Fiddlehead Theatre Company Presents Elton John & Tim Rice’s AIDA

Boston Area Exclusive to run October 17-26 at the historic Strand Theatre In collaboration with Aids Action Committee.   

Tickets:  $25-$45,, 617-229-6494

Fiddlehead Theatre Company will present the exclusive Boston production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA from October 17-26, 2014, to kick off their 2nd season as resident company at Boston’s historic Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA).

Fiddlehead Theatre CompanyAIDA will be presented in collaboration with AIDS Action Committee, with 5% of every ticket sold going to support AAC’s programs. 

Three Tony-Award winning rock musicals are on tap for Fiddlehead in 2014-2015

 - AIDA (October 17-26)
 - The Wiz (February 13-22, 2015)
 - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar (April 24-May 3, 2015). 

Performance tickets are $25-$45 each.  Student, senior and group discounts are available.

Tickets may be purchased by
 - calling the box office at 617-229-6494
 - going online at

Aida by Fiddlehead

A Boston Exclusive

“We are thrilled to present the exclusive of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA as the first of three spectacular pop-rock musicals at the Strand,” said Fiddlehead Producing Artistic Director Meg Fofonoff.  “In partnership with Mayor Martin J. Wash and the City of Boston, Fiddlehead looks forward welcoming theater-goers to the Strand for these powerful Broadway hits that continue to resonate with all audiences.  Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is an uplifting story about love that defies cultural and social differences.  It’s the perfect complement to Fiddlehead’s mission of building community through the arts.”

About Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA

Love turns everything upside down and leads everyone down paths they could never have imagined.  Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is a modern Romeo and Juliet story, driven by a pop-rock score that transcends the vast cultural differences of warring nations to inspire peace. 

AIDA is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the differences between their cultures and heralds a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity. 

With a powerful score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA is a modern crowd-pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing.

Music by Elton John. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang. Tim Rice and Elton John’s AIDA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019   Phone: 212-541-4684  Fax: 212-397-4684

About the Cast:

Ta'Nika GibsonTa'Nika Gibson (AIDA)

A native of Springfield, MA, Ta’Nika Gibson is a highly versatile young artist. A student of classical voice and opera for the last four and a half years at NYU and at Eastman School of Music, Ta’Nika has recently decided to pursue a career in musical theater, her first love.

In 2011, Ta’Nika performed at the Metropolitan Opera Guild in the world premiere of the opera, 2Wice Upon a Birthday. In 2013, Ta’Nika was a regional finalist for the National Classical Singer Competition. This summer Ta’Nika is excited to perform in Better with a Band with the Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, NJ. 

Gene DanteGene Dante (RADAMES)

Gene Dante recently appeared as Dionysus in The Bacchae at American Repertory Theater’s Oberon Nightclub.  Previously at A.R.T. Gene appeared in both The Lily’s Revenge and The Rocky Horror Show (Brad Majors, Elliot Norton Award nomination).  He also was the title role in the recent critically acclaimed New England Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Previous roles include Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Andrew Jackson), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (The Beast).  Gene writes and performs original music with his band The Future Starlets. 
The music he and the band creates is both flamboyantly glamorous and strikingly gritty. It resonates with the sparkle of glitter and the rawness of the gutter. It is both class and trash, edge and polish, emotional and entertainment. Gene, who got into rock listening to glam-rock groups like Queen and Kiss as a kid, has walked the line between theater and music throughout his career, often fusing the two interests to work to his advantage. Gene’s engaging songs are fleshed out into the complex, compelling tracks recorded on the Starlets 2009 album, The Romantic Lead. The album was recorded and mixed at Q Division in Somerville, MA with engineer Jon Lupfer manning the board and was released by Omnirox Entertainment.

Christiana RodiChristiana Rodi* (AMNERIS)

Residing in RI, Christiana has had the opportunity to travel the world performing with Cirque Dreams as their lead female vocalist, as well as in regional theaters around the country such as Goodspeed Musicals and Ocean State Theatre Company. She has played the role of Amneris once before and is excited to now join Fiddlehead’s production of AIDA.  Christiana graduated from the Hartt School with a BFA in Musical Theatre-2011. *Denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association.


Dallyn Vail BaylesDallyn Vail Bayles* (PHARAOH)

DALLYN VAIL BAYLES - Broadway Tours: Phantom of the Opera (Phantom/Raoul u/s), Les Misérables (Enjolras, 3rd National) (Feuilly, China premiere w/ Colm Wilkinson).  NYC: Children of Eden (Adam, industry reading w/ Stephen Schwartz).  Regional: Weaver of Raveloe (Godfrey Cass, A.R.T.’s Oberon Stage - world premiere), Ragtime (Father), South Pacific (Emile), Secret Garden (Archibald), Phantom (Chandon). Boston Conservatory: Assassins (Booth), Oklahoma (Jud).  Concerts: Music from Stage and Screen (featured soloist, with Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir - upcoming), Golden Days (soloist, w/ Rebecca Luker and MTC), Music and the Spoken Word (guest soloist, national broadcast w/ MTC). Three solo albums. MFA in Musical Theatre candidate at Boston Conservatory. BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU. Actors’ Equity member.

Meg FofonoffArtistic Bio   Meg Fofonoff (Director/Executive Producer)

Meg Fofonoff founded Fiddlehead Theatre Company in 1993 and continues to produce performances that align with the mission of Fiddlehead while driving the artistic direction of the company. Over its 20-year history Meg has established Fiddlehead as an IRNE Award-winning theater company and one of the top regional theaters in the Boston area.

It was through Meg’s leadership and forward-thinking direction that Fiddlehead entered into its 2012 partnership with the City of Boston and began the company’s historic residency at the Strand Theatre. Meg has directed such shows as: To Kill A Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiddlehead Theatre: The Best of Broadway, Pirates of Penzance and The Fantasticks. She has also directed a staged reading of Spring Fling (a new work she has co-authored based on The Snow Ball by A.R. Gurney).



Single adult tickets are $25-$45.  Groups of ten or more save 50% on regular ticket prices. Special rates for Dorchester residents. Free tickets for Boston Public School Students (limited availability). To purchase tickets for AIDA and other shows in Fiddlehead’s 2014-2015 season, or for more information about community partnerships and educational programming, visit or call the box office at 617-229-6494.

About Fiddlehead Theatre Company

Fiddlehead Theatre Company is the resident theater company of the historic Strand Theater located in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Since its inception in 1993, Fiddlehead Theatre Company has been dedicated to producing professional theater experiences for the greater Boston community, and educating local youth in the theater arts. Fiddlehead’s partnership with the City of Boston designating the company as residents of the Strand Theatre has placed the IRNE award winning theater-company on the forefront of Boston’s regional theater community.

Named after the fantastical fiddlehead fern found in fairy-tales and symbolic of imagination, Fiddlehead Theatre Company is committed to producing theater that uplifts the spirit while engaging audiences in provocative social issues, motivating and energizing their audiences to renew their commitment to community, and instilling hope for a better tomorrow. Visit for information about upcoming shows, cast biographies and ticketing information. Like us on Facebook at and on Twitter @FiddleheadTC.

Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA – Facts at a Glance

Fiddlehead Theatre Company

Producing Artistic Director/Co-Director:   Meg Fofonoff
Co-Director:   James Tallach
Associate Producer:  Matthew Romero
Music Director:  Balint Varga

Choreogarpher:  Kira Cowan
Production Manager:  Jeff Maynard
Venue:   The Strand Theatre, 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester, MA


Aida: Ta’Nika Gibson
Radames:  Gene Dante
Amneris: Christiana Rodi*
Zoser: Matthew Eamon Ryan

Mereb: Terrell Foster-James
Nehebka: Janett “Becky” Bass
Pharaoh:  Dallyn Vail Bayles*
Amonasro: David J. Curtis

Female Ensemble:
Gabriela Carrillo, Jocelyn Duford, Christina Jimenez, Ryoko Seta, Danielle Wrenn

Male Ensemble:
Dwaine Devonish Daye, Brian C. Jones, Jay Kelley, Andrew Norlen, Eric Rehm

*Denotes members of Actors Equity Association.


Production Crew:

Ben Williams, Technical Director
Anthony R. Phelps, Scenic Designer
Stacey Stephens, Costume Designer
Winston G. Limauge, Lighting Designer
Mark DeLuzio, Sound Designer


Performance Schedule:

Friday, October 17, 8:00 pm – PRESS NIGHT
Saturday, October 18, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 19, 2:00 pm
Friday, October 24, 8:00
Saturday, October 25, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 pm


Phone: 617-229-6494



Street parking available on Columbia Road. Free off-street parking is available in the Ramsey Street Municipal lot. Ramsey Street is located at the intersection of Dudley Street and Columbia Road behind CVS Pharmacy and Payless Shoes. Free parking is available for evening and Sunday shows in the Citizen's Bank and Sovereign Bank parking lots. The Citizen's Bank lot is located at the corner of Columbia Road and Cushing Avenue, next to Bank of America. The Sovereign Bank lot is located in the rear of the bank at 585 Columbia Rd.


Public Transportation:

Red Line to Andrew station, then either #16 (Forest Hills) bus or #17 (Field's Corner) bus to Upham's Corner/Dudley Street. Get off in front of Payless shoe store. The Strand is up one block on the left, just past Bank of America. Orange Line to Ruggles station, then the #15 (Upham's Corner) bus via Dudley Station. Get off in front of Payless shoe store. The Strand is up one block on the left, just past Bank of America.  Orange Line to Forest Hills station, then #16 (Forest Hills) bus to Upham's Corner. Get off in front of Payless shoe

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Posted: October 16, 2014    Nancy J Conrad