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Tanisha Moore | Dorothy: WIZ and Ensemble: HOT MIKADO
Tanisha Moore is excited to start her post-undergrad career from the Florida State University with GLOW Lyric! As a Jacksonville, Florida native, Tanisha is thrilled to be traveling to South Carolina for the first time to put up two dynamic shows. At FSU, her performance credits include Sarah in RAGTIME, Frenchie in CABARET, and Joanie in THE FULL MONTY. Regional theatre credits include; Anne Reilly in 42nd STREET, Brenda in SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE Mrs. Corry in MARY POPPINS, and Benjamin/the Butler in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. Tanisha is a vegetarian with a love for God, coffee, and French fries. She would like to thank her Mom for reinforcing a “go get it!” attitude toward every goal, Grandma for continual prayer and guidance, and Dad for supporting the dream.

Iliana García | Yum-Yum: HOT MIKADO and Ensemble: WIZ
Iliana Garcia is thrilled to join Glow Lyric this summer! Regional/Favorite credits include: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Chava), IN THE HEIGHTS (Nina), 42ND STREET (Phyllis), 9 TO 5 (Judy), and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Usherette). Iliana hails from Florida and Georgia and is currently working to obtain her BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Carolina University in North Carolina. Iliana is extraordinarily grateful for her family and Danny. Without them she’d be nowhere.

Demetruis Spidle | The Wiz: WIZ and The Mikdao: HOT MIKADO
Demetruis Spidle is ecstatic to be apart of the Glow Lyric Theatre family! A proud Millikin University Alum of the class of 2014, Demetruis’ recent credits include: Sundeep/Ensemble in LEGALLY BLONDE on the Millikin stage, Donald in Tent Theatre’s production of YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, Benny in RENT at Wagon Wheel Theatre, and a Chicago debut with the Bohemian Theatre as Jason in ORDINARY DAYS the musical. Demetruis wants to dedicate all of his performances to all the graduates of 2014 (especially his Millikin Family Graduates), and his #1 fan that will always have a front row seat to every show that he does! “I love you Dad!”

DeJuan Thompson | Pish-Tush: HOT MIKADO and Ensemble: WIZ
DeJuan Thompson is a rising senior B.F.A. musical theater major at Coastal Carolina University, is incredibly honored to have been blessed with the opportunity to join Glow lyric theatre for it’s 2015 summer season. DeJuan was last seen in CCU’s theatre department’s production of HAIR as Hud, A CHORUS LINE as Richie. Regional Credits: Weathervane Theatre: MEMPHIS, MARY POPPINS and ANNIE. Other credits include: CCU’s production’s of SWEENDY TODD (in concert) as Tobias , A MID SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. DeJuan wishes to thank God, his family and friends for their unconditional love and support! Philippians 4:13

Kristofer Parker | Ensemble: WIZ and HOT MIKADO
Kristopher Parker is thrilled to join GLOW for his 3rd season after previously appearing in RENT and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. Favorite roles includes; RENT (Ensemble/Angel u/s with GLOW), SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD (Performer); THE PRODUCERS; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Apostle James with GLOW, Simon GLT); ANNE GET YOUR GUN (Tommy), SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE and SPLISH SPLASH (GLT; Award for Best Supporting Actor); ROCK AND ROLL FOREVER (Choreographer/Featured Dancer at Centre Stage) and HAIRSPRAY (Gilbert).Kristofer wants to thank Jenna and Christian for opening the doors of diversity in Greenville, SC!

Tierney Breedlove | Glinda: THE WIZ and Peep-Bo: HOT MIKDAO
Tierney Breedlove is elated to be joining the Glow Lyric family once again this summer! You may remember her from last summer in RENT. She reins from Rock Hill, SC, and is a proud 2014 graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts. Tierney is returning from a year of performing with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre in AL playing Glinda/Wicked Witch in THE WIZARD OF OZ and Rachel Isum in PLAY TO WIN. Other previous credits include Alice in MANDELA at Red Mountain Theatre and, while at Furman, Pearl Payne in THESE SHINING LIVES, Paulina in WINTER TALE, Rona Lisa Peretti 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and Sofia in the world premire of POMP AN CIRCUMSTANCE. Tierney would love to thank God, her incredible family and friends for always believing in her, especially her sister, Maegan Azar and Cynthia Silver for always pushing her, Gordon and Sarah Herring, Atlantic Acting Company, and Jenna and Christian for giving her this amazing opportunity!

Maurice Sims | Choreographer: THE WIZ and HOT MIKADO
Maurice Sims feels very lucky and beyond thrilled to join the creative team at Glow Lyric Theatre. Choreography credits include GODSPELL, SHREK, ROCKY HORROR SHOW, URINETOWN, and I LOVE A PIANO. Maurice also served as dance faculty at Wichita state University teaching jazz, street jazz and hip hop. As a dancer Maurice has toured Russia, Israel, Paris, Poland and Taiwan with The Aluminum Show, Mid American Dance Theatre and Alithea creations. Regional credits include Pittsburgh Clo, Geva Theatre, Lyric Theatre Okc, Music Theatre Wichita and Kansas city Starlight. Maurice would like to thank Jenna, Christian and Ross for this opportunit and The Johnsons. “I found that dance is how I made sense of the world …” – Baryshnikov

Chris Lee | Scarecrow: THE WIZ and Ensemble: HOT MIKADO
Chris Lee is going into his Junior year at Belmont University pursuing his B.F.A in Musical Theatre. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia he is thrilled and honored for his Glow Lyric Debut to bewitch such a wonderful cast and creative team. He dedicates all performances to his mother for her prayer and belief in him. Credits include: Chad, ALL SHOOK UP (Belmont University), Benny, IN THE HEIGHTS (Permian Playhouse), Mitch Mahoney, SPELLING BEE and GODSPELL (Belmont University Student Theatre).

Luke Walker | Nanki-Poo: Hot Mikado and Ensemble: Wiz
Luke Walker is very excited to be in South Carolina for his debut season with GLOW and to be working with his best friend Maurice Sims! Regional: LOOK Musical Theater SWEENEY TODD, THE GONODOLIERS (Marco), HELLO DOLLY! (Ambrose Kemper), LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, TROUBLE IN TAHITI, KISS ME, KATE!, THE BOYFIREND, PATIENCE. Crown Uptown Theater: CATS, THE WIZARD OF OZ. Wichita Grand Opera: MERRY WIDOW, Opera Kansas, KC Starlight. University credits include VIOLET (Preacher), SHE LOVES ME(Sipos), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Frederic). Many thanks to Christian and Jenna for the opportunity! Much love to Mom, Dad, and Kyle!

Benjamin Moore | Tin Man: WIZ and Ensemble: HOT MIKADO
Benjamin Moore is a native Atlantan, and has been praised for singing “warmly, elegantly [and] with a certain suavity” by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun. In the 2014-2015 season, Benjamin performed in the Americolor Opera Alliance Gala concert and as Edward Chaney Phillips in the opera CARMEN J, and as Shepherd in Dominion Entertainment’s production of BLACK NATIVITY. Recoreded the musical I DREAM a musical about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., performed at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA. With Opera Colorado: Father in HANSEL UND GRETEL, Mercutio in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Dandini in LA CENERENTOLA and the Customs Sergeant in LA BOHEME. Mr. Moore has also sung roles with the American Opera Theatre, Maryland Opera Studio, and the Peabody Opera Theatre. Extensive performance experience in gospel music, jazz, and R&B – has sung and recorded with several gospel artists, and continues to perform throughout the United States singing jazz, R&B, and gospel. Benjamin holds a B.M. in Music Education from Furman University and an M.M in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory.

Tyler Pirrung | Ko-Ko: HOT MIKADO and Ensemble: WIZ
Tyler Pirrung is a Senior BA Theatre student at Florida State University and is beyond ecstatic and honored to be making his GLOW Lyric Theatre debut! Some of Tyler’s favorite credits include ROMEO & JULIET (Paris), SPRING AWAKENING (Moritz), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (Charley Kringas), and THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED (Tom). Tyler would like to thank his family and friends for their support, Jenna and Christian for this amazing opportunity, and every cast and crew member for making this a summer one for the books!

Anna Jane Trinci | Ensemble: WIZ and HOT MIKADO
Anna Jane Trinci is BFA musical theater student at Florida State University. She recently appeared in FSU’s productions of CABARET and RAGTIME. She is honored to be working with Glow for the first time, and wants to thank Jenna and Christian for this opportunity.

Ian David Bossung | Ensemble: WIZ and HOT MIKDAO
Ian David Bossung is unbelievably excited to be a part of this brilliant cast. Ian is now studying Musical Theatre at Florida State University and is a rising sophomore. Some other credits include (Ensemble) RAGTIME, (U/s Romeo and Friar Laurence) ROMEO AND JULIET at FSU. Ian’s other interests include cashmere sweaters, eating sushi, and bringing corduroy back in style. He would like to thank the staff and team at Glow Lyric Theatre for everything they’ve done. He would also especially like to thank all of his friends here and away for giving him life and his parents for all their love and support. Cheers!

Shuga Henry | Evilene: WIZ and Katisha: HOT MIKDAO
Shuga Henry is a native of Jamaica W.I She is a singer, actress, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. She has a deep-rooted passion for the performing arts and loves sharing her talents with the world. Some of her past productions include MotorMouth Maybelle: HAIRSPRAY(Marathon Little Theatre), Effie White: DREAMGIRLS Revue ( Jamibeth Productions), Fear, THE MAE JAMESON STORY (Black Spectrum), Wand:, THE JOURNEY (Strikingly Different Productions), Panacea: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…FORUM ( Southeastern Louisiana University), and SOUND OF MUSIC. www.shugahenry.biz.

Xerron X. Mingo | The Lion: WIZ and Pooh-Bah HOT MIKADO
Xerron X. Mingo is a third-year Theatre Performance student at Florida A&M University from Miami, Florida. He has appeared in SIBLING RIVALRDY (DJ Big Poppa), RAGTIME at Florida State University, the 29th and 30th edition of The FAMU Connection, FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE (Eat Moe), BLACK NATIVITY (Narrator/ Ensemble), and CHANGE IT UP! (Poet/Dancer), HAIRSPRAY(Stooie), WRESTLING WITH ANGELS (Mr. Powell), and was assistant stage manager for the production of THE COLOR PURPLE. He wants to thank God And His Mother, Family And friends for the love and support.

Sydney Childs | WIZ and HOT MIKDAO
Sydney Childs is thrilled to be returning to GLOW for her third season! As of May this year, she is a graduate of Clemson University. She has had the joy of playing roles in many local and regional theatre productions; her favorites including Sarah in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with GLOW, Ensemble in HAIRSPRAY with Centre Stage, and Ida in HONK! with D2 Stageworks. She also enjoys sharing her love of theatre with younger students as she recently choreographed the musical BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Travelers Rest High School. She hopes to use her degree in Elementary Education and Theatre minor to help encourage the next generation of theatre.

Leryn Turlington | Addperle: WIZ and Piti-Sing: HOT MIKADO
Leryn Turlington is a recent graduate of Florida State University’s Music Theatre Progam and is thrilled to be returning to GLOW Lyric Theatre for her second summer! Last year, she showcased in NYC with her graduating class and had her GLOW premier as Maureen in RENT. Previous roles at FSU include Amy in COMPANY, Babe in CRIMES OF THE HEART and Isle in SPRING AWAKENING. She has also participated in various Cabarets in New York and Chicago, as well as Dr. Andre Thomas’ Gospel Choir. She has since made Chicago, IL her home and wants to thank her parents, her Chris, and all her supportive family and friends.

Joslynn Cortes | WIZ and Ensemble: HOT MIKADO
Joslynn Cortes is a South Jersey native, is excited to be joining the GLOW Lyric Theatre’s Summer Season. Joslynn is a graduate from AMDA, NY and is currently apart of the “So Amazing” touring group. Some of her past credits include, Rizzo/GREASE, Tracy/HAIRSPRAY and Shy Puerto Rican/MODERN DANCE EXPLAINED: Philly Fringe Festival. Joslynn would like to thank the company for this opportunity, family and friends for their support and Jesus Christ for being the cornerstone in her life.

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