Meet the Cast!

The Nutcracker Fantasy 2022

Brinnlee Bailey, 18

Brinnlee has been involved in musical theatre for the last 12 years and is thrilled to have the opportunity to perform alongside the cast of Nutcracker! Some of her favorite past performances have been “Holiday Inn“, “Annie”, and “7 Brides for 7 Brothers“. Brinnlee thanks her family and friends for the amazing love and support they give!

Ruthie Bates, 10

Ruthie is excited to be a part of this production of The Nutcracker. It is her fourth with Triad Performing Arts. She has been studying acting and voice for 3-4 years. Her dream is to work in the performing arts professionally. She has spent the first semester of her fifth-grade year at The Arizona School for the Arts. She would like to thank her mother, grandmother, close family, and friends for their support as well at everyone at Triad for the help on her way to fulfilling her dream.

Andersen Bloomberg, 15

Andersen is honored to have earned the role of the Nutcracker Prince again this year! He has worked hard in Ballet with Ms. Bonnie and is most excited for the addition of new dances and more advanced techniques added to this show. Andersen’s heart is piano & performing, he is an up and coming pianist, studying with Michael at Kats and the NAU Piano Festival Faculty. If there is a piano in a building he will find it and play, play, play! Favorite composer being Chopin. He has also taken on singing under the guidance of Kat and Mrs. Calvert adding to his performance endeavors in film and TV being rep’d by Danis Agency, AZ & The Osbrink Agency L.A.. Most recent starring roles as Aladdin in Aladdin Jr and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. Thank you to TRIAD, Kats Artist Tree and the Cast & Crew of Nutcracker, favorite time of year working with all of you talented folks! (Insert cool customized handshake here.) Matt 19:26

Alix Brecke, 14

Alix is very excited to be participating in the Nutcracker! This will be her second Nutcracker along with Annalie and the Circus Show and previous dances with the dance ministry at her church. She would like to thank her family, friends, Kat, Bonnie and Grace Calvert, and Triad for supporting her and helping put on an AMAZING show.

Maryn Calpin, 15

Maryn Calpin is currently a 10th grader at Millennium High School. Her most recent show experience includes Beauty and the Beast and Matilda. She would like to thank all of her family and friends for supporting her in her acting dreams, for she wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.

Grace Calvert

Grace has trained as a classical ballet dancer ever since she was little. Throughout her childhood, she enjoyed performing in Nutcracker ballets, participating in Royal Academy of Dance exams, and leading a dance ministry at her church. It was in high school that she found a new love for musical theater where she was able to choreograph and perform. Grace now spends her free time dancing, and serving as assistant choreographer for Triad Performing Arts.

DJ Cordova, 17

DJ has been doing theater for 3 years. Her previous show experience includes “Ask Any Girl”, “The Forgotten Sherrif”, “Honk Jr.”, “Our Miss Brooke”, and “Once Upon A Mattress”. She enjoys doing theater for the many interesting characters to play and bring to life, also for the friends she makes along the way. She is very excited to be apart of Triad helping to bring to life The Nutcracker with her cast. She would like to thank Mrs Kollman who helped her come out of her shell at the start of her theater path. And her family who encouraged her along the way

Josselyn Cordova, 12

Josselyn is thrilled to be part of Triad for the first time in a fantastic show with all her outstanding cast members. She loves how Triad has been so lovely and welcoming. Her previous performances include Annie (The Forgotten Sheriff), Downy (Honk Jr.), Gracie (The Elves & The Shoemaker), and Trixie (One In A Million). She’d like to thank Mrs. Kat for her outstanding teaching and her parents for supporting her acting. She hopes you enjoy the show.

TIffany Cordova, 9

Tiffany, who plays Maria Hoffman, the youngest daughter narrator, is thrilled because it is her first time performing ever, and she is so excited to be able to do it with Triad. She has loved being able to act and make new friends these past few months. She’d like to thank Mrs. Kat for letting her be a part of this fantastic show and her parents for being so loving and supportive.

Naomi Cordova, 15

Naomi is beyond excited to perform with Triad for the first time. During these past few months of practice, she enjoyed getting to know new people and performing with all her sisters, especially working alongside her youngest sister Tiffany. Her previous performances include (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Schoolhouse Rock, The Forgotten Sheriff, Honk Jr, Our Miss Brooks, The Elves & The Shoemaker, and Once Upon A Mattress. She’d like to Mrs. Kat for her hard work in putting this show together and making her first Triad experience unforgettable. Her family for always being her #1 supporters, her friends for making life more fun and interesting (you know who you are), and of course, she’d even like to thank you (The Audience)! This whole show would not be possible without you and your support. It means a lot for you to be here tonight. She hopes you’ll enjoy tonight’s performance as much as she enjoyed being a part of it. God Bless.

Zoe Crosse, 6

Zoë saw the Nutcracker Fantasy performed by Triad for the first time last year. She is beyond excited to be a part of this awesome production this year. She recently performed in the debut of Annalie and the Circus Show, and danced ballet, tap, and jazz in multiple Disney shows, including Brave and Hercules. She would like to thank her parents for encouraging her to dance, and her Triad and Kat’s family for allowing her to live her dream.

Mikayla Dennen, 11

Mikayla is excited to perform in Triad’s Nutcracker Fantasy this year. This is her first performance in a theatrical show. She would like to thank her mom and brother for allowing her to spend so much time dancing and everyone at Triad for creating this fantastic experience.

Camila Dominguez, 13

Camila is very excited to be performing in this years Nutcracker Fantasy. Some of her previous experience includes the Little Mermaid and Ever After a Musical. She would also like to thank her parents and friends for encouraging her to follow her dreams.

EmmaLee Eaton, 17

EmmaLee is excited to be taking part in The Nutcracker Fantasy, as Mother Ginger, with Triad Performing Arts. Em has done several shows with various youth theatre’s around the Valley. Some of her favorites include Grandma Georgina in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Glinda in the Wizard of Oz, and playing Mother Ginger in The Nutcracker Fantasy. She would like to thank her parents and family for supporting her to help her get better at her craft. She would also like to thank the directors at Triad for giving her this amazing opportunity to make the stage a little sweeter.

Lillee Eaton, 9

Lillee is excited to be taking part in The Nutcracker Fantasy for the second time. This will be her third show as a dancer with Triad Performing Arts. She would like to thank her family for supporting her ballet journey. She wants to thank all of the directors at Triad, especially Ms. Bonnie for teaching her to be a better ballet dancer. Enjoy the Show!

Nora Evans, 16

Nora is so excited to be apart of the nutcracker this year. Nora had been in the nutcracker 8 times and has been In many ballets, she would like to thank her friends in the show who have made this experience so special for her, and the people who made this show possible.

Lancey Gerak, 16

I am excited to be performing for the first time with Triad. I have been in several church musicals and dance shows. I have also been in several school productions and am heavily involved in a musical theater troupe called Company. I am so excited to be in the Nutcracker. I have made new friends and got to perform in a show that was bigger than I could have imagined. I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and letting me be apart of something so amazing.

Ab Gines, 16

Ab Gines is a 16 year old student at Verrado High School who has been involved in performance and entertainment all across the valley for the past 9 years. They are apart of Kat’s Classical Ballet pre-professional company and also play electric guitar. Recent credits: Annalie and the Circus Show (TRIAD), Legally Blonde (Verrado HS), Nutcracker ‘21 (TRIAD), and The Little Mermaid (Verrado HS). Many thanks to this wonderful cast and crew, and to all the dreamers!

Selah Gray, 9

Dancing has become a passion for Selah, and she couldn’t think of anywhere else she’d rather be, than right here, dancing in the Nutcracker Fantasy. This is Selah’s third show, dancing in Annalie and the Circus Show, and last year’s Nutcracker Fantasy. She would like to thank her family for their undying love and support, and to her teacher, Ms. Bonnie for being the best teacher there is!

Skya Green, 17

This is Skya’s 4th time performing in the Nutcracker. She is really excited to be performing it again this year. She has enjoyed learning new choreography and getting to know the other dancers better and making new friends. This is her senior year in high school, so this may end up being her last time performing the Nutcracker with Triad, since she will be going to college next year to study dance and creative writing. She would like to thank and congratulate everyone who has helped put this show together for all of their hard work and dedication and for putting together an amazing show.

Laurel Gump, 6

My name is Laurel Gump. I am 6 years old. This is my second time performing in The Nutcracker Fantasy. When I’m not dancing ballet, I enjoy playing piano, riding my horse River or snuggling my two dogs, Lady and Elsa. I’d like to thank my mom, dad and brother for watching my many self-choreographed Ballets in the living room. I like to say a special “thank you” to my instructor Miss Bonnie, who always believes in me and teaches me new things.

Leila Heiselman, 14

Leila has always dreamed of performing in a Nutcracker ballet. She’s had a love for dance from a very young age and has danced with Desert West Dance Academy as well as her church dance ministry. She would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers who’ve supported her along the way.

Paulina Hernandez, 11

Paulina is thrilled to be taking part in the Nutcracker Fantasy. I would like to Thank my Parents and everyone at Triad for making this experience and Dream come true.

Shooter Hicks, 11

Shooter is very excited to be a part of the Nutcracker. He has enjoyed learning so many new dances and making new friends. He takes drum lessons at Kats and he performed in Annalie and the Circus Show. He is looking forward to many more shows with Triad.

Hank Hicks, 9

Hank is very eager to be in his first show. He has had a great time learning new dances and making a lot of new friends. He is looking forward to many more opportunities with Triad. Hank takes guitar lessons at Kats and hopes to some day be in a band with his brothers and sister.

Charlotte Hilby, 9

Charlotte is excited to be performing in her 3rd Nutcracker with Triad. She has been taking ballet lessons since she was 3 and has been at Kat’s Artist Tree since 2020. Charlotte loves learning from Miss Bonnie! When she isn’t dancing, she’s playing tennis, piano, or reading.

Annalisa Holliday, 10

Annalisa loved being a part of the Nutcracker Fantasy this year. She most enjoyed learning new acting skills and sharing the experience with her new friends. Annalisa has participated in church and dance performances in the past, but considers this her stage debut. Annalisa would like to thank her parents, Mimi, and Aunt Sherry for teaching her to love acting and Mrs. Kat and Mrs. Bonnie for their expert direction and giving her the opportunity to perform in the Nutcracker Fantasy.

Zayin Holm, 21

Zayin is delighted to have the opportunity to perform in The Nutcracker. His favorite part of the show is being able to act and perform among so many talented troupers. A few of his past shows have been, Hello Dolly! and Mary Poppins. Zayin would like to thank his blessed redeemer Jesus Christ, his parents, friends, and Bonnie Calvert for supporting him.

Kaia Honsberger, 6

  Kaia is six years old. She has been in a number of shows and so far this is one of her favorites. She loves being able to work with the actors this year and she is excited about working with her friends. She would like to thank Ms. Bonnie for helping her become a better dancer and she would like to thank her family for always supporting and believing in her.

Nina Honsberger, 12

Nina Honsberger is twelve years old and she is so excited to be participating in this year’s production of “The Nutcracker Fantasy”! This show has become a yearly tradition and without it, Christmas time wouldn’t be complete! She is very proud the entire cast; each year they continue to show their talents in a variety of ways. Nina has had experience with theatre in a wide variety of musicals, plays, and ballets. Triad’s mix of acting, dancing, and singing has been a phenomenal experience, and she’s so excited for the future performances as they get even better every year! She would like to thank her mother and father, and her fabulous ballet instructor, Miss Bonnie, as well as her wonderful and supportive friends and sisters. Without them, the Nutcracker wouldn’t be possible, and for that, she is eternally grateful.  

Sonia Honsberger, 14

Sonia Honsberger is 14 years old and is very excited to be performing The Nutcracker Fantasy again with all of the amazing dancers and actors. Sonia has been in numerous shows and she is happy to say that this is one of her favorites. She would like to thank her amazing dance teacher Ms.Bonnie for all of her hard work and she would like to thank her parents for always helping her achieve her goals.
“Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to”  – Willem Dafoe

Ben Horkavy, 17

Ben is very grateful and excited to be taking part in the Nutcracker Fantasy. Ben enjoys making new friends and performing with them. His previous experience includes The Forgotten Sheriff, Our Miss. Brooks, Once Upon a Mattress, The Remarkable Incident at Carsen Corners, and The Hobbit. He would like to thank Bonnie Calvert and Triad for inviting him to be a part of the cast.

Abigail Howland, 13

Abby is very excited to be taking part of the year’s performances of the Nutcracker Fantasy. Her most previous show experience with Triad was Annalie and The Circus Show. She would like to thank her parents for taking to her to all the rehearsals and her cast mates and the people at Triad for making the show possible.

Elliot Howland, 11

Elliot is very happy to be in the Nutcracker Fantasy. His previous show experience includes Annalie and the Circus Show and Peter in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. He wants to thank his wonderful, spectacular dad, lovely mother, and absolutely amazing sister for all their support.

Aaliyah Jaquez, 10

Aaliyah is excited to be apart of The Nutcracker Fantasy. She enjoys being apart of Triad and performing year round. Her previous show experience includes numerous Nutcracker Ballets since age 3, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Raymonda, and Annalie and the Circus Show to name a few. She would like to thank her parents and family for always supporting her, Ms Bonnie for always pushing her to be the best dancer she can be, and to Triad for making these shows possible.

Caleb Jenkins, 13

Caleb has been in past performances of The nutcracker as well as Annalee and the Circus Show. Caleb has enjoyed performing as different characters during his time with Triad. Caleb would like to thank his family and Ms. Bonnie for all of the support he has received for each performance.

Adam Jones, 20

Mary Keogh, 9

Mary is so excited to be a part of The Nutcracker Fantasy this year! It is her first show at Triad and she couldn’t be more happy. She would like to thank Miss Bonnie and everyone at Triad and Kat’s Artist Tree for helping to make her dreams come true.

Meaghan Keogh, 14

Meaghan is so excited and so incredibly grateful to be a part of The Nutcracker Fantasy 2022! Her previous show experience includes Annalie and the Circus show, the first two Nutcracker Fantasies and many other wonderful preformances. She would like to thank everyone at Triad and Kats Artist Tree for teaching her everything she knows and providing these amazing opportunities. And a big thanks to her family for dealing with crazy rehearsal schedules!

Samantha Koch, 15

I am excited to be dancing the Nutcracker in Snow, Marzipan, and Flowers. My previous show experience includes 2 Nutcrackers, the Wizard of Oz, and countless Kat’s Artist Tree performances. I would like to thank everyone at Triad, Miss Bonnie, and my family, for helping to make this possible.

Gabriel LaMar, 10

I was in The Nutcracker Fantasy in 2020 and 2021, Annalie and the Circus Show, Seussical the Musical, and many others at Kat’s Artist Tree. I like to dance, sing, act, and play the piano. I would like to thank my mother because she did a lot of sewing and emails, and for letting me be in the show. I would like to thank Katarzyna Honsberger and Bonnie Calvert for choreographing everything, and Brian Honsberger and Mr. Dale for the amazing lighting. What I like about being in the show is I get to dance with everyone else and it is fun to do it and learn it.

Rayna LaMar, 16

I am so so excited to be performing in this year’s Nutcracker!! I’ve performed in many Nutcrackers previously as well as a few other ballets, and I absolutely love getting to spend time with my friends and getting to know the cast during rehearsals. Thank you so much to Miss Bonnie for being the most wonderful teacher and to Miss Kat and Mr Brian for making this show happen yet again. And thanks to my parents and all of the volunteers that brought this thing to life!!!

Tessa LaMar, 13

Tessa is ecstatic at the opportunity to perform in the Nutcracker this year. Her previous show experience involves Willy Wonka, Aladdin, Annalie and the Circus Show, Suessical the Musical, the Music Man, previous productions of the Nutcracker, and more. She would like to thank her parents for supporting her in this wonderful opportunity, and Ms Kat for her dedication to the show.

Audra LaRee Lunt, 14

Since the first time she slipped her ballet slippers on to her feet in 2013, Audra has known she was born to be a dancer. As soon as she hears music she begins to dance and is carried away by her dancing feet. Ballet is her passion! She has performed in the Nutcracker 8 times, Coppélia and many other ballet showcases. Audra started her ballet career at Ballet Phoenix  and  Southwest Ballet Theater. Currently she loves performing with the preprofessional program at Kat’s Artist Tree.  

Eden Rose Lunt, 12

Living life more vividly that anyone you will ever meet, Eden loves to perform and entertain. She has a passion for playing guitar, piano and singing. Her happy place is on the stage under the spot light. She currently enjoys private piano, voice and guitar  lessons at home and acting and singing classes at Kat’s Artist Tree.

Steve Macek, 32

Steve is honored to be taking part in The Nutcracker Fantasy this year. His previous show experience includes “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” Oklahoma!,” “12 Angry Men,” and “In His Steps.” He would like to thank everyone at Triad for their generosity and support as he strives to glorify God through the arts, and in everything. Rom. 5:6-8

Naomi Manasco, 9

Naomi is a 4th grader at Archway Classical Academy. She has attended Kat’s Artistry Tree for the past 2 years and has been involved with ballet, tap, and piano. Her love for ballet has grown over the years which led to her participation in the shows that Triad Performing Arts has offered. Including the Nutcracker 2021, and Annalie & the Circus Show 2022. A big thank you to her mom, Natalie Padilla, grandparents Richard and Debbie, family & friends, and her ballet instructor Bonnie Calvert.

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Mackenzie McEldowney, 14

Mackenzie has had a fantastic experience preparing for The Nutcracker Fantasy this year. She’s grateful to the rest of the cast, parents, volunteers, and Triad’s team for their assistance in bringing such a beautiful production to life and providing her with this wonderful opportunity. Mackenzie has participated in other musical performances; such as The Celebration of Christmas, Pirates! the Musical, Annalie and the Circus Show (with Triad), The Nutcracker Fantasy last year, and others; she is looking forward to taking part in many more.

Ryan McEldowney, 11

Ryan was thrilled to take part in another production with Triad, after participating in the beautiful spring musical, Annalie and the Circus Show. He would like to thank Mrs. Kat and everyone who played a role in making The Nutcracker Fantasy possible and so much fun. Ryan loved making friends and interacting with all of the wonderful people in this production. He looks forward to going further with his acting and doing more with Triad.

Joseph Mcvey, 12

I have in involved with Triad for 2 years. I have performed in 2 nutcrackers and loved every second of it! I have been doing voice lessons at Kats Artist Tree for about two years, as well as piano for 4 months. I am so thankful to be given this opportunity to do this.

Nicholas Mcvey, 14

I have been involved in Triad Performing Arts since the beginning. I have been taking group voice classes at Kats Artist Tree for 5 years and piano classes at Kats Artist Tree for a little under a year. I have been in every single Triad performance, such as Annalie and the Circus Show, and the Nutcracker. I am happy to be given this opportunity by my parents and teachers, and I will not let it pass!

Kyana Moore, 9

Kyana has been thrilled to participate in the Nutcracker Fantasy. Her first musical theatre experience was “Annalie and The Circus Show”. She loved it so much that she couldn’t wait for her next musical experience. She has been singing and dancing since her toddler years! She loves music and loves being on stage! She would love to thank mom, dad and Miss Kat for giving her the opportunity to be on stage again!!!

Isla Pun, 4

This is Isla’s second performance at the black box theatre! She is beyond excited to hop back on the “big stage,” as she calls it, with all her peers. This showcase and priors, has really helped Isla grow her confidence through her performances and willingness to strive for more. She enjoys the collaboration with kids of all ages and seeing the show come to life! She would like to thank all her family members who has encouraged her and contributed to the campaign to make this happen. A HUGE thank you to Triad and everyone who has put in the dedicated work to ensure everyone is prepared for the showcase.

Evan Sainz, 15

Isaac Sainz, 17

My favorite part about being in the Nutcracker Fantasy would be being able to watch all of the other incredibly talented actors and being able to spend time with these amazing people. I would like to thank Mrs. Kat for giving me this opportunity despite my lack of experience, and my brother for bugging me to do it. I would also like to the the whole Triad team for working hard year round to put on these shows . My experience is none!

Harper Shumate, 8

Harper is grateful and excited to be in the cast of The Nutcracker Fantasy! Her previous show experience with a Triad includes The Nutcracker Fantasy 2021 and the original production of Annalie and The Circus Show. She is grateful to God, her parents, Miss Bonnie, Kats Artist Tree, and Triad performing Arts for this opportunity.

Alana Slager, 9

This is Alana’s first big performance in ballet. She is very excited for this opportunity and has big dreams for the future. She would like to thank Ms. Bonnie for putting her in the role of Angel and Chinese. She would also like to thank her mom and dad for putting her back into ballet. She’s thrilled to be part of the Kat’s Artist Tree family.

Lily Smith, 10

Lily is excited to be tackling her 1st dance role, and 3rd performance, with Triad. She is grateful for the opportunities Triad brings to the west valley and thankful for the friendships being involved in theatre has brought to her. Previous experience includes ensemble cast in The Nutcracker Fantasy and Sally Swan In Annalie And The Circus Show, both with Triad. Lily would like to thank her parents and siblings for supporting her dreams, and Miss Kat, Miss Heather, and Mr Bob at Kat’s Artist Tree for their kindness and patience as they pass on their expertise.

Tracy Snider, 15

Tracy is so excited to be able to participate in her third Nutcracker. She has done many performances with Kat’s Artist Tree and Triad including their new show “Annalie and The Circus Show”. She would like to thank her parent Celia and Kelly Snider, her friends at Kat’s and at school, and the amazing people at Triad; especially Miss Bonnie for helping her improve and grow in Dance.

Caitlyn Steen, 9

Caitlyn is very excited to once again be able to perform in the “Nutcracker Fantasy”. She has also danced in “Annalie and the Circus Show” and “Hercules”. She would like to thank her family and everyone at Triad for making this dream come true.

Lauren Strick, 16

Lauren Strick, 11th grade. Lauren has participated in over 15 plays at M.I.P.’s acting zone and has been in several Shakespeare, acting, and musical productions including Amiens in Willpower’s As You Like It, a featured singer in Mary Poppins, Rapunzel in Orange is The New Glass, Giselle in Crumpled Classics, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Rachel Shanklin in A Family Reunion to Die For, Tybalt in Willpower’s Romeo and Juliet, Diana in Annalie and the Circus Show, and Bianca in Willpower’s Taming Of the Shrew. She is a part of Company, an auditioned musical theatre class at Odyssey Preparatory Academy, and enjoys being Soprano captain and choreographing as a dance co-captain inside and outside of class. She is an International Thespian Society Member and has performed in Disneyland with Company. She would like to thank her family and fellow performers for supporting her and Mrs. Kat, Mrs. Bonnie, and the rest of the production team for working incredibly hard on putting this show together. Enjoy the show!

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Ava Turner, 9

Ava is excited to be taking part in the Nutcracker Fantasy for her first ever performance! She is thankful for Mrs. Kat and Triad for this opportunity, and thrilled to be performing for her family and friends!

Ella Turner, 4

Ella is so happy to be joining her big sister in the Nutcracker Fantasy for her first performance! She started ballet this past summer and loves her amazing instructor, Miss Bonnie. She’s excited to perform for her family and friends!

MiaJae Wong, 7

MiaJae has had the joy of performing with Triad since 2021. She enjoys seeing new and old friends and knows this will be as memorable as the first. MiaJae would like to thank every single person who has contributed in any way to make this show possible and thanks everyone who can come out to see her and her cast mates perform.

Gabby Woods, 17

I have had experience with Nutcracker before with Triad and with Ballet Arizona, but i’m super excited for this project to be showcased! I’ve really enjoyed being Marzipan this year! I would like to thank and appreciate Ms. Bonnie for all the hard work she’s dedicated to this project and for being an awesome teacher, but also thank Mrs. Kat, Mr. Brian, Mrs. Kellie, our sponsors, and the parents who dedicated their precious time to make us all performance ready!”

Morgan Zyck, 16

I am excited to be dancing in my 3rd Nutcracker with Triad. I have been performing in dance and theater since I was 3yrs old in theaters across the valley, and as the years have passed, I can’t think of a better company to express this beautiful art form. Thank you to my family and to Kats Artistry for providing me with such an amazing experience.