Author Archives: Rick Thorne

ANNABELLE FOX

New York, NY

Annabelle currently lives in NYC and is playing the lead in an Off Broadway children’s show, The Butterfly Girl at the Vital Theatre Company. She graduated cum laude from Belmont University in May ‘14. Her connection with Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story began in 2013 when she played a Snowbird/Ensemble member at Highlands Playhouse (NC). She has performed professionally in various shows around the States.

BILL ZAUNER

Lubbock, TX

Bill Zauner is from Buddy Holly’s hometown Lubbock, Texas. He has played the role of Joe B. Mauldin in four productions of the show, and is also proficient on the ‘4th Cricket’ part of Tommy Allsup.

ZACH SNYDER

Buffalo, NY

A senior musical theatre major at the University at Buffalo, Zach played Hipockets Duncan as well as Musical Ensemble (trumpet) at the Highlands Playhouse production of Buddy in Highlands, North Carolina, in summer 2013.

RYAN G. DUNKIN

New York, NY
Ryan has played the Big Bopper (and ensemble) in a number of productions of Buddy, including the Arvada Center (CO), Merry-Go-Round Playhouse (NY), Carousel Dinner Theatre (OH), and Westchester Broadway Theatre (NY).

ESTHER COVINGTON

Washington DC
A professional actress and multi-instrumentalist, Esther has played the role of Vi Petty in numerous productions of Buddy, most recently at the Alhambra Dinner Theatre in Jacksonville, FL, in spring 2012.

JOE COSMO COGEN

New York, NY


Joe is a musical theatre percussionist/actor originally from Atlanta, currently residing in New York. He has performed in numerous Buddy productions across North America, playing the role of Jerry Allison.

BILL MOREY

New York, NY


Bill is a bassist, trombonist, and actor who has played the role of Joe B. Mauldin in many productions of Buddy including in New York, New Jersey, Nevada, California, and also on tour.

DREW CARNWATH

Toronto, Canada
Drew is a Toronto-based performer (singer-actor-guitarist) who has played Buddy in three productions of the show in Canada, including two sold-out runs at Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon.

JOHN ROCHETTE

New York, NY
John has played the role of drummer Jerry Allison in three productions of Buddy at the Arvada Center (CO), Carousel Dinner Theatre (OH) and Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre (NY).

STEVEN LASITER

New York, NY
Steven has performed in the Circa '21, Broadway Palm West, and Wagon Wheel Theatre productions of Buddy, playing Jerry Allison (the Crickets), Buddy understudy and Tommy Alsop (4th Cricket).

TRISTAN LAYNE TAPSCOTT

Davenport, IA
A multi-skilled artist, Tristan received great reviews as Jerry Allison of the Crickets at Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse (Rock Island, IL) in 2008. He reprised the role of Jerry in 2009 at Eastlight Theatre (Peoria, IL).

JUSTIN DROEGEMUELLER

Minneapolis, MN
Justin is based in the Minneapolis area, and played Joe B. Mauldin in Allenberry Playhouse's (PA) 2011 production of Buddy, as well as at Circa '21 Dinner Theatre (IL), receiving great reviews.