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KimberlyKidd.jpgKimberly "Kimmie "Kidd 

Kimberly Kidd, Soprano, hails from St. Louis, Missouri. She attended the Visual and Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri, where she studied dance, music, and drama. Her first professional job came at age 11, when Kimberly performed in the ensemble of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess with the Houston Grand Opera Company at the Muny Opera Theatre in Forrest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, Kimberly became a member of the Black American Folklore Society, a dance troupe in which she studied ballet, tap, French language, and African American history. Kimberly’s credit’s include: Vienna – Johnny Guitar, The Musical, Sarah – Ragtime, Glenda – The Wiz, Alice – Big River, Featured Soloist – Tommy, Ensemble – Barnum, and Ensemble – Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2000, she was featured in a national Dr. Scholl’s commercial. During her time in Las Vegas, she has performed with the Pendragon’s Players at the Excalibur Resort Hotel & Casino, “The Motions” singing group at the Motown Café in the New York New York Resort Hotel & Casino, and also as a featured actor in Star Trek: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton. She is currently a member of the Artiste dell’ Arte program at the Venetian Hotel Resort & Casino, where she sings Italian opera and Neapolitan song.


NicolePryor1.jpgNicole Pryor

Nicole Pryor feels very blessed to be singing daily in the longest running show on Broadway, The Phantom of The Opera, in which she currently plays the roles of The Confidante, Wardrobe Mistress, and Ensemble each night at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Nicole began taking lessons and performing at the age of 12.  Since then she has received many awards for her vocal talent, including KCET’s Emerging African American Artist Award.  Her studies of classical voice also earned her a scholarship to Pepperdine University where she graduated in December of 2000, with a degree in Advertising and Music.  As a performer, her favorite roles include: Sarah in Ragtime (Musical Theater West, Performance Riverside and Cabrillo Music Theater), Rusty in Footloose (Moonlight Amphitheater), and Yonah in Children of Eden (Conejo Players Theater).  She spent one year performing with Walt Disney World’s American Vybe at Epcot and 3 months performing in the musical review, “California Dreaming”, at Stage West in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  It was with American Vybe that she also had the opportunity to sing on The Wayne Brady Show.  She also recorded “Song of the Albatross” on Jim Centorino’s “Three Dreams” Album, which was submitted for a GRAMMY Award.  Along with her stage work, Nicole just completed her debut album and teaches private vocal lessons in the Las Vegas area.  She is also a proud member of Actors Equity and Screen Actors Guild. www.nicolepryor.com

Joel2.jpgJoël René

Joël René is proud to be involved in such a meaningful and inspiring piece of work.  Her previous works include various shows in Seattle (Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre, Village Theatre) as well as Ragtime at Pioneer Theatre Company and Once on This Island at the Sacramento Music Circus (Erzulie).  She recently completed a turn in the role of Lisa in the Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia! Favorite roles include Lili (Carnival), Wendy (Peter Pan), Patty Simcox (Grease), Psyche in the West Coast Premier of Cupid and Psyche as well as Ernestine in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, a show she work shopped at the Sundance Playwriting Lab with author Lynn Nottage.  She is a proud member of Actors Equity.

NadineHeadshot.jpgNadine Roden

Nadine Roden, a native Torontonian, is excited to be back with the Las Vegas cast of MAMMA MIA!  She trains privately with a voice coach in Hamilton, Ontario and has taken improve training at Second City.  Credits include: MAMMA MIA! (ensemble, u/s Tanya and Rosie) in the Original North American Cast, 1st National Tour, Las Vegas and Broadway, Smokey Joe's Café (Brenda), Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Jewel), the Canadian premiere of The Life (Sonja), Jesus Christ Superstar.  Film credits include the lead in the CBC/Bravo performance film Dinner at the Edge.  Much love to my family and friends, you mean the world to me.

webassets/HEADSHOT_1.jpgAlana Simone

 

Alana Simone is very excited to be a part of this original piece “Our Voice”.  Alana spends her nights performing in the Las Vegas company of MAMMA MIA! as Ali.  She is a native of Euclid, Ohio and graduate of the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music Theatre program. Favorite regional credits include: The Lion King (Nala), Disney Cruise Line; Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette), Idaho Shakespeare Festival; The Full Monty (Joanie) and Big River (Alice’s Daughter), Weston Playhouse, and Hair (Dionne), Cain Park Theatre. Alana is truly blessed and grateful for her family and friends.
 

Lauren_Ball.jpgLauren Ball

“You’re going to be doing something for a long time, so it might as well be something you love.” 

 

And after using the stage name Elle B since 2006, Lauren Ball,  is ready for audiences to love what she's doing without hiding any of her passion.

 

Lauren donned the stage name Elle B back in 2006 when she began performing her original songs in LA nightclubs. She chose Elle B - a creative take on her initials - to distance herself from Lauryn Hill comparisons.

 

But after years of performance experience and traveling the world, Lauren can no longer use the moniker, which she feels she's outgrown. Saying, "I'm definitely more in my own skin and know who I am as a performer much more now. I really like to give an audience my all, and using "Elle" kind of veils that."

 

Particularly, it has been Lauren's tenure as supporting vocalist for pop icon, Katy Perry since 2010 that finally brought her to that realization.

 

Fusing influences from her classically-trained, vocalist-mother, and pop soul and funk influences such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Chaka Kahn Parliament, Donny Hathaway and Gladys Knight, Lauren provides stability and familiarity to popular music’s constantly evolving soundscape both on stage in front of thousands, or alone in a studio with just a microphone.

 

“I’m drawn to the stage because it’s where I feel the most alive,” she says. However, Lauren credits cover bands with her biggest growth as a performer, saying  “it was through cover bands that I realized I wasn't singing just for myself. My relationship to the stage became very much about the audience, whereas before it was about what I wanted to give and what I wanted to project.”

 

So by the time the audition for Katy came around Lauren was prepared and almost fearless, citing how she got the job. "Basically, I crashed the audition and pretended to know one of the management staff. I left with  the gig and started the next day."

 

After 100s of hours on stage, Lauren Ball is working on a new album,Noire, produced by French Producer, Hardy Indiigo (of Madonna's, Superstar). The sound has the flavor of pop soul and funk with driving percussion and futuristic inspiration.

 

Lauren is proud to present herself to new and old audiences with the confidence of a seasoned performer and powerhouse vocalist.

 

With Elle she felt she had to spell it out, but there's no mistaking who Lauren Ball is.

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Kiki Shakespaere-Thompson

Kiki was raised in Chatsworth located in the San Fernando Valley of California .When she was about five years old she began performing music; and since then, among others, has received Speech Level and Classical vocal training from Loretta Au, Norris Chapell Jr., Dr. Ken Peterson, Connie Jensen,  Liz Wooten, and Carol Ann Modesitt.  

Some of Kiki’s vocal accomplishments include being in the top six finalists for the Sunny Idol Singing Competition for the Southern Utah area; winning first place in the musical theater and non-traditional student division of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition of 2005 and 2009 Las Vegas chapter; singing the National Anthem, by invitation, at the Paradise Bowl and SUU's 2009 Commencement Services; and Soprano Soloist for Messiah with the Orchestra of Southern Utah and Southwest Symphony and Chorale. Kiki has been a musical director and performed in the numerous theatrical productions in ensemble and lead roles including: The Ark ; Jekyll & Hyde; Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Narrator); Quilters (Sarah); Pippin (Fastrada); Nunsense (Sister Hubert), Into The Woods (Witch), A Funny thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Lycus)  a stellar vocal performance as Audrey II the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the First Lady in Mozart's Magic Flute, Nella in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. 

 Kiki has been accepted into Opera Redwoods professional opera workshop this summer where she will receive professional training in opera performance. Kiki is currently attending SUU as a Vocal Performance Major. She is currently involved with the Opera program and love's every moment of it.  Her love of the arts comes second only to her husband Anthony and their beautiful daughter, Acacia Jahzara.

headshot3.jpgStephanie Redman

Stephanie Redman, soprano, is a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While earning her degree in Music Education Stephanie has been studying classical voice with Dr. Alfonse Anderson and performing in UNLV's Opera Theater and Concert Choir. Stephanie has performed in many symphony and and oratorio concerts with the Las Vegas Philharmonic in UNLV's Concert Choir. In addition, Stephanie has performed in many of UNLV's Opera Theater's scene programs, performing scenes from Die Lüstige Witwe, Die Zauberflöte, Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Lizzy Borden. In 2010 Stephanie made her operatic debut in UNLV's Spring Production of The Magic Flute as First Spirit. Since then Stephanie has performed the roles of Laetitia (Old Maid and the Thief) and Lucy (The Telephone) Stephanie feels very blessed and thankful for this opportunity to sing with such talented women, and Stephanie also would like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support.