Founder of Castle On A Cloud Entertainment
Favorite Character - The Little Mermaid and Woman of Wonder
Credits: National Tour of A Chorus Line (Vicky u/s Cassie, Val, Bebe, Kristine), National Tour of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Punky/Reno - Grand Ole Opry), Disney Dream (Swing - Disney Cruise Lines), Shrek the Musical (Mama Bear, 3 Blind Mice, u/s Fiona) - Beck Center for the Arts, A Chorus Line (Val) at Summer Repertory Theater, Oklahoma (Ado Annie) at Belmont University.
She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Belmont University. Makayla enjoys yoga, lifting, hiking, ballroom dancing, all things mermaid, and teaching dance and pilates.
Belle, Arabian Princess, Rapunzel, Snow Queen, Snow Princess, Evil Queen, Little Mermaid
Favorite Character: Love them all!
Credits: Claire DeLoone in On the Town at Kent, Babette in Beauty and the Beast at Barrow Civic Theatre, Mimi in Rent at Aurora Community Theatre, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof at the Youngstown Playhouse and New Castle Playhouse, and Maggie in A Chorus Line at the Youngstown Playhouse.
Emily is a speech-language pathologist with an immense passion for the performing arts and their transformative potential in the lives of all persons, young and old. She is currently living near Detroit, MI working with adults with voice and swallowing disorders, and is thus a seasonal COAC performer.
She graduated from Kent State University with a dual Bachelors in Musical Theatre and Speech-Language Pathology, and holds a Masters’ degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has been performing with the company since 2013, also acting as trainer for new employees and manager as needed. She is abundantly grateful to have been working for this company for the last 5 years and hopes that it continues to impact the lives of so many - especially in the beautiful way it has impacted hers.
Hannah rae Backus
Snow Queen, Snow Princess, Rapunzel, Belle Black Widow, Legacy Troupe, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Little Mermaid, Tinkerbell
Favorite Character: Rapunzel
Hannah is a 19 year old student at Kent State University, In her free time she enjoys playing guitar, watching Disney movies, playing with her kitties (Bowie & Coraline) & performing in local theatre productions.
Favorite Theater Credits: Heathers: The Musical (Veronica Sawyer), Alice i’m Alive in Wonderland, High School Musica (Sharpay) , & The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Stage Choir).
Hannah has also been featured in the American Idol Experience & Candlelight processional in Walt Disney World, & was a preliminary Semifinalist for The Voice.
annie k. leslie
Characters typically played: Snow Queen, Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, Tink
Favorite Character to play: Rapunzel or Snow Princess
Annie is 22 years old, working full time with Wall Street Systems Inc, but music and theatre are her heart’s truest passions! Past performances include “You Know The Old Slaying” (Lisa), “Into the Woods” (Baker’s Wife), “The Little Mermaid” (Atina, Mersister), “Young Frankenstein” (Ensemble/Student/Entourage), “The Wedding From Hell” (Fanny the Maid) Her free time is mostly spent singing and playing the piano, or traveling to visit with family. She also enjoys long walks through the park, and frolicking through the flowers.
Media and Marketing Manager
(The Snow Prince, Man of Iron, Rapunzel's Prince, Prince Charming, USA Man, Sleeping Beauty’s Prince, Beauty’s Prince, USA Man)
Favorite Character- The Snow Prince
The Recently Coronated Nathan is a freshmen at Kent State University and is majoring in Musical Theatre. He has been performing since the age of 10 years old. Nathan has always enjoyed performing and new from his first performance that it is the only he wants to do for the rest of his life. Some of his favorite credits include Children of Eden, Gypsy, and Bugsy Malone. His favorite hobbies include dance, building, and puzzling! Nathan is so happy to be part of the Castle on a Cloud family.
Mermaid Princess, Beauty Princess, Rapunzel, Snow Princess, Joker Princess, Woman of Wonder (Also seen as Russian Princess, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, Tinker bell, Snow Queen, Girl of Steel)
Favorite Characters: Beauty Princess, Sleeping Beauty, Joker Princess
Cara is currently studying at The Institute for American Musical Theatre in New York City. Along with performing, she loves eating, sleeping, cosmetology, Disney movies, watching Netflix, being with loved ones, and listening to all kinds of music.
Some of her favorite performances have been Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Crown Theater, The Little Mermaid (Ariel) at Kent Trumbull Theater, Carrie (Chris Hargensen) at the DeYor, Heathers (Reblicanette/Heather Chandler u/s) at Akron Civic Theater, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum (Geminae) at Youngstown Playhouse, and more.
Polynesian Princess, Arabian Princess, Pocahontas, Woman of Wonder, Evie, Beauty Princess, Russian red, Latina Princess
Favorite Character to play: Polynesian Princess and Evie....Minor in Theatre, Community theatre for 16 years, I work in the Education Department of the Family Recovery center, and I teach music to CCD kids as well as assist with music therapy programs. I enjoy ballroom and swing dance, all things music related, reading and writing.