The Greatest Showman Sunday
P.T.Barnum - Dvijesh Geedhara
Dvijesh is 13 year old (eighth grade ) from Monroe . He loves singing , songwriting playing piano , guitar and trumpet. When he is not in music mode or along with music he loves to spend out doors and mostly his time on technical stuff like fixing apple products and designing the cars etc .He is really blessed to have Sophie’s coaching from Rising Starts Voice Studios and he is very excited to play the role in The Greatest Show
Charity - Olivia Shaffer
Olivia’s love of the theater began at the age of three when she started attending the “Avenue to Broadway” dance school in Lakehurst, New Jersey. She has trained in various dance styles, to include tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and musical theater. Olivia is a member of the “Avenue to Broadway” competition team and has won awards in both hip-hop and musical theater styles of dance. In 2019, her musical theater team was invited to the National Dance Competition in Atlantic City, NJ and won 1st place for their performance of “The Nicest Kids in Town” from the play, “Hairspray”. In 2020, Olivia began attending the “Rising Stars” studio to expand her skills in vocal and acting training. In March 2021, she competed at the NEMTA Voice Competition singing “Tightrope” from the “Greatest Showman”. Her most recent performance was singing “Good Morning Baltimore” and “Imagine” at the “Rising Stars” studio “Evening of the Stars”
Phillip - Aidan Gould
Aidan Gould is 14 years old, from Bordentown, and entering 9th grade. He has been taking voice lessons with Ms. Sophie Taillefer, at Rising Stars Voice Studios, for five years. He has performed in many productions throughout this time including Seussical, The Lion King, Annie, and The Rockin Tale of Snow White. He has participated in multiple talent shows and voice competitions including NATS, NJ's Got Talent, Laurita Idol where he placed 3rd overall, and MAMTG, where he took 1st place in Voice Open Arts, 2nd place in Musical Theater, and 3rd place in Idol categories. In April, he competed in The North East Music Teachers Association (NEMTA) and took 1st place in Classical, and 2nd place in Jazz categories. He has performed for many local events in the Bordentown community as well. Aidan is a respected member of his parish, Mary Mother of the Church, in Bordentown City, as he has been invited on multiple occasions by Pastor Martin O’Reilly to share his gift of voice at mass. Aidan also enjoys acting, riding his bike, playing piano, swimming, playing video games, studying birds and geography, and spending time with his family.
Jenny Lind - Graziella Carnassale
Graziella Carnassale is 12 years old and this will be her first theater production. Grazi started meeting virtually with Ms Sophie during the height of the pandemic while sports were unavailable. Graz has since developed a passion for singing, music and theater. She is excited to perform and grateful to Ms Sophie for all her dedication.
Lettie - Divija Khabe
My name is Divija Khabe. I am 10 years old. I am from Florence. I have participated in MAMTG, Evening of Stars, and NEMTA. Along with singing, I also enjoy playing piano, reading, and drawing.
Anne Wheeler - Kyra Bethea
My name is Kyra Bethea. I am 11 years old. I live in Hamilton, New Jersey and I’m going to my first year of middle school. My interests include soccer, cheerleading, acting, and singing and I have performed in several plays at Rising Stars such as Annie, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and was also the lead part in Charlie and The Chocolate Factory at Kuser Elementary. I am so excited about playing the role of Anne in The Greatest Showman.
Caroline - Brynna Edenzon
Brynna Edenzon is 8 years old and from Westampton, NJ. She has many creative talents, but Brynna has been most passionate about singing and dancing. Her dream is to one day be on Broadway. The Greatest Showman is Brynna's first on stage performance.
Katie Sandwina - Kaylee Cordwell
14 year old Kaylee Cordwell will be playing Katie Sandwina in the Greatest Showman. She has been involved in several theatrical performances. Kaylee has been acting and singing with Miss Sophie’s Rising Stars Voice Studio since she was 9. Kaylee also does in school production..
Young Barnum - Payton Robinson
Peyton Robinson is 11 years old from Columbus, NJ. He has recently performed in the 2021 Chapin School Cabaret, but he is excited to make his first big stage debut as Young Barnum in Greatest Showman! When he’s not playing outside with his friends, he’s playing piano, playing Just Dance on the Nintendo Switch, studying hurricanes or organizing his prized Beanie Boo collection.
Young Charity - Casey Villabon
Casey Villabon is 10 years old and is from Columbus, NJ. She has performed in a virtual production of The Phantom Tollbooth. She enjoys singing, contortion, aerial silks, and being with her family. She is so excited to play Young Charity in her first stage production!
Wanda D., Mrs. Roth & Mrs. Winthrop - Delaney Fox
Delaney is 12 years old, and is from Mansfield Twp., NJ. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, going to the beach, and playing sports. This is her first time performing in a musical, and she really enjoyed working with the camp this summer.
Cop & Fireman - Christian Gould
Christian Gould is 9 years old and in the 4th grade. This is his second production with Rising Stars Voice Studios, as his first performance was in "The Rockin' Tale of Snow White" as one of the Seven Dwarves when he was just 4 years old! Over the past 5 years, Christian has also performed alongside his brother, Aidan, in numerous talent shows under the direction of Ms. Sophie. When Christian is not performing, he enjoys playing playing baseball, football, Nintendo switch, building Legos, hanging out with his best buddies, and playing the piano. Above all, Christian enjoys spending time with his family and his best, four legged pal, Bentley!
Mrs. Roth - Hasini Nandyala
My name is Hasini Nandyala and I'm 13. I live in Bordentown and have bee singing for around 3/4 years. I enjoy singing, reading, and playing the ukulele. The greatest showman is the first musical I have ever been in. I've been in a few shows and competitions too.
My name is Tanisha Khabe and I am 15 years old. I am from Florence. I have participated in a few shows in the past, including Schoolhouse Rock, The Lion King, and Bye Bye Birdie. I have also participated in other musical competitions, including MAMTG and NEMTA. In my free time, I like to sing, play piano, and read.
Kyle Bethea - Assistant Stage Director
Kyle Bethea, age 19, lives in Hamilton, NJ and attends Mercer County Community College where he majors in Performing Arts. He has been in theater since the age of seven, acting in several plays with Odd Act Theater Group. Upon leaving Odd Act, he has been involved in multiple productions at Rising Stars. In addition, he landed leading roles in each of his school musicals at Reynolds Middle School and Nottingham High School. Kyle has also been involved with a New York based company called iTheatrics over the years. He is excited to be back at Rising Stars to help out and can’t wait to get started.
Noelle Manno - Dance Instroctor & Stage Crew
Noelle Manno has been performing on stage since she was 5 years old both as a dancer and in musical theater productions. Her favorite roles have been Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Jr. and Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Jr.. Noelle participates in high school chorus and is in the Honors Choir for the last two years. Noelle takes advance dance classes in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz and hip-hop at Marcia Hyland Dance Center where she is also a dance teacher. She is thoroughly enjoying a long family tradition of assisting with Rising Stars Voice Studio productions!
Director Of Rising Stars Voice Studio
Vocal Coach and Stage Director
Sophie Taillefer is a French Canadian singer, stage director and vocal coach. After earning her bachelor degree at McGill University in Voice Interpretation, she came to the United States with an invitation to study at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, to earn an Opera performance diploma. Since then, she has entertained audiences in many venues.
Ms. Taillefer has many roles to her Opera repertoire such as Carmen, Dalila, Maddelena, Tisbe, La Principessa Hata, Katisha and much more. She was featured as a soloist for many American Opera Companies such as Philadelphia Opera, Ash-Lawn Opera, Opera Cleveland, Brooklyn Opera and made her debut at Carnegie Hall with Opera Pacific
As a pop singer Sophie Taillefer worked with names such as David Foster for his Grand Canadian Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. She was soloist with the Cirque Du Soleil for their Opera Circus and was back up singer soloist with the well renowned French Canadian Singer Diane Dufresne for her tour “Detournement Majeur”. Ms. Taillefer has directed and performed her solo recital called “La Belle Époque” for many French Alliances all around the U.S. including Charlottesville, Cleveland, Buffalo, New Orleans and Philadelphia.
Sophie Taillefer’s latest creative venture is as the founder and director of Rising Stars Voice Studio, where she transmits her love of music to the younger generation. Sophie has directed her Rising Stars in many shows including The Pirates of Penzance, Kiss Me Kate, Les Miserables, Beauty and The Beast, Annie, Sweeney Todd, Hairspray, Seussical, Into the Woods Jr., Legally Blonde, Oz, The Little Mermaid Jr., Aladdin Jr. and will be directing the Lion King Jr. & the movie adaptation of The Greatest Showman.
Her students go on to sing on main stages such as the Walnut Street Theatre, McCarter and several of them have been awarded in competition such as the New York City Opera, NATS, MAMTG and much more. She judges competitions as a proud member of the National Association of Teachers. Ms. Taillefer has a passion for teaching kids and creating opportunities for them to achieve confidence and experience on Stage.