Krista Carson Elhai has taught theatre for over 30 years and has directed over 300 productions. Her productions have performed mainstage at both the CA State Thespian Festival (13 times) and the International Thespian Festival. She has a B.S. in Speech, Theatre and English, as well as an MS in School Counseling.
Serving on the CA State Thespian board since 1993, Krista was the Educational Theatre Association’s CA State Chapter Director for eleven years before her election to the Educational Theatre Association’s (EdTA) national governing board. She also serves on the board of the California Educational Theatre Association (CETA) as President Elect. Ms. Elhai is co director of Theatre Teacher Bootcamp, an intensive workshop for Theatre Teachers offered in the summer months, and on the board of the Claremont based theatre company Ophelia’s Jump. She is currently serving on the College Board Arts Advisory Panel where she works on writing and integrating Arts curriculum.
A two-time Finalist for the LA Music Center Bravo Award, Krista was awarded a Chase Fellowship from the Los Angeles Music Center which sent her to the Broadway Teacher’s Workshop in July 2011 to study with Stephen Sondheim. She has received the CA Educational Theatre Association’s Theatre Teacher of the Year, and has been inducted in both the CA State Thespian and Educational Theatre National Hall of Fame.
She’s the proud mom to Lindsey (Hofstra BFA ’11), a Costumer at Disney World, and twins
Dylan (Marquette BA ‘15) a stage manager and lighting designer in Milwaukee, and senior
Noah (Hofstra University), working on a BFA in Scenic Design.
Joel H. Wilson, Conductor: Wilson is in his thirteenth year as Choral Director at Claremont High School where his duties include directing Concert Choir, Treble Ensemble, Bella Voce, Chamber Singers and musical direction for the Musical Theater and Children’s Theatre classes. Wilson has also served as adjunct faculty at Cal Poly Pomona in the Music Department where he has musical directed and directed the annual musical. Under his direction, the CHS Choirs consistently receive high marks and honors at local, national, and international festivals. Concert Choir is ranked in the top 20% of High School choirs, the Treble Ensemble is ranked in the top 10%, and recently, the Chamber Singers took the top choir slot at a National Festival of Gold in Washington D.C., making them one of the top high school choral programs in the country. Wilson completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from Claremont Graduate University, earned his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Cal State Fullerton and his B.A. in Music Education from Cal Poly Pomona. Wilson is a proud member of The College Music Society and the American Choral Directors Association. He and his beautiful wife, Darci, live in Rancho Cucamonga CA with their children Jackson, Jenna, and Paul.
Paige Melvin, Upland, California native, is a performer, teacher, and choreographer. She received her early classical ballet training from Inland Pacific Ballet Academy in Montclair, CA. Paige discovered her passion for musical theatre at Upland High School where she performed in main stage productions such as The Lion King, A Chorus Line, and Little Shop of Horrors. She continued her training at San Francisco State where she had the chance to train in musical theatre, Afro Haitian, capoeira, ballet and modern dance, earning her B.A. in dance and minor in anthropology in 2008. To further her technical training and teaching career, Paige went to Florida State University to earn her M.F.A in dance with an emphasis in performance and choreography. There she had the opportunity to study with an amazing dancing faculty, which included Anjali Austin, Rick McCullough, Gerri Houlihan, Tim Glenn, Dan Wagoner, Anthony Morgan, Lynda Davis, and Suzanne Farrell. After earning her M.F.A in 2013 Paige moved back to California where she currently is an adjunct dance professor at Rio Hondo College and Chaffey College, teaching modern, jazz and ballet. She also teaches dance at Center Stage Dance Academy and Broadway Experience and choreographs for high schools and colleges all over Southern California. Paige was honored to be the co-choreographer and dance captain for the California State Thespian Festival’s Hello My Baby project in 2014.
DownTown Jamie Brown is an Entertainment Costumer based in Los Angeles, California. A proud member of IATSE local 768, Jamie enjoys collaborating with other artists on all sorts of projects for theatre, television, film and digital media. She is an advocate for educational theatre, volunteering as the Production Coordinator for the California State Thespians and is a professional member of the Educational Theatre Association. She attended Upland High School where she became a lifetime Thespian with Troupe #4712. Her most recent projects include being a Set Costumer for Westworld Season 1 on HBO, touring the U.S and Canada with the Shaping Sound Dance Company as their Wardrobe Supervisor and being a dresser for the 1st National Tour of Hamilton at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.