Author: Katie Matson

Proud Fort Worth native, TCU grad, avid reader and professional Netflix binger.

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Ally Ramsey

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Ally Ramsey, Apprentice Program veteran, takes to the stage one more time before heading to college this fall. We are thrilled to have her in the cast for Bonnie & Clyde!  After seeing a community theatre production, she says, “That was it. I was hooked.” Following her role in Carrie the Musical, and seeing the cast’s connection, Ally hopes… Read more »

Introducing James McQuillen, Director of Theatre for Youth

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James’s first theatrical experience was playing a sunflower in the Wewoka, Oklahoma public library’s summer production of Oklahoma! when he was 5.  You may not remember the pivotal role of the sunflower in productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ground-breaking musical that you may have seen, but he remembers it like it was yesterday. For 25 years, James… Read more »

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Lauren Magee

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Lauren Magee returns to the stage this summer as “Emma” in Bonnie & Clyde. After 11 years of being a regular on Casa Manana’s stage, it’s hard to imagine that she’ll be leaving us and heading to Texas State in the fall. “I was seven years old when I auditioned for my first show at Casa Manana, The Sound of… Read more »

Aaron Butler Joins Camp Casa Staff

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We are thrilled to have stage manager Aaron Butler join us for Camp Casa’s Elf Jr.! A Texas native, Aaron prides himself on his work and giving back to his community. Certified in cinematography and television broadcasting, he brings 20 years of entertainment experience to the role, not only as an entrepreneur in film and… Read more »

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Kaitlin Nichole Johnson

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We are thrilled to welcome Kaitlin Nichole Johnson to our Apprentice Program cast. After her experience at Camp Casa when she was 9 years old, Kaitlin was hooked. The stage has been where some of her favorite memories took place, including her role as “Sylvia” in All Shook Up. “She was so expressive and outspoken,… Read more »

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Sophia Garcia and Brandon Parker

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Sophia Garcia’s dive into performing arts began with her mother, who regularly took her to productions. Her favorite role to date is “Veronica Sawyer” in Heathers: The Musical. Sophia hopes to use Veronica’s independence to her favor in Bonnie & Clyde. Pursuing a degree in Drama and Music Concentration at the University of Dallas has… Read more »

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Grace Moore and Olivia Rodriguez Smith

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Olivia Rodriguez Smith says she’s always found a stage to perform on ever since she was little, but her first musical was during the 8th grade, in Camp Casa’s Fiddler on the Roof Jr. The role of “Bessie” in Marvin’s Room helped Olivia establish a strong method of character development, of which she plans to draw from as her contribution to the complex nature of the ensemble in Bonnie… Read more »

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Takara Bailey and Stephen Newton

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Auditioning for elementary concerts gave Takara Bailey the self-expression and confidence boost she was looking for. Her role as Morticia in The Addams Family allowed her to observe the ensemble and see their unique, complex and breathtaking contribution to the show. She hopes to do that in Bonnie & Clyde. When asked about the impact that theatre has had on her… Read more »

Bonnie & Clyde Cast Feature – Emma Grace Freeman and Patrick Bilbow

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Meet Emma Grace Freeman! Jumping into theatre at 5-years-old was natural for her, as both of her parents were (and still are) involved in the arts. As Emma Grace prepares for her role as Young Bonnie, she hopes to incorporate some of her most recent roles. Set to star as Matilda in Matilda the Musical in 2020 (rescheduled to 2022), Emma Grace… Read more »

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