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Parker Harris

Founding Artistic Director

Director, Beauty and the Beast

Parker Harris is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kids On Stage. He is a sophomore student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying Dramatic Art and Performance Studies with a minor in Education. At Kids On Stage, he has helmed innovative productions like Frozen JR and the World Premiere of A Country Carol, in which he wrote the book. He also coaches the KOS All Star Team as they prepare to travel to the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA.

 

In 2019, he was awarded the Freddie G Inspiration Award for his work in our community by iTheatrics at the Junior Theater Festival. His work can also be found around the Triangle with productions of Mary Poppins JR (Choreographer & Co-Director) and Godspell JR (Music Director). 

parker@gckidsonstage.org

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Stephanie Towne

Music Director, Beauty and the Beast

Stephanie has a music background from Lee University and over 20 years of experience leading worship and volunteer teams.  Originally a clarinet major, she expanded to vocal pursuits at Lee University where she was a member of the Lee University Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Campus Choir. She is an award-winning songwriter with a passion for genuine worship. With a degree in Business Marketing from Liberty University, she reaches for excellence in every arena as she aims to excel in areas of script writing, graphics and design, video production, choral technique, systems and structure, stage design, and people management. Above all, though, her passion is creating an environment in which all generations are mentored and made stronger in expressing their individual gifts.  She and her husband, Travis, have three daughters, Surlah (29), Alexis (12), and Kenna (6).

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Shaina Ruth

Choreographer, Beauty and the Beast

Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY, Shaina began her serious dance training at the age of 8 years old with the Ballet Regent School in Saratoga Springs, NY. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet dancer, the late R. Michael Steele, she performed various works by George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, and other prolific choreographers. At the age of 14, Shaina also joined the Saratoga City Ballet Company, a pre-professional company, where she danced featured roles in such ballets as The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Paquita, and Cinderella. She began teaching at the age of 15 and at 18 was choreographing and staging performances for the school. Professional roles included work with the Save the Ballet Benefit in Saratoga Springs, NY, as well as freelance work around the city of Saratoga. Throughout college, she continued to teach and train. Shaina moved to North Carolina in the spring of 2007 and began teaching and choreographing with The Greenville Civic Ballet School as well as their pre-professional company The Dance Collective that same year. Shaina has two girls, Aly and Reagan, who joined the Kids On Stage family during the summer of 2020 with HEAL. Shaina was thrilled when Parker asked her to join the KOS Dream Team and choreograph Descendants in the Fall of 2020, and could not have been more excited to dive into Beauty and the Beast!

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Suzanne Hubbard

Stage Manager, Beauty and the Beast

*Bio Coming Soon*