In an evening of music, storytelling and celebration from Apples and Oranges Arts THEatre ACCELERATOR alumni. Take a peek behind the curtain as our entertainers break the fourth wall to take you on the journey of how musicals are born, from the “opening number” to the Broadway stage.

This one night-only event has passed! Be sure to stay tuned for our next showcase of work from new musicals in our development program.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”
Christopher Reeve



Pamela loves to create, and seek and foster new artistic ideas.  She co-leads Apples and Oranges Studios, the film, television, and theater production company with her husband Tim Kashani.  As an actor Pamela created varied roles such as Ensign McKnight on Star Trek: the Next Generation and the original Rapunzel in Into the Woods on Broadway.  Also on Broadway Pamela played Lucille in Meet Me in St. Louis, Babette (the feather duster) in Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella in Into the Woods.  Across the US Pamela played leading roles at many regional theaters, and made many TV guest appearances as well as hosting her own TV show, Arts Coast to Coast.  Change Happens, her one-woman stage show, played in several venues on both coasts, and her CD of the same name is available on iTunes. Her new cabaret show, Love and Sax, debuted in February.


National Tours: THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Zeller at the Ahmanson, Captain Von Trapp at the Segerstrom/OCPAC), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Peter/Simon the Zealot), WEST SIDE STORY (Tony).  Off-Broadway: THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS – THE MUSICAL! (the Leading Man).  Brent has played many recognizable musical roles (Sky Masterson, Harold Hill, Curly McLain, Bob Wallace, Franklin Shepard, Tommy Albright, Joe Hardy, Joe Cable, Joseph with the Dreamcoat) but has also been part of many new works: locally, he starred as Johnny Blue in the world premiere of SOUTH STREET at the Pasadena Playhouse, Kyle the Action Hero in the regional premiere of Mitch Albom’s AND THE WINNER IS… at Laguna Playhouse, and as the Guy in the regional premiere of STRIKING TWELVE at the Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, among others. Brent graduated from Dartmouth, where he played water polo; he lives with his wife in Pasadena and sometimes plays the piano at Disneyland.


Christopher Maikish is an actor, director, and producer, nominated more recently for a BroadwayWorld LA Award as the “Narrator” in Celebration Theatre’s Dream Boy. He originated the role of hero prince “Copernicus” in the LA Ovation-nominated world premiere musical, The Next Fairy Tale. Chris co-founded LA’s new musicals concert series,, now in its fourth year with 15 concerts and over 200 songs presented. And this week, he started grad studies at USC in Public Administration. AEA, SDC, SAG-AFTRA.


Broadway/National Tour/ Vegas: HAIR (Claude), Mamma Mia! (Sky), Surf (Tanner), Altar Boys (Matthew), Radio City Spring Spectacular. Marshal is also a member of “The Broadway Boys” which is a traveling singing group. Other shows include High School Musical, Joseph, Pippin. Marshal also has sung with The Doobie Brothers, Gladys Knight, and Kristin Chenoweth, thanks to Mitch Hanlon for those opportunities!


Amanda Aceves is very excited to be a part of this innovative and fun production with such a brilliantly talented cast! She is a recent graduate of UC Santa Cruz where she was a part of the UCSC Opera Music Program. Favorite credits include: Its Only Life with Art In Relation, Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Amahl), Tartuffe (Marianne), and Dream Girls (Lorelle Robinson). Amanda can also be seen performing with LA Opera at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Amadeus Live! And with the Holiday Cheer Carolers at Six Flags: Holiday in the Park. Amanda would like to give a special thanks to her parents, family and friends, who are her inspiration and to Garrett who has shown her how easy being happy can be.


Christopher Mosley is excited to be apart of Accelerate! Mosley is currently a senior at California State University, Fullerton  getting ready for his role as Dupree in Cry Baby. Other recent credits include Black in Wild Party  (csuf), TJ in Sister Act (Candlelight Pavilion), and an international production of The Empty Space. Christopher is thrilled to help bring light to the future of musical theater!


Emma Rose Tarr (THE GIRL) is thrilled to participate in her first show with Apples and Oranges Arts! She has played many diverse roles, some of her favorites being “Eponine” (Les Miserables), “Little Sally” (Urinetown), “Heidi” (Title of Show), “Jesus Christ” (Godspell), “Gertrude McFuzz” (Seussical) and “Cathy” (The Last 5 Years”). She recently graduated from Chapman University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Vocal Performance. Emma Rose has received numerous awards in recognition of her work as an artist including the Ben Vereen Award for best actress and a National Youth Award for best supporting actress (“Eponine”). On many weekends, she can be found bringing beloved princesses, fairies, and superheroes to life as a character performer for Royal Entertainers. 1 Thes 5:16-18.


MAXWEL CORPUZ is glad to sing for your support! Was recently seen in the critically acclaimed production of Urinetown: The Musical at Coeurage Theatre Company as Robby the Stockfish. Other regional credits include: Chorus, The Christians (Mark Taper Forum); Hawker/Minister, The WHO’s Tommy (East West Players); Barfee, 25th Annual…Bee (NTAC); Thuy, Miss Saigon (CSUF). At the Honda Center, he’s performed with/opened for Earth, Wind, and Fire and Steve Miller Band and has sung with Kristin Chenoweth at Segerstrom Hall. Training: BFA, CSU Fullerton. Many thanks to Tim, Pamela, Janet, and Mitch.


Patricia is a graduate from the University of Redlands where she received her bachelor’s degree in Music and Psychology. She is an educator, ASCAP songwriter and studio singer. Her most recent credits include: Tomorrow’s Voice in Concert, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Muzzy Van Hossmere) and Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle) at Performance Riverside.


Shannon Rugani – San Francisco Ballet ’04-’15, Broadway: Original Ensemble in An American in Paris (Lise U/S), Roman Holiday (pre-Broadway), Singer/Songwriter, Composer. Thanks to my loving husband Robert. Instagram/Twitter @shannnonrugani


Shayanne Ortiz is an actress, singer and dancer currently working in Los Angeles and Orange County. Some of her recent show credits include Evita, Man of La Mancha, & In the Heights. She is a graduate of the Musical Theatre BFA program at UC Irvine, and is so excited to be returning “home” to create musical magic with this outstanding cast, crew, & production team. Off the stage, Shayanne loves to cook, lose track of time scoping out fantasy novels in Barnes & Noble’s, and is the karaoke queen of 80s rock band, Journey. For more information on Shayanne, please visit her website.


Tasha Tormey: UC Irvine BFA Musical Theater graduate. Regional credits: 3D Theatricals (Ermengarde, Hello, Dolly!), The Chance (Beth, Little Women), IVRT (Constanze, Amadeus), The Western Stage (Maria, West Side Story), New Swan Shakespeare and Sierra Repertory Theater (Luisa, The Fantasticks). Educational Theater is close to Tasha’s heart, performing in Musical Theater West’s 2016 Tour Celebrate You!  a musical against bullying, and touring LAUSD School’s in 2017 with Enrichment Work’s Aesop’s Fables. Tasha’s passion for arts education extends beyond performing, she adjudicates theater competitions (California State Thespian Festival, Fullerton College Theater Festival, California Educational Theater Assoc. and DTASC), and coaches high school and college students for BFA/college and regional auditions, having been through the process herself. Tasha owe’s her success to her parents’ support, wonderful theater teachers and coaches, UCI Drama Faculty, many years of ballet class, voice lessons, and community theater! She is represented bicoastally by KMR.

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