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Rockin the Holidays Musical Review

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Who's Who in the Cast

Learn more about the cast or theatrical performers, from a talented team, comprised of Broadway-credited artists, and accompanied by an accomplished live band.

Dani Armstrong

Dani Armstrong has been seen singing and dancing for audiences all over the world. She's been featured as the lead singer in the hit Las Vegas stage productions "Fantasy" and "Show In The Sky." She is most proud of her six tours to Iraq and Afghanistan to sing for the men and women of the Armed Forces with "The Purrfect Angelz" as seen on "America's Got Talent.  


Brandon Alameda

For the past 15 years, Brandon Alameda has proven himself one of the most sought after performers in the entertainment industry. A rare versatile talent, his credits are very diverse, spanning from television, film and live professional theatre to several hosting and recording projects. Most recently, Brandon has been fronting "The MVP's", one of L.A.'s hottest pro cover bands, and lending his solid tenor vocals to several other large scale corporate entertainment projects. He has hosted several live shows for Disney/Buena Vista Entertainment, even starred as "Pepper" in the original Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia at the Mandalay Bay Resort.  


Fredericka Meek

Fredericka recently toured the USA and Canada as one of two "Coquettes" performing with Conan O'Brien in his "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television" Tour.  She has shared the stage vocally with such music legends as Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Cheryl Lynn, Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Ollie Woodson, Marilyn Manson and Dave Hollister. TV & Film: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop F/X's Anger Management, TBS's CONAN, TNT's Franklin & Bash, NBC's Tonight Show, and NBC's Passions & ABC's General Hospital.  Theatre: "Love in All the Wrong Faces", Little Shop of Horrors, Sheba and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She's excited to be rocking OWT the holidays with her Live It Up Family! @Twnklstweets  


Amy Pemberton

Amy graduated from The Arts Educational Schools London. She is most well known for her role in Noel Clarke's thriller feature film 'Storage 24'. She also has two films releasing in 2014. Amy has played leading roles in Original London West End Productions:  Sherrie Christian in 'Rock of Ages', Ariel in 'Footloose', 'Lorraine' in Jersey Boys, and the title role in Cinderella. Her English television credits are vast including work BBC1, ITV, BBC3, Channel 4 and 5. Amy has recently moved the USA and is loving the weather! Especially in Palm Springs.


David Marchesano

David has toured the world as both performer and director for Carnival Cruise Lines Entertainment and Disney Entertainment Productions.  Other credits include: RENT (Roger), Xanadu (Sonny Malone), Cabaret (Emcee), Pippin (Pippin), Full Monty (Ethan Girard), Les Miserables (Marius), Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff).  Currently you can see David singing Lead in the Dapper Dan's of Disneyland on Main Street, USA.  Many thanks to Trini, Jim, Brandon and the rest of the LIU Team as well as his incredible family and friends for all of their unending support.  He sends so much love out to his beautiful and talented wife, Stephanie and their baby girl, Rylee, who inspire him every single day.  He loves you!   


Maureen Russell

Maureen is a published singer/songwriter and released her debut album, The Bittersweet, in May 2012. Maureen continues to write and record music in Los Angeles, and has also recently taken on the role of Music Director at the Encore Theatre in Southern California.  She fronts the party cover band, Sugar Shack, and runs her own voice studio for kids in L.A. and New York.  She earned her B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. Credits include: NY premier of The Pond Beyond the Meadow at The New Rose Theatre; Titanic, The Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria (Maine State Music Theatre); Holland America Cruise Line (Lead Singer, two years).  

Kelli Provart

Kelli was in the original Broadway Cast of Elton John's "Aida", 1st National tour of Aida where she won the Helen Hayes Award for her portrayal of Amneris. Some of her other favorite roles have been Grizabella in Cats (Ovation nominee), Patty from Smokey Joes Cafe, Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde, The narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miss Sandra in All Shook Up, June Carter Cash in Ring Of Fire (Ovation nominee), Eliza in My Fair Lady, Beehive, Lina in Singin in the Rain and Sandy in Grease.  


Craig Michael Lucas

Craig has been touring for the past ten years with Ann-Margret in her show Here! Now!  He has worked for Disney as a "Kid of The Kingdom", "Pleasure Island Dancer" and is an original cast member of Aladdin Live! and Mystic Rhythms in Japan. He has performed at The Hollywood Bowl in The Producers and for Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday Celebration. Favorite shows have been Andy Williams' Christmas Show, Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby, The Ten Commandments with Val Kilmer, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Rocky Horror, La Cage Aux Follies, Kiss Me Kate (Ovation Award), My One And Only, Pippin and back up dancer for Deborah Gibson and Kristine W!  


Tim Valencia

Tim has worked for the past 18 years for Disney all over the world. He has performed in Mystic Rhythms, Animazement, Hunchback Festival, High School Musicals 1 and 2, and tons of other shows for Disney. Tim has been a backup dancer for LeAnn Rimes, Miley Cyrus, and Mercy Me to name a few. Tim has also performed for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and when he is not on stage he is a personal trainer and Special Events coordinator for LIU. His favorite title is being a wonderful husband and father to his family.


Cameron Neilson

Born in Bonnie, Scotland, in a small, former fishing port called Alloa, Cameron's professional career was ignited at the age of 7, when he performed in the stage version of the feature film ‘Bugsy Malone'. As a young performer, he received a full scholarship to study at the acclaimed Arts Educational Stage School in London where he graduated with a B.A. Honors Degree in Musical Theatre. During his time at college, Cameron was asked to make an appearance in the famous West End performing in the Rock musical "BloodBath" as part of the Original cast.


Jeff Stanfield

Jeff is psyched to be a part of this amazing cast!  Credits: 66th Annual Tony Awards as Link Larkin in HAIRSPRAY (Royal Caribbean International). National Tour: HAIRSPRAY (North America and Asia).  He has performed in numerous Corporate Productions and various shows for Disney & Universal.  He would like to thank Live It Up productions for welcoming him, and his friends and family for their constant love and support.


Amy Hillner Larsen

Amy was most recently seen on the National Tour of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert" (Swing/Assistant Dance Captain). Other favorite credits include the National Tour of "Hairspray" (Shelley/understudy Tracy), The 66th Annual Tony Awards (Tracy in Royal Caribbean's "Hairspray"), "Hairspray" at the Hollywood Bowl (with Harvey Fierstein & Nick Jonas), "Seussical" (Sour Kangaroo), "Footloose" (Rusty), and "Into the Woods" (Little Red). Amy is featured in the web series "Gigi: Almost American" starring Josh Gad and will be portraying Young Brenda in the upcoming Chicago production of "The First Wives Club" starring Faith Prince.

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