Meet the Cabaret

Featured Performer: Cecilia Tran Arango

A Savannah native and Marketing Manager for Thomas & Hutton Engineering Co., Cecilia Tran Arango has performed in hit musicals for the Bay Street Theatre including Hair (Sheila), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovette), Chicago (Velma), Rent (Mimi), Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), Rocky Horror Live (Magenta/Usherette and Columbia), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yitzhak), and Reefer Madness (Sally).  She serves on the board for the Savannah Repertory Theatre and is a member of The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble, playing the role of Mary Magdalene in Collective Face’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar. In addition to her theatre activities, Arango is an avid runner with a goal of running a marathon in each state, with 21 states under her belt. She founded the running book club, Read, Run & Rant featured in Shape Magazine. Arango serves on the board for Park Place Outreach and the Savannah Sports Council and is the president of the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary Club. Cecilia is happily married to her husband of 22 years, Michael, and they have a son, Alex graduating from the University of Georgia in the fall, and daughter Camille, a rising junior at Savannah Arts Academy.

Featured Performer: Damon Banks Jr.

Damon Banks Jr. is an elementary music educator in Savannah, GA. He is also a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s of Music Education with a concentration in classical voice. He regularly performs with the Savannah Philharmonic chorus and is a staff
singer at Skidaway United Methodist church. Damon enjoys performing classical literature; some of his favorite works were: “Un Certo Non So Che” (Vivaldi), “Your Daddy’s Son” (Ragtime), and Lonely House (Street Scene).  Damon is excited for the opportunity to perform with the Bay Street Cabaret, and is looking forward to many great opportunities to come.

Featured Performer: Travis Cheek

Being a local to Savannah, Travis Cheek began his musical theater career at a young age, enrolling in Savannah Arts Academy and majoring in Vocal Performance. There, he starred in hit shows such as The Laramie ProjectBring it On!, and Chicago. During this time, Travis performed across the country in cities like Atlanta, Orlando and New York City. Now, years later, as a full time employee of ClubOne Jefferson, Travis has made a return to world of Musical Theatre at the Bay Street Cabaret and is excited to see what future holds.

Featured Performer, Director: Travis Coles

Travis Coles is thrilled to be making his Bay Street Cabaret on-stage debut! Travis has been involved in theatre in Savannah for over 13 years. As Executive Producer of the Bay Street Theatre, Travis has been involved with some of Savannah’s most exciting community theatre productions, such as Cabaret, Chicago, Avenue Q, Sweeney Todd, Rocky Horror, and many more. Travis is also a member of the Collective Face Theatre Ensemble, performing in Gatsby, Calendar Girls, Big Love, and Jesus Christ Superstar, among others. When not managing Club One or serving on the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Planning Commission, Travis enjoys helping people buy or sell property as an agent with Keller Williams Realty. In his free time Coles enjoys sleeping. Enjoy the show!

Featured Performer: Richie Cook

Richie Cook has been a performer, director, and teacher in the Savannah Area for sixteen years. He is a theatre instructor at Savannah Arts Academy working with Chatham County’s most talented young theatre artists. He is a member of the Savannah Philharmonic Choir and volunteers with the Savannah Pride Youth Program. He holds an MFA in Media and Performing Arts from SCAD and has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. Richie works with many theatre organizations in the area including the Savannah Children’s Theatre and the Historic Savannah Theatre and he is very proud to be a part of this cabaret with Bay Street. Richie would like to wish everyone a joyful holiday and a happy new year and he hopes this cabaret puts everyone in the holiday spirit!

Featured Performer: Hannah Dodson

Hannah Dodson is currently a junior at Georgia Southern working towards her BA in Theatre! Some of her recent acting credits include The Laramie Project (GSU), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Collective Face), and Janet in The Rocky Horror Show (Bay Street Theatre). Hannah is formally trained in ballroom dance and can blow up a balloon with her nose!

Featured Performer: Cami Nicole Hall

Cami Nicole Hall was raised in rural Indiana and has been performing since she was born (just ask her mom). She grew up singing around the world with the prestigious Logansport Children’s Choir. Her first role in a musical was as a flying monkey in The Wizard of Oz, but some of her favorite roles to portray include The Cat in the Hat in Seussical and Marty in Grease. This Hoosier has been in the peach state for 12 years: paralegal at Morgan & Morgan by day, sound engineer at the Bay Street Theatre by night. When Cami isn’t on stage, you can find her watching wild birds with her wife and taking too many pictures of her dogs.

Featured Performer: Andrew Hillis

Andrew is a born and raised Savannahian. Andrew returned to the “Hostess City” in 2009 where he continued to perform and sing across the Coastal Empire and east coast in local churches and on stage. Andrew has received many awards as a soloist, was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Roger in Grease through BroadwayWorld.com, is a staff singer and soloist at St. John’s Episcopal Church and is a member and feature soloist with Savannah’s Premier Chamber Ensemble, I Cantori. Andrew has been featured as a soloist for Faure’s Requiem, Handle’s Messiah, Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief and Amahl. Some of their favorite castings include Enoch Snow in Carousel, Arvide Abernathy in Guys and Dolls, Paul in Company, Courfetrac in Les Miserables, Max in The Sound of Music, Dan in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and has reprised the role as Oliver Hicks in The Music Man with four separate companies. Andrew has always enjoyed performing and is thrilled to be working with such a great company at Bay Street Cabaret.

Featured Performer: Daniel J. Hilton

A Savannah native who’s always loved entertaining, Daniel J. stepped into the theater world 10 years ago at Armstrong State University. Before graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in theater, he worked stage managing shows like Conversations with a Sphinx, Macbeth, and The Drowsy Chaperone; behind the scenes wasn’t enough, so he rolled into the spotlight with roles in Spring Awakening, The Birds, and Godspell. Before leaving for Orlando, Daniel J. also landed the lead role of Dr. Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Show with the Bay Street Theater. Now he’s home and excited to be a part of our cast!

Featured Performer: Kevin Hincapie

Kevin Hincapie is so excited to be joining the Bay Street Cabaret cast! He was born and raised in Miami, Florida where he fell in love with the stage. He studied Music Theatre at New World School of the Arts and just recently moved to Savannah. His most recent roles have been J.D in Heathers, and Pippin in PIPPIN! He also wrote and starred in a One person show titled The 27 Club. He is thrilled to be in a new city and explore the theater community here in Savannah.

Featured Performer: Brandon Kaufman

A Savannah native, Brandon Kaufman studied music at the Savannah Arts Academy before attend the University of Georgia where he earned a degree in Music Composition. Since graduating Brandon has worked primarily as a musical director for local theatre and performing arts programs, directing the music for over 100 productions across 13 years of professional experience. Alongside music directing, he maintains a voice & piano studio, accompanies local church services, and occasionally works as a staff accompanist for Georgia Southern University.

Featured Performer: Justin P. Kent

Justin has been in Savannah for 20+ years, and lives here with his beautiful wife, Valerie, and wonderful son, Logan! He is the co-founder of Odd Lot Improv, which has been performing in Savannah for over a decade. His most recent and favorite stage role was Don Quixote in Man Of La Mancha at the Asbury Theater. He can also be seen in all Tenacious Theatrics Productions online at tenacioustheatrics.com. He also has regular pictures of him drinking coffee on his instagram: @grandmoffjustin

Featured Performer: Valerie America Lavelle

Valerie America Lavelle has been a regular on Savannah stages for several years. She’s also directed The Rocky Horror Show Live, Fuddy Meers, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Her favorite roles have been Mae Coleman in Reefer Madness, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show Live, and Ursula in Bye Bye Birdie. Valerie enjoys watching B rated horror movies with her family and is always in pursuit of the best jalapeño margarita.

Featured Performer: Gwen Leahy

Gwen Leahy is thrilled to be a part of another show with the Bay Street Cabaret! They have been working with The Bay Street Theatre for 5 years, The Club One Cabaret as stage manager for 2 years, and The Bay Cabaret since its inception; basically, if it happens on the Club One mainstage, they are there! Gwen hopes you enjoy the show!

Featured Performer: Taylor Mercier

Taylor Mercier is greatly joyed to finally be taking the Club One stage! Baltimore-raised, Taylor has sung across the east coast – stretching from Boston to Savannah. Even while studying opera under great sopranos Dr. Tamara Tucker and Mary Anne Barcellona in Annapolis, Taylor always found a home in Broadway. From performing roles such as Maureen in Rent and Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, she shows great sensitivity and versatility. Taylor has taught voice and piano for 8+ years and can be seen as a featured soloist in I Cantori, a member of the Savannah Sacred Quartet, as well as a staff singer at Skidaway Community Church. She currently attends Georgia Southern University for Music Education, and deeply loves her beautiful company at home with her 30+ house plants, 5 pets, and dynamite partner, Mandee.

Featured Performer: Trey Norris as Treyla Trash

Trey Norris is honored to be a part of the inaugural show with the Bay Street Cabaret. A native to Savannah, Trey is an active member of The Bay Street Theatre, Collective Face Theatre Ensemble, and is the assistant General Manager at Club One Jefferson. His passion for music and stage gave birth to a drag character known to downtown Savannah as “Treyla Trash,” and is often seen at the Club One Cabaret on Thursday or Sunday evenings. You may have seen him as Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, Christopher Boone in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, or Guilliano in Big Love. Trey’s passions include classical music, reading, and the art of female impersonation.

Featured Performer: Rayshawn Roberts

Rayshawn Roberts has been teaching and performing in Savannah for the past seven years. After receiving his Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Armstrong State University, he simultaneously started his teaching career and performing in community theatres throughout Savannah. His most recent credits include Dad/Mr. Wally in Savannah Children’s Theatre’s original production Backpack of Power, a Wickersham Brother in Seussical, Padre in Man of La Mancha, and ensemble roles as a part of productions with Bay Street Theatre, Collective Face Ensemble, and Savannah Stage Company. Rayshawn has always loved performing and can’t wait to start working with the wonderful artists in the Bay Street Cabaret!

Featured Performer: Sallie Just Sallie

Voted “Best Local Drag Queen 2022” by the readers of Connect Savannah, Sallie Just Sallie is pleased to be diving wig-first back into another Rick Garman production. Equipped with a bachelors in Theater, five pairs of pantyhose, and a sensible pair of wedges, she’s ready to make you hoot and holler. Her recent stage credits include Vivian and Bills Christmas Party! and Time Traveling Drag Queens In The 1940s!

Featured Performer: Chris Stanley

A graduate of SCAD (BFA – Media and Performing Arts, 2005), Christopher Stanley has been involved in Savannah’s local theatre community since returning to the city in 2009, working with companies like The Bay Street Theatre and The Collective Face Theatre Ensemble. Notable performances include Roger in Rent (2012), Nicky in Avenue Q (2012), Mendel in Falsettos (2013), and Claude in Hair (2019). Chris has also directed shows like An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein (2011), Hedwig & The Angry Inch (2013), and The Last Five Years (2015, co-director with Jinhi Soucy Rand) and records and performs original music under the name Topher Cronin.

Featured Performer: Dani Vazquez

Dani Vazquez is thrilled to be joining the Bay Street Cabaret! She is a Miami native and a fashion lover, with a B.F.A in Music Theatre from New World School of the Arts. Her most recent roles have been Veronica in Heathers and Leading Player in Pippin, and she wrote and starred in her own One Person Show Grinchette. She owns her own live singing party princess company, and is loving living in Savannah! Shout out to her puppy Milo and partner Cassius.

Featured Performer: JoJo Ward as Carman iCandy

Carman iCandy, also known as JoJo Ward, is a Savannah native. She developed a love for performing at the young age of 2 years old through singing and dancing along to The Wizard of Oz in her bedroom. She could recite every line and lyric on her own, without even watching the screen. She grew and participated in play productions through school and summer camps, developing an even deeper love for musical theatre. From musicals such as Grease to Into the Woods, every new show she discovered made her officially decide that performing was the career of her dreams. She studied advanced courses throughout high school and went on to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance at Armstrong State University. Having captured the first ever finale win of the Club One Star Search competition, Carman also works as an educator at the Savannah Children’s Theatre and choreographs other local community theatre productions. Though ecstatic to finally make the transition from Facebook LIVE to In-person shows with the Bay Street Cabaret, Carman still plans to relocate to New York City in hopes to pursue her dream of performing on a Broadway stage.

Producer: Rick Garman

Rick Garman grew up in Iowa but moved to Los Angeles as soon as he was old enough to be sure that his parents couldn’t send a sheriff to bring him back. He studied theater at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and made his writing debut with a stage production 17 Days which was produced in Los Angeles and in small theaters around the country.  His second play Mountains won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater Production.  Rick has published several novels including three volumes of the Savannah-set Interitas series and has written or produced more than two dozen movies for the Hallmark Channel and other networks including A Shoe Addict’s Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart; Valentine in the Vineyard starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny; and Christmas at Pemberley Manor starring Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady. He currently resides in Savannah and is thrilled to be producing the Bay Street Cabaret.