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Larry Wilson
Dr. Acula

Born and raised in Hollywood, CA, Larry began his performing career at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, a private club for magicians. His satirical advertising pitch for the Famous Magicians School was an immediate success and in no time at all Larry found himself in places like Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Lake Tahoe performing with the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr., Ann-Margret, and The Pointer Sisters. This, in turn, led to hundreds of television appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, HBO, Showtime and Disney Channel with his zany assistants, the Flying Cavettis, and it was an appearance with this stage troupe which garnered Larry his first Emmy nomination as a performer. He continues to be in demand in the finest showrooms in the world and on television, both as an actor and a magician, and appears to show no signs of slowing down.




Merissa Ann
Dancer

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Merissa has trained, competed, and choreographed all over the United States winning numerous awards and gaining recognition. At the age of 14 she began touring as an assistant to a world-renowned choreographer. Since then, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her professional career as a dancer and choreographer, where she signed with MSA Dance Agency. Her recent credits include Principal roles in Soulescape Dance Company and IV Dance Company. She also was a performer in New York’s Elan Awards, Choreographer’s Assistant for Justin Timberlake’s Damn Girl performance on F.S.L.S. tour, and currently a back-up dancer for the Beatle’s ultimate cover band The Fab Four. Merissa is a fresh new face in the world of choreography, a world she has taken by storm with her unique movement, staging, and musicality. She is fearless in her pursuit of genuine artistry and unceasing in her desire to create truly original choreography which is amply demonstrated by her work in Dr. Acula’s Haunted House Party.




Lauren Schmidt
Dancer

Lauren Schmidt has been dancing for twenty years. She grew up dancing in Portland, Oregon and then after high school moved to Los Angeles to continue to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer. She was then awarded the year long scholarship dance program at Edge Performing Arts Center. She studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and tap, as well as acting and singing. After graduating from that program she signed with MSA Dance Agency, and has been dancing professionally ever since. She has done music videos with artists including Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Catherine McPhee. She recently danced on HBO’s Entourage, and has made appearances on several other television shows and movies, as well as danced at the MTV movie awards. She was a featured dancer in the award-winning show Wonderland at Harrahs Reno, and The Top Hats, The Edison, Ilyria, and Moulin Rouge in Los Angeles. Most recently she traveled to Toronto, Canada as a dancer in the show Divas Las Vegas.




Cara-Lee Knodel
Dancer

Cara-Lee is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. She has been dancing for over 18 years, training in ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop. She trained in Canada at professional ballet schools such as National Ballet of Toronto and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She moved to Los Angeles in 2002 to pursue her professional dance career. Her credits include music videos and live performances with artists such as OUTKAST, Brooke Hogan and My Chemical Romance. You can catch her in several national commercials for Crystal Light, Pepsi, Ford, Mervyn's, Target and AT&T. Her television and movie credits include The Longest Yard, How I met your Mother, Show me the Money, MTV Movie Awards, ESPY Awards and several others. You can also see Cara-Lee in the new 2009 PUMA print campaign. Not only does Cara-Lee love to pursue her own professional career, another passion of hers is to teach. She believes that passing on her knowledge of dance to children is the most rewarding gift.




Mariah Perkins
Dancer

Mariah Perkins grew up dancing in Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon graduating from high school she moved to New York City to study as a dance major at Marymount Manhattan. Before long she found herself continuing her career in Los Angeles, where she currently resides. Some of her credits include ABC's Show Me the Money, dancing in the Victoria's Secret Fashion show, as well as industrials for Nike and Maybelline. She has danced in numerous videos and commercials, some of which include clients such as Target, Subway, Motorola, Sketcher's, Chevy and bands such as Wolfmother, Taking Back Sunday and Bullet for My Valentine.




Kathleen Mangan
Dancer

Kathleen, born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, has danced professionally in everything from commercial work, to film and television, and was even cut in nine pieces as a magician's assistant! She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association having performed in numerous musicals such as Cabaret, A Chorus Line, and Oliver. After graduating from UCLA, she went on to perform on Saipan for a year and soon after returned to her east coast roots as a dancer for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets. For the past ten years she has enjoyed teaching dance and can currently be found at Camino Nuevo Charter School where she is on faculty. Lastly, Kathleen's newest passion, instructing Pilates, lead her to become the new host of an online Pilates Instructional Video.




Katy Shelor
Zombie Beautician

Katy loves being on stage more than just about anything in the world. She first serendipitously stumbled across magic when she was cast in Larry Wilson's Wonderland at Harrah's, Reno . These days you can find her at the world famous Magic Castle Club in Hollywood or in class at the UCB Theater. Unlike most of the 1.5 million actors in tinseltown, Katy enjoys the privilege of adding levitation, de-materialization, temporary dismemberment, and the ability to fit into teeny, tiny spaces to her resume's list of skills.




Jason Williams
Hip-hop Wolfie

Jason Williams was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. He started training in various styles of dance since the age of 4 and has been going at it ever since. Jason chose to graduate from Laney High School early in order to follow his dreams of becoming a professional dancer and actor. His early professional career started off dancing at a theater in Pennsylvania. After that he traveled around the Caribbean aboard ship dancing for Royal Caribbean. He currently lives in Hollywood, California, where he has appeared on television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Mad TV. Jason has danced for Nike industrials, the musical AIDA and fashion trade shows in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has worked and studied with many great choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Hinton Battle, Kenny Ortega, Brian Freedman and Tovaris Wilson, just to name a few. Jason has worked as a principal dancer in such feature films as: Marc Pease Experience (starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schwartzman) Bolden (starring Anthony Mackie) and has just recently completed the filming of the highly anticipated, High School Musical 3: Senior Year and Fame.




Boone Platt
Igor

Boone Platt pursued theater, dance, comedy and gymnastics growing up and performed in theaters throughout Northern California. His lead performances gained him local notoriety before he struck out to pursue a professional theater career. He began touring with Sleightly Askew productions and in 2005, created The Platt Brothers educational outreach show which brings the arts to children in schools as well as in theaters throughout California and Nevada. Boone has also spent time writing for production, as a writer for Highwired Inc. Boone wrote voice scripts recorded by numerous high profile celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Robin Williams, Cameron Diaz and Joey Fatone.




Cy Platt
Bat Boy Frat Boy

Cy Platt began his professional career at twenty years old, when he was hired by the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim to play Prince Eric in their world-famous Fantasmic show. After a year, he auditioned for and was hired by Universal Studios Japan as the sheriff in the Wild West Stunt Show in Osaka, Japan. Next up, along with his brother Cheetah, he was hired to play one of the Flying Cavetti Brothers in the world premiere of the hit show Wonderland at Harrah's Reno. Since then, Cy has performed at the Los Angeles Opera in Howard Shore's The Fly, diredbed by David Cronenberg; appeared in films and television in Los Angeles; and performed in some of the most prestigious stages in California, including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.




Cheetah Platt
Franklin Stein

Cheetah Platt performed in community theaters and shows throughout high school and made it his vision to pursue a career in the performing arts. After being accepted as a theater major to the University of California in San Diego, Cheetah starred in many shows including, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Stage Door, Second Sites and Good Breeding. He was then cast in Wonderland and moved to Nevada, where he lived for two years and began creation of The Platt Brothers. Cheetah returned to complete his college degree in San Diego and became very active with circus arts. He began performing, teaching and choreographing for several companies, including the Fern Street Circus, Technomania Circus, Zirk Ubu and aerial Revolution Entertainment. He now runs his own entertainment company, teaches, trains and performs aerial circus acts.



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