Melinda Alberty has sung in operas and musicals with companies including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, Music Theatre of Wichita, John W. Engeman Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Cimarron Opera and others. Some of Melinda’s favorite roles she has performed include Jellylorum in Cats, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Erzulie in Once On This Island. Melinda is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and has performed as a soloist with a number of organizations including the Northbrook Symphony, Downers Grove Choral Society and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Melinda began singing in church and loves singing in church to this day. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera from Northwestern University.
Felicia Filip Burkovskiy is a singer/actress/music educator who has performed many styles of music from pop/jazz to musicals and operettas. She recently appeared in Ball at the Savoy, a jazz operetta with Chicago Folks Operetta, and in a Cole Porter revue concert with the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra. Her favorite roles include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Tuptim in The King and I, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Maureen in Rent, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Aunt Cornelia/Tia Dolores in the original The American Girls Revue. Her most recent role has been becoming Mama to her two beautiful adopted sons, who arrived from Ukraine last year! Felicia studied music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she appeared in numerous operas and sang with the jazz a capella singing group, No Strings Attached. Felicia has also sailed all around the Caribbean singing for RCCL cruise lines. She currently teaches general music and choir to elementary school students. She also performs periodically for Arranmore Arts, and is a regular soloist at Bethel United Church of Christ. She is thrilled for this opportunity to perform with such a talented group of women!
Kelly Anne Clark is honored to be a Broadminded gal! Theater credits include the U.S. premiere of The House of Martin Guerre (Goodman), The Pirates of Penzance, Victor Victoria, How To Succeed…(Marriott), Beaches The Musical, Of Thee I Sing, A Funny Thing Happened…(Drury Lane Oakbrook), the world premiere of Beverly Hillbillies The Musical (TATC), and six seasons of The Christmas Schooner (Mercury Theater Chicago). Credits at other theaters include The Royal George, Northlight, First Folio, and Oak Park Festival. Kelly is a Jeff award winning actress and has performed off-Broadway in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, as well as in the Chicago and Detroit productions. TV and Film include Chicago Fire and the independent film Teenage Ghost Punk.
Sarah Page is a Chicago-based actress and singer. She has performed at many area theatres, including Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Shrek); Drury Lane Theatre (Young Frankenstein, Sunset Blvd, Nunsensations!, Once Upon A Mattress, Of Thee I Sing); BrightSide Theatre (Company); New American Theatre, Rockford (Joseph…); Light Opera Works (The Merry Widow, Carnival!, Candide, Sweethearts); and multiple productions with Pheasant Run Theatre and Illinois Theatre Center. Sarah received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She is a singer with the Chicago Artists Chorale/Ensemble and is a member of Actors Equity Association.
Elizabeth Haley is thrilled to be singing with these amazing ladies. She has appeared on the stages of Peninsula Players, Mercury Theater, Paramount Theatre, Porchlight, Timber Lake Playhouse, Light Opera Works, and Chamber Opera Chicago. She is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and can be heard singing at St Clement and St Teresa of Avila. A native of Oklahoma, she is a graduate of The University of Tulsa. This summer Elizabeth is very excited to head back up to Peninsula Players to appear in The Drowsy Chaperone with her husband Karl Hamilton.
Teresa Kang is currently a part-time instructor at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. She is accompanist for all ensembles and conducting courses in the choral department. She has worked as a coach and accompanist at Northwestern the opera department, Evanston, Illinois, Opera on the James, Lynchburg, Virginia, the Italian Operatic Experience in Montecatini, Italy, as well as at the Opera Training Institute of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. Teresa was selected to perform on two separate occasions for the Lunchtime Recital at the Piano Festival in Bishopsgate Recital Hall in London. She is proud to have performed at Green Mill as a part of the Emerging Artist Series, she premiered the piece “Six Moods for Piano” at the request of composer Seth Boustead in Chicago. She was privileged to perform at Ravinia Festival with Ruth Page Dance Company. She was invited to numerous episodes of Comcast in the Greater Chicago Area. Teresa recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York as part of the American Protégé Winner's Recital. Teresa was honored with the Nancy Wustman Award at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is "still" completing on her doctorate work. Her credits as an accompanist include more than 20 operas, including "The Coronation of Poppea", "Così fan tutte", "Don Giovanni", "L’Elisir d’Amore", "The Love for Three Oranges", "Madama Butterfly", "The Magic Flute", "Le Nozze di Figaro", "Roméo et Juliette", "La Boheme" and "La Traviata".
Alison Kelly is thrilled beyond belief to be performing in a cabaret with such a talented group of women! She has performed leading roles internationally and domestically in over 80 musicals, operettas and operas, most notably Christine in Phantom of the Opera, which she did for 2 years. Ms. Kelly has performed in world, American and Chicago premiers of operettas and numerous concerts with Folks Operetta, a company she co-founded with her husband, since 2006. She has been interviewed and performed on WFMT twice and can be heard on the recording of The Rose of Stambul on the Naxos Label. Other local credits include Drury Lane Oakbrook, Light Opera Works and Circle Theatre. Ms. Kelly is a regular chorus member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and teaches private voice lessons in Oak Park, where she lives with her amazing husband and two glorious children.
Sara Stern is very happy to join this talented group of smart-mouthed women in this cabaret adventure. She is a versatile performer in musicals, operetta, and theater—with roles from vamp, pants, mother, sister, to naughty friend, and lately, grande dames of a certain age. Favorite, fun credits include: “Lady Jane,” Patience (G&S Opera Company) “Fruma Sarah,” Fiddler, “Praskovia” The Merry Widow (both Light Opera Works—now Music Theater Works), “Old Lady” in Sunday in the Park with George, “Woman One, u/s” in Putting It Together (both Porchlight Music Theatre), and originating the role of “Martha” in Down & Derby (The New Colony) and “Bernarda” in a new adaptation by Poetry/IS of The House of Bernarda Alba (Red Twist). Next up: Cinderella's ghostly mother in Music Theater Works' December production of Into the Woods. Other credits include Chamber Opera Chicago, Chicago Folks Operetta, The American Girls Revue, and Light Opera Works. By day Sara is a philanthropy marketing exec at Lipman Hearne.
Described as “utterly luminous”, soprano Diana Stoic is a versatile performer who is been seen across the Midwest and Chicago-area. Locally, Ms. Stoic performs with Chicago Fringe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Illinois Philharmonic, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Sinfonietta, DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Musica Lumina, Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, Petite Opera Productions, The Lira Ensemble, Light Opera Works, and The Savoy-aires. Among her highest achievements, Ms. Stoic appeared in the ensemble of The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Ms. Stoic is passionate about introducing young audiences to opera and educating them about classical music. She participated in outreach programs with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, OPERA Iowa, Opera for the Young, Chicago Opera Playhouse and was a teaching artist with Chicago Opera Theater’s Education program Opera for All. She has received numerous awards from the Bel Canto Foundation, and co-winner of Opera Idol in Evanston. For the past two years Diana has been sharing her voice through the Songs By Heart Foundation, aiming to improve the quality of life of persons with memory issues through the power of music. She works as an interactive performer at three different locations in the NW suburbs, impacting the greatest number of people as possible. The work has been among the most rewarding of her entire performing career. Ms. Stoic completed her Masters of Music from the Chicago College of Performing Arts and received her Bachelor of Music from Simpson College. She currently lives in Mount Prospect, IL with her husband, Bass-baritone Dan Richardson and sons, Maxwell and George.
Elizabeth, Alison, Kelly, Sara S., Diana, Sarah P., Heidi, Felicia