Cast Bios

TRITON - river anderson

River Anderson – Triton

River has been in the performing arts programs at Grant for all of his high school education, and is honored and proud to be a part of such an amazing cast and to work so closely with such an outstanding tech crew. He would like to thank every one of the amazing teachers who helped put this show together as well as our amazing costume designer for coming in on such short notice and really bringing this show together for the enjoyment of both you, the audience, and the entirety of the cast and crew.

Finn Topelmann - Grimsby

Finn Topelmann – Grimsby

Finn, a senior, has been a part of every Grant musical since his freshman year and is very excited to continue Grant’s tradition of outstanding performing arts.

Claire Wheeler - Ariel

Claire Wheeler – Ariel

Claire, a senior, has been a part of the Grant High School theatre department for the past four years. She has been in Grant’s productions of The Wiz, Spamalot, and Little Shop of Horrors. She is incredibly thankful that she has been a part of this world all of her high school career and will treasure it forever. Claire would also like to thank the cast and production team for the birth of the word Clariel, as well as her friend Ella for being a real one.

Max Tapogna - Sebastian

Max Tapogna – Sebastian

Max, a senior, has enjoyed his time on the Grant stage. Previous dramatic credits at Grant include Jaques in As You Like It, and Tartuffe in Tartuffe. He wants to thank Chris Lane and John Eisemann for being invaluable mentors, and being amazing at what they do. Max is currently a candidate for full Equity status.

Isaiah Zimmerman - Ursula

Isaiah Zimmerman – Ursula

Isaiah is a senior at Grant and this is his fourth main stage production at the school. Before Grant he attended Portland Christian High School, where he was also involved in many productions. Some of his roles include  Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors; Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; Monet in Defying Gravity; and Boris Kolenkov in You Can’t Take It With You. Isaiah would like to thank his family and friends for their support, specifically his mom, dad, step-mom, step-dad, brother, grandparents, Grace, Bronte, Tyler, Claire, and especially Jessica Murray for bringing him over to Grant. He would also like to thank Tari Gunstone for delivering a powerful performance to a young 5th-grader that made him want to pursue theatre for the rest of his life. Lastly, and definitely most importantly, he would like to thank God for the talents, gifts, and opportunities that He has given.

Emilee Brnusak - Flounder

Emilee Brnusak – Flounder

Emilee is a 16-year-old sophomore at Grant High School. Ever since she was young, she’s been told that she is a very outgoing and “dramatic” young girl and that she was born to be on stage. In her freshman year at Grant she finally gave theater a try. She ended up loving it and found it to be a great way to become someone else and experience life as a different person. She found that by acting, she is able to embody someone else in a scripted character, but at the same time can inject some of her own fun and quirky characteristics into the character, which in her opinion is a fun talent she hopes everyone gets to experience.

Michael Kepler Meo - Prince Eric

Michael Kepler Meo – Prince Eric

Michael is a junior at Grant High School. He previously has appeared in three GHS productions, as Patsy in Spamalot, as Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors and as Cleante in Tartuffe.

Joshua Hicks - Chef Louis

Joshua Hicks – Chef Louis

Joshua, a senior, has had one halibut time working on this show, and he will miss all the actors once it’s fin-ished. After all, oppor-tuna-ties like these don’t come around often, and it is always important to keep your friends close–anemones closer. At Grant, he sings in the prestigious Royal Blues, in which he is a bass. Joshua would like to dedicate his performance to his family, and to Cod.

Ellory Schrepel - Flotsam

Ellory Schrepel – Flotsam

Ellory is new to theatre at Grant but a veteran of the arts. As a junior, he participates in Student Leadership, Poetry Slam, Royal Blues, Senior One Acts, Thespian Troupe, and is also the president of two clubs. In his limited free time, he likes to write music and stare into space. He is thrilled to be a part of such a sparkling production.

Willem Winter - Jetsam

Willem Winter – Jetsam

Brady McCollom - Scuttle

Brady McCollom – Scuttle

Brady has been in multiple shows since his freshman year. He has worked both on stage and behind the scenes to bring every show together. When he was asked to play Scuttle he decided not to throw away his shot…

Daughters of Triton:

Izzie Valle

Izzie is a junior at Grant. You may have SEAn her as part of the ensemble in Little Shop of Horrors. She loves to sing, even though her family isn’t too fond of hearing Ave Maria at midnight. She is so thankful to her fellow mer-sisters for their kindness and FINtastic hard work. Also, she wants to thank her family for supporting her in her theatre and choir endeavors.

Moya Woods

Moya has been hooked into the Grant theater department for two years now and has learned along the way that acting is more than just fishing for compliments in fancy costumes. Although at first she was a bit on the rocks about truly diving into the theater world, she now realizes that any fin is possible if you just give it your trawl. She also loves choral music and is a loyal member of both the A Cappella Choir and the Royal Blues. All in all, she is really excited to be a part of the cast and would like to thank her parents for always holding the line and putting up with the days when she gets a little crabby.

Hazel Frew

Hazel, a junior, is extremely excited to be a part of The Little Mermaid. This is her second Grant High School production, after being in the ensemble for Little Shop of Horrors her sophomore year. Outside of theater Hazel enjoys being a part of Grant’s Royal Blues and A Cappella choirs. She would like to thank her friends, family, and cast for making this experience so special!

Sprout Chinn

Sprout, a senior, is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Little Mermaid as a mer-sister. She has participated in several musicals at Grant, including The Wiz and Grease as well as the One Acts. This year she is directing a One Act for the Senior Showcase Festival. She had a wonderful time working with all of her castmates and is so grateful for this experience.

Sage Davis

Sage is a freshman and has been hooked on the idea of being a performer since a young age. Since performing in Grantasia, she has been head over tails in love with the Grant Performing Arts Program and feels very fortunate to be in a pool of such talented people and mer-folk. She would like to thank her lovely mer-sisters for being great examples and role models and all of her other cast members for making her feel a part of this giant family. She has had a FIN-tastic time working with her directors and choreographers and can’t wait to dive into Grant’s next production!