Brook Bassett- Playwright/Director Brook Bassett is the founder of Luminary Initiative Project 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 junior at Lake City High School. She enjoys crewing for local theatre and has done shows with ACT, CYT, Out of Shadows, and Lake City Playhouse. She spends her free time writing poetry and petting cute dogs. She likes to give back to the community by volunteering at the hospital and library, and she supports action groups such as Save the Children, Greenpeace, and Kootenai Environmental Alliance. "Scattering seeds makes many flowers."
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."
Hazel Howard- Poppy Hazel Ella Howard is a sixth grader at Lakes Middle School. Her favorite activities include reading, tap dancing, and theater. She acted in many elementary school productions, and is excited to be expanding her theatrical repertoire as part of the Girl Awake! cast. The opportunity to be a voice bringing awareness to the hidden struggles of people worldwide is very meaningful to Hazel.
"What makes a weed and what makes a flower is often just whether or not the plant is wanted in the garden."
Lydia Howard-Iris Lydia howard is a freshman at Lake City High School. She was Iris in Girl Awake! 2016, and enjoys art, cheerleading, and spending time with family and friends. She has volunteered various places and hopes to help make a difference. "Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul."
Kimberly Hunt- Lantana Kimberly Hunt is a 15 year old sophmore homeschooler. She is deaf with Cochlear Implants. She enjoys performing for an audience, not only acting but also doing, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Ballet. She has been involved in volunteering in food giveaways, and making survival kits for those in need.
"No life is without difficulties. No garden is without weeds."
Julia Lovell- Marigold Julia Lovell is in 9th grade and loves singing, dancing, and science. She has performed in shows at NIC, Lake City Playhouse, and Sorensen Elementary. She strongly supports the Trevor Project.
"Before Title IV, girls' gender mattered more than our performance."
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."