Thankful

The Cast

Trent Mills

Our host for the evening! Trent most recently played Marcellus in “Music Man” starring Adam Pascal and voiced the character Lero-ro for the anime series “Tower of God”. Other favorite credits include Shrek in “Shrek the Musical”(at 5-Star) Casey in “Swing! The Musical”, Ash in “The Evil Dead the Musical” (Nat’l Tour) and lots of wonderful concerts at Rockwell, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and the 1st ever 5-Star Car Concert! Thank you for having me!

Eric B. Anthony

A native of Baltimore, MD, Eric began performing professionally at age 14. He made his Broadway debut in The Lion King, and went on to the Broadway casts of Hairspray, and Mary Poppins. In Los Angeles, Eric has performed at the Ebony Repertory Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Pantages Theatre, Long Beach Opera, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and twice at the Hollywood Bowl.

Eric believes in giving back to his community, and has partnered with programs that allow him to work with inner-city children in LA, and also in his hometown of Baltimore.

Marc Ginsburg

Marc Ginsburg is a Philadelphia native and New York transplant. For the past ten months, before “things changed” Marc traveled the country as Sammy in the First National Tour of the Tony winning production of The Band’s Visit, directed by Tony Award Winner David Cromer. 5 Star audiences may remember him as Che in Evita (Ovation Nomination), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Lord Farquaad in SHREK, and Reuben in Joseph.

Marc has also been seen in the Southern California area at the Pasadena Playhouse, The Rigby/La Mirada, The Musical Theatre Guild, The Glendale Centre Theatre, The Palos Verdes Performing Arts Center,and at Musical Theatre West.

Mitchell Johnson

Mitchell is excited to be a part of this awesome virtual performance with 5-Star Theatricals. His first production with 5-Star was as Judah in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” directed by Will North and choreographed by Dave Scott. He has been blessed to a part of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (5- Star Theatricals), “Shrek” (5-Star Theatricals), and the one night only performance of “Dreamgirls: In Concert”. Follow him on social media at @mgjohns if you want some fun content that will bring you joy and ask the question “Why does he have that French Frie Costume?”

Daebreon Poiema

Daebreon Poiema is an accomplished actress and singer with a passion for storytelling. Her training in Musical Theater began at the Orange County High School of the Arts. She earned a BA in Theater Performance for Children from The University of Texas at Austin and a MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School in New York.

Daebreon has been blessed to share her voice with audiences all over the world, both on land and at sea. Some of her recent stage credits include Rachel Marron in THE BODYGUARD, Aida in AIDA, and Deloris Van Cartier in SISTER ACT.

Jonalyn Saxer

Jonalyn is currently starring as Karen in the first national tour of “Mean Girls” after appearing in the original Broadway cast in the ensemble, and as an understudy for Cady, Karen, and Regina. She will be seen as a Jet girl in the upcoming “West Side Story” movie remake directed by Steven Spielberg. Other Broadway credits include “Cats”, “Holiday Inn”, “Honeymoon In Vegas”, and “Bullets Over Broadway”. She has performed in regional theaters around the country, and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theater from Syracuse University. She has been in numerous 5-Star productions, starting with “My Fair Lady” when she was 5 years old. Other 5-Star productions include “White Christmas”, “42nd Street”, “Singin’ In The Rain”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Carousel”, and many more.

Chelsea Morgan Stock

Originally from Northern California is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory. Broadway: The Little Mermaid (Ariel – First Replacement; Andrina – OG Cast/Recording,) Baby It’s you (Mary Jane Standby,) Sister Act (Sister Mary Robert u/s,) Something Rotten (Portia u/s.) She has starred regionally at: Papermill Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Sacramento Music Circus, Hollywood Bowl, NSMT, Cape Playhouse, Dallas Summer Musicals and more! Chelsea was last seen in Thousand Oaks in Sister Act as Sister Mary Robert. She is honored to be here to support the community during this difficult time.

Why Donate?

5-Star Theatricals, like a lot of businesses, continues to be significantly impacted from the long lasting effect of COVID-19. We have no income to depend on without our usual showcase of performances, but are committed to remain in the community and move forward until COVID-19 is under control. This fundraiser will provide financial support during this time and allow us to continue our community events: car concerts, drive by concerts to our first responders, and our educational programs!

Your donations play an important role in bringing professional theatre to Thousand Oaks, and being a Friend of 5-Star Theatricals means you also help our outreach programs flourish throughout the year.

5-Star Theatricals supporters have helped build our reputation as one of the most loved and essential non-profit organizations serving Ventura and Los Angeles County today.

To date 5-Star Theatricals’ community outreach programs have served over 40,000 low income children, in-need seniors, and active military at no charge.

Your Donations Support 5-Star Theatricals’:

  • Annual holiday performance for the military and their families
  • Free admission to all active military and their families
  • Community senior events
  • Art-education and entertainment opportunities for low-income youth

 

Thank you again for your continued support! We look forward to seeing everyone on the other side of COVID-19!

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS!

Sharing the joy and magic of live theatre in your home

Keep yourself safe and stay in your PJ’s because 5-Star is bringing the show to you! We present THANKFUL, a song and dance variety show hosted by our very own Shrek; the super talented Trent Mills. This is our way of giving back to you, our patrons who have supported us for over thirty years.

Live theatre brings people together, lifts spirits, and allows the audience to forget their troubles like nothing else. So give us an hour of your time and we’ll make your cares disappear. THANKFUL is our way of expressing how thankful we truly our to all of the performers who have graced our stage, all the hard working crews we have had on our productions, and again our spectacular audiences who fill our ears with their laughter and applause.

This special event brings together a cabaret of spectacular talents and will also feature some magical cameos from past performers, like Katharine McPhee, Adam Pascal, Julia Lester, and more.

Tap your dancing feet to your favorite tunes, sing along with your favorite songs, heck….even belt it out to the rafters. (You’re at home…go crazy!)

This event is free to everyone, but we are also using this as a fundraiser and asking for donations to help keep our theatre running in these ghost light stage times. Theatre will always be there for you; and we hope you will be here for us as well.