Category:Orange County School of the Arts alumni
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The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 27 pages are in this category, out of 27 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Orange County School of the Arts – The school caters to middle and high school students with talents in the performing, visual, literary arts, and culinary arts. The educational program prepares students for education institutions or employment in the professional arts industry. Both the academic and arts program have prompted recognition in the US News Best High Schools program, OCSA recently changed its school name from Orange County High School of the Arts to Orange County School of the Arts to reflect the inclusion of middle school students. The Orange County School of the Arts was founded in 1987, during that time the school was relocated from its primary facility at Los Alamitos High School to the Santa Ana Unified School District. OCSA is a tuition-free, donation-dependent public charter school governed by a board of trustees representing parents, the community, educators, the Foundation is a registered 501 non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors of prominent business and cultural leaders. Members pay annual dues, serve on fundraising committees, attend the schools activities, in the summer of 2012, the name of the school was changed from OCHSA to OCSA. The Orange County School of the Arts students attend academic courses under a block schedule system with three academic classes per day alternating each day for a total of six classes. Honors classes are offered as well as many Advanced Placement classes, OCSA also has a selection of electives including Acting, Ceramics, Improv, Graphic Design, Zoology, Vocal Ensemble, Journalism, and Photography. OCSAs 2012 Academic Performance Index score of 908 ranked the school as one of the top five ranked high schools in Orange County, OCSA was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2006 by the U. S. Department of Education. OCSA was one of 250 Blue Ribbon schools recognized nationwide in 2006 among 35 schools in the State of California, OCSA was also named a California Distinguished School. In 2009, 99% of OCSA alumni continued on to college, with 79% going on to a 4-year university, 18% going to a 2-year university with plans to transfer to a 4-year university and 2% studying abroad. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA to continue participating in their artistic studies, the Art Attack Live is OCSAs daily live television broadcast of the days announcements. The show began broadcasting by a group of 4 students from the Film, broadcast to every television in the school, the short broadcast keeps students up to date on school events, and promotes activities. Crew members consist of students from the schools Film and Television conservatory, the show is broadcast from one of OCSAs two live television production studios in the technology building. Students at the school are given the opportunity to audition to become hosts of the show or gain a crew internship, after 2,15 p. m. James P. Blaylock, a fantasy author, was Director of the Creative Writing Department at OCSA. The co-directors are now Joshua Wood and Abbe Levine, the departments Writer in Residence is the award-winning fantasy author Tim Powers. The Instrumental Music Department holds many concerts throughout the year and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City in spring of 2006, the schools Symphony Orchestra, directed by Chris Russell, performed in the Sydney Opera House in the summer of 2008. The Production and Design Conservatory at OCSA designs the costumes, lighting, audio, makeup and they refer to their conseratory director as Captain because his name is Kevin Cook
2. Kit Armstrong – Kit Armstrong is a classical pianist and composer. Armstrong was born on March 5,1992 in Los Angeles and he displayed interest in sciences, languages and mathematics. At the age of 5, and without access to a piano and he subsequently started formal studies in piano with Mark Sullivan and in composition with Michael Martin. Armstrong has always pursued music and academic education in parallel and he attended Garden Grove Christian School, Anaheim Discovery Christian School, Los Alamitos High School and Orange County School of the Arts. While in high school, he studied physics at California State University, Long Beach, at the age of 9, Armstrong became a full-time undergraduate student at Utah State University studying biology, physics, mathematics as well as music. In parallel, he studied mathematics at the Imperial College London. Armstrong has studied regularly with Alfred Brendel since 2005, in June 2003, Armstrong was invited to play at the Carnegie Hall to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Steinway & Sons. In 2006 he won the Kissinger Klavierolymp, a competition of young pianists relatet to the festival Kissinger Sommer, among his recital projects in 2010 was a programme including etudes by Chopin and Ligeti, and J. S. Bachs Inventions and Sinfoniae. In 2014 and 2016 Armstrong appeared at the Salzburg Mozartwoche with Renaud Capuçon, Armstrong is the artiste étoile of the 2016 Mozart Festival Würzburg and of the Bern Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music is one of Armstrongs central interests and he performs with the Szymanowski String Quartet and in a piano trio with Andrej Bielow and Adrian Brendel, and has given lieder recitals with Andreas Wolf and Thomas Bauer. The Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival awarded Armstrong the 2010 Leonard Bernstein Award, in 2011 he received the Förderpreis für Musik from the Kurt-Alten-Stiftung. The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival announced Kit Armstrong as WEMAG-Soloist prizewinner in 2014, Armstrong composes for a wide variety of ensembles in various styles and genres. His compositions include one symphony, five concertos, six quintets, seven quartets, in 2001, Armstrong received a $10,000 Davidson Fellows Scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Many of his works were performed publicly, his Symphony No. was recorded with Andrej Bielow. On 27 January 2015, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin performed a new fortepiano concerto by Armstrong. tv. In 2011, the film Set the Piano Stool on Fire by Mark Kidel was released on DVD, in April 2012, GENUIN released a CD by Armstrong, Andrej Bielow and Adrian Brendel of piano trios by Haydn, Beethoven, Armstrong and Liszt. On September 27,2013, Sony Music Entertainment released Kit Armstrongs album Bach, Ligeti, on the CD he presents his own transcriptions of 12 Choral Préludes by J. S. Bach, his own composition and hommage Fantasy on B-A-C-H, in November 2015, Sony Music Entertainment released Liszt, Symphonic Scenes, a solo piano CD by Kit Armstrong
3. Scott Aukerman – Scott Aukerman is an American writer, actor, comedian, television personality, director, producer, and podcast host. Starting as a writer and performer in the seasons of the sketch series Mr. Show. Bang. as well as the IFC original television series of the same name, Aukerman is the co-creator of Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and co-founder of the Earwolf podcast network. He hosted a television show called Centurion Highlights, based on the schools mascot. In a 2015 interview, Aukerman said Im still doing that same show and he started a short-lived band, The Naked Postmen, with Adrian Young, who went on to be the drummer for No Doubt. While attending Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, he and fellow student B. J. Porter began writing together when they were both scripting and performing in a show called Lutz Radio. Mr. Show co-creator Bob Odenkirk was in the audience for the second performance and this led to an Emmy nomination in 1999 for Aukerman and the rest of the staff. Aukerman appeared sporadically on the show, most notably as the model Theo Brixton in the Taint Magazine sketch, after the shows cancellation, Aukerman and Porter segued into writing film and television scripts, most notably Run Ronnie Run. and the first draft of the Tenacious D film. In 2004, he and Porter received an Additional Dialogue credit on the feature film Shark Tale. They went on to write a script for the sequel. This was put out in limited release on AST Records, in 2009, Aukerman and Porter wrote a pilot script for NBC, titled Privates. The network ultimately passed on the show and that year, Aukerman took on the role as head writer for the 2009 MTV Movie Awards and executive produced and co-wrote a pilot for Comedy Central, The New Andy Dick Show. The network ultimately passed on ordering it to series, in 2010, Aukerman wrote a feature film script for friend Zach Galifianakis for Fox, and he and Patton Oswalt co-wrote a television pilot for Fox, which the network ultimately passed on. Later that year, Aukerman joined a writers lab, writing scripts for Imagine Entertainment. In 2002, Aukerman and Porter started the alternative comedy showcase Comedy Death-Ray. Porter had friends in common with M Bar owner Joe Reynolds, upon seeing how empty M Bar was, Porter convinced Reynolds to let him start a comedy show to help business. The show eventually moved to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2005 to gain more creative freedom, the CD featured Aukerman, comedians David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Paul F. Tompkins, and other CDR regulars. In 2007, Aukerman and Porter produced several internet shorts with Comedy Death-Ray comedians for the internet site Super Deluxe and these included three episodes of The Brody Stevens Interview Challenge, and two episodes of Lake Charles Lake, in which he also co-starred
4. Dante Basco – Dante R. Basco is an American actor, voice actor, and dancer. He is known for his work in video games, movies. Dante Basco is a Filipino American born in Pittsburg, California and raised in Cerritos and Paramount and he has four siblings, including actor Dion Basco. His cousin, Nick, edits his videos on YouTube and has his own popular YouTube channel, in Dantes early years, he was part of the Streat Freaks breakdancing crew. When he got into acting, he started taking on roles in television. Bascos breakout performance was when he appeared as the charismatic red-stripe-haired leader Rufio of the Lost Boys in Steven Spielbergs 1991 film Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Basco chose to characterize the role some of the more aggressive alpha male traits of teenage boys so as to maximize the tension with Williams Pan character. Many of Rufios lines were improvised by Basco who was happy to go head on with Robin Williams, daring, and bold, Bascos performance proved to be memorable and a big hit among fans. A punk band is named after this character. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts in the Music and Theatre Conservatory and he had guest roles on television shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Hangin with Mr. Cooper, and had a recurring role on Moesha. After portraying characters of various Asian ethnicity except his own, he portrayed a Filipino American alongside his three brothers and sister in the independent film The Debut and he and his brothers starred in the sitcom Naked Brown Men. He played a gay teenager in the 1999 film But Im A Cheerleader and he starred as breakdancer Ramos in the 2006 film Take the Lead alongside Antonio Banderas. In many films, he dances as he did in a Verizon Wireless commercial. He produced and co-starred in a video parody of the song Rehab called Wiihab. He has done voice acting for many animated materials, including Zuko in Avatar, The Last Airbender and Jake Long in American Dragon, Jake Long. He voiced Matt Martin/Kewl Breeze in the animated series Zevo-3, several voices in the video game Saints Row and Shingo in the video games Skate, Skate 2. He also voiced Seeing Farther in the video game Call of Juarez, Bound in Blood, the youth voice for the MMORPG game Aion, Tower of Eternity
5. Drake Bell – Jared Drake Bell is an American actor, voice actor, and musician. Born in Newport Beach, California, he began his career as an actor in the early 1990s at the age of five with his first televised appearance on Home Improvement. Bell also appeared in commercials, such as one for Pokémon Red and Blue, but is best known for his starring roles on Nickelodeons The Amanda Show. Bell starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents movies on Nickelodeon, Bell was the voice of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD. He appeared on ABCs reality TV series Splash, in addition to acting, Bell has a career in music during the early 2000s, at the time of his appearances on The Amanda Show, named Drake 24/7. He also co-wrote and performed the song to Drake & Josh. In 2005 he independently released his album, Telegraph, released under Bells own name. His second album, Its Only Time, was released in 2006 after signing with Universal Motown Records and debuted at #81 on the Billboard 200 and its Only Time has sold 178,000 copies in the United States as of 2012. His first video album, Drake Bell In Concert, was released in 2008 and it debuted at #81 on the Top 100 Mexican Albums Chart. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder independently, in 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready Steady Go. under indie label Surfdog Records. Ready Steady Go. debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, Bell was born on June 27,1986 in Newport Beach, California. His parents are Robin Dodson, a billiards player. He has three brothers, including Robert and Travis, and one older sister, Kellie. Bell started acting at the age of five, encouraged by his father and he stated I was five, and my dad kind of said, Hey, you wanna be an actor. and I said, Sure, that kind of thing, you know. I was kind of put into it by my dad but, you know, I really love it, and I still do it. Bells first televised commercial was for Whirlpool Appliances, I had to sit under a tree and eat a Popsicle, Bell later stated, I thought, I could get used to this. His first television appearance was on a 1994 episode of Home Improvement. He appeared in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, and had a role in the Seinfeld episode The Frogger in 1998
6. Ashley Benson – Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress and model, known for her role as Hanna Marin on the mystery television series Pretty Little Liars. Ashley Victoria Benson was born and raised in Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California and she has a sister, Shaylene, who is a year older. She started dancing competitively in ballet, jazz, hip hop and she also enjoys singing, and has appeared in several musicals. At age four, she was asked to audition to sing solo at four Christmas services at her church, at five, she modeled in dance catalogs, and at age eight, she began modeling under The Ford Modeling Agency in print advertisements. She also appeared in a Lil Romeo music video as a schoolgirl in 2002 and she made a brief appearance in the Zoey 101 episode Quinns Date in March 2005. She has also appeared in the videos for NLTs That Girl, One Calls BlackLight. In 1999, Benson started pursuing an acting career and she began working and appearing in a number of commercials, but quickly made the transition into film and television acting. She explained that, because of the number of episodes filmed a day, you cant really mess up, you have to all of your lines. She played a witch disguised as a cheerleader in a 2008 episode of the CW series Supernatural. In films, she was one of the Six Chicks in 13 Going on 30, and appeared as Carson in Bring It On, In It to Win It, the fourth installment of the Bring It On franchise. To land the role, she had to end her contract with Days of our Lives, I got off it, I mean I had talked with the producers about doing this film. I had just passed up so many opportunities where I could have done a film, so this big thing just came up, and I ended up getting to do this. Im happier that I got off the soap though, I mean I give all my credit to them, because I have learned so much from being on soap operas and working with amazing actors whove been on there for like thirty, forty years. It was an honor to work with them and its definitely given me all my background. But getting off the soap opera helped me a lot too, so I am definitely thankful I got to be on a soap opera though. For Bring It On, In It to Win It, she had to attend cheerleading practice, nonetheless, she was glad to do her own stunts, even though she wasnt expecting for it to be so hard. She loved working with her onscreen mother Tatum ONeal, from whom she learned about acting, Benson starred in ABCs 2009 television series Eastwick. The show was based on John Updikes novel, The Witches of Eastwick, and her character, Mia, was the teen-aged daughter of Roxie Torcoletti
7. Stephanie J. Block – Stephanie Janette Block is an American actress and singer, known for her work in Broadway musicals. A Tony Award nominee and four-time Drama Desk Award nominee, she has appeared on numerous cast recordings and released a solo album, Block began her professional musical career in regional theater and by playing Belle in the Disneyland production of Beauty and the Beast in 1992. She made her Broadway debut in the 2003 original production of The Boy from Oz and she later reprised the role on Broadway from 2007-08. She received Drama Desk nominations for the Broadway productions of 9 to 5 and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, for Drood, she also received a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Block was born on September 19,1972, in Brea, California and her mother, Rosemarie, worked for the local school district, and her father, Steven Block, was a welfare fraud investigator. She was raised Catholic, and is of German and Italian descent, Block grew up in Brea, where she attended St. Angela Merici School. Later she attended an all-girls Catholic private school, Rosary High School in Fullerton, California and she finished up her high school years at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Block started her musical theater career with regional theater, appearing in many productions including Funny Girl, Crazy for You. James Joyces The Dead and Bells Are Ringing, Block was additionally the original Belle in the Disneyland production of Beauty and the Beast and did voice work for numerous commercials, including the singing voice of Barbie. In early 2000 Block read the part of Elphaba in the first reading of the new musical Wicked, Block debuted on Broadway in 2003, playing the role of Liza Minnelli opposite Hugh Jackmans Peter Allen in the show. The show received mixed reviews but proved to be a hit with audiences playing on Broadway for close to a year, the musical received several Tony Award nominations, including a nomination for Best Musical. In spring 2005, Block originated the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked and she was awarded both the 2006 Helen Hayes Award and the 2007 Carbonell Award for Best Actress in a Non-Resident Production for this role. Block received great reviews for a show-stopping performance, after performing with the tour for a year Block left the production in March 2006 and was replaced by Julia Murney. In 2007 Block was seen in the role of the new Broadway musical The Pirate Queen. The music was written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, Block was praised by critics, such as Ben Brantley from The New York Times, for giving a truly felt, realistic, performance. She also received a nomination for a Drama League Award for her performance, plagued by insufficient ticket sales and harsh reviews, the show opened in April and barely played for two months at the Hilton Theatre, closing in June. Later that year Block reprised the role of Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway beginning October 9,2007 and she left the production after eight months on June 15,2008, and was succeeded by Kerry Ellis. Block starred alongside Allison Janney, Megan Hilty, and Marc Kudisch in the new adaptation of the 1980 film 9 to 5
8. Lauren German – Lauren Christine German is an American actress. She had her first major role in the 2002 romantic drama film A Walk to Remember, followed by roles in the horror films The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Hostel, in 2016, she began starring as Det. Chloe Decker in the Fox fantasy comedy-drama Lucifer, German was born in Huntington Beach, California. Germans father is a vascular surgeon and she attended Los Alamitos High School, and the Orange County High School of the Arts. She later enrolled at the University of Southern California, studying anthropology, germans first work was on stage in Peter Pan and Oliver. In 2000, she made her film debut in the romantic comedy Down to You. In 2002, German co-starred in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember with Shane West and Mandy Moore and she played Belinda, whom Landon Carter breaks up with. Then she appeared in the horror film Dead Above Ground, the drama A Midsummer Night’s Rave. In 2003, she auditioned to star in the horror film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, German co-starred in the crime drama Born Killers, the thriller Rx, the romantic comedy Standing Still, the drama It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine. and the musical drama What We Do Is Secret with Shane West again, based on a true story and she starred in the horror film Hostel, Part II, produced by Quentin Tarantino. She also starred in the French apocalypse thriller The Divide, German starred in the second season of the CBS police drama Hawaii Five-0 as DHS agent Lori Weston from 2011 to 2012. She starred in the first two seasons of the NBC drama Chicago Fire as Leslie Shay, one of the paramedics from 2012 to 2014, the series premiered on January 25,2016 on Fox. Lauren German at the Internet Movie Database
9. Vanessa Hudgens – Vanessa Anne Hudgens is an American actress and singer. Hudgens rose to prominence playing Gabriella Montez in the High School Musical series, Hudgens has also appeared in various films and television series for the Disney Channel. She had her film debut in the 2003 film Thirteen. She had mainstream success following the release of the High School Musical trilogy and her appearance in the series helped make her a household name. Songs from the films also charted worldwide, with the song Breaking Free peaking inside the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. This led to Hudgens releasing her album, V, on September 26,2006 which entered the Billboard 200 at number 24. Her second album, Identified, was released on July 1,2008 in the United States, since the release of her albums and the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has focused on her acting career. She has appeared in the films Bandslam, Beastly, Sucker Punch, Journey 2, The Mysterious Island, Spring Breakers and she has also played the title role in the Broadway musical Gigi in 2015, and the role of Rizzo in Grease, Live in 2016. Hudgens was born in Salinas, California, and lived with her parents along the West Coast and her mother, Gina, held a succession of office jobs, and her father, Gregory Hudgens, was a firefighter. She has a sister, Stella Hudgens, who is also an actress. She was raised as a Roman Catholic and her father was of Irish and Native American descent, and her mother, a native of Manila, Philippines, is of Filipino descent. All of her grandparents were musicians and her acting career started at the age of 15, and she briefly attended Orange County High School of the Arts, followed by homeschooling with tutors. Hudgens had her first acting role in an episode of the sitcom Still Standing, following her appearance on the series, she guest starred in an episode of the series Robbery Homicide Division, airing on CBS in 2002. 2003 saw Hudgens making her debut in the 2003 drama film Thirteen. The film, which revolved around teenager Tracy trying to fit in and getting caught up in the crowd, was somewhat of a commercial success. Despite its minor success, the film received positive critical reviews. It has an 82% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and USA Today called Thirteen the most powerful of all recent wayward-youth sagas, Hudgens subsequently landed a role in the 2004 science fiction-adventure film Thunderbirds, based on the television series of the same name. Hudgens portrayed the character of Tin-tin, the film was a commercial failure and was strongly criticized for abandoning the original concepts
10. Taryn Manning – Taryn Manning is an American actress, singer-songwriter, and fashion designer. Manning made her debut in the teen drama Crazy/Beautiful, followed by a lead part opposite Britney Spears in Crossroads. She then appeared in 8 Mile, White Oleander, A Lot Like Love, Manning has also had recurring roles in television on Sons of Anarchy and Hawaii Five-0, as well as a leading part as Tiffany Pennsatucky Doggett in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. As a musician, Manning is the vocalist for the electronic duo Boomkat, Taryn Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, the daughter of Bill Manning, a musician, and his wife, Sharyn Louise. Mannings parents divorced when she was two old, and her brother, Kellin, and she were raised by their mother in Tucson. Manning grew up living in a park with her brother and single mother. My mom didnt buy herself a new pair of shoes and a new outfit until I moved out, literally when I asked my mom for a dollar I got one single dollar. In spite of the familys money trouble, her mother was able to enroll Manning in karate, dance, at the age of 12, her family relocated to San Diego, California. Two years later, when Manning was 14, her father committed suicide, as a teenager, she worked as a waitress and a barista to help support her family. Manning began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in roles in several film and television productions, including episodes of The Practice, Get Real, Speedway Junky, NYPD Blue. She also made a guest-appearance on the TV series Boston Public, in 1999, she was featured in an independent film called Speedway Junky. She also auditioned for the American version of Popstars, which aired in early 2001 on The WB and she appeared in 8 Mile as B-Rabbits ex-girlfriend, Janeane, and in Peter Kosminksys White Oleander. Along with supporting roles in the films Lucky 13 and Debating Robert Lee, E. Online picked her for its Sizzlin 16 list of 2002. She has appeared on the covers of the July 2003 issue of FHM and she was ranked #33 in Stuff magazines 103 Sexiest Women in 2003, #59 in Maxims Hot 100 Women 2003 and #60 in 2008. Her breakthrough role was as Nola, a prostitute in Memphis, Tennessee, Manning was nominated in the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance. Director Craig Brewer saw Mannings picture in a book and was convinced that the actress who played Nola should look just like her. There are some people who put on trashy like a wardrobe and her other subsequent film roles included roles in Unbeatable Harold and When the Nines Roll Over. When the Nines Roll Over is a film centred around a jaded hipster A&R executive tries to steal a talented
11. Matthew Morrison – Matthew James Matt Morrison is an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Morrison is signed with Adam Levines 222 Records, Morrison received a Tony Award nomination for his featured role as Fabrizio Nacarelli in the musical The Light in the Piazza. From March 2015 to January 2016, Morrison starred in the role of J. M. Barrie in the Broadway production of Finding Neverland. Morrison was born in Fort Ord, California, to Mary, Morrison was raised in Chico, California, and is of Scottish heritage. He was part of the Collaborative Arts Project 21 and the Orange County High School of the Arts, while in high school, Morrison did a musical with actress Jodie Sweetin. He attended New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts for two years before dropping out and joining the Broadway adaptation of Footloose, by freshman year of college, Morrison already was a regular performer on Broadway. He said in Details, There were all beautiful, beautiful dancers. As a straight guy I had some room, There were the shared interests in singing and dancing, and I always find dancing with someone very erotic and sexual. I definitely hooked up with a lot of girls when I was a guy on Broadway. Morrisons career began when he made his theatre debut on Broadway in the musical version of Footloose. Morrisons big break came, however, when Morrison landed the role of Link Larkin in the Broadway production of John Waters, Hairspray. After performing in the role for some time, Morrison started working in television, guest-starring on shows such as Ghost Whisperer, Numb3rs, CSI, Miami, Morrison also had small roles in films such as Marci X, Primary Colors, Music and Lyrics, and Simply Funk. Morrison followed up these performances by performing the role of Sir Harry in the ABC-TV production of Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tracey Ullman, Zooey Deschanel, in 2001, Morrison was recruited to complete the quartet for the band LMNT. Morrison was replaced instead by Jonas Persch by the time its first album was released, Morrison commented in an interview about his experience in the boy band by remarking, It was the worst year of my life. You know when youre a performer and youre out there on stage, in 2005 Morrison changed gears, playing the role of Fabrizio Nacarelli in Adam Guettels The Light in the Piazza. Morrison was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance and he left the show August 28,2005. He earned a Drama Desk Nomination for his role in the Off Broadway show 10 Million Miles which ran at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2007 and that same year he appeared in two films, Dan in Real Life, followed by Music and Lyrics as Cora Cormans manager. In 2008, he played Lieutenant Cable in a Lincoln Center production of the musical South Pacific and he left the production at the end of 2008 and in early 2009 returned to California to shoot the first season of Glee
12. Pedro Pascal – José Pedro Balmaceda Pascal, known professionally as Pedro Pascal, is a Chilean-born American actor. He is best known for portraying the roles of Oberyn Martell in the season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Pascal was born in Santiago, Chile, pascals parents were Allende supporters, and they were involved in the opposition movement against the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet in Chile around the time of his birth. Because of this, soon after his birth, his family was granted political asylum and he was raised in Orange County, California, and San Antonio, Texas. He studied acting at the Orange County School of the Arts, Pascal has appeared in several television series, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Good Wife, Homeland, The Mentalist and Graceland. He appeared as kidnapper Reggie in the Law & Order, Criminal Intent episode Weeping Willow and he was cast in the pilot for the 2011 Wonder Woman television adaptation, but the show was never picked up. In June 2013, he was cast as Oberyn Martell in the season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. Pascal stated that he was a fan of Game of Thrones before being cast as Oberyn. In 2015, Pascal was cast the role of U. S. DEA agent Javier Peña in the Netflix original show, Pascal was also in the movie Bloodsucking Bastards in 2015, playing the role of the vampire Max. He is a member of New York Citys LAByrinth Theater Company, in April 2015, Pascal co-starred with Heidi Klum in the music video for Sias Fire Meet Gasoline. Pascal is fluent natively in Spanish and he maintains a close friendship with Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey. Pedro Pascal at the Internet Movie Database
13. Anneliese van der Pol – Anneliese Louise van der Pol is a Dutch-American actress, singer, model, and dancer. She is best known for her role as Chelsea Daniels on Thats So Raven, van der Pol also has a career as a singer and has recorded several songs for The Walt Disney Company. She made her Broadway debut in 2007, and appeared Off-Broadway in 2009 and she has also acted in the 2010 vampire spoof film Vampires Suck directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Van der Pols mother named her after Anne Frank after visiting the house where Frank hid, van der Pol has two older sisters, Rachel and Sarah. Van der Pols family moved to the United States when she was three years old, and she retains dual American and Dutch citizenship, van der Pol attended School in Bellflower, California where she began acting in third grade at Washington Elementary School. She attended Bellflower Middle School and High School, then transferred and subsequently graduated from the acclaimed Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA. In 1999, van der Pol played Sandy Dumbrowsky in the Huntington Beach Playhouse revival of Grease and she played Eva Perón in the Buena Park Civic Theatre production of Evita in 1999 and received positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times. At the age of fifteen, she is also the youngest actress in Theatrical History to play the role in a professional production, van der Pol subsequently starred as Laurey in an Austin, Texas, musical theatre production of Oklahoma. Her performance earned her both an Austin Critics Table Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical and a B, iden Payne Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Van der Pol graduated from the Orange County High School of the Arts in 2001, in late 2001, she was cast as Chelsea Daniels, the best friend of the title character on the Disney Channels Thats So Raven, a role which she portrayed from 2003 until 2007. Just as the first season of Thats So Raven began, she went back to Austin Musical Theatre to perform in Celebrate, AMT, a performance highlighting all the shows the company had done up to then. Van der Pol also appeared on the Disney Channel Games as a member of the Red Team, her teammates were Zac Efron, Kay Panabaker, Dylan Sprouse, Shin Koyamada and she was originally offered the role of Kim Possible but chose not to take the part. Anneliese also had a role in Bratz, The Movie as Avery. As the popularity for Thats So Raven rose, Disney showcased van der Pols musical talents by signing her for several music compilations and she even did a solo in one of the episodes named Alone in the Hallways. In 2004, she recorded the song Over It for the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs which became the lead single. Her second solo recording, called A Day in the Sun, in February 2007, it was announced van der Pol would be making her Broadway debut as Belle, in Beauty and the Beast. Van der Pol was the musicals 17th Belle and she played the role from April 3,2007 to July 29,2007 as the show reached its 5, 464th performance. Prior to Beautys final show, van der Pol appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly for an interview discussing her Broadway debut
14. Pop Noir – The band has supported Doves, Sebastien Tellier, The Wombats, The Pinker Tones, A Certain Ratio, Iglu & Hartly, Fitz and The Tantrums and Robyn, and as of late 2015, played more than 300 shows. Pop Noir has been featured on a number of compilation CDs, two, Volume III, SweetFA3, and the original SweetFA compilation, which was given free as a covermount on UK music magazine Artrocker. The track Girls of Prey was released exclusively on RCRDLBL in the summer of 2008, Girls of Prey was featured in the Extreme level of the hugely popular iPhone and iPod Touch application Tap Tap Revenge 2, which consistently topped the download charts. The McGarrys are the sons of cartoonist and illustrator Steve McGarry, the brothers are award-winning designers and illustrators in their own right. In 2007, they became the youngest-ever recipients of prestigious Silver T-Square Awards from the National Cartoonists Society, previous recipients include Milton Caniff, James Thurber, Mort Walker, Bil Keane, and two U. S. Presidents, Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower. The brothers have created animated videos for the bands Guster and The Zambonis among others and he has also twice appeared with Jack Black and Tenacious D at signing events at San Diego Comic Con, in 2013 and 2014. Pop Noirs debut single DIY was released on the Fantastic Heat label on November 16,2009, and debuted at No.5 on the FMQB Specialty Radio charts. The video for DIY was Spinner. coms Video of the Day, and was voted mtvUs Freshmen of the Week in March 2010 following which, DIY was featured on a number of TV show soundtracks, including episodes of the ABC show The Gates and Fly Girls. The track debuted at #2 on the FMQB Specialty Radio Charts, to coincide with the release, Pop Noir played a month-long residency at The Constellation Room in Santa Ana, California. The accompanying video, which was created, filmed and edited entirely by the themselves, features multi-plane images of Joe playing all the instruments on the track. In September,2013, the third release, the Jealousy EP on Fantastic Heat, debuted at #8 on the FMQB Speciality Radio Charts, tied with Belle & Sebastian. The video, shot in Los Angeles on location at The Echo, The Standard Hotel, to promote the release, Pop Noir headlined The Echo in Los Angeles and played live on numerous local radio stations. Released three weeks later, the Don’t Fool Yourself single debuted at #18 on the FMQB Charts and went top 20 on the KKBB Charts
15. Krysta Rodriguez – Krysta Anne Rodriguez is an American actress and singer. She originated the role of Wednesday Addams in the 2009 Broadway musical The Addams Family and she was a regular on the second season of the NBC series Smash in 2013. Rodriguez grew up in Orange County, California and she began taking dance lessons at the age of 13, after being involved with cheerleading in middle school. After traveling to New York and seeing eight Broadway shows, she realized performers had to sing and act as well as dance and she was a cast member of the Christian television show Colbys Clubhouse from 1995 to 2000. She attended NYU for a couple of years, but then got cast on Broadway and she tried to make both work, but ultimately dropped out to continue her Broadway career. Rodriguez made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 2005 jukebox musical Good Vibrations and she later became a replacement for the role of Bebe in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line in 2007. She has played numerous ensemble and understudy parts in the Broadway productions of Spring Awakening and In the Heights and she made her big screen debut in the role of Krysta in the 2010 film The Virginity Hit. From March 2010, the received its planned debut at New Yorks Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. After playing the role for over a year and lending her voice to the original cast recording. Her first television role was a guest appearance as the character Jordan Steele in Gossip Girl. In 2011, Rodriguez starred in the television movie Iceland as Rose, one of a group of friends who reunite to heal, in 2012, Rodriguez starred in another television movie Shadow of Fear as Lauren. The movie is about the push and pull between a schizophrenic new waiter and a young waitress. In 2013, she guest starred in the web created by Mitchell Jarvis and Wesley Taylor. She played an assistant to a Broadway Star named Bridgett/Bridget in two episodes entitled Payment Plan and Let Your Hair Down, in July 2013, Rodriguez returned to Broadway playing the lead in First Date the Musical, co-starring with Zachary Levi. In December 2013, Rodriguez appeared in Hit List, a presentation of the fictional musical created for the second season of Smash. Rodriguez guest starred on Married in 2014, as Kim, a friend of a couple trying to save their marriage. On Ian, Rodriguez guest starred as Fly Girl, additionally, Rodriguez starred in the Lifetime holiday movie entitled Wishin and Hopin in the role of Annette Funicello, a teen idol, movie actress and Mickey Mouse Club Mousekteer. Also, in the fall of 2014 Rodriguez was diagnosed with breast cancer, after going public with her diagnosis, Rodriguez was contacted by Cosmopolitan to blog for their Cosmo Online Health and Fitness readers about her experiences
16. Save Ferris – Save Ferris is a ska punk band formed circa 1995 in Orange County, California. Their name is a reference to the 1986 film Ferris Buellers Day Off, the band came together after the dissolution of a number of Orange County, California bands. With the band working together under their own label, they began to book shows around Southern California to a great underground response. The band released their debut EP Introducing Save Ferris on their own label, Starpool Records in 1996, and ended up selling close to 20,000 copies of their EP “out of the trunks of their cars. ”That year, Powell provided vocals on the Reel Big Fish song She Has A Girlfriend Now from their album Turn the Radio Off, which is considered one of RBF’s most requested songs to date. Later that year, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave the band a Grammy showcase award for best-unsigned band, the band released their debut full-length album, It Means Everything, for Epic in 1997. The album featured several re-recorded tracks from the EP, some new songs, and a cover of Dexys Midnight Runners Come on Eileen, which became the band’s most successful single to date. In April 1998, they made their debut on HBOs music series Reverb. The album sold over 400,000 copies, and spawned three Top Ten hits in both Japan and Mexico, with two singles in the Billboard top 100 and full rotation on alternative radio all over the world, It Means Everything was able to go Platinum internationally. After the departure of the band’s first drummer, Marc Harismendy, in 1998, Save Ferris regrouped and released their appropriately titled sophomore album for Epic records, Modified, the album saw the band moving away from their ska-pop roots and into pop-punk territory. The album also spawned three Top Ten hits in both Japan and Mexico, through the years, Save Ferris went through a number of changes in their lineup, most notably the departure of Brian Mashburn, the band’s main songwriter, who quit Save Ferris in 2003. Soon to follow Mashburn were Eric Zamora and Bill Uechi, departing to start a new band, from 2004 to 2008, Powell appeared on albums by The Used, Lostprophets, Hilary Duff, Goldfinger and others. She also started a now defunct band called The Mojo Wire in 2008, in 2003, Bill Uechi, Brian Mashburn, T-Bone Willy, Eric Zamora, and Oliver Zavala started the band Starpool with Alan Meade on vocals and Phil Hanson on drums. After two years of mediation in which some of the ex members sued Powell, and Powell responded with a countersuit, in 2015. A message was posted on the www. saveferris. com homepage in October 2015. Also in 2015, ASCAP songwriting records were updated to represent Powell as co-writer on a number of Save Ferris songs not previously represented in the notes of the albums. In 2016, Save Ferris ran a successful Pledge Music campaign to raise money for what would be the first new album in over 15 years and their financial goal was hit in only a couple of weeks, fully funded by their fans. On February 10,2017, Save Ferris released the Checkered Past EP, the EP was produced by Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila and features a guest appearance by Neville Staple of The Specials on the EPs first single, New Sound. The band will embark on a month and a long tour starting in mid-February 2017
17. Matthew Shaffer – Matthew Joseph Shaffer is an American musical theatre, television, and film actor, director, executive producer, author, and choreographer. He was born in Florence, Colorado, USA, Shaffer began his career in Southern California. He attended Orange County High School of the Arts and he was accepted as a performing apprentice to the concert dance company Giordano Dance Chicago in 1996. He became a principal in the company the following year, after three years touring the United States and Europe he left the company. He worked in the ensemble of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for five seasons, Shaffer was involved in the final stunt of the feature film Jackass Number Two, with Johnny Knoxville. Shaffer had comedic roles in two off-beat and independent short films, Feet Afire in 2005, and in 2006 the movie Queerspiracy, which was an official selection at the 2007 Breckenridge Film Festival. In November 2006, he originated the role of Bergdwarf Goodman, in October 2007, he completed his first 35 mm film project as choreographer on the set of Harrison Bergeron, based on the Kurt Vonnegut short story. In November 2007, Shaffer originated the lead role Sim in the revival of Ray Bradburys Frost and Fire directed by Zina Bethune, at the Alex Theatre, in Los Angeles, Maggie Miguel. a corporate American employee. Directed and Choreographed. One Woman Show starring Maggie Miguel. ACME Comedy Theatre Los Angeles, so You Want To Be A Dancer. The iMpossible Project, Reengaging With Life, Creating a New You, matthew Shaffer at the Internet Movie Database Official website
18. Columbus Short – Columbus Keith Short, Jr. is an American choreographer, actor, and singer. He choreographed Britney Spearss Onyx Hotel Tour and worked with Brian Friedman and he is best known for his roles in the films Stomp the Yard, Cadillac Records, Armored, and The Losers. He previously starred as a regular in the ABC drama Scandal. On April 26,2014, it was announced that Short would leave Scandal after three seasons with the show, Short was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a family he has described as musical. His mother, Janette, has a talent management company and he has two brothers, John Rancipher and Chris Staples. Short relocated to Los Angeles when he was five years old and he attended Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona, as well as El Segundo High School and the Orange County High School of the Arts, before leaving to join the Broadway tour of Stomp. Shorts acting debut came as a dancer in You Got Served and he appeared in Accepted. He then took lead roles in the direct-to-DVD movie Save the Last Dance 2 alongside Izabella Miko and he has also appeared twice in the Disney Channel Original Series Thats So Raven as Trey, a member of the fictional boy band Boyz n Motion. Other TV appearances include ER and Judging Amy, in 2006, he appeared in NBCs Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as novice show-writer Darius Hawthorne. He was among the presenters at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards, in 2007, Columbus appeared in the movie This Christmas also starring Chris Brown and Lauren London. In 2010, he played Pooch in the film The Losers, based on the novel, co-starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chris Evans, and Zoe Saldana. Short was married to Brandi Short, but split from her in 2003 and he was married to dancer Tanee McCall in 2005. In September 2013, she filed for divorce, and again filed for divorce in April 2014 and they have one daughter, Ayala, together. As part of a plea deal in 2014, Short pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence. Short also avoided jail by pleading no contest to an assault charge after throwing a punch at his in-law. Short says he was being taunted and acted in self-defense, in an interview with Access Hollywood Live, Short said that substance abuse, both alcoholism and cocaine use due to the stress of family issues and personal loss, led to his departure from Scandal