Cast & Creative
As Aunt Clara
As Ida Mae/Angel
As Uriel Angel
As Eva Mae/Gabriel
As Hazel Mae/Demon
As Michael Angel
Michael Williams, Jr.
Tyrone Stanley “Mozes” (Composer & Playwright)
Tyrone Stanley hails from Goldsboro, North Carolina. A 1995 graduate NC A&T State University, his first professional opportunity came when he landed the role of Daniel in the Off Broadway musical Once on This Island. Mr. Stanley later took a solo contract with Stardust Productions of Amsterdam, Holland in which he was a lead singer and dancer. In addition to his vocal and theatrical accomplishments, he is a published playwright/composer. He is also a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Master’s in English and Creative Writing. A fluent performer of Italian, French, and German opera, Mr. Stanley’s roles include: Lord Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor and Septimius in Handel’sTheodora; Toni Morrison’s MARGARET GARDNER; Andre the Viper in Fats Waller Musical Ain’t Misbehavin; Sportin’ Life in the Australia/New Zealand tour of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, a feature role in an open run of NJ Performing Arts production of Your Arms Too Short To Box With God, which starred Melba Moore and Cissy Houston. He has appeared on CBS’ As the World Turns; ABC’s All My Children; HBO’s Sex & the City; the Dave Chapelle Show; and Whoopi. Mr. Stanley recently starred in the regional premiere of Passing Strange and is presently working on his a new musical, COMMON GROUND.
Mr. Stanley is the composer and playwright of several bodies of work from musical theatre to screenplays. His musical, SOUL ON FIRE, was recently selected for a main stage production in the New York’s Midtown International Theatre Festival, in the Off Broadway June Havoc Theatre. His work has been seen in both the National Black Theatre Festival and the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. Mr. Stanley is currently a Doctoral candidate at Morgan State University with a concentration in English and Creative writing. He has directed and choreographed other shows such as: AIDA; ANNIE; STEEL MAGNOLIAS; and SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD.
Trista Dollison ”Kisha”
Trista Dollison (Kisha) is blessed to be a part of the Soul On Fire family!! Broadway & NY Credits include: Disney’s The Lion King, Avenue Q, Porgy & Bess, Easter Mysteries, Stand Tall (NYMF). Regional Appearances: Dreamgirls, The Buddy Holly Story, Into The Woods, and Hairspray. Thanks to The Mine. Agenncy Love to my family, and my Clarence. Psalms 92:4.”
Donna Cox “Lyla”
Donna Mitchell-Cox’s (Lyla) convincing characterization of the well-hated Lyla in Tyrone Stanley’s riveting musical Soul on Fire, is a seasoned mainstage performer from roles of classic theatre such as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music to Dorothy in The Wiz. She has performed a vast number of concert works as the soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Theresan Messe, Bach’s Magnificat and Kantata 129. This season, she will perform Mozart’s Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In February 2007, she performed with Dave Brubeck in his mass, To Hope, with the Canterbury Choral Society under the direction of Russell Gloyd. Other oratorio experience: Bach’s Magnificat, Rutter’s Masses, Mozart’s Vesperae K. 339 and Mass in C Minor, Brahms’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and multiple Schubert and Bach cantatas. Roles performed are Leila in Bizet’s Pearl Fishers, the Mother in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Belinda and Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Giulietta in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Lucia in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Carolina in Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto.
The soprano, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, is an alumna of the Eastman School of Music, where she earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in Voice Performance. She is currently a second-year doctoral cohort, pursuing the degree of Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of Music at Teachers College, Columbia University, in the City of New York. Her special area of research explores the development of teaching strategies for dealing with singers experiencing articulation disorders. Married to Bartees Cox, Sr., Mrs. Cox is the mother of three teenagers: Bartees, Jr., Cory Mitchell, and Jordan Paige.
Bruce Davis “Biggs”
Bruce hails from Oklahoma City, OK. He is a 26 year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department and has obtained the rank of Lieutenant. Bruce is also a veteran of the US Navy. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He has study acting for film and advanced camera techniques at the Actors Factory in Norman Oklahoma under the tutelage of OU acting professor Darryl Cox and casting Director Chris Freihofer. Bruce was recently cast, in the principal role of “Therapists,” in a film: E is For Existential Crisis. The film was directed by Maggie Rogers.
Bruce has performed the role of Judas Biggs in Soul on Fire the Musical at several different theaters throughout the country to include the 14th Street Play house (Woodruff Arts Center) in Atlanta GA. and at the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem NC.
Margaret Bell “Aunt Clara”
Margaret Bell (Aunt Clara) is a Dove award recipient that offers a compelling and sultry heartfelt sound with her previously released holiday single, “Christmas with You.” This Detroit native has been singing and performing worldwide for over 25 years as a singer, songwriter, actress, and vocal coach. Former Warner Alliance (label of Warner Bros) recording artist Margaret Bell released her first CD entitled “Over and Over” in 1991 that led to her vocal performance for the Broadway musical “Don’t Get God Started.” After performing in Morocco and a jazz tour with Dave Koz she has overcome barriers to include performing in South Africa with Bebe Winans just as she lost her mother, she continues to provide her piercing vocals in both gospel and jazz. Margaret Bell is currently completing her newest self-written jazz CD project “Life is Beautiful” scheduled for release in 2014. Sister of renowned gospel recording artist Vanessa Bell-Armstrong, Margaret Bell creates a recipe of soulful grit that triumphs some of the best in the industry.
Dana Aber (Isis/Demon)
Dana Aber has been connected with Soul on Fire since 2007! Dana is a New York-based performer who has been seen in NYC Off-Broadway and at the NYFringe Festival, NYMF New York Musical Theatre Festival, Apollo Theatre with George Faison’s If This Hat Could Talk nat’l tour, FDCAC/Classical Theatre of Harlem, University Club, the Studio @ Theatre Row, Workshop Theatre, & the Laurie Beechman in Times Square. Dana has worked regionally for Actors Theatre of Louisville & the Cleveland Play House & Virginia Stage, Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, Barrington Stage, Mercury Summer Stock, and Virginia Musical Theatre. Dana has entertained internationally in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Thailand, and throughout the Caribbean (with NCL cruiselines). Dana’s productions company Big Thunder Productions has created 5 concerts since last August; headlined by Broadway stars, each concert’s 50+ collaborators bring maximum exposure to new works of musical theatre. Dana’s Big Thunder writing family is currently developing a new concert for the #YesAllWomen movement. Learn more at BigThunderNYC.com and on YouTube. Favorite roles: Mother in Ragtime, Judy/Ginger in Ruthless!, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, and Blanche DuBois in Streetcar Named Desire. Syracuse University, BFA Musical Theatre. Dorothy Haas Acting Scholarship, Walnut Street Theatre. 2003 NATS Regional Winner, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Member of AEA since 2007. Love forever to the Aber Clan and fans of the Thunder Dome.
Drew Aber (Raphael Angel)
Drew Aber is thrilled to be part of Soul on Fire the Musical, here in our nation’s capital! He performed on Broadway as The Young Man in A Tale of Two Cities the Musical. Most recently he could be seen in Kirsten Childs’ musical, Funked Up Fairytales, as K-Pig, the pig prince, and Hank, the more regular prince. He also recently had the pleasure of playing Henry David Throeau in the new musical, Walden. Drew often gets the pleasure of performing new and developing works with NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, Abingdon Theater, New Dramatists, and more. He sends all the love to Aber family, Lauren, and the GRI.
Je’Char Carey (Jessica/Demon)
Je’Char Carey began singing solos and modeling in Oakland, California at the age of three. She later began performing professionally with Theatre upon a Star Dance Swan, and held several lead roles. Je’Char was nominated for the All-American Pom squad in 2004 and participated in Drama, DECA and the high school choir. In 2005 she would go on to write, direct, and perform in two original plays: Overcome or Die Trying and Breaking the Eraser: The 1921 Tulsa Race War. In 2007 Je’Char served as the Assistant Stage Manager for the stage play, Heaven I Need a Hug by Kendrick Young-Starring Robin Givens and Ruben Studdard. In 2009 she held a lead role as Mrs. Kari the Preacher’s wife in Jessie McPherson’s, Something Sweet Every day. Je’Char graduated in 2009 from the University of Central Oklahoma with a BA in Interpersonal Communication, and a Minor in Theatre-Performing Arts. She is thankful to have the opportunity to bless the lives of others from the stage, and gives all honor and glory to God Almighty for his grace and love.
Bonita Franklin “Ida Mae/Angel”
Bonita L. Franklin is former director of Choral Activities at Langston University and is delighted to grace the stage once again! A classically trained musician, Bonita has sung roles ranging from Porgy and Bess (chorus, Tulsa Opera) to The Wiz(Aunt Em/Evalene, Lyric Theater). In demand as a clinician, adjudicator, conductor, arranger and soloist, Bonita is a former music director for Soul on Fire the Musical (2011). Other credits include Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert, Charlie Christian International Jazz Festival (artist), Ralph Ellison/Charlie Christian jazz tour.
Rumando Kelley is thrilled to be cast as Michael in the musical, “Soul On Fire” he is a native of Detroit, a graduate of Fort Valley State University and received his Masters Degree in Public Policy at CUNY Brooklyn College. He played the role of Tyson in the musical “Tearing Down The Walls” at the Riverside Theater. He has been fortunate to work on several independent film projects as well as Nat’l Campaigns for the likes of Verizon Wireless, Just For Men, and Wells Fargo to name a few. He is thankful to God and his supportive family and friends for this amazing experience.
L’Sean Lawrence is a native Washingtonian. He is also a product of DC Public Schools, and alum of the University of the District of Columbia (Education). From childhood, the arts have always had a place in his life. He credits his mom for exposing him to what he would later acknowledge as his passion….the stage. Singing goes without saying when it comes to his “roots”. Music was always around, and played a part in everything concerning family, faith, and life itself. Grounded in faith L’Sean began honing his artistic abilities in the church (both acting and singing). As a young man, he continued to develop his craft while at Duke Ellington School of performing Arts where he was a vocal performance major. From that time to the present, he continues to study voice with private instructors in and around the Washington Metropolitan Area, as well as build upon his career in theatre arts locally and abroad.
Iyona Blake “Townswoman/Gabriel”
Iyona is a Soprano, Actor, Recitalist, Voice Professor and Coordinator in the Theater Arts Department at Howard University, a sought after private voice instructor and coach, and a voice clinician at vocal music seminars and workshops throughout the east coast. Iyona has been seen on stage Off Broadway in the musical Soul on Fire as Gabriel and Eva Mae; Thunder Knocking on the Door as Good Sister; a Griot in the Christmas Gift, Desiree/Celina in Breast in Show, a breast cancer musical; Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ as Armelia McQueen, and Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity. Iyona’s operatic roles include the Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Magda Sorel (The Consul), Liu (Turandot), Marie (The Bartered Bride), and Bess (Porgy and Bess). She has made solo appearances performing “Ave Maria” in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, Washington, DC., and been featured as the encore soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and NEWork Productions. Iyona has made TV and concert appearances with Academy and Tony Award winning Glen Hansard. www.iyonablake.com.
Stephanie E. Baker “Hazel Mae/Demon”
Stephanie E. Baker has been Blessed with the unique gift of bringing people joy through humor,Actress, Radio Personality, Host and Comedian Stephanie Elizabeth, a native Washingtonian and a natural born actress, she started entertaining her family very young, whether it be on holidays or just a regular day at her home. Stephanie got her first role at age 7 playing a munchkin in The Wizzin. Always the brightest light in any room she maintained her natural spunk and used her comedic personality as she grew older and onto stages. Union Temple Baptist Church was the platform that got to experience Stephanie more frequently and intimately as she starred in almost all of their church productions. Her destiny didn’t stop there, and neither did her contagious smile and laughter. Starring in many more production including, Home Is Where the Heart Is and All That Glitters and All The Man I Need just to name a few. Stepping off of the stage Stephanie took a lot of hosting jobs, such as Believers Bash, First Sundays and a slew of other fashion shows, wedding receptions, birthdays and anywhere else where she could give people to laugh without restraint. Late 2011 Stephanie also joined the radio family, becoming a radio personality on Rocktheflow.com with Industry Mix every Wednesday at 8pm .Stephanie was a part of one movie, Blood, Smoke and Fire with many more in her future. Stephanie believes that laughter keeps the heart full joy; her favorite motto is LOVE GOD ALWAYS, LIVE WELL ON PURPOSE AND LAUGH HARD!!!
Kierre BJorn as Michael Agnel
Kierre BJorn is a 25 year old performer from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Being engulfed in music since age 4, Kierre became a professional background vocalist at age 16, traveling around the country with artists like Vashawn Mitchell and Jonathan Nelson. He began professional theater at age 12 at the North Carolina Black Repertory Company and has been with the company since then. Kierre has been fortunate to perform at Carnegie Hall twice, once with the New England Symphony for Mid America Productions. During Summer 2013, he debuted Off Broadway as the angel ‘Michael’ in “Soul On Fire” and he was cast by broadway veteran Chester Gregory to be in the musical “The Eve of Jackie” as it headlined the National Black Theater Festival, where Kierre also serves on the board responsible for planning events for over 5,000 youth/young adults each year. In 2013, he took his acting to the television when he was cast in the pilot for a sitcom directed by Kim Fields called “Whatcha Cookin”. Shortly after, Kierre was cast on NBC’s “The Voice” Season 6 in the top 120 where he had a short but very impactful stint on the show. He is preparing to graduate from Winston Salem State University where he studies music business and classical voice. He’s found a healthy balance of intertwining his faith with his work and is preparing to record his debut album. When not on stage, Kierre works extremely closely with Beautiful Butterflies Lupus
Joe Thomas as Carlton
J. Lamont Thomas lives in Oklahoma City, Ok. He is a member at Concord Baptist Church, and partners with Net Church of OKC where he is head of the drama dept and in the Sanctuary Choir. Joe debuted on the stage at Westmoore H.S. in Shakespeare’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream as Demetrius and has also been featured at the National Black Theatre Festival in N.C., 14th St Playhouse in Atl, and the Midtown Inter. Theater Fest in NYC w/ Soul On Fire playing Carlton. He had a lead role in LaCharles Purvey’s play Condescendin’ White Boys in 2011 as Kwame. In 2013 he played the role of Bono in the legend August Wilson’s Fences. Joe started his own company MuZecutive Productions in October of 2013. In 2014 he played the role of Benny in Pollard Theater’s production of In The Heights and is proud to be back on stage in D.C. He thanks GOD, his parents, brothers, sister, friends, and frat bros (A Phi A) for all of their continuous support!
Khristena E. Jones as Demon/Choreographer/Costumes
Khristena E. Jones, is an actress, singer, dancer, model and dance coach based in the DC/ Maryland area by way of New Haven, CT. Khristena received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from Howard University and started her dance career as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader. Throughout her four years as a cheerleader, Khristena had the honor of performing with the AFE and USO Entertainment on tours around the world including India, Europe, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, UAE, Oman, and in the Caribbean Islands. Khristena is a featured comedic personality for a localized comedy show called “The Tommy Taylor Show”, a former dancer of MSA LA, a company member of Capitol Movement Inc. based in Washington, DC. She is also currently the advisor and coordinator of the “Ooh La La! Dance Line for the Howard University “Showtime” Marching Band, a fitness and dance instructor for children and adults, and competitive pole performer for Pole Pressure DC. Khristena previously played the role of Jessica and Demon Dancer in Soul on Fire the Musical in 2012 at the Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, GA. This will be her 2nd run and first time performing at the Kennedy Center.
Rashida Olley as Townswoman/Angel
Rashida Olley is a native Washingtonian and has been singing since the age of 5. Rashida comes from a very musical and talented family. Her mother noticing her gifted ability immediately enrolled her in North East Dance Academy; Rashida later attended Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts where she cultivated her gifting in voice and dance. Rashida has been blessed to share the stage with great legends such as Yolonda Adams, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Holliday, Byron Cage and many, many more. Rashida currently performs with the local Band Soulcial Hour as well as working on her solo album entitled “ReoSoul…. The Beginning” Rashida continues to look forward and embracing the many doors God will open.
Melinda Thomas as Townswoman/Demon
Melinda K Thomas was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been living in Maryland for the last 14 years. Melinda is a graduate of The Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Currently a Certified School Psychologist, Melinda has always had a love for acting and theater from a very young age. Her passion for the arts has led her to roles in the plays Tea No Coffee, The Brides Girlfriends, and What OMG. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, singing, exercising, and traveling. She also enjoys studying foreign languages and speaks French fluently. Melinda energizes her family and friends with her smile, sense of humor, and her loving spirit. Melinda is excited and looking forward to pursing her acting career and believing the best is yet to come. She is thankful to God, her family, and friends for all their love, support, and encouragement.
Destini Rogers as Choreographer/Angel
Destini Rogers is an Oklahoma City native and has had an intense passion for dance since the age of five. After studying modern, ballet, jazz, African, flamenco, and hip hop, she began exploring other classical art forms while attending Classen School of Advanced Studies. It was here that she found her love for choreography, and was awarded the Alvin Ailey Choreography and the Spotlight Choreography Award as a sophomore for her stage production of Sun God. In 2001, Destini received a dance scholarship to the University of Central Oklahoma, where she joined the Kaleidoscope Dance Company and was crowned Miss Black UCO. She then began teaching and choreographing for Applause Studios under the direction of Emily Shock. In 2005, she finished as a Top 8 Finalists on the first season of So You Think You Can Dance and was subsequently inspired to establish her own professional dance company, Dare to Be Soul Dance Company. This lead her to choreograph award winning pieces for studios all over the nation, collecting several NYCDA Critic Choice Awards as well as a number of JUMP Studio Picks and Hall of Fame Dance Challenge overall wins, regionally and nationally. She has had the opportunity to dance with artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Swizz Beats, Beyonce, and Rain. Destini is pursuing a successful recording career in addition to her passion for dance. She truly believes that it is her calling to travel the world, inspiring young dancers to dream out loud and be the artists they were meant to be.
Michael Williams Jr.
Michael Williams Jr. is 9 years old and will be a fourth grader at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland. He lives with his parents in Silver Spring, Maryland. This is Michael Jr.’s second performance with Soul on Fire the Musical and he is extremely excited about the upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center. In addition to performing Off-Broadway with Soul on Fire the Musical, Michael Jr. has appeared in several productions at Montrose Christian School which included a lead role as Young Ebenezer Scrooge in The Christmas Carol. Since the age of three, he has had the opportunity to sing and play musical instruments in front of his Norbeck Community Church family. God has gifted Michael Jr. with many talents including the ability to play several instruments: Electric Guitar, Flute, Soprano and Alto Recorders, Keyboard and Xylophone. He knows that everything that he has comes from the Lord. To God Be the Glory!!
Gabi Baker, budding 7th grade performer , is excited to participate as an apprentice in Soul on Fire. Over the past years Gabi has performed with The Garrett Park School and Barrie school choirs, instrumental music groups, two productions of Annie and was Clairee, in The Barrie School’s production of Steel Magnolias. When she is not on stage, she enjoys drawing, jewelry design and competing in soccer and tennis.
Arthur Bobbitt was born into a musical family (his grandmother is a concert pianist from Russia), and showed promise as a musician and singer at an early age. He started dabbling in piano at age 6, and excelled in diverse musical performance experiences in his early school years. Arthur began regular piano lessons at age 8, and quickly progressed from simple folk pieces to challenging classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Beethoven. He has performed many of these pieces at studio recitals, including several at the Strathmore Mansion in Bethesda, MD. Arthur also sings in the Barrie School choir and plays the guitar, recorder, and xylophone. In addition, Arthur has an interest in theater and has participated in two Barrie Camp Summer Stage productions, appearing as Froggy in The Foreigner and as Freddy in a youth-adapted production of the British comedy Noises Off. Arthur, who will enter 7th grade in the fall, very much looks forward to his apprenticeship as a keyboardist and singer in Soul on Fire, and also hopes to pursue more acting in the future.
Patrick Campbell enjoys acting and rapping. A native of MD, he has been acting since the age of 10. He has performed in productions such as The Wiz (Scarecrow), Aladdin (Genie), and Legend of the Sleepy Hollow (Brom Bones) with Visions Performing Arts Group; Beauty and The Beast (Gaston), The Wiz (Lion), Aladdin Jr. (Ensemble), High School Musical Jr. (Skater Dude), Short Film Capstone Project with Riverdale Baptist School Arts Department; Sins of the Father (Son Allen) with Southern Gal Productions and A Big Deal with Arena Stage. He has studied with Riverdale Baptist School Arts Department where he earned a scholarship for theatre, Visions Performing Arts Group and Arena Stage under the leadership of Mitch Matson where he was a member of Voices of Mead Now. Upon graduation of his secondary education, he plans to matriculate into a University where he can further his studies of the Arts and pursue his dreams of becoming a well-known actor/performer. Patrick thanks his family and friends for believing in him and for their continued support.
Rachael Fisher lives in Maryland and is a rising eighth grade student. She enjoys acting, singing, playing the piano, performing on stage and playing competitive soccer. She is excited to be performing in her second run of Soul On Fire, having had the pleasure of performing in it last summer in her first New York City Off Broadway theater production its run during the 14th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival. Rachael has been performing in the Washington D.C. Metro Area since she was six years old with pre-professional acting and musical theater ensembles. Her previous pre-professional credits include roles in Seussical, Jr., Aladdin Jr., and This Side of the Mountain with Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland. She has also performed with the Adventure Theater-MTC musical theater Opening Act ensemble in Rockville, Maryland. Rachael’s student credits include Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Annie (Grace), Aida (Ensemble) and Shakespeare in Hollywood (Luella), the Barrie School. Rachael wishes to thank her parents for their support and encouragement.
Kaelan Laurence is delighted to be making his debut in Onyx Vizion Productions: Soul on Fire—the Musical. Recent acting credits include Barrie School productions: Annie (2014), Aida (2013), and Shakespeare in Hollywood (2012). He took interest in the choir during his 11th grade year, and involved himself by accepting leadership of the bass section. He is a Class of 2014 Barrie School (Private) graduate, finishing in a group of the top five students. Kaelan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre at Howard University. In addition to the performing arts, Kaelan has found prowess with a paintbrush and is refining his skills as a freelance illustrator. He has a profound love for the fine arts and hopes to find success in the arts industry.
Julia Page (Tech) is delighted to be making her debut at the Kennedy Center supporting Soul on Fire. She has supported four shows at the Barrie School: Annie, Steel Magnolias, Aida, and Shakespeare in Hollywood. She appeared in the chorus in As Long as I’m Singing. Julia is entering 8th grade at the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD and would like to thank her family, Tyrone Stanley, Jessie Vacchiano, and especially Tim Shaffer for their support and encouragement.
Nitsan Scharf is a recent graduate of the Barrie School. There, he performed and enjoyed many performances, such as Shakespeare In Hollywood, Aida, Steel Magnolias, Annie. He is headed for the University of Maryland, College Park this fall, and is excited to further his theatrical career there. He has also interned for the Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Maryland. Nitsan is very excited to be a part of Soul On Fire, which will be his first foray into a professional show.
Taylar Terry, a Maryland native, is very excited to be a part of Soul on Fire the Musical. Taylar’s theatre experiences include the role of Mary in The Nativity Story and small roles in church plays and musicals. When she’s not acting, dancing, or singing, Taylar enjoys writing, playing basketball and volleyball.”
Zoe Belkaid-Whalen is of French American origin aspiring actress/singer who born in Washington DC. She is currently a student at the Barrie School in Silver Spring Maryland. She acted in Moliere’s “The Scams Of Scapin” in which she played Zerbinette, “The Doctor In Spite Of Himself” in which she played Officer Roberts. Zoe was Ouiser in “Steel Magnolias” and Molly in the musical “Annie”. Along with this Zoe is in her school’s choir as a soprano. She would like to thank her friends for always being there for her, all the staff of her camp Traveling Players Ensemble, and of course Zoe would like to thank Tyrone Stanley her director, teacher, and friend for giving her opportunities she never thought she would get.
Peter Vernalis, who is a Barrie Theater Apprentice, is extremely proud to be joining the musical cast of Soul on Fire (SOF). Peter lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his family and attends the Barrie School, a private independent school. He is in the 8th grade. Last summer, Peter was a technical apprentice (sound and lighting) for the off Broadway production of SOF. For several years, Peter has taken keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and percussion lessons. He regularly performs in Barrie School musical performances. He is a member of the band, “All the Rage”. This summer, Peter will be demonstrating his musical talents in SOF. Peter would like to thank his family for their love and support. He also thanks playwright and composer Tyrone Stanley for allowing him to enjoy this valuable experience.
Christopher Woodburn, who is an apprentice under Tyrone Stanley, the role of Moses, is extremely proud to be joining the summer Soul on Fire cast for his debut performance at the Kennedy center. Christopher shares his time between Wild and Wonderful West Virginia and Rockville, Maryland with his family. Christopher attends the Barrie School in Silver Spring Maryland and is in the eighth grade. He is in the school Choir and his favorite subjects are Voice and Math. Christopher has performed in several school plays, Aida and Annie, and takes every opportunity to sing any chance he can. In addition to his passion for musical performance, his other passions include; soccer, reading and attending plays in New York and D.C. Christopher would like to thank his mom, dad and grandparents for their love and support. He also thanks director Tyrone Stanley for his inspiration, dedication and commitment as a mentor to him and for providing this amazing opportunity. Christopher dedicates his performance this season to his mom, Frances Woodburn, for believing in him.
Noah is a twelve year old aspiring performing artist who has shown talent in the performing arts as well as world of academia. He has surprised his audiences, teachers and friends in his ability to verbalize and master his performances. He has had the pleasure of participating in every school play since his 5th grade. Whether he played as the lead role in “Shakespeare in Hollywood” as “Oberon” or as an extra in other performances, Noah shows his enthusiasm to capture his role and project it to the audience. This translated well into all other Barrie School performances like Aida, As Long As I am Singing, Nose for the News, and Bye Bye Birdie. He will be in 8th grade in the coming school year hopes to publish his poetry collection. As a humble beneficiary of the Barrie School Apprenticeship program for Soul on Fire, the Musical, Noah is now ready to show his love for the performing arts to the world.