MARY LIZA MCDONALD
ALY TAYLORAly Taylor is homeschooled, soon to be in 10th grade, and is from Gastonia. Aly loves art and balloon animals. Some of her favorite roles include Alice in Alice in Wonderland and the Dragon in Shrek the Musical. This is Aly's first season as part of the Youth Guild, and she is excited to work with Mrs. Leslie!
AVA SMITHAva Smith is a rising junior at Stuart Cramer High School. Ava started performing at the age of 7 and has been in over 40 productions in the greater Charlotte area. Some of her favorite roles this year include, Amneris in Aida (Teen City Stage), Kala in Tarzan, (Stuart Cramer Stage Struck Players), and Connie in A Chorus Line (Teen City Stage). Her favorite Youth Guild role is Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. When not doing theatre-related activities, Ava enjoys shopping, playing tennis, socializing, and watching Netflix. Her favorite thing about the Youth Guild is the people. Ava says, "I love everyone involved in the Youth Guild, and I always look forward to getting to work with them each summer!" Ava has previously performed in 13! the Musical and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
ASHLEE HAMRICKAshlee Hamrick is a student at Gaston Christian School. She was most recently seen in her school's production of The Jungle Book, as well as her role of May in Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Kings Mountain Little Theater. Some of her favorite roles include Babetter in Beauty and the Beast, Bird Girl in Seussical, and Rebecca in Our Town. Ashlee would like to thank her friends and family for their support of her theatrical endeavors. She is excited to be making her debut with the ETC Youth Guild.
COLE THOMPSONCole Thompson is a graduate of Piedmont Community Charter School and is a native of Gastonia. His favorite role was Marius in Les Miserables, and he would love to someday play the role of Lucas in The Addams Family. He loves the atmosphere of the Youth Guild and working with the people involved. This is Cole's first show as a member of the Youth Guild.
CJ BRADSHAWCJ Bradshaw is a graduate of South Point High School and is currently enrolled in Gaston College, but intends to transfer to pursue a degree in theater. His most recent role was in Children of Eden, where he played both Cain and Shem. Some of his favorite roles include Carmen Ghia in The Producers and Jekyll & Hyde in the Blumey Award-winning production of Jekyll & Hyde. CJ is a graduate of Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ, and is honored to be joining the Youth Guild for the 2015 season. He wishes to thank his family and friends for supporting him and his co-actors in taking the stage with him.
EMIL GRAVLEYEmil Gravley is a graduate of Ashbrook High School and is attending Gaston College with plans to pursue a major in chemical engineering. He is from Gastonia, and he loves science, finding old records at antique shops, and listening to his favorite band, Panic at the Disco. Emil plans to live in Germany one day. His favorite roles has been Johnny Casino in Grease and his current role of King Sextimus in Once Upon a Mattress. According to Emil, the best thing about Youth Guild is how the members are connected and everyone is allowed to be exactly who they are. This is Emil's first season as a member of the Youth Guild.
JACOB DYKSTERHOUSEJacob Dyksterhouse is a rising junior at Stuart W Cramer High School and is from Cramerton. Jacob's hobbies include basketball, tennis, reading and singing. Out of the shows he's been in, his favorite role has been that of Linus in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. His dream role is Curly in Oklahoma! He would like to thank Leslie for giving him the opportunity to be in the Youth Guild, and Gina for her patience in trying to teach him to dance. He would also like to thank his parents and sister for putting up with him. His favorite thing about Youth Guild is the people, and his past shows include 13! the Musical and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
JAKE NICKSJake Nicks is a graduate of South Point High School. Originally a native of Dallas, NC, Jake is currently living and working full time in Gastonia. Jake loves hanging out with his friends when he has the spare time. His favorite role was Horton the Elephant in Seussical. His dream role is the Baker in Into the Woods. Jake has auditioned for both American Idol and Wicked on Broadway. He is looking forward to spending lots of time with so many people that share the same passion that he has for theatre. This is Jake's first show with the Youth Guild.
KATIE TAYLORKatie Taylor is a rising 12th grade homeschooled student from Gastonia. Her many hobbies include playing the violin, cello, viola, and acoustic guitar. Her dream role is Mortica Adams in The Addams Family musical. Katie's favorite things about the Youth Guild are working with all of these incredibly talented people, and seeing the amount of dedication and professionalism from the other members. She is inspired by everyone involved. Katie previously performed in the Youth Guild's production of Cats!
JULIA TOWNERJulia Towner is a student at Ashbrook High School. Her favorite subjects are math and biology. Julia loves to sing and paint. She would like to thank her parents for giving her the opportunity to participate in the Youth Guild this year. This is Julia's first season with the Youth Guild.
KIERAN HODNETTKieran Hodnett is a graduate of Gaston Day School and will be attending UNC Chapel Hill next fall with an undeclared major. He was born and raised in Gastonia, where he grew to love long walks on the Piedmont, dogs that look like dingos, and the hometown hero Tupac Shakur. Kieran loves being a part of the Youth Guild because it gives him a chance to work in an intense and simultaneously laid back environment. His favorite role will always be Monkey #2 in The Jungle Book. Kieran performed in both 13! the Musical and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!
MARY LIZA MCDONALDMary Liza MacDonald is a student at Charlotte Country Day School. This Charlotte native enjoys Social Studies, being with her friends, and her two dogs, Ted and Rosie. Her favorite band is Mumford & Sons and she especially likes Ed Sheeran. She is looking forward to the day when she gets to meet Jimmy Fallon. Her favorite role was Little Ti Moune in the Children's Theatre of Charlotte's production of Once on This Island. Her dream role is the Main Player in Pippin. As a first time Youth Guild Member, Mary Liza is looking forward to working with an amazing group of talented people and making new friends.
MIRANDA O'STEENMiranda O'Steen is a student at UNCC and is majoring in English. She is originally from Asheville and enjoys writing stories and listening to artists like Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles. Her dream role is Elphaba in Wicked. She's grateful to be part of the Youth Guild so she can spend her summer with wonderful people who have positive and contagious energy. This is Miranda's first show with the Youth Guild.
NAUTICAH BYERSNauticah Byers is a graduate of Ashbrook High School. This Gastonia native will be attending UNCC in the fall to pursue a major in nursing, in hopes of becoming a pediatric nurse practitioner. While at Ashbrook, Nauticah participated in student government, Miss Ashbrook pageants, cheerleading, and HOSA. She loves singing, dancing and drawing. Her favorite thing about Youth Guild is meeting new people and the opportunity it affords her to improve her talents. This is Nauticah's first year as a member of the Youth Guild.
SHANNON ANDERSONShannon Anderson is a graduate of Forestview High School and is a student at Gaston College. She is a native of Gastonia and enjoys reading, watching Netflix, giving massages, and playing with her cat. Shannon's dream role is Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera. Her favorite thing about Youth Guild is how the group is like a family that has a month long reunion every summer. She joined the guild last year for the production of Cats!
STEPHANIE CLARKStephanie Clark is a student at UNCC who is tentatively majoring in Psychology with a possible minor in Biology. A native of Gastonia, Stephanie enjoys already having seen all the good movies her friends recommend on Netflix, dying her hair, pictures of dogs, and dogs. She is an avid fan of J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, and George R. R. Martin. Her dream role is currently the Witch in Sondheim's Into the Woods. She has always enjoyed her experiences in Youth Guild, whether it's painting kitty faces or putting on a facade of her own. Stephanie performed in the Youth Guild's production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and she is beyond pleased to be involved in this new era of the guild!
ZACH MITCHELLDauntless the Drab & Compleat Wrks Troupe
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