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IN THE MOOD tours with 19 performers and a 4 person production staff. Below is our current cast of singers/dancers, musicians, technical staff and the creative team. If you are interested in auditioning for a position with IN THE MOOD please click here.
IN THE MOOD Singers & Dancers
Emilie Bienne (Vocalist) is from a modest start as an acting intern at the Looking Glass Theatre and a backup vocalist for Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution. Emilie has earned respect from fans and fellow performers around the world as a passionate artist and dedicated professional. With a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory, she has starred in world-class productions while traveling from the Caribbean with Royal Caribbean Productions to Tokyo with Disney’s Big Band Beat, and across the U.S. Emilie resides in New York, NY where she is a resident actor at The Flea Theater and is working and writing with her rock band E Vex. She is thrilled to be returning to IN THE MOOD and is excited to be traveling all over the United States. Emilie would like to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.
Sarah Lindsey (Swing Dancer, Vocalist) is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is a conservatory-trained Singer/Dancer/Actor. Sarah is pleased and beyond excited to make her national tour debut with IN THE MOOD! To go back into the 1930s and 40s is such a treat and she is grateful to share this experience with all involved! Past credits include traveling for two years as a singer and dancer on AIDA Cruises. Sarah would like to thank the IN THE MOOD team for this wonderful opportunity and is ready for the amazing journey ahead!
Daniel Fuentes (Vocalist) is originally from South Florida and is based out of the Atlanta and Chicago areas. He received his BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Florida. This is Daniel’s second time touring and is excited to return to the IN THE MOOD family once again. When Daniel is not on tour you may find him playing soccer, recording music or cooking a mean fettuccine. If none of the above apply, then he is probably somewhere auditioning for the role of Alexander Hamilton. He thanks his high school teacher, Lori Sessions, for making him take a leap of faith all those years ago.
Alex Markowitz (Vocalist, Narrator) is thrilled to be rejoining his IN THE MOOD family for one last hurrah! He just recently wrapped up a new project in New York, entitled Yosef, The Musical!Cinderella at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village, Lt. Joe Cable in South Pacific at the Alhambra Theatre & Dining, Curly in Oklahoma! at the Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and Danny Zuko in Crane River Theatre’s production of Grease. As always, he would like to thank his friends and family for their constant love and support. In this period of disunity, the arts are more important than ever. Keep supporting and enjoy the show, it’s the bees knees!
Brittney Leigh Morton (Vocalist) is excited to return for a 3rd season with IN THE MOOD! Originally from Salamanca, NY, she is now a NYC-based singer/actress/dancer/songwriter. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre from Baldwin-Wallace University’s Conservatory of Music. Past regional credits include: Little Women (Jo), White Christmas (Judy), and Shrek (Fiona) at the Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre, Wichita, KS, Grease (Sandy) at the Tibbits Opera House, Coldwater, MI, Grease (Cha-Cha), The Sound of Music (Sister Margaretta), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob’s Wife) at the Bucks County and Pocono Playhouses, Godspell (Joanne), Crazy For You (Tess), and The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, Arundel ME. In 1999, she sang the National Anthem for the Buffalo Bills. Her website (www.brittneymorton.com) includes her full resume and her professional covers of Lean on Me, At Last, and I Will Always Love You. Thank you to Dave Secor at Daniel Hoff Agency, and Bud Forrest for this opportunity!
Ryan Kleinman (Swing Dancer, Vocalist) is over the moon to be making his debut with IN THE MOOD. Regional credits include: Will Parker, Curly (Oklahoma!); Lt. Joe Cable (South Pacific); Tin Man (Wizard of Oz); Dr. Parker (Bat Boy; The Musical); Belarius (Cymbeline); Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker); Mainstage performer (Disney Cruise Lines). He would like to thank Bud Forrest for this great opportunity, and his family for their never ending support, guidance, critiques, and most of all love!!! www.ryankleinman.com
String of Pearls Orchestra
Bud Forrest (Music Director and Pianist) is a former Juilliard student who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY and did graduate work in music at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.. He was accompanist to the world famous “Singing Sergeants,” the official chorus of the United States Air Force. Throughout his thirty years in Washington, D.C. he had been pianist for events at many of Washington, D.C.’s political events including performances at the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, Bud was a pianist for touring Broadway shows appearing in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1993, World USO selected IN THE MOOD to be an official entertainment for the 50th Commemoration of World War II. From 1994 to 2015, IN THE MOOD has traveled to over 48 states (Alaska and Vermont here we come!), Canada, Europe, New Zealand and three times to Australia for over 80 sold-out performances. In 1997, Bud and his String of Pearls Orchestra were featured at an Inaugural Ball for President and Mrs. Clinton. Now celebrating the 23rd year of touring, Bud and IN THE MOOD are looking forward to many more years of bringing the best decade of 20th century American popular music—the 1940s—and the Big Band era to fans worldwide.
Bill Repavich (Drums) is a freelance percussionist who dreams of making records and having the opportunity to use music to travel the world. He completed his BM in Percussion Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with Dr. Alison Shaw and his MM in Jazz Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma with Mr. David Hardman. He has served as an adjunct instructor for both Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma and has been a guest clinician at several other universities. He can be found regularly in Oklahoma City and Tulsa performing in a wide variety of musical settings including jazz clubs, popular dance, orchestra, and musical theatre. After filling in for the wonderful Tom Dupin in the 2016 tour of Australia, Bill is excited to carry on the great tradition that is IN THE MOOD.
Stephen Schultz (Bass) is a versatile bassist and guitarist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Stephen studied music performance at Northeastern State University, and Transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma where he became involved with the jazz program and local music scene. Stephen has had the opportunity to perform with many jazz greats including Terrell Stafford, Bob Mintzer, Seamus Blake, Geoffrey Keezer, Vince DiMartino, and others. Stephen is thrilled to be traveling and playing with IN THE MOOD.
Christian Ortiz (Lead Alto Saxophone) is thrilled to be joining the String of Pearls Orchestra and the rest of the IN THE MOOD cast! Originally from Walnut Creek, CA, Christian studied saxophone, clarinet, and flute with accomplished Stan Kenton alum, Mary Fettig, who taught him the value of learning each instrument as if it were his primary one. From 2011-2015, Christian continued his education at the University of North Texas where he studied saxophone with Brad Leali. While at UNT, he recorded on an album with the renowned Two O’ Clock Lab Band and on two Downbeat Award winning albums with the Latin Jazz Ensemble. Christian has toured in Europe, performing at the North Sea, Montreaux, and Umbria Jazz Festivals among others, and has performed and recorded recently with jazz greats James Morrison, Jon Faddis, and Bob McChesney. He is currently based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, and would like to thank all his friends there for making this opportunity possible.
Gene Thorne (Alto Saxophone) is a former member of the sax section, arranger and featured soloist with the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors from 1975 to 2009. He attended the University of Miami from 1972-1975, later earning his Bachelor of Music degree in performance from Catholic University in 1984 and a Master of Music in composition from the University of Maryland in 1995. Gene has written arrangements that featured jazz great Phil Woods as well as pops arrangements that have been performed by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the New York Pops and the Seattle Symphony conducted by the late Marvin Hamlish. He is now active as a clinician and freelance musician in the Baltimore, MD – Washington, DC area as well as 8 years with IN THE MOOD.
John DeSalme (Tenor Saxophone) is an alumnus of the University of Iowa. From 1974-1981, he played in rock, pop, polka and swing bands in the SE Iowa area. In 1981, he became a member of the Jazz Ambassadors, the United States Army’s premier touring jazz ensemble. In 1988 he won the audition for the prestigious Army Blues, the official jazz ensemble of the United States Army based in Washington, D.C., from which he retired in 2012. John toured the Middle East in a USO show in 2002. He was also a member of a newly formed component called Swamp Romp, a Dixieland/traditional jazz ensemble, which traveled to New Orleans to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity and played concerts in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. He has played and recorded with D.C. Wammie award winning artists including Jon Carroll, Tom Principato, and the Texas Chainsaw Horns. He was a regular performer for 6 years with the D.C. area Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. John has been a part of the ongoing education-based Hal Leonard Play Along instructional series recording project. He has been fortunate to have played with many jazz and pop luminaries including Tony Bennett, Slide Hampton, Frankie Valli, and The Temptations.
Jim Hayward (Baritone Saxophone) was assigned to numerous bands and performed in all saxophone positions, doubling on flutes and clarinets as required while serving in the US Navy. At the conclusion of his 28 year military tenure, he was the lead alto player for the U.S. Navy Band Commodores (the Navy’s official jazz/big band) in Washington, D.C. Recognized as one of the finest jazz saxophonists around, Jim has appeared nationally and internationally in concert with the Temptations, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and Jazz Cruise appearances with the Frank Capp Juggernaut Band. He is featured on numerous recordings including his own album “Coronado Sand”. Prior to his recent move to Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jim performed regularly with a number of South Florida’s finest musical organizations including the Bob Hoose Big Band and the Palm Beach Pops.
David Wisler (Trumpet) has always appreciated the importance of music in his life. The son of a piano and voice teacher, he started music lessons at age 3, and by 5 was studying the trumpet. At age 13, he started playing in jazz bands and orchestras and has been doing so ever since. Always striving for excellence, Dave has become an excellent performer in solo, orchestral, jazz, and commercial idioms. Over the years, Dave has performed and recorded with such artists as: Wayne Newton, Dianne Schur, Marvin Hamlisch, Misha Dichter, Byron Stripling, Wycliff Gordon, Frank Mantooth, Sandi Patty, and Ray Boltz. With extensive performances across the U.S., Dave has also played throughout Europe, including the Montreaux and North Sea jazz festivals. Dave has a BA from Anderson University (1995), an MM from Bowling Green State University (1999), and has completed all course work toward a Doctor of Arts from Ball State University.
Eric Trevino (Trumpet) is originally from Temple, Texas. He attended the University of North Texas from 2012-2015 where he played Jazz Trumpet in the esteemed Two O’ Clock Lab Band. While at the University of North Texas, Eric had the privilege of studying trumpet with Michael Steinel and Rodney Booth. He has been in regular demand as a Lead and Jazz trumpet player for Big Bands and Latin bands in the DFW area. In addition Eric has recorded with Jazz greats Jon Faddis, Dave Stahl, Brian MacDonald, Steve Reid, and Paul Stephens, and has performed with Latin greats Frankie Negron and Mala Fe. This is Eric’s second season with IN THE MOOD.
Scott Whitford (Trumpet) is excited to return for another season with IN THE MOOD. Hailing from Indiana, Scott is a graduate of Ball State University where he played lead trumpet in the esteemed BSU Lab Jazz Ensemble. While at Ball State, Scott had the privilege of studying under Larry McWilliams, of the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, and Mark Buselli. Scott is in high demand as a trumpet player and clinician throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He was a featured performer at Busch Gardens Europe and has worked throughout the world aboard Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise lines as a lead trumpet player and musical director. Scott has performed with numerous groups including the Heartland Big Band from Indianapolis, Global Jazz Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra in San Francisco, The Rat Pack, Reunited, and many others. Scott wishes to thank his beautiful fiancé, Heather Beck, for her love and support.
Jake Macary (Trombone) is from Annapolis, MD. He is a graduate from the University of North Texas where he played trombone with the One O’Clock Lab Band. While at UNT, Jake recorded on both Two O’Clock Lab Band Albums “It Don’t Mean a Thing If…” and “Two for Tim.” He also recorded on the One O’Clock’s “Lab 2016”. Recently, Jake was chosen as a Downbeat Award Winner for Outstanding Jazz Soloist. He has had lessons from several world renowned trombonists such as Jim McFalls, Tony Baker, Steve Wiest, and Andre Hayward. Jake has also had the opportunity to share the stage with several legendary jazz players including Doc Severinsen, James Morrison, Wycliffe Gordon, Marshall Gilkes, Dennis Mackrel and Steve Davis. Jake is now based out of Baltimore and is very excited for his debut tour with IN THE MOOD.
Jeff Harrigan (Trombone) hails from the Baltimore/D.C. region where he attended Towson University. Following graduation, he immediately joined the cast of Blast!, an Emmy and Tony Award-winning theatrical spectacular. As the feature trombonist, he was involved in three Japan tours (2007, 2009, 2012), two US tours (2007-08, 2011-12), and a short run at the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea. Between tours, Jeff could be found at sea, working with several cruise line companies, including Royal Caribbean, Princess, Cunard, and Crystal. In 2013, Jeff joined Presidio Brass, a San Diego-based brass quintet. The group strives for performance excellence as well as educating and inspiring the next generation of brass players. Most recently, Jeff dropped everything and ran away with the circus! He spent two seasons as the trombonist for the Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey Circus, performing shows 46 weeks of the year in cities all across the country. Jeff is thrilled to be getting back to his roots playing the music he loves with IN THE MOOD.
Matthew Solis (Bass Trombone) is in his debut tour with IN THE MOOD. Originally from the North Texas area, Matt has a BM in euphonium performance and is pursuing a MM in bass trombone performance from the University of North Texas. A versatile musician, Matt has played with a wide range of ensembles during his time in school, playing with the Two O’Clock Lab Band directed by Rodney Booth, the Wind Symphony under Eugene Migliaro Corporon, and the Symphony Orchestra under Maestro David Itkin. Matt is also an alumnus of the Disneyland All-American College Band, directed by Ron McCurdy. His primary teachers include Jan Kagarice of Musician’s Wellness of North America, and Dr. Brian Bowman, professor of euphonium at the University of North Texas.
Eric Bricking (Company Manager) is happy to be a part of this great production! Previously Eric has toured with Nebraska Theatre Caravan in many roles, both as a Road Manager and as cast member with A Christmas Carol and The Fantasticks. While not on the road, Eric spends his summers working for Holland America Princess in Denali National Park, Alaska, working as Production Manager for The Music of Denali. Other notable credits include co-owner of Hyperion Productions from 2006 through 2011 and Associate Producer of The Original Blues Brothers Revue, in the Spring of 2012. Eric is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and currently calls Covington, KY home.
John Nocera (Sound Engineer) is originally from Providence, RI, and now resides in Connecticut. He has 29 years of international touring as a freelance engineer. Most recently John has toured with Nuclear Cowboyz and Disney on Ice. This is his second tour with IN THE MOOD and is excited to be a part of this experience.
Rob Siminoski (Production Manager, Lighting Director) studied theater arts at San Francisco State University where he directed several plays including Napoli Milionaria! by Eduardo de Filipo and Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? In 2013, Rob toured as technical director of GMCLA’s premier of It Gets Better. During the holidays he stage manages the bicoastal Christmas themed sketch comedy hit Santasia which just enjoyed its second successful year off-Broadway. When he’s not on tour Rob is soaking up the sunshine in Los Angeles where he stage manages a successful stunt show, Water World, at Universal Studios Hollywood, and The Triwizard Tournament at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. He wishes to thank his mother and father as well as the entire cast and crew of IN THE MOOD.
Andrew Wehling (Wardrobe Supervisor) is happy to be joining the IN THE MOOD team. Favorite wardrobe, costume design, and makeup credits include: Kimberly Akimbo, Sunday in the Park with George, Side Show, TheatreworksUSA. Studies include The Fashion Institute of Technology and The Boston Conservatory. Andrew dedicates his work to his grandparents Harry Castor, who played reeds for the 539th Air Force Band in San Antonio, and Patti Miller, who sang many of the hits featured in this show.
Bud Forrest (Creator and Executive Producer) is a former Juilliard student who earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY and did graduate work in music at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.. He was accompanist to the world famous “Singing Sergeants,” the official chorus of the United States Air Force. Throughout his thirty years in Washington, D.C. he had been pianist for events at many of Washington, D.C.’s political events including performances at the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the Smithsonian Institution. In addition, Bud was a pianist for touring Broadway shows appearing in the Washington, D.C. area. In 1993, World USO selected IN THE MOOD to be an official entertainment for the 50th Commemoration of World War II. From 1994 to 2015, IN THE MOOD has traveled to over 48 states (Alaska and Vermont here we come!), Canada, Europe, New Zealand and three times to Australia for over 80 sold-out performances. In 1997, Bud and his String of Pearls Orchestra were featured at an Inaugural Ball for President and Mrs. Clinton. Now celebrating the 23rd year of touring, Bud and IN THE MOOD are looking forward to many more years of bringing the best decade of 20th century American popular music—the 1940s—and the Big Band era to fans worldwide.
Alex Sanchez (Stage Director and Choreographer) is pleased to serve in his seventh season as director/choreographer of IN THE MOOD. New York credits: RED EYE OF LOVE, Amas Musical Theater/Dicapo Theater(Joseph Callaway Award Winner Best Choreography). FAR FROM HEAVEN, Playwrights Horizon. FIORELLO, New York City Center Encores. WHERE’S CHARLEY?, New York City Center Encores. GIANT, The Public Theater (Lucille Lortel Award Nomination). Regional credits: Directed and choreographed EVITA, The Marriott Theater. Choreographed WONDERFUL TOWN. The Goodman Theater. WEST SIDE STORY, The PaperMill Playhouse. GUYS AND DOLLS, Goodspeed Opera House (Connecticut Critic Circle Award Nomination). FAR FROM HEAVEN, Williamstown Theater Festival. ROMAN HOLIDAY, Guthrie Theater. 42ND STREET, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, (Broadway World Toronto 2012 Award Winner). GIANT, Dallas Theater Center. FOLLIES, Chicago Shakespeare Theater,(Broadway World Chicago 2011 Award Winner & Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination). ON THE TOWN, Marriott Theater(Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination). A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Berkshire Theater Group. CAMELOT, Glimmerglass Opera. ALADDIN, St. Louis Muny. THE LITTLE MERMAID, St. Louis Muny & Alabama Shakespeare Festival. MARY POPPINS, St. Louis Muny, Kansas City Starlight & Marriott Theater. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. SDC DANCEBREAK 2010 ALUMNI. Alex performed in 10 Broadway shows and was a soloist ballet dancer with Ballet Chicago. A special thank you to Lainie Sakakura, Avelina and Isabela Sanchez for being my inspiration, love and support. www.alexsanc.com.
Jen Donohoo (Assistant Director and Choreographer) is pleased to be joining IN THE MOOD for her debut season. Off-Broadway/NY: Soul Doctor and Deployed (NYMF), National Tour: Fly Guy and Other Stories (Theatreworks USA), Marvel Universe Live 2 (Associate Director), Regional: Evita (Marriott Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Goodspeed Opera House), Follies and Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), A Chorus Line (Paramount Theatre), A Christmas Carol (TATC). Rehearsal Director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Vic Schoen (Arranger) was an icon of Hollywood. It is impossible to list all his credits but they do include being the arranger/conductor for over 20 years for the Andrews Sisters. He was music director for Paramount and Universal Pictures. Vic scored Road to Morocco with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and The Inspector General and The Court Jester with Danny Kaye. Television specials include those of Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Andy Williams, Ethel Merman, Shirley MacLaine, Perry Como, Maurice Chevalier and Pat Boone. He was the arranger/conductor for the Dinah Shore television series for 3 years. Vic arranged/conducted all of Patti Page’s hit recordings. Other collaborations include Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jolson, Dick Haymes, Betty Hutton, Carmen Miranda, Mel Torme and Eddie Fisher. He was an arranger for many of the famous big bands including Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Les Brown. A number of the music arrangements for IN THE MOOD are from the pen of Vic and we are very proud to carry on his great tradition as we dedicate each performance to his memory.
David Bandman (Arranger) is a graduate of The University of North Texas where he played trombone in the premier One O’Clock Lab Band. As a euphonium player he was the winner of the first ITEC (then TUBA) international jazz euphonium competition. David is a composer/arranger for the Big Apple Circus in New York City and for the world traveled IN THE MOOD. He has written dozens of big band charts that are being played in high schools and colleges all over the country. David is retired from The United States Air Force Band where he played trombone and euphonium and is now a freelance musician, writer and teacher. He has recently released his first highly acclaimed jazz euphonium CD “Can I Play Too” where he arranged the music of Herbert L. Clarke for big band (euphoniumjazz.com). “Solo work reflects musicianship by one of the greatest soloists I’ve ever heard!…tailored arrangements made everything ‘fit’ perfectly and are superb”—Sammy Nestico.
Linda Tomlin (Costume Designer) has worked with IN THE MOOD since 2000. Through the lens of historic materials and early Vogue publications, she has brought the memory of the 1930s and 1940s to the show. Originally from New England, Linda has spent most of her life in California. Currently residing in Virginia, she is wife to Bud Forrest, creator of IN THE MOOD. Linda’s passion for design includes costumes, period textiles, restoration and conservation, fine linen, and needlework. She is president of her own company, Details In Design, LLC, specializing in fine hand embroidered linens for churches and the home décor industry as well as hand embroidered monograms. Linda is also the director of the Williamsburg School of Needlework dedicated to teaching hand embroidery to help students start their own businesses throughout the U.S.
Jeff Greenberg (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera. His recent credits include Grease at the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, NV; the National Tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; Man of La Mancha starring John Davidson, Titanic the Musical and Nunset Boulevard at the Ocean Professional Theatre Company. He also designed the 100th Anniversary national tour of Titanic the Musical for Boebe Productions and Windwood Theatricals which toured the U.S. and Canada during the fall of 2012. Other credits include the world premier of Starry Messenger, and Questions About Angels at Theater for the New City; The Sea Gull at Montclair State University; On Your Toes, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ragtime, Lady Be Good, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Stand By Your Man, It’s Only a Play, Dial M for Murder, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at the Surflight Theatre; The Odd Couple, Clue the Musical, and Oklahoma at the Allenberry Playhouse; and the world premier musical A Girl Called Dusty at the Provincetown Repertory Theatre. Other theatres where he has designed include Blue Heron Performing Arts Center, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey; New Jersey Repertory Company; 12 Miles West, the Penobscot Theatre Company, and Lake George Opera. From 2004-2007 Jeff was the lighting designer and production manager for the international tour of IN THE MOOD, a 1940s musical revue, and prior to that he was the Lighting Supervisor with the American Indian Dance Theatre. In 2005, Jeff was nominated for a Vivian Robinson/Audelco award for outstanding lighting design for his production of Robeson in New York. His lighting for The Brothers Karamazov received the Newark Star Ledger’s Best Lighting award for the 2002-2003 New Jersey theatre season. He has an MFA in Lighting Design from Brandeis University, and a BFA in Technical Theatre from Ithaca College. www.jeffgreenberglightingdesign.com