Top Teens 2022

Braxton Barr is a superior rated classical vocalist. With graduating from the Great Jones high school of Orlando this year he will be continuing his education at the University of Central Florida majoring in music performance. Some of the works that he has played in were 2021 BMP PIAD as well as Chess in Concert directed by Kenny Howard. His ultimate dream is to travel the world to sing classical music and to eventually open his own prestige performing arts institution as he finds interest in not only the singing aspects, but additionally the acting and other forms of the performing arts. One of Braxton’s quotes are, “They say it’s a bad mindset but being the best is what we all shoot for anyways so why not just go ahead and aim for being the IT FACTOR”

A’Nyla Brown (1st year Top Teen) is a rising Senior at Seminole High School. She was most recently in the production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown as Sally’s understudy and ensemble. She is also Vice President of Troupe 3266, This will be her 1st year at Top Teens and as an actor in Play-In-A-Day. Her top 3 areas of focus are: Musical Theatre, Acting and Dance. She is one of the recipients of the 2022 BIPOC scholarship award winners. She is very excited to be in the program. 

Larissa Foxx

*Montverde Academy Theatre Conservatory 

*Boston University – Design and Production (BFA)

Ella Hadley is no stranger to the Fringe Festival, being raised in it’s hallways and venues since birth. You may have even gotten a chance to visit her as Dr. Ella in the courtyard or at Kid’s Fringe offering advice for donations to help worthy causes. She is beyond excited and honored to making her Fringe stage debut with Beth Marshall Presents. Ella has been a student of Beth “Auntie Beth” Marshall for the last two years. She attends classes and is a member of Harwood-Watson Studios Company Performers. Ella is graduate of Park Maitland School and will be starting 7th grade at Trinity Preparatory School in the fall

Finley Hayden is a rising junior at the Dr. Phillips High School Theatre Magnet. This is her second year with BMP Top Teens and she is so excited to be a part of it. Finley has been performing and loved the stage since the age of five and has performed on several Orlando stages including Garden Theatre, The Orlando Rep, Dr. Phillips High School, Howard Middle School Academy of Arts, Theater at St. Luke’s, Theatre South Playhouse, and the Orlando Fringe Festival. Some favorite past roles include Laker Girl/ Ensemble in Spamalot, Margaret Gormley in Billy Elliot The Musical, Cat In The Hat in Seussical, Annie in Annie, and Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man.  Her top three areas of focus are singing, acting, and dancing. Finley has trained in NYC with Broadway Artists Alliance and has also attended the Broadway intensive camp Take It From the Top for the past seven years.  She is also a member of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center Four Counts performance group. She would like to thank her vocal coach, Kenneithia Mitchell, her acting coach, Hannah Citrin for all the training and support over the past years, as well as Karen Rugerio for her guidance. She would also like to thank Beth Marshall for such a great opportunity to continue to learn and fine tune her skills, and she thanks her family for all their support.

Steele Mycroft is currently a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Entertainment Management at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. He is an intern with Beth Marshall Presents and a graduate of the Top Teens program, for which he was formerly Front of House Manager and is excited to step into the role of Producer this summer. You may have previously seen Steele on the stage at the Orlando Fringe Festival as Zephyr Murray in The Murray Method, or on the screen as a part of multiple shows with The Inclusivity Project and The DownTEENers. He would like to thank his family and friends for constantly supporting and loving him throughout all his creative ventures thus far, Beth Marshall for giving him abundant guidance and opportunities, and he hopes to continue to make art that is relevant, inspiring, and joy-bringing to all the people he encounters.

Delaney Polk is returning to Top Teens as a rising senior at Windermere Preparatory School. She has participated in many aspects of production including performance, Assistant Stage Managing, and Set Construction, and looks forward to exploring opportunities in Film and TV production. 

Laura Powalisz is an Alumni of the Top Teens Program and is Co-Producing this year with her good friend of 10 years, Steele Mycroft! They are both Interns with Beth Marshall Presents and are excited to work together this year for Top Teens! Laura is a Music Major/Theatre Minor at Rollins College and is starting her Junior Year in the fall. Her most recent credits include Carmilla in “Carmilla: An American Gothic” with Lightup Shoebox & Phantom Funhouse and as the understudy for both roles Disease and Decision in “The Witches” with Phoenix Tears Productions, both at the Orlando Fringe Festival. She has also Music Directed and even Composed music for Productions at Rollins such as “The Pillowman” and “As It Is In Heaven”. She is grateful to be coming back this year and guide the Top Teens throughout the program.

Rowyn Sam (BMP Intern 3rd year Top Teen) is an incoming Freshman at Rollins College. He has a passion for technical theatre as a whole with an emphasis in Lighting Design, Stage Management, and Production Assistance. His favorite credits have included “The Skin Of Our Teeth” (Wildfire Players) and “The Little Mermaid” (LHTC) as the Lighting Designer; “The Last Nickel” (LHTC) and “Nine: The Musical” (CFVA) as the Assistant Stage Manager; and “Mamma Mia” (LHTC) and “Clybourne Park” (The Ensemble Company) as the Production Assistant. He has been awarded “Best Technician in a Mainstage” two years in a row with the Lake Howell Theatre Company and the “Priscilla Parker Scholarship” with the Rollins College Department of Theatre & Dance, among others. In the future he plans to pursue activism and open a theatre of his own.

Emerson Short is stoked to be back for her third year at BMP’s Top Teens Program and is even more excited to be the Production Stage Manager for the event this year. She is going into her sophomore year at Daytona State College, where she is studying for a major in neurobiology with a minor in theatre is going to school on a Stage Management scholarship. Emerson’s top three areas of focus are Stage Management, Audio/Visual Technical Theatre (lighting and sound) and Playwriting. In high school, she competed in the Thespian Competitions at both the State and District level where she received multiple superiors and several awards such as Honorable Mention Student Directing for the show Lysistrata and Top Honors in Solo Musical. Her most recent technical credits include The Glass Menagerie (Stage Manager), Love/Sick (Assistant Stage Manager/Sound Designer), The Skin of Our Teeth (Stage Manager), The Crucible (Stage Manager/Lighting Designer). Emerson has also participated in the International Orlando Fringe Festival for the past two years. Her first year was with her school’s production of Spotlight (Stage Manager) and her second was this devious year with the production of The Murray Method (Stage Manager/Sound Designer/Co-Props Coordinator/Understudy for Daytona Murray). At the Fringe Festival, she assisted a blind woman by providing audio transcription and this has inspired her to look into doing it as a volunteer or a career.