Named after child star Shirley Temple, Shirley Jones started singing at the age of six. She started formal training at the age of 12 and would dream of singing with her idol, Gordon MacRae. Upon graduating from high school, Shirley went to New York to audition for the casting director of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Taken by Shirley’s beautifully trained voice, Shirley was signed as a nurse in the Broadway production of “South Pacific”. Within a year, she would be in Hollywood to appear in her first film Oklahoma! (1955) as Laurey, the farm girl in love with cowboy Gordon MacRae. Oklahoma! (1955) would be filmed in CinemaScope and Todd-AO wide-screen and would take a year to shoot. After that, Shirley returned to Broadway for the stage production of “Oklahoma!” before returning to Hollywood for Carousel (1956). But by this time, musicals were a dying art and she would have a few lean years. She would work on television in programs like Playhouse 90 (1956). With a screen image comparable to peaches-n-cream, Shirley wanted a darker role to change her image. In 1960, she would be cast as the vengeful prostitute in the Richard Brooks dramatic film Elmer Gantry (1960). With a brilliant performance against an equally brilliant Burt Lancaster, Shirley would win the Oscar for Supporting Actress. But the public wanted the good Shirley so she was cast as “Marion”, the librarian, in the successful musical The Music Man (1962). Robert Preston had played the role on Broadway and his performance along with Shirley was magic. Shirley would again work with little Ron Howard in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963). But the movies changed in the 60’s and Shirley’s image did not fit so she would see her movie career stop in 1965. There were always nightclubs, but Shirley would be remembered by another generation as “Shirley Partridge” in the television series The Partridge Family (1970). While the success of the show would do more for her stepson, teen idol David Cassidy, it would keep her name and face in the public view for the four years that the series ran. The show still plays in reruns. After the show ended, Shirley would spend the rest of the 70’s in the land of television movies. The television movie The Lives of Jenny Dolan (1975) would be made as a pilot for a series that was not picked up. In 1979, Shirley appeared in a comedy show called Shirley (1979), but the show lasted only one season. Shirley would appear infrequently in the 80’s and in video’s extolling fitness and beauty at the end of the decade.
Ronnie Clark is a versatile character actor, born and raised in Sam Shepard’s old stomping ground of Duarte, California. After receiving his BA from Humboldt State University and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, he has performed on stages throughout Southern California and Arizona with classical theater festivals and new works companies. He has also toured and performed as a core member of Los Angeles’ prestigious ensemble-devising The Ghost Road Company to such places as San Francisco, New York, Amherst, MA, and Warsaw, Poland.
On stage, Ronnie appeared in the most recent Ghost Road Company production of Asterion, which was presented at the Atwater Village Theater in Atwater Village, CA. He plans to travel with the show for further development to Wrocław, Poland in July 2016 and work alongside Poland’s renowned Teatr ZAR.
John Berry has a new outlook, a new address and a new beginning. The singer-songwriter rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990s with such mega hits as Your Love Amazes Me, Standing on the Edge of Goodbye and She’s Taken a Shine. His annual Christmas tours brighten the holidays for thousands, as does his electrifying rendition of O’ Holy Night.
“With time, I’ve learned that the road to fulfillment is doing what I was called to do, love to do, and then doing it the best I can, regardless of the circumstances. And for me, that is making music and singing for people.”
Sofia’s life began as an orphan in Eastern Europe and at 16 months old her forever family adopted her and brought her home to the United States where she is the youngest child of three older brothers. At age 5, Sofia played the lead role in her Kindergarten play as the Gingerbread Girl. She has performed several dance routines on stage for Sunset Ranch Elementary School in Rocklin, CA. Sofia loves all forms of the arts including dancing, acting, singing and modeling. Sofia is currently in 1st Grade and is fully included in the general education classroom with her typical peers. Sofia has modeled for Nordstrom, Zulily, Freckles & Kitty, Little Maven, Plaid Buttercup and is currently one of the spokesmodels for the Changing the Face of Beauty campaign. In the Fall 2015, Sofia played the role of “Sophia” on ABC Family’s Television series Switched At Birth. Sofia takes dance and music classes and will be completing her first full day theater workshop with Roseville Eagles Youth Theater (REYT) this February 2016. Sofia is a hardworking and enthusiastic young girl who has a special spark in front of the camera and absolutely loves to entertain and act. Sofia is proud to work with KMR Diversity and is an incredible role model and advocate for people with disabilities. Sofia is off to an amazing start to an exciting life long career in arts and media.
Laura Black is a classically trained actress who received a BFA from the University of Utah Actor’s Training Conservatory program. While in college she appeared in a number of plays and performed at the Kennedy Center for the Irene Ryan awards. After college she worked at many regional theaters including the prestigious Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC. During her time there Laura was in the Helen Hayes award winning production of “Hamlet” directed by Michael Kahn and starring Tom Hulce. Other roles included Juliet in a touring production of “Romeo and Juliet”, “Comedy of Errors” as Luciana, and Helen in “Trojan Women”. She has worked at many theaters across the nation including Arena Stage, Washington Shakespeare – DC, PCPA, and Creede Repertory Theater. Recently she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her film/television career. She has appeared in many short films and commercials and played a supporting role in the feature film “To Save a Life” which opened in theaters in January 2010. Visit her website at: www.laura-black.com
Corina Marie Zurcher is the author of the Christmas books Growing Up Claus and Snow Falls. Her fantasy books include: Archangels, The Father of Lights, Legacy and Nobility. She is also an actress, screenwriter, producer and the owner of RowanMeir Films, LLC.
Ray Fontenault is an independent songwriter and the owner of DoRay Music Promotions. He is a published BMI songwriter and enjoys a relationship with several publishing firms. If you are a singer looking for songs for your upcoming projects, stop by for a listen and drop us an email if you are interested in recording any of the songs listed on this page or if you have something specific in mind that is not listed on Reverbnation.
Troy Ryan Zuercher is an actor and producer, known for September 31st: By Reason of Insanity (2007), Along for the Ride (2007) and The Timer Game (2007). Nominated for “Best Supporting Actor” in 2007 at The 168 Hour Film Festival for his portrayal of “Zion”, a homicidal gang leader, in the short film “Eight One Eight.”.
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