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- Richard Rice Alan
- Erika Amato
- Melissa Bohon
- Kate Chadwick
- Niffer Clarke
- Bill Coyne
- Mara Davi
- Dan Debenport
- Andrew Deichman
- Kellie Drinkhahn
- Julie Eberhart
- Sara Jane Everman
- Chris Fenwick
- Tobi Foster
- Martin A. Fox
- Tracie Franklin
- Courtney Glass
- Kimberly Faye Greenberg
- Laura Hall
- Natasha Harris
- Leslie Henstock
- Julie Kotarides
- Adam Laird
- Denis Lambert
- Craig Laurie
- Brianne Mai
- Michelle Martin
- Carly Mayo
- Danny McNie
- Jillian Van Niel
- Kiera O’Neil
- Kate Petterle
- Will Ray
- Tory Ross
- Christine Rowan
- Thia Stephan
- Jennifer Swiderski
- Tricia Tanguy
- Juliette Trafton
- Stephen Trafton
- Matthew Tweardy
- Jackie Vanderbeck
- Natalie Wachen
Richard Rice Alan
Richard Rice Alan is having a blast singing with Sing For Your Seniors, singing what he loves. Theatrical credits include: Putting It Together, El Gallo — The Fantastics, John Dickinson — 1776, Drake — Annie (California Music Circus), Dracula — Dracula, Emile de Becque — South Pacific, Charles — Blithe Spirit, Serge — Art, Nick Arnstein — Funny Girl, Mr. Manningham — Angel Street at Surflight Theatre. World Premier: Phantom (Theatre Under The Stars), Donald — The Panacea. Film: “Terminus, Mercy”, “Abscond Valley.” As always love to Frances, his mom. www.RichardRiceAlan.com
Off-Broadway: The Sphinx Winx (Cleopatra); Signs Of Life (Berta). Other New York: Waiting For Lefty (Edna); Triumph Of Love (Hesione); (In)Fidelity (Karen). Selected Regional: The Sound Of Music (Elsa), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), How To Succeed In Business (Miss Jones) all at the Fireside Theatre; White Christmas (Betty Haynes) Welk Resort Theatre; Sleeping Beauty Wakes (Bad Fairy — Ovation Nomination) Center Theatre Group; Anything Goes (Reno — ITL Awards Nomination) Candlelight Pavilion; Paint Your Wagon (Cherry Jourdel) Geffen Playhouse; The Bungler (Hippolyte) West Coast Ensemble; Nine (Luisa — OC Register “Best Performance of 2002,” OC Weekly Awards Nomination) Chance Theater. TV/Film credits include “Friends and Strangers,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Quantum Leap,” “A Couple Of Days And Nights,” “Enchanted.” www.erikaamato.com
“I always have such a terrific time performing with Sing For Your Seniors! Every time I sing for the wonderful folks at Calvary Hospital or the Village Adult Day Center, it reminds me of why I sing in the first place: for the pure joy of it! Thanks, Jackie, for this amazing opportunity to reach out and connect to our fellow human beings through song.”
Melissa just returned from touring with the first national tour of Wicked where she u/s and performed the role of Glinda. She was also in the original cast of the 2004 Broadway Revival of Fiddler On the Roof where she had many opportunities to perform the role of Chava with Alfred Molina and Harvey Fierstein. She also tour as a soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic. Other performances in NY include, Cecily in Earnest In Love, Muriel in Take Me Along, Little Sally in Urinetown (Long Island) and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! (Long Island). Melissa has also performed regionally as Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly!, Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Anne Shirley in Green Gables, Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress and more. All thanks to God and her loving a supportive family!
Kate Chadwick grew up in Twin Peaks, CA and went to the University of California, Irvine (B.A., Drama, magna cum laude and honors in musical theatre). She also has a post-graduate degree from the Oxford School of Drama in England. Some previous roles include: Maria in The Sound of Music, Marian in The Music Man, Fiona in Brigadoon, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sarah in Guys and Dolls, and Bessie Higginbotham in A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot. She is currently working on a CD of old standards from the 30s and 40s (her favorite era), so check her website for updates! www.katechadwick.com.
“I had a great time yesterday at the Calvary Hospital! The event was really well organized, the venue is gorgeous, and it really felt like the patients enjoyed our songs! It’s so nice to feel like we bring some light into their day. Also, and I’ve never really noticed this before, it felt like we really brightened up the friends’ and family’s days, too… so a good day all around, I think! Thanks, Jackie!”
Niffer has been performing professionally for over twenty-five years. Most recently, she was seen in the award-winning off-Broadway musical Adding Machine: A Musical as Mrs. One. She also understudied and performed the role of Mrs. Zero. Other New York credits include Garbo & Me (The York Theatre), The Contents of Your Suitcase (Emerging Artists Theatre), Banjo Boys (New World Stages). Favorite regional credits include Tintypes, Honk!, The Pirates of Penzance, Cyrano, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me and Street Scene. Her theatre experience covers styles from straight plays to opera and operetta to traditional and contemporary in ingenue, comedienne, character and leading lady roles. Niffer’s Film/TV credits include Meet the Robinsons (Walt Disney Pictures), Angel of Death (Discovery Channel), Michael Stahl-David: Behind the Star (Sony Pictures), Only Criminals (Fringecamp), as well as numerous commercials and industrials. Recordings and Concerts include Adding Machine: A Musical original cast recording (PS Classics), Meet the Robinsons soundtrack, “London Symphony Orchestra Tribute to Leonard Bernstein”, and with the band They Might Be Giants.
“SFYS is a most amazing experience!! I had a great time yesterday at Calvary Hospital, met incredible people, and sang for the love and absolute joy of it. Not only are you making a difference in people’s lives by doing something as simple as sharing your voice and your presence, you’re having a great time doing it! And you get to sing more than 16 bars! Sign me up for more!!”
Bill Coyne is so glad to be a part of this organization. Bill graduated from NYU-Steinhardt with a BM in Music Theatre in 2008. Since that time he has performed with various theater companies in and around NYC. Recent credits include The Sweet Baby Jesus in the Joe Iconis Christmas Spectacular at Ars Nova, Edgar Crocker in Paint Your Wagon at Musicals Tonight! and originating the role of Supernova in Superhero Celebrity Rehab. Bill is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, and is thrilled to be pursuing his MFA in Acting at Columbia University. www.billcoyneonline.com
Broadway: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (Judy Haynes), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van der Graaff), A Chorus Line (Maggie Winslow, Original Revival Cast). New York: Death Takes a Holiday (Alice) Roundabout Theatre Company; Give Me Up, Baryshnikov Arts Center; No, No Nanette (Nanette) and Of Thee I Sing (Ms. Benson), City Center Encores!. Regional: Goodman Theatre, Old Globe, Sacramento Music Circus, Flatrock Playhouse, The Orday. Tour: 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer). Feature Film: “New Year’s Eve,” “Musical Chairs,” “Every Little Step.” www.maradavi.com
“I had such an incredible experience singing for our seniors! It helped me remember what joy music brings to everyone, myself included. Such a laid back, fun environment to meet seniors, and bop our heads, and sway to the music together. It’s also a wonderful way to make new friends in the city. I can’t wait for the next one! Thank you Jackie for your passion and commitment to building this organization and for inspiring me with the sunshine you bring into the room.”
Dan Debenport is honored to be a part of SFYS. A native of South Carolina, Dan has an undergraduate Marketing/Management degree from Baylor University and worked in the business world for several years before earning a Masters degree from Southwestern Seminary. After graduation, he served in ministry at First Baptist Church, Columbia, SC and wrote and directed for his own Dinner Theatre until embarking on this as a career path in 2001 when he was cast in the First National Tour of The Music Man. Some recent projects include: Hurricane (Priest); The Green Manifesto (Pete the Puffin); The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp); The Boy Friend (Percival Brown); The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks (Dad); Les Miserables (Bishop of Digne), Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, Annie, Jekyll & Hyde (all at Sacramento Music Circus); Reach for the stars and hold fast to the hand the Hand that hung them.
“This past week I had the pleasure of singing again for the Seniors at the Village Senior Center. I’d been experiencing a lot of vocal/allergy issues the previous week, but the seniors didn’t care about perfect or imperfect vocal quality. They appreciated the heart behind the offering and to their ears, it was all perfect. It’s a lovely, warm and humbling reminder of non-judgemental acceptance and the extraordinary healing, bonding and moving power of music!”
Andrew Deichman is very proud and excited to be part of such a worthwhile venture and would like to thank Jackie for the opportunity to give a little something back. A native of Fly Creek, NY and a graduate of Williams College, Andrew has been performing extensively in regional theatre and around New York City for the last 3 years. Some favorite roles include Jesus in Godspell at the Shawnee Playhouse, Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Pippin in Pippin. Andrew was recently featured as the Pizza Delivery Guy in the upcoming film The Air I Breathe, starring Kevin Bacon.
So happy to be one of the regulars with Sing for your Seniors! Kellie has performed all over the world ranging from regional theatres in the United States to choirs in Austria, cruise ships in the Mediterranean, cabaret acts in Dubai, to Off-Broadway in NYC. Favorite rolls include Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Go to Hell Kitty (Chicago) , Diana Devereau u/s (Of Thee I Sing) , Suzie Ward (Babes In Arms), Woman 2 (Songs For A New World), Neysa Mcmein (The Talk of the Town) and Karen Zimmer (It’s A Wonderful Life). Kellie is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan musical theatre department.
“This organization is amazing! As a performer I am so grateful to have this opportunity to sing for people that are so genuinely appreciative and receptive! We always set out to bring entertainment, comfort and happiness to the audiences, but boy oh boy, do we get so much more from them in return!”
Julie is thrilled to be a part of SFYS. She met Jackie while performing in Hello Dolly for CCM’s Hot Summer Nights. She graduated from Wright State University with a BFA in Acting / Musical Theatre. Julie worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines for 4 years so you might have seen her performing on a cruise! Favorite credits include: Parade (Lucille Frank), Chicago (Hunyak), Brooklyn: The Musical (Faith, u/s Brooklyn), Pirates of Penzance (Mabel), West Side Story (Consulea), Ruthless (Sylvia St. Croix) and Pippin (Fastrada).
“I had such a wonderful time at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. After singing only 16 bars at auditions it was so wonderful to sing an entire song. It helped remind me why I decided to being a performer. It is so wonderful to let people escape their real life for a moment to share a story. It was great to have an audience eager to hear you sing. I really enjoyed talking to all the seniors and making that connection. I look forward to coming back. It is great to have a reason to learn some new material. Thanks so much for inviting me Jackie. I look forward to telling other singer about it so they can share in the joy!”
Sara Jane Everman
Sarah Jane Everman is currently appearing on Broadway in Promises, Promises with Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes. She was also in the recent revival of The Apple Tree with Ms. Chenoweth. She has been seen in Wicked (Glinda understudy) and Wonderful Town. Favorite roles include A Funny Thing Happened… Forum (Philia), Seven Bries for Seven Brothers (Alice), and Best Foot Forward (Ethel). She has also performed at the St. Louis Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and New York City Center. Sarah Jane lives in Manhattan with her two cats Hunter and Wilbur.
Chris Fenwick’s most recent projects on Broadway include The Addam’s Family, and Grease!, as well as the revival of The Pajama Game, starring Harry Connick, Jr., which won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and is nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award, and the Public Theater’s productions of Mother Courage and Her Children, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, and Michael John LaChiusa’s See What I Wanna See. As musical director for Patti LuPone, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Feinstein’s at the Regency, Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center, and more. Off-Broadway, his credits include Here Lies Jenny, starring Bebe Neuwirth, and Mimi Le Duck, starring Eartha Kitt. He has performed with the Broadway productions of Chicago, Wonderful Town, Nine, and The Light in the Piazza. He has also appeared in concert with Elaine Stritch, Jennifer Holliday, Debbie Harry, Donna Murphy, Annie Golden, Michael Cerveris, and many more. He released four albums in 2006. Education: CCM.
Tobi is thrilled and inspired to be a part of Sing for Your Seniors, Inc.! She was born in Georgia and raised up and down the East coast, but after living in New York City for 9 years, she certainly considers the Big Apple her home. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Tobi has appeared on Broadway as Cosette in Les Miserables and in the Broadway workshops of The Sweet Smell of Success starring John Lithgow and The Visit with the legendary Angela Landsbury. Tobi also appeared in the 1st National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie. Her numerous regional credits include Laurey in Oklahoma! (West Virginia Public Theatre), Emma in Jekyll & Hyde with Sebastian Bach (The North Carolina Theatre), Mickey in Jumbo (York Theatre), Rusty in Footloose and Kathie Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain (Westchester Broadway Theatre) and Lorraine in 42nd Street (St. Louis MUNY). Tobi is newly and happily married to her best friend and fellow actor, Blake Ginther. A huge thanks to Miss Jaxson and to Blake, so big!
Martin A. Fox
Off-off B’way: Asher (Messiah), Nanki Poo (The Singapore Mikado). Regional: Whizzer (Falsettos), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Lt. Cable (South Pacific), Willard (Footloose), Sky Masterson (Guys & Dolls), Dickon (The Secret Garden), Tony (West Side Story). National Tours: Pump Boys & Dinettes.
Tracie Franklin’s career has taken her to over 30 countries and prestigious theatres here in the USA which include The Beacon Theatre, The Kodak Theatre, and world famous Carnegie Hall! Her credits include International Tour: The Color Purple (Shug US), Hairspray (Dynamite/Cindy Watkins) Disney Live! (Storyteller Tracie), Freedom Train (Harriet Tubman) Off-Broadway: Fame (Ms. Bell), The Deciders, The Lesbian Love Octagon, Stone Cold Beauty Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlaine), Sweet Charity (Helene), Into The Woods (Little Red), Little Shop, Ragtime, and All Night Strut. Thank you family and friends for your constant support. www.TracieFranklin.com
Courtney Glass is proud to be not only a performer for SFYS, but a member of the board as well. Professionally, Miss Glass made her Broadway debut in Trevor Nunn’s The Woman in White (Ensemble, U/S and performed the role of Anne Catherick). Favorite regional credits include White Christmas (Betty Haynes) at Sierra Rep, Evita (The Mistress) and The Sound of Music (Liesl) at Sacramento Music Circus, Cinderella (Cinderella) at Sacramento Theatre Company and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress, Belle U/S) at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival. While she earned her B. F. A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21 Program), Miss Glass appeared in conservatory produced productions of Picnic at Hanging Rock and Sweeney Todd, as well as appearances in two Tisch Gala performances with guest stars including Robin Williams, Alec Baldwin, Jerry Seinfeld and the legendary Bill Cosby. Courtney’s next adventure takes her onto the high seas as a mainstage performer for Disney Cruise Lines.
Kimberly Faye Greenberg
Kimberly is the first and only actress in NYC to have performed leading roles in two legit Off-Broadway musicals at the same time: as “Fanny Brice” in the solo show One Night with Fanny Brice (cast album available on Original Cast Records), and as “Sylvia Fine” in Danny & Sylvia, The Kanny Kaye Musical (now in her third year). In addition to continuing on as Sylvia, Kimberly is thrilled to embarking on a new performing journey of playing “Fanny Brice” again in Ghostlight, the Musical premiering at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Kimberly has performed across the country in national tours, regional theatres, cabarets, and theatre for young audiences. Previous roles include: Nell Henderson in Mr. President (Actors Fund Benefit), The Vagina Monologues (Off-Broadway), Sylvia Fine in The Kid from Brooklyn, The Danny Kaye Story (Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Broward Stage Door Theatre), Mary Magdalene in The Passion Play, the Musical (the oldest most historic Passion Play in the U.S., at the Park Theatre, New Jersey) and Mother Mary in the Off-Broadway Revival production of Christmas Rappings (Theater at Judson). On the small screen she has been featured in such shows as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed,” “ER,” and as the host of the Educational TV Series “Personal Best.” Kimberly is also the Creator/Executive Producer/Host of www.BroadwayBlogspot.com, an educational theatrical website featuring Broadway professionals who work both onstage and behind-the-scenes. www.kimberlyfayegreenberg.com
“Bringing smiles, laughter and tears to all the patients at the Calvary Hospital was awesome and allowing them to let go the ‘sickness’ for a while and just to have some fun made this a heartwarming experience. Giving the gift of song is a wonderful opportunity. Thanks SFYS!”
This summer, Laura made her Broadway debut in Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland. Regionally, Laura’s been seen in The Marvelous Wonderettes in Detroit (Missy), the national tour of The Water Coolers (Brooke), Urban Cowboy at Gateway Playhouse, The Sound of Music at Music Circus in Sacramento, the national tour of Junie B. Jones with Theatreworks USA (May), and Sleeping Beauty at La Comedia Dinner Theatre, as well as making several appearances with the Cincinnati Pops: Happy Holidays! From the Pops with Sandi Patty and Take Me To The River with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (syndicated on PBS). Laura created the role of Hannah Busey in Anchors with Living Image Arts at Theatre Row in New York, as well as the role of Mother in Jack and the Soy Beanstalk at The New York International Fringe Festival. Graduate of the musical theatre program at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
When she’s not onstage, you can find Laura playing somewhere in the outdoors, probably climbing.
Natasha Harris is honored to be associated with this marvelous organization! She considers herself a nomad of California, originally hailing from the Bay Area, and graduating in 2008 with her BA in theatre from the University of California, Irvine. Now she finds herself on the Central Coast of California, performing for The Great American Melodrama and PCPA Theaterfest. Her roles include Judy in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Lucy in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and is currently in the works with Bambi in Curtains. As well as the mainstage work at PCPA, Natasha is currently taking theatre to local schools in Central CA as an intern for PCPA and looks forward to making her way to the East Coast soon.
Leslie is honored to be a performer with Sing For Your Seniors. A midwestern girl at heart, Leslie grew up in Rochester Hills, MI and has been in NYC since 2001. She’s appeared regionally as Maria in The Sound of Music, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and the Amalia understudy in She Loves Me. She appeared Off-Broadway in Frankenstein (Original Cast Recording also). Before that, she toured with The Light in the Piazza (Clara u/s — for which she received wonderful reviews for her performances) and Les Miserables (Cosette). Other regional credits include: White Plains Performing Arts Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. A proud University of Michigan Musical Theatre Graduate. Member AEA. She also works for a company called Audience Rewards that she loves (www.audiencerewards.com) as well as supports and cheers Artist Babysitting (www.ArtistBabysitting.com). For more information about Leslie’s professional projects and her CD, “Defying Gravity,” visit www.lesliehenstock.com.
“I think Sing For Your Singers is such a valuable gift, and not just for the seniors. For those of us who’ve been fortunate enough to perform, it’s a chance to simply sing for people who enjoy hearing music! So much of a performers’ existence in this crazy business is performing to book a gig, impress somebody, conform to whatever part you are trying to book, etc, etc. With Sing For Your Seniors, you get a fresh perspective again. A renewed joy in just ENJOYING the act of singing. I highly recommend taking part if you never have before. I’m grateful that I have been able to participate a few times and hope to do it many more times in the future.”
Julie Kotarides is back in New York after touring with Broadway’s A Chorus Line! Favorite credits include Guys and Dolls at the Macau International Musical Theatre Festiva in China. Off Broadway: Maisie Dell in Miss Liberty at The York Theatre and The Awesome 80s Prom. Other credits include: Saved! (Cassandra) at Playwrights Horizons, directed by Gary Griffin and co-starring Ana Gasteyer, Singing in the Rain (Lina Lamont) at North Shore Music Theatre, Cats (Bombalurina) at West Virgina Public Theatre and Hello Dolly starring Michele Lee at Kansas City Starlight. Next, Julie will be seen in Jesus Christ Superstar at the North Carolina Theatre.
Tours: My Fair Lady directed by Trevor Nunn. New York credits include: Jacob Yoder in Plain & Fancy (The York Theatre Company) and Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables (TheatreWorks USA “workshop production”). Regional Credits include: The Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of Carnival (Roustabout), The Pirates of Penzance (The Sergeant of Police), Cats (Plato/Macavity), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Harry Sayle). Adam is a recent graduate of The University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Denis Lambert most recently appeared in Finian’s Rainbow at City Center Encores! He made his Broadway debut in the revival of A Chorus Line and appeared Off-Broadway in Zorba at the York Theatre. First National Tours: A Chorus Line, The Producers. Regional credits include the Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Ordway Center, Charlottetown Festival and Stage West. Since moving to New York, he has studied acting at the Michael Howard Studios and with private coaches. Denis holds a BFA from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Craig Laurie recently completed nearly 1000 performances in the mega smash hit musical Jersey Boys where he originated the role of Bob Crewe in the Chicago production. Craig has also performed extensively with the hit Off-Broadway show Forbidden Broadway appearing across the country as well as the Off-Broadway production in New York City. New York/National Tour: Forbidden Broadway, Miss Saigon, Chicago, and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber guest starring Michael Bolton. Regional: Florida Studio Theatre, Barrington Stage, Stages St. Louis. Trained at NY’s High School for the Performing Arts and Wagner College… and Craig is a triplet. www.craiglaurie.com
“I LOVE doing Sing for Your Seniors! So REWARDING! Everyone should experience this! Touching people with the gift of song.”
Brianne Mai has come a long way from her days as a green, singing, pizza-delivery dinosaur. A proud native of South Dakota with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Wyoming, she has had the opportunity to perform throughout Italy and the United States. She was most recently seen as Sandra in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest here in NYC and will be performing in the New York Fringe Jr Festival this Summer as Mrs. Big (The Giant’s Wife). She’s thrilled to be part of Sing For Your Seniors, Inc. and always looks forward to her time with these wonderful people!
Michelle Martin is delighted to be a part of Sing for Your Seniors, Inc.! She has called the Big Apple home for over a decade, honored to have performed at venues such as The Appollo Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. She has toured the U.S., Canada, and Hawaii as both a vocalist/flautist performing original music, and while singing and dancing her heart out with various musical theatre productions. Through her service work with Free Art’s NYC and St. Vincent’s Child Psychiatric Unit, Michelle had the supreme pleasure of bringing the healing power of the arts to at-risk children and their families. She received a Bachelor of Music from N.Y.U., and is currently persuing an advanced degree in psychology. Grateful to be blessed with the gift of song, she finds ultimate joy in sharing it with others.
Carly graduated from Empire State College with a BA in Theatre. She has performed at the Shawnee Playhouse in their recent productions of Grease, A Chorus Line, and Godspell. Some of her favorite roles include Rusty in Footloose, Laurey in Oklahoma, and Winnie Tate in Annie Get Your Gun. Carly has also been seen in the original production of Detours, which premiered in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She debuted an original cabaret, Me and My Shadow at the Society Hill Playhouse as well as The New Voices cabaret at the Paddock in Devon. Most recently, Carly has been seen in the Media Theatre’s productions of Oliver and All Shook Up. Her next big venture will be Guienivere in Camelot at the Shawnee Playhouse this summer.
Danny McNie is thrilled to be apart of Sing For Your Seniors. Danny recently returned to NYC after being a Principle Soloist in The International Tour of The Music of Alan Menken featuring The Tokyo Philharmonic. Favorite credits include the National Tour of Miss Saigon (GI 66), A Christmas Carol (North Shore Music Theatre), a guest entertainer for Norwegian Cruise Lines America (Hawaii) and as a backup vocalist for Deborah Cox. Danny is a proud (and still paying) graduate of The University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. AEA member. Special thanks to Jackson, Kate, KGA, and Grandma.
“SFYS is not only a precious idea but it’s a true testament about giving back to others. The joy on people’s faces to hear ‘young folk’ sing was priceless. I had an absolutely wonderful time and what Jackie does with this group is truly special. If you ever get a chance to do it, DO SO. Plus, it’s like a free coaching. Screw up all you want… no one cares!! HEAVEN! Thanks for having me, Jackson!”
Jillian Van Niel
Regional: Oliver (Fagins Boy); Music Man (Gracie Shin); Pippin (Theo); PCPA Theatrefest: Les Miserables (Ensemble); Music Man (Zaneeta); The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (Efreet/Naiiad); Curtains (Arlene Barruca, u/s Bambi); West Side Story (Velma, u/s Graziella) Educational: Songs for a New World (Cal State Fullerton); A Chorus Line (Cassie); High School Musical (Gabrielle); Guys and Dolls (Hot Box Dancer); Seussical (Mayzie La Bird); 42nd Street (Ensemble); Bye Bye Birdie (Rose Alvarez); Lil’ Abner (Scarlett); Oliver (Bet); Annie (Lily St. Regis); Wizard of Oz (Dorothy); All That He Was (The Girlfriend); The Last Five Years (Cathy); Mack and Mabel (Mabel); The Crucible (Elizabeth Proctor); Weird Romance (P.Burke); Into the Woods (Cinderella); Rebel Without a Cause (Judy Brown); You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally); A Funny Thing… Forum (Philia); Quilters (Daughter). Jillian is currently training at PCPA.
Kiera O’Neil graduated from NYU/Tisch, where she appeared in How To Succeed… (Hedy LaRue) and Carousel. Regional credits include: Carousel (Carousel Dinner Theatre), West Side Story, George M.! (Allenberry Playhouse), The Human Comedy (Barrington Stage). Off-Broadway, Kiera played Junie B. in Junie B. Jones (Lortel Theatre). She recently did a concert of Carousel (Carrie), and has performed at Symphony Space and Radio City Music Hall.
Kate Petterle grew up performing in theatres all over the Sacramento area. She attended The Boston Conservatory on a merit scholarship and moved to New York after graduating in 2001. She has been heard on TV singing the theme song for the Saturday morning cartoon “Fighting Foodons” and on promotional ads for FOX’s Saturday morning cartoon lineup. Kate has also lent her voice to a number of characters on “Pokemon”. She is most proud of singing with The Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart and recording music in Paris with popular jazz pianist Franc Monbaylet. Recently she was lucky enough to perform on California’s Central Coast with the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Her roles included Marta in Company, Hattie in Kiss Me Kate and various characters in Urinetown.
Will Ray’s most recent credits include touring with Little House on the Prairie starring Melissa Gilbert! Some of his favorite regional credits include Lt. Cable in South Pacific and Enjolras in Les Miserables both at the Sacramento Music Circus, Malcom MacGregor in The Full Monty (Regional Premiere), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (North Shore Music Theatre), the Prince in the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Cinderella at the Olney Theatre Centre and Adam Guettel’s Myths and Hymns. Will has sung in concert halls around the world with orchestras ranging from the Cincinnatti Pops to the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Will is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.
Tory is currently appearing as the uber-depressed secretary Daphne in the new Broadway musical 9 to 5. She made her Broadway debut last season as Hatchet-Face in the John Waters’ musical Cry-Baby. Her favorite credits include 10 roles in The Producers National Tour, one of those roles in the new film version of the show (misfit showgirl!), Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall (Jerry-Cam stripper!), Cousin Fan in Mame at the Kennedy Center, and Gussie in Merrily We Roll Along at the Signature Theater. She is also a proud Equity member, CCM graduate, ASTEP volunteer and homeowner.
Originally from NJ, Christine crossed the river and got a drama degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has enjoyed working from coast to coast at many theaters including: The Denver Center Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Barter Theatre, Sierra Repertory Theatre and a National Tour. New York credits include: Reluctant Pilgrim with Stephen Schwartz (NYMF), embrace! Broadway Benefit Concert (Westside Theatre), and FLOPZ (Joe’s Pub). Many thanks to Jackie for creating this beautiful and important group, Sing For Your Seniors!
“Yesterday’s SFYS session at Calvary Hospital was great! What a beautiful facility! I really felt like we made a difference in the patients’ and their families’ day! I can’t wait to go again and know that my voice can really make a difference!”
Thia Stephan has worked on over 60 stage productions, doing everything from Shakespeare to theme park shows, comedies to cutting edge dramas, in 47 different states and overseas (and on Broadway, as an assistant Director), as well as on television, in film, and in commercials. For most of her career primarily a dramatic actress, Thia is thrilled to be sharing her newly rediscovered love of singing with these very special audiences, and with SFYS’s truly gifted and giving fellow performers. An artistic associate with the highly acclaimed Circle X Theatre Company in Los Angeles, Thia was also a past Artistic Director of the Blank Theatre’s new play development Living Room Series. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has also studied at the University of London/Goldsmiths College, and Fuller Seminary (“Theology and the Arts.”) SAG AFTRA AEA SDC.
“It has been an honor and a delight to perform with Sing For Your Seniors on multiple occasions. These simple but perfectly executed events are evidence of the transformational power of art! Singers from varying backgrounds reach out to equally diverse seniors, touching them (and being deeply touched in return) with joyful and thoughtful storytelling through song. And it’s just plain fun, too!”
Jennifer is honored to be a part of SFYS. Her passion for performing has taken her all over the world; mostly recently traveling the United States in the Broadway National Tour of The Drowsy Chaperone where she performed as The Drowsy Chaperone, Mrs. Tottendale, and Trix (the Aviatrix). Favorite roles include Nellie in South Pacific, Lina Lamont in Singin’ In The Rain, as well as receiving a Best Actress Carbonell Nomination or her portrayal of Patty Andrews in Sisters of Swing. A graduate of Florida State University with a BFA in Music Theater; Jennifer also enjoys teaching Master Classes as well as privately. Jennifer is grateful for all her Grandparents have shared with her over the years. www.jenniferswiderski.com.
Tricia feels blessed to be apart of this truly special and wonderful endeavor! Growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, Tricia spent many weekends as a child singing at nursing homes, community centers, and other various charity functions around her hometown and is thrilled to be doing it again, but in New York City this time! After graduating from the musical theater program at Ithaca College, Tricia spent time on the road in the National Tours of The Producers (Hold-Me, Touch-Me), Cats (Grizabella), and Joseph… Dreamcoat (Narrator). Other favorite roles include Ellie May Chipley in Showboat (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man (Cain Park), and Violet in Violet. In NYC, she made her Off-Broadway debut as one of the “Wonderstudies” and dance captain in the final cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes. She has also performed in Scott Alan’s Monday Night New Voices, as part of the Algonquin Theater’s “Cabaret Nights,” with Stuart McMeans at the BMI Workshop, and can be heard as “Isa” on Nickelodeon’s recording of Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure. As a proud “Tribe” fan, Tricia was a National Anthem soloist for the Cleveland Indians. Up next for Tricia is a summer at Theatre Aspen in Colorado as Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes!
“What a truly meaningful and incredible afternoon it always is when I get to be apart of Sing For Your Seniors! The staff and seniors at Mosolu Montefiore Seniors Center were so lively and absolutely thrilled to have us — and reminded and thanked us again and again for being there and blessing them with our talents. How does it get much better than this?! It doesn’t :)”
Juliette Trafton is completely enjoying her time with Sing for Your Seniors. After graduating from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Theatre, Juliette worked as performer with Disney Cruise Lines where she played Ariel and Princess Aurora. Soon after that, she was blessed to go on the 3rd national tour of The Phantom of the Opera where she performed in the ensemble while understudying the role of Christine. While traveling on tour she met and married the man of her dreams, Stephen. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
Stephen is so excited to be serving with this wonderful and important organization. Stephen graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2006 with a BM in Musical Theatre. After college he was in the Original Broadway Revival Cast of Les Miserables where he swung 12 roles including Marius. Most recently he was on the National Tour of Phantom of the Opera where he understudied Raoul and more importantly met his beautiful wife Juliette. He has also worked regionally at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Curly in Oklahoma!, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10
Matthew Tweardy is thrilled to be a part of Sing for your Seniors, Inc., getting back to his roots as a young performer and relishing all of the colorful accolades from one of the most appreciative audience he’s known (i.e. “You’re like a well-built string bean!”). Matthew met founding director Jackie Vanderbeck at CCM where he received his BFA in Musical Theater. Since graduating, he made his Off-Broadway debut in The Talk of the Town originating the role of Sherwood and has appeared regionally at Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, West Virginia Public Theatre, Seaside Music Theater, The John Drew Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater, toured with Phoenix Productions, and sang with Weber’s Music of the Night, traveling to more than 15 countries. Outside the theater, Matthew has been seen modeling for Gucci, bartending around town, and playing with his three (yes, three!) dogs in Central Park. “Thank you for your interest and support in such an wonderful, important organization!” Check out www.tweardy.com for more info!
“SFYS is so much fun! Laid back, hilarious, moving, and just makes ya feel good. I’d do it 7 days a week if I could.”
Jackie is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. In New York she has performed for the Rogers & Hammerstien Organization and Firsthand Theatre Project, as well as the Original Works by Barry James at the Duplex, and Time after Time by Jeffery Savor. Ms. Vanderbeck’s regional credits include productions at the Sacramento Theatre Company, The Shawnee Playhouse, Hot Summer Nights, California Musical Theatre’s Music Circus and PCPA’s Theaterfest, as well as singing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (with recording) and Prince Cruise Line. Most recently Jackie spent two seasons touring in Japan as a principle soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic. Awards include the Sacramento Elly Award for Best Actress, the Ross Award for Excellence in Music Theatre, and a Cincinnati Entertainment Award nomination for Best Actress. Jackie has also appeared in commercials and print work and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association.
Natalie Wachen has been lucky enough to perform with Sing For Your Seniors in New York, Los Angeles, and Aspen, and has loved every minute of it! A bicoastal actress, singer, and comic, Natalie has performed all over the world, but is most recognized for her work on TV. You may have seen her making a fool of herself and others on countless episodes of BET’s Hell Date, fighting for her life on FEARnet’s Buried Alive, stuffing her face in numerous commercials, or singing “Mama Who Bore Me” over and over and over again on The CW’s 90210. You can also see her on HBO’s award-winning TV series Boardwalk Empire beginning with its Season 2 premiere! Her favorite theatrical roles include “Julie” in Show Boat, “Deena” in Dreamgirls, “Mary” in Jesus Christ Superstar, “Cinderella” in Into The Woods, “Tituba” in The Crucible and “Charlaine” in Ain’t Mishbehavin’ (directed by original Broadway cast member, Ken Page). She’s performed her original comedy at the legendary Hollywood Improv, and sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to a sold out crowd at Walt Disney Concert Hall. A member of The Manhattan Dolls, a swing/jazz vocal trio based in NYC, she co-wrote their show The Manhattan Dolls — A Sentimental Journey, which is currently touring the US, and sings on their debut album, which is available now on iTunes. www.nataliewachen.com.