Congratulations Season 9 Company!
Season 9 Company
This is Taylor’s first year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for five years, and has been a part of nine shows. Her favorite roles and shows include Queen of Hearts/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Flotsam/The Little Mermaid, Cheerleader/Disney’s High School Musical, Featured Dancer/Hello, Dolly!, and Belle Fairytale Creature/Shrek The Musical. Over the past five years, Taylor has trained in jazz, tap, acting, and vocals. Taylor is determined to succeed, and aims to perform on Broadway one day. She won’t stop working until she reaches her goals, and hopes to inspire others like so many have inspired her. She loves wintertime, all things Wicked, long car rides with blasting music and pretty views, has a talent for fast talking, and a not-so-secret obsession with Chick Fil A.
“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.” – Stuart Scott
This is Nittany’s second year as a High Voltage member and she is thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful group of performers! Nittany has been in over 30 musical productions since she was four years old, and 14 of those shows have been with EDMT. Some of her favorite roles include Alice/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Little Red Riding Hood/Into the Woods, Jane/Peter Pan, Roxy Usher Ancestor/The Addams Family, Turning Woman/Les Misérables, Teen Fiona/Shrek The Musical, Ermengarde/Hello, Dolly!, Bird Woman/Mary Poppins, and Amaryllis/The Music Man. Nittany’s training includes six years of jazz, five years of tap, five years of vocal instruction, four years of acting lessons, and multiple master dance classes with 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 loves books, camping, horror movies, BBC, traveling, and her Puerto Rican puppy. She has also been told that she looks like a baby giraffe.
“You are only confined by the walls you build yourself.” – Andrew Murphy
This is Hunter’s first year in High Voltage. He has been performing since 2012, and has been in 12 shows with EDMT. Some of his favorite roles include Pugsley/The Addams Family, Mowgli/Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, and Grandpa Joe/Willy Wonka. He played Fritz in The Nutcracker with Sacramento Ballet in 2014. Hunter performed in 2015 as Randolph MacAfee/Bye Bye Birdie with Sacramento Music Circus, as well as Seussical the Musical in 2016. His training includes three years of tap and jazz instruction, as well as acting and vocal training. Hunter is a student at Oak Ridge High School. He spends hours each day playing the guitar, and has a major obsession with heavy metal. A fun fact about Hunter is that he has gone to 12 schools in his life.
“Life owes you nothing. You owe yourself everything.” – Corey Taylor
This is Hannah’s third year in High Voltage and she is so thrilled to be performing with this wonderful group of people again. Hannah has been in over 30 musicals since the age of seven; 17 of those shows have been with EDMT. Some of her favorite roles include Kim/Bye Bye Birdie, Emily/A Christmas Carol, Grandma Addams/The Addams Family, Minnie Fay/Hello, Dolly!, and Gingy/Shrek The Musical. Hannah’s training includes six years of jazz and tap, ten years of vocal lessons, three years of ballet, EDMT’s Masterclass Week, master dance classes at California Musical Theatre, and a week of Broadway Artists Alliance’s musical theater intensives in New York City. Hannah has a love for all things musical theater, and hopes to study musical theater in college next fall. When not performing, Hannah loves to shop, travel, attend spin classes, and spend time with her amazing friends.
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” – e. e. cummings
This is Asten’s third year as a member High Voltage, and he is very honored to be performing with such a talented and hard-working cast! He has performed in 14 EDMT productions since 2010, with favorite roles including 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 jazz, as well as a series of acting and vocal workshops. In addition to theater, some of his 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 in architecture, literature, robotics, or for NASA.
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Siddhartha Gautama
This is Emily’s third year performing with High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for nine years, and has been in over 30 shows. Some of her favorite roles include Mulan/Disney’s Mulan JR., Minnie Fay/Hello, Dolly!, Alice/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Dorothy/The Wizard of OZ, and Eponine/Les Misérables. Emily’s training includes eight years of voice lessons, nine years of tap and jazz, five years of acting classes, and four 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 be a professional actor on stage or screen. Known as the most British member of High Voltage, Emily loves learning new accents, The Beatles, and Cadbury chocolate. She also enjoys writing.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix
This is Jessica’s first year as a member of High Voltage and she is incredibly excited and humbled to be a part of this amazingly talented group of performers! Jessica has been in 22 musical productions with EDMT beginning at the age of eight. Some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Corry/Mary Poppins, Cheshire Cat/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Aunt Em/The Wizard of OZ, and Tinker Bell/Shrek The Musical. Jessica’s training includes four years of jazz, five years of tap, four years of vocal instruction, three years of acting lessons and she participated in EDMT’s Masterclass Week. She was also a two year member of EDMT’s tap company, SpecTAPular. She hopes to continue to develop as a performer and plans to always make theater a part of her life. Jessica is also an honor student and was co-valedictorian of her middle school graduating class. She loves binge-watching old TV shows, her dog Cookie, and sleeping in on weekends.
“It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” – Steve Jobs
This is Jocelyn’s second year as a High Voltage member. She has been performing with EDMT for five years, in 13 shows. Some of her favorite roles include Mrs. Fezziwig/A Christmas Carol, Ernestina Money/Hello, Dolly!, Wicked Witch of the West/The Wizard of OZ, and Dragon/Shrek The Musical. Her training includes five years of jazz and tap, two years of ballet, and four years of acting and vocal classes. She also has taken part in many master classes at EDMT, Hawkins School of Dance, and Music Circus. When she’s not performing, she loves playing her ukulele, taking care of props backstage, and going to Disneyland! As for her career, she isn’t quite sure yet. She knows wherever life takes her, she will always be a performer at heart.
“Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success.” – Swami Sivananda
This is Justin’s fifth year as a member of High Voltage. He has been a part of EDMT for seven years and has performed in 20 EDMT shows, and more than 25 shows outside of El Dorado Musical Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Barnaby Tucker/Hello, Dolly!, Lion/The Wizard of OZ, Wickersham Brother/Seussical the Musical, Conrad Birdie/Bye Bye Birdie, and Pinnocchio/Shrek The Musical. Justin has had six years of instruction in jazz dance, four years of tap, six months of ballet along with a series of acting classes. Justin is a freshman at Folsom Lake College, has plans to audition to be a performer for Disneyland or Disney World, and wants to end up on 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
Emily is thrilled to be a new member of High Voltage. She is grateful for the opportunity to share the stage with such amazing performers. This is her seventh season with EDMT and has performed in 16 shows. Favorite roles include Helen/Bye Bye Birdie, Gracie Shinn/The Music Man, White Rabbit/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Young Fiona/Shrek The Musical and Violet Beauregarde/Willy Wonka. Emily’s dance training has consisted of ten years of jazz, seven years of hip hop, five years of tap, three years of ballet, and two years of contemporary. She competed in hip hop and jazz for three years with Fusion Dance Company, and was a member of EDMT’s FanTapulous for two years. She has taken five years of vocal and acting lessons, and two years of piano. Emily played soccer for seven years, took six years of gymnastic classes, and has a black belt in Taekwondo. Away from EDMT, she enjoys taking care of animals as a member of the Zoo Ambassador Program at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. Emily also enjoys traveling, and has been to more than 20 different countries, with dreams of going to Australia and Africa. Emily sees performing and helping animals in her future, and would love to teach dance.
“Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” – Henri Matisse
This is Dalton’s first year performing with High Voltage. Dalton has appeared in six shows with EDMT. A couple of his favorite roles include Farquaad/Shrek The Musical and Scarecrow/The Wizard of OZ. A few of Dalton’s other favorite past roles include Dr. Horrible/Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and The Mad Hatter/Alice in Wonderland with Oak Ridge High School as well as Cousin Kevin/The Who’s Tommy and De Valvert/Cyrano with Falcon’s Eye Theatre. Dalton has had seven years of music training including: symphonic band, marching band, drumline, and two years of choir. Dalton has taken ballet and jazz classes and is excited to finally have started taking tap. Dalton is currently attending Sacramento State University as a film major. In his free time he loves playing guitar, drums, piano, or just hanging out with his good pal Spider-Man in Disneyland.
“You have to find something that you love enough to jump over hurdles and break through the brick walls.” – George Lucas
This is Stephen’s fifth year with High Voltage! He has been performing with EDMT for six seasons and has been in 18 productions. Some of his favorite roles include Donkey/Shrek The Musical, Zeke Baylor/Disney’s High School Musical, Production Tenor/Singin’ in the Rain, Aladdin/Disney’s Aladdin JR., and Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge at age 18/A Christmas Carol. Stephen has loved doing theater since he was a kid, and when he goes off to college, he plans to choose theater as his major. He attends Walnutwood High School — an independent study school — as a senior and enjoys it a lot. When not performing on stage, Stephen can be found listening to music of all genres, eating food, or hanging out with friends.
“I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family – and I don’t think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.” – Frank Sinatra
This is Justine’s first year as a member of High Voltage and she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with such a talented group of people who she can also call her friends. Justine has been performing on stage since she was five years old and has been in 11 EDMT shows. Some of her favorite past roles/shows include: Thing 2/Seussical the Musical, Happy Face Dancer/Bye Bye Birdie, Cheerleader/Disney’s High School Musical, Vintage Baseball Player Ancestor/The Addams Family, and Lily the Flower/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR. Justine’s training includes eight years of jazz, five years of tap, ballet, vocal lessons, as well as three years of acting classes. In addition, she has performed at Disneyland with EDMT’s tap company SpecTAPular. She is a complete Disney freak, and her dream is to work as a performer at Disneyland some day. Justine is also a huge dog lover and has four dogs of her own. Away from musical theater and dance, she enjoys playing the drums, snow skiing, riding roller coasters, having friends over to swim and hang out in her gameroom, and spending time with her family. She is also very active in her church youth group and last spring went to Mexico with them to build houses for families in need.
“So I’ll stand with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the One who gave it all, I’ll stand my soul Lord to You surrendered, all I am is Yours”
– Lyrics by Joel Houston
Seth is ecstatic to be a part of High Voltage this year. He has been a big fan of previous High Voltage groups and can’t wait to perform now as a member. He enjoys performing because it’s like time traveling. One minute you are a cowboy in 1865, and the next you are a soldier in 1781. Seth has been performing for four years. He has also a member of EDMT’s tap company SpecTAPular. Seth loves to tap dance whenever he can and wakes his family up with his early morning tapping. Some of his favorite shows have been Hello, Dolly!, Mary Poppins and A Christmas Carol. Seth enjoys jumping into a good book, Calvin and Hobbes, and running in rain storms. He also loves to explore Willow Creek and spies herons, deer, ducks, woodpeckers, and turkeys there. You can often find Seth spotting shapes in the clouds and singing parodies.
“Isn’t it funny how day-to-day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C. S. Lewis
This is Ty’s first year as a member of High Voltage and he is excited to be part of such a talented group. He has been performing with EDMT for five years and has been in 17 productions. Some of his favorite roles include Willy Wonka/Willy Wonka, Caterpillar/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Jonathan/A Christmas Carol, Captain Shang/Disney’s Mulan JR., and Tootles/Peter Pan. Ty’s training includes four years of tap, four years of jazz, and three years of vocal lessons. He has done theater workshops with Disney Performing Arts and participated in Fluid Dance convention and competition. Ty is also a member of EDMT’s tap company, SpecTAPular. In his free time, Ty enjoys playing guitar, serving on the worship team at his church and playing basketball.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)
This is Nick’s first year performing with High Voltage. He has been performing with EDMT for five years and has been in 17 shows. Some of his favorite roles include Jojo/Seussical the Musical, Hugo Peabody/Bye Bye Birdie, Micheal Darling/Peter Pan, Mowgli/Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS, Mushu/Disney’s Mulan JR., The Caterpillar/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Valentine/Mary Poppins, and most recently, Prouvaire/Les Misérables. Nick’s training includes five years of jazz and four years of tap. When offstage, Nick is usually listening to musical soundtracks, playing the ukulele, or hanging out with friends. A fun fact about Nick is that at age five he won a bottle of tequila while playing a game of bingo in Mexico.
“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” – Pablo Picasso
This is Liam’s second year in High Voltage. He has been performing with EDMT for 10 years. Some of his favorite shows and roles include Hello, Dolly!, Lion/The Wizard of OZ, Robertson Ay/Mary Poppins, Elf/Shrek The Musical, and Ancestor/The Addams Family. His training includes four years of vocal instruction, two years of tap dancing and two years of jazz dancing. Liam loves all things musical theater. His favorite Broadway shows include, Dear Evan Hansen, Waitress, A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening and Pippin. Liam’s goal is to study musical theater in college. When not performing, Liam enjoys traveling and hanging out with friends.
“What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.” – John Greene
This is Kyra’s third year as a member of High Voltage. She has been performing with EDMT for over six years and has been in 16 shows. Some of her past roles include Irene Molloy/Hello, Dolly!, Glinda/The Wizard of OZ, Miss Andrew/Mary Poppins, 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 six years of voice lessons, seven years of tap, four years of jazz, one year of acting classes, and she participated in EDMT’s Masterclass Week. Kyra has also been a part of EDMT’s Training Show staff, as the Vocal Director for The Great Cookie War, and as the Assistant Vocal Director for Maxwell Detective Agency. A fun fact about Kyra is that she earned her black belt in Taekwondo when she was eight years old.
“You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note.” – Doug Floyd
This is Jordan’s second year in High Voltage and she is so thankful to be sharing the stage with this sensational group of performers. She has participated in 35 productions with EDMT since the age of six. Some of her favorite roles have been Sally Anderson/A Christmas Carol, Ermengarde/Hello, Dolly!, Glinda/The Wizard of OZ, and The Dragon/Shrek The Musical. Jordan’s training includes eight years of vocal lessons, six years of tap and jazz, three years of ballet, and two years of acting classes. 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, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., and Willy Wonka. 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 to travel the world from country to country with her grandma who loves traveling as well. Outside of theater, you might find Jordan listening to reggae music, eating avocados or ice cream, sleeping, making memories with her loving boyfriend, watching 90’s TV shows/movies, or all of the above.
“Be the same person privately, publicly, and personally.” — Judah Smith
This is Luke’s first year as a High Voltage member. He has been with EDMT for a year now, has been in three productions and continues to grow his love for theater! All of his previous roles are his favorites and include the Tin Man/The Wizard of OZ, Shrek/Shrek The Musical JR. , and Horton/Seusical JR. Luke has five years of performing experience as a guitarist as a tenor/soloist for his church choir. He has had formal vocal training and national performance opportunities with Folsom High School’s Jazz Choir. He also has four years of guitar and a series of jazz, tap, and acting lessons this past year. Luke is a sophomore at Folsom High School and he plans on a career in software engineering. But no matter where life takes him, he believes his wonderful experience with musical theater will help him become a better person. When not performing, Luke plays video games, takes care of his shihtzu dog, Nori, and maintains his YouTube channel (Luke Skyblocker) where he uploads his music covers and gaming videos.
“If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.” — Napoleon Hill
This is Izzy’s first year as a High Voltage member and she is ecstatic to be performing with such a marvelous group of people! Izzy has been in over 20 musical theater productions in her lifetime, having started her acting career at age five. Eight of said shows have been with EDMT. Some her favorite roles through the years include Cheshire Cat/Disney’s Alice in Wonderland JR., Ariel/Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., Patrice/13: The Musical, and Kaa/Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS. Izzy’s training includes two years of tap and jazz, as well as almost three years of vocal lessons. Performing and bringing joy to others is her favorite pastime. When not on stage, you can find Izzy either curled up with a good book or spending time with her family. She loves the color blue, show tunes, mystery novels, Peter Pan, and Lilo and Stitch. Known for her love of Disneyland and its magic, Izzy plans on performing at the beloved theme park sometime in the future.
“For to have faith is to have wings.” — Peter Pan
This is Zach’s ninth year as a member of High Voltage. During his 13 years with EDMT, he has performed in 42 EDMT shows. Some of his favorite roles include Bert/Mary Poppins, Ebenezer Scrooge/A Christmas Carol, Mal/The Addams Family, Cosmo Brown/Singin’ in the Rain, Ching Ho/Thoroughly Modern Millie, 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, ballet, and voice. 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 Willy Wonka, Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical, Disney’s Alice In Wonderland JR., A Christmas Carol, Disney’s Mulan JR., and High Voltage cabarets. 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