In The Studio Theatre's inaugural season, Whitney Morse has played the roles of Diana in Next to Normal
, Cathy in The Last Five Years
, and Claire in Proof
, she is also The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol's Artistic Director. Morse's Central Florida Theatre credits include The Science Play Festival's reading of Arcadia
, The Secret Garden
, and 1776
(Mad Cow Theatre.) Her recent Chicago credits include Next To Normal
(Skokie Theatre), Other Desert Cities
(Citadel Theatre), The Children's Hour
(Pride Films and Plays), Spike Heels
(Brown Paper Box), Down Range
(Genesis Theatricals), Trafford Tanzi
and I Carry Your Heart
(Prologue Theatre Company), Accomplice
(Jedlicka Performing Arts Center), The Turn of the Screw
, Jeeves at Sea
, Unnecessary Farce
and The Merchant of Venice
(First Folio Theater), and Little Women
(Theatre-Hikes). New York credits: Hold Music
(Culture Project,) and Love's Labour's Lost
and Three Sister's
(both directed by Andrei Serban.) Whitney is also the Artistic Director of The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. BA Psychology - Rollins College, MFA Acting - Columbia University School of the Arts.www.whitneymorse.com
The story behind Fernando Varela begins and ends with a voice. A voice that the press is constantly comparing to some of the world's greatest.
Fernando's powerful voice tells the tale of a breathtaking tenor whose spirit and determination has defied the odds.
Varela recently shared this voice with worldwide audiences who were continuously amazed and left standing on their feet after watching his participation in Europe's popular Night of the Proms tour, sharing the stage with notable talents such as Gavin DeGraw, The Beach Boys, Joe Jackson, Basement Jaxx, Maria Mena, OMD, Johannes Oerding, and Natalie Imbruglia. The innovation of star choreographer and creative director Marvin A. Smith inspired the astounding performance Fernando delivered on stage.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fernando moved to Florida at the age of eight, and while he always loved music it was not until he was seventeen that he discovered the impressive talent he had within him. With no formal training, Fernando sang for a university music panel out of high school and was presented with the barrier of doubt and adversity. His performance resulted in the professor's laughing and telling Fernando "Don’t quit your day job, music is not for you."
Fernando turned doubt and disbelief from others into a fierce drive to succeed. He quit his day job at a successful financial firm and set out to achieve his dream. With more than a decade of hard work and dedication, he transformed into one of the most captivating tenors in the world today.
Fernando trained with some of opera's renowned classical icons and toured worldwide with Grammy Award-Winning producer David Foster (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban) performing amongst some legendary superstars including Lionel Richie, Babyface, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Seal, Jewel, and Chaka Kahn. He has also performed his own fifty date tour across the North America.
Varela signed with German record label, Deutsche Grammophon and United States Verve Label Group (Universal Music Group companies) and released his new album "Vivere," March 2017.
Vivere, recorded at the famous Abbey Road Recording Studio in the London and produced by Belgian producer Patrick Hamilton (Katherine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, David Garrett), is a classical pop crossover album that perfectly showcases Fernando's infectious optimism, and soaring vocals. His PBS Special aired in March 2017 and he will begin International TV specials and headlining his own American and European tours in the end of 2017.
Fernando Varela sets the standard for what true musicianship is all about. His unique voice and engaging passion lights up the stage. His story demonstrates the power of not giving up on a dream, even when the odds are stacked against you.
Allyssa is thrilled to be making her debut at The Studio Theater! A native of the Central Florida area, she has been performing around the state for years. She was last seen at The Winter Park Playhouse in their sold out run of Why Do Fools Fall In Love?
Favorite roles include: The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot
, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show
, and Heather Duke in Heathers
(Florida Premiere). She can be seen daily entertaining audiences at Walt Disney World in Finding Nemo: The Musical
as well as singing and dancing with Celestina Warbeck and The Banshees
at Universal Studios' Diagon Alley. BFA Musical Theatre from University of Central Florida. Much love to Mom & Dad for their continued support of my dreams. I love you both so much.
Josh Kimball is a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Josh has been working in theatre all his life, beginning at the age of 5 and performing in shows ever since. Recent works have been Playlist Singer on the Carnival Ecstasy and Triumph, Henry in Next to Normal
(Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol), a live entertainment performer in The Rockin' Country show and Spooky Shenani-gans
(Cedar Point Theme Park), Mark in Rent
(SIU), and Bob Wallace in White Christmas