BARRETT FOA: Barrett Foa is a series regular on the hit CBS drama, NCIS: Los Angeles (2009). He plays tech operator/surfer “Eric Beale” alongside Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J and Oscar winner Linda Hunt. Since moving to Los Angeles in January 2009, Foa has been a recurring guest on Entourage (2004) (as Ari’s assistant), and the original NCIS (2003) and guest-starred on Numb3rs (2005) and The Closer (2005) opposite Kyra Sedgwick. On Broadway, Foa starred as the leads of both “Avenue Q” (Princeton and Rod) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), and was in the original Broadway cast of “Mamma Mia!”. He can be heard as “Jesus” on the 20th anniversary cast recording of “Godspell”. He has played leading roles at Playwrights Horizons (where he starred in the world premiere of Adam Bock’s play, “The Drunken City”, a piece he helped workshop and develop), The Public Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The York, and John Houseman, as well as at such reputable regional venues as Hartford Stage and The Shakespeare Theatre, D.C. (starring as “Claudio” in William Shakespeare‘s “Much Ado About Nothing”), Bay Street Theatre (starring opposite playwright Charles Busch), Paper Mill Playhouse, TheatreWorks in CA, The St. Louis MUNY, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Music Theatre of Wichita, Weston Playhouse, and Maine State Music Theatre. Born and raised in New York City, Foa graduated from The Dalton School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He attended Interlochen Arts Camp for four summers, spent a semester of college at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from one of the nation’s top musical theatre programs, The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He resides in Los Angeles.
BETH MALONE: Beth Malone was nominated for a 2015 Tony Award and Grammy for her game-changing role of “Alison” in Fun Home. Malone most recently starred as the titular character in the world premiere of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, directed by Kathleen Marshall at the MUNY. She originated the role of June Carter Cash in Ring of Fire on Broadway, as well as the roles of Betty Jean in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Alison in Bingo Off-Broadway. Other Off-Broadway and regional credits include Fun Home (The Public Thea-er), Annie Get Your Gun (CMT) and Sister Act (Alliance Theatre). On film, Malone can be seen in Taylor Hackford’s “The Comedian,” co-starring opposite Robert DeNiro and Edie Falco. Other film credits include “Hick” with Eddie Redmayne, “Twist of Faith,” “The In” and the upcoming “Brittany Runs A Marathon” opposite Jillian Bell. Her television credits include “Braindead,” “Bull,” “The Good Wife,” “Reno 911,” “Judging Amy,” “Laying Low,” “What’s On?,” “One Minute Soaps” and the Fox pilot “Second Nature”.
ROGER BEAN: Roger Bean created the long-running hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, Wonderettes: Dream On, and the new large-cast Wonderettes: Glee Club Edition. Original cast albums for all Wonderettes shows are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run and continues to be an audience favorite in theatre companies throughout the country. Mr. Bean’s do-wop hit Life Could Be A Dream had a record-breaking 12-month run in Los Angeles, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical. Other popular musicals created by Mr. Bean include The Andrews Brothers, Summer of Love, Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, all published by Stage Rights. Mr. Bean is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, SDC and the Dramatists Guild.
BETS MALONE: Bets got her start Vista, CA and has been working as a professional actress across the country for the past three decades. She originated the role of Suzy Simpson in the hit show The Marvelous Wonderettes and can be heard on three Wonderette albums as well as the Cast recording of Honky Tonk Laundry. Regional: Victor Victoria, Dirty Blonde, The Andrews Brothers, Next to Normal, Fun Home, Mamma Mia, Aida, Seussical, Titanic, Big Fish, Mary Poppins, Sweeney Todd, 1776, Ragtime, On the Town, Evita, Annie Get Your Gun, Once Upon a Mattress and The Rocky Horror Show. Her vocal talents can be heard in as Talulah the Monkey in Barbie as the Island Princess and the singing voice of Velma in Scooby Doo Music of the Vampire. She developed a one woman show entitled Broadway The Broad Way coming to a theatre near you! Up next, Bets has joined the Old Globe Theatre for seven consecutive years in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Most impressive credit: wife to Moonlight Stage Productions artistic director, Steve Glaudini and mom to Sami The Wonder Dog!
LESLIE SPENCER: Off-Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes. Regional: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou, Betty Jean, Suzy), Merrily We Roll Along (Mary Flynn), Trails (Amy), Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do (Marge), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, 1776 (Abigail Adams), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Company! (Marta), A Little Night Music (Petra), The Pajama Game (Babe Williams), Crazy for You (Polly Baker), Guys and Dolls (Miss Adelaide), and Funny Girl (Fanny). Leslie is a Vixen (background vocalist) in The Brian Setzer Orchestra and has toured the United States, Europe, Canada and Japan with the big band. Her powerful vocals can be heard on numerous albums recorded with Setzer. She has performed to national audiences on The Today Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show, Rachel Ray, Dancing with the Stars and FOX’s NFL Sunday. Leslie also hit the road with Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses and is the featured vocalist on their latest album, Blow. Most recently, Leslie wrote, recorded and released her first solo album, Sing Out. It can be found on all digital platforms.
MISTY COTTON: Favorite roles: Ellen – Miss Saigon (Broadway & 1st National), Eponine – Les Miserables (2nd National), and the Narrator – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opposite Donny Osmond. Other roles: Missy – Marvelous Wonderettes, Margaret White – Carrie The Musical, Philia – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Sacramento Music Circus), Princess Leonide – Triumph of Love (Falcon Theatre), Lizzie – Baby, Maria – West Side Story, Patsy – Rimers of Eldritch, Sandy – Grease, Brigid Mary – Little Moon of Alban, Jenny Lind – Barnum, and Geraldine – What the Butler Saw. Misty is an American Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate.
DARCIE ROBERTS: Broadway: Curtains (Roberta), Aida (Amneris stand-by), Dream, Crazy For You (Polly, Irene, Tess stand-by). Tours: Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Copacabana (Lola), Aspects of Love, 42nd Street (Peggy). For Los Angeles Center Theatre Group: Leap of Faith (Rita), Curtains (Roberta), 50th Anniversary Gala, Enter Laughing- A Tribute to Carl Reiner. Darcie has appeared with Sutton Foster and composer Jeanine Tesori in the American Songbook Series concerts- live at Lincoln Center. Other New York credits include On A Clear Day… (Encores), The Bubbly Black Girl… (Scarlett – Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Evita (Eva), Funny Girl (Fanny), Cabaret (Sally), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Ragtime (Mother), Damn Yankees (Lola), Smokey Joe’s Café, among others. Other L.A.: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou – Musical Theatre West; Laguna Playhouse, Cabrillo Music Theatre), The Pajama Game (Babe-MTWest), Silk Stockings (Janice-MTWest), The Andrews Brothers (Peggy-Ovation Award, MTWest and Cabrillo Music Theatre). Film: Every Little Step. Television: All My Children.
ANNELIESE VAN DER POL: Anneliese van der Pol is an icon of the millennial generation, known for portraying ‘Chelsea Daniels’ Raven Symone’s best friend on Disney Channels record breaking series, That’s So Raven. Anneliese has starred in roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in feature films and in television. Most notably, she was the final actress to play Belle in Broadways Beauty and the Beast along side Donny Osmond when it closed at The Lunt Fontaine Theatre in 2007. Anneliese had recorded numerous songs with Shickaboom records as well as Radio Disney. Currently she is reprising her role as Chelsea Daniels on Disney Channels newest series Ravens Home, the spin-off of the original That’s So Raven, and resides in Los Angeles.
YVETTE LAWRENCE: As an award winning multifaceted director/producer/performer, her body of work spans everything from Shakespeare to Kaufman & Hart to chamber pieces and full scale Broadway musicals. For 5 Star Theatricals, Yvette directed Peter Pan, for which she received a Broadway World Award nomination and then she went on to direct Susan Egan as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast . She has directed thirty plus productions. As an established Broadway performer, Los Angeles audiences may remember Ms. Lawrence as Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Shubert Theatre and as Linda in the National Touring Company of Blood Brothers starring David Cassidy and Petula Clark, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination. She has had the opportunity to learn from some of the theatre world’s finest directors. Other credits include: Broadway: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; Falsettos directed by James Lapine; Nick & Nora directed by Arthur Laurents; Off-Broadway: Bring in the Morning directed by Sheldon Epps; National Tours: Little Shop of Horrors staged by Jerry Zaks and Kathleen Marshall; Blood Brothers starring Petula Clark and David Cassidy, Falsettos; Los Angeles Company: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (replacing Susan Egan as Belle); LA theatre: Barnum (Artistic Director Award Best Lead Actress in a Musical) directed by Josh Prince; Lizard (world premier musical) directed by James Mellon, Departures (world premier); Television: One Life to Live; As the World Turns; The Guiding Light, and numerous commercials and concerts. Recordings: Disney’s Phineas and Ferb; Nick & Nora-Original Broadway Cast; and A Broadway Christmas. Ms. Lawrence is a Mastered educator with an M.Ed from Loyola Marymount University and holds workshops, concerts, and teaches Master classes around the country. She currently serves as Director of Performing Arts and Director of Drama at Chaminade College Preparatory. Proud member of AEA and associate member of SDC.
BRAD ELLIS: Brad Ellis is an American composer, musical director, singer, orchestrator, and jazz pianist. Ellis is perhaps most visible as the quiet teacher/pianist for the high school kids on Glee, the Fox television show for which he is part of creator Ryan Murphy‘s musical production team. Credits also include 5-Star’s recent production of The Music Man and many more projects.
RYAN O’CONNOR: Ryan O’Connor is a Director and Actor, known for Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth (2005), Big Little Lies (2017) and Away (2011). Also received critical praise for his performance in 2005’s “Chicken”, a play produced by Bruce Dern.
LINDSAY HEATHER PEARCE: Lindsay Pearce currently plays Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway. In 2011, Lindsay made her television debut in the world premiere of The Glee Project. She went on to guest star in two major episodes on FOX’s hit show Glee, releasing two chart topping songs, as well as a Christmas single. From there, she played Kathy in the San Antonio, TX regional premiere of The Last Five Years. After, she played Wendla Bergman in the Los Angeles regional premiere of Spring Awakening. Lindsay went on to be a part of the 2013 Los Angeles revival of Bare: A Pop Opera. Her performance earned her BroadwayWorlds “Best Leading Actress in a Musical” award. She then starred in the critically acclaimed For The Record: BAZ, For The Record: Tarantino, and For The Record: The Brat Pack. She was also seen in American Idiot at the Vortex in downtown Los Angeles, as well as Almost Famous: Live at the historic Troubadour. She has had the privilege of playing many a Shakespeare heroine, ranging from Juliet to Lady Macbeth. Lindsay has played opposite Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey in ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, Lex Medlin in Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva, and was a heavily recurring guest star on FreeForm’s drama Recovery Road. She went on to share the screen with Kevin Hart and Kaley Cuoco in Sony’s The Wedding Ringer. Lindsay grew up in Northern California, and attended Modesto Junior College where she studied classical voice, Shakespeare, movement for the stage and English literature. She worked extensively in regional theaters throughout the Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles. There she studied voice and drama in the studios of Maiya Sykes, Rachel Lawrence Douglas, Kathy Deitche, and Sarah Mornell.
MICHELLE ELKIN: Michelle Elkin has served as Choreographer for Sutton Foster and Jonathon Groff Live At Lincoln Center for PBS, the tv series Younger, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Young Sheldon with Jason Alexander. She was seen on Netflix as a co star in Gilmore Girls “Winter”. She also choreographed the tv show Me and My Grandma with Rhea Perlman, as well as a Southwest Airlines web spot. Select Theater credits include Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Broadway World Awards Nominee) Sister Act The musical (Broadway World Awards Nominee, Scenie Award), a piece for the NSO Pops Opening at Kennedy Center and “Children Of Eden” (Broadway World Awards Nominee). She also created musical numbers featuring Sutton Foster and special guest Joshua Henry for the National Symphony Orchestra at Kennedy Center, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and the Houston Symphony at Jones Hall. She has also lent her choreographic talents to the hit ABC Family show, Baby Daddy, a TNT pilot titled “Dawn” directed by Sam Raimi as well as a production of Little Shop Of Horrors in Tampa, FL, the feature films Wild Hogs and What Just Happened, as well as Emmy award winning television shows, Boston Legal, Weeds, Lifetime’s reality show “Your Mama Don’t Dance”, Warren The Ape on MTV, Marvin, Marvin on Nickelodeon, as well as the tap sequences in ABC Family’s Bunheads. She made her professional debut at the age of 8 in the movie musical “Annie”. Since then, she continued to work in numerous film, television, commercial, and theater projects as a dancer and assistant choreographer such as Bunheads, Boston Legal, Joan Of Arcadia, Boston Public, Ally McBeal, Charmed, American Idol, the tv series Fame LA, 3rd Rock from the Sun, That 70’s Show, Tracey Takes On, The Country Bears, Batman and Robin, Austin Powers I-III, A Time For Dancing, and Elizabethtown. She was the Associate Choreographer for the films, Semi-Pro, Tropic Thunder, 10 Things I Hate About You, Cinderelmo, Looney Tunes: Back In Action, 13 Going on 30, Starsky and Hutch, tv series Viva Laughlin, Dancing With The Stars, the musical, Sister Act at Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the 58th Emmy Awards with Conan O’ Brien, the 63rd Emmy Awards with Jane Lynch and 81st Academy Awards with Hugh Jackman. Michelle was also the Associate Choreographer of the Broadway show, Wonderland at the Marriott Marquis Theater.
DAN REDFELD: Music Director: It Shoulda Been You (Musical Theatre Guild), Bright Star, Beauty & the Beast (Susan Egan), The Who’s Tommy (Alice Ripley), Chess (Susan Egan/Matt Morrison), My Fair Lady (Jonathan Pryce, assistant MD), Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan, Evita, Guys & Dolls, Into the Woods, and dozens more. Conductor for LA Opera’s Educom since 2003. Composer: A Hopeful Place, Arioso for Oboe, Percussion & Strings, January 15, 1947 for Solo Harp, Fantasy for Violin & Piano, Travels for Piano Quartet and Dance Sketches. Twenty-five film scores including the award-winning Clinic E and film noir Moustache.
NICOLE PRYOR DERNERSESIAN: Nicole Pryor Dernersesian is the President and CEO of Firestarter Entertainment, a talent agency based out of Los Angeles that represents actors for television, film, commercials, print and theatre. Nicole founded Firestarter in 2013 and her company now represents over 700 actors in Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. And in 2019, for her 40th Birthday, Nicole launched a non-profit organization called, Inclusion Media Group: Striving to make a more inclusive world by creating content that tells diverse stories. Nicole is also the host of the entrepreneurship advice YouTube Series: NICOLE TALK. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Nicole performed in the Las Vegas Company of “The Phantom of the Opera” directed by the incomparable Hal Prince for 6 ½ years and over 2600 shows. Other favorite acting credits include: Ragtime (Sarah), Children of Eden (Yonah) and Footloose (Rusty). As a vocalist and songwriter, Nicole released 2 albums, both available on iTunes: “I’m Here” and “The Long Way Home”. In addition to her stage work, Nicole taught private vocal lessons for over 14 years, including a two year stint as an Adjunct Professor of Vocal Performance at her alma mater, Pepperdine University (where she holds a BA in Advertising and Music). Whenever possible, she continues to lend her time to teach master classes at Universities and Organizations around the country. Nicole feels blessed to be a part of the entertainment business and will continue to work tirelessly to make a positive impact for as long as she is able.
KATHERINE TOKARZ: Katherine Tokarz is an actress, dancer, and singer originally from Massachusetts where her huge, loud, ice cubes-in-white-wine-drinking family still resides. On Broadway she could be seen in the original cast of ROCK OF AGES (Constance, Justice/Regina cover), the original cast of IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS (Rhoda), A CHORUS LINE (Kristine), and WICKED. She also sang a duet with Alan Menken at his Songbook Concert at Lincoln Center, and participated in the Workshops and Pre-Broadway version of LEAP OF FAITH at the Ahmanson Theater. Before Broadway, Katherine performed in Japan at Tokyo Disney and then in Paris at The Moulin Rouge, only after her glamorous start: dancing at Bar Mitzvahs and singing at weddings as a teenager. Since moving to LA, Katherine has been a recurring character on DON’T TRUST THE B– IN APARTMENT 23 and THE NEIGHBORS, both on ABC. Most recently, she galavanted around as the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler characters in THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF MEAN GURLZ as well as “Annie Herman” in UMPO: TROOP BEVERLY HILLS and “Emily” the sharp-tongued Brit in UMPO: DEVIL WEARS PRADA at Rockwell Table & Stage. Other TV credits include: ALEXA & KATIE, FAMOUS IN LOVE, GRANDFATHERED, SHIMMER AND SHINE, IT COULD BE WORSE, BLOOPERS, MERCY, THE TONY AWARDS and MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE. Katherine especially enjoys playing crazy ladies and aliens and is proud to have been likened a “hot combo of Jennifer Tilly meets Parker Posey” by Michael Musto of The Village Voice.
LARRY RABEN: At 5-Star, Larry has directed The Music Man, West Side Story, The Little Mermaid and Singin’ In The Rain for which he won the LA Ovation Best Direction Award. He directed the world premiere of Tony winner Joe DiPietro’s Falling For Eve Off-Broadway at The York Theatre. Recents: Murder On The Orient Express (Gateway Playhouse), Jersey Boys (Phoenix Theatre Company), Buyer & Cellar (Laguna Playhouse), Kinky Boots (Gateway Playhouse), Greater Tuna (Coyote StageWorks), Catch Me If You Can (MTW/Moonlight), Young Frankenstein (SDMT-Craig Noel-nom) Cabaret (Gateway Playhouse), Mamma Mia (Ogunquit Playhouse/Welk), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Ogunquit Playhouse-IRNE nom), Newsies (Moonlight ), Tru (CSW, Invisible Theatre Company), Sunset Blvd., Titanic (Moonlight), 7 Brides For 7 Brothers (MTWichita), The Producers, Cinderella (Gateway Playhouse), Plaid Tidings (Walnut Street Theatre),Hairspray, The Wedding Singer, Never Gonna Dance , The Thing About Men (MTW), Addams Family, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Performance Riverside), When You Wish, Love Makes The World Go Round (Phoenix Theatre Company), A Christmas Carol, Meet Me In St. Louis, Always Patsy Cline (Welk), Sweet Charity in Buenos Aires (Ace nomination). He is the Artistic Director of The Welk Resort Theatre and author of the children’s book, Ibby Makes A Wish.