Season 8 Company
This is Russell’s first year performing with High Voltage. He has been performing with EDMT for five years, and has been in 13 shows. Some of his favorite roles include Brandon/The Frog Princess, Greylag/Honk! JR., Hugo Peabody/Bye Bye Birdie, John Darling/Peter Pan, Colonel Hathi/Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, Razoul/Disney’s Aladdin JR., Young Don/Singin’ in the Rain, Gangster Ancestor/The Addams Family, and JoJo/Seussical the Musical. Russell’s training includes four years of voice lessons, four years of tap, two years of jazz, one year of improv, and five years of acting classes. Russell recently worked backstage as part of the tech crew and would like to continue learning and performing. Most of all, he enjoys every one of his fellow High Voltage and EDMT castmates, friends, and family. Russell is an all-around Renaissance man and quadruple threat (singing, dancing, acting, and sports). He loves to beatbox, do improv, and speak in different voices and accents. Ask him to speak with one for you at the “meet and greet”!
“The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present.” — Bill Watterson
This is Nittany’s first year as a member of High Voltage and she is so excited to be a part of such an amazing group of performers! Nittany has been in over thirty musical productions since the age of four, and ten of those shows have been with EDMT. Some of her favorite roles include Alice/Alice in Wonderland JR., Little Red Riding Hood/Into the Woods, Jane/Peter Pan, Roxy Usher Ancestor/The Addams Family, Ermengarde/Hello, Dolly!, and Amaryllis/The Music Man. Nittany’s training includes five years of jazz, four years of tap, four years of vocal instruction, three years of acting lessons, and a master dance class at California Musical Theatre. She also performed with the children’s choir at Music Circus in 2015. She hopes to continue bringing characters to life onstage and spreading the joy of theater! Nittany adores baby pigs, Harry Potter, learning new accents, the BBC television show Sherlock Holmes, traveling, and her Puerto Rican puppy. She has also been told she looks like a baby giraffe.
“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” — Anonymous
This is Hannah’s second year in High Voltage and she is excited to be a part of this amazing group of performers. Hannah has been in over 25 musicals since the age of seven; 15 of those shows have been with EDMT. Some of her favorite roles include Kim/Bye Bye Birdie, Mrs. Mayor/Seussical the Musical, Emily/A Christmas Carol, Grandma Addams/The Addams Family, and Minnie Fay/Hello, Dolly! Hannah’s training includes five years of jazz and tap, nine years of vocal lessons, two years of ballet, EDMT’s Masterclass Week, master dance classes at California Musical Theatre, and most recently she participated in a week of Broadway Artists Alliance’s musical theater intensives in New York City. Hannah has a love for all things musical theater, and her dream is to go to college and study theater in New York City. When not performing Hannah loves to shop, travel, and attend yoga classes with her friends.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard M. Baruch
This is Asten’s second year as a member High Voltage and he is very excited to be part of such a talented group! He has been with EDMT since 2010, and participated in 12 productions. Some of his favorite roles include Mr. MacAfee/Bye Bye Birdie, Wickersham Brother/Seussical the Musical, Lurch/The Addams Family, and Clarence/Disney’s High School Musical. Asten’s training includes three years of tap and two years of jazz, as well as a series of acting and vocal workshops. In addition to theater, some of Asten’s favorite things include technology, astronomy, rainy weather, writing short stories, pursuing his interest in deep-sea creatures, and spending time with loved ones. He would love to someday work with architecture, literature, robots, or for NASA.
“If you are not living this moment, you are not really living.” — Eckhart Tolle
This is Emily’s second year performing with High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for eight years, and has been in over 25 shows. Some of her favorite roles include Mulan/Disney’s Mulan JR., Emily/A Christmas Carol, Minnie Fay/Hello, Dolly!, and Alice/Alice in Wonderland JR. Emily’s training includes seven years of voice lessons, eight years of tap and jazz, four years of acting classes, and three years of ballet. She participated in EDMT’s Masterclass Week and also had the amazing opportunity to work with the music director and many performers of London’s West End production of Wicked for a week-long workshop in England in 2012. Emily would like to continue learning and performing, and aspires to perform on a Broadway or West End stage. Emily’s current interests include all things Beatles and Titanic. She also loves the 1960’s and baking.
“I don’t work at being ordinary.” — Paul McCartney
This is Jocelyn’s first year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT now for four years and has been in 11 productions. Some of her favorite roles include Nancy/Bye Bye Birdie, Yun/Disney’s Mulan JR., Mrs. Fezziwig/A Christmas Carol, and Ernestina Money/Hello, Dolly! Jocelyn’s training includes four years of jazz dance, four years of tap, two years of ballet, three years of acting classes, and four years of vocal lessons. She has also taken part in many master classes at EDMT, Hawkins School of Dance, and Music Circus. She would like to pursue a career in pediatric endocrinology or become a music teacher. Also, one of her biggest goals is to be a performer at Disney Parks. Wherever her path takes her, she knows she will always be a performer at heart. Jocelyn loves dogs, especially pugs. She also loves playing guitar and ukulele.
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” — Helen Keller
This is Justin’s fourth year as a member of High Voltage. He has been a part of EDMT for six years and has performed in 15 EDMT shows, and more than 25 shows outside of El Dorado Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Barnaby Tucker/Hello, Dolly!, Jonathan/A Christmas Carol, Wickersham Brother/Seussical the Musical, Conrad Birdie/Bye Bye Birdie, and Ewart Dunlop/The Music Man. Justin has had five years of instruction in jazz dance and four years of tap, along with a series of acting classes. Justin is a senior in high school and hopes to attend a college with a great musical theater program, major in musical theater, and then go on to Broadway. A fun fact about Justin is that for relaxation he likes to do origami.
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden
This is Abigail’s third year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for six seasons and has been in eleven productions. Some of her favorite shows/roles include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Mrs. Cratchit/A Christmas Carol, and Mrs. Rose/Hello, Dolly! She has been dancing since the age of six and has been performing in musicals since the age of 11. Her training includes nine years of jazz dance, three years of ballet, four years of voice lessons, three years of tap, and one year of acting. Abigail loves working with people — especially kids — and would love to pursue a career in occupational therapy. This would allow her to incorporate both of her passions, dance/music and working with people, into her career. She knows that no matter where her career takes her she will always have a special place in her heart for performing. Abigail loves all things Disney, puppies, and is always in the mood for a hug.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” — (l Timothy 4:12 NIV)
Stephen is really excited to be a part of High Voltage for his fourth year! He has been performing with EDMT for six seasons and has been in 16 productions. Some of his favorite roles include Zeke Baylor/Disney’s High School Musical, Production Tenor/Singin’ in the Rain, Aladdin/Disney’s Aladdin JR., Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge at age 18/A Christmas Carol, and Ambrose Kemper/Hello, Dolly! Since a young age Stephen has wanted to sing. He has had six years of vocal lessons, four years of tap, five years of jazz, and two years of tumbling. He also recently learned to play the harmonica. He attends Walnutwood High School, an independent study school, as a junior and enjoys it a lot. When not performing on stage, Stephen is found listening to music of all genres.
“The mediator between head and hands must be the heart.” — Fritz Lang’s Metropolis 1927
This is Evan’s third year as a High Voltage member. He has been involved with EDMT for most of his life. His favorite roles include Tommy/The Who’s Tommy, Jacob Marley/A Christmas Carol, and The Screen Villain/Singin’ in the Rain. His favorite shows include The Who’s Tommy, Singin’ in the Rain, and 42nd Street. Evan’s training includes tap dancing, which he’s done for over ten years, jazz dancing for five years, ballet for three years, vocal training for three years, and piano for two years. Evan has done theater workshops with Disney Performing Arts, and participated in Fluid and DuPree dance competitions. When Evan grows up, he would like to be an entertainment writer and some day perform with Disney. He also wants to be a tap dance instructor. Evan can quote any line from the TV show Seinfeld. He loves spending time at Disneyland with his twin sister, Emily, and his Knoble brothers.
“If there is something I want to do I’m one of those people that won’t be satisfied until I get it done.” — Ray Charles
This is Drew’s third year as a member of High Voltage. He has performed with El Dorado Musical Theatre for three years now and has been in eight of their productions, as well as other productions in the area. Some of his favorite roles include Fester Addams/The Addams Family, Brett/13 the Musical (Elly nomination), Jacob Marley/A Christmas Carol, Sultan/Disney’s Aladdin JR., Charlie Cowell/The Music Man, King Triton/Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., and The Talking Fish/The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon. Over the past five years, Drew has trained in voice, acting, jazz, tap, and ballet. He has also participated in multiple master classes and workshops around the area, as well as in New York City. Drew is a sophomore at Folsom Lake College and he hopes to transfer soon to a university and study musical theater. He loves performing, and hopes to make a career out of it. Drew wants to tell every young performer out there that it’s possible to achieve your dreams with hard work and dedication. You can do it. A fun fact about Drew is that he can whistle like a cartoon bird!
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams
This is Kelly’s fifth year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for over seven years, in more than 20 shows. Some of her favorite shows and roles include Hairspray, Alice/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Ida/Honk! JR., Rosie/Bye Bye Birdie, Mrs. Darling/Peter Pan, Miss Dorothy/Thoroughly Modern Millie, a Footbridge Dancer/The Music Man, Princess Jasmine/Disney’s Aladdin JR., Kathy Selden/Singin’ in the Rain, Ghost of Christmas Past/A Christmas Carol, and Alice Beinecke/The Addams Family. Her training includes seven years of voice lessons, six of jazz and tap, and three years of ballet. She was also the Vocal Director for EDMT’s The Adventures of Captain Hyper, The Junior League of Superheroes, and The Maxwell Detective Agency. Kelly is an alum/national finalist of Michael Feinstein’s Songbook Academy and plans to major in musical theater in college. Kelly played soccer for seven years, has two crazy Bengal cats, loves Sara Bareilles, has a passion for tacos, and adores hugs!
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” — Roald Dahl
This is Connor’s third year as a member of High Voltage. He has been part of EDMT for over four years and has performed in 11 shows. Some of his favorite roles include Wickersham Brother/Seussical the Musical, Chad/Disney’s High School Musical, Olin Britt (the Quartet Bass)/The Music Man, and Ghost of Christmas Present/A Christmas Carol. His training includes four years of jazz and tap, seven years of voice, and a year of acting lessons. Connor loves performing, and loves sharing his craft with the audience even more. Although he is not sure what path he will take for a career, he will without a doubt have theater be a part of his life forever. In his free time Connor plays the guitar, spends time with family, writes music, hangs with his Wickersham buddies, studies American Sign Language, and in all things desires to be a testimony to his Lord. A fun fact about Connor: He knows more random facts about the show The Office than anyone should.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” — Mary Engelbreit
This is Laura’s second year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for four years and has been in 12 musicals. Some of her favorite roles include Yun (Love)/Disney’s Mulan JR., Sally Anderson/A Christmas Carol, The Stewardess Ancestor/The Addams Family, The Flock/Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, and a Cheerleader/Disney’s High School Musical. Laura’s training includes two years of ballet, four years of jazz, three years of voice training, and five years of gymnastics. She has also participated in EDMT’s Masterclass Week. She performed with the Saint Francis Show Choir at Disneyland last April. Laura loves to perform and wants to pursue a career as a performer on Broadway or at Disneyland. Laura absolutely loves mornings and the color pink. Her favorite animals include turtles, panda bears, and any kind of dog. Laura is a very happy person, and has even been described as a “walking Hallmark card.”
“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.” — Winnie the Pooh
This is Liam’s first year in High Voltage and his 10th year with El Dorado Musical Theatre. Liam has been with EDMT since he was six years old and has been in more than 25 shows. His favorite EDMT shows include The Addams Family, Hello, Dolly!, A Christmas Carol, and Peter Pan. Liam has had three years of vocal instruction, one year of jazz, and one year of tap dancing. He has also taken acting classes at EDMT. Liam loves Broadway musicals. Some of his favorite Broadway musicals include Waitress, Avenue Q, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and A Chorus Line. After high school Liam hopes to attend NYU and major in musical theater and hopefully become a performer on Broadway.
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.” — John Green
This is Kyra’s second year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for over five years and has been in 13 shows. Some of her favorite roles include Irene Molloy/Hello, Dolly!, Mrs. Fezziwig/A Christmas Carol, Bagheera/Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, Peddler/Disney’s Aladdin JR., Pick-a-Little Lady/The Music Man, Mrs. MacAfee/Bye Bye Birdie, and Wendy Grown Up/Peter Pan. Her training includes five years of voice lessons, six years of tap, three years of jazz, one year of clogging, one year of acting classes, and she participated in EDMT’s Masterclass Week. Kyra was also the Assistant Vocal Director for EDMT’s Training Show, The Maxwell Detective Agency. A fun fact about Kyra is that she earned her black belt in Taekwondo when she was eight years old.
“When it rains look for rainbows. When it’s dark look for stars.” — Anonymous
This is Jordan’s first year in High Voltage and she is so grateful to be able to share the stage with such a wonderful group of performers. She has participated in over 30 productions with EDMT since the age of six. Some of her favorite roles include Ermengarde/Hello, Dolly!, Sally Anderson/A Christmas Carol, Indian Ancestor/The Addams Family, and Cheerleader/Disney’s High School Musical. Jordan’s training includes seven years of vocal lessons, five years of tap and jazz, three years of ballet, and two years of acting. She has also participated in EDMT’s Masterclass Week and was the assistant choreographer for EDMT’s productions of Disney’s Mulan JR., Maxwell Detective Agency, and Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. As passionate as she is about theater, she plans on pursuing her dream of becoming an orthodontist to help patients through their journey to self-confidence. She also intends on traveling the world with her grandma, whom she loves dearly. Outside of theater you might find Jordan sitting at a piano bench, eating avocados, hanging out with her friends, sleeping, or watching 90’s TV shows.
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.” — Lucius Annaeus Seneca
This is Madison’s fourth year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for over ten years and has been a part of more than 30 productions. Her favorite shows include 42nd Street, High School Musical, A Christmas Carol, and The Addams Family. Her training includes four years of acting, six years of voice, and six years of tap, jazz, and ballet. She has also participated in many of EDMT’s master classes. Madison is currently a student at Folsom Lake College and is studying English. While she is interested in reading, writing, and teaching, she also hopes to continue performing throughout her life. Her goal is to inspire young people through the magic of stories, whether it be on the stage or on the page. She would also love to someday work at Disneyland! Madison loves all things pink and sparkly, but also anything Marvel or Harry Potter. You will almost always find her with music in her ears or a book in her hand!
“My personal best seems the most accessible to me when I am being as honest as I can be. At this point in my life, I am attempting to make choices that move me toward what feels authentic, while saying yes to things that make my gut feel spooked with possibility.” — Sara Bareilles
Anjie Rose Wilson
This year marks Anjie’s 15th year performing with EDMT. She has been in over 46 EDMT productions, and is now an eighth-year member of High Voltage. Morticia Addams in The Addams Family currently holds the title of Anjie’s favorite role, but she has also been seen as Dolly Levi/Hello, Dolly!, Sharpay Evans/Disney’s High School Musical, Mrs. Meers/Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ghost of Christmas Future/A Christmas Carol, Broadway Melody Dancer/Singin’ in the Rain, Tiger Lily/Peter Pan, Brooke Wyndham/Legally Blonde, Mayzie LaBird/Seussical The Musical, Dream Laurey/Oklahoma!, Bambi/Curtains, and Cassandra/Cats. Over the past 14 years Anjie has trained in jazz, tap, ballet, vocals, and acting. Along with being an EDMT Performing Arts Institute instructor, she has also apprenticed for years as the assistant choreographer and associate choreographer for many EDMT productions and High Voltage. She will be choreographing her first EDMT Main Stage production this fall. For the past four summers, Anjie has attended the Rockettes Summer Intensive in New York City. She plans to become a Radio City Rockette, and hopes her performing takes her all over the world. Anjie can eat seven tacos in one sitting, has double-jointed thumbs, loves to speak in accents, and has a Batman ringtone. She is also known for her crop tops, cheetah print, and patterned pants.
“Normal is an illusion, darling.” — Morticia Addams
This is Zach’s eighth year as a member of High Voltage. During his twelve years with EDMT he has performed in 40 EDMT shows. Some of his favorite roles include Ebenezer Scrooge/A Christmas Carol, Mal Beinecke/The Addams Family, Cosmo Brown/Singin’ in the Rain, Genie/Disney’s Aladdin JR., Ching Ho/Thoroughly Modern Millie, Albert/Bye Bye Birdie, Wickersham Brother/Seussical The Musical, Ugly/Honk! JR., and Gavroche/Les Misérables. Over the past eight years he has trained in jazz dance, tap, acting, tumbling, and ballet. He has been taking on more roles to refine his expertise through assistant directing, through various workshops, and now as an instructor with the Performing Arts Institute. Zach not only performs onstage, but works offstage too. He has been EDMT’s video projection designer/programmer for the past five years. Zach has worked on shows such as Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR., A Christmas Carol, Disney’s Mulan JR., Singin’ in the Rain, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, and High Voltage shows. He has a passion for both the onstage and the technical art forms, and plans to keep it all in his life!
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” — Pablo Picasso