Fire on The Mountainby Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman
A poignant, passionate musical about the lives of true American Heroes in their own words.
The amazing story of Appalachian coal miners is presented through the art of the folk and bluegrass music of the area. Fire on the Mountain is a celebration of culture and heroics that sets spirits soaring with the sounds of an inspirational group of people.
MOLLY ANDREWS Recognized as one of the finest interpreters of traditional music, and an outstanding vocalist in various styles, brings a directness and intensity to everything she sings, on stages great and small throughout the US and Europe. Theatrical venues include Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, San Diego Rep, Cerritos Center, Meadowbrook Theatre, Barter Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Theatre in the Square, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, The Arts at St. Anns. Molly’s CD “Blue Morning Glory” featuring songs from Fire on the Mountain is available in the lobby.
AUSTIN ASHBAUGH makes his debut performance in Fire on the Mountain. He has trained for 4 summers here at Florida Studio Theatre as well as one summer at The Players Theater. Austin is 12 years old and is an Honor student at Brookside Middle School. He has also had 2 years of Stand- Up comedy training at McCurdy’s Comedy Theater.
MARK BACZYNSKI Mark’s theatre career began back in 1975 when he played opposite of Scott Bakula in a local production of Godspell. Recently he has found his niche in live theatre using his musical abilities. He has performed in over 2500 productions of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline and “Patsy” A World Premier Tribute. Other credits include the national tour of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Big River, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Grapes of Wrath, Stonewall Country, and he just finished as a featured performer in The Medora Musical in North Dakota. Mark has degrees in the performing arts and elementary education. His home is in Nashville, Tennessee
ROB BARNES is in the film The Good Shepherd, directed by Robert DeNiro, and Parco P.I. on Court TV. He starred in the Fringe Festival production It’s a Hit, and touring in Crowns. Rob was Doaker in August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, at Tampa Bay’s Arts Center. On
Broadway, Rob was in the original production of Hair, the original cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, and Dick Clark’s Rock & Roll. He has written Switch Seats, Mama & Papa (24/7), Solitude, Holding (a musical).
KIM CROW For FST: Invasion of Privacy, An Inspector Calls, Veronica’s Position, The Triumph of Love. She is tickled to be back home. Regional: Wit (3), Parallel Lives, Kathy & Mo Show (2), Ghosts, Playing for Time, Travels With My Aunt. Current Voiceovers: Doctors Walk In Clinics, Craftwood Cabinets, Health South, Kennedy Space Flight Center, Mote Marine. Film: Claire in Drowning, Lurleen in Life’s a Drag (2007 release). AEA1983, SAG 1976. KimCrow.com
JASON EDWARDS Broadway: Ring of Fire (original cast & recording). Off-Broadway: Of Mice and Men (Mint Theatre), Johnny Guitar (original cast & recording). Tours: Pump Boys and Dinettes (Director), The Will Rogers Follies (with Larry Gatlin). Regional: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse, Buffalo Studio Arena, Virginia Stage Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Florida Studio Theatre (2000) Pump Boys and Dinettes (Director/”Jim”). Jason was nominated for Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Award for his portrayal of “Will” in The Will Rogers Follies (Marriott Theatre)
BRIAN GUNTER Brian is happy to be working at FST for the first time. Brian’s regional credits include over a dozen productions of Woody Guthrie’s American Song, including productions at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and Berkeley Rep, for which he received a Bay Area Critics Circle Award. Other regional favorites include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and Anna Christie at San Jose Rep, Smoke On The Mountain at Northlight, Of Mice and Men at First Stage Milwaukee, and In The Belly of The Beast and The Glass Menagerie
at Clavis Theatre in Milwaukee. Most recently, Brian toured schools in Austria, Italy, and The Czech Republic with This Land Is Your Land, another show inspired by the life and work of Woody Guthrie.
JIM PRICE Broadway: Ring of Fire, The Civil War. Tours: Les Miserables (1st National Tour and International Tour) Recent credits: Bat Boy: The Musical (original cast), bare: a pop opera (original cast), Saving Aimee (original cast), Seamarks (premiere new adaptation), Stand by Your Man (Goodspeed). Jim was a contributing composer for the musical Fishwrap! at the Adirondack Theatre Festival in 2002 and has also written two other musicals-- Patience: a new musical, and The Winner, as well as a new play, Vines. He has a degree in economics from the University of Michigan and trained at The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
MIKE REGAN NY: Manhattan Ensemble Theatre; Capitol Rep, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Central: Denver Center, KC Rep, Dallas Theatre Center. West Coast: Mark Taper; ACT San Francisco. Film/TV: Point Break/Dallas/Days of Our Lives.
THATCHER SVEKIS lives in Sarasota and is a junior at Pine View School. Thatcher has performed in numerous productions during his eight years in Florida Studio Theatre’s educational program. His future plans include pursuing a theatre major at the university level. This is his first professional appearance.
Director | Randal Myler
Music Director | Dan Wheetman
Costume Designer | Marcella Beckwith
Lighting & Scenic Designer | Michael Newton-Brown
Sound Designer | Eric Stahlhammer
Production Stage Manager | Stacy A. Blackburn*
* Denotes member of Actors' Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.