Performers’ Bios – Concert
MICHELLE BRUCKNER was last at MSMT as choreographer for South Pacific and as Babette in Beauty and the Beast. She made her Broadway debut in Chicago the Musical. She received critical acclaim from Variety Magazine, with theatre reviewers across the United States and Europe when she played Sheila in A Chorus Line in the Broadway Tour of America and the European Tour. As a performer, Michelle has appeared in: The Full Monty (Pam); Jekyll and Hyde; Anything Goes; Brigadoon; Follies; Smokey Joe’s Cafe; Mame; Cats; La Cage Aux Folles; and many others. As a director/choreographer, she has worked Off-Broadway with the French Theatre Company, Deffractions, Carousel Music Theater in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and Lincoln Academy in Damariscotta, Maine. She has been choreographing the musical for the Golden Stage Society for the last four years.
SUSAN CELLA was last seen at MSMT as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof. Other shows at MSMT include Mame; Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Full Monty; Hairspray; Mary Poppins; Gypsy. Broadway: Mrs. Robinson, The Graduate; Crazy He Calls Me; Lady Jacqui, Me and My Girl (opposite Robert Lindsay and Jim Dale); Eva, Evita (Encores!); On the Twentieth Century; Allegro; Lady in the Dark. Off-Broadway: Cut Throat; Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh. National Tours: Golde, Fiddler on the Roof (opposite Theo Bikel, Topol, and Harvey Fierstein); Velma, Hairspray; Dorothy Brock, 42nd Street; Jacqueline, La Cage Aux Folles; Me and My Girl (opposite Tim Curry); Can-Can. Regional: Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike; Other Desert Cities (4 productions); Witness for the Prosecution; Noises Off; Gaslight; Sideman; Man of La Mancha; Bye Bye Birdie; A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine; Company; White Christmas; The Boyfriend; Time and Again. Film/TV: Elementary; Person of Interest; Law & Order (2 episodes); The Sopranos; Hi Honey, I’m Home! (series regular); Tavern on Jane; The Astronaut’s Wife; All My Children; Follies; and A Sondheim Celebration for PBS.
CURT DALE CLARK is pleased to enter his 6th year as Artistic Director of Maine State Music Theatre. Prior to taking the artistic helm of MSMT, he appeared in numerous productions for the theatre. Appearing at MSMT since 2005, his favorite roles include Javert in Les Miserables; The Beast in MSMT’s original Beauty and the Beast; Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone; Franz in The Producers; Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar; The UPS Man in Legally Blonde; Harold Hill in The Music Man; and The Tenor in The Irish And How They Got That Way (co-pro with Portland Stage). While at MSMT, Curt has directed productions of Fame; Godspell; A Grand Night For Singing; Tommy; and co-directed last year’s Always…Patsy Cline. This year, Curt has also directed Cinderella and I Love a Piano and co-directed Beauty and the Beast.
KAREN K. EDISSI (formerly K.K. Preece) was last seen at MSMT as Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street. Other roles over her 25 years perofrmationat MSMT include Aldonza, Man of La Mancha; Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes; Julie, Showboat; Side by Side Sondheim, Anna, King and I; Follies; Fraulien Kost, Cabaret to name a few. Broadway: Canterbury Tales Revival, B’way Salutes Lincoln Center. Off Broadway: Scrambled Feet; Kate, Kiss Me Kate (Alley Theatre, Houston); Muriel, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Canadian National Tour through U.S.); The Music Man (Drayton Festival Theatre); World Premier: Therese, Napoleon.
KATE FAHRNER is starring as Kathy Seldon in MSMT’s Singin’ in the Rain. Other roles at MSMT include Katherine, Newsies; Evita, Evita. Elsewhere: Glinda, Wicked (Broadway, Chicago); Una, Blackbird (Fulton); Miss Casewell, The Mousetrap (Fulton); Jenny, The Christians (Gulfshore); Nellie, South Pacific (Walnut, National Tour); Ellen, Miss Saigon; Jovie, Elf (Walnut, Paper Mill, Fulton); Billie Dawn, Born Yesterday; Sally Bowls, Cabaret; Fantine, Les Miserables; Maggie, A Chorus Line; Lily St. Regis, Annie; Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Audrey, Little Shop of Horrors; Rizzo, Grease.
DAVID GIROLMO is starring as R.F. Simpson in Singin’ In the Rain. Other roles at MSMT include Oliver Warbucks, Annie; Max Von Meyerling, Sunset Boulevard; Bishop of Digne, Les Miserables; Inspector Kemp/Harold the Hermit, Young Frankenstein; Herbie, Gypsy; Rev. George Adams, Chamberlain; Mayor Shinn, The Music Man; Monsignor O’Hara, Sister Act; Reg Willhouby, The Full Monty; Footloose; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Mr. Girolmo has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada. Most recently: Claude Frollo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Fulton Theatre, directed by Marc Robin). Broadway: Heresy Agent, Candide (directed by Hal Prince); Senator Copeland/Freddie/Mr. Levin/Raoul Duffy/William Paley, War Paint (directed by Michael Greif, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole). TV and Film: Congressman Langston Wirth, “Crisis” (Fox); Officer Gaines, “E.R.” (NBC); Jim Varden “Chicago P.D.” (NBC); Dr. Sirak, “Empire” (Fox); Chief Grimes, “Chicago Fire” (NBC). Hospital spokesperson Dr. Bordon, Death of a President (Feature film).
GILLIAN HASSERT was last seen at MSMT as Jan in Grease. Career highlights include Mabel on the national tour of Fame; Ursula in The Little Mermaid at The Palace Theater; Doatsey-Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at Mac-Haydn Theatre.
BIRDIE NEWMAN KATZ was last seen at MSMT as Shandel and u/s Golde and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof. Other shows at MSMT include The Music Man; Sister Act; Footloose; Titanic; The Sound of Music; Grand Hotel; Jekyll and Hyde; Les Misérables; Legally Blonde; South Pacific; Guys and Dolls; Seussical the Musical; Follies; Brigadoon; Smile; and more since 1998! National Tour: Yente, Fiddler on the Roof. Regional: Golde, Fiddler on the Roof; Eulalie, The Music Man; Peter, Peter Pan; Miss Andrew, Mary Poppins; Grandma, The Addams Family. TV: HBO’s “Empire Falls”; “At Home With the Singing Chef”.
CHARIS LEOS is starring as Dora Bailey/Ms. Dinsmore in Singin’ in the Rain. This marks Charis’ 28th appearance at MSMT, and she is thrilled to be here to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of her home away from home. Some favorite Maine State roles include Louise in Always, Patsy Cline; Ms. Adelaide in Guys and Dolls; Rose in Gypsy; Georgie in The Full Monty; Madam Thenardeir in Les Misérables; Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Eulalie in The Music Man; Mama Morton in Chicago; Ms. Hannigan in Annie; Maggie in 42nd Street; and Paulette in Legally Blonde. Most recently she appeared as Rosie in Mamma Mia! at Walnut Street Theater and Riverside Theatre, and in The Irish and How They Got That Way at the Fulton theatre. In her 20+ years as a member of Actor’s Equity Association, she has performed all over the country.