2021 Cast

Meet the 36 talented performers who will be on the road bringing Live! In Living Color to a town near you soon!

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Voice - Tenor

Eleva

Logan Anderson is ecstatic to be joining the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin. This fall he will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, majoring in Neuroscience and Pre-Medicine. He graduated from Memorial High School and performed in the Old Abe Show Choir for four years. Logan enjoys spending time volunteering for different organizations such as Mayo Clinic and One World Surgery. In his junior year of high school, he and his mom went on a medical mission to Honduras where they worked in a surgery center that provides free medial care to people in need. Logan was an understudy for Kids in 2019 and looks forward to his Sumer as a principal performer.

Logan

Anderson

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Electric Bass

Sheboygan Falls

Noah Bartelt just completed his second year at Stanford University, where he studies Public Policy. In addition to bass, Noah regularly plays trumpet, guitar, and drums for several groups on Stanford’s campus, including Ram's Head Theatrical Society and the Stanford Marching Band. He also performs with his rock band, Urban Royalty, which was a state finalist for the Rockonsin garageband competition. He graduated from Sheboygan North High School, where he performed with many groups and received the Marine Corps Musical Excellence Award. This is his first summer as a KID and he could not be more excited!

Noah

Bartelt

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Understudy - Singer/Dancer

Chippewa Falls

Sydney Belonge is overjoyed to be joining the Kids from Wisconsin as a 2021 understudy. A recent graduate of Chippewa Falls High School, she will be continuing her education as a double major in musical theatre and psychology at Minnesota State University-Mankato. In her freshman year, Sydney performed at Mankato as Dionne in "Hair" and Margaret Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility". This will be her first official summer with Kids and is grateful for this amazing opportunity.

Sydney

Belonge

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Piano

Shawano

Sarah will be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this fall where she is studying business. She began playing the piano at a very young age and started working as an accompanist six years ago. Since then, she has enjoyed playing many different styles of music in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensemble settings. This is Sarah’s first summer with KIDS and she is incredibly excited and thankful for this opportunity.

Sarah

Bergmann

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Understudy - Singer/Dancer

Watertown

Donavan is excited to join the Kids From Wisconsin this year. Donavan is a graduate from Watertown High School. He has performed with the Watertown High's River City Rhapsody, the Carolers, and Men in Blue show choirs. When he's not singing in choir, he is involved in musicals. Donavan recently played Beast in "Beauty and the Beast, Jr." Other performances include ensemble in "Thoroughly Modern Millie", Orwin the dentist and multiple other characters in "Little Shop of Horrors" and Lord Scrumptious and ensemble in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jr." He is both excited and honored to be part of this team.

Donovan

Boettcher

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Voice - Soprano

Durand

Ellie Brenner is very excited to be a part of the 53rd season of Kids From Wisconsin. She lives in Durand, Wisconsin and completed her Junior year of High School at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan as a Musical Theatre Major. She enjoys playing piano, dancing, and singing. Some of her favorite roles include Elsa in Frozen Jr. (Eau Claire Children’s Theatre) and Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (Menomonie Theatre Guild). Ellie also has participated in State Honors Choir, State Solo Ensemble, and has trained with Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC. Along with her training, she also enjoys teaching piano and voice to her students. Ellie is looking forward to this amazing opportunity and can’t wait for the fun to begin!

Ellie

Brenner

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Voice - Tenor

Chippewa Falls

Chase Bucheger is in his junior year at UW-Eau Claire and he is very excited to enter his fourth and final season with the Kids. At the university, he majors in music education with an emphasis on choral music and is part of 2 of the choral department’s flagship ensembles, the Singing Statesmen and Concert Choir as well as the chamber choir, Novum Voce. Outside of singing he is also a choreographer. He has choreographed for Chippewa Falls High School’s competitive show choir, Melodics, and for the UWEC production, Cabaret: Game Over.  He also sings with the band Uncommon Denominator (@uncommdenom), who were voted the #1 cover band in the Chippewa Valley in 2020! Chase is ecstatic to be part of the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin and he really hopes you enjoy seeing us Live! In Living Color!

Chase

Bucheger

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Trombone

Galesville

Leo Chavolla is honored to be part of the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin as bass trombonist. Leo graduated from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School in Galesville, WI, in 2019 and attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse as a Jazz Performance major in the 2020 school year. He has participated numerous honor bands, such as the Winona State Honor Jazz band and the Symphonic Band at the Dorian Band Festival at Luther College. He is also proud to have been part of the La Crosse Community Theater in their productions of Titanic The Musical, Cabaret, and The Secret Garden. This is his first summer with the group and he looks forward to working with extremely gifted and dedicated young artists.

Leo

Chavolla Barrera

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Trombone

Rothschild

Gabe Glausing is excited for his summer with Kids From Wisconsin. He is going to be senior at D.C. Everest high school this fall, with aspirations for a music performance degree for trombone in the future. He has a busy schedule with several ensembles including: School Concert and Jazzy band, Central Wisconsin youth Symphony, Pit Orchestras, and Jazz band at UWMC. Gabe loves playing all varieties of music and is ecstatic for his first year is Kids.

Gabe

Clausing

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Voice - Soprano

Racine

Madison Crenshaw is thrilled to be returning to Kids From Wisconsin as a Principal Singer/Dancer. Maddie attends the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she is working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Music with a vocal emphasis. Over the course of her career at UW-Stevens Point, she has had the wonderful opportunity of being cast in Mamma Mia, This Is How I Feel, and The Melody Lingers On. Maddie is so excited to be back on stage with her Kids family doing what she loves. She hopes the show adds a little Color to your lifeーEnjoy!

Madison

Crenshaw

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Voice - Tenor

Madison

Colton Curley is excited to join Kids for his third year! He will be a sophomore at UW-Eau Claire this fall where he is studying business and recording arts. Colton grew up in a musical family and plays a number of instruments, including piano, violin, and drums. During the pandemic, he spent many hours writing and producing his own music and can’t wait to get back to DJing weddings and events this fall. Colton has been involved in school and community musicals for many years and is glad to be on the stage again. He would like to thank his family, friends and all who supported him throughout his musical journey. Enjoy the show!

Colton

Curley

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Voice - Tenor

Colby

Michael Decker is incredibly grateful to be a member of the 2021 KIDS From Wisconsin. He is currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Michael graduated from Colby High School, where he was active in the music and drama program. He played the role of Troy in High School Musical, “Tyler” in the play Lockdown, and participated in Little Shop of Horrors. Michael was also heavily involved in Show Choir, earning numerous Top Male Vocalist awards, including at FAME Nationals in Orlando. Michael also participated in the Chanhassen Theater Teen Intensive program as well as the Broadway Student Summit in New York City. This will be Michael’s first time performing with KIDS and he couldn’t be more excited.

Michael

Decker

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Saxophone

Shawano

Nathan Edwards is a graduate of Shawano High School.  He loves all things music.  Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, and clarinet are some of the instruments he plays. Nathan has played in the pit orchestra for school musicals and is a member of the Tri-M musical honor society. He has competed all over the country with the school’s jazz band.  Nathan was asked to be part of the Honor Band during the Louisville Jazz Festival.  He will be attending UWSP to pursue a degree in music education.  Nathan is very excited to share his love of music with audiences this summer as part of KIDS.

Nathan

Edwards

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Voice - Tenor

Mount Horeb

Brett Fredrickson is extremely grateful to be a part of the Kids family for his third year as a principle singer/dancer. Brett has been learning how to perform since the age of nine taking many singing, acting, and dancing lessons at Forte Studios in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. Brett is currently majoring in BFA Musical Theatre and BA Dance at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Brett would like to thank the Kids organization for this very humbling opportunity, as well as his family and friends for all of the love and support.

Brett

Fredrickson

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Voice - Tenor

Madison

Owen Groth is thrilled to perform this summer with the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin Troupe! He just finished his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin Milwauke where he is working towards his BFA in Musical Theater. Some of his most notable achievements are making the NDA All American Team as well as winning Outstanding Dancer in the 2019 Jerry Awards. Owen is so happy to be able to jump back into performing this summer after more than a year off and hopes that the Live in Living Color show can bring everyone as much joy and fun as it has brought him. 

Owen

Groth

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Trumpet

West Bend

Connor Hall is a graduate of West Bend East High School. Connor will be attending Berklee College of Music in the fall for music production and trumpet performance. He has recently been growing his skills in music production and business by extending his connections with artists nationwide. Since Connor was 10, he has been enthralled with the trumpet and has been in love with all kinds of music his entire life. He performs with his own small brass band, “No Nonsense” and his arranging and composing new music. He is also currently learning how to play guitar and piano. This is Connor’s second season touring with Kids From Wisconsin and is excited to once again take the stage.

Connor

Hall

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Voice - Alto

Hubertus

Meguire enthusiastically entertains with the Kids as singer/dancer for a third year. She is a junior at Montclair State University in New Jersey studying fashion and musical theatre. Meguire is a quadruple threat singing, dancing, acting and playing the keyboard. Meguire performs professionally and even had the opportunity to perform at Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall in NY. Favorite roles include: Nina (LOST GIRL, Milwaukee Rep), Brenda (HAIRSPRAY, Skylight Music Theatre), Tink (TINKER BELL, First Stage Children’s Theatre) and young performer (MAGIC FLUTE, Lyric Opera of Chicago). Meguire’s living the dream and appreciates her dream facilitators; family, friends and team at Stewart Talent. Meguire treasures this opportunity to be Live in Living Color with her sister and the Kids From Wisconsin.

Meguire

Hennes

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Voice - Alto

Hubertus

KyLee eagerly joins the Kids for her first year as a principal singer/dancer, performing with her older sister. She is a junior at Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture and studying music. KyLee plays electric guitar, dances, sings and acts making her a quadruple threat. KyLee has performed professionally at Madison Square Garden, The Fireside Theatre, Lyric Opera of Chicago (THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Marta; THE MAGIC FLUTE, Actor) , Skylight Theatre (VIOLET, Young Violet; received Broadway World Award); ANNIE, Annie; CAMINA BURANA, Actor), The Milwaukee Rep (EVERYBODY, Friendship). KyLee thanks Kids staff, friends, family and her team at Stewart Talent for allowing her to do what she is passionate about; PERFORMING LIVE IN LIVING COLOR.

KyLee

Hennes

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Keyboards

West Bend

Ian is incredibly excited to join the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin! He has just finished his senior year at West Bend East High School and plans on majoring in Computer Science in college. Ian enjoys performing with his school's New Orleans style brass band and has played with the pit orchestra for school musicals. He has previously performed with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and has served as a Drum Major for the WBHS Marching Band. Ian is thrilled to embark on tour this summer with the KIDS! He hopes you enjoy the show!

Ian

Janssen

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Voice - Bass

Cottage Grove

Tyler Jung just finished his freshman year at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and is very excited to share this show with everyone! He is a BFA Musical Theatre major and Dance minor. Past shows include The Music Man (Marcellus), Les Miserables (Marius), and Crazy For You (Bobby)! He also did three years of show choir at Monona Grove High School where he was a dance captain. This will be Tyler’s third summer with Kids From Wisconsin and cannon wait for you all to experience Live! In Living Color!

Tyler

Jung

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Voice - Soprano

Madison

Mattie Kantor is THRILLED to be joining the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin for her second and final summer as a principal Singer / Dancer. Mattie is a graduate of Madison West HS. She is currently studying at Viterbo University to earn a BFA in Music Theatre with minors in Arts Administration and Dance. She has recently been seen as Natalie (Next To Normal) and Cinderella (Into The Woods). Mattie grew up dancing at The Cashel Academy of Irish Dance. She owes a huge thank you to everyone who has been a part of her arts education thus far and to her parents for their constant support in all her arts endeavors. Lastly, she thanks her brother, Liam, for always inspiring her to be a better artist.

Mattie

Kantor

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Voice - Soprano

Schofield

Reagan Kettner is so excited to start performing with the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin troupe. She will be a spring 2021 graduate from DC Everest Senior High School and although Reagan has yet to decide where she is going to college, she knows she will continue her love for the performing arts. She is a two-time Jerry Award recipient for her roles as “Jovie” in Elf the Musical in 2019 and “Sophie” in Mamma Mia in 2018. Reagan won Best Supporting Actress in The Woods Awards for her role as “Cinderella” in Into the Woods in 2019 presented by Out Of The Woods Theatre. She is also a second-year member of the Central Wisconsin Jerry Ensemble. She thanks her family, friends, and teachers for all their love and support. This is Reagan’s first summer with KIDS and she’s so grateful for this amazing opportunity.

Reagan

Kettner

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Percussion

Green Bay

Cody Kremer is a freshman at the Milwaukee Area Technical College for music production and audio engineering. This is going to be his firs year with Kids From Wisconsin, and he could not be more thrilled. He has been playing drums and percussion since the 5th grade, and participated as first bass drum in drumlins and pep band. He enjoys writing and producing his how music on the side. He very much looks forward to gaining experience and fulfillment from Kids this summer with the percussionist Cade Shipman. Enjoy the show!

Cody

Kremer

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Voice - Tenor

Hartford

Connor Martin is honored to be spending his first summer as a Principal Singer/Dancer after training as an Understudy for the past two years. This fall, he will be a senior at Hartford Union High School where he will be playing Uncle Fester in The Addams Family and running cross country. Past favorite credits include Lees-McRae Summer Theatre in North Carolina (OLIVER, Oliver Twist), The Fireside Theatre (MARY POPPINS, Michael Banks; PETER PAN, John Darling), The Palace Theater in the Dells (MARY POPPINS, Michael Banks), Capital City Theatre (GYPSY, Newsboy), and Hartford Union High School (SHREK, Lord Farquaad) in which he won a Jerry Award, Outstanding Lead Performance, in 2020. Connor would like to thank his family for their continuous support and looks forward to doing what he loves most all summer long!

Connor

Martin

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Woodwinds

Eau Claire

Joshua Mithuen is excited to perform with the 52nd KIDS from Wisconsin troupe this year.  As of May, he will have graduated from Memorial High School in Eau Claire.  A student of Dr. Alastair Wright from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Joshua is well-versed in classical saxophone repertoire. Thanks to the many opportunities he has had to play in the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra as well as in the 2020 State Honors Jazz Band, he is also proficient in jazz.  Add in the fact that he played in the Old Abe Show Band and filled an entire reed chair in MHS’s production of Shrek the Musical, Joshua cannot wait to take his musicianship to the next level with KIDS. 

Joshua

Mithuen

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Voice - Alto

Stevens Point

Shannon O'Donnell is so excited to be joining the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin. Shannon will be a senior at Stevens Point Area Senior High this fall. This is Shannon's first year as a Principal Singer/Dancer, although in 2019 she had the amazing opportunity to understudy. Shannon has most recently starred in productions including "Mama Mia! The Musical" (Donna) with the SPASH theater department, a role which she received an Overture's Jerry Award for outstanding lead performer. She was also recently seen in Playhouse Theatre Group’s Second Act production of “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" (Olive). During the school year, Shannon was an active member of the 2020 Central Wisconsin Jerry Ensemble. Shannon is extremely grateful to be spending her summer doing what she loves with so many talented individuals.

Shannon

O'Donnell

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Voice - Tenor

Aurora

Matthew Pakkebier is ecstatic to be part of the 2021 KIDS from Wisconsin. This is his second year in the troupe and he is excited for another performance filled summer. This coming fall, he will be a Senior at Carthage College, studying towards a BA in Musical Theatre and Music Education. Most recently, he has been seen in Carthage's production of Smokefall (Colonel/ Johnny) where he received an Irene Ryan nomination, and Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Carlos). Matthew had the privilege of being a leader of the Realize Your Dreams sessions, where he was able to see many children learn and develop their performance skills. He is excited to see this program continue to grow. Matthew would like to thank his family, friends, and teachers for all their support.

Matthew

Pakkebier

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Voice - Alto

Hartford

Miranda Parker finished her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is delighted to be Live! In Living Color with the Kids From Wisconsin this summer. She is joining the troupe for her 3rd tour and is looking forward to one of the best shows yet! At UW-M Miranda was the dance captain for "Bonnie & Clyde", part of New Dancemakers, and a member of the Women's Choir. Miranda has also appeared as Audrey in "The Little Shop of Horrors", as well as the dance captain for "Cinderella" and "Mary Poppins". She began dance classes at age 2, and danced competitively for All the Above Dance Company in West Bend. Along with her studio training, she spent summers working with the Milwaukee Ballet, OCU's Jo Rowan, and the world famous Rockettes. Miranda is pursuing a double major in Musical Theater and Dance at UW-M.

Miranda

Parker

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Trumpet

Ringle

Nick Phalen is thrilled to be playing trumpet in his third year with this fantastic group. He just finished his freshman year at UW Eau Claire, studying Political Science and Trumpet Performance. Nick participates in many ensembles in Eau Claire, and performs regularly in the area. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Nicholas

Phalen

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Voice - Alto

Mequon

Jessie Potter is delighted to be joining Kids From Wisconsin this summer! She currently attends Marymount Manhattan College where she is earning her B.F.A in Musical Theater. She graduated from Whitefish Bay High School in 2019, where she was a captain and founder of their varsity dance team, as well as a three-time Jerry award winning theater performer. Most recently, she was seen as Flo Marymount Manhattan’s production of Good News, and Jacey in their original production of Play It Forward. Jessie is incredibly excited to perform with the troupe this summer and is thankful for the amazing opportunity!

Jessie

Potter

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Guitar

Wausau

Sean Powers is thrilled to be joining the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin. Sean plays guitar along with brass instruments and has a background in piano as well. This fall, he will be a senior at D.C. Everest Senior High School. Most recently he was seen performing on Main Street U.S.A. at Disney World in Orlando with the D.C. Everest marching band. Sean has been seen playing in multiple ensembles, such as Jazz bands, his family trio, and different church worship teams since the age of nine. Sean currently studies guitar and music theory through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Strings program. In the following years, Sean looks to study guitar performance, with an emphasis on Jazz and Composition. Sean was fortunate enough to be a 2019 KIDS understudy on guitar. This is his first summer with KIDS as the principal guitarist, and he is excited to be a part of this amazing experience. He hopes you enjoy the show!

Sean

Powers

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Trumpet

Waterford

Nate is ecstatic to be spending his third summer with the Kids From Wisconsin. He graduated from Waterford Union High School and currently studies at UW-Madison. He is a Junior majoring in Economics, Trumpet performance and obtaining a certificate in Business. Since fifth grade, Nate has been playing the trumpet and studies with many teachers such as: Mitchell Nelson, Mike Nelson, Alex Noppe, Russ Johnson, and Chad McCullough. He is thrilled for you to see what the KIDS have put together and hopes you enjoy the show.

Nathaniel

Schmidt

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Voice - Soprano

Port Edwards

Megan Shields is thrilled to perform with KIDS for a fifth season! This fall, she’ll be a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, double majoring in Elementary Education and Dance. She began dancing at four years old, training in all styles at Rapids School of Performing Arts, where she also helped teach young dancers and showcased her choreography. Throughout her high school career, Megan learned under the direction of a Rockette, participated in choral and instrumental ensembles including All-Star, State Honors Choir and Solo Ensemble, and performed various vocal and dance solos at community events. As a college freshman, she was selected to perform in UWSP’s dance production, Afterimages 2020. Megan is looking forward to performing again and hopes you enjoy the show!

Megan

Shields

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Percussion

Medford

Cade Shipman is very excited to be touring with the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin troupe! He currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in pursuit of a Neuroscience major. He has been playing drums since the sixth grade and was elected President of the Medford Area Senior High band program during his senior year. Cade had also written and helped direct the Medford marching band drumline starting his Junior year. He was awarded the John Philip Sousa band award upon graduating and is now performing with the UW Eau Claire marching band. This is his first year with KIDS and he could not be more thrilled to be a part of the experience!

Cade

Shipman

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Voice - Tenor

Mequon

Jeffrey-Thomas Snow (aka JT Snow) is thrilled to be a part of the Kids from Wisconsin troupe as a principal singer/dancer for a third straight year. This fall, JT will be a sophomore at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in music theatre. JT has been performing since the age of 9, and he thanks God for his talents; his family, teachers, and friends for their encouragement and guidance; and the Kids organization for the opportunity to do what he loves--performing for you, the audience. So, sit back and enjoy the show: "Live! In Living Color."

Jeffrey-Thomas

Snow

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Understudy - Woodwinds

Schofield

Brennan Straw attended DC Everest High school in central Wisconsin. He is very excited to join the Kids From Wisconsin as an understudy to help better himself as a saxophone player. He hopes to use his musical experience he gains when attending college later this year at UW-Madison. This is Brennan's first year with Kids and he is eager to join.

Brennan

Straw

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Voice - Tenor

Forestville

Brady Tooley is excited to be joining the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin. In fall, he hopes to be a Freshman at Columbia College Chicago. Recently this year, as a senior, he performed in Hello My Baby as “Mickey McKee". His Junior year he portrayed the “Beast” in Beauty and the Beast and was also accepted in the All-State Jazz Choir and All-State Honors Choir. As a sophomore he was "Pepper" in Mamma Mia and as a freshman "The Baker" (Understudy) in Into the Woods. He is looking forward to being a part of the troupe and the experiences he will gain from this amazing, life changing opportunity.

Brady

Tooley

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Voice - Alto

Mosinee

Rachel is honored to be a part of the 2021 Kids From Wisconsin troupe for her second and final season. Many of her plans were altered due to COVID-19. She has been teaching dance and keeping up with her performing skills in the meantime. She hopes to continue her performing arts career after tour is complete. Once a KID, always a KID. Enjoy Live! In Living Color.

Rachel

Wadina

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Trumpet

Portage

Charlie Watson is a graduate of Baraboo High School and is excited for his first year playing trumpet with KIDS! At BHS, Charlie was an active participant in the music program, performing in pit orchestras as well as both Symphony and Jazz Band. He also participated in a plethora of honors groups, including Winds of Wisconsin and UW Honors Jazz. Charlie is attending Northern Illinois University majoring in Jazz Studies.

Charlie

Watson