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Meet the Principal Characters in Top Billing Entertainment’s Production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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Ursula the Sea Witch

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Maddison Nall is extremely excited to be your Villain, “Ursula” for Land Cast.  Maddison is a recent High School Graduate & is planning on studying her passions to one day fullfill her dreams of performing live on Broadway. She will study acting, screenwriting, music in her next adventures. When she is not performing she plays the guitar, dances, writes, sings & enjoys the piano. Maddison would also like to thank the TBE staff for all of their time, energy, hard work & love that they put in this amazing production. Thank you also for trusting her with such a Villianess Role. Maddy would like to thank the Lord for giving her the gift of song & entertaining. Thanks to her parents for enduring the wickedness & to her siblings for being her cheerleaders.

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Eileen Goodwin is so excited to be returning for her 4th production with Top Billing Entertainment! Playing various roles such as Glinda in “The Wiz”, Motormouth Maybelle in “Hairspray”, and A Reindeer in “Theres No Business Like Snow Business”, she is so happy to be playing one of her favorite Disney villains. She wants to thank Kristina Keener-Ivy and the rest of the TBE staff for their dedication and generosity. She’d also like to thank her friends and family for loving and supporting her in everything she does.

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Sebastian the Crab

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Jahmal Rogers is thrilled to be on stage and preforming for people brought to the gates of theater. I have been in “Damn Yankees”, “Oliver the Musical”, “Drowsy Chaperone”, and “The Wizard of Oz”. Being a part of this musical has been amazing, and can’t wait for others to come. I am also a member of choir, drama, and dance at my school. I would love to thank my parents most for acknowledged me and staying by my side the way here, love you guys. All i can say is “Do it with passion or don’t do it at all”. I have also won many awards in my drama department at my school including best new talent. Thank you everyone for the love and encouragement.

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Angel Castillo is 19 years old and is a student at Mt. San Antonio College where he plans to major in music. This is the third musical production he’s been a part of, second with Top Billing, and first ever lead role performance. He would like to thank Ms. K for trusting him with such an honorable role and for everyone for working so hard. All of his talent and dedication comes from his family being so supportive of his dreams.

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Scuttle the Sea Gull

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Yasmeen Genie is 14 years old and is going to be a freshman in the fall. This is her 4th summer production with TBE and she is excited to play Scuttle! She has a passion for singing, dancing and performing. Her favorite roles so far have been Princess Jasmine in Aladdin Jr. and Gertrude Mc Fuzz in Seussical Jr. Her lifelong goal is to be on Broadway living her dream 8 times a week. She would like to thank Mrs. K for giving her such wonderful opportunities and for being an Amazing voice teacher and helping her to be the best she can be. She would also like to thank her dance teachers Tim, Mel and Rica for helping her and putting on a great show. Thanks to Heather and Bubba for all they do! Special thanks to her family for all their love and support of her passion to perform.

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Megan Gonzalez is an ambitious 18 year old who says playing Scuttle was such a challenge but also a great learning experience. Megan was last seen playing Sister in Damn Yankees at her school, and before that, she starred as Tracy Turnblad in TBE’s fall musical, Hairspray. After recently graduating at Charter Oak High school, she will be going to Citrus College to major in musical theatre. She would like to thank her family for supporting her passion for theatre arts, and she would also like to thank Mrs. K, Tim, Mel, Heather, Erik, & Justin for believing in her & working hard to make this show wonderful.

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King Triton

DeShawn Johnson (2 of 6)

De’Shawn Johnson has been in musical theater for 12 years and this is his 3rd show with Top Billing. Some of his favorite roles are Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of OZ”, Shrek in “Shrek the Musical”, The Big Bad Wolf in “Into the Woods”, Daddy Warbucks in “Annie” and the Hot Dog Man/Duane in “Hairspray”. He is excited to reprise the role of King Triton. Deshawn would like to thank his mom for supporting him in his theater journey. and he would also like to thank Ms. K, Heather, Melanie and Tim for allowing him to do an amazing show with Top Billing Entertainment.

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Steven Anoki Santamaria-Kono feels very blessed to be performing as King Triton in The Little Mermaid Jr. This will be his first Top Billing Production. Having grown up on stage as an ensemble performer he found himself lacking the confidence to blossom as a performer, after having met Kristina Keener Ivy things changed. He would like to thank her for giving him the chance to grow and showcase his talents and for helping him gain confidence not only as an actor but outside the theater world as well. He would like to thank Timothy Jackson for helping him expand his vocals. He would also like to thank Melanie Rabajante for believing that his horrible dancing has hope. He is very excited to be a part of the Top Billing Entertainment Family and hopes to be a part of this wonderful crowd for many years to come.

Meet the Erics in Top Billing Entertainment’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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Noah Spaulding is 18 years old and will be begin his freshman year of college at Azusa Pacific University this coming fall. He has been in almost every TBE production and his favorite role would have to be playing Aladdin in TBE’s production of “Aladdin Jr.” this past spring. He would like to give a huge thanks to all his friends, family members, teachers, and loved ones for all their support, and a special thank you to Kristina, David, Bubba, Heather, Mel, Tim, and Erik for helping him grow as a performer and a person over the course of this show. Finally, he’d like to thank the entire “Little Mermaid” cast for their hard work and dedication on this production and for putting up with his craziness during rehearsals. He loves you guys a lot.

Seth Johnson (6 of 6)

Seth Johnson is 17 years young and a Junior going on Senior at Claremont High School. Along with his astonishing good looks and unparalleled charm, he is drum captain for the CHS drumline and is a gifted Ukelele player. This is his 15th performance overall and his third with Top Billing. He would like to thank all of the breathtaking cast and staff for giving him such an amazing role and for being the best a fella could ask for.

Meet the Ariels in Top Billing Entertainment’s production of “The Little Mermaid Jr.”

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Brooke Lynn Boyd is thrilled to be making her debut at Top Billing as Ariel!!! Some favorite roles include Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan”, Fiona in “Shrek the Musical” – which she won a National Youth Arts award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical”, Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” & Cinderella in “Into the Woods”.

Brooke’s career began with Charlie in “Willie Wonka”, Jojo in “Seussical the Musical” & Teacup in “Beauty & the Beast” (with Kristina Keener Ivy as Madame de la Grande Bouche). Brooke traveled with the National/International Broadway Tour of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” as Cindy-Lou Who at age 10 and Annie Who at age 11. She was cast in the Matt August film “How to Get to Candybar” and has done commercials for Cox Cable, Wii – “Just Dance on Broadway” and Toyota. Brooke would like to thank Mrs. K and her new Top Billing Family for this wonderful opportunity, her family for their support and God for making her path straight! Proverbs 3:5-6

Jordyn

Jordyn Bristol is a 17 year old senior at Glendora High School. Jordyn is a Royal Stewart at GHS and is the reigning Miss National Orange Shows Outstanding Teen and recently placed in the top seven for Miss California in the Miss America pageant. This is Jordyn’s third show with Top Billing Entertainment and her 10th show overall. Some of her past parts include Annie, Alice in Wonderland, The Cat in Seussical the Musical, and Penny in Hairspray with TBE for which she won a National Youth Arts Award for “Best Supporting Actress”. Jordyn would like to thank her family for always supporting her and cheering her on. She would also like to thank her fellow cast-mates for all the fun times at rehearsal. Jordyn will be forever grateful to Ms. K, Tim, Mel, and Heather for giving her the opportunity to bring her favorite Disney Princess to the stage.

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