Kelly grew up in the SF Bay Area and started dancing at 3. After high school, her focus shifted to acting. She graduated from PCPA’s acting conservatory, and then earned her BFA in Acting from Utah State University. She taught acting and musical theatre at the Utah Festival Opera Conservatory before moving to the Southbay. She’s worked professionally in shows such as Noises Off!, Singing in the Rain, Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, and Cyrano. She is also a registered yoga instructor. Kelly loves empowering others with the tools to help them grow as artists and as people.
Our Mini POPs program serves up to 40 students in each cast: Wed Cast, Thur Cast, and Sat Cast. We offer one musical in the Fall, and one in the Spring, two performances each cast. All who register audition and are placed! Each cast meets for 2.25 hr/week. A second as-needed rehearsal is called on Fridays. Total rehearsal timeline runs about 12-14 weeks. See below for 2018 Fall Tech and show dates.
Mini POPs is a magical place where young people have the opportunity to shine! We focus on the whole child, and create an atmosphere of teamwork, passion, focus and self-confidence. Our award-winning career edcucators have performed and directed professionally across multiple platforms.
Marcela Carmona is a native daughter of L.A., and an accomplished singer, songwriter, pianist, recording and performing artist, orchestra conductor, and a composer for film and theater. With 18 years of teaching experience in various instruments (including piano and voice), Marcela has developed methods to inspire the love of creative expression in students of all ages. PAST MINI POPs shows include Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, Camp Rock and Little Mermaid. In addition to working with
the Mini POPs, she music directed Rising Stars Little Mermaid Fall 2017 as well as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this season. Marcela firmly believes that you are never too young or too old to learn. When not creating music, and music directing, Marcela also works as an instructor for TADA Stages, teaching voice and 3Arts combo classes to kids ages 3 through high school.
Evie Hutton, a native Austinite and graduate of the University of Oklahoma, performed in musicals around the world before moving to LA and falling in love with California. POPS has become her home away from home as she adores this team and these amazing actors and actresses who share their hearts and bravery with her daily. Select choreography and direction credits: The Little Mermaid, Camp Rock, 13, Alice in Wonderland, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Charlotte's Web, High School Musical 2, Mrs. Scrooge. Evie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Ian, and her two sons, Caleb and Colin.