Author: Katie Matson

As a recent TCU grad, I am excited to join Casa as the Digital Media Specialist. In my free time, I like to explore new places to eat, binge watch Friends or read the latest thriller.

Cheryl Allison returns as “Vi Petty”

Cheryl Allison returns as “Vi Petty” image

Cheryl Allison returns to the stage at Casa Mañana to play Vi Petty in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.  Born at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth and raised in Dallas, Cheryl is certainly close to home for this run. She gives credit to her parents for her love of performing, who were both music majors in college. Her mother… Read more »

Trisha Jefferey in The Buddy Holly Story

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In her Casa debut, Trisha Jeffrey joins the cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.  Trisha is originally from the Bronx, NY; a born and raised, first-generation American in her family from Jamaican parents.  Acting has long been a talent of Trisha’s. She began acting because a family friend from church mentioned an afterschool arts program… Read more »

Taylor Rodriguez stars in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Taylor Rodriguez stars in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story image

In his first show under the Dome, Taylor Rodriguez joins the talented cast of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story as “Ritchie Valens.”  From Lynchburg, VA, Taylor has always loved acting. “I didn’t start really taking a full interest until 10th grade when my theatrical director from school recruited me to audition for Lend Me a Tenor. After that, I took… Read more »

Matt Allen returns to the Dome to star as “Hipockets Duncan”

Matt Allen returns to the Dome to star as “Hipockets Duncan” image

Matt Allen returns to Casa Mañana as “Hipockets Duncan” in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Originally from Jerseyville, IL, Matt got his start in acting in the 7th grade. Dance classes landed him a role in West Side Story his freshmen year of high school, and he’s been hooked ever since!  When asked about his “big break” Matt replied, “I broke my thumb this summer and had… Read more »

Steve Gagliastro stars as “Norman Petty”

Steve Gagliastro stars as “Norman Petty” image

Originally from Worcester, Massachusetts, Steve Gagliastro returns to Texas to star as “Norman Petty” in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.   Around the time of 5th grade, Gags (he says he doesn’t remember anyone ever calling him Steve) began to study acting and continued throughout high school. After a brief hiatus in college to earn his Bachelor of Music Education from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he returned… Read more »

Andy Christopher Returns to Casa as “Buddy Holly”

Andy Christopher Returns to Casa as “Buddy Holly” image

Andy Christopher returns to the Dome to star as “Buddy Holly” in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for the second time.  Andy was born in Houston, TX, but spent the most time in Bullard and Lubbock. He has no problem playing the rock n’ roll legend from Lubbock, TX; in a rather interesting turn of events, a friend took him to audition… Read more »

Review: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – By: OnStage Blog

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By: Shawn Stalter I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the life, legacy and musical genius of Lubbock, Texas native, Buddy Holly, than to experience Casa Manana’s powerful telling of “The Buddy Holly Story” on his birthday. Here, under the spacious Casa dome, director Parker Esse crafted a high energy, gripping performance which skillfully… Read more »

Review: The Buddy Holly Story – By: Tanglewood Moms

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Not Fade Away: A Review of Casa Mañana’s The Buddy Holly Story By: Julie Rhodes “And the rest…will just be rock and roll.” This is the last line of the show in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, now playing at Casa Mañana. It could also apply to almost the entirety of Act II, which is an… Read more »

Review: The Buddy Holly Story – By: TheaterJones

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Music Alive! Casa Mañana brings back Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story, and it’s a rollicking good time. By: Janice L. Franklin September 10, 2019 Fort Worth — Casa Mañana closed its 2015 season with Alan Jane’s Buddy—the Buddy Holly Story. In response to continual requests from patrons, they brought it back to kickstart their… Read more »

Buddy Holly rocks at Casa!

Sing and dance along!