Nicholas Firth (narrator and baritone) has had a career as a music publisher in the United States and England for over 40 years, publishing a wide range of music from Classical and Broadway to Rock, including many of the composers and lyricists in of the Great American Songbook. An avid singer in school and college, he “retired” around the age of 21. He was called out of retirement five years ago by John Hargraves to narrate and perform in the first SOC show, Krazy for Kern.
Founding member of Six of Clubs, polymath Musical Director John Hargraves is a writer, translator and former professor of German literature at Yale and Connecticut College. John cut his accompanist teeth with the glee club of his alma mater Dartmouth College. In 2006 he produced a review of the songs of Ivor Novello in which gave rise to Six of Clubs. John is co-founder of Music Masterworks in Old Lyme, a chamber music series. He is a board member of the MacDowell Colony and the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
In the second grade, soprano Beatrice Broadwater had to be pushed on to the stage for her first solo: “Que sera sera” and she’s been singing ever since. In college she joined an a capella group,“Tabooz”, and subsequently The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, The Oratorio Society of New York and the Blue Hill Troupe. She earned a degree from Mannes School of Music in voice and has served on their Board of Directors for many years. Bebe has always been drawn to the classical song repertoire and has given solo recitals in France, Germany, and Scotland as well as at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, among others. She has collaborated with composers Gerald Ginsburg and Harvey Burgett to premiere their vocal works. For the past six years -back to where she started- performing the music of the Great American Songbook with the Six of Clubs has been a special joy.
Win Rutherfurd (Baritone) started his singing career as a boy soprano at the Buckley School in New York City, soon gravitating to baritone roles. At Princeton, he headed the Tigertones singing group. For the past 40 years he has sung all the major baritone roles in the Blue Hill Troupe. A hardworking lawyer, in his spare time his love of opera has extended to administrative world where he chairs the Board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and is an advisory Director of the Metropolitan opera.
Tenor Rich Miller has made a specialty of operetta with professional and amateur companies, international festivals, and college organizations, and appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. He has sung all the leading tenor roles of Gilbert and Sullivan for the Blue Hill Troupe. A leading trusts and estate lawyer, Rich is a graduate of Williams College, Albany Law School of Union University, and the New York University School of Law. He is a President of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Angela Cason comes from a musical family. She shared a love of old movies and big bands with her mother, and saw Emma Kelly (of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil fame) perform on visits to Savannah, tapping along to Johnny Mercer while sipping Shirley Temples. At Yale she joined the a capella groups New Blue, then Whim ‘n Rhythm, the senior women’s equivalent of the Whiffenpoofs. After Yale, she and a friend from Harvard started a co-ed a capella group, aptly named Poise ‘n Ivy. She studied voice for 2 years, and wrote and performed a score of cabarets. In 1991, she joined the Blue Hill Troupe, playing such roles as Pitti-sing and Lady Blanche, and those friendships led her to the Six of Clubs. By day, she runs the digital marketing agency she co-founded and writes about the impact of technology on our culture.
Jeffrey Klitz, is a Yale-educated music director, arranger, and orchestrator for Broadway and beyond, winning the Joseph Jefferson Award for his work on The House of Martin Guerre. He has written and produced for the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony, Disney, and Paul McCartney’s publishing house, MPL. He has taught at Yale College, The National Theater Institute, and the Cabaret Conference at Yale, and has music directed for and/or accompanied Judy Collins, Joel Grey, Betty Buckley, Tommy Tune, Andrea Marcovicci, Bernadette Peters, and Patti Lupone. The New York Times noted his “jagged downtown sensibility,” and Jeff’s brilliant arrangements give our shows great beauty and (dare we say) a modicum of cool.
Paige Turner is the power behind the piano, indispensable support and finder of lost cords (for John’s iPad). A Blue Hill Troupe mainstay, she is a certified talent wrangler from the Basingstoke Academy, whose motto is: “Servo vestri caput super vos, cum omnibus suis amissis, et stultum quid eam vobis.” (Keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.) Please note: Her photo is intentionally larger than Win’s.
Mascot and cheerful optimist Goodspice’s Humphrey is named for Humphrey Bogart who was one of many Hollywood stars who loved Sealyham Terriers, including Bette Davis, and Liz Taylor. Cary Grant gave his Sealyham his real name – Archie Leach! Humphrey helps the Six of Clubs by alerting us when latecomers arrive, and his ball-chasing accompaniment to our efforts keeps us on our toes, lest we tread on his!