BRIAN PEKOL (Frank Sinatra) has been lucky enough to have made a lively career out of many facets of the performing arts, including as an actor, music director, playwright, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist. Most recently seen on stage in Sweetland (History Theatre), Brian has also performed as a session musician across the US and Europe, and worked alongside Ed Asner, Jim Brickman, Chris Thile and many others. He always extends his gratitude to his parents, who in their infinite wisdom realized early on that Brian would never be a professional baseball player, and instead encouraged his creative endeavors.
TYUS BEESON (Harry James & others) is pleased to make his Sidekick Theatre debut in this production. Prior to moving back to the Twin Cities area, Tyus has worked with Prairie Repertory Theatre on various productions including Shrek: The Musical and Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Since returning to the Cities, you might have seen Tyus in Superior Donuts (Lyric Arts), Chess (Chameleon Theatre Circle), Romeo & Juliet (Mission Theatre Company) or The Surgeon (The World Crime League). Special thanks, as always to his friends, family and the entire “From Ava” cast and crew!
EMILY DUSSAULT (Nancy Sinatra & others) is a Minneapolis-based actor and singer. She received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Coe College. Emily has performed with many local theatre companies, including Artistry, Savage Umbrella, Theatre Pro Rata, Transatlantic Love Affair, and Loudmouth Collective. She is a member of the musical duo The Champagne Drops, who can be seen performing jazz and pop music around the Twin Cities. She dedicates this performance to her Grandpa Bob, who introduced her to singers like Frank Sinatra and encouraged her to pursue music and theatre.
TARA SCHAEFLE (Ava Gardner & others) is a Twin Cities based actor. Recent credits include Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical (Theatre Elision), 4.48 Psychosis (Phoenix Theatre), Anything Goes (Lyric Arts) and the Guthrie's production of A Christmas Carol. Other notable credits include: Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Liubov Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, and Laura in The Glass Menagerie. She holds a B.A. in theater and political science from St. Olaf College. As always, she is grateful for and inspired by her family, her friends, and fiery women like Ava.
M. SCOTT TAULMAN (Tommy Dorsey & others) is beyond thrilled to be returning to Sidekick Theatre after surviving the eleven character calamity/romantic comedy that was Be My Baby. M. Scott has appeared locally in various shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, The Old Log Theater, Flying Pig Theater, Cerillion Productions, The Minnesota Jewish Theater, The Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Raw Sugar, The Mystery Café and in numerous locally shot independent films and commercials. M. Scott is also a proud member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP).