Singers

The Follies singers contribute their talents to enhance the Santa Barbara Silver Follies’ Productions.

 

Meet our Singers:

 

 

             

 

J. Michael Alexander

J. Michael Alexander began performing professionally at an early age and has worked extensively as actor, singer and musical director. Favorite shows as Musical Director include: Three Penny Opera, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, A Beggars Opera,Guys and Dolls and a number of original shows premiered in Los Angeles. Favorite musical roles include Billy Flynn in Chicago, Tiger Brown in Three Penny Opera, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, and Master of Ceremonies in Earl Carroll Revisited at the now defunct Variety Arts Theater. He worked for many years in Los Angeles as composer and musical director at such theaters as The Odyssey, A Noise Within and Pacific Theater Ensemble, and was the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critic`s Circle Award for Best Musical Direction. He has long been a performance and vocal coach and also taught performance class at UCLA Extension. His most recent appearance here was at the Arts and Letters Cafe summer concert series.

 

 

Mark Hacken

Although Mark’s life as a pharmacist led him to own his own drug stores in both Georgia and California, his love of music never waned. From his student days singing in a band he has continued throughout the years performing in many benefit shows. His wonderful wife Barbara of 51years tells many a tale of Mark ‘on the dance floor’! The Follies are thrilled to have Mark’s positive and professional energy.

 

David King

Born 1944

Native Californian David King has been singing and dancing for 30 years. His previous roles include the Professor in “South Pacific”, Arthur in “Robots”, George in “What’s the matter with George?” and Lord Brockhurst in “The Boyfriend”.  He served as a corpsman in the United States Navy in Vietnam and was in the Peace Corps in Brazil.  He and his wife and dancing partner, Nancy, love to travel, raised two children together and have two grandchildren.  David is an avid tennis player and at age 60 played two seasons on Santa Barbara City College’s team.  He also plays the viola.

 

Linda Martin

Born 1943

Linda has been a resident of Santa Barbara for 25 years.  She attended the University of Hawaii where she studied Art and Psychology.  She has been singing for most of her life.  She started singing in high school where she sang back up in a jazz duo.  She spent 6 years with Sweet Adeline’s and has been singing with the Santa Barbara Treble Clef Chorus for the last 4 ½ years.  Linda currently works as the Coordinator of Volunteers for Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of SB.  Linda enjoys singing, dancing and the friendship of all the wonderful ladies and gentlemen in the Silver Follies.

 

 

 

Carol Stickney

Born 1947

Born in Chicago, Carol started her dance studies in Canada at age nine studying tap, ballet and Russian dance until her late twenties.  She is an alumnus of Santa Barbara High School and sang in the school choir in 1964.  She rejoined S.B. Treble Clef Women’s Chorus upon returning to Santa Barbara in 2003 with her husband Craig.  Carol likes to make jewelry and ceramics and has three children and seven grandchildren.  She says: ”It’s great fun being with the Follies members and learning new songs and dances”.  She thanks her mother, Lois Sechrist, for her constant encouragement and her husband Craig and their family for their love and support.

 

Craig Stickney

Born 1947

Born in Glendale, Ca. Craig came to Santa Barbara in 1958 and sang in the choirs of Santa Barbara Jr. and Sr. High schools and Santa Barbara City College.  He had his own rock and roll band, sang barbershop and played drums in Bonnie Langley’s Drum and Bugle Corp. Craig currently owns an automotive accessories company and is a minister and missionary in the Christadelphian Church.   Craig enjoys camping and boating and finds working with the follies gives him a release from the stress of the business world.  He and his high school sweetheart, Carol, have been married since 1967 and he thanks “his best friend” for her support.

 

 

 

Melinda Yohe

Born 1952

Thirty year Santa Barbara resident Melinda Yohe grew up in the mid-west and graduated from the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and acted with theater companies in Minnesota and Ohio.  Melinda was also involved with Santa Barbara’s Cabaret Theater in the 1970s.  Although her dance training is limited, she has always enjoyed performing in musicals.  Hiking and “mushing” in Canada and Alaska are some of her other interests.  She and husband Rick Mellor have two children and two grandchildren and she thanks him for his support for her in all the activities that she pursues.  She would also like to thank Richard and Mickey Yohe for raising a “ham” of a daughter.

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