Meet the Lead Actors of Top Billing’s Production of HAIRSPRAY
Megan Gonzalez (Tracy Turnblad) is a 17 year-old senior and proud Thespian at Charter Oak High School. She has previously been seen as the showgirl Mitzy in Crazy For You, and Old Sally in Oliver! Megan has attended DTASC, Shakespeare DTASC, CETA, and Rancho Cucomunga’s One-Act Festival. She hopes to major in theatre and have a job in the performing arts business and her dream role is Sophie in Mamma Mia. Megan would like to thank God for blessing her with many musical talents, along with her family for supporting her love for the stage. She would also like to thank Ms. K, Tim, Mel, Heather, Erik, and the entire cast for this wonderful experience.
Elder Timbol (Edna Turnblad) has been with Top Billing since it started and is excited to return to the stage with these great performers.
James Ellis is excited to join the Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy for the first time as “Wilbur” in this production of Hairspray. James has been performing in musical theater throughout Southern California for the last 15 years. Favorite recent roles include “Jamie” in The Last Five Years, “Scarecrow” in The Wizard of Oz, “Archibald Craven” in The Secret Garden, and “Amos” in Big Fish. When not on stage, James works as a school administrator. He wants to thank his family and friends for supporting his theatrical hobby. Enjoy the show!
Christian Sandoval (Link Larkin) has done quite a few plays with Top Billing Performance Academy including, The Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, and The Music Man. He has also done a few shows with other companies but Top Billing is his home now. He would like to thank his mom and dad for all the rides to rehearsal. Thank you to his brother Seth for opening the door to the theater and helping him see how wonderful it is. Last but not least, his Big Brother Andrew who has always supported him in everything he does. Thanks for being the spark that keeps him going.
Joseph De Los Reyes (Corny Collins) is a sophomore at Cal Poly Pomona and has performed in 16 musicals and won a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. Joseph would like to thank Ms. K for giving him many opportunities to showcase his talents, as well as Mel, Tim, Heather, and Justin for all the hard work and dedication they put into the show. Next, Joseph would like to thank his family for being his number one supporters and for always giving him unconditional love and lastly he would like to thank God for all the blessings in his life.
Eileen Goodwin is so excited to be playing the role of Motormouth Maybelle in Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy’s production of Hairspray! Having a licensed vocational nursing license, Eileen spends her days off the stage caring for her patients. She is currently produces, directs, and stars in her own YouTube channel “HEYmishelay!” which posts comedy videos every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Eileen wishes to thank her mother for supporting her and letting her follow her passion. She credits the success of Hairspray to director Kristina Keener Ivy, whose creative genius and generosity is unparalleled.
Jill Barnard (Velma Von Tussle) was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. With a degree in theater arts from CSU Northridge, she went on to work in musical theater, summer stock, dinner theater, children’s theater, student films and the occasional cameo in a movie. Credits include Once Upon a Mattress, The Sound of Music, George M, Kiss Me Kate (where she met her husband Jeff), Shadowlands, Annie, Nathan, Star of Persia, and movies Ten to Midnight, and Hard to Hold. Jill has been married to her leading man Jeff for 26 years, and is the mother of 4 wonderful boys. Her greatest joy is her family and she gives praises to God for all the blessings in her life.
Laliana Diaz (Amber Von Tussle) is a freshman at Citrus College where she is studying as a musical theatre major. This is her 3rd musical and her very first production with Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy. Her favorite role was the lead role Nancy in the musical Oliver! Her goals include graduating with a master’s degree in musical theatre and performing on Broadway. She would like to thank everyone who has supported her especially her parents, boyfriend, and bestie as well as a big thank you to Top Billing for giving her this opportunity.
Jordyn Bristol (Penny Pingleton) is a junior at Glendora High School where she sings with the Royal Stewarts. She enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with her family and friends. This is Jordyn’s 11th musical and her 2nd with Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy. She has had so much fun preparing to play the role of Penny and she is so thankful to Ms. K, Heather, Tim, and Melanie for giving her this opportunity. She would like to thank her family and friends for always supporting her love of musical theatre.
Richard Dayle Reyes (Seaweed J. Stubbs) is excited to be performing in Top Billing’s first fall show. Richard studies acting and dance at Top Billing Performance Academy and hopes to one day have a BFA and become a professional performer. He would like to thank God for his grace, his family and friends for their support, Mel and Tim for choreographing one heck of a show, Heather and Justin for keeping him on his toes, Ms. K for believing in him and blessing him with the chance to play one of his favorite roles. Richard would like to give a special thanks to his girlfriend Rina for helping him run lines, listening to him sing, and bringing his dance moves to life.