Brook Bassett- Playwright/Director Brook Bassett is the founder of Luminary Initiative Project, co-founder of CDA Murder Mystery Theatre and owner of Verve Studio 8. She is a frequent director, choreographer and actor at local venues. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with a focus on Philosophy and Fine Arts. She is passionate about youth and social justice and strives to bring them to the forefront of conversation through mediums such as theater, dance, spoken word and literature. She volunteers at the Human Society. "Awake, and together we can move mountains."
Elissa Corless-Dahlia Elissa Corless is a sophomore at Lake City High School. She has been in a few CYT shows, has crewed for five shows, and plans to stage manage soon. She loves painting, longboarding, and petting cute dogs. Her favorite pastime is writing slam poetry and rap. She would like to open young teens' eyes to the privilege of education, and enjoys volunteering at the library, animal shelter, and hospital. "Scattering seeds makes many flowers."
Bridgett Decker-Zinnia Bridgett Decker is a very happy homeschooler. She has been in many CYT shows. She enjoys almost all types of dancing but enjoys ballet the most. She enjoys running, and playing badminton. She is very passionate about reading and drawing. She has volunteered for animal shelters and hospice. “Friends are the flowers in the garden of life."
Elisabeth Edmonds- Dianthus Elisabeth Edmonds is an 8th grader at Lakes Magnet Middle School. She enjoys singing, playing piano, and reading. Past performances include Elf Jr., School House Rock Live!, Charlotte's Web and Babes in Toyland. She has volunteered at food banks, worked with the San Francisco homeless community, and her family has housed refugees from all over the world. She is so excited to have been given this opportunity to educate others about some of the local and global problems people are facing around the world. “ Let the waves crash onward. I am not afraid of storms for I am learning to sail my ship."
Lydia Howard-Iris Lydia Rose Howard is an 8th grader at Lakes Middle School. She is new to the stage, but has performed gymnastics, singing, and juggling. She enjoys playing sports, reading, art, and learning new things. She always tackles life with fierce bravery, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Lydia's volunteering includes food assistance and environmental causes and providing school supplies and safe drinking water in Ethiopia. She knows that if determination is there, anybody has the skills to make a difference in the world. "The Flower is the stem's cry of beauty to the universe."
Julia Lovell- Marigold
Cosette McNabb-Magnolia Cosette Mcnabb is a 10th grader at Lake City High School. She has appeared as Violet in Girl, Awake! 2015, Magnolia in Girl, Awake 2016, and in recent CYT productions like; Pocahontas, Christmas Carol, Jungle Book, Shrek, and Snow White. She loves to sing, paint, dance, and go on outside adventures. She has a desire to help families in need, and hopes one day to make a difference. "Deep in your wounds are seeds waiting to grow into beautiful flowers.
Gracie Johnston- Stage Manager Gracie Johnston is an avid artist and a descriptive fiction writer. Favorite acting credits include Ugly Duckling (Shrek) and Deb (Elf). She was Asst. Stage Manager for Girl, Awake! 2015. Gracie enjoys drawing, reading and spending time with family. She is intent upon spreading awareness about child labor in today's world. She has volunteered with Clothe-a-Child and youth development in local community centers.
"We will not nap when our eyes need to be opened to the problems at hand."
Sophia Ann Ventresco-Asst. Stage Manger Sophia Ann Ventresco is a 15 year old sophomore at Lake City High School. She has been a part of Girl, Awake! since the beginning and has done CYT for about 5 years. She enjoys volunteering at little kids camps at the Kroc Center.
"She sprouted love like a flower, grew a garden in her mind, and even in the darkest days, through her smile the sun still shined."