Buddy: The Buddy Holly StoryBy Alan James
Experience the true story of Buddy Holly’s meteoric rise to fame, from “That’ll Be the Day” hitting the airwaves in 1957 to “The Day The Music Died” two years later.
With over a dozen of Holly’s greatest hits brought to life by performers playing their own instruments, Buddy celebrates the legend who changed the face of Rock & Roll forever. Featuring Holly’s “Peggy Sue,” “Everyday,” and “Oh Boy,” plus Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”
Michael Perrie Jr.*
Troy Valjean Rucker*
MICHAEL PERRIE JR. is a NYC-based Actor/Playwright/Composer originally from Baltimore, MD. National Tour: Million Dollar Quartet and Buddy. Favorite NYC/Regional credits include: Matilda (Mr. Wormwood), The Full Monty (Malcolm), Buddy (Buddy Holly), MDQ (Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and Sam Phillips), The Music Man (Marcellus), Beauty & The Beast (Mons. D’Arque), One Man, Two Guvnors (Alan). Other projects: History’s The Food That Built America, and acclaimed podcasts; “Bite Sized Broadway” and “Spencer Robelen Presents.” www.michaelperriejr.com
SPIFF WIEGAND was born in Northern Kentucky with two thumbs on his right hand and plays over 20 instruments. Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt have lip-synced to his yodeling and his accordion playing was featured on John Oliver. He was once a “mark” on What Would You Do? He did the right thing. He is an accomplished recording engineer, and is noted for one-manband performances of his own songs, in which he plays up to seven instruments at once. National Tour: War Horse (accordionist). New York: Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane), New York Animals by Steven Sater (Bedlam Theatre Company), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre for a New Audience). Regional: Indecent (Palm Beach Dramaworks, Pittsburgh Public), Ring of Fire (Actors Playhouse Miami, Infinity Annapolis), Woody Sez (People’s Light, Houston Stages), Mark Twain’s River of Song (Milwaukee Repertory). You can find his videos on Youtube.
KEN SANDBERG is delighted to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut! Favorite stage credits include Pride and Prejudice (Greenbrier Valley Theatre), Antony and Cleopatra (KCRep), The Heart of Robin Hood and Twelfth Night (Door Shakespeare), The Three Musketeers, The Venetian Twins, Othello, and others over 5 seasons at Quintessence Theatre, and his solo show The Death of… which he has performed in several venues over the past few years. Proud member of AEA.
MONICA RODRIGUES is a New York City-based actress excited to return to the stage in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for the third time. Her notable credits include Deborah Chessler in Soul Harmony (Uptown Performing Arts Center), Maria Elena in Buddy Holly (Palace Theater NH), and Lulu in Cabaret (Winnipesaukee Playhouse). She spent most of the pandemic teaching young artists Musical Theater online and is ecstatic to be performing live again on the Florida Studio Theatre stage.
KATIE HORNER is excited to be spending the holidays with FST! Katie is an NYC- and Philadelphia-local actor, instrumentalist, composer, and music director. She just completed the first post-Covid national tour of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story as Mary Lou/Keys/Trumpet/Guitar. Regional: Dyanne (Million Dollar Quartet, Mill Mountain Theatre), Diana (Lend Me a Tenor, Resident Theatre Co.), Dorine (Tartuffe, Hedgerow Theatre), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, Upper Darby MainStage). IG: @katie.lady64.
JIMMY LEWIS is excited to be making his FST debut with Buddy. Other credits include: Disney on Classic Frozen in Concert Japanese Tour, Rapunzel’s Royal Table on the Disney Magic, The Producers (Theater by the Sea), Buddy, Spelling Bee, Annie, Forum, Chicago, Oklahoma (Highlands Playhouse). Jimmy also served as the Assistant Artistic Director for the 2021 season at the Highlands Playhouse.
JANNIE JONES most recently received critical acclaim for a role she co-created in Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow at Capital Rep. She also revived the role at FST in 2019, where Ethel premiered in 2005. Broadway/Off-Broadway/1st National Tours: The Full Monty (U/S Georgie), Hair (Dionne) at Carre Theatre in Amsterdam, Mama I Want to Sing (Sis. Carrie), and Faith Journey (Traci). She was last seen in Sarasota in her role as Caroline in Caroline or Change at WBTT. Regional Theatre: Lena Younger in Raisin (WBTT), Guitar Girls (FST), Blue Suede Shoes (FST), and Gathering Blue, where she created the role of Annabella (Mt. Gretna Theatre).
ARMANDO GUTIERREZ is so grateful to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut. Off-Broadway he has appeared in Red Roses, Green Gold (Minetta Lane) and Wonderland: Alice’s Rock n Roll Adventure (Atlantic Theater Company). Regionally at the Cincinnati Playhouse on the Park, People’s Light Theater, John W. Engeman Theater, Penguin Rep, Forestburgh Playhouse and Chance Theater. His band, Saddlemen, is a Brooklyn-based trio with music available on all streaming platforms. IG: @saddlementheband
RYAN HALSAVER is thrilled to make his Florida Studio Theatre debut! Favorite stage credits include Once (Eamon) at Bucks County
Playhouse, Shakespeare in Love (Robin/Lady Capulet) at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Andrew Senior/John Calhoun) at SpeakEasy Stage Company. For more information, visit ryanhalsaver.com
TROY VALJEAN RUCKER Off-Broadway: Romeo & Bernadette. Pre-Broadway: August Rush. Select Regional: Clybourne Park (Albert/Kevin), Angels In America (Belize), The Scottsboro Boys (Haywood), Shrek (Donkey), Oklahoma! (Ike Skidmore), Little Bunny Foo Foo. Actors Theatre Of Louisville, The Muny, Walnut Street Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Paramount Theatre, Fulton Theatre, Ogunquit PH, Maine State MT. National Tour: Jesus Christ Superstar. Europe: International Symphony Orchestra. Opera/Concerts: Carnegie Hall, NYC Opera, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aretha Franklin & Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Onscreen: Film, Television, Commercials, Print, Web Series.
Director | Jason Cannon
Movement | Catherine Randazzo
Tap Choreography | Danielle Erin Rhodes*
Music Director | Spiff Wiegand*
Scenic Design | Isabel & Mariah Curley-Clay
Costume Design | Susan Angermann
Lighting Design | Ben Rawson
Sound Design | Thom Korp
Production Stage Manager | Roy Johns*
Assistant Stage Manager | Sophie Antovel
Dance Captain | Monica Rodrigues
* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.