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meet the cast 

(in alphabetical order)

*A big THANK YOU to Sandra Cortez of 

Cortez Photography and Photographic Arts for the headshots!!!

Irelinn Dalton

(ensemble/drama club member)

Irelinn has been involved in drama since 7th grade at Mesa Middle School. Her favorite roles include The Fairy Godmother in Cinderella and a Pick-a-Little Lady in Music Man. Upon graduation in a few years, Ireline plans on attending Cuesta College and then transferring to Cal Poly to earn her degree in education with an emphasis in music so she can become a music or drama teacher. 

Zoe Foerster

(ensemble, bella, bananas)

Zoe is a 6th grader at Harloe Elementary and very excited to be a part of Reach - with lines and everything! Zoe has sung in many talent shows and performed with the Central Coast Follies at the Clark Center. She loves riding horses and hopes to be a singer and a vet when she grows up. 

Jordan Fries 

(ensemble, james johnson, drama club president, rachel stash)

Jordan is just a guy who aspires to do a lot in life. He has participated in the theatre performances: Addams Family, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Cheaper by the Dozen, and more. Jordan wishes to pursue a career in film.

Carley Herlihy


Carley is a senior at Nipomo High School and has been involved in the theater department all four years. Her last role was as Sally Brown in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Also, this year, she played Tansy in The Nerd. Carley’s role of Alexis will be her last as a high school student. Being apart of an original piece is a new and exciting experience for Carley. She couldn’t of ask for a better production to end her high school career with.

Nick Houchin

(ensemble/mr. c/heath evans/rodney/ms. meeps)

Nicholas is currently a sophomore at Nipomo High School. He loves to act, and you may or may not seen him already this year in play such as The Nerd as Willum, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown as Charlie Brown. He has found the experience of being in a play that is in progress to be a great one, and he hopes that all of this effort Will be fruitful for a play that you enjoy.

Hayden Lacey 

(ensemble/ffa co-president / robert milford haggen III / ms. hintern / carter)

This is Hayden's 2nd production (his first was Medea) at Nipomo High school. He moved here last year and is originally from Nebraska were he did several shows. His interests include playing soccer, board games (like Settlers of Catan and Risk), cooking, and making a complete fool at of his self. His favorite food is cheese and his favorite candy is a Crunch bar. He had such a great time working with the cast of Medea, they were kind to him and extremely fun. They were a great cast and it was a amazing way for him to come into this school.

Ross Kesselring

(ensemble/president of philosophy club / frances / dr. payne / bronson)

Ross is a Junior at CCNTH who has been an active member of Nipomo Drama for 5 years. He is a captain of the co-school improv troupe, and a player in Metchik's independent Theatre troupe, The Next Generation. You may know him as Schroeder from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown or Toad from Frog and Toad. Ross wants to thank this wonderful cast and creative team for putting so much hard work into creating something new! He hopes to study Theatre at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

Luchia King

(ensemble/president of GSA/counselor/olivia olivia/mrs. hansen)

Luchia is a senior at nipomo high school and has been in the drama class for three years. Drama and performance have been her passions for her whole life, and she hopes that it is visible in her performance for you tonight. After high school Luchia plans on attending the Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) to further her education in the performing arts. 

Kanani Neel

(ensemble/dancer/girls' soccer player/mrs. applegate)

Kanani is a senior this year and is very excited to be graduating, but she will also miss performing with so many wonderful people here at Nipomo! This will be her 5th and final show with The NHS Theatre Company, with previous ones being High School Musical, Decision Height, A Year with Frog and Toad, and Children's Hour. She is also a part of the NHS Dance Company and has also done shows at the Clark Center for the company. She is very excited to be a part of a brand new production and hopes you all enjoy it! After she graduates she would like to be a performer at Disneyland and go to film school to become a cinematographer.

Alejandra Nunez

(ensemble/president of spanish club)

Alejandra is 14 years old and a freshmen at Nipomo highschool. This is her second year doing drama & theater and she still loves it as much as the first time she tried it in 7th grade. She also likes cooking and drawing.  She's been in two other play's so far Cinderella and Wizard of Oz. Aly hopes to one day have a career as an actress.

Emily Olson

(ensemble, asb club, cheerleader)

Emily Olson is a freshman at Nipomo High School, and has been performing in musical theater for 13 years. Emily has starred as Pinocchio in "Pinocchio," the scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz," and many more. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this musical, and is very excited for more productions to come in her remaining years of high school, and she hopes to continue pursuing her dreams on stage after graduation. She hopes you are as excited as she is to see this amazing show!

Sophia Prado

(ensemble/abi/drama club member)

This is Sophia's third year with Nipomo High's drama program, with her favorite part so far being in High School Musical. Before that she performed in shows at Mesa Middle School, where she was in The Nifty Fifties, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Charlotte's Web and Guys and Dolls, as well as the high school's Best of the Best. She loves everything Disney and collecting American Girl dolls. Sophia loves drama because she likes learning to perform and being in the shows is fun. After graduating next year she hopes to attend FIDM in Los Angeles to learn fashion design.

Eric Queszada

(ensemble/vice-president of spanish club/sofia padilla rivera)

Eric is a freshman at Nipomo High school and is very excited to be part of the very first production of the wonderful show Reach. He is 15 years old and has been in a few shows put on by Mesa Drama. Those shows consist of Tom Sawyer, The Music Man, and The Wizard of Oz. He wishes to be part of many other shows with the Nipomo Theater. He has thought of being an actor when he grows up, but he really wants to be a lawyer and make a difference in people's lives.

Mandie Richardson


Mandie is a 2016 midterm graduate of Nipomo High School, and she is beyond excited to originate the role of Yin in Reach.  This is her second year being involved in the drama program, and she has loved every minute of it.  Some of her recent adventures have included performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland with NHS Drama, and co-directing an adaptation of the Greek tragedy Medea.  This is her first time acting on the stage this year, and it will also be the last.  Being in drama has completely changed the course of her life, and Mandie will now be pursuing theater as a career.  She will be attending the American Musical and Dramatics Academy in Hollywood starting in Fall of 2016, a.k.a. her dream university.  She dreams about being a star!

Taylor Robertson

(ensemble / dance captain / ms. p / mrs. bradley / dance company president)

Taylor has loved to perform ever since she was a little girl. She has danced for 12 years. Taylor also loves to talk in front of people whether it's in an FFA public speaking contest or in a drama performance. The last role she has had in a drama performance was the wicked witch in Mesa Drama’s production of The Wizard of Oz. Taylor was made to be on stage and can't wait to be in Wendy- Marie’s amazing new production. It is an honor to be a part of this adventure that she will never forget.

Carmen Smith

(ensemble / president of robatics club / counselor / lydia)

Carmen is a junior at Central Coast New Tech High School, and Reach is the very first NHS Drama production she's been a part of. However, she has had some history in acting, with her school's Mock Trial team. In her free time, she enjoys writing short stories and sketching small comics. After she graduates from high school, she wishes to attend Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, and then University of Texas in Austin. 

Jennifer Soares


Jennifer is a senior at Nipomo high school who has been performing and even done tech for shows since she was around 7 years old. She has been involved in many NHS theatre performances since she was 12 years old. She is extremely excited to be taking on the role as Taylor, Alexis's best friend, who just so happens to be played by her own best friend!

Kaylin Stewart


Kaylin is a senior at Central Coast New Tech High. She is thrilled to be playing Yang in her tenth and final performance with the NHS Drama Department.  Her previous roles include Lucy in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and Norma Jean in Decision Height. Next year she will continue her love for the arts at Chapman University where she will major in Creative Producing.

Alex Tippitt

(ensemble cheerleader / victoria )

Alex is a freshman at Nipomo high and loves to perform! She has been acting since 7th grade and has fallen in love with it. She has gotten the opportunity to play Cinderella in Cinderella, Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, and many more at Mesa Middle School. She was also in Best of the Bard for Nipomo, and High School Musical. Alex has had an amazing beginning journey to her acting career and hopes to make so many more memories! She wants to thank Wendy-Marie for this amazing experience and hopes everyone loves the show as much as she does!

Jaz Vega


Jaz is a Junior here at NHS and has been in shows such as High School Musical, A Year With Frog and Toad, and has most recently played Amelia Tilford in The Children's Hour. She is honored to be a part of this show and has learned so much from this amazing cast and crew. After graduation she hopes to attend PCPA and continue on in theatre.

Chloe Wasil

(ensemble / nurse page / megan meade / mrs. wallace)

Chloe is a sophomore at Nipomo High School. She is beyond stoked to have the opportunity to be a part of the creation of a brand new musical! She loves everyone in the cast with all of her heart and hopes you enjoy watching the show as much as she enjoys performing it. You may have recently seen Chloe as Clelia Waldgrave in The Nerd or as Snoopy in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown this year with Nipomo High School. When Chloe grows up, she hopes to study theatre And then spend her life completely immersed in it.

Cassandra Waters

(ensemble, drama club member)

Cassie is a freshman at Central Coast New Tech High School.  She last played Marcie in CCNTH/Nipomo’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.  She loves musical theater and plans to study film-making after high school.  

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