Join us for our 2nd Annual TOP TEENS SHOWCASE featuring the acting, singing, musical and performance art talents of select young emerging artists that are theatrically coached and mentored by Beth Marshall throughout the season. Local veteran industry professionals adjudicate and select a Critic’s Choice TOP TEEN.
When: July 22nd
Where: Class Act Studios
11561 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32825
Tickets: $15 General Admissions/$7 Students
Harrison Baxley – Teen New Works Series Playwriting Winner
Alexia Correa – Singing/Acting – BMP Intern/2015 TOP TEEN
Chase Davis – Leadership/Playwriting/ Acting
Jordan Anthony Gago – Stage Management/ Musical Theatre
Rose Helsinger – Acting/Playwriting
Nakary Hurtado – Leadership/Assistant Producing – BMP Intern
Sarah Isola – Acting/Singing
Jordan Laica – Technical Direction/Light Design
Clark Levi – Directing/Acting/New Works Director – BMP Intern
Alyssa Mason – Acting/Singing/Musical Theatre
Celestine Mueller – Stage Management/Leadership
Bennet Preuss – Acting
Vanessa Frances Poulson – Teen New Work Series Playwriting Winner
Ashley Sox – Directing – PIAD Student Director 2017
Forrest Stringfellow – Acting – BMP District 3 Scholarship Winner
Winona Wiley- Leadership/Directing
John Zamborsky-Acting/Musical Theatre
Meet the Teens!
Harrison Baxley is a Theatre student at the University of South Florida earning his degree in Theatre Studies with a concentration on Playwriting. His original one act musical Grocery Stories, was performed in a regional one act competition in Niceville, Florida in January of 2017. It received a Superior score for both the technical work, which he Technical Directed, and the performance, which he Assistant Directed, wrote the lyrics and book, and performed in the ensemble. Harrison has also received a Critic’s Choice award for his original one act script, Between Bells, a Best Script award for his play, H.O.P.E., and a Superior score for his one act, Does Linguist Rhyme with English? which was produced by the University of Miami’s Student Theatre Action Group in April of 2017, as well as for the NWF Theatre Festival. His past theatrical credits include: The Miracle Worker (Technical Director), Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter), and Grocery Stories (Lyrics and Book, Assistant Director, Ensemble), as well as numerous community theatre productions.
Alexia Correa is a Senior at Boone High School. She has worked for Beth Marshall before in Play In A Day since 2015, 2015 BMP Top Teens and is currently a 2016-2017 BMP intern. She would like to thank Beth Marshall for the wonderful experiences that she has been given through this process and is so excited to be asked to come back for Top Teens. She would also like to thank her family and friends for supporting her with her theatre goals and helping her to follow her dreams in musical theatre.
Chase Davis is pursuing a dual major in Theatre and English at Florida State University. She has acted in 12 productions at Citrus High School, and has received the District XII Thespian Festival Best Actress award for three consecutive years for her performances in Sonny DeRee’s Life Flashes Before His Eyes (Emma), Plaza Suite (Norma), and La Dispute (Egle). Technically, Chase has been scenic designer for six productions including The Wizard of Oz and Little Women, and was Technical Director for Grease. Her designs for Plaza Suite and La Dispute received “Best Scenic Design” at district competition. Chase has received the District XII Thespian Festival Critic’s Choice Playwriting award for her one-act plays School Boys of Auschwitz, Yard Sale, and Three Speeches. Other theatrical credits include: TwentiethCentury (Beard), The Drowsy Chaperone (Tottendale), Dearly Beloved (Gina Jo/Tina Jo), Grease (Frenchy), Almost, Maine (Gayle/Glory/Scenic Designer), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Three Days of Rain (Lina/Nan/Scenic Designer), and Little Women (Meg). She would like to thank God, her family, and Ms. Neander for enabling her to pursue what she loves.
Jordan Gago is a graduating senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL. As former Secretary and Historian of Troupe 2461, Jordan has been involved in the schools theater department for all 4 years of high school. Jordan’s previous accolades this year included Straight Superior for his Solo Musical both at District and State Thespian Festivals, as well as the 2016 Musical Theatre Scholarship winner at the District 3 Thespian Festival. He has trained at Orbit Performing Arts Academy as well as South Beach Dance Academy. Some of Jordan’s favorite theatrical credits include: Dennis in All Shook Up, Nick Piazza in FAME: The Musical, Old Man Strong and Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, The Musical, and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods. In addition to performing on stage, Jordan was recently Assistant Stage Manager and Sound Designer of Spruce Creek High School’s One Act, Life Below Zero, which received Superior Ratings at both District and State Thespian Festivals, and to be performed at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May this year. Jordan’ plans to major in a BFA program for Musical Theatre this fall. Jordan would to thank his parents, friends, Beth Marshall, and all his mentors that have supported and guided him through his journey.
Nakary Hurtado is enlisted as a two-year intern for Beth Marshall Presents and is currently the ASM for BMP’s production of Commencement. From acting in PIAD, being the assistant Stage Manager and Costume crew for The Glass Menagerie, and being a spotlight op/ costume crew for Spelling Bee Nakary has learned so much from the people that encompass BMP. Last year Nakary was an intern for the Orlando Kids Fringe Festival and was the Assistant Director for Music Man at Cornerstone Academy. From being onstage to helping run the show, Nakary has found a true love and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. She is honoured to have been selected as one of BMP’s 2017 Top Teens and have been given the opportunity to further grow her leadership skills by being the Assistant Producer. I would like to thank my Mom, Beth, and friends for always encouraging and challenging me to reach beyond expectation and to never settle for mediocre. I hope you enjoy the show!
Sarah Isola is so excited to be part of BMP’s Top Teens 2017. She was most recently seen at The Orlando Repertory Theatre in Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever. Other theatrical credits include Harry Connick Jr.’s The Happy Elf (Orlando REP) and Bonnie & Clyde (Garden Theatre), where she played the role of Young Bonnie. She is also a member of Downtown Sounds at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. She thanks Beth Marshall, Theresa Smith-Levin, her family, and God. Enjoy the show!
Jordan Laica is here for lighting design and technical direction. He started his theatre career with Lake Howell Theatre company my freshman year starting off on stage crew. Sophomore year he started to do the AV work with the theatre company, and took over the department his junior and senior year. During his time as a tech he has worked with Beth Marshall on her “Play in a Day” event every year, he has worked two shows at the Orlando fringe festival, and worked countless rentals to the theatre. His passion for lighting design came from the first show he designed “The Great Gatsby” and he fell in love with the art. He will be going to Seminole State Community college and transferring to UCF to get a degree in Technical theatre and possibly a second degree in Computer Science.
Clark Levi is an aspiring Director/Actor/Jack of All Trades in the Central Florida Theatre community and a rising freshman at Flagler College. He is currently an intern for Beth Marshall Presents, a paid writer/creator for the website Performerstuff, and the co-creator/lead director for the rising production company Light-up Shoebox. Recently, he has directed (45 Neo-Futurist Plays From) Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind under the Light-up Shoebox name and for Boone, as well as a piece for Beth’s Play-in-a-day, and was assistant director for Addams Family (Boone Theatre). As an actor, he has performed around town in: Eric Pinder’s Uncertainty for Orlando Fringe, the world premiere of O-Town Voices from Orlando, Runaways (Eric) and Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan) with Baggy Pants Theatre, and As You Like It (Jaques) and Macbeth (Porter) with Orlando Shakes’ TYC. He’d love to thank his parents for fully supporting his crazy decision to pursue theatre and never turning their backs on him, as well as everyone involved in Orlando theatre that he has gotten to know. From his fellow high school thespians to the long-time professionals, everyone of them has had a profound influence on his life and future as a worker and creator.
, a graduate of Boone High School, is an aspiring production stage manager and will be attending the very competitive Oklahoma City University Stage and Production Management Program this fall. One of her most recent achievements was being the Stage Manager for Boone Drama’s production of The Children’s Hour. This production achieved acclaim by winning both Best Production at the South Eastern Theater Conference as well as the Florida State Thespian District 5 Competition. Caroline has also stage managed Boone High productions of All Shook Up, 21 Chump Street
, which won Patron’s Pick at the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival and Songs for a New World which earned her a 2017 Applause Award nomination. Caroline has participated in last year’s Beth Marshall’s Play in a Day and has had the pleasure of working with and learning from Beth for the past three years. She is beyond excited to see what the future holds in this amazing industry.
Bennet Preuss is an incoming junior at Lake Howell High School. His favorites roles include Ponyboy in The Outsiders at LHHS, Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, and Beethoven in Dog Sees God at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. His duet acting scene earned Best in Show at the 2016 District 3 Thespian Festival. He was honored to perform in Beth Marshall Presents Play-in-a-Day in both 2015 and 2016 and thanks Beth Marshall and James Brendlinger for their support and inspiration.
Vanessa Frances Poulson
is 18 years old and from Orlando, Florida. She is the published author of the poetry collection entitled “laundry”, available on Amazon
, and is the two-time District V “Best in Show” playwright. She has been writing since a young age, and love both cats and dogs because variety is indeed the spice of life. Vanessa has been an active member of the Project Heal nonprofit since 2015, beginning her work on the National Instagram page and progressing to other social platforms, as well as joining the junior advisory board. Vanessa is the founder of “The Ophelia” a blogging site designed for people to share their individual stories and provide a cathartic release from past tragedies. She is the editor of The Millenial Times digital newspaper and writes for a variety of other online publications. Her work has been featured in national marketing blogs, community papers, social change platforms, and a variety of other groundbreaking spaces. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Sox is delighted to be directing for her first Beth Marshall Presents production. Ashley is a senior at Lake Howell High School and is the Historian for her high school Thespian troupe and Theater Company. This year at the District 3 Thespian Festival, she received Best in Show and at the state level, she received Critics Choice for her student directed scene. She is also the head costumer for her theater company. Some of the shows she’s costumed include The Great Gatsby, Fiddler on the Roof, and Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon.
Forrest Stringfellow was recently a senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. As president of his Troupe, 2461, Forrest was involved in his theater program for all 4 years of his high school career. Forrest’s previous accolades include BEST IN SHOW for monologues at both the 2015 and 2016 District 3 Thespian Festivals, the 2016 Beth Marshall Wild Card Scholarship and CRITICS’ CHOICE for monologues at both the 2016 and 2017 State Thespian Festivals. This fall, Forrest plans to attend Daytona State College to study nursing and then later study theatre with a steady job. He couldn’t be more grateful for the recognition both ITS and Beth Marshall have given him.
Winona Wiley is the current Website Manager for Beth Marshall Presents. Prior to this, she worked with Beth as a first year intern during the 2015/2016 season. She has also appeared as an actor in Play-in-a-Day and Beatnik Cubed with BMP. Winona is a currently studying at Beth’s alma mater Stephens College and obtaining her BFA in Theatre arts, with a focus on directing/arts administration. Winona would like to thank Beth for giving her an immense amount of opportunities in the professional theatre world and preparing her for her future career. She cannot wait to work along side the Top Teens of Orlando!
John Zamborsky is an incoming senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL. John is an aspiring triple-threat and Vice President of Troupe 2461. John recently served as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for Spruce Creek High School’s production of Into the Woods. His solo musical earned Critic’s Choice at the 2016 District 3 Thespian Festival. In March, he represented District 3 at the 2017 Florida State Thespian Festival, where he received a Superior rating. John is currently training at South Beach Dance Academy and in the Studio of Dr. Jamison Walker at Stetson University. Some of John’s theatrical credits include include Dennis in All Shook Up at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Jack in Into the Woods at Spruce Creek High School, and Michael in Life, Below Zero at the 2017 Florida State Thespian Festival. John would like to thank his parents for their endless love and support!