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D’Corey Johnson

@dcoreysworld

D’Corey “DC” Johnson is a fifth- grader at Bates Elementary School, whose success began with his viral rise to fame singing the National Anthem. DC’s soothing, angelic voice lead him to adopt the motto, “A Voice 4 All People”. At the age of six, DC enrolled in theater classes at Louisville Central Community Center where his exuberant personality filled the room when performing in shows like The Wiz, Aladdin, Annie, Cats, Elf, Broadway Review, The Nutcracker, and Kinky Boots. DC also loves spending quality time with his granny, talking on the phone with friends, singing at events and playing with his dog, Aladdin. He also has a special place in his heart for Veterans. His dream is to perform on Broadway one day.

JJ Carandang

JJ is a multi-talented, well-rounded, 11-year-old boy with a deep passion for dancing, singing, acting, and modeling. He started his career at the young age of 6, thanks to Rage Complex for discovering his talent in dancing. His dance repertoire includes hip-hop, breakdance, tumbling, and freestyle. JJ has had many accomplishments at such a young age. He was chosen to be a NBA Kid Clippers dancer at the age of 7 (the team’s youngest dancer then) and stayed with the team for 4 years. He is currently a dancer for the WNBA LA Sparks. He also appeared in numerous national TV commercials and other media platforms for Old Navy, Gap, Disney, Nickelodeon, and Mattel. He also appeared in music videos with famous artists Travis Scott, Rosalia, and Kidzbop. Playing basketball is also one of his many talents. He plays as a point guard and looks up to Stephen Curry as his basketball guru. Meanwhile, his musical prowess is inspired by Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. Despite his busy schedule, JJ also manages to stay on top of his schooling. Math is his favorite subject. JJ is a humble, kind-hearted, loving, hardworking young lad. He comes from a tight-knit Filipino family who loves to travel. With his grit, passion, talent, work ethic, and supportive family, JJ is set to achieve his dreams and he is proud to represent his Filipino heritage along the way. He is an epitome of a boy who dreamed big and worked hard to achieve his dreams. JJs dream is to be an Engineer and a professional basketball player.

Karsen Taylor

Karsen Taylor hails from Louisville, KY. She is in the 5th grade in the advanced program at her school. She has been singing since she was 3 years old. Her favorite singer is Michael Jackson. Her favorite sport is Cheerleading. She was a flyer on a National Championship cheer team. Her favorite TV show is Cheer seasons 1&2. Her dog’s name is Mocha; she is the cutest poodle. She has a big sister in the 9th grade that plays Basketball ball. Karsen’s dream is to become an actress and singer and to have her own TV show one day when she grows up.

Nella Hilden

Nella, 11, lives in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Nella started singing and acting as a young child through her local high school. More recently, Nella started performing at SALT Performing Arts, a nearby community theater. Her favorite roles include Molly (Annie), Young Fiona/Baby Bear (Shrek), and Gomez (Addams Family, School Edition). In 2021, Nella was runner up in The Star, a local singing competition. Nella loves to spend time with her two dogs, Cooper and Beatrice, as well as her hamster, Finn. She also loves to watch old episodes of Glee for inspiration. Nella’s dream is to star on Broadway some day!

Mia Leberknight

Mia is thrilled to be joining the amazing cast of Hits! The Musical on her first national tour. Mia’s passion is performing on stage and sharing her love of music with others. When she was 9, she performed in an acapella group opening for the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall NYC and fell in love with Broadway. She followed with several local musical theater productions (Seussical, Shrek Jr.). Mia is a lead singer and plays the keyboard for a rock band, performing live shows at notable stages in NY (The Cutting Room) and NJ (Stone Pony, House of Independence, McLoones Supper Club). She plays the piano and loves to compose classical and pop songs. Besides singing, Mia is also a trained dancer (ballet, tap, hip hop, Jazz). She has appeared in numerous KidzBop music videos and also featured in the Nutcracker Rocks Ballet, Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet, and the short film Left Behind (currently in post production).
When not on stage, Mia likes to travel and meet new friends, explore different cultures and languages, go to the beach, play sports, and spend time with her family and Boston terrier, Pickles. Her dream is to be on Broadway and to be signed to a record label to record her own songs.

Jacob Vella

Jacob is beyond excited to be a part of this extraordinary cast! He discovered his love of performing at the age of seven while participating in community theater with his siblings. He has been dancing at RMDC in Mesa, AZ for the past five years. Currently Jacob’s favorite genre of dance is contemporary. At an early age Jacob began singing in the car to annoy his older siblings and his family also instituted a “no signing at the dinner table” rule. Jacob also loves Kenpo Karate, online gaming with friends, and listening to Pentatonix when he isn’t busy with rehearsals. Past roles he has had the pleasure of playing include Michael Banks in Mary Poppins, Fletcher Blake in Freaky Friday at the Hale Theater in Gilbert, AZ, and JoJo in Seussical the Musical Jr. at the Queen Creek Performing Arts. Jacob dreams of performing on Broadway and having a career in computer coding and game design.

Josef Wright

Born Josef Larrell Wright on April 19th, 2010, in the splendid city Jacksonville, Florida. Josef began his acting career at the age of 4 along the side of his mother (Jessica) who introduced him to “The Arts”. At that point Josef was bitten by the acting bug and ever since then has been attracted by theater and wanted to get into singing and dancing on stage. Josef has performed in many plays in his city and surrounding areas. His first debut was with Stage Aurora Theatrical Company where Josef performed in an ensemble in “God’s Trombone” a play written by Jacksonville’s very own James Weldon Johnson. Josef also worked in various musicals with Amelia Playhouse in Fernandina Beach, FL. The more plays he performed in, the deeper the love for acting grew. Josef now attends Lavilla School of The Art as a 7th grader which his major is in Theater. Outside of performing Josef loves to spend time with his family and close friends. He is also a foodie, and his favorite dish is his aunt (Melinda) sweet potato pie! Josef is thrilled to be a part of the 2023 production of Hits! The Musical! And undoubtedly believe this opportunity is a dream come true! Josef’s dream is to someday act in a motion picture as a Marvel character.

Brooke Neuman

Brooke is from Tenafly, NJ and has had a passion for performing for as long as she can remember. She began dancing at 2 1/2 years old and has been a competitive dancer for the last 7 years. She has been trained in multiple genres, including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and lyrical. Brooke also enjoys playing travel soccer and has professional experience as an actress and model. She has participated in campaigns with companies such as: Abercrombie Kids, J Crew, Classic Prep, Samsung, and Hard Rock Hotels. Brooke’s favorite TV show is “Friends.” She loves collecting crystals and rocks and going on fun family hikes in Maine. Brooke is thrilled to be part of the cast of Hits! The Musical. Her dream is to make it as a performer on the big screen or on Broadway!

Loren Prisuta

Loren Prisuta (age 13) is a young performer from Pittsburgh, PA, with a powerful voice and a kind heart! She has a true passion for the arts, and identified at an early age that she felt at home when performing on stage. Loren started vocal training at age eight, and has never looked back! She is determined to become a triple threat and is in her ninth year of studying dance at Wexford Dance Academy, taking classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, and tap. She has grown up loving theater, and is a member of Jeter Backyard Theater, where she has been acting and singing since the age of five. Favorite roles include Moana (Disney’s Moana, JR), Peter Pan (Peter Pan, JR) and Maleficent (Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids). She loves to travel with her theater team to iTheatrics Junior Theater Festivals each year to compete and celebrate amongst thousands of like-minded youth. Loren was also recently cast in iTheatrics Academy’s summer workshop of School of Rock Youth Edition, and had a great experience spending a week at the 52nd Street Project in NYC piloting this show adaptation and making new friends. She is learning to play the piano, and is in her third year of lessons.

 

When not singing or spending time in the studio, Loren loves to read (especially fantasy genre novels), write scripts for short stories and plays, and choreograph the neighborhood kids’ mini-performances! She is idolized by her younger sister, loves animals (sloths in particular), and enjoys spending time socializing and hanging out with her friends and family. She loves swimming in the ocean, riding her bike on local trails, and going on ATV trips with her Dad. The outdoors is one of her favorite places to be, always inspired by the beauty of nature! Loren is ecstatic and truly grateful to be cast as a singer in Hits! The Musical, and is honored to become a part of the Hits! Family!

 

“My dream is to share my love of singing and performing with the world by selling out arenas or Broadway theaters one day! I’d love to be able to earn a living in the arts by doing what I love and pouring my heart out on stage. And ultimately, I want to teach the arts to children. I’d love to inspire and develop the next generation, just like my mentors and teachers have inspired me to “keep pushing” and go after my dreams!”

Mckenzie Lewis

@mckenziejordanlewis

Mckenzie Lewis, also known as M.J., is a CEO, dancer, actress, choreographer, and dance teacher. M.J. has been dancing since she was 2 1/2 years old. She has experience in ballet, pointe, modern, hip hop, Latin Fusion, African, Horton, Graham, contemporary, and jazz. She has also been featured in commercials and films with Straight Talk Wireless, Wrap-A-Loc, Loco Cookers, Fracture, and several Dhar Mann videos. When Mckenzie is not dancing and acting, she enjoys reading, teaching virtual beginning ballet classes, riding her bike, going to the beach, writing songs, and spending time with her family. Mckenzie’s dream is to join a company like Alvin Ailey or Alonzo Lines while continuing to operate her dance studio, the Mckenzie Jordan School of Dance.

Jaedon Diaz

Jaedon Diaz is 15 years old and lives in Southern California. At the age of four he began dancing after watching his sister dance at a local studio. Since then he has fallen in love with the art and has not stopped dancing. His favorite styles of dance are contemporary and ballet, but also trains in jazz, musical theater, hip hop and tap. He has been a competitive dancer for 7 years. Over those seven years he has earned many awards, titles and scholarships. Jaedon is signed with the McDonald/Selznick Associates agency. Some of his favorite credits include role of dancer in Lythgoe Panto-Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and dancing in the Rose Parade Opening Spectacular with Chaka Chan. He can also be seen on commercials for Target and Jr. NBA. Jaedon is thrilled to be traveling with Hits! The Musical. Dancing and sharing his passion on stage, his hopes are to bring joy and smiles to all. “My dream is to grow as a dancer, have a successful career and one day have my own family.”

Genevieve Godlesky

@genevievegodlesky_

Genevieve Godlesky is a dancer & performing artist based in New York City. She is represented by Resolute Artists Agency in NYC and ATL. Genevieve trains at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and has been performing in BDC’s prestigious A.I.M Company for the past 4 years.
Mindfulness and affirmative positivity are very important to Genevieve. She spends time writing in her gratitude journal daily, and is a member of the Youth Ambassadors with We Are Queens. She also loves quality time with her parents, younger sister Arianna, and her cat Pixie! Genevieve’s dream is to pursue a professional dance career and empower others with her positive spirit!

Matthew Jost

@matthew.jost

Born a NYC rocker, Matthew Jost is a guitar player, singer, and songwriter focused on blues, pop, R&B, and rock. At 11 years old, Matthew made his Broadway debut as Zack the guitarist in School of Rock playing in the iconic Winter Garden Theatre in front of 1,000s each night through to the show’s close. Matthew is the lead guitarist and singer for his band Mischief Boys, part of hip-hop/pop/R&B group Backroomz, plays with the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, and has performed at The Bitter End, City Winery, Green Room 42, The Iridium, and Terminal 5. Matthew enjoys sharing his original music and jamming with other performers busking around NYC. In his spare time Matthew records and produces tracks for himself and others and plays Forza. His dream is to make memories with his music each night for audiences all over the world. Follow as his dream comes true at @matthew.jost and http://matthewjost.com.

Jacob Rassi

Jacob Rassi is 15 years old and is from Bel Air, Maryland. Jacob’s love for music and dancing began at a very young age when he started having dance battles in the kitchen with his Dad. Jacob joined a local dance studio at age 6 where he studied hip hop, break dancing, tap & contemporary dance. His love for performing continued to grow so with the help of his parents, they found several other places for him to continue his dance training ranging from New York to California. Jacob can be seen in several national commercials for Target, Spin Master Games, Kingsford Charcoal & several videos for Kidzbop. Jacob also had the wonderful opportunity to appear on Disney’s Fam Jam where he had a chance to perform on stage and win the grand prize with his family. Most recently, Jacob was featured dancing in New York City for 13 The Musical on Netflix.

When he is not performing or training, Jacob loves to travel and spend time at his family beach home in Ocean City, Maryland with his parents, siblings & 2 dogs. One of Jacob’s goals was to go on tour and he is so grateful that this dream has become a reality with Hits’ the Musical. His future dream is to become a choreographer where he can share his creativity with other young performers.

Kaylie Molina

Instagram: @itskayliemolina

TikTok: @kaylie_molina @yeswearesisters_

Kaylie Molina is a 16 year old Puerto Rican dancer and actress who lives in both Miami and Los Angeles.  She is represented by The Osbrink Agency.  She is the youngest of three siblings.

Kaylie started dancing when she was 3 years old and trains in all styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, musical theatre, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, Latin, and ballroom. She was a competitive dancer for 6 years.  She was also a member of one of the top Varsity dance teams in Florida, the Somerset Academy Pantherettes, who have won multiple state and national championships. Unfortunately, she resigned to further pursue her career in dancing and acting.

Kaylie is currently studying acting with some of the most eminent acting coaches whose students have appeared on many popular series and films. She’s done a Spanish voiceover as “Little Red Riding Hood” and has filmed educational videos for a homeschool program. Kaylie has made multiple appearances on the Disney Channel’s show Fam Jam and has danced in commercials for Walmart, Netflix, JCPenney, and most recently, Nike’s Back to School commercial.

Aside from dancing and acting, Kaylie has recently begun vocal training.  On her downtime, she really enjoys doing makeup looks, painting her nails, making TikTok’s, doing funny skits with her sister, listening to Justin Bieber and rewatching Stranger Things. She is a very positive, grateful, and persistent young lady who is notable for her great work ethic. She would like to major in Psychology with a minor in Business. Being a cast member of Hits! The Musical has fulfilled two of her dreams which were being in a musical and going on tour. Her biggest dream is to star in a world-renowned series and/or film.

Assata Sun

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Naimah developed a love for singing at the age of six. She currently attends the Cincinnati School of Creative and Performing Arts studying vocal music. Her favorite genre to sing is jazz and blues. She enjoys shopping for the latest fashion styles and listening to all different genres of music. Her favorite artists are Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Naimah is very family oriented and loves to spend her free time attending concerts, watching movies, going to the park to take photos, and eating out with friends and family. “My dream is to become a successful singer and actress along with
mentoring aspiring youth to develop their talent.

Shawn Taylor

Shawn began dancing at the age of 5, at Savage Dance Company, in Sykesville, Maryland. He is skilled in several genres of dance, including jazz, contemporary, ballet, musical theater, hip hop, and variations of these genres. Shawn was a competitive dancer for approximately 11 years, and competed and procured many first place titles with his former dance company, within the dance competition circuit.Shawn has been nominated as a Monster’s Kids Cast member; participated in securing a 1st place win, with his former dance company, at two World of Dance competitions, in New York and the other in New Jersey. He was also a mini, junior, and teen male finalist at The Dance Awards. Shawn’s credits include a NFL Promo commercial; background work on Showtime’s series ‘Billions’; lead actor in a music video for ‘Let Go’ off of the Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse soundtrack; lip synch actor in ‘Call Yourself a Lover’ music video; a PSA on child homelessness in Los Angeles; and print work for Splish Splash Waterpark, in New York. Shawn’s other interests include drawing anime, gaming, music- old school and new, learning to play the guitar, singing, hanging at the beach, spending quality time with close friends and family, and caring for his puppy, Astro. Shawn’s dream is to be successful in everything he does, live his life to the fullest, and be happy.

Kaitlin Yamano

@kaitlinyamano

Kaitlin has been dancing since she was three, always loving to be on stage and the center of
attention! The middle child of five siblings, Kaitlin is not one to let herself go unnoticed.
As a competitive dancer for 10 years, Kaitlin won many titles and awards. She currently trains in
Brea, CA at The Space TV, with a professional, audition only, training program – LAUNCH.
Kaitlin trains in all styles of dance, including hip hop, tap, ballet/pointe, ballroom, contemporary,
and tumbling, but her favorite style is jazz.Kaitlin’s professional career started at age ten when she signed with her first agent. Since then she has worked on many global and national commercials (H&M, McDonalds, and Hersheys, among others) as well as performed in music videos for artists such as Sia and Say Grace. In addition, Kaitlin guest starred on Chicago Fire, On My Block, and Single Parents. Always having a passion for the stage, Kaitlin loved performing in Oklahoma with 3 D Theatricals, Billy Elliot
with San Diego Musical Theater, Aladdin with Lythgoe Panto, and Oliver! with Musical Theater
West. When she isn’t dancing, Kaitlin loves to surf! She spends any free time she has at the beach.
Kaitlin also loves to paint, has two cats (Cricket and Daisy),is active in her church youth group,
and has many family adventures at their cabin in Lake Arrowhead, CA.

“My dream is to make a career as a professional dancer.”

Belle Bongiorno

 

Belle, 18, has had a strong passion for performing from a young age. Growing up on Long Island, she was very involved in the performing arts in, and around New York City. Between annual performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, performing at community and school events, attending summer intensives in NYC, and even just taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, she found her love for performing. She also enjoys teaching dance classes at her dance studio, Miss Colleens Elite Dancentre, where she hopes to inspire young dancers to pursue their dreams. Belle’s biggest inspirations have been her dance teachers, who taught her how to be a true performer! Belle has also been learning how to play instruments such as guitar, bass, and ukulele. Belle is beyond excited and thankful for being offered a spot in the cast of Hits! The Musical as a featured singer! Aside from the arts, Belle is always doing something spontaneous, whether it’s being out on the water, hiking, going to concerts, taking road trips, going to the beach, traveling, or exploring the city! Over the summer, Belle works at a bay cruise boat company where she runs karaoke cruises. Her fun-loving, bubbly, and energetic personality shines on stage and off! Belle’s dream is to travel the world as a performer, and share my love and passion for singing, dancing, and performing with many audiences, hoping to inspire generations to come!

Julia Davo

@juliadavz

Julia Davo is an extremely unique and versatile performer who loves nothing more than to share her truth through the arts. The rock and pop singer/songwriter/actress achingly believes in the power of song and self-expression. If she’s not playing gigs or putting on one woman shows in Manhattan, you can find Davo walking her teacup Yorkie around Brooklyn, or watching really bad movies with her friends. She enjoys long car rides with the radio turned up, ironic situations, and fashion.

Her most recent theater credits include Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical on Theater Row and Morticia Addams in The Addams Family at The Flamboyant Theater (both Off-Broadway). She was recently in her first National Commercial for America’s Next Investment, which airs regularly on CNBC. Julia Davo is a recording artist and her original songs can be found on all music streaming platforms.
In 2022, during her first year attending NYU Tisch, Davo decided to leave, with hopes of pursuing performing full time. “I’m sorry, I just want to be a rockstar- and I really hate math”, she said, in a final email to her teachers. Working five jobs at just 18 years old, Davo threw herself into the NY and LA music/theater scene, determined to make a name for herself.

“I may be lost, but I’m lost in the right direction”, she would continue to tell herself.

Words cannot express how excited and humbled Julia is to be in the original touring cast of Hits! The Musical. This is a complete dream come true for her. Davo cannot wait to bounce around the country, and do what she was born to do! Julia’s dream is to be this generation’s next female rockstar.

Jaleel Battles Jr.

@kvngbattles

Jaleel Battles Jr. was born to be on the stage. Raised in High Point, NC, he quickly discovered his many gifts and talents. He has performed across the East Coast since he was 7. His most recent accomplishments include performing in the ensembles of the productions of Mamma Mia!, Pippin, and Head over Heels. He is currently a sophomore at East Carolina University. Jaleel is more than excited to join the Cast of Hits! The Musical and can’t wait to create memories that will last a lifetime! In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and family and he enjoys trying new foods. Jaleel’s Dream is to perform across the world making a positive impact on people’s lives.

Teghan Breiner

@teghanhaileejade

Teghan Breiner has had a love for music and the arts since before she can remember. She has spent the last 12 years of her life on the stage and sharing her love for performing with hundreds of people. She is so excited for her first professional production! Teghan loves thrifting, baking and long car rides that entail lots of Taylor Swift. Teghan’s dream is to give people that spark she felt when she stepped foot into a theater for the very first time.

Connor Closs

@connor_closs

Connor Closs is a Singer/Actor based out of New Jersey. In his early years of High School, he played basketball and ran track competitively. It wasn’t until his Junior and Senior year that he began performing on stage. Ever since then, he has fallen in love with music, performing, and the excitement of live theater. Before being offered a role in Hits! The Musical, he was headed into his sophomore year studying Musical Theater at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Connor is absolutely thrilled to be performing alongside such amazing cast mates, and under the direction of an outstanding creative team. “My dream is to eventually perform my own music around the world, and to have the same effect on people’s lives as I know so many artists have had on mine.”

Madeline Underwood

@_madelineunderwood_

Madeline grew up in Jamestown, North Carolina in the competition dance world. She began competing at age 10 and won numerous Regional and National first overall awards during her time competing. She was featured on season 7 of Dance moms and in Bloch’s “dance with confidence “ campaign shot by Jordan Matter. She moved to Brea, California her senior year of high school to train at the launch program at the Brea space under the direction of Krista Miller. Since arriving in California, Madeline has appeared in music videos commercials, dance wear photo shoots, as the lead of a short film titled “Saturday Night”, in an episode of “This is Us” and is a new member of Jaclyn Royal’s company Royal Flux. She loves the beach, all things California and misses her dog Archie the most! Madeline’s dream is to have a long career as a professional dancer.

Jaaziah Vallano

@jaaziahvallano

Jaaziah Vallano (He/Him) is a New York City based Actor, Singer, Dancer, Musician, and songwriter. He is so excited to be a part of the Hits Family! Jaaziah has been performing since he was just five years old! He has been in over 60 productions over the years both professionally and locally. Jaaziah’s most recent project was the 2021 Jimmy Awards where he was a Semifinalist for Best Actor. Some of Jaaziah’s favorite roles include Jamie Wellerstein (The Last Five Years), Ren McCormack (Footloose The Musical), Race (Newsies! The Broadway Musical), Twig (Bring it On the Musical), and many more. He also plays Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums, Mandolin, and Cello. Jaaziah’s main inspirations are Stephen Sondheim, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Stevie Wonder. 

Aside from performing, Jaaziah enjoys days at the park or hanging out at home with his three roommates Mya, Boots and Theo. (Boots and Theo his kitties). He spends his free time taking care of his plants and friends and going out on adventures with them!

“My dream is to spread positivity through telling stories and art. Creating deep connections with anyone who walks into a theater and making them a part of our story.”

Lili Greenberg

@lilissimone

Lili is thrilled to join the cast of Hits the Musical for her first national tour. A classically trained vocalist, she graduated from New York City’s LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts with a concentration in vocal music. Lili’s extensive dance training and performance includes current enrollment in the UMass Amherst BFA Dance Program and two years with the Paul Taylor Dance Preprofessional Performance Company. She loves to travel, experience different cultures, spend time with family and friends and live life with joy. As a regional leader in an international progressive Jewish youth movement, Lili is strongly committed to community building and inclusiveness through shared human experiences. Lili’s passions are people and possibilities and her dream is to create art through her songwriting and choreography that curates human connection which she believes is the path to a better world. Follow her journey @lilissimone on Instagram.

Colin Mash

@colinmashofficial

Colin Mash, 20, is a high school graduate of 2020 and had been studying musical theater in college. He has always had a passion for performing since 3rd grade and cannot see his life without it. Colin is from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. He got much of his training through his school’s music and theater programs. Additionally, he could be seen in local community theater productions in his summer and occasional fall seasons. It wasn’t until his senior year when he began proper vocal training to enhance his vocal ability for a career. Once graduated (in the midst of the 2020 pandemic), he continued to train by studying musical theater at Temple University. Colin also takes honor in his work in being on the directing staff for local youth productions. Colin loves to help the young enhance their craft and help them be their fabulous selves everyday. Also, Colin could be seen during the fall time at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia as a scare actor for their Halloween attractions.

When off stage, Colin loves to spend his time with his loved ones. He enjoys going on adventures with his friends. Adventures as crazy as spontaneous traveling or as chill as getting snacks at Wawa. Colin also enjoys spending time at the Jersey shore, fun karaoke nights, and even simple things like driving around town late at night with friends listening to music. Still able to tap into his childhood, he loves nostalgic movies/TV shows from his childhood like High School Musical and Victorious. And Colin could not live without his biggest inspirations, the musical divas that came before him. Those divas include Janis Mash (his mother), Katy Perry, Cher, Britney Spears, The Cheetah Girls, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, and of course, Selena Quintanilla. Everyday Colin likes to live a life of joy and helping other people be happy, to shine and sparkle.

Colin’s dream is to help the world be happy, escape the troubles of life through performance and to impact the world for the better. I wanna positively impact society the same way my favorite musical divas impacted me.

Alyssa Raghu

@alyssaraghu

Alyssa Raghu is an American singer/songwriter from Orlando, Florida. As a recent finalist in the Top 8 on American Idol, Alyssa showcased her talents excelling in Pop, Ballads and R&B music during Seasons 16 & 17. Her roots lie within Guyanese/Indian & Mexican heritage and enjoys connecting with fans across the world through culture, music and live performances. Alyssa loves relating to her fans across the globe and spreading meaningful messages through music. Ever since she was a child, her inspirations included female artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Aaliyah and Rihanna. Known for putting unique soul elements within modern hits and original songs, Alyssa is always ready to put on a show. Her dream is to sign a record deal, win a Grammy and sell out Madison Square Garden.

Kassidy Gavagan

Kassidy (age 21) has been performing since she was 6 years old and has shared a passion and love for music ever since. She grew up in Tampa, Florida doing musical theater before becoming a 7 year cast member of Tampa’s prestigious performance ensemble “Entertainment Revue,” where she got to learn the intense lifestyle of being a professional performer and the drive it takes. She has also been a part of several A Capella groups that performed all over the Tampa Bay Area, one of which is Berkeley Preparatory Schools “Mello Divas,” where she received the Best Vocalist Award in New York’s Sing Strong ACapella competition. She attends Berklee’s College of Music online but currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Aside from performing, Kassidy loves all things wellness and has a huge passion for helping others grow and be healthy! A big part of her inspiration has been the amazing vocal coaches she has had along the way who have taught her to always go for her dreams and never give up. Kassidy is excited to perform alongside the talented cast of Hits! The Musical.

“My dream is to share my voice and love for music with others and be a part of something insanely special, like Hits!”

Nasir Butler

@nvs1r

Residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nasir has been singing since the age of 4 years old. He has participated in the Afro American Music Institute Boys Choir of Pittsburgh since the age of 8. He started doing theater during his 10th grade year of high school and has loved it ever since. He is most known in the city for his portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Mis, which earned him a Gene Kelly Award for Best Actor. In his free time, he enjoys watching action movies and listening to music of all genres. He is very excited to be a part of the original cast of Hits! The Musical. He wants to give thanks to his parents, grandparents and friends and family for believing in him and helping him get this far. Nasir’s dream is to join the Broadway production of “The Lion King”.