Ella Rose Reidway is a sophomore at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA and is thrilled to perform with the Shakespeare Opera Theatre for the first time. Ella was most recently seen as Cleo Barton in, “But Why Bump Off Barnaby?” (Wakefield), Ensemble/Soloist in Les Miserable (Westfield HS Summer Stage), Maria in The Heiress (Wakefield), Lady Beaconsfield in Jekyll and Hyde (Wakefield) and Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (Wakefield). Ella is an avid actor, singer and song writer and would like to thank SOT; her vocal coach, Nancy Smith; Wakefield Theatre and Music Directors, Mr. Ray Karns and Mr. David Grimes, as well as her family and friends for their support and encouragement.
JáVonn B. Bright is an award winning, opera singer, conductor and speaker. The American baritone hails from Washington, District of Columbia. He is a proud alumnus of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He’s also studied at Morgan State University and The Boston Conservarory. Recently, he made history by being the first African American nominated by the Vatican courts to receive the prestigious “Medaglia Beato Angelico,” a medallion commissioned by Pope John Paul II, due to his excellent artistic presentation while touring Italy.
With international critical acclaim, Bright has had the privilege to tour extensively through the Americas, Caribbean and Europe. He has performed for dignitaries such as the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles), the Duchess of Cornwall (Princess Camilla), President Barack, Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. He has performed with acclaimed artist such as Patti LaBelle, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, and American Soprano Karen Slack.
Jack is excited to reprise his role as Amahl after playing the part for the Shakespeare Opera Theatre in December 2019. Recent roles include Father Alex in Mamma Mia, George Banks in Mary Poppins Jr., and Michael Wormwood in Matilda, Jr. He also enjoys singing in the Honors Ensemble at his school.