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Once Upon A Mattress Opens

The Team

Holly Rose (Founder/Managing Artistic Dir./Once Upon A Mattress Director): Some of Holly's credits include performing in A Narrow Bed (Wings Theatre, NYC), dancing alongside Smashmouth (Radio City Music Hall, NYC) and playing “Benten” in the World Premiere of The Kyogen Rope (O’Malley Theatre, Chicago). Some directing credits include I Hate Hamlet (Knutzen Family Theatre), If Spiders Made Honey (Burien Little Theatre), and A Very Lovely Dress (Stone Soup Theatre). Holly loves being involved in the vibrant Northwest film community. She has directed numerous workshops and children’s theatre productions throughout Minnesota, Chicago and NYC as well as at the Knutzen Family Theatre with seasonal classes and creating and directing the Summer Youth Musical Theatre Program. 

Education: B.F.A. Musical Theatre, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University; Performance Certificate, American Musical & Dramatic Academy NYC; MBA with an emphasis in Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management.

John Kelleher (Princess Whatsername Director): John is delighted to return to Rosebud Children’s Theatre Conservatory after his debut last year as director of Wonderland! Some of John’s recent performing credits include Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady (Lyric Light Opera), LM in Pump Boys and Dinettes (Renton/Bellevue Civic Theatre), Jacob in Joseph… (Second Story Repertory), The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Redwood Theatre), Thenardier in Les Miserables, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Old Deuteronomy in CATS (Tacoma Musical Playhouse). John is no stranger to the production side of theatre having been music director for several Renton Summer Teen Musical theatre productions, including the 2014 Summer Production of The Wedding Singer, and recently was music director for Peter Pan (Lyric Light Opera). He was the founding director of Renton’s Youth Theatre Program that served students ages 7 – 12. John’s day job is that of Music Specialist in the Lake Washington School District, and during his 23 years in this position, he has directed/music directed over 18 productions. John co-founded the “Little Theatre Project” at his school, to provide theatre performance experience for students, Kindergarten – 2nd Grade.

Education: B.M. in Music Education, Elmhurst College, and M.Ed. in Technology in Education from Lesley University.


Brian Soushek (Once Upon A Mattress Music Director): Brian is a local musician from Kent, WA. He is involved in a variety of programs and projects in the Federal Way area. Brian teaches private piano and saxophone lessons, is worship leader at Federal Way United Methodist Church, works with Laird Thornton at Thomas Jefferson High School in their musical theatre program, and is the Associate Director of Federal Way Chorale. Brian also composes original music in his spare time. Brian feels blessed to have worked with Holly Rose for the past TEN years providing a much needed artistic outlet for young people in our community.

Jeff Messman (Once Upon A Mattress Rehearsal Accompanist): Jeff is a jazz and classical pianist and an accompanist for vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles. He is a freelance musician with experience performing in weddings, private parties, public concerts, and church services. He has performed in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Seattle, St. Louis, and Boston. In 2008, Jeff recorded his first studio album consisting of original compositions entitled "Journey". And in 2012, Jeff and drummer Shane Robles released an album which fuses traditional swing with Latin jazz called "Yankee Samba" that includes standards, original compositions, and a free improvisation. 

Education: B.A. in Music, Principia College; studied with recording and touring artist Peter Martin


Eileen Sheats (Princess Whatsername Music Director):
 Eileen is excited to be back for her second summer with Rosebud CTC. She is currently a rising sophomore at the University of Puget Sound pursuing a double major in Business Administration and Music. Eileen has been involved with musical theater and the arts since she could talk, performing in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Bye Bye Birdie. She currently an accompanist for the Tacoma City Ballet.  
Education: Double major in Business Administration and Music as a Sophomore at University of Puget Sound.


Caly Hagedorn (Once Upon A Mattress Choreographer): Caly started dancing sixteen years ago, thirteen of which she studied with Burien Dance Theatre and took ballet classes this year at her college. She has been involved with choirs (Kids Sounds Northwest, Federal Way High School Jazz & Concert Choirs) and local theatre programs (Hi-Liners). Caly has choreographed small performances for her high school choir and has played the main role in the vacation bible school story for her church. During her first year of college, at Western Washington University, she decided that she wants to put her love of animals, enjoyment in sharing knowledge and performing together and become an exotic animal trainer. She is starting her zoology associates at Tacoma Community College in the fall with the hopes of transferring to a four-year college to finish her degree. Last summer she had a blast choreographing for the preteen show and can't wait to do the teen show this year.


                                                                                                                                        Education: Transferring to pursue an Associates Degree in Zoology at Tacoma Community College

Kendyle Dayley (Princess Whatsername Choreographer):
 Kendyle is  passionate about dance! She has been dancing since the age of three  and hasn't stopped since. She loves all aspects of art and music, and enjoys sharing that love with others. Kendyle is so excited to be a part of this amazing production!

Education: Junior at Decatur High School

Anna Balzarini (Once Upon A Mattress Stage Manager):
 From the age of five, music and theatre have been a part of Anna's life. She grew up singing in choirs and acting on stages. She recently graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, where she was a part of Pirates of Penzance, Yellowface, Dorothy and Alice. She spends her free time helping underprivileged children as well as those with disabilities to gain experiences in the arts - something she considers to be essential to life. Other performances include: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, Fools, The Adventures of Rip Van Winkle, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.

Education: B.A in Theatre Arts with a minor in Comparative Politics, The University of Puget Sound.

Estevan Arausa (Princess Whatsername Stage Manager):
 Estevan is a dancer and entrepreneur who just graduated from Todd Beamer high school. He has performed and competed with The Artisans Movement and Todd Beamer Dance Team. He loves working in musical theater and hopes to eventually own his own dance studio.

Education: Graduate of Todd Beamer High School

Natalie Monahan (Princess Whatsername Assistant Stage Manager):
 Although this is Natalie's first time working behind the scenes, she has been on stage in over ten shows, including Rosebud's productions of Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, and Guys & Dolls, as well as Kennedy Catholic High School's productions of The Imaginary Invalid and The Music Man. Since theater is one of her many passions in life, she sees the value in striving to help others grow and develop their own passions.

Michelle Graves (Costumer): 

Marissa Thompson (Property Mistress):  

Seattle Scenic Studios (Set Production):