SHEENA JANSON

ESTHER SMITH

 

Sheena is delighted to be making her Second Fiddle debut.  Sheena has lived in the Twin Cities area as a performer/theatre administrator since 2008 and has worked as a performer with Mu Performing Arts, Ten Thousand Things Theater, Children's Theatre Company, CLIMB Theatre and Theater Latte Da.  In 2014, she made her way back to Children’s Theatre Company and is now the Company Manager and Casting Associate there.  She resides in St. Louis Park with her husband Bob and their two cats, Frida and Thelma, who recently have been helping her run lines.

BERGEN BAKER

ROSE SMITH

 

Hailed by the Star Tribune as having a “fetching blend of grace, warmth and humor on stage,” Bergen Baker has been a featured performer with companies such as Minnesota Opera, The Minnesota Orchestra, Skylark Opera and Florentine Opera. Her concert and oratorio experience includes performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces, as well as many programs of art song.

 

In addition to performance on the operatic and concert stage, Ms. Baker served as Teaching Artist for Minnesota Opera from 2012-2014. During her tenure, Ms. Baker organized community residencies and performances that served nearly 15,000 opera lovers across the state of Minnesota. She currently manages opera and music theater programs for students through the University of Minnesota and Musica nelle Marche LLC in Urbino, Italy. She remains a highly sought after Teaching Artist, offering residencies, workshops and master classes to students and communities across the country. 

 

Ms. Baker holds Bachelor and Master degrees in vocal performance from DePaul University and the University of Minnesota, respectively. More info at bergenbaker.com

 

NATALIE TRAN

TOOTIE SMITH

 

Natalie is thrilled to make her Second Fiddle debut as Tootie. Her theatre credits include Sunday in the Park with George, Sense and Sensibility, South Pacific and The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater; White Christmas and The Sound of Music at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2012 & 2014) and The Wizard of Oz at Children’s Theatre Company; Theater Latté Da’s Our Town; Walking Shadow Theatre Company’s after the quake; Carousel, Les Misérables and The King and I at Artistry; Shrek the Musical and Joseph…Dreamcoat at Lyric Arts of Anoka. She also performed with Mixed Precipitation, Jungle Theatre, Fidgety Fairy Tales, Top Hat Theatre, MN Fringe Festival and others. She appeared in many commercials and locally-produced films (The Sand Box, Looking Past You, The Body of Real Things). Her next big projects are Children’s Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Abominables and How the Grinch Stole Christmas as Young Max. Natalie is the youngest member of the Guthrie Council for Future Artists -- academic year 2017-18.

SHELLI PLACE

KATIE

 

Shelli is thrilled to be back with 2nd Fiddle. Arriving in Minnesota 5 years ago, she has been busy - acting, directing and producing. MN performances include; Encores for Fringe’13 &’16, Old Log, PWC, & this, her 5th, show with 2nd Fiddle. A longtime member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA, regional theater credits include King Lear (Regan), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Mae), Mary Stuart (Mary), musicals How to Succeed… Fiorello!, Company, and tours of Closer than Ever, A My Name is Alice & Man of La Mancha among others. TV and Film: “3rd Rock from the Sun”, Miyasaki’s Animated Classic – “The Crimson Pig” (English Version),and the cult horror film “Party Line”. Twin Cities directing credits; Over the River and Through the Woods and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Theater NOW), Lives of the Great Waitresses & Lilly (Theater Unbound), The How and the Why (Hennepin Theater Trust) and choreography for Stars of David (MJTC) and Life Could be a Dream (Old Log). Shelli recently co-founded PRIME Productions, a new theater company dedicated to “Celebrating Women in Their Second Act!” and directed their inaugural production Little Wars at Mixed Blood Theater. Thanks Ruthie and James for inviting me to play again and again!

ELENA GLASS

EVE / ENSEMBLE

 

Elena Glass is thrilled to be a part of "Meet Me in St. Louis", her 3rd Second Fiddle production!  Second Fiddle Productions: "110 in the Shade", "Chess" // Ordway: "The Sound of Music" (Ensemble/ Maria Understudy)/ "Broadway Songbook: Comden and Green"// Yellow Tree Theatre: "One Man, Two Guvnors" (Dolly)// Off-Broadway: "Closer Than You Think" (Riley) //Theatreworks, USA National Tour: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and other Storybooks" (Martha)// The History Theatre: "The Christmas Schooner" (Mary Claire)/ "Orphan Train" (Katrin)//  Elena performs as a soloist for Spirit of Hope United Methodist Church in Golden Valley, directed by Jerry Rubino.  By day, she also enjoys working at NUTS, ltd., a commercial and voiceover talent agency in Minneapolis. Graduate of New York University.  Member: AEA. 

ANNA BAKER

AGNES SMITH

 

After living on the east coast for 20 years, Anna Beth returned to her Midwest roots to pursue theater in the Twin Cities. She is an emerging artist that passionately collaborates, performs, creates, and teaches in the Twin Cities. Anna Beth was recently seen in Trademark Theater's original production of The Boy and Robin Hood, and Teen Idol: The Bobby Vee Story at History Theatre. You can see her next in Ghost Quartet with Theatre Elision at the North Garden Theater in St. Paul. Training includes a BA in Theater (North Central University), BA in Vocal Performance (North Central University), and Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute. Love to family and friends – without you, this dream is not worth pursuing.

ANDREW NEWMAN

LON SMITH

 

Andrew Newman is happy to be back with the fine folks at Second Fiddle, where he previously appeared in The Most Happy Fella. He has appeared at theatres across the Twin Cities, including Park Square Theatre, Artistry/Bloomington Civic Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre and Theatre in the Round. Favorite roles include Jimmy Curry (110 in the Shade), The Governor of Texas (The Best Little Whorehouse...), Patsy (Spamalot), Leaf Coneybear (Spelling Bee) and Huck Finn (Big River.) He couldn't do any of this without his husband Mark, who doesn't even feel obligated to be his biggest fan.

KYM CHAMBERS

MRS. ANNA SMITH

 

Kym loves being a part of Second Fiddle! Kym has been a part of A New Brain, Drood, Titanic and Baby! Kym began her theater career in New York and has toured across the country in Cats, Cinderella and Wizard of Oz. She was recently seen in "Jesus Christ Superstar" at the Ordway. Since moving to Minneapolis her work has been seen at Chanhassen, Old Log, Ordway, History Theater, Nautilus and the Guthrie. Kym is also a founding member of “Chick Cheer”  a holiday all female caroling group. "What inspires me now is sharing my experiences with younger generations of performing artists!”

BILL MARSHALL

MR. ALONZO SMITH

 

Bill is delighted to be making  his third  appearance with Second Fiddle. His past roles include Tony Esposito in Most Happy Fella and H.C. in 110 in the Shade.

He has been seen on various other Twin Cities stages with favorite roles being Max Bialystock in The Producers (The Phipps), Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Eat Street), and Colonel Calverly in Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience.

Upcoming work includes the Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs in Naples, Florida and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the San Diego Ballet and Symphony.

GARY BRIGGLE

GRANDPA PROPHATER

 

GARY BRIGGLE (Grandpa Prophater) is in his 40th year of a richly rewarding career as singer-actor and stage director with local and regional theaters nationwide. Upon graduation from St. Olaf College in 1975, he was selected by Wesley Balk to join the resident ensemble of The Minnesota Opera Company, with whom he performed for nearly a decade. Simultaneously, Gary was a member of the Children's Theater Company and School. In 1982 he embarked on the peripatetic life of the freelance artist, living out of a suitcase while traveling to perform in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Nebraska and even Alaska! He was artistic director of Lyric Opera Cleveland, an artistic associate with Seaside Music Theater for 25 years, spent several seasons with The Arizona Theatre Company, and was a favorite at The Skylight Opera Theater for a decade. The Sacramento Opera and Dayton Opera have been significant artistic "homes" as well. Locally, Gary has frequently performed with Nautilus Music-Theater (WINESBURG OHIO, THE FANTASTICKS, INTO THE WOODS, ROUGH CUTS, etc),  The Ordway ( THE PIRATES OF PENANCE, CHRISTMAS STORY, etc, and Director of THE SOUND OF MUSIC), The Jungle Theater (HAMLET, DIAL M FOR MURDER, URINETOWN), History Theater (BABY CASE, GLENSHEEN), Frank Theater (THREEPENNY OPERA, THE CRADLE WILL ROCK, WOMEN OF TROY), Skylark Opera (CANDIDE, BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL, ELIXIR OF LOVE, LA BELLE HELENE, etc) and appeared at Park Square Theater as The Fool in KING LEAR. Gary was head of the Opera Department at The University of Iowa and co-chair of the Music-Theater department at SPCPA. He made his Second Fiddle debut as The Chairman in DROOD! and is thrilled to join in the fun once again." Kudos and THANKS to Ruthie and James & Co. for this terrifically successful endeavor! "

ADAM QUALLS

POSTMAN / ENSEMBLE

 

Appearing with Second Fiddle for the fourth time, Adam has most recently been seen onstage with History Theatre's Glensheen. Previous Second Fiddle shows are Titanic, 110 in the Shade and The Most Happy Fella. He's also been in New Epic Theatre's production of Tennessee Williams's ONE ARM. Other Twin Cities credits include Children's Theatre Company: Shrek the Musical, Alice in Wonderland, Jackie and Me, How the Grinch Stole Christmas; History Theatre: Glensheen, Theatre Latte Da: Cabaret; Park Square Theatre: Oliver Twist; Theatre Pro Rata: Taming of the Shrew, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents; Bloomington Civic Theatre: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Into the Woods, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well...; and others. Upcoming: Lord Gordon Gordon at the History Theatre. 

RUTHIE BAKER

LUCILLE BALLARD / ENSEMBLE

 

Ruthie is so excited to be back onstage with Second Fiddle Productions. Favorite Second Fiddle roles: Florence in Chess, Cleo in The Most Happy Fella and Jo in Little Women. 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 where she performed with Tony Nominees Christiane Noll and Alison Fraser.  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!  Favorite shows include Music Man at the Guthrie, Glensheen at the History Theatre, Violet at Yellow Tree Theatre and Sisters of Swing at Riverside Theatre & Totem Pole Playhouse. 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. Proud memberAEA. Best roles to date: Wifey to James and Mommy to Luke James (Born 2. 18.17)

 

What inspires me: Simple & honest storytelling, exploring without fear, sillyness, creativity, possibility and fun-loving people! 

ROBBIE DRODDY

WARREN SHEFFIELD

 

Robbie recently played Barret in Second Fiddle Productions "Titanic" and Jimmy in "110 in the Shade".  He has worked as an actor, director, producer and teaching artist here in the Twin Cities with credits including: Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Loring Theater and Actors Theater of Minnesota. A visionary who chooses possibility over problem, much of Robbie’s last five years have been spent hot on the campaign trail or serving a diverse range of public, private, and nonprofit sector clients. Today, he ‘captains’ the Development/Fundraising efforts at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts.

ADAM MOEN

JOHN TRUITT

 

Second Fiddle Productions: The Most Happy Fella; The Ordway: Jesus Christ Superstar; Guthrie Theatre: Roman Holiday, The Music Man; Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, The Little Mermaid, Hello Dolly!, Beauty and the Beast; 7th House Theater: The Great Work. Adam is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, and holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. 

Meet Me In St. Louis

Cast & Team

KYLE PICHA

MUSIC DIRECTOR

 

Kyle is excited to be in his third Second Fiddle show.  Recently he played Gordon in A New Brain and was in the ensemble of The Most Happy Fella. He attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Favorite roles include Thenardier in Les Miserables, Benjy Stone in My Favorite Year and Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors.  When Kyle isn't onstage he can be found playing piano all over the Twin Cites: notably music directing Violet and Next to Normal at Yellow Tree Theatre.  Currently Kyle is Music Directing Million Dollar Quartet at Old Log.

 

What inspires me: Committed Artists.

MATT NIELSEN

PERCUSSION

 

Matt is thrilled to be fiddlin' again, having played Drums/Percussion for Blood Brothers, The Most Happy Fella, A New Brain, and Chess previously.  Area percussion work includes Joseph (Artistry), Crazy For You (Concordia University), The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (Minneapolis Musical Theatre), and The Little Mermaid (Eagan Summer Theatre). Matt also climbs out of the pit from time to time to be seen on stage. Credits include Isador Strauss in Titanic (Second Stage), Franz Liebkind in The Producers (TPTT), and Salesman/Townsperson in Artistry's upcoming production of The Music Man (with his son Brody as Winthrop!). Matt is thrilled to have his lovely and talented wife Melissa (and mother of his 4 kids) join him in the pit for this production!

MELISSA NIELSEN

HORN

 

Melissa is so excited to join Second Fiddle for one of her favorite musicals! Melissa has been playing horn for 20 years. She teaches middle school band in Apple Valley. Melissa is an advocate for music education and autism awareness. She lives in Rosemount with her four children and  percussionist husband, Matt. 

EMILY ENGLAND

DIRECTOR

 

Emily England has assistant directed across the country and is honored to be leading the company of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS.
Assistant directing credits include THE JUNGLE BOOK (Children's Theatre Company), PUMP BOYS & DINETTES (Paper Mill Playhouse), FIORELLO!, CONSTELLATIONS, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (Berkshire Theatre Group), THE GOOD PERSON OF SETZUAN (Frank Theatre), A CHRISTMAS CAROLE PETERSEN (Theatre Latte Da), ANYTHING GOES (Lyric Arts of Anoka), and FOOL FOR LOVE (Dark & Stormy Productions). She is a proud graduate of Otterbein University and a member of the SDC Foundation’s 2017-2018 Observership Class.