Nora graduated in 2013 from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She received degrees in dance and anthropology, as well as departmental honors and an award in dance performance. Since then, she has continued choreographing for and performing in various shows around the Twin Cities. Notably, she performed in the Fringe Festival in 2014 and was a member of Collectivus Dance Company for two seasons. Currently, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is ecstatic about the opportunity to perform in this year’s Fringe Festival!
David Pelletier Guire
David Pelletier Guire is very excited to be in Mike’s Brass production of Rumpus! This is his first professional acting gig, and he’s having a great time doing it. In the fall, David will be going into the 6th Grade at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented in Saint Paul. Some of his favorite things are Minecraft, soccer, camping, Mario Bros., and his pets, Romper, Ruby, Penny, and Nicole. David would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him all these years, and the producers for creating a show about an icon of his childhood.
Michelle de Joya
Rachael Schlee has performed in many artistic endeavors around the Twin Cities since she was small, most recently High Flight and Circus Mcgurkus for the MN Fringe Festival. She is positively over the moon to be dancing with Mike's Brass again! Outside of Fringe, Rachael enjoys hanging upside down in aerial class and teaching elementary students how to be amazing.
Noë Tallen is thrilled to be working with Mike's Brass again after performing in their 2015 Fringe hit High Flight. She is a company member with Tedious Brief Productions and performed in their popular Fringe shows; Bard Fiction, Tempests (Director), The Final Act, and Mead Hall. Noë has had the good fortune to work with many local Twin Cities theatre companies; Theatre Unbound, Theater in the Round, Theatre Pro Rata, The Gremlin, Starting Gate Productions, Great American History Theater; Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Guthrie Theatre, among others. She would like to dedicate this performance to her little "Wild Thing". Upcoming: The Minotaur at Theatre Pro Rata
Clara Costello (Stage Manager) has stage managed with Theatre Pro Rata, Little Lifeboats, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Mike's Brass, and Tedious Brief. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris, and is a company member of Little Lifeboats and Theatre Pro Rata. Clara works for the U of M Bee Squad, and loves bees of both the honey and wild varieties.
Linda J. Dobberstein has played trumpet since she fell in love with the instrument in 4th grade elementary school. She was lead trumpet player for the Waldorf Pemberton High School Concert Band for several years. The tiny school district had a wonderful music program that was able to participate in national high school concert band competitions and commonly won their class and a number of all event sweepstakes trophies. Linda also played lead trumpet with the Sweet Swing Jazz Band which played for many weddings, local events, and lodge clubs. She was a member of the Minnesota All State Band. Linda is a graduate of St Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music, Instrumental Music Education degree. There she played with the St Olaf College Band for four years under the direction of Miles “Mity” Johnson. Since that time, she completed a graduate program at Northwestern Health Sciences University and now is in private practice with a focus on chiropractic and clinical nutrition. She continues to play her trumpet for pleasure and service with St Michael’s Lutheran Church Orchestra and Mike’s Brass.
A "late bloomer" by modern standards, at the age of 16 he found a recording of trumpet and organ music in his Mother's collection. It was love at first listen. In his younger years he performed and toured with the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs, including a performance tour through Italy and the Spoleto Music Festival. As a trumpeter and vocalist of a St. Michaels Lutheran Church youth based worship team he toured through Peru, and in 1998 served as Drum Major for the award winning Jefferson High School Marching Band based out of Bloomington, MN. Continuing his studies at St. Olaf in trumpet and vocal performance as well as music education he learned to shut up and listen (and is very grateful for that lesson). Since then he has performed in numerous ensembles at St. Micheal's Lutheran Church ranging in style from contemporary praise bands, orchestral and choral music, including an eightpiece SATB vocal ensemble as well as solo trumpet and organ. He is also a contemporary singer/songwriter who loves to fiddle around with original composition and arrangement of all genres. As a free lance trumpeter based out of the Twin Cities with a main focus on wedding music, small jazz combos and anything else that perks his ear, he's always happy to play. And even happier when it makes you smile.
David Mills Rittmann
David has played horn since he was liberated from playing a trumpet early in his music education and has never looked back, grateful to be free from the tyranny of always playing the melody, and appreciative of the efforts his early music education placed on the study of after-beats. He studied horn (and mathematics) at St Olaf in a prior millennium and has continued to play in the twin cities since, playing in a variety of community orchestras, churches and musicals. While not playing the horn, he writes software, habituates coffee shops and tries to incite political, economic and religious discussions as befitting a quirky horn player.
Carin Bratlie Wethern
Carin started off her musical journey playing piano at age six. While exploring potential orchestra instruments she spent a little time with a violin, but being a lefty, she found it wasn't a good fit. Next she tried clarinet, but being one of 30 in a section wasn't much fun either. In 7th grade she tried out the tuba (thankfully her band director never told her that girls didn't play tuba), and it was just right. She studied at Concordia College, Moorhead, where she attended with a music scholarship and played in the Cobber Band throughout her time there. She has played with Mike's Brass since its inception, plays with St. Michael's Orchestra, and has subbed with the Roseville Big Band. In addition to the tuba Carin plays piano and guitar (as a lefty), is a professional knitter with Carin's Bespoke Handknits, and a teaching artist for theater. Her company, Theatre Pro Rata, is also based in the Twin Cities. Her baby girl, Beatrice, was born shortly after the 2016 Fringe and already likes low brass.