The Most Happy Fella
Cast and Team
Bill is pleased to be making his first appearance with Second Fiddle Productions. He has appeared on many stages in the Twin Cities including Lyric Arts in Anoka, Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera, Lake Shore Players, The Phipps in Hudson, WI, Minneapolis Music Theater, Eat Street Players, New Plymouth Players and others.
His recent concert appearances include principal roles in Mendelssohn's Elijah, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Ralph Vaughan- Williams' Five Mystical Songs, Haydn's Creation and Handel's Messiah.
Favorite roles include Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Howard in Happy Days, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Rutledge in 1776 and Emil DeBeq in South Pacific.
Elizabeth couldn’t be more excited to be a part of bringing this gorgeous piece to life with Second Fiddle in her Second Fiddle debut! Her credits include--Guthrie Theater: A Christmas Carol (’08, ’14, ’15), The Heidi Chronicles; Texas Shakespeare Festival: Noises Off!, Macbeth, My Fair Lady; Children's Theatre: Cinderella, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Pippi Longstocking, The Wizard of Oz, Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, Babe, the Sheep Pig; Theater Latté Da's NEXT: Bessie's Birthday, C.; Lamb Lays with Lion: The Seagull; Music Theatre Kansas City: Next to Normal, Into the Woods; Minnesota Centennial Showboat: Is There a Doctor in the House?, The Count of Monte Cristo, Sherlock's Last Case. Elizabeth is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, and graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program.
Second Fiddle: Debut! Guthrie Theatre: The Music Man, Roman Holiday. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Hello Dolly!, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Dreamcoat, Bye Bye Birdie. Upcoming: 7th House Theatre: The Great Work, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Disney's, Beauty and the Beast.
Ruthie Baker is thrilled to be playing Cleo in Second Fiddle Productions The Most Happy Fella! 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 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.
Julia recently moved to the Twin Cities from NYC and is delighted to debut as a first time Fiddler! Recently, she played Miss Mona in THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS at the Old Log and appeared in Theatre Latte Da’s NEXT: MUSICALS IN THE MAKING. New York/Tour credits include: MAMMA MIA! (North American Tour), RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA ( International Tour playing the Wicked Stepmother opposite Lea Salonga), INSIDE OUT at Here Arts Center, LANGUAGE OR THE KISS (new Indigo Girls Musical) at St. Luke’s Theatre, LOVES LABOURS LOST at American Globe, BACCHUS at Metropolitan Playhouse and various cabaret performances at Joe’s Pub, the Laurie Beechman Theattre, NYU-Tisch and the Metropolitan Room. Regionally, she has worked at Asolo Rep, American Stage, Artpark, Globe Playhouse, Hollywood Actor’s Theatre, Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop among others. Upcoming: CALENDAR GIRLS at Park Square (Spring/Summer 2016.) Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Randy Schmeling (AEA) has been performing on Twin Cities stages since 2001. He recently appeared at The Ordway’s productions of The Broadway Songbook of Rock & Roll and A Christmas Story. He played Hot Blades Harry in The Jungle Theater's smash hit Urinetown! Other shows include The Working Boys Band at History Theater, The Transdimensional Courier's Union with Walking Shadow, Violet and The Full Monty with Theater Latte Da, Dancing at Lughnasa with Torch Theater, West Side Story and Beauty and the Beast at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and many more! Randy has performed out of state with American Folklore Theatre in Door County, Wisconsin and in Tokyo with the first Japanese tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Randy will be back at The Ordway this summer for Damn Yankees and The Pirates of Penzance.
Postman & Ensemble
Appearing with Second Fiddle for the second time, Adam has most recently been seen onstage with New Epic Theatre's inaugural 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; 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. He can be seen next in his History Theatre debut: Glensheen, a new musical chronicling the infamous 1977 murder at the eponymous Duluth estate.
Andrew Newman is so excited to be making his Second Fiddle debut with such a wonderful group! He has performed with companies across the Twin Cities including Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Flying Foot Forum, Six Elements Theatre and nimbus. Favorite roles include Patsy (Spamalot), The White Rabbit (Alice in Wonderland), Leaf Coneybear (Spelling Bee), Cripple Billy (The Cripple of Inishmaan) and Huck Finn (Big River). Outside of the Twin Cities, he has been seen at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud and Theatre L'Homme Dieu in Alexandria.
Clem / Guiseppe
Kyle Picha Second Fiddle Debut
Aleks is excited to be making his Second Fiddle debut as a member of this fantastic cast, playing the role of Joe. Thanks to Ruthie, Rob, and Nic for the opportunity. Past credits include: Jekyll and Hyde National Tour, NYMF's The Cobalteans, Guthrie's HMS Pinafore, Ragtime at Park Square, The Light in the Piazza with Artistry and Theater Latte Da, and The Little Mermaid with Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. Check him out at the Guthrie this December as Franz Joseph in 7th House Theater's production of The Great Work, a brand new musical, and then in the Spring of 2016 as Gaston in Chanhassen's production of Beauty and the Beast.
Al / Pasquale
Robbie recently played Barret in Second Fiddle Productions "Titanic". 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.
Max the Photographer/ Ensemble
Aly Westberg graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of MN Duluth. Since graduation, she's had the coolest opportunities with various theatres around the city. Playing Eponine in Les Miserables and Natalie in Next to Normal have been two of her most favorite memories thus far! She is very excited to work with Second Fiddle Productions for the first time with such talented people. Please, enjoy the show!
Nic Delcambre is a Twin Cities composer, keyboardist, and actor who is proud to be Music Directing his fifth Second Fiddle Production. He is currently in Murder for Two at Park Square Theatre. His stage credits include Casting SpellsProduction'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.
ROB GOUDY Director /Preist
As a freelance director, dramaturg, and stage manager, Rob has worked with the Guthrie, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Children’s Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, Theatre in the Round, and the Minnesota Fringe. Recent projects include Other Desert Cities at Bloomington Civic Theatre.
Inspiration: The great imagination pioneers like J.M. Barrie, Roald Dahl, and Madeleine L’Engle and current theater visionaries who tend the flame like John Doyle, Emma Rice and Edward Hall.
Suzie has worked with Park Square Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Theatre for the Thirsty, Casting Spells Productions, The Ordway and more companies around the Twin Cities.
She teaches acting classes for kids in middle school and older, entertains at preschools, and also brings beloved characters to life as entertainment for children's parties! Suzie will be back at The Ordway this summer inThe Pirates of Penzance. For More info please visit: http://suziejuul.weebly.com
DOUG NELSON Bass
MATT NEILSEN Drums / Percussion
Matt was previously seen in the Second Fiddle Orchestra in Blood Brothers . 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!