Learn more about the cast who brings the pups to life on stage!
Merrie Drees (Skye) is a recent graduate from the Musical Theatre program at Kent State University. With BFA in hand she is very excited to be going on tour with PAW Patrol Live! as her first post grad gig! Outside of PAW Patrol, Merrie has worked at various professional theaters including Porthouse Theatre’s 50th anniversary season, Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre as well as The Musical Theatre Project in Cleveland Ohio. For more information go to merriedrees.com. Enjoy the show!
Zuma, Mayor Goodway Understudy
Maya Richardson (Zuma/Mayor Goodway Understudy) is a fresh spring of 19’ BFA Music Theatre graduate from Viterbo University, and is so excited to be making her national tour debut with PAW Patrol Live! Originally from Blaine, Minnesota, she has spent her summers close to home as a dancer and friend to the Peanuts gang at Valleyfair Amusement Park. Some of her favorite credits include Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), Once on This Island (Ti Moune) and Cats (Syllabub). She sends tight hugs and gratitude to all of her wonderful friends and family for the laughter, love, and endless commitment to the bit. You can find her on Instagram @mayarichardsun
Jake Bell (Rubble) is thrilled to be a part of the Paw Patrol! This his first production with VStar Entertainment. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Jake earned his BFA in Musical Theatre at The University of Memphis. Jake was last seen performing Off-Broadway in the new musical With or Without You at Theatre Row in New York City. Other credits include Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Madagascar: The Musical Adventure (Melvin), Oklahoma! (Will Parker), and West Side Story (Action). He is also an avid sports junkie who loves to talk about fantasy football til the cows come home. Jake is incredibly thankful for this opportunity. He would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.
Farmer Yumi, Everest
Destiny Walsh (Farmer Yumi/Everest) is excited to make her first national tour debut with VStar Entertainment and PAW Patrol Live! She recently graduated with her degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado. She has performed in Denver, Arizona, New York & Connecticut the past five years, and works as an actor for Wands & Wishes Occasions. Favorite theatre credits include My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), In the Heights (Carla), West Side Story (Anita). Instagram: @destinyyy_jewel
Ashlin Neal (Rocky) is excited to start her national tour debut! Originally from Chattanooga, TN, she attended the University of Memphis for her BFA in Theatre with concentration in Musical Theatre and a minor in Dance. Previous shows include: Little Shop of Horrors (Rhonette/Urchin), Horse Girls (Tiffany), and Be More Chill (Ensemble). Ashlin is so fortunate to be part of the PAW Patrol team and would like to thank her family, friends, and old professors for teaching her more than she realizes.
Chase, Jake, Ryder Understudy
Max Mattox (Chase/Jake/Ryder Understudy) is an Atlanta based actor from Peachtree City, Georgia. Prior to joining PAW Patrol Live!, Max performed in a new musical called The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular at Out Front Theatre Company. Other highlights of Max’s theatre credits include Mamma Mia (Pepper), Buyer and Cellar (Alex), as well as The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky). Max is a 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi earning a BFA in musical theatre. A few of his college performances include Hair (Berger), Teddy Ferrara (Gabe) and Urinetown (Officer Barrel). In his few moments of free time, Max enjoys playing with the family’s 3 rescue dogs and running. Max is honored to have the opportunity to perform with PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” and wants to thank his family and friends for their love, encouragement, and support as he pursues his passion for performing.
Matt Gurniak (Ryder) is thrilled to be rejoining the national tour of PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”! Originally from Fogelsville, Pennsylvania, he graduated from James Madison University where he earned his B.A. in Theatre and B.S. in Chemistry. Previous credits include Footloose (Williard), Grease (Sonny), Newsies (Mike), Seussical (Cat in the Hat), and A Chorus Line (Tom). When not performing Matt also enjoys swimming, boating, horseback riding, writing musicals, and working as a lab specialist at a local forensic toxicology lab. For more information, check out mattgurniak.com.
Marshall, Cap'n Turbot
Michael Bartkiewicz (Marshall/Capt’n Turbot) Michael is thrilled to be joining the cast of PAW Patrol Live! Off Broadway, Michael has appeared in The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA), The Berenstain Bears LIVE! and Plover (Vineyard Theatre). Other credits include Urinetown: The Musical (IPFW), Hairspray, Sweeney Todd (SMT), The Hot L Baltimore, and TheatreworksUSA’s international tour of Fly Guy and Other Stories. Recently. Michael portrayed the role of Hysterium in The Princeton Festival’s production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. Michael is a proud graduate of AMDA.
Pen Chance (Mayor Humdinger) joins Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” for a second consecutive season. Pen, a native of Augusta, GA, graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Arts Administration and a minor in Music. Favorite credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted), White Christmas (Bob Wallace), Hairspray (Edna), A Year With Frog and Toad (Toad) with Charleston Stage, The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Rent (Roger) with Catawba, and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse) with the Merry Go Round Youth Theatre. When not on stage, you can probably find him behind a drum set, at a baseball game, or riding his longboard. Much love to my family, my boys, Melissa (“143”), and my personal paw patrol, Bingley, Rosie, and Teddy. (www.penchancev.com)
Jacqueline Fisher (Female Understudy) is thrilled to be making her National Tour debut with PAW Patrol Live! Born and raised in NY, she has been performing ever since she was five. She Graduated SUNY Cortland with a BA in Musical Theatre. Favorite credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Candide (Old Lady), Into the Woods (Little Red), and Grease (Jan). www.jacquelinelfisher.com
Brianna Nicole Hill (Mayor Goodway) is excited to return to PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” as Mayor Goodway. She is proud Florida native and graduated from Florida Southern College with a BFA in Theatre Performance and B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Theatre Management. Some of her favorite credits include Olive in Odd Couple (Female Version), Queen Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Florence in Poof. After graduating college, Brianna completed a theatre management internship with Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN and received the opportunity to be in FEMMEmphis’s inaugural performance as Betty 5 in Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties. She also interned at New Stage Theatre for Performance before enjoying her 1st National Tour of “Paw Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”.
Alex Anthony Garcia (Male Understudy) is from Rochester NY. He is very excited to be touring with PAW Patrol Live! and double excited to be working with Marshall because his first dog was a dalmatian! He graduated with a BFA from Niagara University in Theatre Performance. His favorite roles include Sister act (Eddie), Dracula “King of Vampires” (Dracula), and Into the Woods (Wolf/ Cinderella’s Prince).