The Company of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
BRANDON GRIMES is thrilled to be making his Theater Latté Da debut! National Tour: Jekyll and Hyde (Glossop); Regional: Pirates of Penzance (Ordway Center), Josiah Bartlett in 1776 (Cape Playhouse), Bobby in Company (Texas Repertory), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (NextDOOR Theatre), The Baker in Into the Woods (Harwich Junior Theatre), and two seasons at College Light Opera Company. New York: Sasquatch, the Musical and Upstairs at the West Village Music Theatre Festival, and Once/Twice. Proud graduate of University of Houston and University of Michigan. www.brandongrimes.com
BRIAN FRUTIGER is excited to once again be a part of Theater Latté Da where he has appeared in Oliver! (Mr. Sowerberry) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney). Brian has performed across the country with such companies as TheatreWorks, Paper Mill Playhouse, Music Theatre of Wichita, Shakespeare’s Motley Crew (Chicago), San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Sarasota Opera and Spoleto Festival USA. From 2008 to 2014, Brian was on the roster of The Metropolitan Opera where he appeared regularly with the house. www.brianfrutiger.com
PAUL R. COATE is a Twin Cities-based professional actor, vocalist, director, educator, and proud member of Actors Equity Association. He most recently appeared in The Music Man at The Guthrie Theater. Past appearances with Theater Latté Da include The Full Monty and EVITA. Other performance credits include Children’s Theatre Company, History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Nautilus Music Theater, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Nebraska Shakespeare, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Omaha Symphony, and Skylark Opera. www.paulrcoate.com.
MICHAEL GRUBER bio: Broadway: original companies of Miss Saigon, Swing!, Stairway to Paradise, Jackie Mason’s Laughing Room Only, and My Favorite Year, both Bill and Hortensio in Kiss Me, Kate!, the Tin man in The Wizard of Oz, Munkustrap in Cats, Mike in the ﬁnal cast of A Chorus Line as well as Greg and Zach in the 2008 revival. Mr. Gruber also performed the role of Munkustrap in the movie of Cats, ﬁlmed at the Adephi Theater in London. Over the past 23 years, he has starred in over 50 regional productions across the country. Cast recording include: 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Wonderful Town, Good News, Swing, Follies, The Most Happy Fella, My Favorite Year and The Music Man.
MAX WOJTANOWICZ Max is a native of Rice, Minnesota, and a St. Olaf College graduate. He has worked with Theater Latté Da in its NEXT new works series, as well as Children’s Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Frank Theatre, Park Square, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, and Nautilus Music Theater (in the Ivey Award-winning Ordinary Days). He is the artistic director of The Catalysts, a new local theater company dedicated to musical theater through the lens of social justice and sustainable playmaking. His autobiographical musical Fruit Fly (The Catalysts’ first full-length work) premiered at the Illusion Theater last spring. www.maxwojtanowicz.com
JAMES RAMLET is pleased to return to Theater Latté Da after previously appearing as Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, and Mr. Bumble in OLIVER!. Other recent performances include The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater, New Jerusalem at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, The Threepenny Opera at Frank Theatre, Baby Case at History Theatre, and Jackie and Me at Children’s Theatre Company. James has also performed with the Dale Warland Singers, and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.
RILEY MCNUTT is happy to be working with Theater Latté Da in All is Calm to tell this amazing story. Recently, Riley appeared in Minnesota Orchestra’s production of Carousel as Jigger Craigin. Riley has been in the chorus of many operas with Minnesota Opera including La Fanciulla del West, The Magic Flute, and the world premiere of Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. He has worked with Artistry, formerly Blooming Theater and Arts Center in Les Miserables as Marius and La Cage Aux Folles as Francis; with The Ordway in Beauty and the Beast; and with Skylark Opera in Wonderful Town, Candide, and La Rondine.
EVAN TYLER WILSON enthusiastically joins the cast of All is Calm with Theater Latté Da. Regional credits include Sweeney Todd (Pirelli) also with Theater Latté Da, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas) with The Duluth Playhouse, Next to Normal (Gabe) with Yellow Tree Theatre, and Spring Awakening (Georg) at Phoenix Theatre. Evan holds a BM in Musical Theatre from Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera Theatre and teaches voice at Linden Hills House of Music. evantylerwilson.com
ANDREW WILKOWSKE is thrilled to debut at Theater Lattè Da with All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Recent performances include Guns N’ Rosenkavalier with Mill City Summer Opera; 1776 with Milwaukee Opera Theatre; Silent Night with Minnesota Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Philadelphia and Lyric Opera Kansas City; The Magic Flute with Minnesota Opera and Komische Oper Berlin; Upcoming projects include The Barber of Seville with Florentine Opera; Lucy with Urban Arias in Washington, D.C; and Silent Night with Atlanta Opera.
BRYAN WELLS lives in St. Paul, where he works at the Minnesota Senate as a Media Relations Specialist. He has been seen on stage most recently with Only A Dim Image Theatre and the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, and is an active contributor to the Twin Cities choral community. Bryan sings regularly with Magnum Chorum, the Academy of Voices, and the Fiscal Notes, a barbershop quartet comprised of legislative staffers. Wells is a 2012 graduate of St. Olaf College, where he is an alumnus of both the Political Science department and the St. Olaf Choir.
BEN JOHNSON is thrilled to make his Theater Latté Da debut in this beautiful piece! Ben has worked with Minnesota Opera as a member of the Chorus as well as several roles, totaling over 40 productions. Recent Productions include MN Opera’s world premiers of The Manchurian Candidate, Doubt, and Silent Night. Ben continues to study voice and perform on other local stages, including The Ordway and Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. Favorite roles include: Marius in Les Miserables, Joseph in Joseph…, and most recently Corny Collins in Hairspray with Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. A special thanks goes to his super supportive family!
BENJAMIN DUTCHER, a native of St. Paul, is thrilled to be working with Theater Latté Da for a second consecutive season. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, previous credits include Bello in La fanciulla del West (his professional debut), Tony in last year’s Masterclass, and Bobby Lembeck in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera. Ben was also seen in Sweeney Todd with Theater Latté Da earlier this year, and will be singing with Minnesota Opera this coming spring in their productions of Tosca, and the premiere of The Shining.
The Creators of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914
ERICK LICHTE has carved out a distinct niche in the vocal music world of North America. The Washington Post has hailed the “audacity” of his programming, the Chicago Tribune has noted the “meticulous preparation” of his choirs and Fanfare Magazine declared that he created and helmed “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States.”
As a founding member, singer and Artistic Director of the male vocal ensemble Cantus, Lichte created and sustained one of only two full-time vocal ensembles in the United States. Lichte has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, the Boston Pops, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Minnesota Orchestra. His work with Cantus garnered the 2009 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the highest honor for the professional choral organization Chorus America.
As a choral conductor, Lichte has served as conductor for many professional, educational and amateur choral ensembles. In January of 2013, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of Chor Leoni Men’s Choir based in Vancouver, BC. Lichte is also the director of the 70-voice Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church in Portland, Oregon and enjoys an active life as a clinician and guest conductor throughout North America.
PETER ROTHSTEIN (Creator/Director) – has directed 55 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 9 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Illusion Theatre, Ten Thousand Things and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. He is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, and Steerage Song, a new musical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Peter has been named one of Minnesota’s Artists of the Year by the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and the Best Director by City Pages. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B.A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin Madison. www.Peter-Rothstein.com
TIMOTHY C. TAKACH Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach is rapidly gaining momentum in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, Takach is a full-time composer and has received a number of commissions from various organizations including VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band, Cantus, Pavia Winds, cellist Kirsten Whitson, Lorelei, The Rose Ensemble and the University of Notre Dame DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. His compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues such as the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat. Takach has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and Meet the Composer, and yearly ASCAP awards since 2004. He studied Music Theory and Composition at St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, where he graduated with honors. Takach lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons.