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Each year the graduating class of music theatre majors participate in a three-day industry intensive event in New York City, which includes a showcase performance for major agents and casting directors from Broadway, television and film, and an opportunity to meet and network with the incredible ASU alumni working in the theatre industry. This integral educational opportunity is viewed as an essential component of their training.
The 2019 Musical Theatre Showcases will be held as follows:
New York City Showcase
March 6, 7 p.m.
630 Ninth Avenue
NYC btwn West 44th & 45th Street
April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Caelan Creaser is a senior BM Music Theatre student from Seattle. Caelan started performing at four years old and is now an EMC actress that has worked professionally in both Washington and Arizona. She is known for creating honest characters that blur the lines between ‘ingenue and character’. Favorite credits include Francine Valli (“Jersey Boys,” Phoenix Theatre), Elle Woods (“Legally Blonde,” ASU), Female Ensemble (“Catch Me If You Can,” Arizona Broadway Theatre), and Millie Dillmount (“Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Hale Theatre, AriZoni Best Actress ’17). After graduation, Caelan looks forward to pursuing her life-long dream of performing in NYC!
Julia Kelly-Davis is a senior Music Theatre student at Arizona State University preparing to receive her Bachelor of Music in Spring of 2019. An Arizona native, she has been performing since childhood both in and out of state, portraying roles that exhibit her quirky yet commanding persona, as well as her sharp-witted yet elegant demeanor. Equally at home in both contemporary and classical musical theatre styles, she has performed such diverse roles as Lilli Vanessi/Kate in “Kiss Me, Kate,” Vivienne Kensington in “Legally Blonde,” Gingy in “Shrek: The Musical,” Carrie White in “Carrie: The Musical” and Cosette in “Les Misérables.” Upon graduation, Julia is looking forward to continuing to hone and expand her craft by taking on whatever creative projects may come her way.
Leia Elizabeth has been performing professionally in the choral, musical theatre and pop fields since receiving her BM from Penn State in 2015. She has most recently been seen on stage as a soloist in the Street Chorus of Arizona State University’ production of Bernstein’s Mass with Jubilant Sykes. Leia has been an alto of the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale since 2015 and has been seen soloing in various professional ensembles in the Phoenix area. She has also participated in many talent shows where she has won the grand-prize four-times for her performance of a self-accompanied cover of Sara Bareilles’ “Many the Miles.”
Breanna Ghostone is a classically trained singer who will be graduating with her Masters in Opera and Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University in Spring 2019. Previously, Breanna attended The University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor Degree in Opera Performance. A few of her favorite performance credits include “Little Inez” in Hairspray (University of Michigan), “Serena” in “Legally Blonde The Musical” (Arizona State University) , Featured Dancer/Usherette in “The Producers” (Wheaton Drama Theatre), and Francisca in “West Side Story” (Phoenix Theatre). Outside of performance, Ms. Ghostone has gained experience in teaching, choreographing and music directing for children ages 6-18. Breanna would like to thank both her voice teacher and family who have always been supportive of her musical journey and never stopped believing in her.
Dani Lee Hutch has always loved a good story. As a performing artist, she aims to communicate authentic stories through music and theatre. Originally from Ohio, she graduated with a BA in Piano Performance from Cedarville University and is currently working towards an MM in Music Direction for Theatre at ASU. Dani has always sought to bridge the classical and musical theatre spheres. Her work as a collaborative pianist, music director and choreographer for theatrical productions have incorporated elements from the classical repertoire as well as the musical theatre canon, culminating in well-rounded artistic experiences. Recent productions include “Kiss Me, Kate,” “A New Brain,” “9 to 5,” and “The Drowsy Chaperone. Dani has served on music staff at College Light Opera Company, Wright State University and Phoenix Theatre. She was awarded a 2018 AriZoni Award for her music direction of “A New Brain” at ASU.
Erin Kong is a Phoenix-based creative currently pursuing a BM in Music Theatre Performance and a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies at Arizona State University. She recently presented a staged reading of her debut play, “War Brides,” through Binary Theatre Company, and was recently cast as Mary in Stray Cat Theatre's production of “Two Mile Hollow.” She finds it awkward writing in the third person. Erin is a co-founder of Desert Diwata, an organization dedicated to honoring radical Asian American creation.
Xan Oliva will be graduating with a BM in Music Theatre Performance from Arizona State University. Xan is a singer, actor, dancer, songwriter, arranger and teacher. She has performed in numerous musical theatre roles in both Arizona and California and was last seen in “Kiss Me, Kate” at ASU. Xan’s first self-written single, “Sorry For Myself”, was recently released on all major streaming platforms. One of her original musical theatre works is currently being workshopped for performance in ASU’s senior showcase in April. She has a love for all things creative and possesses a rare ability to capture vulnerability. Her innate acceptance of human emotion, embracement of flaws, and love of imperfection reflects the human condition with innocence and complexity. After graduating, Xan will move to NYC to pursue a career in musical theatre and the recorded music industry.
Nellie Shuford grew up in the North suburbs of Chicago, chasing the performance rush from a young age. Nellie’s favorite roles have been Mimi Schwinn (“A New Brain”), Edith/Edie (“Grey Gardens”) and Gertrude McFuzz (“Seussical”). She enjoys playing the funny, bizarre, sad, thoughtful, inspiring and larger than life characters. Nellie’s vocal training, innate comedic timing and honesty combine to make her a strong presence both onstage and off. Nellie received her BM in Vocal Performance from Butler University and is finishing up her MM in Music Theatre and Opera Performance at Arizona State University.