Welcome from Catherine Fries Vaughn
Photo by James Alexander, Sneak Peek Photography
Catherine was born into a theatrical family in Los Angeles. Her family exposed her to the joys of the theater at a very young age. Catherine began taking acting, dance, and singing at the age of six. Her first job was on The Smother’s Bros. Show when she was 13. After attending USC for a brief time to study English, Creative Writing, and Political Science, Catherine headed to New York and began work at Radio City Music Hall as a swing.
Catherine appeared on Broadway in Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? She understudied Grizabella in the L.A. production of CATS, and portrayed Eva in Evita. (Drama-Logue award) She played opposite Anjelica Huston and Karen Black in the L.A. production of Tamara. Other credits include the national tour of Beauty and the Beast, and Norma Desmond, in Sunset Blvd, at Cohoes Music Hall, NY. Other regional credits include Patent Leather Shoes, at The Walnut Street Theater, and Paper Moon, at The Walnut Street, and Goodspeed Opera House. Catherine has performed in six productions at The Hippodrome State Theater of Gainesville, FL, including Horton Foote’s The Carpetbagger’s Children, Shelagh Stephenson’s The Memory of Water, Bat Boy: The Musical, and two productions of The Great American Trailer Park Musical. Catherine is now one of the Hippodrome Theaters Company of actors. Catherine has played Mary Todd Lincoln in Civil War Voices, at The York Theater’s play reading series, and The Midtown Int. Theater Festival.
Catherine has always been a bi-coastal gal, traveling back and forth between her roots in L.A. and her beloved New York City. She has enjoyed performing Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, three times. Other favorite experiences include playing Peter, in Peter Pan, and a national tour of The Wizard of Oz. As understudy to Dorothy, most of the time Catherine found herself as a flying monkey and aerialist 50 feet in the air. She appeared as a tap dancing maid for The L.A Opera’s production of The Mikado, starring the late Dudley Moore.
Catherine was a member of The Actor’s Company in Los Angeles, where she performed in the critically acclaimed play, The Liquidation of Granny Peterman, and a sold out production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tell Me On a Sunday. San Diego audiences saw Catherine in Kander and Ebb’s 2×5 at The Theater in Old Town, as well as many shows at Lawrence Welk’s Theater, San Diego.
Catherine has performed her self-contained nightclub act on board Holland America Cruise Line where she also served as lead singer, as well as many other venues around the country. She counts herself as the shortest showgirl to grace the stages of Harvey’s and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, and she spent many months early in her career as Dainty June, in Gypsy, at The Union Plaza Hotel, Las Vegas.