Introducing Mickey Rafalski as Stephen Foster

Mickey HeadshotAs June 14th quickly approaches and preparations shift into high gear,  the buzz around town continues to grow.  Cast and crew are arriving, costume fittings are underway, and set pieces are seeing the light of day for the first time in 9 months.  With all that excitement in the air, everyone wants to know who will be portraying the famed composer this season at the amphitheater.
We are happy to announce that the wait is over! Mickey Rafalski, a native of Carmel, Indiana will be making his Bardstown debut this summer as Stephen Collins Foster.  Mickey was kind enough to share a little bit about himself before he officially arrives for rehearsals on Friday.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself!  Where did you go to school, where do you call home, all of the basics:
Mickey: Well, for the past 4 years I’ve called New York home, but I was raised in Carmel, Indiana. I went to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan as soon as I graduated from Carmel High School, and I’ve been working in the city and in regional theaters since then.
Q: How long have you been performing, and what got you interested to begin with?
Mickey: I’ve always had a passion for music but I started performing around my junior year of high school. I was actually an athlete, but at the end of my sophomore year I was encouraged to try out for our school’s performing arts department. I ended up being placed in their top competition show choir. I started singing and dancing and fell in love with it. After a little while I wasn’t playing football anymore and I’d found what I wanted to do for a living.
Q: Were you familiar with any of Stephen Foster’s music before you auditioned?
Mickey: Of course!! However, I didn’t recognize how deeply of a passion he wrote with and I wasn’t familiar with some of most beautiful works—“Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Open Thy Lattice, Love” in particular.
Q: What are you most excited about for this summer?
Mickey: Just being apart of this great ongoing production. Bardstown looks spectacular, all the staff I’ve been in contact with are fantastic. From the look of productions’ past, the cast is going to be very talented and I’m probably most excited to work with them.
Q: Anything else before we see you on opening night?
Mickey: Enjoy the show, I’m honored to be your Stephen Foster and I look forward to being apart of a great production.
Be sure to visit to reserve your tickets today for the 56th season of The Stephen Foster Story!


  1. Janet Wells
    Janet WellsReply
    June 5, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This article has raised my intense interest in The Stephen Foster Show!! I truly hope my husband and I are able to catch a performance this season starring this young Indiana man. We haven’t attended in many years, but NOT because the production didn’t soar our hearts into the life of Stephen Foster, his great pieces, and his era!

  2. Melissa
    June 16, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I have lived in Bardstown for several years and finally saw the show last night. Mickey was fabulous! Pairing with Charlotte as the main characters was perfect, they were both wonderful. Thank you for a lovely show.

  3. Suzanna
    July 7, 2014 at 3:20 am

    I love the Steven Foster show it was awesome! I brought my cousin Kathleen from Ga and my Grandaughter From Indianapolis and my husband and I we’ll worth the cost of tickets totally Awesome our grandaughter Savannah was the one cracking up she loved it she is 9 the staff was excellent . Suzanna and David Cox

  4. John
    September 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    I remember several years ago being at Ft. Knox for annual reserve training. The highlight of that year was the Stephen Foster show in Bardstown. It was such a delight that I wish I could have returned with my family to see it again. I am sure that those attending today are or will be as impressed as I was then. The last scene when the Old Kentucky Home was revealed was very impressive. I also remember the singing of Old Black Joe and how deep the bass voice of the singer was able to go.
    Lastly I did get a tape of the songs from the show, however due to several moves afterwards the tape has been lost. If I could buy a CD of the vocals I would appreciate it very much. Please let me know and how much it would cost to do this.
    Thank you

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