"I have to let you know that Bri was amazing! We are still sitting here talking about how fabulous she was! Her voice was amazing and we love how she stayed in character the whole time. I will definitely recommend your company to everyone I know and I look forward to using your company for future events that I have personally and for my company." Michael P.
Sara Bernstein (Owner and Queen) has been to countless birthday parties. Sara is a mom of two young boys and while attending a party in May 2013 with both of them, experienced a wonderful party. The aunt of the birthday girl wore a gown and called herself Princess Fluffernutter. There was tea, crown and sword decorating, dancing, princess training, and of course, face painting. Sara and her children had so much fun that she decided to begin this new adventure of Storybook Entertainment. In her previous profession, Sara worked in theater for youth and arts education for over 10 years serving as Arizona Theater Company's Education Manager. Sara is also an award winning director, earning two Arizoni awards for I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (2008) and Les Miserables School Edition (2012) and two additional nominations for other productions of Seussical Jr. and Sweeney Todd School Edition. In Chicago, Sara has directed youth theatre productions including Really Rosie, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, and Flapper. As an actor, Sara has played Amy in Company, the Witch in Into the Woods, and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Sara received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Musical Production and Direction from Northwestern University.
Kim is a native of the Chicago area but has lived in Arizona for a couple decades now . She performs here locally in the Phoenix-metro area as professional vocalist and has performed on valley stages in various musicals. Some of her favorite roles include "Babe Williams" in The Pajama Game, "Narrator" in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, "Doralee" in 9 to 5 The Musical, and "Marian Paroo" -The Music Man. Kim is also an aerial dance artist both on wires/harness and without- to include silks, trapeze, hoop/lyra, rope and hammock. She has been flying on Foy aerial rigging systems for more than 23 years. She also has trained with the Radio City Rockettes and is a Company Dance member of Az Dance Group under direction of Kenda Newbury. In her spare time she is also both an aerial and stage choreographer for Phoenix First productions for the past 2 decades for their annual Celebration of Christmas & Easter shows. When not performing she enjoys spending time with her family out in the great outdoors! She is delighted to be joining Storybook Entertainment!
Julia Christine has participated in theater and other performing arts for over 10 years. Most recently she has been cast is Desert Foothills Theatre's production of Hairspray and in many theatre productions at Cactus Shadows High School through the Shadow Box Players. Julia has been working with Storybook Entertainment for two years and loves every second of it. She loves the opportunities to grow as a performer and to make every child's dreams come true as she portray's several classic characters. She is so proud of her boss and her cast of characters for all they have accomplished over these 2 years and hopes for many more years ahead.
Carly Makani Copp is delighted to be included as princess royalty with Storybook Entertainment! She has performed in many productions across the Valley. Some of her favorite productions include A Chorus Line (Diana Morales - NYA Award), All Shook Up (Miss Sandra - AriZoni Award), Once on this Island (Asaka - AriZoni Award), and CATS (Rumpleteazer - NYA Award), all at Spotlight Youth Theatre. Other credits include Shrek (Dragon) and Legally Blonde (Serena) at The Herberger Center with Valley Youth Theatre. Additionally, she recently made her first professional debut in Peter Pan at Arizona Broadway Theatre. Currently, she is playing the role of Katen Te in the upcoming sci fi web series The Tempest. Carly Makani is represented by Deborah Maddox Agency.
Jennie Rhiner is a college senior currently pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theatre Performance at Arizona State University. She has been involved with Arizona’s youth theatre community for over ten years, performing at venues such as Valley Youth Theatre, Greasepaint YouthTheatre, and ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre. Some of her favorite roles include The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd,Aunt Em in The Wiz, Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh Xmas Tail, and The Map in Dora the Explorer Live!. Outside of performing, she has volunteered for several years as a camp counselor and artist as theaters such as Valley Youth Theatre and Chandler Center for the Arts. Jennie would like to thank Sara for giving her the opportunity to share fairy tales and giggles with Storybook Entertainment!
Sedona Tracy began acting by doing shows at Arizona Broadway Theater at the age of 11, then found her home at Desert Foothills Theater where she has performed in many fabulous shows. She received a National Youth Arts award for her role of Tatinia in DFT's production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” & was also nominated for a prestigious AriZoni award for that same role. Sedona has also taught musical theater and acting classes for young students at DFT. "I love how I'm able to inspire the next generation of young actors & performers. To me, the joy that the arts can bring to a child's life is a beautiful thing to be a part of, & I'm so grateful to have a job where I can foster curiosity & creativity in children." Sedona thanks her friend, Michael Castro, for supporting her in all things theater, Sara Bernstein, for being the best boss & friend an entertainer could ask for, and her parents, for encouraging her to pursue anything her heart desires. Sedona is currently enrolled at Grand Canyon University where she is studying hard as a pre-med student.
Karylin Veres is a senior at Arizona State University studying Theatre and has performed in several plays and musicals. Recently, some of her favorites include Jester’s Cap (Binary Theater), A Day in Hollywood a Night in the Ukraine (ASU Lyric Opera Theater), and Monarch Ashes. She is a Tucson native and is new to the valley, but hopes to be involved with the many theater opportunities available in the Phoenix area. She is delighted and honored to be a Storybook Entertainment princess.
Liz Grannis is 17 and a senior at Xavier College Preparatory. She is thrilled to be a part of the Storybook Entertainment cast! She has performed in numerous productions at youth theaters throughout the valley. Some of her favorite productions include Hairspray (Penny Pingleton - NYA Award), West Side Story (Pauline), 13 the Musical (Lucy - NYA Award), Aladdin (Princess Jasmine), and Willy Wonka (Violet Beauregarde). She was also in two television commercials for SRP and Phoenix Film Festival. This will be her third year singing with the Brophy Chapel Ensemble. Liz is represented by the Leighton Agency.
Celine is 17 and a senior at Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. She is truly enchanted to be a part of Storybook! Celine has been doing theatre around the valley for about 10 years now. She is in two choirs at school and a part of drama club. Some recent roles for her have been: Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at SPA, Cinderella in Into The Woods at Greaspaint, and Babette in Beauty and the Beast. She positively loves performing and is so excited to be able to bring some favorite childhood characters to life.
Pam caught the performing bug at the age of seven, when she played Orphan Annie in “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Since then, she’s performed in numerous theatrical productions, as well as in films, national television shows, murder mystery productions, national and local commercials, and live events. She has been a reporter, as well as an art, theatre, and drama teacher. In her spare time, she loves to read, draw, sing, watch sci-fi, travel, cosplay, study astronomy, and spend time with her family. She is represented by Signature Models and Talent in Scottsdale. Pam loves to work with children, and is thrilled to celebrate happy occasions with them as a performer for Storybook Entertainment.
Morgann Hopson is currently a part time student at Glendale Community College, continuing her studies after performing in Sandra Day O’Connor High School’s theater department for the past four years. She is transferring to a four year university in Spring 2017 where she intends to pursue a degree in screen acting. When she was younger, she began to make her own costumes and attend comic book conventions where she realized just how magical portraying beloved comic, tv, and movie characters can be. She is absolutely thrilled to be part of Storybook Entertainment and cannot wait to make your child’s birthday dreams come true.
Tess Galbiati is a senior in the Acting Concentration at Arizona State University. Her most recent productions have been Lasso of Truth, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Anything Goes at ASU, and she has also studied at Second City in Chicago. Though her recent credits have been dramas, her true passion is in comedy, specifically through voice acting and character voices. She is thrilled to be a part of Storybook Entertainment!
Frances Wycoff is 25 years old and has participated in theater and choir for years, focusing particularly on more classical/opera voice training. Throughout college, she performed in shows and recitals within the college programs of her vocal coach at Arizona Christian University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's Degree from Arizona State University in Italian Language & Literature in 2013, and has since been working and dabbling in the arts. She has felt like a real-life princess all the time, being called Brave or Merida every time she goes out, so Princess parties simply felt like a wonderful calling to be relished personally and to be shared! She hopes to bring joy and authenticity to every encounter, whether it be as a performer or a person you meet in passing!
Katie Rodin is a 17 year old senior at Arcadia High School. She is so excited to be apart of the Storybook Family! She has been doing theatre since she was about 11 and has been singing for her entire life! Some of her roles include Cinderella in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Heather MacNamara in Heathers, and Cosette in Les Miserables.
Nicole Rowe is a Sophomore at Grand Canyon University studying Communications and Christian Studies. She has been performing for over 10 years. Some of her favorite productions she has been is are Eponine in Les Miserables (NYA Nomination), Alice in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Gabriella in High School Musical, Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka, and Brigitta Vontrap in The Sound of Music. God led her in a new direction in high school where she pursed missionary work with children in Africa, Dominican Republic, and Thailand/Cambodia. She is so excited to be apart of Storybook and she is not unfamiliar to the “Queen” lifestyle. She was Miss Phoenix 2016 for the Miss America Organization and is continuing to compete throughout college. She loves singing, dancing, acting, puppies, mac & cheese, and being apart of Storybook!
Isabelle Oboza is currently a sophomore psychology student attending Arizona State University. She couldn't be more ecstatic and thankful for the opportunity Storybook Entertainment has given her. Before moving to Tempe, Isabelle lived in the suburbs of the Windy City. A majority of her school days were spent singing in her school's many choirs; Her favorite being the Madrigal Ensemble! Every winter, the Madrigals would dress in elaborate Renaissance period attire and hold a dinner theater show filled with chamber music and Christmas Carols. When not competing with her choirs, Isabelle competed in several Solo Ensemble competitions, earning the highest divisions possible all four years. She also had the honor of receiving both the Director's Award and Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award her senior year. When she isn't spreading magic at parties, you can find her dancing out in the social Latin scene, or as part of ASU's Devil Dance Sport club dancing ballroom!
Addison is 16 years old and is a Sophomore at Sandra Day O'Connor High School. She has performed in many musicals around the Valley including Valley Youth Theater's The Little Mermaid (Mersister) and Theater Work's Les Mis (Fantine). Addison is the recipient of the 2013 National Youth Arts (NYA) Junior Artist of the Year award, the 2016 NYA Artist of the Year award and was nominated in 2015 for an Arizoni Award for her role in 13 the Musical. She has always loved Disney and is overjoyed to be working with Storybook Entertainment. Addison loves children and feels so blessed to have the opportunity to create a little magic in a child's life!
Kayla Dobbs is a 16 year old Sophomore at Cactus Shadows High School. She is a member of the Improv troope at her school and has been involved in theatre since she was 7 years old. Some of her credits include The Little Mermaid-Ariel (NYA award), Wizard of Oz- Dorothy (NYA award), and Little Women-Jo. She loves Disney and anything to do with princesses! She is thrilled to be apart of Storybook Entertainment!
Jeffrey Watkins (Superheroes) is a junior at ASU who is planning on earning teaching certificates in addition to a degree in engineering. Introduced to acting as a boy, playing "the dying man's son" in a local production of The Grapes of Wrath, Jeffrey has since enjoyed acting and performing, though a busy schedule prevented him from performing until recently. He played leading roles for his high school drama club and competes in ballroom dancing for ASU's dancesport team. Jeffrey has found a passion working with kids of all ages as a volleyball and tennis coach for his hometown YMCA and loves all things superhero, whether it be DC comics or Marvel, and is incredibly enthusiastic about having the opportunity to merge those two interests as Storybook Entertainment's choice to embody the heroic role models that he admired and hopes to pass on that inspiration to the next generation of children.
Jack Lambert is a recent graduate of Carthage College with a BA in Musical Theater and a Business Administration Minor. He has been seen in Avenue Q (Princeton), Into the Woods (Jack), Spring Awakening (Melchior), Buddy!: The Buddy Holly Story(Buddy Holly), and many more. When Jack is not on stage or working in the Box Office at Desert Foothills Theater, he likes to write, play games with his friends, and binge watch sitcoms.
Spencer Claus is a local actor and makeup artist currently attending BASIS Scottsdale as a junior. As an actor, Spencer has worked with multiple different companies in roles such as Link Larkin in Hairspray, Georg Zirschnitz in Spring Awakening, and Orin Scrivello on Little Shop of Horrors, among many others. As a makeup artist, Spencer works freelance with clients of all different ages, races, and genders and as a style consultant for theatre companies in the valley. Spencer looks to pursue a career in theatre education for youth actors; he has always felt passionate about working with kids and hopes to bring the joy of theatre to kids of all ages, emulating the work he has seen as a youth actor.
Disclaimer: We are pleased to provide princess and superhero entertainment! It is not our intention to violate copyright laws, so we attempt to make each character different from nationally known, copyrighted characters using uniquely designed gowns, tiaras, hairstyles, etc. Please note that Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, Rapunzel, and The Little Mermaid are folk tales that are centuries old. Any resemblance or reference to any nationally recognized copy written character is unintentional and coincidental.