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Singing Revolution
CAST (click photos for larger images)
BELLA HICKS (Sofia Solokov) Bella Hicks is so grateful to be telling this beautiful story with such an inspiring cast and creative team. Some recent credits include Rudolph the Musical Nat’l Tour (Rudolph), Beehive 30th Anniversary Nat’l Tour (Janis Joplin), Sweet Charity (dir. Kathleen Marshall), and American Idiot (dir. Brian Kite). Keep an eye out for her debut EP of original music entitled Hangover, set to be released later this year! Thank you to the cast and creative team, Todd & ATB Talent, Michael & Richie for entrusting her with this incredible opportunity, and her endlessly supportive family & partner who give so selflessly to her everyday: mama, papa, Ju, Benj, and Ky. Dedicating performances to her 16 year old doggy, Ted E. Bear. IG: @bellahicksmusic TikTok: @bellahixx
EMILY ABELES (Ensemble; u/s Mia, Leena) Emily Abeles is an LA based actress, singer, and dancer who is so incredibly ecstatic to be making her Broadwater debut alongside such a talented. cast and crew. Passionate about celebrating empathy as a form of strength, Emily aspires to represent underestimated characters and stories. After all, "the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are, truly, who you are" (truth spoken by Miss Viola Davis). Emily is also a graduate of UC Irvine's BFA in Musical Theater, and is most known for her roles in The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables), The Mistress (Evita), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), and Candace in the new media pilot, The Fallen. When not performing, Emily loves writing, cooking, gardening, challenging her puppetry skills, hanging with her pup, Hashbrown, and has a firm belief that the perfect cup of coffee can cure all woes. She'd also like to thank her family, friends, and manager, Darlene Kaplan, for their continual support. All glory to God.
LUCAS ALIFANO* (Viktor Kuznetsov) Lucas Alifano most recently starred opposite Rob Morrow in Death of a Salesman at the Ruskin Group Theater. He has also worked theatrically with The American Conservatory Theater, The Marin Theater Company, The Magic Theater, TheaterWorks, Marin Shakespeare Company, Primary Stages, Show Palace Theater, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Ruckus Rockwell, Two Cents Theater, The Western Stage, Sacred Fools Theater, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, among others. TV credits include the CBS series Ghost Whisperer and The Young and the Restless, among others. Feature credits include The Lost Coast (SXSW & Venice Film Festival), Plastic Soup, Detention, and the horror thriller Fear Not. Lucas is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, holds an M.F.A. from The American Conservatory Theater, and is co-founder of The Unknown Artists. Many thanks to this amazing cast and crew and my awesome talent agency The Brogan Agency.
MELANIE AU-YEUNG (Ensemble) Melanie Au-Yeung is so grateful to be a part of Singing Revolution. She has danced in commercials such as “Gucci Showtime: The Spring Summer 2019 Campaign,” and “Vroom.” She is originally from Toronto, grew up in San Jose, and then graduated with a B.A. in Dance from Chapman University. Endless love and gratitude to my supportive family, friends, and Bloc Talent Agency. IG: @melanieauyeung
LACEY BEEGUN (Ensemble) Lacey is thrilled to be a part of this amazing project! She graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Past credits include Young Anna/Young Elsa in Frozen - Live at the Hyperion (Disney California Adventure), Bebe in A Chorus Line (Moonlight Stage Productions), Anybodys in West Side Story (Moonlight Stage Productions), Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Palos Verdes Performing Arts), and Tina in Ruthless! (Grand Central Arts Center). She sends love and gratitude to her family and friends for their continued support!
JAMES EVERTS (Taavi Tamm) James was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a graduate from AMDA College of the Performing Arts. Recent Credits include: George (The Actor's Nightmare), Fred Casely (Chicago), Davey (Newsies). James is so excited to help bring this show to life beside this talented team. He wants to thank his family and partner Arianna for their endless support.
KRISTA FEALLOCK (Leena Rebane) Krista is so happy to be a part of Singing Revolution. Some of her credits include Natalie Haller - All Shook Up, Helga/Two Ladies - Cabaret, Little Red - Into the Woods; Peter - Peter Pan & Wendy. Voiceover for characters on animated projects for LeVar Burton Kids and The Gools. BA: Theatre Performance from San Diego State University. Thanks to God and my parents. Enjoy the show! @kmfeallock
MICHAEL SCOTT HARRIS* (Nikolai Solokov) Michael Scott Harris is excited to be performing in another new work with Theatre Planners. He last collaborated with them in the world premiere of Shooting Star (James Grant) at The Hudson. He was most recently seen in Annie (Daddy Warbucks) and The Count of Monte Cristo (Villefort) with Tuacahn this summer. Other regional credits include Ragtime (Father) with Musical Theatre West, The Sound of Music (Capt. von Trapp) and Peter Pan (Capt. Hook) with the Anchorage Concert Association, South Pacific (Emile de Becque) with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Mary Poppins (George Banks) with 5 Star Theatricals, and The Broadway National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera (Piangi). Off Broadway he starred with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players in The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic), The Mikado (Nanki-Poo), H.M.S. Pinafore (Ralph), among many others. Other notable credits include productions with Goodspeed, Papermill, North Shore, Music Circus, Arizona Theatre Company, and Kansas City Rep. When not performing, Michael devotes himself to a thriving professional voice studio in Los Angeles. For more information visit him on Instagram @michaelscottharris.
MITCHELL LAM HAU (Ensemble) Mitchell Lam Hau is a Los Angeles based actor from Fresno, California represented by The Movement: Talent Agency. He received his Bachelors of Art in Theatre, with an emphasis on Acting, from the California State University, Fresno. He went on to study for two more years with the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Since graduation he has worked regionally and internationally, and his recent credits include M1 Lead Soloist on the AIDAprima, Hector Torres in the YouTube mini series The Crooked Tower, and various roles at the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville. He is unbelievably stoked to be doing live theatre again, everyone stay safe!
THOMAS HOLLOW (Ensemble; u/s Stalin, Rasmus, Viktor) Thomas Hollow is thrilled to be a part of Singing Revolution! He received his BA in Vocal Performance from UCLA studying in the studio of the world renowned Vladimir Chernov. He has toured internationally as a classical vocalist. Since graduation, he has transitioned into performing musical theater. Thomas has a long history of performing new works, such as his portrayal of Jack Chesney in the first American debut of Charley’s Aunt. Recently he has been seen as the flamboyant Jazzercise instructor, Brawq, in the Netflix production of The Stranger Things Drive-Into Experience. He has begun a dive into the world of film and television acting in films such as the award winning American Dream, festival selected Balloon, as well as Obsolete and more. You can learn more about him at thomashollow.com or follow him on Instagram: @thomashollow.
BRANDON KALLEN (Ensemble; u/s Nikolai, Gorbachev, Lenin) Brandon Kallen’s Regional Credits include: La Cage aux Folles at Cygnet, Singin’ in the Rain with Candlelight Pavilion, Newsies, White Christmas, Mary Poppins and Les Mis with Theatre Royale, Peter Pan and Ragtime with Performance Riverside, and Anne of Green Gables with The Chance Theatre. Brandon can also currently be seen as a performer at Legoland California Resort. Brandon graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in music from California Lutheran University, and would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support.
ANTHONY MARCIONA* (The Ghost of Vladimir Lenin) Broadway/Theatre - GYPSY, ZORBA, TOMMY, STARLIGHT EXPRESS; BRONCO BILLY, BALLROOM; Television - B POSITIVE, GASLIT, THIS IS US, CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, LITTLE MERMAID, TWO BROKE GIRLS, GLEE; Film - DARKNESS IN TENEMENT 45, LA-LA LAND, PLAYING FOR KEEPS, THE BROTHERHOOD; over 100 Commercials, VO/Animation, Music Videos, and recently TikTok w/over 40K hits! NYC born, Anthony began his professional career at five, including work with Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Harold Prince, Kelsey Grammer, F. Murray Abraham, Jennifer Lopez, Stephen Schwartz, Queen Latifah, the B-52’s and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Also a composer/writer, he’s currently developing an auto-biographical musical, a comedy web-series and a biopic of the late Sal Mineo. С любовью и благодарностью to my Rep Team, Dad, la famiglia, SharynB & especially my husband Joseph. Te amo. www.anthonymarciona.com. Insta/Twitter/FB/TikTok @anthonymarciona
MARISSA RUTH MAYER (Ensemble; u/s Sofia) Marissa is a Los Angeles native and so grateful to be a part of this production, with this kind and talented cast and team. Marissa received her BA in Musical Theatre, and Dance Minor, from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Selected Regional: Joan in Dames At Sea (Sierra Madre Playhouse); Bebe/Dance Captain in A Chorus Line (Sierra Repertory Theatre); Lulu/Dance Captain in Cabaret (Sierra Repertory Theatre); Miss Shields/Dance Captain in A Christmas Story: The Musical; South Pacific (Rubicon Theatre). She was recently featured in Yerin Baek’s Music Video “Tell Us About Yourself.” Marissa is also the assistant to Broadway’s Chryssie Whitehead and Alexis Carra for their company Broadway Arts Community. Thank you Darlene, Tony, Tracy, Brent and the entire creative team. www.marissaruthmayer.com IG: @marissaruthmayer
PETER VAN NORDEN* (Mikhail Gorbachev) 2019 Ovation Award for Best Actor in Harold Pinter’s THE HOTHOUSE at the Antaeus Thr. Co. Recent appearances include RED INK (2020 Ovation nomination for Best Featured Actor) at Playwright’s Arena and covering Tom Hanks and performing the role of Falstaff for the LA Shakespeare Center’s HENRY IV, PARTS I AND II. At La Mirada Theatre he recently appeared in 1776 (as Ben Franklin) and Singin’ in the Rain. For 3 years at The Rubicon Thr. he played Ebeneezer Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Peter was the first American actor to play the title role in Mike Bartlett’s KING CHARLES III at Arizona Thr. Co. In his native NYC: LITTLE JOHNNY JONES (with Donny Osmond), HAMLET (with both Kevin Kline and Sam Waterston), JUNGLE OF CITIES (with Al Pacino), HENRY V (with Meryl Streep), and SAINT JOAN (with Lynn Redgrave). Film and TV roles include leads in The Accused, Police Academy 2, The Naked Gun 2 ½ and the Stephen King mini-series, The Stand. petervannorden.com
CHET NORMENT (Ensemble) Regional credits include Music Theatre Wichita (Legally Blonde, Singin’ in the Rain, Les Misérables, 9 to 5), ZACH Theatre (Hairspray), Cabrillo Music Theatre (Mary Poppins, Oklahoma), 5 Star Theatricals (West Side Story, The Music Man), and Dallas Summer Musicals (Joseph). His choreography has been featured in Rolling Stone and Wonderland Magazine, with music videos by Rita Wilson, Rebecca Black, India Shawn, Walker Hayes, and more. Other credits include Netflix (Bathtubs Over Broadway) and Disney (Fancy Nancy). BFA Elon University / chetnorment.com
BRANDON KEITH ROGERS* (Ensemble; u/s Taavi) Brandon Keith Rogers is excited to get back to live theatre with Singing Revolution! Favorite credits include: Television: Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, National Tour: Eion Colfer’s Noel. Favorite Theatre Credits Include: Tony in West Side Story (5 Star Theatricals), The Escapologist in Matilda (La Mirada), Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street (The Palace Theatre), Grease (RCCL) and Brad Majors in Rocky Horror Show (Park Productions). Enjoy! IG: @bkr7793.
KELSEY LEE SMITH (Ensemble) Kelsey is thrilled to be a part of Singing Revolution The Musical! Latest credits include: Frozen (Anna) Hyperion Theater in Disney's CA Adventure, Footloose (Wendy Jo) Spring Awakening (Wendla). Recordings on Spotify as featured singer: Living In The Light with Dan Belzer, and Quintessential ScatterTones 2020 Album. Graduate of UCLA BA in Musical Theater. She would like to thank the creative team for this amazing opportunity, and her friends and family for all their love and support! Insta: @kelseyleesmith_
MICHAEL SWAIN-SMITH (Ensemble) Michael Swain-Smith (he/they) is an Ohio native with a BFA from Ohio Northern University. International Tour: Paw Patrol LIVE! (Marshall). Nat’l Tour: Nick Jr. LIVE! (Marshall). Theatre: Pup! A Chew Story (Dragon), Memphis (Gator), Joseph and… (Narrator), Shrek (Donkey), The Who’s Tommy (Cousin Kevin), The Wild Party (Mr. Black), Elysium (Rupp). TV/Film: Goldbergs, Paw Patrol LIVE! @ Home. He would like to thank his mom and family for their never ending love and support and the amazing team at The Movement Talent Agency. www.michaelswsm.com
RENÉE WYLDER (Mia Tamm) Renée is super excited to make her return to the stage after the pandemic! She is a Pacific Conservatory Theater and UC Irvine graduate. Some of her previous roles include Cathy Hiatt in The Last Five Years, Beth March in Little Women: The Musical, and Jerusha Abbott in Daddy Long Legs. She is also the co-creator and current star of her own children’s original musical, Topsy-Turvy: A Frozen Parody at The Cupcake Theater as Queen Elsa. Thank you to family and friends for their love and support and @mtaagency. Instagram: @rwylder
ADAM WYLIE* (Joseph Stalin/Rasmus Tamm) Adam Wylie has been an entertainer since practically birth. Mr. Wylie’s breakout role was as Zack Brock on Picket Fences. Recent TV: Lucifer, Gilmore Girls, Castle, Masters of Illusion, and Anger Management. Broadway: Into the Woods (Jack). Theater: Wicked (Boq), Young Frankenstein (Fredrick Frankenstein), Yankee Doodle Dandy (George M. Cohan), The Robber Bridegroom (Goat, Broadway World Award Nominee), Big River (Huck). Recent Film: Street Dreams, Pocket Listing, and Dark Power. Mr. Wylie is also a champion sleight of hand magician and sketch comedy creator. To see more of Adam, follow him on TikTok and Instagram @thisisadamwylie
PRODUCTION STAFF (click photos for larger images)
TONY SPINOSA (Concept, Book, Lyrics & Music) Tony Spinosa is a producer, stage director, choreographer, writer, arts leader, and performer. He has directed over fifty theatrical productions across the United States. At a very early age, Tony was mentored by theatre legend Michael Bennett and made his Broadway debut in PETER PAN at the Marriott Marquis Theatre. Tony became the Resident Director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES starring Douglas Hodge & Kelsey Grammer. He has produced numerous events for Broadway Cares, Theatre Development Fund and The Actors Fund, including the recent mega-hits THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE and BOMBSHELL IN CONCERT at the Minskoff Theatre, [TITLE OF SHOW] IN CONCERT at the Broadhurst, and THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG IN CONCERT at the Music Box. As a director/choreographer, Tony’s award-winning work includes NEWSIES, WEST SIDE STORY and CATS at the Herberger Theatre Center in Phoenix, Arizona, CHARLIE CHANG AND THE MYSTERIOUS SALAMI at the New York City Cringe Festival. Select regional productions include HAIRSPRAY, FAME: THE MUSICAL, THE MUSIC MAN, OLIVER, KISS ME, KATE, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. As a performer Tony has been seen in National and International Tours of A CHORUS LINE, SOUTH PACIFIC, LEADER OF THE PACK, PETER PAN and EVITA. He has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl in A TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH with Nathan Lane and SOUTH PACIFIC with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell. www.tonyspinosa.com
JAMES BEARHART (Book & Lyrics) Originally from Ireland, James Bearhart is a first generation US immigrant, and is an actor, director and playwright. James most recently performed in a gender-swapped production of HAMLET at The Tank Theater, Manhattan. A first time musical book writer, James’ experience in storytelling comes from years working in the design industry. James has a Master of Design from Central Saint Martins in London, and a Certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA. James was born in a small village called Enniscorthy, Ireland (home of writer Colm Toibin and Bauhaus designer Eileen Grey), has traveled the world, and is the first in his extended family to become a naturalized US citizen. His experience of many cultures and their approaches to storytelling gives him an understanding of what makes a great, universal, story.
TRACEY BENSON (Choreographer) Tracey Benson is from Brisbane Australia and worked professionally for 16 years across many different genres of dance in the entertainment industry. Tracey formally trained in classical dance, jazz, hip hop, commercial and various aerial apparatus and over the years gained experience in performing, creating, teaching, directing, choreography, staging, live shows, theatre, circus and commercial work. Her credits include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises for over 10 contracts travelling and working on multifaceted large-scale production shows as performer, aerialist and dance captain and then audition choreographer. Tracey performed one of the Showgirl's for Europe’s largest Christmas show ‘Thursford Christmas Spectacular’, and played the role of Penny Johnson in Secret Cinemas 'Dirty Dancing' in London. She also performed with Kylie Minogue and did special events with Kevan Allen. Tracey was selected as an aerialist and a dancer for the resident show 'Destiny' at the MGM Grand in Macau China under the choreographic direction of Travis Payne. She was then invited to choreograph the opening of the Bellagio Hotel in Shanghai and Explore Spectacular MGM grand opening events. Her most recent credits include the European Arena Tour Avatar- 'Toruk the First Flight' with Cirque Du Soleil and was contracted to work with Susan Stroman and Broadway Asia for the Kung Fu Panda Spectacular which was to commence in 2020- which was cancelled due to the pandemic. During this time Tracey gained a dual diploma in Leadership and Management, Business Administration and Professional Pilates Instruction whilst continuing to teach at prestigious dance schools across Brisbane Australia. Tracey recently moved to Los Angeles in July 2021 and commenced working as the Movement Director for Secret Cinema's immersive production of ‘Arcane’ due to open in November.
BRENT CRAYON (Musical Director) Brent Crayon is a music director and pianist based in Los Angeles. He has collaborated with many notable artists such as Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Daisy Prince, John Caird, Paul Gordon, Richard Maltby, Jr., and John Bucchino.
Favorite theatrical productions include the West Coast premieres of First Date, Songs For a New World and Tick, Tick…BOOM!, as well as the world premiere productions of Stephen Schwartz’s Snapshots, John Bucchino’s It’s Only Life, and Bubble Boy, The Musical. Internationally, Brent has music directed and performed in Tokyo, Japan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Currently, Brent can be seen and heard in McCoy Rigby’s production of A Night With Janis Joplin streaming on Broadway HD. www.brentcrayon.com
MICHAEL DONOVAN, CSA (Casting Director) Michael is the recipient of 9 Artios awards, presented by the Casting Society of America for Outstanding Achievement in casting. He has cast shows produced at the Ahmanson Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, Pasadena Playhouse, the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Geffen Playhouse, International City Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, the Getty Villa, the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, the Theatre at Boston Court, the 24th St. Theatre, San Francisco Symphony, Arizona Theatre Company, both the Palazzo Theatre and Paris Theatre in Las Vegas, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and more. His credits also include numerous films, over 1,000 commercials, and multiple TV series. Michael, who also teaches at UCLA, is President of the Foundation for New American Musicals, and serves on the Board for Camp Bravo.
DAVID GOLDSTEIN (Scenic Designer) David Goldstein is happy to be working with Theatre Planners in Los Angeles, after designing DEFENDERS and FOOL FOR LOVE. LA Credits include: Spring Awakening for Gun Safety, Elevator, Playground, Rocky Horror, and others. Off Broadway Credits include: Esai’s Table, Emojiland, Stalking the Bogeyman, Church and State, That Golden Girls Show, Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, Soul Doctor, The Portal and others. Regional Include shows in IL, NJ, VT, PA, CA, NY, WV, NC, MI, UT, IA #rlycore4 www.davidgoldsteindesigns.com
ANDREW SCHMEDAKE (Lighting Designer) Andrew Schmedake is an award-winning lighting designer for theater, dance and live events. In the COVID era, he has pivoted his career into producing virtual events and technical direction of remote studios across the country for live, digital performances. Past credits include collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Leslie Odom Jr. through Little Cinema Digital, Daybreaker, Pixel Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Gabriel Iglesias, After Hours Theatre Company, and Antaeus Theatre Company. Andrew holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and lectures on lighting design at UC Santa Barbara.
ALEX JAEGER (Costume Designer) Alex designs costumes for theaters across the country including: The Public Theater, The Guthrie, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theater, A.C.T. in San Francisco, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Studio D.C. , Magic Theatre San Francisco, Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City, The Children’s Theater in Minneapolis, Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, The Rubicon in Ventura, The Ensemble in Santa Barbara and the Village Theatre in Seattle. Alex has received many awards including two Ovation Awards, four Backstage Garlands, two Drama-logue awards and Seattle’s Gregory Award. He has a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in costume design from UCLA. For more information, photos, and video, please visit www.alexjaegerdesign.com
CRICKET S. MYERS (Sound Designer) On Broadway, Cricket earned a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her design of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Off Broadway designs include The Marvelous Wonderettes. She has also designed regionally at The Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, The Ahmanson, The Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage, South Coast Rep, The Kirk Douglas Theater, and the Pasadena Playhouse. Other selected L.A. designs include East West Players, NoHo Arts Center, Ghost Road Theater Company, and The Celebration Theater. She has earned 20 Ovation Nominations, as well as winning The Kinetic Award for Outstanding Achievements in Theatrical Design, an LADCC and a Garland Award.
www.cricketsmyers.com
KAREN SCHLEIFER (Production Stage Manager) Favorite credits include: PSM: Life Could Be A Dream (International City Theatre), Driving Miss Daisy (The Laguna Playhouse), Fool for Love (The Lounge Theatre & Theatre for the New City, NYC), Jews, Christians & Screwing Stalin* (Theatre Planners @ The Matrix Theatre), The Death & Life of Mary Jo Kopechne* (Theatre Planners @ The Odyssey), Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Theatre Planners @ The Odyssey), Farragut North (Theatre Planners @ The Odyssey) (*denotes world premiere). Fun fact: Karen was “Kate” in the original production of Annie on Broadway for 2 years! Graduate of SUNY Purchase, she is a working musician & recording artist. Thanks to Pockets, Benny & The Jets. AEA/SAG-AFTRA/SMA. For more info - www.curlykaren.com