Meet the Leads of Top Billing Entertainment’s “Shrek the Musical”!
Miguel Lopez is 17 years old and this will be his first show with Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy and he is super excited to be cast as Shrek. Miguel has always loved the Shrek movies and, of course, the musical. Playing the part of Shrek is one of his dream roles. Miguel has always loved performing on the stage since he was a child. He would like to send out a special thank you to his family, friends, and drama teachers at Walnut High School. Miguel would also like to thank the staff at Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy for giving him a shot at playing the lead role even though he’s a newcomer to the Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy family.
Steven Anoki Santamaría-Kono is extremely excited to be stepping into the big bright beautiful world of Shrek. He is not only bringing the character of Shrek to life, but also Papa Bear! There are so many lessons and morals this show teaches, but most importantly, is the lesson “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.” This is a huge problem in today’s society. Everyone is guilty of judging someone before getting to know them. That is what we want everyone to remember and keep with them for years to come. No matter how strongly your opinion of someone may be, you do not know their story. We all have a story, but most of us are too afraid to tell it. For as long as you may live, let your freak flags fly! Demand success and settle for nothing less!
Riley Anne Mackie is thrilled to take on the role of Princess Fiona in Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy’s Shrek the Musical. She has been performing in shows for 13 years and a few of her favorite roles include Mrs. Potts/Madame De La Grande Bouche Beauty and the Beast, Fruma Sarah Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Hannigan Annie, and Glinda The Wizard of Oz. She graduated from Excel Academy this spring and will attend The Master’s University with a music scholarship and plans to double major in Music Education and Vocal Performance this fall. She would like to thank Ms. K and all the staff at Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy for giving her the opportunity to play her dream role, the cast for being so much fun to work with, her family, and most importantly, Christ for blessing her with wonderful people and amazing opportunities.
Katie Perry (but not the one you’re expecting) will be a senior at Covina High School. Katie would like to thank Ms. K for the awesome opportunity to play Fiona and fart on stage in a classy manner. She would also like to thank Tim for all the hours of tap lessons he has taught her over the years. A major thank you goes out to all of her friends and family for supporting her and letting her do what she loves. Special THANK YOU to her Mom & Dad for all the rides, late nights, last minute costume needs and for putting up with her for seventeen years in general. She also would like to give a big thank you to her cats for their continued moral support.
Aaron Caldarone is sixteen years old and sophomore at San Dimas High School. He has been performing since he was 6 years old and has always felt at home on stage. This is his third show with Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy and his 13th show overall. Some of his previous roles have been Chef Louis in The Little Mermaid, Jr., Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde, and Peter in Peter Pan, in which he won a National Youth Arts Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.” Aaron is both excited and honored to play Donkey in Shrek the Musical. He is very passionate about musical theater and hopes to pursue a career on Broadway in his future. He is so thankful for the love and support of both his family and friends. In His Name!
Jahmal Rogers is 15 years old and is thrilled to be on stage, performing for people brought to gates of theater. He has been in Damn Yankees, Oliver the Musical, Drowsy Chaperone, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, and The Little Mermaid, Jr. Being a part of this production has been amazing and he can’t wait for more to come. Jahmal is also a member of choir, drama, and dance at his school and has received many awards. He lives by the motto “Do it with passion or don’t do it at all.” Jahmal would like to thank everyone for their love and encouragement and would also like to thank his parents for acknowledging him and staying by his side. Love you guys!
Caleb Mackie has helped backstage in several past Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy productions. This time he is thrilled to be onstage performing with them for the first time and is enjoying playing Lord Farquaad as well as to be sharing the stage with 3 of his siblings. Caleb is 16 years old, and will be a junior at Western Christian High School this year. He is a sports fanatic who plays football and loves the Dodgers and Green Bay Packers. When not on the field, he spends his time playing the guitar and performing onstage. Some of his favorite roles have been Horton the Elephant in Seussical the Musical, Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. As much as Caleb loves to perform, nothing compares to his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus. Isaiah 53:5
Allie Stanzione is 21 years old and has been performing since he was 6 years old. Shrek the Musical will be his 27th show. He won 2 NYA awards in 2015 for his roles as Lord Farquaad, Shrek the Musical, and Wizard/Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz, with San Dimas High School. Allie is so grateful that he has the opportunity to play Lord Farquaad a 2nd time and alongside his brother Steven as Shrek. He would also like to thank his family and friends, his Aunt Patti for everything she does, Mrs. K, Heather, Melanie, Tim, Erik and everyone at Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy for their support and welcoming him into their family. GET IT TOGETHER HEATHER!