A Pickwick & Frolic Production
Created & Directed by Michael Rogaliner
Music Directed by John DiSanto
If you’d like to share your celebration, please fill out the card on your table and give it to your waiter before the show.
Welcome to Vegas Burlesque! Shed your inhibitions while pretty women shed their clothes with humor, sensuality and abandon to sizzling live music inspired by Sin City. We invite you to clap, cheer and whistle as the clothes come off and the tassels twirl!
Pictures and any type of recording of this performance are prohibited.
Eileen Burns (Singer) is thrilled to be back at Pickwick having recently returned from touring nationally and internationally with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra from 2012-13 as their female vocalist. She is featured on their most recent album “In The Mood.” Eileen was an original cast member of The Midnight Martini Show at Pickwick which ran every Friday and Saturday night for nearly five years. She was also a cast member of Pickwick’s The Stylettes and active in local theater. Eileen can be heard around town singing with vintage swing/ jazz band Red Light Roxy.
Damian Henri has been performing on stage for nearly 35 years as an actor, musician, and emcee. Damian graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where he studied architecture, physics, jazz, and choral performance. An architect by profession, he has lectured nationally on the topic of designing learning environments for higher education. He also competed on Jeopardy! where he became a two-day champion. Damian enjoys a wide variety of outdoor sports, but you’re most likely to find him playing soccer. Many thanks to his fantastic wife for suggesting he join the incredible Vegas Burlesque cast.
Ava Adore (Dancer) has been on stage since the age of ten. She attended a performing arts school in Arizona and continued her theater studies in Singapore, where she lived for four years. She has been performing Burlesque for three years both locally and out of state including several guest appearances in Pickwick’s Mardi Gras Burlesque. She is honored to be joining the cast of Vegas Burlesque. Ava is also an art model and a party instructor at Cleveland Exotic Dance.
Chan D’Leer (Dancer/Singer) Ms. D’Leer is honored to share glitter with such a fabulous cast. She thanks those who supported Mardi Gras Burlesque and welcomes all old and new friends to Vegas Burlesque. Ms. D’Leer enjoys bowling, the music of Christopher Cross, and thinking up names for small goats.
Dot King (Dancer) grew up in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio in the UK. She traveled to Cleveland and received a degree in Theater and Political Science at CSU. She has acted in many theaters including Cleveland Public and Karamu House. Dot’s mix of traditional, comedic, and dance-focused Burlesque is widely received throughout Cleveland and the world. She has performed at Ingenuity Fest, CPT’s Pandemonium and the Pretty Things Peep Show among others. Dot is also a stand-up comic, aerial silks artist, and currently teaches Burlesque at Cleveland Exotic Dance.
Shrimp Cocktail (Lady Luck) is excited to be joining the cast of Vegas Burlesque in the Fall of 2014. She has played many characters in both musicals and burlesque. Her favorites include Mario, Mrs. Meer’s (Thoroughly Modern Millie) and Tracy Turnblad (Hairspray). Ms. Cocktail loves doing improv comedy and splitting sides. Cheers to a great show!
Michael Rogaliner (Writer/Director) and John DiSanto (Music Director) have created and produced original shows for Pickwick & Frolic for over 13 years including Mardi Gras Burlesque, The Midnight Martini Show, The Martini Show Dinner Spectacular, Cabaret Rock, Divas of Rock, Toga!, The Stylettes and the murder mysteries Stage Struck, Red Carpet Murders, Cruise Ship Killer, Psych Ward Whacker, Murder at the Oasis, Toga Party Terror and Bachelorettes Gone Homicidal as well as staging the hit run of the Off-Broadway musical Forever Plaid. Michael has an MFA in theatre directing from Syracuse University and has directed plays and musicals throughout NE Ohio and Central New York. Some of his favorites have been Evita, Nunsense, Godspell, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jeffrey. John is a theatre and church music director whose primary instruments include pipe organ and harp.
Jenniver Sparano (Selected Costumes) has designed and constructed costumes for various productions on the Frolic Cabaret stage, most notably the long-running Martini Show. Her costume creations can also be seen at theatres throughout the area, including Beck Center, Blank Canvas Theatre, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama and others. In addition to her design work, she is proud to co-produce an annual musical production to benefit the AIDS Taskforce and CAN/API. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, she also studied in Paris and is employed by KeyBank.
Jennifer Lynn Justice (Choreographer “Poker Face”) has worked throughout the Cleveland area as both a choreographer and performer for more than 15 years. Jennifer has choreographed regional productions of Chicago, Hairspray, Gypsy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, Grease, Joseph…, Jesus Christ Superstar, and many more. As a performer she has appeared on stage at CPT, Beck Center, Dobama and several other venues. Favorite productions include Chicago (Roxie Hart), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Cabaret (Texas), Gypsy (Electra), La Cage Aux Folles, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, and The Producers.
Drew Rothman (Drums/Singer) is a proud native Clevelander and has been performing as a singer, actor, and musician on professional and amateur stages in the area since childhood. He has been with the Burlesque at Pickwick since its 2012 inception. He’s pleased to meet you and thinks you’re a great audience! www.arothman.com
Keith Cavey (Keyboard) has been playing piano for over 26 years in theatre pit bands, rock bands and orchestras. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps as a piano player and played across the globe as a member of the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Band located in 29 Palms, California, and the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band in Okinawa, Japan. Highlights during his tour include achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, playing in the Budokan in Tokyo, and playing for former president Ronald Reagan’s funeral in California. Currently Keith works as a Registered Nurse in the Surgical ICU of Cleveland Clinic’s main campus.
Jake Fader (Guitar) has been a touring guitarist since his late teens. Audiences in more than 10 countries worldwide have enjoyed Jake’s talents on stage. His performance register includes appearances on the BBC, NPR and numerous foreign and domestic broadcast stations. A recipient of several awards, Jake was honored with being named as the best guitarist in Cleveland in the Cleveland Scene Music Awards.
Chris Fader (Keyboard) has been playing piano for 87 (dog) years. In addition to playing the piano, the Youngstown native also sings, plays the flute and enjoys well appointed cheese boards.
Being a music educator is Chris’s passion and daily profession. She is happy to be here playing music for you tonight.
Mike McNamara is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. As a guitarist, he has made numerous appearances on radio and television. He collaborates with many artists and has received commissions for original works. As an educator, Mike has worked with many notable non-profit organizations including Cleveland Classical Guitar Society, International House of Blues Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club to bring guitar education to the Cleveland school district.