Renee and Steve Patten dancing a waltz/rumba to Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy. Choreographed by Megan Mavor.
Steve and Renee Patten are both graduates of Kearsarge Regional High School and lifelong residents of this region; making Bradford their home for the past 21 years. Married 26 years, Steve and Renee own and operate a sawmill, Pine Tree Lumber Inc., in Lempster, NH, which received the Outstanding Forest Industry award from the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association in 2019. Renee also works as a floral designer at The Petal Patch in Newport NH. They have been students of Natalie Mavor Miles at The Newport Ballroom for ten years and have performed in the popular Dancing with the Newport Stars for eight.
The Pattens raised one daughter, Morgan Renee Patten, who was the victim of a tragic homicide in November, 2019. With inspiration from Natalie, and choreography from her sister Megan Mavor, Steve and Renee perform this routine in honor of their greatest creation ever. We love and miss you Mouse!
Fern Family Band “Keeping it in the family”
The Ferns Family Band, a trio that hails from Wilmot New Hampshire has an innate ability to create their own unique originals while also performing cover songs inspired by singer songwriters of the past and todays current musicians. The lead vocalist Mara Ferren (age 12) creates her lyrics not by writing them down first but by live-streaming the thoughts and feelings that freely come to mind. Mara’s lyrics are accompanied by brother Quinlan Ferren (age 14) smooth keyboard skills, along with their father Justin Ferren, who is a talented guitarist, arranger and producer with many years of experience in a broad array of styles.
Mara, Quinlan and Justin were immersed in music from the start. Justin grew up around live music, songwriting and played in various bands throughout his adult life. As infants, Quinlan and Mara would fall asleep in their baby swings listening to Justin’s various band practice with sounds of folk, reggae, rock and blues. Mara hummed the alphabet before she could talk, recording her first original song at age five. Quinlan had his young hands on a mini wooden toy piano before he could walk. The Ferns formed an official band three years ago when they decided it was time to perform more than a few songs live and are now working on their first full album release of originals.
The Ferns take their music with them on vacations and road trips whenever they are afforded the opportunity. They have played out in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Tennessee, Colorado and abroad in Costa Rica and Croatia met with great praise along the way. The Ferns Family Band have shared in the joy that music brings people of all walks of life together in the universal language of sound. They look forward to booking a US traveling tour and getting selected to perform at a large music festival.
Amita Lynn Ayer is an eighteen year old soprano singer from Sunapee, New Hampshire. She is a senior at Sunapee Middle High School and has spent much of her high school career pursuing her passion in music. She began taking voice lessons with Michelle Gosnell at the Kearsarge Center for the Performing Arts at the age of ten. She made her singing debut at a fifth grade talent show, and it was then that her love of performance took hold. She is a member of the Sunapee Middle High School Chorus and has had the opportunity to participate in the NHMEA Southwest District Music Festival and other regional events. In addition to her choral experiences, she has enjoyed solo performances in many concerts, festivals, and local community events over the last eight years. She was awarded a scholarship through the Center for the Arts which afforded her the opportunity to enroll in UNH’s Summer Youth Music School. She was selected to participate in the PBS Celebration of Music Talent Search, and has auditioned for America’s Got Talent in New York City. She has spent the last ten months working on her senior project, which involved the creation of her first R&B/HipHop album. She spent time collaborating with other musicians and producers both locally and out of state. She is forever grateful for her mentor throughout her project, Miss Michelle Gosnell. Her goal is to bring as much joy to others as she receives through the gift of music.
Lauri-ann Smerald, still 39, is one of Kearsarge’s most vocal sopranos (no, not Tony ). Locally, she is known for her appearances with the Vaudeville Troupe, KCPC, and winter performances for KCPA. She has 2 CDs under her belt. Having begun her career in 5th grade to sing, ” Tonight” ( from West Side Story )on a chair (she is a bit short) music has been a part of her life and soul for at least 39 years. When not singing she is performing duties as a Wellness Nurse for LSVNA & Hospice.
Kristi Upton is a student and teacher at Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts. She is grateful to be performing with her daughter for “Lake Sunapee’s Got Talent”. She was most recently seen dancing in KCPA’s production of “Highlights from Handel’s Messiah” and is a member of KCPA’s performance company, “Art in Motion.” Her favorite roles have been as Mrs. Beaver in “The Song of Aslan”, the reindeer in “Snow Queen”, and Zaphod Beeblebrox in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Ballet”. Kristi has a master’s degree in biochemistry and teaches laboratory classes during the fall.
Elizabeth Upton is a student and student teacher at Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Last spring she danced the title role in KCPA’s “Cinderella Ballet” and she was most recently seen in KCPA’s production of “Highlights from Handel’s Messiah” where she danced her favorite solo, “Rejoice”. Elizabeth is a member of KCPA’s performance company, “Art in Motion.” In addition to dancing, Elizabeth is a seventh grader at Kearsarge Regional Middle School and enjoys drawing and video games.
Olivia Brown is part of the senior performance company at KCPA. She loves dance and has been with KCPA for 12 years now. She is full-time online student at VLACS as a junior. She also has a passion for art and especially loves creating with watercolor and acrylics. She is so thankful for this opportunity and is excited to share her passions with you, even if it is through a video!
Allison is the current lieutenant of KCPA's senior performance company where she has been dancing for the past ten years. She is a sophomore in the Kearsarge School District studying through VLACS. She also enjoys singing, painting, playing with her dog and especially loves to teach younger children how to dance. Last year, Allison was given a scholarship from the CFA to attend The Joffrey School of Dance for the summer. She is extremely grateful for everything the CFA has done for her and looks forward to perform for you all with her friends!
Emily Swindell is a current senior at KRHS and is incredibly excited to be attending Smith College this fall. She is Captain of KCPA's performance company,
Art In Motion, and loves to dance. When she's not at the studio, she loves to read, write, sing, cook, and spend time with her family and two cats. Last
year she received a "Rising Star" scholarship from the CFA and is incredibly grateful for everything the CFA has done for her and is honored to be performing for them again!
Zoie Tarleton is a rescue dog from Alabama adopted by the Tarleton family on Halloween day in 2009. She is a registered Therapy dog and enjoys going with her mom Angela Tarleton to her Studio KCPA. Zoie is excellent with special needs kids both physical and emotional. Her favorite things are: walking two miles a day with her mom and her aunt Michelle Gosnell and her dog Max who live next door. She loves eating popcorn even though she is not so great at catching it. But mostly she likes sitting and staring at her mom Angela. If she wins she will donate back her prize as she only performs for cookies.
Angela Tarleton is a member of the Board of Directors for the center for the arts, and the Co-Founder of Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing arts with her husband Kevin. She has a Master’s Degree in Theatre and Dance, and has been teaching for over thirty eight years. Teaching and storytelling are two of her greatest passions. An accomplished actress, choreographer, musician and playwright, she likes spending her free time cooking, baking, walking, and teaching her dog Zoie to do tricks that they perform for fundraising events! After all, who wouldn’t want to see a dog do math? Her absolute favorite thing in the whole world is going SCUBA diving with her husband Kevin.
Oliver Andrews, an eighth grader at Andover Elementary-Middle School, has studied violin at the Upper Valley Music Center (UVMC) with Benjamin Van Vliet since he was three years old. A member of UVMC’s Advanced Performance Ensemble, he has also taken part in the summer sessions at the Green Mountain Suzuki Institute and the Kinhaven Junior program. Andrews, who has performed in master classes for Johnny Gandelsman and the Sphinx Virtuosi and performed in concert with the string trio Infinitus, placed second this past November in the Junior String Division of the New Hampshire Music Teachers National Association Competition. He is grateful for the scholarship he received from the Center of the Arts last summer, which supported his orchestra and chamber music studies at Kinhaven.
Sofia Upton-Contemporary Dance and Contortionist
Sofia Maria Upton is almost 13 years of age. She began her career within the arts at the mere age of 1 year old when she joined the Kindermusik program at Musical Arts Academy of Music and Dance, located in Exeter NH. She then began her dance career at age two when she began to study Ballet and Tap. At Musical Arts Academy of Music and Dance she studied a variety of dance techniques such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary as well as Piano and Vocal Lessons. Sofia held various roles in their annual holiday program of Hans Christian Andersen’s, The Steadfast Tin Soldier. She played The Ragdoll, and The Nightingale. Sofia became a more serious dancer and performer when she moved to the Kearsarge area and became a student at Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts under the direction of Angela Tarleton. Sofia entered a more rigorous schedule at KCPA and her dedication to the performing arts strengthened and grew. Sofia is a current student at KCPA and has studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, Acting, Musical Theatre, and Acro. It is at KCPA where Sofia has bloomed and grown into the performer she is today. Her highlighted roles include, The Robin Solo from, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Suddenly There Was An Angel Solo in The Highlights Of Handel's Messiah and The China Doll from the ballet, Coppélia. Sofia has taught within KCPA outreach programs in the Kearsarge community. She has also taught at KCPA during their summer camps. Last year, Sofia became an assistant teacher alongside director, Angela Tarleton. Sofia is a member of KCPA’s Senior Performance Company. The KCPA Senior Performance Company performs several times a year at various art and community events. Sofia’s passion for the arts, and the study of dance in particular, is a monumental aspect of her life. She wants to continue her dance career into adulthood and strives towards a professional career in the future.
Lara Hyde is a dancer and choreographer of contemporary dance and musical theatre. Originally from Canada, she trained RAD ballet, tap, jazz and modern at Premiere Dance Academy in Calgary, and additionally studied at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Goh Ballet Academy. Lara has choreographed Sweet Charity (Community Players of Concord 2019), Annie (CPC 2018), Singin’ in the Rain (ActorSingers 2017) and many pieces with Urbanity Dance, Sarabande Tufts Repertory Dance Ensemble and Mosaica McGill Dance Ensemble. Favourite roles include Lianne (Cannibal, A/S) and Featured Dancer in Mamma Mia (A/S) and Spamalot (A/S). Lara has danced with the Creative Class of the Boston-based contemporary dance company Urbanity Dance since 2009. Outside of theater, Lara holds a PhD in nutrition and runs the YouTube channel Nourishable.
Michael T. Brown II-Hailing from Kansas City, Michael T. Brown II, has been living NH for 11 years. He received his BA in Theatre from Franklin Pierce University in 2012. Now Brown is in his sixth year working as an Area Coordinator for the department of Residential Education at Colby-Sawyer College. When not working, Brown can be found dusting off his bobblehead collection, chilling with his dog Beauregard, planning his next fundraiser show, or actively working with the local community theater companies such as the Sunapee Kearsage Intercommunity Theatre (SKIT), and most recently The Concord Community Players. Brown is also an active member of King Solomon’s Masonic Lodge no. 14 in Elkins, NH.
Missy Owen has enjoyed being the piano accompanist for the Kearsarge School District for over 20 years. She has been an active accompanist in the community, playing for musicals, singing groups and churches. When she's not tickling the ivories, she is selling real estate or visiting her 3 year old grandson. Missy is grateful for this opportunity and would like to send her best wishes to everyone during these difficult times.
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