Judy has been a professional actor, director, acting coach, and teacher for over 30 years. Her onstage principle roles include appearances in LOVE LETTERS, COLLECTED STORIES, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, PICNIC, DARK AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, THE HEIRESS, HAY FEVER, I’M NOT RAPPAPORT, DEAR WORLD, NOISES OFF, THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE, and many others.
Chicago area directing credits include THE GUYS, ART, OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, HAY FEVER, SHMULNIK'S WALTZ, BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE, and CROSSING DELANCEY. She has acted, directed, and conducted acting workshops in Europe as part of the United States Military Department of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. She served as director and designer and also played Kate in a critically acclaimed production of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS in Stuttgart, Germany opposite her real life husband Bernard Rice. In addition, she directed and starred with her husband in a production of The Guys. Judy has directed on the University level as well, and has appeared as a Guest Artist in Indiana University’s production of A…My Name is Alice. She can be seen in commercials for Sears, Wisconsin Lottery, Boyd Gaming Company’s Blue Chip Casino, and others, including a national spot for AT&T U-Verse, again with her husband. Film credits include Spaceman, Happenstance: Changing Tides, I’M NOT A HACKER, CHEAT CHEAT BANG, TABLE TO TABLE, and KICK. Judy plays the landlady, Leona, a sitcom regular in the pilot for a new TV comedy, TWO FLAT.
Judy can be seen around the Chicago area performing cabaret. Her one woman show, THEY SHOOT SOPRANOS, DON’T THEY? explores growing up as a chanteuse and theatre maven. Other cabaret shows include When Harry Met Irving, as well as tribute shows honoring Elaine Stritch and The Sherman Brothers. The sequel to They Shoot Sopranos, Don’t They? will be coming to the Skokie Theatre on June 17th. Judy appears through the courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Frank is thrilled to appear with Ken Baker and Friends in this special concert performance of Fiddler On The Roof. No stranger to this show, he has performed in various productions and in various roles over the years adding over 200 performances to his resume. His favorite was as Mendel, the Rabbi's son, a role he has played 3 times. He has finally graduated to the role of Papa. Frank has also played a Mama as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray with Music On Stage in Palatine. Other theatrical credits include Max Bialystock in The Producers, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, the Snail in A Year with Frog and Toad, the Devil in Damn Yankees and Amos Hart in Chicago. This May he will be appearing as Max in Sunset Boulevard with LZP Productions. As the featured Baritone, Frank performed for 5 seasons with the Wheaton Symphony and as Artistic Director for Music On Stage in Palatine he has directed such shows as Guys & Dolls, The Music Man, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Oklahoma, The Wizard of Oz, The Pajama Game and White Christmas. Many thanks to Ken Baker for this wonderful opportunity.
Aram is a Voice teacher, dialect coach and actor in Chicago. He holds an MFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University and received his BMus in Voice from the Lawrence Conservatory. Recent theatre credits include: Victor in Private Lives (Metropolis Theatre), BFG in BFG(Emerald City), Mahler in What to Listen For (Side Project), Jakub in Our Class(Remy Bumppo), and Oedipus in Oedipus Rex (Arc Theatre).
In addition to acting Aram is also a Linklater trained Voice teacher, having taught at Green Shirt Studio, UIC Chicago, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Roosevelt University and Columbia College, where he is currently a Professor of Voice. Aram is also a speech/dialect coach in Chicago, having worked with Two Pence Theatre Co. and Remy Bumppo.
Regional: A Christmas Carol 2014 & 2015, Sunday in the Park with George, Cabaret (KC Rep); Violinist with Stevie Wonder (KC Sprint Center); Hands on a Hardbody, Everyday Rapture (Unicorn Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, West Side Story, Hello Again (Spinning Tree Theatre); The Butcher’s Son (Buffalo Room); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New Theatre Restaurant); Les Miserables, Company, Chicago, The Producers, Peter Pan (Jewish Community Center, Shirley White Theatre); Chess, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Secret Garden, Pippin, Legally Blonde (Barn Players); Fiddler on the Roof (Fireside Theatre Company);Fiddler on the Roof (Lyric Stage); A Catered Affair (Porchlight Music Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof, Hank Williams’ Lost Highway, Always Patsy Cline (Lyceum Theatre); Bus Stop (Sapulpa Theatre); Cheaper by the Dozen (Owasso Theatre); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Fiddler on the Roof (Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre); Fiddler on the Roof (Music Theatre of Wichita); The Importance of Being Ernest (Kechi Playhouse); Killer Joe (Theatre on Consignment); Ohio Light Opera Company, Light Opera of Oklahoma, Wichita Symphony. International: Recitals in Austria, Germany, and France. Education: Violin and Theatre Performance, Wichita State University.
Prior to performing Off-Broadway, Amy toured nationally with THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (First Broadway National) and internationally with TWICE CHARMED (Fairy Godmother) for the Walt Disney Company. She made her small screen debut as epileptic First Lady Ida McKinley in MURDER AT THE FAIR, and has appeared in many industrials and a few commercials (perhaps most famously touting Empire Carpets).
An Illinois native, Amy won a Jeff award (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical) for her portrayal of Lucille Frank in PARADE. Other fave credits include Amalia in SHE LOVES ME, Anna in THE KING & I, Reno Sweeney in ANYTHING GOES, Christine Daae in PHANTOM and the title role in EVITA. She can be heard on a handful of new musical recordings and appears regularly in concert and/or cabaret.
With a Masters in Elementary Education & BFA in Music & Theatre, Amy has also served as classroom teacher and teaching artist for numerous schools, theatres and artistic businesses for over 15 years. A firm believer in Arts Education, she is a performing arts educator for a variety of companies, whilst developing her own artistic business, #ArboArts.
Dona is thrilled to be in Fiddler on the Roof, one of her all-time favorite shows! Dona is very active in Chicagoland theatre, playing a wide range of roles. Some favorite endeavors include: Fraulein Schneider (Cabaret), Golde (Fiddler on the Roof), Ouiser Boudreaux (Steel Magnolias), Sister Robert Anne (Nunsense), Penny Pennywise (Urinetown), Mae Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie), and Miss Hannigan (Annie). Dona is a professor in the Communication Department at Concordia University in River Forest. She also teaches at Columbia College Chicago and Kennedy King College. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Dona is a radio personality in Chicago and can be heard Sunday mornings on 104.3 K-Hits (WJMK).
Brooke is excited to sing onstage again after a few years away. Favorite roles include Little Sally in Urinetown, Martha in The Secret Garden (Jeff nomination), and Amalia in She Loves Me, all at Circle Theatre; Constanze inAmadeus, The Thin Nurse in A New Brain for the William Finn Festival, Fredrika in A Little Night Music and Nan Britton in Jon Steinhagen’s Teapot Scandals, all at Porchlight Music Theatre; Ensemble & understudy for Clara in the pre-Broadway production of The Light in the Piazza at The Goodman; and various roles with BoHo and Emerald City Theatre. In her non-theatrical life, Brooke is a Sales and Marketing Manager at Alliant Credit Union, and mom to a 2 ½ year old. Special thanks and hugs to Liam and especially to Matt.
Clara D’Onofrio has enjoyed a lifelong relationship with Fiddler on the Roof, having played Bielke alongside Theodore Bikel in her first professional theater experience as a child. Since then, Clara has enjoyed the role of Hodel twice, and is thrilled to reunite with her Perchik after a 10+ year gap. We must be ageless, Paul! Other fun roles include Glinda (WOZ), Luisa (The Fantasticks), Tuptim (The King and I), and Hope Harcourt (Anything Goes). These days, however, “Ms. Clara’s” audience primarily consists of children from 4 months - kindergarten in her Brookfield-based early childhood music school, Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians. She wishes to thank Ken Baker for this fantastic opportunity, and as always, is so grateful for her outrageously supportive husband Dennis for being such a fun, humorous, and loving partner in life.
Paul happily joins the cast of Fiddler in Concert, a show that he’s done four times since 1986. Familiar to suburban theatre audiences, Paul has performed with Magical Starlight, Summer Place, Tempo Players, Stage Right Dinner Theatre, and Music On Stage, among others. Favorite roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Baker in Into the Woods, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka, and Bert in Mary Poppins. Paul is a child psychologist and founding partner at True North Clinical Associates in Wheaton and Downers Grove, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at North Central College in Naperville.
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