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 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 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 " 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 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 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 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 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!
Christy Leichty has years of experience in the theatre as an actor, writer, director, and teacher. Her experiences range from acting in university plays, experimental theatre on the streets of San Francisco, educational theatre in schools, feature length ﬁlms, commercials, and MTV videos. She spent 4 years as the Program Director at Cite Des Arts, a grassroots community art center Downtown Lafayette. She has directed numerous plays and musicals and is currently a Talent Theatre teacher for LPSS
Trevor Chapman is an actor, improviser, and comedian with over 10 years of experience.
He graduated in from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette with a B.A. in finance, but his passion has always been to make people laugh. He has performed in numerous productions with Iberia Performing Arts League, Abbey Players, Cite des Arts, and CCT. Past productions include: Legally Blonde(Kyle UPS guy), Singing in the Rain(Rod), and Street Car Named Desire (Mitch). Being part of an Improvisation troupe and studying, has allowed him to explore even more characters that he creates in his scenes. Stand-up laid the foundation for Trevor to understand the craft, and expanded then on too Acting and Improv which has allowed him to travel doing what he loves. He is energetic and ready to help students reach their pure potential in Performing Arts. Comedy and humor are great tools that can be utilized in all facets of life. So come have some fun, and learn to "yes and.." at Wonderland!"
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!