2021 Cast

  • Logan


    Voice - Bass


    Logan Anderson is ecstatic to be joining the 2021 KIDS from Wisconsin. This fall, he will be a junior 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 medical care to people in need. Logan was an understudy for KIDS 51 and he looks forward to his summer as a principal performer in KIDS 53.

  • Noah


    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!

  • Chase


    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 UW-EC production, Cabaret: Game Over.  He also sings with the band Uncommon Denominator (@uncommdenom), which was 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!

  • Leo

    Chavolla Barrera



    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.

  • Gabe




    Gabe Clausing is excited for his summer with Kids From Wisconsin. He will be a freshman at UW-Eau Claire in the fall, majoring in sociology with aspirations for a musical career. When not listening to music, he usually finds himself busy playing music for concert band, Jazz bands, and orchestras. Missing out on last year’s tour and his normal extra-curriculars recently, he can’t wait to play in the 2021 KIDS tour!

  • Madison


    Voice - Soprano


    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!

  • Colton


    Voice - Tenor


    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!

  • Michael


    Voice - Tenor


    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.

  • Nathan




    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 UW-Stevens Point 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.

  • Brett


    Voice - Bass

    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.

  • Samuel


    Voice - Tenor


    2021 will be Sam's debut season with Kids From Wisconsin. Next fall, he will be a junior at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre. Past credits include numerous productions with First Stage Children's Theater and Skylight's production of Hairspray. Other productions include The WIZ, Ragtime, Music Man, and Anything Goes. Sam recently produced and performed in his first full-length music video. He hopes to inspire young people from all backgrounds to pursue their own dreams through performing. Sam is looking forward to his first summer with Kids From Wisconsin.

  • Owen


    Voice - Bass


    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. 

  • Connor



    West Bend

    Connor Hall is a Music Production and Engineering major at Berklee College of Music as well as a sales professional at White House of Music. With these connections, Connor has been able to meet and work with some very influential figures in the music industry. 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” where he is always arranging and composing new music. When he isn't studying or performing, he perfects his craft on his own music, playing guitar, bass guitar and piano. This is Connor’s second season touring with Kids From Wisconsin and is excited to once again take the stage.

  • KyLee


    Voice - Alto


    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 degree 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.

  • Meguire


    Voice - Alto


    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 NYC. 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.

  • Ian



    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!

  • Alexcia


    Voice - Soprano


    Alexcia is excited to be performing with Kids From Wisconsin in her third season as a principal Singer/Dancer! She graduated from McFarland High School this past Spring and plans to continue her studies in theatre and performing arts. Her favorite roles to date are: Donna Sheridan (Mamma Mia, McFarland HS, Jerry Nomination), Mrs. Lovett (Sweeney Todd, Oregon Straw Hat Players), Annie (Annie, McFarland HS, Jerry Award), Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden, Sun Prairie Civic Theater), Aladdin (Aladdin Jr, Children’s Theater of Madison), and Peter Pan (Peter Pan Jr, Children’s Theatre of Madison). Alexcia would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support. Enjoy the Show!

  • Tyler


    Voice - Bass

    Cottage Grove

    Tyler is so happy to be joining the KIDS from Wisconsin for his third and final year! He recently finished his sophomore year at UW-Stevens Point as a Musical Theatre Major/Dance Minor and was part of shows such as Afterimages 2020 and The Melody Lingers On! Other roles played include Bobby Child in Crazy For You, Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man and Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables. He was also involved in Show Choir at Monona Grove High School, a capella choir, and soccer, both playing and managing. Tyler is beyond grateful for the special opportunity to be able to perform live this summer. Enjoy the show!

  • Mattie


    Voice - Soprano


    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.

  • Reagan


    Voice - Soprano


    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.

  • Cody



    Green Bay

    Cody Kremer is a freshman at the Milwaukee Area Technical College studying music production and audio engineering. This is going to be his firs year with Kids 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 percussionist Cade Shipman. Enjoy the show!

  • Joshua



    Eau Claire

    Joshua Mithuen is excited to perform with the 53rd 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. 

  • Shannon


    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 also has recently starred in "Frozen Jr." (Elsa) and "Elf the Musical" (Jovie the Elf) with Playhouse Theatre Group. Shannon is a dancer at Dance Education Center where she studies ballet, tap, and jazz. She is extremely grateful to be spending her summer doing what she loves with so many talented individuals.

  • Matthew


    Voice - Tenor


    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 Dream 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.

  • Miranda


    Voice - Alto


    Miranda Parker just completed her sophomore year at University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee, where she is pursuing a double major in Musical Theater and Dance. Miranda is excited to spend her fourth summer with the KIDS organization, and to tour for the third time. She is happy to be back on stage performing for you LIVE! At UWM, Miranda has appeared in Working, Bonnie & Clyde, MisCast, New Dancemakers, and Springdances: Blurring Borders. Her favorite role has been “Audrey” in HUHS’s production of Little Shop of Horrors. She began dance classes at age 2, and danced competitively through high school. Along with her studio training, she spent summers working with the Milwaukee Ballet, OCU’s Jo Rowan, and the world famous Rockettes.

  • Nicholas




    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!

  • Jessie


    Voice - Alto


    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!

  • Sean




    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!

  • Nathaniel




    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.

  • Megan


    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 the 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 UW-SP’s dance production, Afterimages 2020. Megan is looking forward to performing again and hopes you enjoy the show!

  • Cade




    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!

  • Jeffrey-Thomas


    Voice - Tenor


    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."

  • Brady


    Voice - Bass


    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.

  • Rachel


    Voice - Alto


    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.

  • Charlie




    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.

2021 Understudies

  • Sydney


    Voice - Alto

    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.

  • Donavan


    Voice - Bass


    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.

  • Ellie


    Voice - Soprano


    Ellie Brenner is very excited to be a part of the 2020/2021 Kids From Wisconsin Troupe as an understudy! She lives in Durand, Wisconsin but is currently in 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!

  • Connor


    Voice - Tenor


    Connor Martin is grateful to be returning for a third summer as a Singer/Dancer Understudy with Kids From Wisconsin. Connor will be a senior at Hartford Union High School this fall. 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 looks forward to spending another summer with KIDS and providing Realize Your Dream workshops for Wisconsin's youth. He would like to thank his family for their continuous support.

  • Brennan




    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.

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