Fat Camp

7/13/2011 - 7/24/2011


Charles Barksdale (Camper)

couldn't be more thrilled to join such a wonderfully talented cast. Opera world to Theme parks, now totes stoked for Bway previews. Organically grown in San Antonio, TX!!!

Mackenzie Bell (Aspen)

is thrilled to be back with Fat Camp! Credits: Jersey Boys, Vegas (Lorraine), Jersey Boys, Chicago (Francine). Regional: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Surflight Theatre. BFA Elon University. Many thanks to The Dodgers, Harden-Curtis, and Mom.

Nancy Renee Braun (Marlie/Dance Captain)

totes lurves this show! Broadway: Gypsy. Other faves: My One and Only (Goodspeed), A Chorus Line (North Shore), Fat Camp (NYMF/NY Lab), Gypsy (Encores!). Northwestern University. Love to MDSAT!

Michael Buchanan (Titus)

most recently was seen as Teal Waters in White Noise in Chicago. Broadway: The Addams Family, Cry Baby. Joseph Jefferson Award Winner for Urinetown at The Mercury-Chicago.

Tricia Burns (Camper)

NY: Maria Pinnunziato in My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Off-Broadway), Fat Drink and Be Merry, Max Understood, Fat Camp, Broadway Rising Stars at Town Hall. Graduate of CCM 2009 and member of AEA. Thanks and love to Michael Cassara, Abrams, Hart and Burns families for always believing in me!

Janet Dickinson (Sandy)

Broadway and National: How The Grinch Stole Christmas, 9 to 5 The Musical First National Tour. Off-Broadway: Lincoln Center Theatre: Happiness (dir. Susan Stroman), Forbidden Broadway's Rude Awakening (cast recording and 2008 Drama Desk Award), Bush is Bad, Citizen Ruth (2009 Best Musical at the NY Fringe Festival). Janet is originally from Bemidji, MN.

Injoy Fountain (Camper)

is so excited to be a part of this special project. She is a recent graduate of AMDA. Born in Wichita, KS she started dancing at the age of 2 and found her voice in her 7th grade production of The Wiz playing Evilene. She would like to thank Casey, Tim, Randy and Matt for believing in her and especially her mother, Pat Smith, for loving her unconditionally. Sit back, relax and "Injoy" the show.

Molly Hager (Taylor)

NY/Regional: Fat Camp (NYMF), Cloaked (dir. Terry Berliner), Only Children (dir. Emma Griffin), Factory Girls (NAMT). Film: It's Kind of A FunnyStory, Mad City, Goodbye Lover. Television: "Young Hearts Unlimited."

Carly Jibson (Daphne)

Broadway: Cry Baby (Pepper Walker) Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad). National Tours: Hairspray 1st national (Tracy Turnblad) Regional: world premiere of Johnny Baseball (dir: Diane Paulus), world premiere of Andrew Lippa's Asphalt Beach. (Baby Manicotti) TV: "All My Children". As always, for mom!!!

Cale Krise (Anshel)

has been with Fat Camp since NYMF '09. He is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School. Thanks to the whole Fat Camp family, and Mom and Sylvia for all the support. For Pop.

Kate Loprest (Ashley)

Broadway: Wonderland, Hairspray (Amber), XanaduDrowsy Chaperone. Last year, Kate "terrorized" the U.S. as Nellie Oles on on the first national tour of Little House On The Prairie. www.KATELOPREST.com. GO BLUE!

Michael Mendez (Camper)

NY Theatre: Fat Camp (NYMF) Regional: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), The Full Monty (AMTSJ), Joseph...Dreamcoat (The Welk Resort), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (The Secret Theatre).

Marcus Neville (Mike)

B'way: The Full Monty (also London), Li'l Abner, City of Angels. Off-B'way: 20. Regional: 30. TV/Film: "Law & Order(s)", By Clem! Member Weston Playhouse Theatre Co, VT. Proud Member AEA.

Larry Owens (Darnell)

is ecstatic to bring Fat Camp to Cleveland after it's award-winning run at NYMF. He sends lots of love to God, his fam, and friends from SDM for their unending support!

Babs Rubenstein (Camper)

is thrilled to be joing the team of Fat Camp. Regional credits: The Who's Tommy, Rent, All Shook Up, South Pacific and Suds. BFA: The Boston Conservatory. Love to Mom, Dad, and Carmen.

Josh Segarra (Brent)

is more than excited to be doing Fat Camp in Cleveland! He dreamt as a young chubber that one day he'd eat success for breakfast... with skim milk...just like Ben Stiller in Heavy Weights. He dedicates his performance to all the douchebags and tools throughout his school years that helped him build this character. God Bless.

Ari Stidham (Robert)

Four years ago Ari was a nervous and sweating 15-year old kid at fat camp. There was no music, and he would not have believed you if you told him how soon his hick would change. You can now catch him in there runs of ABC Family's "Huge" (Ian), or in various guest spots on "The Whole Truth" and "Glee." He'd like to thank his family, friends, and this production for such a rad opportunity. Love, luck, and lollipops.

Kate Weber (Britta)

is happy to be in Cleveland after two years with the Fat Camp team. Love to all the wonderful hands that make this possible.

Creative Team

J. Philip Bassett (Production Stage Manager)

Broadway credits include: The Miracle Worker, In The Heights, Grey Gardens, Lestat, The Glass MenagerieBombay Dreams, Hairspray, Neil Simon's 45 Seconds from Broadway, Footloose, The Scarlet Pimpernel as well as The History Boys, Legally Blonde & Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Matthew roi Berger (Music)

is a New York City-based songwriter and the composer for numerous short films and stage pieces, including Spidermusical (2011), New York Musical Theatre Festival's Best of Fest Award-winning Fat Camp (2009) and New York Neo-Classical Fnsemble's Twelfth Night (2008-09). He has written individual songs for the Williamstown Theatre Festival (Map of Virtues, 2010), the Old Vic (Inhabit, 2010) and UC Santa Barbara (Lorca in a Green Dress, 2009; The Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2011). Matt is the guitarist and songwriter for Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (http://teengirlscimo.com). and a graduate of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing. He wrote and recorded a song each and every week of the year in 2010; have a listen at mattroiberger.bandcamp.com.

Randy Blair (Book/Lyrics)

is an NYC based theatre artist. He is best known for conceiving, co-writing, and starring in the musicals Fat Camp (Best of Fest, 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival), Perez Hilton Saves The Universe! (2008 NYC Fringe Best Musical; Barrow Street Theatre), and Spidermusical. Other recent writing/directing credits include Beautiful Disaster starring Leslie Kritzer, Ruff (#serials @ the Flea Theatre), the ironic baking series And She Bakes, and the Washington DC hit late-night musical Gleeam!, which killed off the characters of Fox's "Glee" in the style of Wes Craven's Scream. As an actor, he has appeared on film/TV in Strangers With Candy, "Law & Order," Across The Universe, and as a recurring character on Nickelodeon's "Naked Brothers Band." His most recent NYC stage work includes the OBIE Award winning Adding Machine (dir. David Cromer) and The Yellow Wood (dir. BD Wong). For more info, visit www.therandyshow.com.


Beowulff Boritt (Scenic Consultant)

Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys, Rock of Ages, Sondheim On Sondheim, ...Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, The Two And Only. Off-Broadway: More than 50 shows including The Last Five Years, Toxic Avenger, Miss Julie, Public, Roundabout, MTC, 2nd Stage, Vineyard, New Group, Pearl, American Place, Keen Company. Other Designs: The Seven Deadly Sins (New York City Ballet) Paradise Found (London), Reel To Real (Beijing) and 2 editions of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Zak Borovay (Projections Consultant)

Recent: Elf (Broadway), Lombardi (Broadway, Drama Desk nom), Rock of Ages (Australia, National tour, Toronto, Off-Broadway), To Be or Not to Be (Broadway), A Catered Affair (Broadway, Drama Desk nom), Xanadu (Broadway, National tour, Japan), The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! (National tour), Voyage de la Vie (Sentosa, Singapore) and Peepshow (Planet Hollywood Resort Casino, Las Vegas). Zak was the first projection designer to join United Scenic Artists Local 829. www.borovay.com

Jason DeBord (Music Supervisor/Arrangements)

played his first show at age 14 and has been found in pits, on podiums and on stage ever since. Broadway credits include Shrek, Legally Blonde, All Shook Up, Rent and Lestat. Other New York credits include Bat Boy, The Musical, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Encores and a multitude of workshops. He's been on the road with A Chorus Line, Rent, and Urinetown The Musical. Regionally, he's performed at the Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T. San Francisco, and 5th Avenue Theater. Jason has performed as accompanist for such luminaries as Sally Ann Howes, Christiane Noll and Laura Bell Bundy (music directing Bundy's NYC country band, The Distillery.) He has appeared numerous times at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, and in that role accompanied, among others, Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, Emily Skinner and Christine Baranski. Jason is a highly sought-after audition pianist; his playing (and forehead) is featured prominently in the 2009 Sony Pictures Classics release, Every Little Step.

Tim Drucker (Book)

also wrote the hooks (with Randy Blair) to Perez Hilton Saves The Universe (NY Fringe 2008- Best Musical; Barrow Street Theater; Joe'sPub; now available for licensing); and Spidermusical, which he also directed, he is one-third of The Other Baldwins sketch comedy (UCB; P.S. 122; Ha! Comedy, dirty basements all over downtown Manhattan). Upcoming directing work can be seen at Ars Nova and the New York Musical Theater Festival. BFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Connor Gallagher (Choreographer)

is happy to collaborate with Tim, Randy, and Matt again after Fat Camp (Best Choreography, NYMF Award) Spidermusical, and Perez Hilton... (Director, FringeNYC, 2008 Outstanding Musical, Bleecker, Barrow, & Joe's Pub.) Recent: Writers Guild Awards, Theatreworks USA, Northern Stage, Lincoln Center, Revision Theatre, La Comedia, The York Theatre, Networks, BCEFA, Luxxotica Inc., and Glidden Paint. www.connorgallagher.com.

Casey Hushion (Director)

Casey is thrilled to be a part of Fat Camp. Most recently, Casey was Associate Director of the new Broadway musical, Elf. Casey is proud to have been the Assistant Director of In The Heights, both on Broadway and the National Tour. She also had the pleasure of Assistant Directing the Broadway, West End and the National Tour productions of The Drowsy Chaperone. Other Broadway credits include: To Be or Not To Be (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Good Vibrations. Casey has worked as the Associate Directoron Anyone Can Whistle at City Center Encores, as well as on Minsky's at the Ahmanson Theatre. A graduate of New York University, Casey has worked at regional theatres such as North Shore Music Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Papermill Playhouse, Casa Manana, Music Theatre of Wichita and Goodspeed Opera House, where she was also on staff as their New Works Scout. Active in the development of new musicals, she has directed for festivals such as the New York Music Theatre Festival and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Casey is currently the Artistic Director of North Carolina Theatre, where she has directed over twenty productions. Special thanks to M, I, and V for their love and support.

Jason Lyons (Lighting Consultant)

Broadway: Rock of Ages, The Threepenny Opera, Barefoot In the Park, Good Vibrations. Recent: White Noise, Bring It On The Musical, Golden Age, Evil Dead, The Musical, Once Around the Sun. Shows for LCT, CSC, Naked Angels, Atlantic, The Goodman. 10 years at The New Group including: Marie & Bruce, Blood From A Stone, Rafta Rafta, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Abigail's Party, Hurlyburly, Aunt Dan and Lemon. Faculty: Purchase College, www.jasonlyons.com.

Jeff Rodriguez (Stage Manager)

Broadway: Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie, The Drowsy Chaperone, and ...Spelling Bee. NY Philharmonic: Camelot (Live from Lincoln Center/PBS), My Fair Lady. City Center Encores!: Follies, Applause.