Riley Mackie (Emerald Cast)
Riley is delighted to play the role of Glinda and be a part of Wizard of Oz with such a wonderful cast! She is a junior in high school who loves singing, playing piano, and performing on stage. She began her love of performing on stage at age 4, appearing in countless shows, concerts, and recitals since. A few of her favorite performances include Curly in “Peter Pan! A New Musical”, Madame De La Grande Bouche in Beauty and the Beast (in which she received a National Youth Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical), Mrs. Mayor in Seussical, and Fruma Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof. She is a part of the Berrytones traveling girls choir and plays the role of Sleeping a Beauty in their “Princess at Heart” mix. She also teaches an elementary music theory class, assistant directs/choreographs musicals with the LIFE homeschool group, and leads worship on Wednesday nights at Arcadia Bible Church. She would like to thank Ms. K for putting on such a great show and letting her be a part of such a wonderful experience, her parents for driving her everywhere, training her in the ways of the Lord, and always trying to do what’s best for her, Eric, her wonderful voice and piano teacher for inspiring her and being her “Angel of Music, her amazing friends and family who support her and come see her perform in so many shows, Amanda for going through all these crazy journeys with her, everyone in the cast and crew for all their hard work and for being so great to work with, and, most importantly, her Savior, Jesus Christ for saving her and giving her a talent and love for the theatre.
Riley as Sleeping Beauty
Riley in Beauty and the Beast singing Human again as Madame
Bri Manuit (Gold Cast)
Bri (recently graduated with Walnut High School’s class of 2015 and plans to attend California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in the fall as an English major. She first joined Top Billing Entertainment in its Christmas production in 2013 and became a student of Kristina Keener-Ivy soon afterwards. Her first musical was Top Billing’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr., in which she played Mrs. Potts and doubled as an ensemble member. Though she’s new to musical theatre, Bri has come to appreciate and would like to acknowledge the endeavors of everyone involved in such productions, both onstage and offstage.
In addition to her experiences at Top Billing, Bri has also taken piano lessons under the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She was part of the school choir from third to eighth grade but later decided to focus on her writing with her involvement in the school’s yearbook and newspaper. During her senior year, she performed in her second musical as Mrs. Sowerberry and an ensemble member in Walnut High School’s musical production of Oliver!.
Her favorite experience onstage, however, is getting to share the stage with her sister, Reyna, in Top Billing’s Disney Showcase last year. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnasl1-LJk0
Bri is ecstatic and grateful for the wonderful opportunity to play Glinda in Wizard of Oz, and she would like to convey her thanks to everyone in Top Billing, especially Ms. K for being one of her biggest inspirations. She also wants to thank her family and friends for always being there for her and believing in her. Without all these people in her life, she would never be where she is today.
Lindsay Moody (Emerald Cast)
Lindsay is a senior at Bishop Amat High School. She is a member of the Bishop Amat Pep Squad. She has been on the National Honors Society since Freshman year. Lindsay is also a member of the Community Leadership Council at Bishop Amat. Lindsay has been one of Kristina Keener Ivys students since she was ten. She has performed in four musicals at Sacred Heart School, High School Musical, Suessical, Cinderella (step sister), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (narrator). This will be Lindsay’s third production with Top Billing Entertainment. She was in High School Musical (Kelsey), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and now Wizard of Oz (Glinda). Lindsay would like to thank the Top Billing Entertainment staff for this amazing opportunity and for all of the hard work they put into each and every production, Her mom for her endless love and support, and finally, Kristina Keener Ivy for helping a shy ten year old girl break out of her shell and become the confident young performer that she is today.
The Wicked Witches of the West
Maddison Nall (Emerald Cast)
Maddison is 17 years old and just entered the 12th grade with Gorman High School. She has always been a performer for as long as she can remember. Everyday was a new performance from the little clown herself.
Maddison has been involved with many sports, educational activities, and enjoyable hobbies, but acting, singing, and dancing stood out most to her liking. From 2nd to 6th grade she sang in her church’s choir and performed every summer and winter with a production put on by the church. Her favorite was when she played “Pretty Penny” in their showing of “Clowns” . Maddison has done several plays, musicals, talent shows, choir recitals and many more! With her school, she played the roles of Wendy Darling in Peter Pan, Puss in Puss in Boots, and Young Simba in The Lion King.
About a year and a half ago, Maddison took on the position of her church’s elementary Worship Leader. She enjoys waking up every Sunday morning and praising the Lord with kids. She creates her own motions and sings along with the kids to bring their hearts closer to God. Maddison signed with an acting agency in April of this year, and she hopes to pursue her life long dream of acting on camera.
Joining Top Billing has changed Maddison’s view on performing. She looks at performing as a gift more than a hobbie. She absorbs every minute of it. Maddy now enjoys performing more than ever. She is extremely excited to be playing the part of the Wicked Witch of the West in this year’s production of The Wizard of Oz and she is so jazzed to add this musical to her performance list. Maddison would like to thank the Lord for giving her the gift of performing. With this gift, she is able to provide enjoyable entertainment to others. Maddy would like to thank her family and friends for being so supportive and patient in what she loves to do. Maddy would like to thank her teachers, David Ivy, Eddie Garcia, Timothy Jackson, Andrew Cristin, and Melanie Rabajante for helping her along the way by teaching her acting, dancing, and singing skills that will last a lifetime. Maddison would also like to thank Ms. K for giving her the opportunity of playing a lead. Ms. K does a lot to put on these amazing productions, and with that we thank you. Lastly, she would like to thank her Top Billing family for being so welcoming. Without her top billing family, every performance would be incomplete. Maddison can not wait to experience more and more adventures that the future has in store.
Priscilla Pimentel (Gold Cast)
Priscilla started her musical career with Star Entertainment Productions with musicals such as as Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Oliver, and Annie Jr. She instantly fell in love with watching, listening, and being in musicals. After working with Star Entertainment, she began dancing a Mexican folk dance called Folklórico for three years and was also part of a group of student performers in the San Gabriel Valley that performed at the L.A. County Fair. This is her second year performing for Top Billing Entertainment; her first performance was in the production Beauty and the Beast Jr., where she played a Silly Girl. Now she is very excited to be playing her favorite role in The Wizard of Oz. This is a dream come true for her, especially that she can now show how good of a villain she can play. She dedicates her wickedly role to Margaret Hamilton who played the Wicked Witch in the classic movie.
Currently, Priscilla is a junior at Bishop Amat Memorial High School and participates in Women’s Choir and the Drama department. There she has been in musicals such as Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Aladdin Jr. She is also really excited to have the opportunity to travel to Rome in December 2015 with the Bishop Amat’s Tour Choir to sing at the Epiphany Mass for Pope Francis. Priscilla would like to thank Miss Keener for giving this opportunity of her first real lead role.
Also she thanks her sister Jackie who introduced her to musicals and persuaded her to excel in her singing. Her mother for always being there by her side, being supportive in her interests, and showing her the classics of all that is entertainment. Lastly, she thanks her three best friends who have been there since the beginning, giving her positive attitude, and never giving up on her.
Amanda Soliven (Ruby Cast)
Amanda is an incoming junior at Glendora High School. This is her 3rd production with Top Billing and 15th musical, her favorite role was Madame de la Grande Bouche from Beauty and the Beast. She is involved in her school’s show choir and hopes to sing professionally. Amanda would like to thank her family and everyone at Top Billing for making this production possible.