Shanda Batchelor - Program Manager and Director of Seussical Kids

Shanda is a mother of three who has enjoyed many different aspects of theatre for as long as she can remember.  Watching children grow through the stage and all it has to offer is a very rewarding experience.  She opened Winter Springs Performing Arts in February of 2006 with 30 students and now has the pleasure of watching over 100 students within WSPA's programs grow and learn.  It's not all about acting and singing.  It's about confidence, teamwork, respect, dedication and a love of the arts.

Dustin Batchelor -
Assistant Director of Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Seussical Kids
Choreographer for Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty

Noel Marie- Head of Theater, Acting Instructor,  
Director of Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast

At the age of 7, Noel-Marie began her love of the performing while singing in the Rutger's Children's Choir in New Jersey. Her interest and experience in the arts blossomed since as she started performing in numerous musicals and professional theatrical productions throughout her childhood. At the beginning of her career, Noel-Marie studied Opera at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Musical Theater performance at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City. By the time Noel-Marie graduated, she was already packing for her first National Tour.

Noel- Marie toured throughout the United States performing in regional theater productions and gaining valuable on-the-road experience. She soon returned to New York City and began her career as a professional NYC musical theater actress appearing in numerous productions from off-off Broadway to Broadway theater. She has come a long way since her first New York appearance as Woman 3 in "Is There Life After High School". Some of her favorite roles include, Irene Molloy in "Hello Dolly" (NYC), Fairy Godmother in "Cinderella" (National Tour), Esperanza in the world premier of "Magic in The Music" featuring the music of legendary stage and screen songwriter, Stephen Schwartz (Off-Broadway) and many more.

For the past ten years, Noel has found great joy in sharing her professional experience and teaching her craft as artist-in-residence and Director of Theater Arts at several summer camps, theater workshops, and production companies.

 

Paul 50- Director of Improv

Paul50 in a short time has gone from promotional videos for Sprint/Nextel to becoming the host of the "The Comic Improv" at the "Why Not Lounge". Where he not only hosted but also had his own Stand Up set as well as performing Improv. As an Improvisor, he is a graduate from Sak University where he completed all Sak Improv levels and has performed at the SAK stage in Orlando. Paul50 has also performed at the Improv Festival with the group Hot McMartney, performed in acting roles with Orlando New Improv Kids, and has even done some T.V. spots on late night comedy shows. Outside of Orlando he has been a part of Monkey Butler Improv group in Denver Colorado among other improv groups. He brings a taste of emotional acting combined with humor for a special blend of entertainment.  For over 2 years Paul50 has also been teaching acting and comedy to students ranging from ages 5 to 78.  He is also a Personal Development teacher and speaker which give all of his classes a "real life" application the lessons.  Whether you experience him as a performer or as a teacher, Paul50 will definitely make you laugh, think, and leave you feeling great about life.

Kevin Kelly- Music Director for Beauty and the Beast

Joyce Lemos- Consultant

Joyce Lemos comes directly from the vibrant and effervescent city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has studied dance and performance under some of the most prestigious and globally known instructors. Joyce has performed in Brazil in many national productions such as A Chorus Line (Diana) and the Rocky Horror Picture Show (Columbia). Joyce made her international debut as an aerialist and dancer with the famous Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus. Her local credits also include Arabian Nights as a stunt rider and Pirates Adventure as a featured aerialist and soloist. Joyce's artistic and professional vision has allowed her to bring shows to life as choreographer for many regional productions such as The Producers, RENT, The Jungle Book, and Once Upon A Mattress. She currently resides in Orlando and operates, Joyce Lemos Productions, a dance studio and aerial training facility.

Elizabeth Hardwick- Assistant Choreographer for Beauty and the Beast

Elizabeth Hardwick is 16 years old and a rising Junior at Hagerty Highschool. She is so excited to call herself choreographer for this production! She would like to thank the wonderful cast and production team.

Emily Simmons -

Music Director for Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty

This is Emily's 4th season as a Music Director here at Winter Springs Performing Arts and is quite thrilled to be here. She is entering her third year at the University of Florida studying linguistics and Arabic, though theater and music have always been her favorite hobbies. Emily is incredibly proud of the young actors and actresses at WSPA and is incredibly honored for this opportunity to work with them.

Mickey Lewis- Director 

Mickey Lewis is thrilled to be working with Winter Springs Performing Arts. He has performed for numerous professional theatres throughout the Midwest and the South before relocating to Florida in 2003. Most recently he was seen as The King in “Big River” at the fabulous Mad Cow Theatre. Some of his favorite roles include Donkey in "Shrek The Musical," Edna in Hairspray!," and The Baker in "Into The Woods." He can presently be seen "killing it" at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows when he isn't busy completing his Master’s degree. He most recently debuted his one-man show, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Ethel Merman,” which will tour California and New York in the fall. 

Jay DeRosa- Music Director

Joanna “Jay” DeRosa is a 20 year old currently attending Rollins College, where she is in her third year majoring in music. After having been in a few plays, Jay decided that the spotlight wasn’t for her, and set out to try music directing. This is the ninth musical she has music directed so far, and she’s enjoyed it immensely. This is her first musical involved with WSPA, and is excited to have been working with such a talented group of actors and actresses! Jay has been playing classical piano for about 13 years, and intends to become a certified music therapist after finishing her Bachelor’s. 
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