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Madge Cameron Madge Cameron
"Stop the World. I Want to Get Off" 1964

Madge's film credits include: Sol Madrid (1968).

Edward Earle Edward Earle
"Stop the World. I Want to Get Off" 1964

Off-Broadway, Mr Earle composed and choreographed "The Decameron". In the Lambertville area, he choreographed productions at Rider College, and directed at the McCarter Theater in Princeton. He also produced and staged the Spring Swing Spectacular for the Trenton Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1963. Mr. Earle founded the Trenton Studio of Perfoming Arts—School of Drama and Dance, in which he also teaches. During his years at the Music Circus, he not only choreographed most of the shows, but also brought his talents to playing supporting and leading roles. After his years at the Music Circus he went on to understudy Anthony Newley on Broadway in "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off.

Mr. Earle was the choreographer at the Music Circus from 1960 to 1964.

Marthe Errolle Marthe Errolle
"Kiss Me, Kate" 1964 (Katherine, Lilli Vanessi)

Ms. Errolle retired to Sarasota, FL in the mid 1980s to be with friends and to dabble in local theater after a long career based in New York. The daughter of opera star Ralph Errolle Smith, she was born in Los Angeles while her father was on tour.

In the 1930s, '40s and '50s, Ms. Errolle was a leading light in New York's opera circles, performing title roles in La Traviata and La Boheme at the Metropolitan Opera, and singing opposite her father, a tenor, in Carmen, Faust, and other operas.

She also became known for the roles she played in Broadway shows, appearing often in regional performances of Kiss Me Kate and Merry Widow. She was in the first national company of The Sound of Music, playing the baroness Elsa.

In her last known performance, she played Mother Abbess in an early '90s production of The Sound of Music at the Golden Apple in Sarasota. In that role, as the nun who mentors Maria, she gave a tear-inducing rendition of Climb Every Mountain

She died at her home in Sarasota in 2002 under suspicious circustances.

Source: www.saintpetersburgtimes.com/2002/05/02/State/Suspicions_attend_the.shtml

David Shengold, who writes about the arts for Time Out New York, Playbill, Opera News, and other venues. makes this contribution in response to the information from the Saint Petersburg Times shown above:
"May I point out that Marthe Errolle, according to the Metropolitan Opera's Online Annals, never sang there at all, at least under that name; her father certainly did. Nor *could* a singer perform the "title role" in LA BOHEME!"

Christina Gillespie Christina Gillespie
"My Fair Lady" 1964

Ms. Gillespie played Lady Anne in the original broadway production of "Camelot" and appeared in "Ernest in Love" a musical version of "The Importance of Being Ernest" the Cherry Lane Theatre in 1960.

Marilyn Landers Marilyn Landers
"The Chocolate Soldier" 1962
"Show Boat" 1964
"The Sound of Music" 1964

Marilyn Landers has become a Music Circus favorite after starring in previous performances of "The Merry Widow", "The Student Prince", and "Desert Song". She made her stage debut in a Los Angeles production of "Oklahoma!", as understudy to one of the leads and eventurally took over the role. A winner of the San Francisco Opera Company auditions, Miss Landers has sung principal roles in a number of operas. Broadway audiences saw her in "Bye Bye Birdie". Massachusetts-born and Connecticut-educated, she lived with her family in Washington, DC.

Leslie Redford Leslie Redford
"My Fair Lady" 1964 (Henry Higgins)

Robert Roman Robert Roman
"The Music Man" 1962 (Harold Hill)
"Camelot" 1964 (King Arthur)
"Kiss Me, Kate" 1964
"No Strings" 1964
"The Music Man" 1964 (Harold Hill)
"The Fantasticks" 1967 (The Narrator)

BOB ROMAN (Arthur) is a former professional baseball player for the Cleveland Indians who made his Broadway debut portraying a baseball player in "Damn Yankees". His other main stem appearances have been in "Bells Are Ringing", "Most Happy Fella", "Girls Against The Boys" and "Green Willow". Film-goers have seen him in "Face In The Crowd", "Sweet Smell of Success" and "Pal Joey". His television credits include "Line Up", "Gunsmoke" and "I Love Lucy". In 1968, he appeared on the New York stage in Maggie Flynn.

Marie Santell Marie Santell
"The Music Man" 1964

Marie Santell's Broadway credits include: La Cage aux Folles, Mack & Mabel, 1973 revival of The Pajama Game, 1971 revival of On the Town, Flora, The Red Menace, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (understudied Philia), The Music Man.

Kenneth Smith
"The Sound of Music" 1964

Virginia Vestoff Virginia Vestoff
"Camelot" 1964 (Guenivere)

VIRGINIA VESTOFF (Guenevere) is making her local debut. Broadway audi- ences have seen her in "From A to Z" and "Irma La Douce". Miss Vestoff also played "Irma" in the road company production and before the Kennedy's in Washington, D. C. Chicago play-goers have seen her in "Put It In Writing" and she appeared at Tamiment for a season. Off-Broadway, she graced "Fall- out", "The Crystal Heart" and "The Boyfriend". Most recently, she was seen in the "Upstairs" show at New York's "Upstairs at the Downstairs". The daughter of two vaudeville performers, Virginia Vestoff was orphaned at a young age. Her Russian-born father died when she was 7; her mother died two years later. Virginia went to live with relatives and escaped her sorrow by performing on stage. At age 12 she took third place on The Ted Mack Amateur Hour and soon had a professional gig in the Children's Chorus of the New York City Opera Company. She attended the New York High School for the Performing Arts.

Virginia made her Broadway debut in a review called From A to Z, and went on to play Daisy in Baker Street, a Sherlock Holmes musical. She was the standby for Elizabeth Seale, the lead in Irma La Douce, a role she played for five weeks in New York and later on tour, including a performance for President Kennedy at the White House. Virginia originated the role of Abigail Adams in the Broadway hit in 1969, and received a Tony nomination. Chicago play-goers have seen her in "Put It In Writing" and she appeared at Tamiment for a season. Off-Broadway, she graced "Fallout", "The Crystal Heart" and "The Boyfriend". She has also performed in the "Upstairs" show at New York's "Upstairs at the Downstairs".

While Elizabeth Hubbard took a yearlong break from her Emmy-winning role of Dr. Althea Davis in the NBC soap The Doctors, Virginia played the role from 1969 to '70. In 1970 she joined the cast of Dark Shadows. She played Samantha for four months, beginning in September 1970. After leaving Dark Shadows she continued to act; including parts in the film version of 1776 and Robert Altman's A Wedding (1978).

She died of cancer at age 42, in 1982.

Excerpted from 'Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows', by Craig Hamrick.
Copyright 2004. Used with permission.

Source: www.darkshadowsonline.com/where-vestoff.html
Source: Music Circus Playbill.

Jack Washburn Jack Washburn
"The Chocolate Soldier" 1962
"Camelot" 1964 (Lancelot)

Mr. Washburn first appeared at the Music Circus in 1954 in "The Chocolate Soldier". At the time, he and his bride fell in love with the local scenery and decided, several years later, to become permanent residents of this area. He has had featured roles on Broadway in "Fanny" and Irving Berlin's "Mr. President", and played the romantic lead in the Jones Beach production of "Paradise Island" in 1962.

Jack's Broadway credits include: Mr. President (1962), Fanny (1956). He appeared in the film, The Black Orchid with Sophia Loren and Anthony Quinn in 1958. On March 15, 1992, Mr. Washburn died at 64 in New Hope, PA after a long illness.

Emily Yancy Emily Yancy
"No Strings" 1964

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