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1963 Resident Company
Singers: Julie Anderson, Connie Blake, Lori Browne, Jim Carson, Bill Dowd, Jay Gregory, Mary Jay, Richard MacDonald, Jane Mellin, Tim Nolan, Pat Sapia, Max Shoaf, Michael Valenti.
Dancer:Elinor Coffee, Neil Jones, Dorothy Lister, George Mamales, Joan Meyer, Frank Piper, Denny Shearer.
Resident Company Singer 1963
"The Pajama Game" 1963 (Mae)
A Georgia peach, tiny Miss Anderson
attended Wesleyan College and made
her debut in "Leave It To Jane" in New
York, afterwards playing in "Little Mary
Sunshine". Stock has found her in "West
Side Story" and "The Student Prince",
in addition to her many "bits" this summer, and she has been active in children's theatre in such tours as "Tom
Edison and the Wonderful Why" and
"Young Abe Lincoln."
"Brigadoon" 1963 (Harry Beaton)
Mr. Andre recently danced in "Oklahoma!" at New York's City Center, and
earlier this Spring danced in "Brigadoon"
at the White House for the President. He
was a soloist for the Royal Winnipeg
Ballet in 1961-62. He has worked with
Agnes De Mille, George Balanchine, and
Brian McDonald, having trained with
the School of American Ballet, the American Ballet Center, the Ballet Theatre
and Matt Mattox in dance, Stella Adier
for acting and the Philadelphia Institute
of Music for voice. He has worked in
many of the summer theatres and has
created roles in ballet, modern and jazz
works at Tamiment, Pa.
"Brigadoon" 1963 (Tommy Albright)
"South Pacific" 1963 (Lt. Cable)
Mr. Armbruster was literally born into showbusiness. His parents toured the
country during the hey-day of vaudeville, and also appeared in "Tattle Tails"
with Frank Fay and Barbara Stanwyck. He made his debut at age six in a night-
club act his parents were doing, and as a young boy he was an avid magic fan.
Further training in both music and drama came from College of the Pacific,
Santa Barbara College and UCLA, and he also studied privately with John
Charles Thomas and Richard Bonelli. Concurrently he appeared as guest soloist with the Stockton, Vallejo and Santa
Rosa Symphonies and presented "Richard Armbruster In Concert". He performed with the San Francisco Drama
Guild and at the Philadelphia Music Festival. While in the army he appeared
on "Soldiers Parade" and "Talent Patrol," and won first place in the All
Army Talent Contest in the finals held on the Ed Sullivan Show. Upon discharge, he was selected to appear in the
"Salute To France" production of "Oklahoma!" which led to his role in the road
company of "Plain and Fancy." Since then Broadway has seen him as Marius
in "Fanny," and in "Goldilocks," "Beg, Borrow or Steal," and "Lock Up Your
Daughters". Both dramatic and musical stock have provided summer occupation,
and he has appeared widely in television, commercials and industrial shows.
"Carousel" 1963 (Jigger Craigin)
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1963 (Christmas Morgan)
Mr. Bittner was best known for his Shakespearean roles. He appeared in more than 40 productions and was a runner-up for the Clarence Derwent Award in 1954 for his performances in Richard III and Coriolanus. In 1958, he won critical acclaim for various appearances in productions of the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conn.
He made his Broadway debut in 1942 in Nathan the Wise. Other Broadway credits are All the King's Men, a 1948 revival of Room Service, Witness for the Prosecution and Tiger at the Gates.
Bittner, a baritone, made his singing debut in the New York City Opera's production of Shostokovich's Katerina Ismailova in 1965. Other opera roles with the company included Assan in The Consul and Sacristan in Tosca.
Born in Omaha, Bittner graduated from the U. of Nebraska in 1940 and continued his studies at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in New York.
Jack Bittner, stage and TV actor and opera singer, died at age 76 on June 26, 1993 in New York of a heart attack.
Costume Supervisor 1963
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Raymond Janney)
Charlie was a performer as well as a designer. He was the head of the Drama Deparment of Lamar State College, in Beaumont, Texas, his home state before moving to New York City. Mr. Blackburn designed the costumes for the original production of "The Fantasticks" when it premiered at Barnard College and then was in the cast of the long-running off-Broadway hit when it opened at Manhattan's Sullivan Street Theatre. He made his acting debut in "Twelth Night" at the American Shakespeare Festival in Connecticut.Mr. Blackburn is a graduate of the Drama Department of the U. of Texas, he headed the drama department of Lamar State college in Texas for eight years, and was visiting professor of drama at Maryville College in Tennessee. On TV he was seen on The Defenders, Naked City, and various commercials.
Charlie also was the Costume Designer for the Music Circus.
Resident Company Singer 1963
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Rose Fernandez)
Lori went on to perform in The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd in 1965 and then in It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman in 1966. She is now living happily married in upper New York State.
"South Pacific" 1963 (Liat)
Miss Cardinoza began her theatrical
career as one of the royal children in
'The King and I" with Yul Brynner and
the late Gertrude Lawrence, playing the
full Broadway run, and later touring the
U. S. and Canada as one of the royal
dancers. She played a Japanese serving
girl in "A Majority of One", on Broadway, and in summer theatre she has
played at the Papermill Playhouse, the
Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, and the
Mineola Playhouse, as well as here at the Music Circus.
Yvette, who is of Polish and Filipino
descent, has played the parts of Siamese,
Tonkinese, and Japanese, but has yet to
play the part of a Filipino.
Resident Company Singer 1963
"The Pajama Game" 1963 (Salesman)
A winner of the Chicago Musicland
opera Festival, Michigan State graduate
Jim Carson made his professional debut
in an Oldsmobile industrial show. Although his stock credits in such shows
as "Guys and Dolls", "Damn Yankees",
"Lil Abner", and "Kismet", belie another
career, he was a golf professional at the
Walnut Hills Country Club in Lansing, Michigan and tangled with other pros in many tournaments.
He is a member of the Lyric Arts Opera company in New York.
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Cherry Jourdel)
Miss Charnay was first featured on
Broadway with Claudette Colbert in
"Julia, Jake, and Uncle Joe", and in "A
Family Affair", in which she also under -tudied Eileen Heckart, and she made
her debut in "Tonight in Samarkand".
Off-Broadway she has been seen in several of the Circle in the Square Productions, and she has graced summer stock
in Woodstock, Litchfield, Lakewood, and
Fitchburg. As a singer-actress, Miss
Charnay has appeared in a number of
musical revues, including Jerry Herman's
"Mixed Company", and a number of
Boston revues. She has also entertained
from nightclub floors and at resorts,
principally at Upstairs at the Duplex,
Showplace, Pin-Up, Montauk Manor,
Camp Tamiment and Barrow Lodge.
Miss Charnay is a familiar figure to
watchers of The Defenders, PM, Suspense, and The Goldbergs. She attended
the U. of Wisconsin, Columbia, the
American Academy and the Theatre
"Carousel" 1963 (Louise)
Cathy Conklin appeared on Broadway as the flower girl in My Fair Lady in 1956 in the dance troupe in All American which starred Ray Bolger in 1962. Fellow actor in this production on Carousel, Reid Shelton, was also in the original My Fair Lady with Ms. Conklin.
"Brigadoon" 1963 (Meg Brockie)
"Damn Yankees" 1963 (Gloria Thorpe)
Brown-eyed Shirley Dalzell is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New
York and holds a bachelor's degree in Music from Cornell College out in Iowa.
A Music Circus favorite, she has played in a number of shows here including
"Music Man", "Gypsy", "Three Penny Opera", "Fiorello", "Pal Joey", "Desert
Song", "Destry Rides Again", and "Bye Bye Birdie". Other stock credits include
the New London Players, the Papermill Playhouse, and the Gladiator Arena
Theatre. Off-Broadway audiences have caught Miss Dalzell in "Sweet Mianie,"
and "An Evening With Chekhov". At Phase 2, in New York, she also was
featured in "Pass the Nuts".
"The Student Prince" 1963 (The Duchess)
Miss Deering made her debut with the
Shuberts in "White Lilacs," "New
Moon," "Three Little Girls," and any
number of others. More recently she
has been seen in "Red Head," "Tom
Sawyer" and "Destry Rides Again,"
among others. A music graduate from
Texas Christian University, Miss Deering
has appeared on all major programs on
television, including Ed Sullivan, Jackie
Gleason, Jack Paar, Red Skelton, Columbia Workshop, Dupont, the Old Vic
Hamlet, Art Carney specials, U. S. Steel
and Car 54. Other Broadway credits in
her dossier are "Great Day," "Red
Robe," "Naked Genius," "Salvation,"
"On A String," and "Auntie Mame." She
has appeared in such stock hits as "Show
Boat" and "Call Me Madam," and she
acted extensively on radio commercials
and films have also kept Miss Deering
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1963 (Prince DeLong)
Singing actor, Warde Donovan is from
California and completed his formal
education at Oxford University in England. His uncle, Rollo Peters, (the Rollo-
Peters-Jane Cowl "Romeo and Juliet")
still holds the record for consecutive
Broadway performances) instilled in him
the desire to go on the stage, and he
trained by acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. Returning from World War II,
he was signed to a contract by NEC,
and his first Broadway exposure was in
the title role in "Toplitzky of Notre
Dame". "My Romance", "Tickets
Please", "By the Beautiful Sea", "Wonderful Town", and the City Center revival of "The Merry Widow" are other
starring vehicles on Broadway. British audiences saw Warde starring in
"Zip Goes a Million" for a year and a
half. He has introduced both the new
Cadillacs and Fords on several occasions
via their industrial shows, and top night
clubs in Hollywood, Miami, New York,
and London have presented his sophisticated act. In addition to many summer
performances, he recently starred in
"Kiss Me, Kate" in San Juan, and frequent television appearances have made
his acting familiar to all viewers of the
"Pajama Game" 1963 (Hines)
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.
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Detleff)
"Brigadoon" 1963 (Charlie Dalrymple)
Mr. Ericksen's showbusiness career really began when he won the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts in 1954. His first
thought was not the theatre — he majored in Dairy Industry at college. But he
began studying at the Mannes College
and the Manhattan School of Music
workshop, and his voice began to take
charge of his future. On Broadway he
has played in two musicals, "Donnybrook" and "Kean", and in musical stock
he has sung "Brigadoon", "Song of Norway", and "The King and I". He was a
soloist for Fred Waring on television,
and other credits in that medium are the
Bell Telephone Hour, Project 20, and the
Art Carney Show. Like many a tenor
before him he has played the Palace, and
his night club appearances are many.
Mr. Ericksen's versatility is further
shown by his extensive experience in
grand opera and he has worked in industrial shows for Chevrolet and Ford
"Carnival" 1963 (Princess Olga)
"Can Can" 1963 (Claudine)
Miss Frank "lit up" the Music Circus
last season as the battery-charged stripper "Electra" in "Gypsy," and danced
earlier this season as Maggie in "Brigadoon." A favorite with Broadway choreographers, she has danced featured roles
in "Li'l Abner", "Once Upon A Mattress", "Tenderloin", "Sail Away", and
most recently, "No Strings". Dottie has
appeared on almost every major television show, including The Gershwin Years,
and has just completed her first movie,
"The Cardinal". She toured last winter
in a "package" of "Can-Can" which
played her home town of St. Louis, as
well as the Coconut Grove in Los
Angeles. Following this engagement —
she will also play Claudine in the up-
coming production of "Can-Can", she
will journey to Maine to play the title
role in "Gypsy."
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1963 (Monsignor Ryan)
"Brigadoon" 1963 (Mr. Lundie)
Mr. Gaige was last seen on Broadway in
the musical "Saratoga", and prior to that
had appeared with Helen Hayes in
"Time Remembered". Jones Beach's
"Song of Norway" tested his vocal prowess for a summer, and he created the
role of Jawan in "Kismet", touring with
the show after its long Broadway run.
He has just returned from Los Angeles
where he repeated this same role. Beginning as a member of the famous Alcazar stock company in San Francisco,
he has played in stock, repertoire, tent
shows, and even on show boats. His first
New York appearance was in the short-
lived "Appearances", after which he
shifted to musicals for the Shuberts,
playing in "A Wonderful Night", "Music Hath Charms", "Three Waltzes",
"You Never Know", and "Bitter Sweet".
He toured with "You Can't Take It
With You", "Our Town", "Three's A
Family", and after the Broadway run of
"Song of Norway", he toured as
Count Peppi. He also toured with the
national company of "The Tenth Man".
All the major summer musical companies have used his talents, and he is almost a regular with the Los Angeles
Civic Light Opera.
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Julio Valveras)
Mr. Grilley returns to the Music Circus after four years on Broadway and
abroad. After taking over the role of
"Tony" in "West Side Story" on Broadway, he was chosen to head the Israel-
European company on its tour, winning
personal acclaim for his portrayal of the
ill-fated Romeo. Mr. Grilley has also
appeared on Broadway in "My Fair
Lady", "Finian's Rainbow", and "I Can
Get It For You Wholesale". His motion
picture credits, all at 20th Century-Fox,
include appearances in "South Pacific",
"The Young Lions", and "Singing Idol".
After beginning his singing career as a
protege of Lotte Lehmann studying German leider and opera, he played Sam
Kaplan in the West Coast premiere of
Kurt Weill's "Street Scene". He was a
featured tenor with the "Voices of Walter Schumann," and on television he has
appeared with Ernie Ford, Rosemary
Clooney, in the spectacular of "Wonderful Town", and was an Arthur Godfrey
Talent Scouts winner. He has toured in
concert and night club appearances with
Kay Starr, Edith Piaf, "Four Jacks and
a Jill", and Betty Hutton. He was last
seen here in the productions of "The
Merry Widow" and "Brigadoon," and he
has over 15 feature roles to his credit in
summer theatre as well as numerous
oratorios and operas.
"Damn Yankees" 1963 (Van Buren)
"Irma La Deuce" 1963 (Polyte-Le-Mou)
Mr. Harder has just completed one
month each at the Westchester Dinner
Theatre in "Brigadoon", "Do-Re-Mi",
"Annie Get Your Gun", and "Wish You
Were Here", and he played one of the
gangsters in "Kiss Me Kate at the Bergen Mall Theatre. He made his New
York debut in the off-Broadway "Bonds
of Interest", as the Captain, and has also
appeared in the E.L.T. revival of "On
The Town" in 1959. His extensive experience in stock and with the University Players in Princeton goes back to
1949, where he first worked as an actor
at the Cape Cod Theatre. Musical tents
in Clio and Farmington, Michigan, the
Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas, the
Chicago Melody Top, The East Rochester tent, the Bradford Roof Dinner
Theatre in Boston, and the St. Louis
Dinner Theatre have used his acting
abilities, as well, and he played the featured role in the picture "The Changing
Tides." Television has included The Lawbreaker, The Nautilus, Armstrong, Ed
Sullivan, and Stars in your Eyes.
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Lutz)
Mr. Hamilton, whose last Broadway appearance was in "Blood, Sweat, and Stanley Poole," has worked in musical stock
in such musicals as "Bye Bye Birdie",
"Guys and Dolls", "Damn Yankees",
"South Pacific", "Annie Get Your Gun",
and "Finian's Rainbow", and as a dramatic actor in "The Glass Menagerie",
"The Lady's Not For Burning", "Period
of Adjustment", "The Cave Dwellers",
"The American Dream", and "Twelfth
Night". His resent screen appearance was in
"The Mugger", and he worked on the
film dubbing of "Three Girls In Rome".
Television credits are major dramatic
shows such as Studio One, Kraft, and
Armstrong, and he has worked regularly
in daytime serials and documentaries.
He has also had wide experience in television and radio commercials.
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1963 (Mrs. McGlone)
Miss Hayes began her professional career at the Bucks County Playhouse
in "Miss Mabel" while she was a freshman at Syracuse University. She has
studied with Robert Lewis, Jose Quintero and Stella Adier, and is currently a
member of Tamara Darkayhanova's actors group. Broadway first glimpsed her
as a triple understudy for Kay Medford,
Doretta Morrow and Dorothy Greener
in "Poker Game", and her Broadway
and off-Broadway credits are many. Most
recently she was seen at the Mayfair
Theatre in "Hey You, Light Man", and
while rehearsing for "In The Counting
House" on Broadway last year, she commuted by plane every day between Boston and New York to appear nightly
in her first musical, "Threepenny
Opera". Other Broadway roles have been
in such plays as "Daughter of Silence",
"Happy As Larry", "Way of the World",
"Invitation To a March", "U.S.A.", and
"A Clearing in the Woods". In the past
several months, televiewers have caught
Miss Hayes on two "Naked City" programs, and she has appeared on the afternoon serial "Edge of Night". Both she
and her husband were reared in Philadelphia and were married there.
"Tenderloin" 1961 (Gertie)
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Elizabeth Woodling)
"The Pajama Game" 1963 (Mabel)
Miss Hudson, a favorite of Music Circus
audiences, scored here last year in "The
Music Man," and previously in such hits
as "Tenderloin" and "Fanny." Last year
her Broadway exposure was in "New
Faces of 1962" She first came to N. Y.
as a Texas co-winner with Van Cliburn
in a national talent contest with exposure at Carnegie Hall. She made her
professional debut touring in "The Student Prince", as the Grand Duchess, and
the New York productions in her dossier are "Triad", "The Golden Apple",
"The Tattooed Countess", and "Young
Abe Lincoln". Miss Hudson spent last
winter in Europe, and comes to the
Music Circus fresh from a U. S. production of "The Boys From Syracuse".
If her face seems familiar to you, it's
not surprising. She made a series of
tablet detergent commercials for television with comedian Wally Cox.
Travis' Broadway credits include: Broadway Follies (1981), The Grand Tour (1979), revival of Very Good Eddie (1975), The Grass Harp (1971), and New Faces of 1962 (1962).
Resident Company Singer 1963
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Princess Margaret)
From Bangor, Maine, and from the very
popular company of "Little Mary Sunshine" off-Broadway, Miss Jay comes to
the Music Circus after extensive training at the American Theatre Wing for
acting, Caroll Hollitzer for voice, and
Matt Maddox for dance. She has played
leading and featured roles in both dramatic and musical stock and community
theatre, in such durable vehicles as
"Oklahoma!", "The King and I", "The
Importance of Being Earnest", "Auntie
Mame", "The Insect Comedy", and "Twelfth Night". She is under contract to Radar Record Co. in New York.
"Can Can" 1963 (Boris Adzinidzinadze)
Mr. Kass gave up accountancy to become a dance instructor for Arthur Murray, and found himself in television via
the Arthur Murray TV Party show, on
which he made frequent appearances. A
subsequent self-written night club act
brought him to the attention of the producers of a company of "Kiss Me Kate"
in which he appeared as one of the
"Brush Up Your Shakespeare" gangsters.
This was followed by a tour of "Wonderful Town," and since that time he has
played the leading music theatres, tents
and dinner theatre throughout the
country, in such vehicles as "Damn
Yankees", "Oklahoma!", "High Button
Shoes", "Can-Can", "The Pajama Game",
and "Guys and Dolls". For two seasons
Mr. Kass appeared with the British Colonial Theatre in Nassau, and recently
completed a tour of Iceland, Greenland,
and Newfoundland in the USO production of "Broadway USA." In the increasingly popular revue medium, he has
played with "Devil's Food" in Boston,
with "Six Overboard" in Miami Beach
and off-Broadway with "Oysters".
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1963 (Shamus Tobin)
"Brigadoon" 1963 (Andrew MacLaren)
"Carnival" 1963 (Jacquot)
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Salem Trumbull)
Broadway first saw Concord-born Daniel
Keyes as understudy for Burgess Meredith in "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" after he had toured for two
years as Dowdy and the Captain in
"Mister Roberts." A Harvard graduate,
Mr. Keyes has a long list of Broadway
and off-Broadway hits in his dossier:
"Bus Stop," "Inherit The Wind," "The
Man Who Never Died," "Our Town,"
"Only in America," "Christine," "Epi-
taph for George Dillon," "First Love,"
the Wilder plays at the Circle in the
Square, and "Take Her, She's Mine" are
among the notable successes. The stage
has shared his talents with television of
recent years, and he has appeared on
Secret Storm, Young Dr. Malone, Hall-
mark Playhouse, Circle Theatre, and
Naked City among others. Outside the
theatre, Mr. Keyes has worked in mer-
chandising and in machine tool manu-
Daniel Keyes' other Broadway credits include: Requiem for a Heavyweight (1985), Passione (1980), Angel (1978), Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land (1977), Rainbow Jones (1974), Mourning Becomes Electra [Revival] (1972), Scratch (1971), A Place for Polly (1970), The Wrong Way Light Bulb (1969), I Never Sang for My Father (1968), Dinner at Eight [Revival] (1966), Baker Street (1965), Christine (1960), and Only in America (1959).
"South Pacific" 1963 (Luther Billis)
A native born Greenwich Villager, Mr. Kirby did not decide to become a thespian until after he was married and his
two sons were born. He held a variety of jobs, ranging from exterminator to singing waiter—in which latter position he was advised by Alice Ghostley and Kaye Ballard to go on the stage. He began by studying with Lee Strassberg, and since has acted in "The Ponder Heart," "La Ronde" at the Circle in the Square and "Morning's at Seven" at the Cherry Lane. In fact, he played in both of these last two at the same time, changing costumes in the car taking him from one theatre to the other. Televiewers have seen him on Phiico, Goodyear, Omnibus, Bilko, The Nurses and The Defenders, and he was regularly Patrolman Kissel on "Car 54" last year.
Bruce Kirby made his Broadway bow at age 40 in the 1965 production "Diamond Orchid". More stage work followed, and then movie assignments, commencing with the all-star "Catch 22" (1970), and continuing into the 1980s with such productions as "Sweet Dreams" (1985) and "Throw Momma from the Train" (1987). Kirby's TV career has embraced both series successes (1989's "Anything But Love", as Jamie Lee Curtis' father), ignoble failures (1976's "Holmes and Yoyo", as Henry Sedford), and a few projects which never sold (Kirby was in two busted pilots for something called "McNamara's Band"). In 1984, Kirby returned to Broadway to understudy Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman in the revival of "Death of a Salesman". Bruce Kirby, sometimes billed as Bruce Kirby Sr., was the father of actor Bruno Kirby, who formerly billed himself as B. Kirby Jr.
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"Carousel" 1963 (Nettie Fowler)
Miss Krebs has sung the role of Nettie
at the Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh
and the Starlight Musicals in Indianapolis. A member of the New York City
Opera Company, with which she also
toured, she has presented three German
Lieder recitals in New York. Miss Krebs
has appeared at the Maramoor Festival's
outdoor Venetian Theatre singing in
"Troilus and Cressida", "Dido and Ae-
naes", "The Chocolate Soldier", and
"South Pacific". In the summer of 1960,
Richard Rodgers insisted that she create
the role of Mother Abbess in the National Company of "The Sound of Music", and she has toured the country in
this role, taking Mr. Hammerstein's admonition "Climb Every Mountain" quite
literally. She has been soloist for many
of the famous symphony orchestras and
this fall. Miss Krebs will head the voice
department at Carnegie Institute of
Technology in Pittsburgh.
"Carousel" 1963 (Carrie Pipperidge)
A graduate from Northwestern University, Miss Lehman first trod the boards
professionally while still in college, at
the Kansas City Starlight Theatre two
seasons ago. New York first saw her as
a member of the chorus and understudy
in "I Can Get It For You Wholesale",
eventually going on for practically every
female in the show. Miss Lehman's first
role in a musical was as Patience Snow in Carousel,
in 1952 in her home town of Fort
Wayne, and in this production she is playing the
role of Carrie Snow, Patience's mother. She appeared in a topical review, "Five Faces
Out" at Boston's Statler Hilton Hotel,
and has made a children's record "The
Bluebird Home Playhouse."
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Gretchen)
"Damn Yankees" 1963 (Sister)
"The Pajama Game" 1963 (Gladys)
Philadelphian Peggy LeRoy attended
Jacksonville University in Florida and
also studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. At age 10 she was
paid for a Fanny Brice monologue,
but it wasn't until last year in "The
Golden Apple" at the York Playhouse
that she was reviewed by the aisle sitters in New York. Stock credits include
leads in "Two for the Seesaw," "The
Rose Tattoo," "The Miracle Worker,"
and "South Pacific," and she played in "Greenwich Willage U.S.A., at the Bon Soir, in "The Tattooed Countess" at the Barbizon Plaza, and in "Roaring 20's" off-Broadway. Television emphasis has been on commercials, and she has worked widely in radio. She owns the cooky pink sheep-dog who won attention in "The Good Soldier Schweik" off-Broadway.
Resident Company Dancer 1963
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Prima Ballerina)
Miss Lister, one of the regular dancers
at the Music Circus, was soloist with the
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Pour
Swans, the Pas de Trois in "Raymonda"
and the Scrub Girl in "Gaite Parisianne." A native of Pensacola Florida. Miss
Lister studied at NYU and at Hunter
College. She danced for four years with
the Ballet Russe, and has also danced at
Radio City Music Hall, where at one
point she was stuck up in the air for a
full hour. TV credits include the Ed
Sullivan Show and the Bell Telephone
Resident Company Dancer 1963
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Premier Danseuse)
Mr. Mamales, our assistant choreographer, has soloed with the San Francisco
Ballet, and was lead dancer with the
Brooklyn Ballet, and Radio City Music
Hall as well as with the Pittsburgh Civic
Opera and the Kansas City Starlight
Theatre. A graduate of the University
of Utah, Mr. Mamales was Pepe in the Music Circus' 1962 production of
"West Side Story", and has
regularly danced major roles here over the past two years.
"South Pacific" 1963 (Bloody Mary)
Born in Georgetown, Ga., Miss Martin
attended high school in Gloversville, N.Y., later attending Howard University
and studying voice with Todd Duncan.
Her professional debut was at the St.
George Hotel in Brooklyn where she
remained for three years. From there
she went to Los Angeles, singing at the
Trocadero. Her first Brodway show was
"Finian's Rainbow", as "the necessity
girl", and she understudied and replaced
Pearl Bailey in "Arms and the Girl". At
City Center she sang in "Kiss Me, Kate",
and sang the "Drum Song" in Carmen
Jones. Her summer experience includes
Cleveland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Valley Forge, Oakdale, Warwick, Danbury,
Syracuse and Rochester, in such musicals
as "Showboat", "By the Beautiful Sea",
"Kiss Me, Kate", and "South Pacific".
Niteries such as the Village Vanguard,
Cafe Society, London's Jack of Clubs,
and the Town & Country have featured
her talents, and she has appeared on
Tallulah Bankhead's variety hour on
television. She is a licensed practical
nurse studying to be a R.N.
"Irma La Douce" 1963 (Jojo Lex Yeux Sales)
Provincetown, Mass. produced Mr. Morea, and he attended both Boston University and Harvard in Beantown. Auditioning for the chorus of "The Golden Apple" at the York Theatre in New York,
he was cast in the principal role of
Menelaus under director Robert Turoff.
Playing a 60-year-old at age 22 presented
its problems, as agents would not believe
he was not an older man, but someone
from David Merrick's office saw the
show, and offered him a role in the
touring company of "Irma La Douce",
so he took to the road. Three revues in
Boston seasoned him for that medium,
and recently he has been doing club
work at The Duplex, Showplace, and The
Roaring Twenties, in N.Y. He is a student of Berghof Studio, and stock engagements have been at Provincetown, the
Bar Harbor Summer Theatre and the
Charles Street Playhouse in Boston.
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Jake Whippany)
"The Pajama Game" 1963 (Prez)
Mr. Morton left the off-Broadway hit, "Riverwind", to com to the Music Circus this season.
His debut was in a tour with
Tallulah Bankhead, Joan Blondell, and
Estelle Winwood in "Crazy October",
and in New York he has played in "Say,
Darling" and "Come Out, Carlo". He
toured in "West Side Story", and sum-
mer stock plays include "Tall Story",
"The Reluctant Debutante", and "Bus
Stop" as well as musicals. He is Kentucky born, Northwestern educated, and
studies with Lee Strasberg. He has played nightclubs from St. Thomas in the
Virgin Islands to San Francisco, including the Blue Angel and Julius Monk's in
New York. With Hal Holbrook and
singer Lovelady Powell, he started the
first of the Upstairs supper clubs in
"Carnival" 1963 (Mr. Schlegel)
"Can Can" 1963 (Judge Paul Barriere)
"Paint Your Wagon" 1963 (Jacob Woodling)
Mr. Sevier is by his own admission a
Tennessean to the core; a native of Chattanooga he attended the University of
Chattanooga and the University of North
Carolina. He worked in Tennessee political campaigns, also touring with Senator Kefauver in the '48 campaign, and
was sargeant-at-arms in the Tennessee
legislation before beginning his theatrical career in 1952. His first professional
role was in "Horn in the West", Kernmit
Hunter's outdoor drama in the Smokey
Mountains, and New York first saw him
when he entered "Destry Rides Again"
to sing the Prologue and play the role of
Claggett. For three years he was in residence at the Papermill Playhouse playing
a number of straight roles and has recently worked with the National Opera
Company as production manager, singer
and stage director, including in his
repertoire Don Pasquale, and Martha.
"Can Can" 1963 (Hilliare Jussac)
A native of Pittsburgh, Kansas, Mr.
Shafer made his debut in the musical
"At Home Abroad", and the following
season found him in "The Show Is On",
with Beatrice Lillie and Bert Lahr. Then
came "Hooray For What", starring Ed
Wynn. In 1939, he first appeared with
the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the first
of a long series of musical stock appearances over the years. He created the
leading role of Rikard in "Song of Norway," and named his son Rik in honor
of that show. He was the original Joe
Boyd in "Damn Yankees" and also played the role in the movie. Last winter saw
him in a Lambs Club production of
"Paint Your Wagon", playing Ben Rumson, originally created by James Barton.
"Carousel" 1963 (Enoch Snow)
Mr. Shelton left "My Fair Lady" after
five years and two months of touring in
the role of Freddie, and after singing
"On the Street Where You Live" more
than two thousand times. He played opposite seven different Elizas and eight
different Higginses including Julie Andrews, Anne Rodgers, Rex Harrison and
Brian Ahern. His Broadway credits include a year understudying the role on
Broadway before being signed to tour,
plus the Giancarlo Menotti Pulitzer
Prize opera "The Saint of Bleeker
Street", which he also repeated on TV
for the NBC Opera. He appeared in "By
the Beautiful Sea", "Wish You Were
Here", and City Center's "Wonderful
Town". At Dallas, Valley Forge and
other musical theatres he has essayed a
variety of featured and starring roles.
He holds a Bachelors degree in music
from Willematic University and a Mas-
ters degree in voice from the U. of
Michigan. Televiewers have seen him
in Madame Butterfly on NBC Opera,
and on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Mr. Shelton is probably best remembered for creating the role of Daddy Warbucks in Annie in 1977. He was also seen in "Oh What a Lovely War" (1965), "Canterbury Tales" (1969), "The Rothchilds" (1972), and "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" (1976).
Mr. Shelton died of a stroke in Portland, OR on June 8, 1997, at the age of 72.
Resident Company Singer 1963
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Tarnitz)
Among the many supporting roles Mr.
Shoaf has played at the Music Circus
both in 1962 and this year is that of Floyd
in "Fiorello," and he had previously
toured the U. S. in "Once Upon a Mattress" with Buster Keaton and Dody
Goodman. Once soloist with the National
Chorus of America, he has been seen
on television on the Arthur Godfrey
Show and Ford Startime. One of his
favorite singing roles is Lun Tha in "The
King And I," which he has performed
in Toronto, and elsewhere.
"Carnival" 1963 (Marco the Magnificent)
After receiving his degree from the University of Maryland, Mr. Shurr attended
the Neighborhood Playhouse in New
York, and while acting in a play opposite Joanne Woodward there, he was
cast in the Phoenix Theatre's first show,
"Madame, Will You Walk," starring
Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. He has
appeared on the New York stage in revivals of "Kiss Me Kate" and "Finian's
Rainbow," followed by "Hit The Trail,"
"The Time of Your Life" and "Carnival!" His performances on television
include such shows as Perry Como,
Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan, Firestone
and Steve Alien. Ginger Rogers featured
his talents in her Las Vegas night-club
act and Mr. Shurr has staged and choreographed productions off-Brodway, in
stock and for industry. As performer or
choreographer, he has participated in
over 100 shows. Gower Champion, director of "Carnival!" on Broadway, appointed him dance captain, and besides
being stand-by for James Mitchell as
Marco, he recently returned from Chicago where he starred in the role with
Anna Maria Alberghetti. A bright spot
in his career is a three-week period in
which he taught dancing to Marilyn
"Damn Yankees" 1963 (Joe Boyd)
After Mr. Stanton graduated from Washington State College, he was in the
Paramount-Publix Vaudeville as well as
the Keith-Orpheum vaudeville circuits
for several years, after which he became a member of the NBC staff in
San Francisco, working as singer-actor-announcer for over eight years. He then
free-lanced in mostion pictures, radio,
recording, and television in Hollywood,
appearing in Hallmark, "I Led Three
Lives", "My Little Margie", and others. He
sang in Jimmy Doolittle's production of
"Vagabond King" in the Hollywood
Bowl. Coming to New York in 1953,
he was regularly employed with the television dramatic shows. He toured with
the national company of "Damn Yankees," after which he appeared on "Omnibus", "Phil Silvers", "Young Dr. Malone", and
other TV shows. Last year he was in an
off-Broadway musical, "Madame Aphrodite" and he has done many seasons
of musical stock, most recently at the
Meadowbrook Dinner Club.
"Damn Yankees" 1963 (Meg Boyd)
Miss Stinnette hails from Wichita,
Kansas, attended Northwestern University, and made her professional debut as
Queen Gertrude in "Hamlet", in Chicago.
New Yorkers first saw her as Miss Shotgrave, the secretary in "Solid Gold Cadiliac" at the Belasco theatre, and other
Broadway credits include the "Ziegfleld
Follies", "New Girl in Town", "Out of
This World", and "Leave It To Jane".
She has done many roles in musical stock
in Chicago, Pennsylvania, and New
Jersey, and has played both in classics
and straight dramatic shows. She toured
with Walter Slezak in "The Little Hut",
and also travelled in "Oklahoma!". She
has made two motion pictures, "Murder,
Inc.", and "The Young Doctors", in
which she played a nurse. Televiewers
have seen her on Phil Slivers Show,
Highway Patrol, Robert Montgomery,
Love of Life, and Martin Kane, and she
has appeared frequently in commercials
and on daytime serials.
"Carnival" 1963 (Rosalie)
Miss Travolta attended the Drama
School at Carnegie Tech, and made her
professional debut in a children's show
called "Absolutely Time" at the Provincetown Playhouse. New Yorkers have
also seen her in a revue, "Chicken in
the Bathtub" at the Encore, and she was
in "The Littlest Revue" in both Dallas
and Chicago. She played Miss Cratchett
in the national tour of "Gypsy" with
Ethel Merman, and later was in a stock
package of that show with Vivian Blaine.
Other credits are "Bye Bye Birdie" with
Andy Williams, "The Pajama Game"
with Robert Horton, and she has played
in "Irma La Douce" in stock. As a solo
night club performer, she graced Number One Fifth Avenue in New York and
the Caucus Club in Detroit.
"The Student Prince" 1963 (Doctor Engel)
When Mr. Tudor joined Equity in 1929,
he played in Victor Herbert's revivals at
the then Jolson Theatre — in "Sweet-
hearts" and then as Lt. Rene in "Mile.
Modeste" with Pritzi Scheff — which
was such a success that it moved to the
Casino Theatre and then toured. Prior
to that, Mr. Tudor had played with the
American Opera Company, doing what
was then an innovation, operas in Eng-
lish, including "The Marriage of Figaro,"
"Martha," "Faust," etc. After a year of
operatic vaudeville, Mr. Tudor starred
in a series of musicals. Some of the
many include "Revenge With Music,"
"Up in Central Park," "Miss Liberty,"
and "Flahooley," and he has been featur-
ed in over one hundred roles in musical
stock at such theatres as St. Louis
Municipal Opera, Louisville Amphi-
theatre, Indianapolis Starlight, Detroit
Melody Theatre (as director,) Cohasset,
Highland Park and Cleveland, as well as
the Lamberville Music Circus. For industry, Mr. Tudor has performed for
General Motors, Packard, Dodge, and
Standard Oil. and his list of television
credits include both singing and acting
"The Unsinkable Molly Brown" 1963 (Roberts)
Actor-director Munroe Wade appeared
the last three years at the Music Circus
in a variety of roles. A veteran member
of the Princeton University Players, he
also took part in the New Jersey Lincoln
Centennial in Trenton in 1961. He has
directed the Pennington Players, the
Savoyards of Princeton, the Childrens'
Theatre Project of the Junior League of
Trenton, and has directed films and recordings for the Commission on Human
Relations in Philadelphia. He is the author of the book and lyrics of three original musical comedies produced in
Princeton's McCarter Theatre, and in
1930 he co-authored the Princeton Triangle Show with Joshua Logan. He is
coordinator of McCarter Guild and on
the board of advisers of the McCarter
Theatre in Princeton.