The Cast and Musicians of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Gary Neal Johnson (Tevye) Spinning Tree: Debut. Kansas City Repertory Theatre: (100 productions) including A Christmas Carol (Scrooge), Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Little Shop of Horrors (Mushnik), August: Osage County (Charlie), Cabaret (Herr Schultz), Bus Stop (Virgil Blessing), The Drawer Boy (Morgan), Oleanna (John), King Lear (Gloucester), Give ‘Em Hell, Harry (Harry Truman), Royal Hunt of the Sun (Pizarro), Treasure Island (Long John Silver), A Delicate Balance (Harry), Julius Caesar (Caesar), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Nicholas Nickleby (Squeers). KC Area – Kansas City Actors’ Theatre: The Mousetrap, The Real Inspector Hound; New Theatre: Sound of Music, Harvey; HASF: King Lear, The Merchant of Venice. Regional – King Lear (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); The Voysey Inheritance (ACT, San Francisco); Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice (Utah Shakespeare); Witness for the Prosecution, (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre).
Julie Shaw (Golde) Spinning Tree: Violet, Motherhood Out Loud, Hello Again, The Fantasticks. Julie is thrilled to be performing with Spinning Tree again, especially in such an iconic role. She has been seen on many KC stages, including Quality Hill Playhouse, MTH, The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, American Heartland Theatre and Chestnut Fine Arts. Julie has also performed at The New Victory Theatre in NYC, reprising her roles in the original musical Lucky Duck. You can see her next in Urinetown at MTH and on the other side of the desk as the associate director for West Side Story with Spinning Tree.
T J Lancaster (Lazar Wolf) Spinning Tree: Master Class, The Fantasticks, Make Me a Song: The Music of William Finn. Recent credits: Fiddler on the Roof (Tent Theatre), The Normal Heart (Relevance Productions) and I Am Harvey Milk (Heartland Men’s Chorus). Upcoming: Damn Yankees (Great Plains Theatre) and The Fantasticks (Western Playhouse).
Nancy Nail (Yente, Fruma Sarah) Spinning Tree: Debut. MTH: Oliver, The Music Man. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre: Steel Magnolias, The Night of the Iquana, M. Butterfly. Starlight Theatre: Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, Footloose, The Sound of Music. American Heartland Theatre: Bikinis. Quality Hill Playhouse: Romance, Romance, Still Swingin, Tapestry, Better with a Band, Jerry’s Girls, Nothin like a Dame.
Lyndsey Agron (Rivka) Spinning Tree: Debut. Lyndsey is thrilled to be making her Spinning Tree debut in the first show that she performed in as a child. Lyndsey has appeared at New Theatre Restaurant, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Egads! Theatre Company, Great Plains Theatre, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre, Light Opera Oklahoma and The White Theatre.
Jake Bartley (Jacob) Spinning Tree: Violet. Credits: The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Music Theatre Kansas City, Theatre in the Park, American Youth Ballet, and Trilogy Cultural Arts. Jake is honored to study voice from Dr. David Yoss; dance from Kristopher Estes-Brown and Jennifer Tierney (American Dance Center); and acting from Michael Grayman, and Nancy Marcy (Coterie).
Sara Belhouari (Hodel) Spinning Tree: Debut. Recent credits include Shout! The Mod Musical at The Great Plains Theatre, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas at Dollywood. B.S in Theatre Performance from Kansas State University. Sara is represented locally as an actor/voiceover actor with Moxie Talent Agency.
Trevor Belt (Rabbi) Spinning Tree: Debut. Recent credits: Harbison in South Pacific (MTH), Doctor in The Normal Heart (Relevance Productions), Charlie Cowell in The Music Man (MTH). Also a director, Trevor serves as Artistic Associate for the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, and is Artistic Director of Relevance Productions. Upcoming: The Hairy Ape (Directing: KC Fringe).
Angie Benson (Musical Director, Accordion, Keyboard) Spinning Tree: Black Pearl Sings!, Violet, A Little Night Music, Ain’t Misbehavin’. National Tours: A Chorus Line, Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. Regional: Tommy (Stoneham Theatre), Side By Side By Sondheim (Utah Musical Theatre), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Cleveland Playhouse Square), Seussical (West Virginia Public), Altar Boyz (Citizen’s Bank Theatre). Composer: A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Northern Stage). KC: Unicorn Theatre, The Coterie, Starlight Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, MTH.
Ruth Baum Bigus (Shaindel) Spinning Tree: Debut. Ruth is delighted to be making her Spinning Tree debut with this production, thanks to Andy and Michael. Ruth is a freelance journalist and nonprofit media relations’ specialist. She has performed at Starlight Theatre, Barn Players, OCTA, Theatre in the Park, KU. Favorite shows/roles- Anita, West Side Story; Roxie, Chicago; Maggie, A Chorus Line; Ma Strong, Urinetown.
Joey Boos (Yussel) Spinning Tree: Debut. Joey Boos is new to the Kansas City scene and is very excited to be working on this show with this wonderful cast and crew! His favorite past shows include Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. When not performing, Joey enjoys rainy days and spending time with his family and friends who constantly inspire him.
Devin Burns (Mendel) Spinning Tree: Debut. Devin is thrilled to be involved with this team of collaborators. He recently played Felix Turner in Relevance Productions’ The Normal Heart. Devin holds a B. F. A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Central Missouri, where he received the Nina L. Devinney Distinguished Theatre Artist Award.
Emma Carter (Mirala) Spinning Tree: Debut. Emma is a recent graduate of Stephens College with a BFA in Theatre Arts. You may have seen her recently as an ensemble member in Carrie with Egads! Theatre Company. Emma also teaches creative drama classes for pre-K-2nd grade with both The Coterie and Kansas City Young Audiences.
Mead D’Amore (Perchik) Spinning Tree: Debut. Mead is excited to be performing in his Spinning Tree debut in Fiddler on the Roof. Mead lives in Kansas City and attends the University of Missouri Kansas City. Mead has been in Starlight Children’s Theatre’s productions of Narnia and Aladdin at The Kauffman Center.
Rick Duplissie (Constable) Spinning Tree: Debut. Rick is thrilled to be debuting with Spinning Tree. Rick usually works behind the curtain at Kansas City Repertory Theatre as Audience Development Manager, but the beckoning from the stage was too loud to ignore. Rick has performed at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Theatre in the Park, KC Fringe, The City Stage and Leawood Stage Company. Rick is on the Executive Committee for KC Fringe (@KCFringe) and is also on the board of the Greater KC Attractions Association (@GKCAA).
Callie Fabac (Shprintze) Spinning Tree: Debut. Callie is elated to be a part of Fiddler! Local credits include Annie, Peter Pan and Narnia (Trilogy Cultural Arts); Jesus Christ Superstar and Camp Rock (Musical Theater Kansas City). She studied last summer in NYC at Broadway Artists’ Alliance.
Michael Golliher (Mordcha) Spinning Tree: Debut. Michael is so very glad to be returning to Anatevka, having just appeared in Fiddler on the Roof at The White Theater this past November. Favorite productions include Carrie with Egads! Theatre Company, Sing Sing Sing at KC Fringe, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at OCTA.
Megan Herrera (Chava) Spinning Tree: Debut. Merchant of Venice (HASF), A Christmas Carol & Carousel (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), South Pacific, Bernstein’s Broadway, & Hello Dolly! (MTH), The King and I (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre), Carrie (Egads! Theatre Company), The Death of Cupid (The Living Room Theatre), Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (Unicorn Theatre). Education: Stephens College, B.F.A. Theatre Arts. Upcoming: Maria in West Side Story (Spinning Tree). www.meganherrera.com
Matthew A. King (Sasha) Spinning Tree: Violet, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Egads! Theatre Company, Godspell; MTH, South Pacific; The Coterie: Once Upon A Mattress; The Living Room Theatre: The Death of Cupid; Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Ragtime and The King and I; Western Playhouse, New York Musical Theatre Festival premiere, Mother Divine. Matthew is beyond grateful for being part of another beautiful show with Spinning Tree. He would like to thank his incredibly supportive parents and his Spinning Tree family. Upcoming: Six Degrees of Separation, The Barn Players. www.matthewaking.com
Joe Levens (Nahum, Guitar, Mandolin) Spinning Tree: Violet. Unicorn Theatre: Hands on a Hardbody, Everyday Rapture. MTH: Evita. Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre: Ragtime. New Theater Restaurant: Smokey Joe’s Cafe. American Heartland Theater: The Bikinis, Life Could be a Dream. Joe is excited to be working at Spinning Tree again. He also teaches guitar lessons at the Village Music Academy.
Seth Macchi (Fyedka) Spinning Tree: Debut. Seth is an actor/comedian/improviser from Kansas City. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas where he performed in many shows and studied film and theatre. His previous shows in KC include The Mistakes Madeline Made at The Living Room Theatre, Our Town at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Not About Heroes at Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre. Seth is also a member of the Kansas City Improv Company, which performs every Friday and Saturday in Westport.
Kami Rodgers (Tzeitel, Grandma Tzeitel) Spinning Tree: Motherhood Out Loud. After six years traveling the world performing her solo cabaret A Soprano in Concert, Kami is excited to be back in Missouri and to join the cast of Fiddler on the Roof. Recent KC appearances include: Lady Thiang in The King and I, Same Time Next Year, and How To Succeed in Business… with Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre; Bernstein’s Broadway and Evita with MTH and Dirtlegs by Forrest Attaway at KC Fringe.
Jonathan Lloyd Schriock (Fiddler, Avram) Spinning Tree: Hello Again. Local: A Christmas Carol, Cabaret (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); Hands on a Hardbody, Everyday Rapture (Unicorn Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New Theatre Restaurant). Regional: Fiddler on the Roof (Fireside Theatre Company); A Catered Affair (Porchlight Music Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Hank Williams’ Lost Highway, Always Patsy Cline (Lyceum Theatre); Bus Stop (Sapulpa Theatre); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre). International: Austria, Germany, France.
Brian Shortess (Vanya) Spinning Tree: Debut. Brian is excited to make his Spinning Tree debut. He has previously been seen in Guys and Dolls (Sky, Theatre in the Park), Hairspray (Link, The White Theatre and Theatre in the Park), Forum (Hero, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre), Xanadu (Sonny, The Barn Players), Sweet Charity (Oscar, The Barn Players), and The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky, Egads! Theatre Company).
Bob Wearing (Motel) Spinning Tree: Violet, A Little Night Music. Bob is excited to be returning to the Spinning Tree family, and is immeasurably thankful to be a part of this remarkable cast and crew. Upcoming: Jesus Christ Superstar and Urinetown at MTH. www.bobwearing.com
James Westbrook (Clarinet) Spinning Tree: Debut. After graduating from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelors of Music Education, Mr. Westbrook attended the University of North Texas where he earned his Masters Degree in clarinet performance. During that time, he had the pleasure of performing and recording with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony. Most Recently, Mr. Westbrook earned an Artist Certificate from UMKC and has been actively performing and teaching throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.