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WHO'S WHO IN THE CAST

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Kimberly Eilian
Producer / Director / Teacher

Kim is delighted to be back in the Hamptons for season three of Magical Musical Theatre. Kim's specialty is her style and philosophy of teaching dance that is accessible and fun for the very young to teen students. Starting at the young age of four, Kim has followed a lifelong pursuit of performing arts and theatre. After first visiting NYC with her theatre troupe from University of California Irvine, Kim was smitten with the big city and never left (her first thought upon arriving in an NYC taxi cab from JFK: “Wow, this is just like the TV show Taxi!”).  After two musical Bus and Truck Tours across the Midwest and countless singing and dance classes in NYC, Kim decided it was time to settle down into a teaching career, specifically teaching kids. Her first teaching job was in a little dance cabin at a sleep away camp in the Adirondacks, which she now recognizes as the beginning inspiration for Little Barn. Kim’s notable teaching jobs include “Darien Dance Center,” “The Dance School” (her own studio), and summer camp/after school programs at  “Children’s Aid Society'' in Harlem, where she perfected her strictly musical theatre teaching style and method. Kim would like to thank her husband, Kevin, and two boys, Jerome and Lewie, for their continued support, love and inspiration. She would also like to thank her other true love and muse: the happy, beautiful children that come alive in class and on stage doing classical musical theatre. She hopes that Little Barn will inspire her own kids and the children of the Hamptons to pursue performance, become artists, and find joyful encouragement through the magic of musical theatre.

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Hal Miers

Hal is excited to be returning for his third season at Little Barn!

Hal teaches dance, acting and voice coaching and has been to promoted to be our Dance Captain and Casting Director.

At only 6 years old, Hal performed in a production of “Miracle on 34th Street'' and has been singing and dancing ever since.

He is a proud member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild and recently graduated with an MFA in Acting from Columbia University.

Hal also enjoys writing (particularly with his left hand) and enjoys doing stand up comedy. Some of his favorite theatre credits include: Frankenstein (Off-Broadway), A Little More Alive, His Girl Friday (Barrington Stage Company), The Sound of Music (National Tour), Chicago, Pride and Prejudice (Hangar Theatre), Fiddler On The Roof (PA Shakespeare Festival), and Grease (La Commedia Dinner Theatre). Television credits include “As The World Turns” and “Saturday Night Live.”

 

Hal would like to thank Kim for this wonderful opportunity in the Hamptons! 

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Violet Tzu-Hsuan Wang

Violet is delighted to return to the Hamptons this summer and meet all her new friends and students! Her special talent with teaching children is her ability to follow the kids and turn anything into a charming musical theatre arrangement, as well as introducing kids to more sophisticated musical theatre songs in a playful way.

Born and raised in Taiwan, Violet began her training in classical music at the age of 4, starting with piano.

She later approached the cello, which became her inseparable companion. She received her BFA in Music from the National Taiwan Normal University with a major in cello and a minor in piano.

She also studied composition and percussion for a couple years amongst her time there.

During her freshman year, a musical theatre workshop held in Taipei majorly sparked her curiosity for acting, ultimately leading her to move to the Big Apple to explore the wonder of the theatre.

After two years of expert training at Circle in the Square Theatre School’s Musical Theatre program, Violet is now professionally performing and teaching in New York City.She also has a great passion for classical drama, including Shakespeare, as well as exploring accents and dialects of speech.  Violet is currently an Artist-In-Residence at the Titan Theatre Company with credits including “An Iliad” and “Radio Play Series: The Thin Man” as well as being a concert cellist for The Chelsea Symphony.

Some of Violet’s other favorite credits include “Twelfth Night: The Musical Adaptation” (Feste, Clocktower Players), Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” (Mrs. Cheveley), and “Romeo and Juliet” (Lady Capulet, Titan Theatre Company). Notable stages include Joe’s Pub, Irvington Town Hall, 54 Below, Circle in the Square Theatre, and The Triad. 

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Jo Armstrong

Jo is thrilled to be joining the Little Barn Team and spending her summer creating and learning with lots of new friends! 

 

Originally from Kansas, Jo first discovered her love of theatre, at age 12, while playing a Pink Lady in Grease. She spent many summers performing at regional theatres before moving to New York to pursue her dreams! Jo recently graduated from Manhattan School of Music with a degree in Musical Theatre and is now working professionally as a singer and actress in the city. Some of her favorite credits include Saraghina (Nine), Morticia (The Addams Family), Spiker (James and the Giant Peach), and Casey (First Date). Notable stages include Carnegie Hall, Kauffman Performing Arts Center, Starlight Theatre, and Riverside Theatre.

 

Jo has always loved working with children and feels most inspired around young, creative minds! She is trained in music education and childhood development, and is passionate about the importance of music and storytelling in children’s lives. 

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Rebecca Carroll

Rebecca is SO excited to join the Little Barn team this summer! 

 

Rebecca is a New York City based actress, singer, and dancer originally from Lenexa, KS. Her love for performing was fostered from the age of 2.5 when she began taking dance lessons as a reward for potty training. She sang the ever-fitting, “Born to Entertain,” in her first musical audition at age 12 and the rest was history. She went on to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from Texas Christian University. Since graduating, she has signed with Dave Secor at the Daniel Hoff agency and performed professionally in numerous regional and touring productions.

 Rebecca also has a passion for working with children! She has taught dance/theatre classes and camps in Fort Worth, TX as well as New York, NY and nannies for some incredible families when she is not auditioning.

She knows how important it is to support and encourage self-expression from a very young age and looks forward to aiding the next generation in their journey. 

 

Selected performance credits include Peggy in 42nd Street (Theatre TCU), Universal Swing for A Charlie Brown Christmas (Gershwin Entertainment), Maggie in A Chorus Line (Ponte Vedra Concert Hall), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Theatre TCU), and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Maine State Music Theatre.) 

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Alex Schecter
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Alex is a NYC based singer, actor, and writer from Long Island, and is so very excited to be joining the Little Barn team this summer!

 

At 8 years old, Alex discovered a love for music and theatre in an elementary school play, and went on to perform and study the arts throughout middle and high school. Having developed his love for music and theatre at an early age through education, Alex believes training in, and exposure to, the arts is essential for growing minds.

 

Alex graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music with a degree in Vocal Musical Arts, and has been performing professionally in NYC since! Some favorite credits include The Office Musical (Off Broadway, Jerry Orbach Theatre), Anne Frank (Off Broadway, Actors Temple Theatre), and The Little Mermaid (Bellmore Theatre). Recent television credits include The Time Traveler’s Wife (HBO) and Final Moments (Oxygen). Additionally, Alex is currently in post-production for Sunny Achers, a television sitcom pilot he co-wrote and stars in!

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The teachers are wonderful role models for my kids. My son and daughter always learn so much. This is truly their favorite class!

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