The Dragon King
At the time of the recording of The Dragon King in 2012, Brandon Berry (Ethan) was an 8th grader in Atlanta, Georgia. This was his first solo voice recording. He began singing with the Atlanta Boy Choir at the age of 4.. Brandon’s theatrical debut was as Colin Craven in Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School’s 2010 production of The Secret Garden and appeared in the same school’s 2011 production of A Little Night Music. He also performed with the Capital City Opera Company during its 2011-2012 season, appearing in On the Light Side, Cinderella and as Gharardino in the Puccini opera, Il Trittico.
Jessica Lane, (Queen Sarah) studied vocal performance at Georgia State University with a concentration in opera. Jessica made her operatic debut as The Mother in the Georgia State University Opera Theatre production of Amahl and the Night Visitors and performed the role of Countess Charlotte Malcolm in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Harrower Summer Opera Workshop. Other roles to date include the Countess from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute, and Miss Esterka in Adam Silverman’s Korczak’s Orphans. In addition to her musical and theatrical endeavors, Jessica enjoys art history, film, and volleyball.
Brian Hull (Orak) is a writer, animator, illustrator, puppeteer and musical actor. He founded Wishing Chair Productions at Nashville Public Library in 1997, continuing the library’s tradition of storytelling with puppets begun by Tony award-winning puppeteer Tom Tichenor in 1938. Hull's library persona, “Professor U. B. Sharp,” was initially created for Opryland USA theme park in 1991, and he has written, scored and performed in many original shows for WCP including John Updike's A Child's Calendar, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Frog Prince and Ellingtown! You can contact Brian at email@example.com and www.brianimations.com.
Ashley du Pont (Narrator) brings 20 years of committed work in healthy child development. Her passion for storytelling comes alive in The Dragon King. She currently works in Waldorf Education.
Born in the United Kingdom, Jeep Hook began his career as a touring musician for Talk Talk, the hugely successful 80’s band whose song "It’s My Life " covered by the likes of Gwen Stefani and Basia. Jeep signed to Virgin Records USA as part of the critically acclaimed blue-eyed soul duo, Millions Like Us. He has owned and operated successful recording studios in London, Los Angeles, and now in Atlanta with Hookhouse Studios. Jeep has recorded and produced a wide variety of music including Hip Hop and Rap, Rock, Folk, Classical and R’n’B. www.JeepHook.com
Thomas Orr Anderson, M.A. is a Musician, Physicist, and Sound Therapist immersed in a lifelong exploration of sound, rhythm, movement, science and meditation. Thomas earned his Masters degree in Physics through his studies of Black Holes and Holograms. He has studied extensively in a variety of ancient healing arts including Qi Gong, Reiki and Acupressure. He travels the world studying, teaching, performing and exploring where music, physics and healing are one. You may find him meditating with Tibetan llamas, dancing with children in the streets of Morocco, measuring the acoustics of the world’s most ancient temples in Malta, or drumming and singing to a festival of ecstatic dancers. In any case, you are likely to find him smiling and sharing his great and ever-growing LOVE and enthusiasm for the deepest spiritual roots of music, science and healing. Check out his new music project, Vision Sound Lab, which incorporates the ancient healing knowledge of indigenous peoples into dance music...and shares the adventures and learning in an adventure video series. www.ThomasOrrAnderson.com
Kyle Ginther (Mastering) Net Mix at Quad Studios, Nashville, TN
Donald Milton III is the Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta as well as an active choral clinician and guest conductor. Mr. Milton studied choral conducting at the University of Michigan. In 2004 Mr. Milton founded Lux, a semi-professional choir which performs mainly 20th and 21st century music in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2007 Mr. Milton became the Executive and Artistic Director of the Royal Oak Children’s Choir who he prepared to sing Car Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2007 he began conducting the Gentlemen Songster (formerly the Chevrolet Men’s Glee Club) in Ferndale, Michigan. As an educator Mr. Milton has taught 5th-12th grade including teaching general music at an alternative school for emotionally impaired youth. Conducting highlights include tours of Boston and St. Louis with the Royal Oak Children’s Choir, a tour of Eastern Europe with the UUCA Choirs, Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, and the world premiere of Joshua Bornfield’s Misa Brevis for chamber choir and chamber orchestra. www.DonaldMiltonIII.com
Conducted by Don Milton III
Lisa Hayes Tom FitzStephens
Jessica Lane Russell Hallman
Allegra Whitney Tim Smith
Kristin Boos Jared Beverly
Elyse Christensen Mark Lambeck
Helen Schwake Charlie Snell
Conducted by Vivian Slade
Mathew Anderson Klaire Mason
Sophia Burr Robin Tucker
Nicholas du Pont Valentina Vidali
Sophie du Pont Gabriel White
Cast and Crew
(Above photo, clockwise from top left, voices of the townspeople:
Vivian Slade, Johanna Burr, Sophia du Pont, Todd Burr, Sophia Burr, Nicholas du Pont)
Contact Us: The Dragon King--Empowering Children: Inspired by a boy who had been badly burned. SEL Children's Book and Audio Book/Musical, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum,
Spanish Children's Book ESL, Pediatric Burn Support.