Charleston Christmas Special

    Celebrating 26 years of holiday entertainment in Charleston.

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    Producers Brad and Jennifer Moranz gather some of the country’s most talented performers for an entirely new show featuring holiday favorites.

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    Brad Moranz, Producer

    Brad has appeared on Broadway in the role of Cosmo in "Singin’ in the Rain," and he later re-created the role for the national touring production. Other Broadway credits include "A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine," and the original off-Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors," playing the role of Seymour. His film and TV credits include "Radioland Murders," "Stompin’ at the Savoy," and guest appearances on “Matlock” and “Surface.”   

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    Jennifer Moranz, Producer

    Jennifer danced in the original Broadway production of "42nd Street." Prior to that she was high kicking as one of the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. She was a featured dancer in the national tour of "Singin’ in the Rain," and she has appeared in regional productions of "Guys and Dolls" and "A Chorus Line," as well as the TV movie, "Stompin’ at the Savoy." Choreographic credits include films "Radioland Murders" and "The Road to Wellville.'

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    Lakieta Bagwell-Graves, Singer

    A soulful singer, Lakieta has been a professional singer for 25 years. Her experience has taken her all over the country and to five different continents with artists and producers like Dolly Parton, Mike Post, Lee Greenwood, Jack Greene, Connie Smith, Kim Carnes, Shelby Lynn, Loretta Lynn, Allison Krauss, and Rhonda Vincent. She is a veteran of theater stages from Pennsylvania to Tennessee.

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    Jordan Maria Benton, Dancer

    Jordan is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston, double majoring in dance and theatre, with lightening concentration. This summer, she headlined Charleston’s first Juneteenth Festival as a solo artist. She also spent her summer working as the choreographer and assistant director for #SLACABERET. She has worked on set of "The Righteous Gemstones," an advertisement for Apple, and a performance with Motown Throwdown.

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    Matthew Billman, Singer

    Matthew is a singer, composer, producer and arts technologist who lives in New York City. He’s appeared off Broadway and, when he’s not singing, serves as pipeline technical director at Ingenuity Studios, a visual effects firm known for its work on the films “Get Out" and "A Star is Born" and for the music videos of Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, BTS and Coldplay. 

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    Addison “Addie” Collins, Dancer

    Addie, 10, has been dancing at United We Dance in Summerville since she was 2 years old. She’s been a competitive dancer since the age of 5 and has received multiple convention scholarships and dance awards. She had the opportunity to perform as an extra on “The Righteous Gemstones” earlier this year. Addie loves to sing, dance, and act dramatically in her everyday life. 

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    Jenna Flaherty, Singer

    This year, Jenna Flaherty filmed several episodes of HBO’s “The Righteous Gemstones,” was featured in a national commercial with actor Danny McBride for ZenWTR, and filmed several social media advertising campaigns for Jamba Juice, Ellio’s Pizza and Virtuoso Pizza, among others. The young performer just completed filming for “Blood Runs,” her first featured role in a short film. 

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    Jaiden Reese Freeman, Dancer

    Jaiden began her training at Dance Explosion Arts Center at age 4. She has trained in a variety of styles and is a senior dance major at Charleston County School of the Arts. She is part of the competitive dance team at United We Dance. Her professional work includes dance performances for "The Righteous Gemstones," an HBO television series, under the direction of Brad and Jennifer Moranz.

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    Colleen Hoerle, Dancer

    Colleen, who has been a dancer for 23 years, got her start at age 3 as the small mouse in "The Nutcracker." She has a bachelor of the fine arts in dance from Point Park University and spent four years performing worldwide with Holland America Line and RWS Entertainment Group, based in New York City. Since moving to Charleston, she has become a student of Pamella Inveen at Uptown Aerial Arts.

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    Anika Hunt, Dancer

    From Sydney, Australia, Anika trained under top industry performers and world renowned ballet dancers. Most recently, she performed in Tokyo Disneyland’s final cast of “One Man’s Dream ii.” She also was a cast member of Universal Studio's “Triwizard Spirit Rally” in Osaka, Japan. She has been featured in multiple television commercials and on Disney merchandise. 

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    Zoe Jarvis, Dancer

    Zoe has been dancing since the age of 5 and has competed all over South Carolina. She won numerous awards, including top placements overall for her solos, and a title runner up in a national competition. In her spare time, Zoe likes to listen to music and spend time with her friends and family. Once she completes high school, Zoe would like to continue on with dance, as well as study physical therapy

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    Omar Lopez-Cepero, Singer

    Omar starred opposite his wife, Arianna Rosario, as Emilio and Gloria Estefan in "On Your Feet" at The Muny in St. Louis and The Starlight in Kansas City. Upcoming, he will be originating the role of Lon in the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of "The Notebook," based on the novel by Nicolas Sparks Omar has starred in TV roles on “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “The Detour” (TBS) and “Vegas” (CBS). 

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    Damon McToy, Singer

    Damon is a proud Actors' Equity Association member. He was last seen in the International Tour of “Sister Act.” Some of his favorite roles have been Benny in “Rent” and Abraham Gray in the premiere of “Treasure Island the Musical.” When not performing on land, Damon is a lead vocalist in shows on the high seas for multiple cruise ship companies, , including Princess Cruises and Holland America.

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    Michael Minor, Singer/Ventriloquist

    Michael has been featured on international cruise ships. Michael and is wife, Jill, have two children, Noah and Neve. Together, Michael and his family have performed their Family Variety Show and Family Christmas Show at several theaters in Pennsylvania since 2010. He has been living in South Carolina for five years, Michael has performed with Moranz Entertainment for 20 years.  

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    Tiffany Parker, Singer

    Tiffany has been a featured singer on international cruise ships who now lives in Charleston and can be seen regularly in Moranz Entertainment productions. She started singing at age 10 with The Charleston Youth Company. Even when relegated to the garage with a broomstick for a microphone, she knew performing would be her passion.

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    Jayden Perilla, Dancer

    Jayden is a competitive dancer at United We Dance and has been dancing for 13 years. She has been competing for 10 years and has received many solo awards, including as regional titles and scholarships.

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    Lexie Spooner, Dancer

    Lexie has been performing in the Charleston Christmas Special for the past seven years. She dances at the Dance Conservatory of Charleston and attends Ashley Ridge High School where she is a member of the dance company team. She has spent many years as a competitive dancer, and has trained in New York with choreographers across the globe. 

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    Blake Tanner, Dancer

    Blake grew up dancing in Summerville, S.C., until he was 18. After graduation, he auditioned for the production cast onboard Royal Caribbean cruise ships where he began his professional career. He has worked and traveled with Royal Caribbean, Princess, and Celebrity Cruise lines. Blake has been in two national tours and cast in multiple residency shows in casinos across the U.S. and Canada.