spooky counterpart, DJ DeadBeat). In 2005, Matt began his most important gig when he married the love of his life, Melissa, and started a family, which has grown to 4 kids (Brody, Charlotte, Lainee, and Adelaide) and a cat (Elsa). Matt is thrilled to be back working with artists who love theatre as much as he does!