I know, I know, you have all seen Fiddler
on the Roof, but have you seen it with a 20 ft. puppet playing Fruma Sarah
or with sky high scrims painted to resemble several Chagall paintings, or 29 of
the finest professional, student and community actors in the Baltimore area. I
love my cast and the show really is poignant and tender. So if you have the
time give it a whirl and comes see . . .
NEW Cockpit in Court
on the Roof
Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl
Performances at the CCBC Essex Mainstage
14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 PM
June 17, 24 at 2:00 PM
Cockpit in Court Theatre Box Office 410-780-6538
John Amato Joan
Josh Singer Vivian Fenstermaker
Matthew K. Bowerman
Melissa Weinberg Jürgen Hooper
Rodney Bonds Shelia Meyers
Sarah & Leah Donnenbergh
Katherine Sears William Spinnato
Peggy Dorsey Larry Ellinghaus
Dan Solomon Jeremy Blaustein Tony Hall Carly J. Amato
Allan Cohen B.J. Moran
Joel Gerlach Leonard Gilbert Nick
Klair Stonesifer III
Scenic & Lighting Design
| Costume Design
James J. Fasching
Liza Davies, Julie Borsetti & Scott Susong
Assistant Stage Managers
Production Stage Manager
Cassi Rinehart & Sam Yon
S. Lee Lewis
Jayne Murphy & Scott Susong
Musical Direction by
Doug Brandt Byerly
Tzeitel, Golde's grandmother
Kamzoil, a tailor
Kamzoil, a tailor
Wolf, a butcher
Lazar Wolf's first wife
his son (bottle dancer)
hatter (bottle dancer)
his mother and a gossip
the fish seller (bottle dancer)
Russian Gentile Official
young Russian Gentile soldier
friend also a Russian Gentile Soldier
another young Russian Gentile Soldier
Anatevka, a shtetl in Tsarist Russia.
The Time: 1904, in the midst of the Russo-Japanese War, on the eve
of the Russian Socialists split.
Amato (Tevye) is known to Cockpit
audiences for his roles as Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar,
Peron in Evita and the Narrator in Into the Woods.
He has appeared many times at the Maryland Arts Festival
including their critically acclaimed production of Chess and most
recently in Joseph Stein's continuation of the Fiddler story Rags
(Avram). He is very active with Dundalk
Community Theatre, where he has directed Rumors, A Christmas Carol,
The King and I, Chapter Two and Sleuth. John
is a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Goodman, Meagher and Enoch and
is thrilled to be working on stage with his daughter, Carly.
Joan Merritt (Golde) is no stranger to the musical scene
in and around the Baltimore area. Just weeks
ago she starred in the Arden Singers production of Gilbert &
Sullivan's The Sorcerer. This season
she is also portraying Domina in the Cockpit production of A Funny
Thing Happened on the way to the Forum. Joan
has appeared with the Baltimore Opera Company, the Delaware Choral Arts
Society, the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Savayards and
most recently made her national television debut in the learning
channel's Understanding Murder. She
is currently a soloist at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church
and a voice student of Frederick Petrich.
Claire Carberry (Tzeitel) is making her Cockpit debut.
She has studied at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
Her favorite Baltimore roles include Yum Yum in The
Mikado and Rosamund in The Robber Bridegroom. She
and Matthew J. Bowerman CO-own Apassionato Productions, a vocal
Josh Singer (Motel) is very excited to return to Cockpit
after an absence of many years. Past Cockpit
roles include the professor in South Pacific and Vernon's alter
ego in They're Playing Our Song. Since
then Josh has appeared as Hines in The Pajama Game (Towson
University), Minion in Say You Love Satan
(Source Theatre, DC) and Harry Hackett in the world premiere of Lindbergh
Baby Kidnapped (Baltimore Theatre Project).
Vivian Fenstermaker (Hodel) is pleased to be returning to
Cockpit this summer after playing Little Red in last summer's Into
the Woods. She has just finished her
freshman year at Colombia University where she is majoring in
neuroscience. A graduate of Roland Park
Country School, Vivian has been active in local theatre for years
including several seasons with the Maryland Arts Festival. Favorite
roles include Sandy in Grease, Polly in Crazy for You and
Lily in The Secret Garden.
Matthew J. Bowerman (Perchick) is making his Cockpit debut
- Thanks Scott! (National Tours):
Man of La Mancha (Father Perez), Romeo and
Juliet (Romeo) and The Outsiders (Two-Bit Matthew).
Locally he has performed in Godspell (Stephen), The
Robber Bridegroom (Jamie Lockhart) and the world premiere of Freedom
Summer (Andrew Goodman) at Vagabonds. Matthew
is a theatre teacher at Patapsco High School and CO-owns Apassionato
Productions. Love to my Honor and Claire.
Melissa Weinberg (Chava) is excited to be making her
Cockpit debut after just completing the role of Hope Harcourt in Anything
Goes (Gordon Center for the Arts). She
is a 2001 graduate of the Carver Center for the Arts &
Technology where her credits include Laurey in Oklahoma! and
Pitti Sing in The Mikado. Melissa is
pleased to be attending Shenandoah Conservatory in the fall to study
Jürgen Hopper (Fyedka) is a rising sophomore Theatre Arts
major at Towson University. He is thrilled
to be working with such an amazing cast and crew. Most
recently he appeared in Scott's Susong's production of Stage Door
(Keith Burgess) and the TU manistage productions of Indians and The
Trial of Dedan Kimathi. He would like to
thank his family for their support. Jürgen
is a member of the Catalyst Theatre Ensemble at Towson.
Sarah and Leah Donnenberg (Shpritze and Bielke) are rising
8th grade students at Lock Raven Academy. They
are happy to return to Cockpit in their tenth production. They
have recently appeared in Anything Goes at Dundalk Community
Theatre and are pleased to be working with this wonderful cast.
They are especially happy to be working with Mr. Susong
again , having appeared on stage with him during the National Tour of The
Sound of Music.
Rodney Bonds (Lazar Wolf) is the Chairman of the Baltimore
Playwrights Festival as well as having acted and directed in many of the
theaters around town. He will be directing
the BPF play "Memorial Day" later this summer at the Audrey
Herman Spotlighters Theatre.
Sheila Myers (Yente) returns to Cockpit after appearing in
The Man Who Came To Dinner and Oliver! Local
audiences will recognize her from Inherit the Wind at Vagabond
and The Cemetery Club & Lend Me A
Tenor at DCT.
S. Lee Lewis (Production Stage Manager) is a Towson
University junior, was last seen on stage as
Valére in The Miser on the Towson University Mainstage.
He has worked with Mr. Susong
prior to this project on Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped (Assistant
Director/Dramaturg), and The Pajama Game (Pop).
Lee spent the last summer directing for Church Hill
Theatre, where he directed Annie with the Green Room Gang and
fumbled into directing a production of Gypsy. Past
performance credits include Our Country's Good (Rev. Johnson), Brigadoon
(Charlie) and Into the Woods (Baker).
Jayne Murphy (CO-Choreographer) has been lucky enough this
season to be doing her two favorite activities. After
teaching movement/dance to the wonderful Fiddler cast, Jayne will
debut on the Cockpit stage as Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the
Way To The Forum. Past roles include
Babe in Pajama Game (Towson University, directed by Mr. Susong),
and Grace in Annie. Jayne will
receive her BS degree in Theatre Arts from Towson University this fall.
Douglas Brandt Byerly (Musical Director/Conductor) is the
coordinator of Music at Anne Arundel Community College where he directs
the concert choir and vocal program. Mr
Byerly is also the Music Director of the Westminster Choral Arts Society
and St. John the Evangelist Church in Hydes, MD. He
has directed, produced, and performed in over 75 musicals, opera, and
dramatic productions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as with
the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Barr Theatre (August, Michigan).
His greatest productions to date are his two beautiful
children, Adam and Emma, whom he shares the credit with his darling and
supportive wife, Christine. Doug is a
graduate of Western Michigan University (B.M. Vocal Performance/ Music
Education) and the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the John Hopkins
University (M.M. Choral Conducting/Music Education).
Scott Susong (Director/ CO-Choreogrpher) is the Artistic
Director of Curtain Call Productions, LLC, which recently CO-produced
the world premiere of Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped; a new musical, at
Baltimore's Theatre Project. After
relocating to Baltimore in the fall of 1998 from New York City, Mr.
Susong made his local directing debut with his new version of the
classic American musical, The Pajama Game, on the Towson
University Mainstage. He has acted, directed
and designed for theatre throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada,
and Southeast Asia. Among Mr. Susong's
favorite directing and design credits are Stage Door, Lindbergh Baby
Kidnapped, The World Goes ‘Round, Antigone, Cabaret,
and Rivkala's Ring. Mr.
Susong's performance background embraces professional acting in more
than 50 plays & musicals. Most
recently he played Rolf in the 1996-97 international tour of The
Sound of Music, starring Marie Osmond. It
was featured as part of the 100 Days of Wonder as Hong Kong returned to
Chinese sovereignty. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of
Texas at El Paso (acting emphasis), and is currently finishing an M.F.A.
in Theatre at Towson University (directing and design emphasis). Mr.
Susong was a member of the staff for the January 2000 ITI/TCG
International Conference for Theatre Makers &
Trainers: International Origins for New Theatre Practice: keynote, Anne
Bogart and a participant in the September 2000 West Coast Musical
Theatre Conference: keynote, Julie Taymor. He
is a 2000 recipient of the Towson Graduate Student Association Award and
is currently teaching Musical Theatre Performance in the undergraduate
program at Towson University and serving as the Director of Upper School
Theatre at the Roland Park Country School. Much
love to my wife, Cristen and son, Elijah.
Cockpit in Court