Ginger Zee

Ginger Zee is “Good Morning America’s” chief meteorologist, reporting on the nation’s weather throughout the morning broadcast. Previously she was weather anchor for the weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” Additionally, Zee reports across all ABC News broadcasts and digital platforms and also serves as chief meteorologist for ABC News.

Since joining ABC News, Zee has covered almost every major weather event and dozens of historic storms. She broadcasted from the devastated Jersey Shore during Hurricane Sandy, the Colorado floods and wildfires, and covered the wreckage from tornados in Moore and El Reno, Oklahoma. In 2013, she covered extreme weather conditions ranging from the Boston blizzard to the record-breaking heat in Death Valley.

Zee’s love of adventure does not stop at studying the atmosphere in the center of the storm. She has gone para-hawking in Nepal, para-glided from the Himalayas to the Andes, dove with sharks in the Bahamas, rappelled 27 stories down the exterior façade of the Wit Hotel in Chicago, plus has gone ice boat racing and surfing.

Prior to joining ABC News, she was a meteorologist at NBC station WMAQ-Channel 5 in Chicago from 2006-2011, also filling in for several NBC and MSNBC News programs. Before that assignment, Zee worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI where she part of the Storm Team 8, also covering the environment, science and the impact of weather throughout West Michigan. From 2003-2005, Zee worked at WEYI NBC 25 in Flint, MI. She began her career at WLAV FM/ WXMI in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Zee, who has storm chased since college, has also been a guest with Reed Timmer’s TVN team on Discovery’s Storm Chasers, season four.

The Emmy Award-winning meteorologist attended Valparaiso University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in meteorology. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University from 2008-2011. Zee also holds the CBM Seal for Meteorology. She resides in New York City.

Disney On Ice

Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

Charlie McDermott

Charlie McDermott is a rising star who has already made his presence felt on both the large and small screens. He is also adding writer and director to his list of credits with the upcoming film ImagiGary. The film, written and directed by McDermott, is a coming of age comedy about a freshman in college, Henry, who rediscovers his imaginary friend, Gary, through the loneliness of his first week at school. He stars in the film alongside Nate Hartley (co-writer) and Haley Ramm. The film was produced in McDermott's hometown, the suburbs of Philadelphia. On the big screen McDermott appeared in the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, opposite John Cusick, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Chevy Chase. He was seen alongside Laura Linney and writer/director Leland Orser in Morning. He also appeared in the critically praised Frozen River, earning a Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The recipient of the Sundance 2008 Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film, the movie has also been honored by the Gotham Awards, Hamburg Film Festival, National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

McDermott began his career with M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, where he starred alongside Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver. Additional films include a supporting role in the Sundance favorite The Ten, with Jessica Alba, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt, Paul Rudd, Winona Ryder and Liev Schreiber, Summit Entertainment's The Sex Drive, opposite Seth Green and James Marsden, and the independent films All Along and Disappearances.

Television roles include Lifetime's Bond of Silence, The Office, as the disinterested student who ignores Michael Scott (Steve Carell), Private Practice, Parks and Recreation, PBS' Emmy Award-winning Windy Acres, "Medium" and the Hallmark films Generation Gap and Safe Harbor.

Candice Glover

When the world first saw Candice Glover on January 16, 2013, they had no idea she would capture their hearts and touch their souls. The whole season she exuded growth, artistry, and confidence. But she wasn't always that way. Growing up on the small island of St. Helena, Candice was shy as a child. She played with her peers but was to herself most of the time. She was so shy, she even sang for her parents underneath their bedroom door for some time. Her first time singing in front of anyone was at church, where she performed Alabaster Box by the incomparable Cece Winans. The rest was simply history. Candice performed in school plays, talent shows and even won the Beaufort Idol competition. She auditioned for the REAL American Idol three times before actually making it onto the live shows. Why did they EVER let her in? Candice came with a grand slam of performances each and every week, and never seemed to the let the stress of the competition get to her. Finally, on May 16, Candice Glover won the 12th season of American Idol. She has performed at the Capitol three times. She has performed at the White House (by special request of Michelle Obama herself) opening for Ariana Grande, she has performed in Europe, at the staples center alongside Jill Scott and more. If that's not enough, Candice has performed with the legendary Patti Labelle (who cries every time she listens to Candice's single) and has a role in an upcoming movie on the Hallmark Channel starring Tiffani Amber Theissen called Northpole. We see longevity in Candice's career and will continue to support her the way we did during her run on American Idol!


Berry Gordy Jr. and the talented artists at Motown changed the landscape of America through the universal language of music. Gordy’s incredible, inspiring story is told in Motown the Musical.

On January 12, 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. obtained a loan of $800 from his family and founded an enterprise he called Motown Records. He set up his Detroit headquarters in a modest house emblazoned with an immodest sign, “Hitsville U.S.A.” The slogan was premature, but prophetic. The company had its first hit record in 1960, and between 1961 and 1971 landed 163 singles in Billboard magazine’s Top 20, including 28 songs that reached No. 1.

Gordy discovered, developed, and launched the careers of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye – to name just a few – and Motown became the most successful business owned and operated by an African American in the United States.

What Gordy and Motown accomplished had ramifications far beyond the world of music. Although Motown was home mostly to black artists, Gordy envisioned the music as “the sound of young America” – and by that he meant Americans of all colors and ethnicities. He started Motown just before the civil rights movement was in full flower, when neighborhoods throughout the country remained segregated, and music by black artists was mostly relegated to black radio stations and the chitlin’ circuit.

But Gordy and his mega team of writers, producers, in-house musicians, and vocalists created a sound that was irresistible, a thrilling amalgamation of gospel, blues, and mainstream pop. Gordy “endeavored to reach across the racial divide with music that could touch all people,” as the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame acknowledged, and barriers began to tumble. Motown’s artists became a staple on mainstream white radio stations and the top venues around the world. Blacks and whites were seen fraternizing and dancing together at concerts.

Gordy’s legacy is celebrated in Motown the Musical, the hit Broadway show that tells his story and the story of Motown and its artists. It features a veritable hit parade performed by some of the most gifted artists in musical theater. Come and share the joy!

Berry Gordy’s unparalleled contribution to music and popular culture is chronicled in his autobiography, To Be Loved: The Music, The Magic, The Memories of Motown. It is the basis for his play, Motown the Musical, which had its world premiere on Broadway on April 14, 2013, garnered 4 Tony nominations, (The New York Times calling it Broadway’s “biggest box office hit of the year,”) and which is currently touring across America through 2015.

Lance Bass

Lance Bass is an American pop singer, dancer, actor, film and television producer, and author. He grew up in Mississippi and rose to fame as the bass singer for the American pop boy band 'N Sync. 'N Sync's success led Bass to work in film and television. He starred in the 2001 film On the Line, which his company, Bacon & Eggs, also produced. Bass later formed a second production company, Lance Bass Productions, as well as a music management company, Free Lance Entertainment, a joint venture with Mercury Records.

After completion of 'N Sync's Pop Odyssey Tour, Bass moved to Star City, Russia, in much publicized pursuit of a seat on a Soyuz space capsule. Bass was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program after several months of cosmonaut training, and planned to join the TMA-1 mission to the International Space Station. However, after his financial sponsors backed out, Bass was denied a seat on the mission.

In July 2006, Bass revealed that he is gay in a cover story for People magazine. He was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in October 2006, and released an autobiography, Out of Sync, in October 2007, which debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Sheena Easton

Sheena Shirley Easton (née Orr; born 27 April 1959) is a Scottish international recording artist and stage and TV/film actress. Easton first came into the public eye as the focus of an episode in the first British reality television program The Big Time: Pop Singer, which recorded her attempts to gain a record contract and her eventual signing with EMI Records.

Easton's 1980 debut singles, "Modern Girl" and "9 to 5"," entered into the UK top ten, making her the first UK female artist to appear twice in the same top ten. In 1981, "9 to 5", topped the US Hot 100, making her the third UK female solo artist to achieve this, following Petula Clark and Lulu. In the US, the song was released as "Morning Train (9 to 5)".

A six-time Grammy nominee in the US, Easton is a two-time Grammy Award winner, winning Best New Artist in 1981 and Best Mexican-American Performance in 1985, for her duet with Luis Miguel on the song "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres". She has five U.S. Gold albums and one U.S. Platinum album. She has recorded 16 studio albums, released 45 singles, and had 15 Top 40 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 between 1981 and 1991. She also had 25 top 40 hits in international territories around the world. In Canada, Easton scored three gold and two platinum albums. She has sold over 20 million albums and singles worldwide.

Easton became the first artist in history to have a top 5 hit on five different Billboard charts, with "Morning Train (9 to 5)" (Pop & Adult Contemporary), "We've Got Tonight" with Kenny Rogers (Country), "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)" (Dance), and "Sugar Walls" (R&B).

Easton's other hits include the James Bond theme "For Your Eyes Only", "Strut", "U Got the Look" with Prince, "The Lover in Me" and "What Comes Naturally". She has worked with prominent vocalists and producers, such as Prince, Christopher Neil, Kenny Rogers, David Foster, Luis Miguel, L.A. Reid, Babyface, Patrice Rushen and Nile Rodgers.

Eden XO

California born pop/singer-songwriter Eden xo has released her debut single, "Too Cool To Dance" via Virgin Records. The summer anthem has been featured on the likes of Just Jared, Idolator, Glamour, Gurl, Nasty Gal, and more. PopCrush called “Too Cool To Dance,” “Reminiscent of 80’s Madonna.” The French House influenced single was produced by Fred Falke (Ellie Goulding, Daft Punk) and Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie); it fuses the musicality of Michael Jackson and early Madonna with an au courant lyrical edge.

Born Jessica Eden Malakouti, Eden xo was last seen as the much buzzed about independent artist and electro-pop "next big thing", Jessie and the Toy Boys, opening for Britney Spears and Nikki Minaj on the Femme Fatale Tour. With an inspired creative transformation to the moniker Eden xo, the just released, retro-fresh club-banger "Too Cool To Dance" signifies an emancipation from the past and a clear path to her freedom and future. who premiered "Too Cool To Dance" called it, "a great song from a creatively rejuvenated diva."

John Quinones

John Quiñones is the anchor of “What Would You Do?,” one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his 25 year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of “Primetime.”

While Quiñones was covering the Chilean miners’ disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an exclusive interview with the first survivor (Mario Sepulveda), who spoke about their horrendous ordeal. Other headline-making interviews include an exclusive with singer/actor Marc Anthony who, for the first time, spoke about his separation and pending divorce from Jennifer Lopez.

Quiñones has extensively covered a religious sect in Northern Arizona that forces its young female members to take part in polygamous marriages. Other reports include going undercover with a hidden camera to reveal how clinics performed unnecessary surgical procedures as part of a major nationwide insurance scam; he followed along with a group of would-be Mexican immigrants as they attempted to cross into the U.S. via the treacherous route known as “The Devil’s Highway”; and he traveled to Israel for a CINE Award-winning report about suicide bombers.

In September 1999, Quiñones anchored a critically acclaimed ABC News special entitled “Latin Beat,” focusing on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S., the impact of the recent population explosion and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza. He also contributed reports to ABC News’ unprecedented 24-hour, live, global Millennium broadcast, which won the George Foster Peabody Award.

Quiñones’ reports for “20/20” have included an in-depth look at the unprecedented lawsuit against the Cuban government by a woman who claimed she unknowingly married a spy, and an exclusive interview with a Florida teenager who brutally killed her adoptive mother. He was honored with a Gabriel Award for his poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia as he made an emotional journey to reunite with his birth mother after two decades. Other stories originating from Central America include political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador. During the 1980s, he spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama reporting for “World News Tonight.”

Quiñones has won seven national Emmy Awards for his “Primetime Live,” “Burning Questions” and “20/20” work. He was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo’s virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award, and in 1990 he received an Emmy for “Window in the Past,” a look at the Yanomamo Indians. He received a National Emmy Award for his work on the ABC documentary “Burning Questions - The Poisoning of America,” which aired in September 1988, and was also honored with a World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for “To Save the Children,” his 1990 report on the homeless children of Bogota. Among his other prestigious awards are the First Prize in International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize for his piece on “Modern Slavery -- Children Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic.”

Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami, providing reports for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and other ABC News broadcasts. He was one of the few American journalists reporting from Panama City during the U.S. invasion in December 1989.

Prior to joining ABC News he was a reporter with WBBM-TV in Chicago. He won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of illegal aliens from Mexico. From 1975 to 1978, he was news editor at KTRH radio in Houston, Texas. During that period, he also was an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.

Quiñones received a bachelor of arts in speech communications from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas. He received a master’s from the Columbia School of Journalism.

Branden James

Classical Crossover Singer Branden James was a finalist on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent.

The California native has become increasingly sought after on the worldwide stage in the concert arena and opera house alike. His career has taken him now to more than 20 countries, professionally. Branden trained at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music in California and further held private studies in New York City. He has performed as a soloist with many major American symphony orchestras and has sung most notably with Los Angeles Opera, The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City and at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A regular soloist for the Los Angeles Lakers, Mr. James has had the honor of singing the National Anthem for scores of celebrities, dignitaries and fans at the world renowned Staples Center. As a recording artist, Mr. James can be heard on the soundtrack for the film REPO-OPERA starring Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton and is recorded on Decca Records as The Magi on internationally acclaimed composer David Conte’s award winning opera, The Gift of The Magi. He is also recorded on the 2013 release, Zelda re-orchestrated.

Branden appeared in concert at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Rome for Pope Benedict XVI celebrating the occasion of his 80th birthday. Mr. James has enjoyed a longtime affiliation with The 12 Tenors, touring the majority of 5 continents and appearing as soloist on their second full length release entitled, I Believe.

Miss America 2015

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading providers of scholarship assistance to women, this past year thousands of young women vied for the coveted title of Miss America 2015 and its $50,000 scholarship award. On September 14th, Kira Kazantsev, an accomplished singer, made history by becoming the third consecutive Miss New York to be crowned Miss America.

Kira’s acceptance of the highly-prized title was just the beginning of a Year of Service that will take her to every corner of the nation. As Miss America 2015 she will embark on her national speaking tour, logging approximately 20,000 miles a month, addressing an array of audiences on her platform, Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence. She’ll also act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and will advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiatives in education.

Kira is a graduate of Hofstra University, where she held a triple major, studying Political Science, Global Studies and Geography. Not to mention, she is also trilingual; speaking English, Russian and Spanish. Kira’s goal is to obtain a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and she’s already been accepted at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Mary Poppins

* Lindsey Bliven and David Elder in Disney's and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. Photo by Squid Ink Creative, courtesy of Music Theatre Wichita.

Based on the classic Disney film, Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring an irresistible story, eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs such as the Academy Award-winning "Chim Chim Cher-ee," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds," "Step in Time" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." You'll have a "Jolly Holiday" with Mary and discover a world where "Anything Can Happen" if you let it!

Jerry Blavat

Jerry Blavat, the legendary Geator with the Heater, was one of the early rock-and-roll deejays who revolutionized the profession and invented the “oldies" format. He had national success in the '60s as host of the popular CBS-TV dance show The Discophonic Scene, but is best known as a high-energy oldies deejay on the air and at live events throughout the Middle Atlantic region and on PBS. With a successful nightclub outside Atlantic City (Memories in Margate); regular radio shows on WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia, WVLT 92.1 in South Jersey, WTKU Kool 98.3 FM in Atlantic City, WBCB 1490 in Levittown; and scores of sold-out live dance events every year,  Blavat is more popular than ever and is celebrating his 53rd year on radio. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and his autobiography, You Only Rock Once: My Life in Music, was published by Running Press in July 2011 and has just been released in paperback. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

The Walt Disney Characters

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THE 2013 TONY® AWARD-WINNING BROADWAY MUSICAL Rogers And Hammerstein's CINDERELLA ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR FIRST NATIONAL TOUR, COMING TO PHILADELPHIA NOVEMBER 25 - 30! PHILADELPHIA, PA - Producers of the Tony Award winning musical Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman and Stephen Kocis, have announced final casting for the First National Tour, coming to Philadelphia on November 25 – 30 at the Academy of Music. The press opening is Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets ranging in price from $20 to $105.50 are available by calling 215-731-3333, online at, at the Kimmel Center box office, Broad & Spruce Sts.(open daily 10 am to 6 pm), or at the Academy of Music box office, Broad & Locust Sts. (open during performances only). Orders for groups of 10 or more may be placed by calling 215-790-5883 or 866-276-2947.

The performance schedule is: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm; Friday & Saturday evenings at 8:00 pm; Sunday evening at 6:30 pm; and matinees Friday and Saturday at 2:00 pm; and Sunday at 1:00 pm. There are no performances on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27.

Direct from playing the role on Broadway, Paige Faure has taken her glass slippers on the road as she continues in the title role for the tour. Ready to sweep Cinderella off her feet, Andy Jones plays the role of Prince Topher. Andy was a member of the original Broadway company of Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA and understudied the role of Prince Topher.

The touring cast also features Beth Glover (Grey Gardens, All Shook Up) as Madame, Ella’s wicked stepmother, Kecia Lewis (Leap of Faith, The Drowsy Chaperone) as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Blake Hammond (First Date, Sister Act) as Sebastian, Aymee Garcia (Shrek The Musical, Avenue Q) as Charlotte, Ashley Park (Mamma Mia!) as Gabrielle, David Andino (50 Shades! The Musical) as Jean-Michele and Antoine L. Smith (Memphis) as Lord Pinkleton.

Rounding out the ensemble are Adrian Arrieta, Adrian Baidoo, Summer Broyhill, Audrey Cardwell, Jennifer Evans, Alexandra Frohlinger, Richard Gatta, Jordana Grolnick, Eric Anthony Johnson, Danielle Jordan, Bruce Landry, Ben Lanham, Stephanie Jae Park, Blakely Slaybaugh, Paige Williams, Thad Turner Wilson, John Yi and Alexandra Zorn.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA combines the story's classic elements – glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn't let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. The musical is directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Music adaptation, supervision and arrangements are by David Chase and orchestrations are by Danny Troob.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most popular titles, Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was written for television -- debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's legendary musicals include OKLAHOMA!, Carousel, The King and I, South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Mr. Beane's book for Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical's cherished score with songs including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible," "Ten Minutes Ago" and "Do I Love You Because You're Beautiful?"

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony® Award nominee Nevin Steinberg.

Jordan Fisher

Jordan Fisher began his acting career training and performing in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. It was here he emerged as a gifted actor, dancer and choreographer with a passion for singing, playing and writing music.

Jordan is one of the stars of Disney Channel’s hit movie “Teen Beach Movie” and he will also appear in “Teen Beach 2” set for release the Summer of 2015.

Jordan first became popular as the character, Jacob, on ABC’s “Secret Life of The American Teenager.” He was also seen this year guest starring on Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans” and next year will be a recurring guest star on a highly popular Disney show Liv and Maddie.

Jordan’s performing roots are onstage and in December 2014 he delighted in wowing the audiences at the Pasadena Playhouse in California when he took the leading role in the Lythgoe’s production of Aladdin.

Born April 24, 1994, Fisher was diagnosed in the hospital with nerve damage and a temporarily paralyzed right arm. Right from birth he had to begin physical therapy and despite this rough start, at age two, began taking gymnastics. By ten years old, he garnered many gold medals in the South Eastern Region Men’s Gymnastics. He joined a local theatre company in Birmingham called the Red Mountain Theatre Company and it was there his gift for acting, singing and dancing was nurtured.

Jordan is an instinctive actor and a gifted dancer but he also has a passion for music. He plays piano, guitar, bass and drums and recently has been in the studio writing and recording original songs with some of LA’s top writer/producers, developing his repertoire in preparation for future performances and releases.

During this past year he released 3 singles on Radio Disney, “By Your Side”, “Never Dance Alone” and “What I Got”, all of which hit the charts. He was a guest performer at the Radio Disney Music Awards after party in April 2014 and this summer Jordan performed live at various Six Flags parks on the East Coast.

Jordan has a passion for giving back and demonstrates this by being a Youth Ambassador for GenerationON, an organization that encourages youth to become volunteers. He attends events that promote volunteerism and is a spokesperson for the organization.

He has also worked with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where he enjoys visiting the patients and performed at last year’s tree lighting ceremony.

As a Disney VoluntEar he was sent to Ecuador to help build a school in a remote village. He loved learning about the local customs, making friends with the locals (especially the children) and putting in long hours building the school.

Jordan has been invited to play basketball with the Hollywood Knights team in November 2014 and is singing the National Anthem at the opening. This is a celebrity basketball team that raises money for charity.

Kendall Schmidt

What began in 2008 as a passion project in a bedroom studio in Burbank, California has now become a whirlwind endeavor, with energetic and dedicated fans across the globe. Kendall Schmidt (23) is founder of the passionately-adored electro-pop band, Heffron Drive.

Kendall’s passion for music began when he was just a child. As a youngster, Kendall would often recite whole songs after hearing them just once on the radio. Ever the singer, Kendall soon wanted to broaden his musical horizons. Initially, he tried playing the violin and drums, but neither instrument seemed to fit. One day, however, he borrowed his brother’s guitar and from that point forward, he was hooked. Kendall taught himself how to play guitar and eventually released a number of covers on YouTube, which garnered him his first fans. The initial encounter between Kendall and Dustin, a future Heffron Drive member, occurred at a screening for Kendall’s brother’s movie in Los Angeles, California. The two became instant friends; learning that each was a musician, had been born in the same hospital in Wichita, Kansas, and currently lived on the same street in Burbank, California. That street? You guessed it, was Heffron Drive.

With money he earned from an acting gig, Kendall purchased some recording gear and the two friends embarked on a musical journey, knowing only to trust their ears and passion for music. When the question of what to name the newly formed band arose, Heffron Drive was the perfect fit. The band started uploading songs, to the then-popular Myspace, and soon thereafter began receiving an overwhelming amount of interest. The Internet was buzzing about the new band’s unique music and it wasn’t uncommon to find the play counter hovering around 20,000 plays on any given day.

Around mid-2009, however, and soon after the release of Heffron Drive music, Kendall was asked to become the lead singer of the band, Big Time Rush. He accepted, and BTR rapidly became a global phenomenon, with tens of millions of fans across the globe, millions of records and tickets sold, and performances across three continents. Not wanting Heffron Drive to fall apart during his BTR success, Kendall helped secure Dustin a position as a tour guitarist for the group. Although extremely busy, the two still found time to create music for Heffron Drive.

With constant forward momentum, Heffron Drive is now preparing a full-scale launch into the world of irresistible electro-pop music. Infusing infectious melodies, unforgettable hooks, and beamingly beautiful lyrics, Heffron Drive promises to bring that lovable, relatable, missing-piece-of-the-puzzle to today’s music scene.

“Life, love, and Heffron Drive.”- Heffron Drive


With a family that loves music and a Mom who is a professional singer, Evin can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of her life. She taught herself to play guitar in elementary school, began writing songs at 12 years old, and hasn’t stopped since! Now, at age 18, she plays every instrument under the sun and has developed her own unique sound. Her music has been described as “Expressive Pop”, which mixes the storytelling of singer/songwriters with the sounds of pop and hip hop music. Her musical influences include: Ed Sheeran, Karmin, Justin Timberlake, Owl City, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson.

From her quirky style to her one of a kind voice, Evin has captured the attention of some of the best artists and producers in the world. You will want to keep your eye out for this young talent.

The Eagles Cheerleaders

The Eagles Cheerleaders entertain sold-out crowds at Eagles games and are continually sought after to participate in international tours to perform for their global fan base. Within the past decade, the cheerleaders have participated in tours to Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto as well as performed at some of the most prestigious sporting events in the world including Super Bowl XXXIX, Hall of Fame Game, Senior Bowl, NFL Kickoff, and Pro Bowl. Committed to supporting US military, the Eagles Cheerleaders travel yearly to overseas military bases to perform for the troops. Recent goodwill military tours have included travel to Iraq, Kuwait, Sarajevo, and Kosovo.

The famed Vera Wang designed the Eagles Cheerleaders current uniforms, which upon unveiling, instantly gained the squad recognition as being the most fashionable squad in the NFL. The Eagles Cheerleaders were the first, and are the only, in the NFL to have uniforms created by an internationally renowned designer. The elite NFL squad, comprised of 38 beautiful women, frequently grace the pages of top national publications and are regularly featured on national television shows. They were also recently featured in a Super Bowl commercial with an estimated viewership of 108 million.

Eagles Cheerleaders Calendars are known for being the most innovative and successful in all of sports. The squad made national headlines by being the first in professional sports to produce an eco-friendly calendar as well as the first to create a lingerie calendar. The forward thinking Eagles Cheerleaders were also the first in the NFL to create a Cheerleader Calendar Mobile App. Off the field, the Eagles Cheerleaders spend of hundreds of hours each year in the community volunteering for charitable organizations. Additionally, they are involved in raising awareness and funds for Eagles Youth Partnership, Eagles Tackling Breast Cancer, and Eagles Go Green.

The Characters from Sesame Place

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Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Olivia McMillan was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015 tonight at the Linda Chapin Theater in Orlando.

Olivia’s triumphant walk across the stage was just the beginning of a journey that will take her all of the country during her year of service as Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015. She will travel speaking to audiences about her platform “The Sibling Support Project” and acting as the official National Teen Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. CMNH is the national platform partner of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization.

Olivia is a 17-year-old student at Northside High School. She is the daughter of Greg and Tracy McMillan and resides in Centerville, Georgia.

Along with the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2015, Olivia won a $25,000 scholarship provided by the Harris Rosen Foundation and Neutraderm towards her college education. For the talent portion of the competition, Olivia sang “Nessun Dorma.”

Miss New Jersey

Cierra Kaler-Jones is a 21-year-old native of Galloway Township, New Jersey and currently resides in New Brunswick, NJ. She was crowned Miss Coastal Shore in August of 2013 and will compete in June 2014 for the title of Miss New Jersey, a preliminary to the Miss America scholarship pageant

Cierra graduated in the top 5% of her class from Absegami High School in June of 2011, where she was Student Council President, National Honor Society Corresponding Secretary, a varsity field hockey player, Mock Trial team attorney, and a choreographer for the dance company. She is currently a rising senior at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she is studying Social Work on a pre-law track through the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and ranks in the top 10% of her class. Her minors and other interests include Womens' & Gender Studies, Critical & Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies, and Criminology. She is interested in pursuing public interest law, in hopes of one day venturing into the field of educational law and policy so that she can affect macro level change in building substantial public school curriculum that is understandable, relatable, and tangible to today's students, in hopes of cultivating the next generation of well-rounded and diverse leaders.

In only her first year, she was accepted to the Institute of Women's Leadership Scholars Program, a two-year interdisciplinary certificate program, and the Barbara Voorhees Mentor Program, where she served as a teaching assistant and mentor for first-year, transfer, and non-traditional students within the Douglass Residential College mission course "Knowledge & Power: Issues in Women's Leadership." Outside of academia, you can find Cierra at every Rutgers home football and basketball game, cheering on the Scarlet Knights as a member of the nationally-ranked Rutgers University Dance Team. Cierra founded the campus chapter of She's the First, a non-profit organization that sponsors girls' education in developing nations, and currently serves as the President. She is also the Head Chairwoman of the Douglass Orientation Committee, a group focused on planning and implementing Douglass Residential College's annual Fall Convocation. Cierra is a Red Pine Ambassador for Douglass Residential College and a Summer Orientation Leader. She also works as a Research Assistant for the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Partnership through the Institute for Families at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. In this past year, Cierra has interned with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, She's the First, The Office of the Attorney General-Criminal Justice Division, and the Center for American Women and Politics.

Cierra's work with the arts began about five years ago when her public high school's Board of Education cut the arts programs from its curriculum and select after-school programs. She was directly affected because she had been an active member and student of the Absegami Advanced Dance class and Absegami Company Dance, two prestigious programs she worked for years to get accepted into. When she was elected spokeswoman of the cause by her peers, she had no idea her lifelong hobby would soon become a pivotal aspect in the lives of others. She was forced to reflect on the intangible positives the arts gave her, including the agency to be a leader and find her voice as an advocate. As a result, she went to the Greater Egg Harbor School Board meetings, delivered speeches detailing the importance of arts education in public schools and its beneficial affects on her life, and wrote comments to The Press of Atlantic City, speaking in favor of reinstating the arts programs. A few months later she learned her efforts had assisted in the reinstatement of all art programs. From this experience, she made it her mission to advocate arts education, share her passion with others, and be a catalyst for change.

Cierra was born with a developmental dysplasia of the hips and had to wear a Pavlik harness in order for the hip ball and socket join to develop correctly. As a child born with a physical disability, the arts were her tool to overcome her hardship, and gave her a goal to work towards. Dancing was her motivation to physically push herself and if her hip had not been able to heal, she would have needed help to lead a more physically capable life. She feels so strongly about the arts because through dance, she can communicate beyond words and express herself. Her sole goal is to inspire every child to have that passion that makes them feel as though they can defy the odds.

To promote her platform and provide a new opportunity for the youth in Southern and Central New Jersey, Cierra founded The Arts Empowerment Project which uses visual & performing arts as a strategy to empower economically disadvantaged young women & girls. She offers free arts lessons in the art forms of visual arts, acting, dancing, and singing and allows children to produce and perform in their own showcases. Over two hundred children have been involved in the program, and that number continues to flourish. She spearheaded and now presents a series of "arts empowerment" workshops throughout the state of New Jersey, which use arts lessons as a tool for underprivileged students to confidently reach their highest potential and challenge them outside of their comfort zones. She hopes to expand her program throughout the state of New Jersey and turn it into a non-profit organization within her year of service as Miss Coastal Shore. This program opened many doors for her to spread her advocacy of arts education to churches, public schools, and other organized groups.

Cierra is currently partnered with South-Jersey based non-profit U.N.I.T.Y - Uniting Our Neighborhoods and Investing Time in our Youth in which she gives "arts empowerment" presentations to urban youth and serves as a mentor to a group of middle and high school students in Atlantic City. She has been working with the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey, whose Outreach Program has allowed her to initiate arts, leadership, service, and public speaking workshops. This past May, Cierra started her own troop of Daisies and Brownies in Millville, New Jersey. She volunteered at Pine Grove Nursery School in New Brunswick, New Jersey as an assistant teacher and implemented an arts and crafts segment twice a week. She also serves as an advocate and volunteer for Children's Specialized Hospital, New Jersey's only Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Cierra is always looking for new partners and ways to expand her outreach.

Brittany Lewis

Brittany was named 1st Runner-Up to the Quality of Life Award at Miss America!

Miss PA

Amanda Smith is a 21 year old Musical Theatre major at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has been active in theater for the past eight years, playing various roles, including: Cinderella in Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Wendy in Peter Pan, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Gertrude in Seussical the Musical, Grace Farrell in Annie, Maria in The Sound of Music, and more.

Amanda enjoys traveling, hiking, wakeboarding on the lake, snow skiing and volleyball. If you can’t find her outside in the sun, you’re sure to see her whipping up a new concoction in the kitchen or trying new foods on a night out on the town. Among her many hobbies, Amanda is an avid swing dancer and occasionally teaches East Coast Swing, Blues and Lindy Hop techniques in Pittsburgh. She is also involved with the Pittsburgh Hep Cats, a group of swing dancers, who regularly entertain seniors at local nursing homes.

Amanda’s personal platform is “Fitness and Nutrition: The Key to Healthy Living.” As someone who has lost members of her own family to preventable diseases, she is passionate about providing education and awareness regarding nutrition, healthy lifestyles and fitness to all Americans. With her Miss Pennsylvania title, she will be visiting public schools within Pennsylvania to read about and discuss nutrition, as well as coordinate fun activities to help kids exercise.

She is very excited to have the job of representing the state of Pennsylvania, and would like to thank her parents, family, friends and supporters for helping her reach her dreams!

Miss New Jersey's Outstanding Teen

Miss New Jersey’s Outstanding Teen, Samantha Rizzuto, is an avid supporter of STEM. She has created her own STEM outreach program called STEM-CAM for which she has been awarded the Teens in Action Award at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. In her free time, Samantha enjoys singing with her worship team, and being a varsity cheerleader for her high school. Samantha is humbled and honored to be a part of the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program, and she is thankful for the opportunities and support she has been blessed with.

Miss Delaware's Outstanding Teen

Age: 14

Talent: singing "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston

Platform Issue: Making Musical Memories for the Mature Mind

What is your Super-Power?: I can create a musical experience by being a one-girl band.

Fun Family Fact: We all have a passion for music and enjoy playing together.


Page Mackenzie Weinstein is the daughter of Lori and Jason Weinstein of Pittsburgh and has an older brother, Phillip Benvenuto. Page is a senior at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School where she is a dance major. She is a member of the National Honor Society, National Honor Society for the Dance Arts, Co-Captain of the LPPACS dance team and is currently on the President’s List while obtaining her Associate Arts Degree in Dance.

Page has 14 years of dance training, specializing in the study of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and hip hop. She also has been a competitive baton twirler for 14 years and has gained recognition on the state, regional, national and world stage. Page has been a member of the USA baton twirling team in 2009 in Belgium and in 2012 in Switzerland. In 2013, she was selected to represent the USA as a baton twirling ambassador to Peru. Page has had the opportunity to travel all over the world, including 10 other countries, thanks to her sport and love for baton twirling.

As Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen 2014, Page will continue to educate her peers and encourage them to join her in celebrating our differences through her action plan entitled “G.R.E.A.T. – Growing Respect for Each Attribute Today”.

With her message, she hopes to reduce bullying and boost self–confidence among teens, by simply raising awareness of the “Golden Rule” that we all learned long ago. Page also raised $1200.00 this year for the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen organization’s national platform the Children’s Miracle Network as the co-founder of the “Crowns for Children” benefit.

Page hopes to attend the University of Hawaii while “wowing” their fans as their feature twirler or a member of their dance team. She plans on obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and opening her own dance/baton twirling studio. Page’s dream, since she was a little girl, is to own a dance studio one day.

She can't imagine a more fulfilling career than sharing her love for dance with others. Page has been involved in the Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen Organization since 2009 where she first participated as a princess for two years. In 2011, she won her first teen local title of Miss Mercer County’s Outstanding Teen.

Her second year of competition she earned the title of Miss Three River’s Outstanding Teen. In 2013, Page earned the title of Miss Allegheny Valley’s Outstanding Teen, was a top ten finalist and won the Teens in Training Camp scholarship. On June 13, 2014, as Miss Laurel Highlands' Outstanding Teen, she was crowned Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen and received the Leadership Award. Page represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen pageant this past August in Orlando, Florida, where Page was a Top 10 Finalist, winner of the Children' Miracle Network Award for raising over $16,000.00, and an Advertising Award for third in sales.


See Santa and Mrs. Claus on their parade float!