Ring of Fire

February 8 – March 17, 2018

From the opening chords of vintage country to rockabilly, rock n’ roll, searing ballads, and gentle songs of love and deep faith, the music of the Man in Black ignites the stage in Ring of Fire. A cast of musicians celebrate his music featuring over 30 signature songs from the legendary Johnny Cash. Hits include I Walk the Line, Jackson, I’ve Been Everywhere, Folsom Prison Blues, A Boy Named Sue, and the title track, Ring of Fire. With smashing medleys, this shindig will have you stompin’ your feet and shoutin’ for more!

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February 8 – March 17, 2018

From the opening chords of vintage country to rockabilly, rock n’ roll, searing ballads, and gentle songs of love and deep faith, the music of the Man in Black ignites the stage in Ring of Fire. A cast of musicians celebrate his music featuring over 30 signature songs from the legendary Johnny Cash. Hits include I Walk the Line, Jackson, I’ve Been Everywhere, Folsom Prison Blues, A Boy Named Sue, and the title track, Ring of Fire. With smashing medleys, this shindig will have you stompin’ your feet and shoutin’ for more!

ANDREA DeVRIENDT

ANDREA DeVRIENDT (Swing) is thrilled to be making her debut at Dutch Apple! She is a graduate of Chicago College of Performing Arts – Roosevelt University where she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite past roles include Hope Caldwell in Urinetown and Mary in First Kisses (Red Barn Theatre), Snow White in The Red Cape (Lake Dillon Theatre), and Crissy in Hair (Roosevelt University). Andrea is also a teaching artist at Emerald City Theatre in Chicago, and has started performing solo cabarets in the Chicago area, most recently at Davenport’s Piano Bar. She would like to thank her mom and her roommates back in Chicago for all of their support!

TIM DRAKE

TIM DRAKE (Ensemble) is very pleased to be performing for the very first time here at Dutch Apple! Most of my forty year career has been spent in the Twin Cities in such shows as Pump Boys and Dinettes, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change!, Ring of Fire, How to Talk Minnesotan, Christmas My Way, and as the original Pastor in all six versions of Church Basement Ladies. Most recently, he returned from doing Ring of Fire in both Rock Island, IL and Indianapolis, IN and he is very excited to be able share this wonderful show with all of you here.

JUSTIN DROEGEMUELLER

JUSTIN DROEGEMUELLER (Ensemble) has played bass and guitar and acted in many past Dutch Apple shows, including Shear Madness, Big River, Anything Goes, and Million Dollar Quartet. He currently plays in the local band, “Year of Plenty”, with his wife, Allison. www.yearofplenty.net

ALLISON FUND

ALLISON FUND (Ensemble) is delighted to be back at Dutch Apple after playing Hope Langdon at Something’s Afoot. Some of her favorite regional credits include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Eileen in I Love a Piano, Wendy in Peter Pan and Joyce in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. National tours include Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne Understudy) and Fiddler on the Roof (Chava). She’d like to say thank you to her friends, family and husband for their constant love and support. And thank you to you, the audience for coming out and supporting live theatre! www.yearofplenty.net

BEN HILL

BEN HILL (Swing) is an actor/musician/comedian that wears many hats, from performing stand-up to taking on roles like Sweeney Todd and Nosferatu. Ben is happy to be back at Dutch Apple after playing Jerry Allison in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story this past fall.

CANDICE LIVELY

CANDICE LIVELY (Ensemble/Choreographer) An east Tennessee native, Candice is excited to make her Dutch Apple debut in this ensemble cast of Ring of Fire! Most recently, she has been seen in North Dakota’s The Medora Musical as a Burning Hills Singer. Previously, she has performed in several theatres in Pigeon Forge, TN, including Dollywood, and has also been a featured production singer for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Candice has performed all over the country in national tours of Pump Boys and Dinettes, Miracle on 34th Street, Ring of Fire, and Live! From Nashville. Candice would like send love to her family, and as always, she is excited to again share the stage with her husband Chet!

JONAH M. MARTIN

JONAH M. MARTIN (Ensemble) Originally hailing from Rochester, NY, Jonah is excited to be back at Dutch Apple after playing Joe B. Mauldin in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story. Local credits include Horton the Elephant (Seussical), Stanley Sanders (Smoke on the Mountain), Eddy Ryan (Black Patent Leather Shoes), Jeffrey/Lamar (Godspell) and Confederate Captain (The Civil War). Offstage, he continues to enjoy the little things and serving at Lancaster Alliance Church. “A special thank you to the folks, Doc, Wally, David, Dr.Bigley, and my beautiful Danielle: who never let me quit, even now. I love you all.” SDG. facebook.com/kilolima.band

MATT McCLURE

MATT McCLURE (Swing) Originally from Kennesaw, Georgia, Matt has worked both on and off the stage all over the country. He was last seen here in Something’s Afoot as Geoffrey as well as Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story. He is excited to be back at Dutch Apple! Other favorite credits include Ken in Red, John Merrick in The Elephant Man, and Garry Lejeune in Noises Off.

JP MEYER

JP MEYER (Ensemble/Music Director) is pleased to be in his fourth season with the Dutch Apple as Resident Music Director. Favorite credits include Les Miserables, West Side Story, A Christmas Story, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Mary Poppins, Yeston and Kopit’s Phantom and Anything Goes. He is the music coordinator for APEX Touring. Credits include The Wizard of Oz, Pippin and Cabaret. JP also serves as the Organist and Choir Director of Old Zion Lutheran Church in Philadelphia. JP is a graduate of Millersville University (2005) with a degree in Music Education.

BRANDON T. MILLER

BRANDON T. MILLER (Ensemble) is thrilled to take the stage with such talented musicians! This show marks his 70th production at the Dutch Apple! Among his favorite performances are The Full Monty, I Love a Piano, The Drowsy Chaperone, How to Succeed…, Clue the Musical and Pippin. National tours include Beehive, The 60s Musical, The Wedding Singer, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Brandon is also the wig and hair designer for Dutch Apple and Apex Touring. He dedicates his performance to his beloved mother who was his number one fan.

STEVEN SITZMAN

STEVEN E. SITZMAN (Ensemble) is proud to be making his debut here at Dutch Apple. Most recently Steven was seen at Circa 21 in Illinois in Ring of Fire (Man 4) and Elf the Musical (Greenway/Ensemble). Favorite regional credits include The Addams Family (Fester/Colorado Henry Award winner), Boeing Boeing (Robert), The Full Monty (Dave), Sister Act (Joey), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Coneybear), just to name a few. Steven is also a proud BFA graduate of Niagara University Theatre.

EMILY WOODS

EMILY WOODS (Ensemble) is from Staten Island, New York. She is currently a senior at SUNY Cortland, and will earn her degree in Musical Theatre in May. Favorite credits include: Beth (Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver), Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), and Kelli Simpkins (The Laramie Project). Emily is incredibly excited to be a part of Ring of Fire, and she would like to thank the entire production team for giving her this opportunity!

CHET WOLLAN

CHET WOLLAN (Ensemble) Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Chet is thrilled to be a part of Dutch Apple’s Ring of Fire! Most recently, he hosted The Greatest Show in the West as Cowboy Chet in North Dakota’s Medora Musical. Previously, he has been seen in the national tours of Pump Boys and Dinettes, Miracle on 34th Street, Ring of Fire and Live! From Nashville. He has also spent several years performing at Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, TN, where he met his wife, Candice. Chet would like to thank his family for their continued support! Enjoy the show!

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