MATRAVIUS AVENT is a Phoenix-based vocalist and actor. Matravius grew up in Denver, CO where he studied music at the University of Denver. He then moved to Phoenix to attend Arizona State University where he received a Master of Music in Voice Performance. Since graduating, Matravius has been active performing on stages across the US and in Japan. Recent credits include Big Band Beat at Tokyo Disney and A Hamilton Music Review: History Has Its Eyes on You. www.matravius.com
Meet the Cast:
The following is a list of some of the performers that will be entertaining your audiences with SHOWTUNE PRODUCTIONS (upon availability)
JORDAN BLUTH trained in vocal performance at Indiana University and has since performed with opera and musical theatre companies across the United States. An award-winning recording artist with 3 solo and multiple collaborative albums, Jordan is frequently sought as a concert soloist. When he’s not making music, Dr. Bluth maintains a busy optometry practice in Arizona and spends time making messes and noise with his 2 sweet kids and his lovely wife, Kaitlynn. For more information on his music, visit www.jordanbluthmusic.com.
KAITLYNN KLEINMAN BLUTH graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Musical Theatre from ASU and immediately relocated to NYC. Recent local roles include Marian (The Music Man, Theatre League and Showtune Productions), Lily (The Secret Garden, Arizona Broadway Theatre), Clara (The Light in the Piazza, Phoenix Theatre), Miss Dorothy (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Phoenix Theatre), Cinderella (Into the Woods,Arizona Broadway Theatre), and Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors, Arizona Broadway Theatre). Kaitlynn resides in Mesa, AZ with the loves of her life-her husband Jordan and two children Adelynn and Owen.
JACODY BULLARD began his dance career at a young age and has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical. Along with his award winning and nationally recognized choreography, Jacody Bullard has also sung the National Anthem at numerous sporting events and recorded a song for a charitable Christmas album. Jacody has been seen in BANDSTAND and A CHORUS LINE at Phoenix Theatre and has played lead roles in LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL, WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, the title role in SHREK and many more. In addition to this, Jacody has performed professionally in shows for Showtune Productions and is always looking for new opportunities to challenge himself and grow as a choreographer, dancer, and singer.
TRISH HART DITSWORTH Favorite credits: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Maria (The Sound of Music), Percy (The Spitfire Grill), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Martha (The Secret Garden), Crissy (Hair), Penny (Hairspray), Pickles (Trailer Park), Annabel (Lucky Stiff), Sarah (The Toxic Avenger), Catherine (Pippin), and Enid (Legally Blonde). She has a BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Arizona and is happy to call Phoenix home. www.trishaditsworth.com
KRISTEN DRATHMAN is a Phoenix based actor, singer, teacher and concert performer, and has sung in venues all over the world including the '92 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and the Brooklyn Conservatory Summer Opera Festival. She has also performed in many Phoenix Theatre productions over the years and has been honored with numerous AriZoni Awards for her performances; favorite Phoenix Theatre credits include: Swing! (AriZoni Award), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (AriZoni Award), Cole! (AriZoni Award), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (AriZoni Award), I Love A Piano (AriZoni Award), Guys and Dolls (AriZoni Award) and The Full Monty. Other favorites include, Schoolhouse Rock, Live! (Childplay), Still Life with Iris (Childsplay), Phenomenal Smith (Childsplay), Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh! (Theater League), Blues in the Night (Black Theater Troupe) and Tapestry (Actors’ Theatre and Theatre League).
VICTORIA FAIRCLOUGH is a native, New Yorker but has also been in and out of Arizona the last 10 years performing. Recent credits: Singin in The Rain (Kathy u/s) at The Orpheum, The World Goes ‘Round (Woman 2) at Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts, Chicago (Roxie) AriZoni nomination at FHCT, Aida (Amneris) at Hale Center Theatre, The Music Man in Concert at Orpheum (Maud Dunlop), American Idiot (Extraordinary Girl) at Stray Cat and Spelling Bee (Logainne) at The Phoenix Theatre Company. She also toured in Legally Blonde the Musical (Brooke Wyndham) with Prather Entertainment Group and sailed with Carnival Cruises as a Lead Showband Vocalist.
KAREN HESTER, first place winner of Jimmy Fallon’s CLASH OF THE COVER BANDS, is the #1 Dolly Parton tribute artist in America! She has been the opening act for recording artists Trace Adkins and Ricky Van Shelton, and currently performs in LEGENDS LIVE in both Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada paying tribute to the great Dolly Parton. Her solo show, “KAREN AS DOLLY”, has taken her throughout the world with performances in Sweden, Finland, Australia and aboard the Country Music Cruise. She also has performed on the live AXS television show, “WORLD’S GREATEST TRIBUTE BANDS”. Karen has performed for venues throughout the world including theatres, casinos, business functions, church events, corporate conventions, charity events and has been seen on both regional and national commercials.
MONICA HEUSER is proud to be sanctioned by the estate of Patsy Cline since 1998 and has performed the title role in the U.S. National Tour of the musical play A CLOSER WALK WITH PATSY CLINE, and in the musical play ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE in regional theaters across the country (including a 7+ month run of ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE at Chanhassen Dinner Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the largest dinner theater in the country)! Other notable credits: "Janis Joplin" in the 2007 IVEY Award-winning LOVE, JANIS at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; 9 years of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL national tours, Singapore, regional productions, and Las Vegas (all 4 principal roles); 2005 Addison Award-winning THE SUNSHINE BOYS U.S. National Tour + Canada (starring Dick Van Patten & Frank Gorshin); Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT at The Guthrie Theater (a Tony Award-winning regional theater); World Premieres at American Folklore Theatre; and "Mavis" in CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES 2: A SECOND HELPING. "Moe" also produces her own one-woman cabarets and tribute concerts such as “Falling to Pieces: A Tribute to Patsy Cline”; “Under the Covers: A Pop/Rock Cabaret” (a tribute to her music influences); and “Patsy, Linda, Dolly, & Me: A Tribute to the Great Women of Country Music”. Moe earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Directing/Performance/Dance from Northern Kentucky University, and was a fellow of the 2005 Cabaret Conference at Yale. Monica is currently in-residence at Harrah's Improv Showroom in Las Vegas performing in the longest-running (10 years!) book musical in Vegas history: MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL. To learn more about Monica and to purchase her CD, please visit www.monicaheuser.com
RYAN JAGRU is currently performing at The King's Castle Theatre in Branson, MO in JERSEY NIGHTS, a Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. He has performed in numerous Showtune Productions’ shows including starring as Ritchie Valens in BUDDY, RITCHIE and THE BIG BOPPER and THE RAVE-ONS!. He has also been seen in COUNTRY ALL-STARS, ROCKIN’ THRU THE DECADES, EARLY ROCK’N ROLL LIVE! and is currently starring as Dick Clark in DICK CLARK’S COUNTDOWN TO THE 50’s & 60’s. Other credits include BUDDY, THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY NATIONAL TOUR (Ritchie), BRUNO MARS TRIBUTE (Bruno), ONE DIRECTION TRIBUTE (Zayn), ALTAR BOYZ (Juan) and Disney’s BELIEVE (Aladdin).
COLTE JULIAN is a farm boy from Oklahoma, now residing in sunny Las Vegas. Colte has been a favorite entertainer at the Legendary Don’t Tell Mama Bar and Lounge. Other Las Vegas venues include: The Mayfair Supperclub, The Las Vegas Toom, The Nevada Room and as a Monday’s Dark guest artist, along with a host of corporate gigs. Through his varied experience in theatre, concert, and piano entertainer performances, Colte has been starring as Elton John in Showtune Productions’ tribute WONDERFUL, CRAZY NIGHT, THE NEW ELTON JOHN TRIBUTE. He has a captivating way of drawing you in and connecting the music of Elton John to everyone. Colte has performed the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET for over 5 years in multiple productions including the Broadway National Tour, the Apollo in Chicago, and in Las Vegas as well as in Showtune Productions’ CASH & LEWIS, THE JOHNNY CASH & JERRY LEE LEWIS TRIBUTE. He was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance as Curly in OKLAHOMA! at The Paramount Theatre in Chicago. Other Regional area credits include Jerry Lee Lewis in MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and MAMMA MIA at Marriott Lincolnshire, Dr. Fine and Dr. Madden in NEXT TO NORMAL, ROCK OF AGES and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Drury Lane Oakbrook and Jean Michele in LA CAGE AUX FOLLES at the Skylight in Milwaukee. Colte was also Music Director for the Las Vegas hit HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Harrah’s and for state and national FFA Organizations. He holds a BA in Music from Oklahoma State and Master of Music in Musical Theatre from Arizona State University.
RENEE KATHLEEN KOHER is originally from Chicago, IL. She received her BFA in Musical Theater from the Hartt School. She is now a resident of Arizona, and so happy to be joining Showtune Productions in Darlin’ Companion, the Tribute to Johnny and June Carter Cash! Some of her favorite roles include: Arizona Broadway Theater: Disney's Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins) Kiss Me Kate (Lily/Katherine), A Christmas Carol (Ghost Of Christmas Past), Best Little Whore House In Texas (Doatsy Mae), Camelot (Nimue/Morgan LeFay), Carousel (Mrs. Mullins), Fiddler On The Roof (Fruma Sarah), Rock Of Ages, Hair, The Bridges Of Madison County, Disney's the Little Mermaid and Disney's Tarzan, Other favorite Regional credits include: The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), 9 to 5 (Violet), Pippin (Fastrata), The Secret Garden (Rose), Godspell, I Love You You're Perfect Now Change and SisterAct. Renee has worked for multiple years with Disney Cruise Line and Tokyo Disney Resort as a singer and aerialist in multiple shows on the high seas and in Japan. www.reneekathleenkoher.com
MATT KRANTZ is an alumnus of Brigham Young University. His recent credits include The Little Mermaid, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Count of Monte Cristo, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, The Glass Menagerie and Best of Broadway with Showtune Productions. Still relatively new to the Phoenix area, Matt enjoys discovering the Valley with his lovely wife and newborn baby.
TODD MEREDITH born in Buffalo and now living in New York City, played guitar and sang in bands throughout high school and college. Upon graduating with a degree in theatre in 2007, he first assumed the role of Buddy Holly in the jukebox musical BUDDY: the Buddy Holly Story and fell in love with the legendary rock and roller’s music and story. Since then, Todd has starred as Buddy in 20 productions of the musical in regional theatres including 2 National Tours. Todd has also starred in four productions of the Johnny Cash musical, RING OF FIRE, as well as the Beatles Live Request Tribute Concert YEAH, YEAH, YEAH!, for which he learned over 100 Beatles songs. Todd has released two Buddy Holly tribute albums. The first, NOT FADE AWAY, includes six updated Buddy Holly covers as well as six original songs Todd wrote with fellow Buddy Holly impersonator, Anthony Rand. The second, ROCK, RHYTHM, and BLUES, includes 15 of Todd’s favorite Buddy Holly tunes in Buddy’s original style. You can learn more about Todd or purchase these albums at www.toddmeredith.com.
SCOTT MOREAU is from Litchfield, ME and received a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. For nearly a decade, Scott has been traveling the world performing as Johnny Cash, from his home state of Maine to Canada, Tokyo and everywhere in between. He was an original cast member of the 1st National Broadway Tour of the Tony Award winning show Million Dollar Quartet (Johnny Cash) and has reprised his role in the regional premiere of MDQ at the Ogunquit Playhouse, the Tony Award winning Papermill Playhouse, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida and the historic Springer Opera House in Columbus, GA. His original tribute show to Johnny Cash, Walkin’ The Line, has played to sold out audiences across Canada, New York State, the greater Phoenix area and at the M Casino in Las Vegas. In 2013, Scott recorded his Johnny Cash tribute album Home of the Blues at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, available for purchase from Scott following today’s performance. www.scottmoreau.com
MITZI GRESHAWN SMITH has recently returned home to AZ from living and working in New York City. While in NY, Mitzi got to expand her wings and work in several different industries including: the Midtown International Theatre Festival, singing backup for internationally know artist such as Jason Mraz and Elton John, and performing in a European Gospel tour. Mitzi is also a proud member of the New York’s elite Broadway Inspirational Voices under the direction of Michael McElroy. Shows/tours include: Bingo the musical, Once on the Island, Unanswered Question, USA Gospel Tour, Best Lil Whorehouse in Texas, Hot Mikado, Smokey Joe’s Café, Nunsense, Buddy Holly, Ain’t Misbehavin’, and Bubbling Brown Sugar.
KYLE SORRELL is a singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Kyle currently performs as both a solo musician and with his band The Bonnie Boat at clubs, restaurants, and resorts across the valley. As an actor/musician Kyle and his guitar have appeared in numerous stage productions at The Phoenix Theatre Company (Once, Million Dollar Quartet, Mamma Mia, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Southwest Shakespeare Company (Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It), and Childsplay (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Wonderland: Alice's Rock and Roll Adventure). His award-winning original compositions have been featured at Childsplay, Southwest Shakespeare Company, and Black Theatre Troupe. Kyle is currently portraying James Taylor in Showtune Productions’ YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND, Songs of Carole King & James Taylor production and stars in their TAKE IT EASY, Songs of the 70’s.
THOMAS STRAWSER a native of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, enjoys an extensive and diverse career as a performing artist. Tommy was a former resident artist for Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, College Light Opera Company in Massachusetts, and Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. His professional choral experience consists of the Philadelphia Singers during the organization’s tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Manhattan Chorale, Solis Camerata, a choral residency at St. Alban's Cathedral with The Cathedral Choir at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix, the Grammy-nominated True Concord Voices and Orchestra, and the Grammy-award winning Phoenix Chorale including their album Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil which received the 58th Grammy’s "Best Choral Performance" award. Tommy currently resides in Phoenix where he is in his sixth season as part of the acting company with Childsplay, and is one of the founding members for A/C Theatre Company who specialize in alternative/commercial musical productions. He has also been involved in other Valley productions with Arizona Opera, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Showtune Productions, and Nearly Naked Theatre. Tommy holds a Master of Music in Opera/Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
VICTOR TREVINO, JR. always wanted to be an entertainer but never dreamed he would be crowned The King, but in 2022, Victor won first prize in The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, a competition held yearly in Graceland. Victor’s roots are in Texas, but he has performed on stages all over the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Victor performs for the world’s largest tribute show LEGENDS IN CONCERT, including a residency in Las Vegas where it is still the longest show running on the Las Vegas Strip, and is currently with the ELVIS LIVES tour, the only Elvis book show sanctioned by Graceland. He has also toured with PRESLEY, PERKINS, CARL & CASH - A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. Victor has opened for Grammy award winning acts such as BOYS II MEN and FOREIGNER. He has also had the honor to work with many some of Elvis's colleagues and friends such as Wanda Jackson, Joe Esposito, Art Adams, and DJ Fontana (Elvis's original drummer). In 2014 Victor was named an ambassador and given a key to city of Tupelo Mississippi (Elvis's hometown). Victor never claims to be Elvis because he believes "there is only ONE Elvis Presley." But his goal is to recreate the magic, wildness, and showmanship of one the world’s greatest and influential entertainers.
SERGEANT EMILY WALTER was the lead vocalist singing Big Band, Jazz, and a multitude of genres with the U.S. Air Force SAC Band and is a Gulf War Veteran. She has worked with such stars as Bob Hope, Lee Greenwood and John Denver and has toured with many shows, including Church Basement Ladies with William Christopher (Father Mulcahy of M.A.S.H). Emily is thrilled to pay homage to the great Karen Carpenter in WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN with Showtune Productions. She was host of the Medora Musical from 2010-2015 in North Dakota and currently hosts the hugely popular Medora Gospel Brunch. Emily is also sanctioned to portray the legendary Patsy Cline by the Patsy Cline Estate and performed Always, Patsy Cline at the New River Valley Regional Theatre in Pulaski, VA in 2019. Emily earned a Master's degree in Acting from Mankato State University, performed with numerous Symphony Orchestras and spent a decade at sea as a Guest Entertainer performing with select cruise lines.
COURTNEY WASHINGTON is thrilled to be back on stage! Having been performing with Showtune productions for 4 years, she was most recently featured in Legendary Ladies of Soul, Rockin’ Thru the Decades and Boogie Fever. After studying musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Courtney toured in several national tours and regional productions throughout the US and Canada. Some favorite credits include, The Wedding Singer National Tour, Hairspray, All Shook Up, Beehive: The 60’s Musical National Tour and Nuncrackers.