The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Cast & Team
GARY BRIGGLE - Chairman
Gary Briggle is a versatile singer-actor, director and coach with nearly forty years of professional experience in the range of Music-Theater genres. He recieved Bachelor of Music/Speech-Theater degrees from St. Olaf College in 1975, then apprenticed to the Minnesota Opera Company, under the visionary guidance of his mentor, H. Wesley Balk. As a member of the Opera's resident company, Gary sang comprimario roles for nearly a decade, and in 1982 began the peripatetic life of a freelance artist. He has performed nationwide, with regional companies from Anchorage to Sarasota, was an artistic associate with Seaside Music theater, member of The Arizona Theatre Company, artistic director/principal tenor with Lyric Opera Cleveland and frequent guest artist at The Skylight in Milwaukee. He has taught at numerous academic institutions including The University of Iowa, Minnesota, Colleges of St. Thomas and St. Catherine, Macalester College, Concordia College, the University ofOhio/Miami, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, Boston University's Opera Institute, NDSU, Valparaiso University and his alma mater. Locally, he has been featured at The Ordway, MN Opera, Nautilus Music-Theater, Skylark Opera, The Children's Theater Company, The Jungle Theater, Park Square Theater, History Theater, Frank Theater, The Southern Theater, Theatre de le Jeune Lune, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, MN Orchestra, SPCO, MDT, etc. Gary recently completed his tenure as co-chair of the Music-Theater department at SPCPA, the performing arts high school founded by his beloved wife, Wendy Lehr.
KYM CHAMBERS - Drood
KYM CHAMBERS OTTO National Tours: Cats (Jellylorum), Wizard of Oz (u/s Wicked Witch), Cinderella (Queen). Theater: KC Starlight: Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Wizard of Oz, KC Rep: Cabaret, Ordway CPA: Cinderella (u/s Stepmother, Queen), Joseph..., Contemporary Songbook, Bushnell CPA: The Music Man starring Shirley Jones, Forestburgh Playhouse: Mame (Gooch) NSMT: Camelot, History Theatre: Baby Case, Chanhassen DT: Joseph..., 42nd St, Oklahoma!, Old Log: Elves and the Shoemaker. Nautilus Music Theater. Training: M.A. NYU, B.A. St. Olaf College. Thanks to all of you who continue to support the Arts! LYBT Otto. AEA since 2005.
MELISSA HART - Princess Puffer
Second Fiddle is delighted to have Tony nominee Melissa Hart playing the Princess Puffer! For more information on this talented and wonderful woman please visit: www.melissahart.net
JOY DOLO Helena
I am elated for this opportunity to learn from these talented artists. Since settling in Saint Paul, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Pillsbury House, Transatlantic Love Affair, Savage Umbrella, Theatre Pro Rata, Frank Theater, Park Square, Casting Spells Productions, and am a company member of Little Life Boats. Along with my passion for the arts, I enjoy sharing that passion with the youth of the metro area. I had the honor of working with Film in the City (filminthetwincities.org), Chicago Avenue Project, and with Penumbra’s Summer Institute young adults. Love is the bridge, spread the love!
C. RYAN SHIPLEY Bazzard
Bloomington Civic Theatre: Singin' in the Rain (DonLockwood), On the Town (Gabey), 42nd Street (BillyLawlor), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy Smith); Minneapolis Musical Theatre: Zanna, Don't!, Bright Lights, Big City, The Robber Bridegroom (Goat); Minnetonka Theatre: Anything Goes (Billy Crocker), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin); Paul Bunyan Playhouse: Annie; Skylark Opera: Candide. Training/Education: St. Olaf College.
I am inspired when I see someone step outside of their comfort zone and surprise themselves. I am inspired by random acts of kindness, by unconditional love and by radical acts of self-acceptance.
AMANDA SCHNABEL Wendy
Amanda is a Twin Cities based actor and singer whose credits include: Agnes of God, Les Miserables, Sunday In The Park With George, Into The Woods, Jacques Brel Is Alive & Well & Living In Paris, Master Class (Bloomington Civic Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (The Jungle Theater), A Christmas Carol (The Guthrie Theater), Bridge To Terabithia (Stages Theatre Co.), Ruby! (Steppingstone Theatre), and A Christmas Story (St. Croix Festival Theatre). Amanda also sings with a jazz trio from time to time and, after over 10 years as a nanny, recently started her own business as a baby registry consultant.
I am inspired by people who walk through fear to reach the light on the other side, by nature, by beautiful conversations, by yoga, by fresh baked pie, by laughter, and by my nieces and nephew who are my heart, my soul, and my sunshine.
RUTHIE BAKER Master Nick / Director
Ruthie Baker is THRILLED to have so many fantastic actors involved with Edwin Drood. She is the founder of Second Fiddle Productions and is delighted to be wearing so many hats for this production: director, producer and Master Nick.
Ruthie has been seen at various theatres around the Twin Cities including the History Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Plymouth Playhouse, Ordway Extras and the Minneapolis Theatre Garage.
She is inspired by great storytellers, positive attitudes and seeing people connect with their possibility!
CARL SCHOENBERG Neville
Carl is happy to be joining with Second Fiddle on such a fun and Unique show as Drood. Since graduating from Saint Olaf College, his work has been seen both on and off stage throughout the Twin Cities. He's a co-founder of Gremlin Theatre, Where he serves as resident designer, Technical director, and an actor. He's appeared in Gremlin Shows ranging from Uncle Vanya to The Odd Couple, Serenading Louie to Forever Plaid. He's mostly known for musicals, and has appeared at the Ordway, Children's Theatre, MN History Theater, Park Square, Bloomington Civic, Minneapolis Musical Theater, The Illusion, Actor's Theater of MN, Theater in the Round, and others. Some of his favorites have been title roles in Sweeney Todd, The Music Man, Fiorello!, and Jerry Springer: The Opera.
JON HEGGE Rev. Chrisparkle
Recent Twin Cities credits include: Guthrie Theatre: 1776, and A Christmas Carol, History Theatre: Baby Case, Working Boys Band. Park Square Theatre: Cyrano, The Diary of Anne Frank, Ragtime and Democracy, Ordway Theatre Centre: Beauty and the Beast, Chanhassen Theatres: All Shook Up and The Wonderbread Years. Jon holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota. Upcoming: Radio Man by Garrison Keillor at History Theatre.
ANGELA WALBERG Beatrice
Angela Walberg has been seen on various stages around the Twin Cities, including The Ordway, Skylark Opera, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre and Theatre Coup D'Etat. Favorite past roles include "Christine" in The Phantom of the Opera, "Lady Macbeth" in Macbeth, "Sharon" in Master Class, "Rapunzel" in Into the Woods, "Johanna" in Sweeney Todd, "Eileen" in Wonderful Town and "Petra" in A Little Night Music. Most recently, Angela originated the role of "Evelynn" in the critically acclaimed drama Dogwood. She also performed and produced Crazyface with her company Shadow Horse Theatre.
I am inspired by people who overcome obstacles and learn to thrive. I also am inspired by and do a lot of reading of famous past Queens and what it meant to be a leader and a female in past times and cultures.
LAUREN ASHEIM RosaBud
Lauren Asheim began her free-lance performing career in the Twin Cities in 2003. She has performed with the Guthrie Theater (The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre and A Christmas Carol). She has also appeared at the Walker Art Center (This Clement World), the History Theater (Orphan Train), the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company (Iolanthe), TigerLion Arts (Nature), Emigrant Theater (The In-Between Times), 20% Theater Company (Wrecked), and the Minnesota Fringe Festival (Tatterhood, Franklin’s Eyes). Lauren has a BA from St. Olaf College in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts and is also a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher.
DAN BECKMANN John Jasper
Dan Beckmann is both humbled and overjoyed to be a part of the talented group of people who will be sharing this wonderful piece with the Twin Cities! He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been seen on the stages of Children's Theatre Company, The Ordway, Park Square Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and others. He is currently in rehearsals for "The History of Invulnerability" with the Minnesota Jewish Theatre company, playing April 19th thru May 11th. Dan loves the Twin Cities and is constantly overwhelmed and inspired by the vast amount and variety of art that takes place here -- he will miss the locale and residents greatly as he leaves for New York City in September.
What inspires you? : The art of storytelling is one of the oldest and most awesome powers available to humankind, and when a group of people can come together to share a story, simply for the love of it -- well, that's pretty incredible.
BRYAN PORTER Durdles
Bryan Porter has been seen at Guthrie Theater/Walking Shadow The Three Musketeers, Park Square Theatre The Diary of Anne Frank, Ten Ten Films The Public Domain, Ordway CenterGershwin Songbook Series, History Theatre Christmas of Swing, Penumbra Theatre Technically Love, Park Square Theatre Sherlock Holmes and Alan Berks and Co. Six Characters… Bryan has also worked on numerous films including "Dear White People" and "The Public Domain".
NIC DELCAMBRE Music Director
Nic Delcambre is a Twin Cities composer, keyboardist, and actor who is proud to be Music Directing the inaugural Second Fiddle Productions reading of Little Women. 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. You can catch Nic playing keyboards for the hit 80's rock sing-a-long Power Balladz currently at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and on tour, as well as in The History Theatre’s upcoming production of Working Boys Band.
What inspires me: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper… wait… that’s a different thing.