Allison Barron Brandon

Allison Barron Brandon

President • Founder

Mrs. Allison Barron Brandon is the Founder of Wonderland Performing Arts & serves as the company's President. Allison grew up in Lafayette, LA as a dance enthusiast. She studied ballet, tap, & jazz during her childhood and went on to enjoy and study the genres of modern dance, show choir, and musical theatre as a teenager & adult.

She has performed in numerous professional, college, and community theatre productions. Her most recent local performances are Side by Side by Sondheim (2019), Legally Blonde (2018; Paulette), The Bumpy Road (2014; a show she wrote, directed, co-starred & co-produced with Sarah G. Roy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2106; Rona Lisa Peretti), and Nunsense (2017; Sister Mary Amnesia). In college she played Eliza Doolittle in IPAL's My Fair Lady in 2008. Her ULL musical theatre credits include Les Miserables (2004; Eponine), Into the Woods (2005; Cinderella), & Grease (2007; Rizzo). Before moving back to Lafayette, LA, Allison lived in NOLA where she performed in Let Freedom Swing! (2009-2010; Lorna Baker) at the National WWII Museum, The Wedding Singer (2010; Holly) at Le Petit Theatre, The Drowsy Chaperone (2011; Janet Van de Graaff) at Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. & Thoroughly Modern Millie (2016; Gloria) at Tulane SLT.

She has an M.A. in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans & a B.F.A. in Performing Arts - Theatre from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She's been privileged to attend workshops with the American Theatre Wing & The International Cabaret Conference at Yale University. Some of her instructors in these settings have included: Seth Rudetsky, Faith Prince, Neil Patrick Harris, Anika Noni Rose, Kathleen Marshall, Erv Raible, Sally Mayes, and Sharon McKnight. She was recently accepted into the Broadway Evolved Educators' Workshop where she will learn from Broadway stars including Audra McDonald, Andrew Rannells, Kelly O'Hara, & Laura Osnes.

Throughout her life, she has accumulated 31 years of performance experience; 16 years of choreography experience for projects such as school & community musical theatre, Mardi Gras Balls, & fundraising projects like Dancing with the Stars & Lip Sync Battles (Sacred Heart, Ascension Episcopal, & St. Pius); 9 years of directing experience; 2 years of experience teaching ballet, modern, tap, and musical theatre for The Ballet Studio in Lafayette, LA; 2 years experience teaching grades 2-11 for Lafayette Parish Public School's Talented Theatre program; and 6+ years as a business owner working to bring performing arts to her hometown areas of New Orleans (2010-2011) & Lafayette (2016-2020).

She is the proud mother of Adelaide Greer Brandon (her fantastic 6-year-old daughter).

Allison believes performing arts can transform people, and she is excited to share her knowledge, experience, and love for the arts with others.

Tabatha Roberts

Tabatha Roberts

Vice President

Tabatha is a native of Acadiana. She spent 14 years in the corporate world of accounting and office management. At a very young age her daughter showed an interest in the arts which led Tabatha on a journey that changed her life. She joined the world of performing arts in 2014 and never looked back! When Wonderland was formed in 2016, she began assisting Allison with business tasks such as record keeping, schedules, and even stage management! She was able to assist in building Wonderland from the ground up and see its growth throughout the years. As Wonderland grew so did Tabatha's role in the company. In 2018 she took a leap of faith and resigned from her full-time corporate job to join the Wonderland team full time. It's been a wild ride, and she can't wait to see where it takes her and her daughter next!

Drew Hoffpauir

Drew completed his bachelor's degree in General Studies at UL, and began his journey at Wonderland in January 2020 where he worked backstage during Frozen JR. He has been a performer for the past three years, working with organizations such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Chamber Singers, Iberia Performing Arts League, the Abbey Players, and the Music Academy of Acadiana. You may have seen him on stage as Lord Farquaad (Shrek the Musical), Ms. Trunchbull (Matilda the Musical), Dale Harding (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), and more. Since joining the Wonderland team, he has stage managed Charlotte's Web and The Swamp Monster and co-wrote original lyrics for the latter. Drew has become an integral part of the Wonderland Office Staff.

Samantha Graffeo

Samantha " Sammi" is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In May 2020, she received her degree in Strategic Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. Samantha began her love for the stage at a very young age and took on performances throughout elementary, middle, and high school. College life took her performance talent down a different path and the world of PR and marketing became a perfect fit. While on UL's campus, she effectively planned, organized, and managed large university and small nonprofit events. With these skills, Sammi will be assisting Allison to ensure our media, marketing, and community relations stay top-of-mind!

Sammi recently got engaged and plans to marry her high-school sweetheart in July 2021. Together they share two cats named Dave and Fry. Joining the Wonderland team in the Summer of 2020, she quickly became known for having a positive and enthusiastic personality.

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

Piano & Vocal Instructor • Musical Director

Colin began his life at the piano at age 3, with acclaimed Yamaha instructor Ellene Owens. He briefly attended the NOCCA institute with Dr. Jee Yeoun Ko, and attended ULL, studying with Dr. Susie Garcia.
He has stage and orchestra pit experience with Family Playhouse, City Park Players, and Acting Unlimited, and has far too many songs in his head at once.
He is also Music Director at Our Lady Help of Christians in Jennings. He is excited to be sharing the creation and joy of playing music at the piano.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith

Acting

Martin is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He earned his B.F.A in Performing Arts with a concentration in Theatre in December of 2012. He has been involved in numerous community productions such as Iberia Performing Arts League's Spamalot (Sir Bedevere), Acting Unlimited's The Addams Family Musical (Uncle Fester), and The Riveters Theatre Company's Nunsense (Sister Hubert). Directing credits include Cheaters by Michael Jacobs, No Kidding by Scott Icenhower, and Fat Pig by Neil Labute. Martin has been with Wonderland for about a year and is really excited about the new Wonderland Studio Space! He will be teaching classes, directing shows, and of course will be Mrs. Allison's left hand, because Mrs. Tabatha already is the right one!

Etienna Wright

Etienna Wright

Acting • Production Director

Etienna is the Director of Communications and Youth Formation at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and serves on the Board of Directors of Acadiana Repertory Theatre. She comes from a family of performing artists and studied theatre at Northwestern State University. Etienna has a passion for new theatrical works and has appeared in several productions with Acadiana Rep including The Woman's Part, The Insidious Impact of Anton, and The Macbeth Project, among others. She has also appeared in The Teasippers/Wanderlust Theatre Co's production of Peter and the Starcatcher. Etienna feels strongly about teaching young people about every aspect of the theatre and loves being part of Wonderland's mission to provide a well-rounded theatre education to the youth of Acadiana.

Brii Simmons

Brii Simmons

Music • Voice

Brii is a music and theatre teacher across the Acadiana area holding a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music Education from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She grew up singing with her mom and sister, along with a long lineage of vocalists in her family. She has performed in state and southern regional singing competitions with the National Association of Teachers of Singing, placing in both Musical Theatre and Classical categories, Farm Bureau Singing Competition, and Center Stage Singing Competition. She also participated in District and Parish honor choir from 2010-2014. She performed in several shows with the UL Opera Theatre: Les Miserables (Ensemble), You're Gonna Love Tomorrow: A Stephen Sondheim Evening (herself), Sweeney Todd (Ensemble), Another Opening, Another Show (herself), Three Singers and Some Furniture: An Evening of Opera Scenes (Rosina/Susanna/Mademoiselle Silberklang), and Shelby Have's production of Chicago: The Musical (Katalin Hunyak).
She believes in teaching, spreading a love for music among all ages, and using your voice to make a difference in the world!

Brooke Hebert

Brooke Hebert

Film • Design

Brooke is an award-winning filmmaker and a graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Moving Image Arts. She has been a lover of film, especially horror movies, since she was a child. Halloween is her absolute favorite holiday because she loves putting together costumes and make-up. She is well-rounded filmmaker having worked almost every position on a film set, but her passions lie in the creative positions of directing, writing and editing. She's married to David Hebert, has two amazing kitty cats named Sonya and Ruby and loves 80's music!

Sarah Gauthier Roy

Sarah Gauthier Roy

Storytelling Director

Sarah has been teaching theatre through the public school system's Talented Program since 2010. Sarah is the Founder and Director of Theatre Acadie, a company devoted to supporting, promoting, and exploring arts and culture through classes, camps and workshops. Sarah holds a BFA in Performing Arts from UL Lafayette and has been performing on stage for over 20 years within her community and nationally. Her favorite projects include starring in the one-woman show, The Blonde, the Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead, directing The Kingfish, and co-writing and co-starring in an original cabaret-stye musical with Allison Brandon, The Bumpy Road. Sarah is also the lead singer of the band Ashley's Gig, serves on the Board of Directors for the Acadiana Center for the Arts, and is a Commissioner for the Heymann Performing Arts Center. The thing Sarah does most is mother. She has 3 amazing children, Juliet, Imogen, and William.

Tiffany Poirrier

Tiffany Poirrier

Musical Theater • Acting • Dance

Tiffany is a Teacher and Drama Club Sponsor at Southside High School in Youngsville, LA. She earned her B.A. in Secondary English and Speech Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She also has a Masters Degree in Special Education with a Concentration in Gifted Education from Northwestern State University. She currently teaches Theatre, but she's taught English and Dance as well. She is a board member and resident choreographer for the Iberia Performing Arts League. Her most recent shows include IPAL's The Music Man (Choreographer), IPAL's Side by Side by Sondheim (Assistant Director/Choreographer), CCT's Mamma Mia (Lisa/Sophie Understudy), and IPAL's Legally Blonde the Musical (Serena/Choreographer). I look forward to teaching acting and dance at Wonderland!

Brandi Russell

Brandi Russell

Musical Theater • Acting • Dance • High School Audition Prep

Brandi is no stranger to the stage. She attended the University of Central Florida's BFA Musical Theater program, and with over 18 years of professional experience as both an on-stage performer and off-stage creative, she brings a plethora of experience and passion.She received her Actors Equity card when singing for Walt Disney World in the show Tarzan Rocks! and the a'capella vocal group American Vybe, and also performed as the Bride of Frankenstein at Universal Studio's Beetlejuice's Rock and Roll Revue in both Orlando, FL and Osaka, Japan. Theatrical roles include Flo Manero in Saturday Night Fever (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines), Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella (UK), Maureen in Rent (The Netherlands), Sonja in Godspell (Germany), Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (USA), Flo Manfred in the World Premiere of Meat Street the Musical (USA), and together with Joey Fatone and Alfonso Ribero, played Frenchy in Grease (USA). In 2008, Brandi was crowned the winner of the Dutch television show Popstars (similar to American Idol), where she landed a number one radio hit and recording contract with Warner Music. She headlined festivals across Europe and was the opening act for Rik Astley in the 1980's concert tour A Night to Remember. In recent years, she has been seen performing her headliner vocal show Crossing the Classics: From Bowie to Bocelli and Prince to Pavarotti, for Marella Cruises, SilverSeas Cruise Lines, Thomson Cruises, Royal Caribbean and various theatres and luxury resorts. Behind the scenes, Brandi has directed musicals such as Anything Goes and Little Shop of Horrors, and was an Entertainment Producer for Walibi World Theme Park in The Netherlands. She has also produced and directed various original productions for dinner theatres and event organisations across the Globe.