Andrea Aron, Showlights director/choreographer, has had a passion for storytelling and creativity for as long as she can remember. Having had a variety of interests in her early years, Andrea found her niche singing, dancing, and acting. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts from Azusa Pacific University where she gained experience not only in performing, but also in directing and choreographing. She has since performed in dozens of plays, musicals, revues, and concerts, her favorites including 42nd Street, Godspell, and Peter Pan. She loves the way theater blends imagination, story, and community, and she finds joy in sharing this art with others. Andrea directed and choreographed Showlights’ productions of Seussical Jr!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in addition to our Broadway revues in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2014, Andrea took a contract with Disney Cruise Line and spent seven months traveling to and from the Bahamas, performing on the Disney Dream. Now she is the choreographer for five show choirs at Glendora High School, Goddard Middle School, and Sandburg Middle School in Glendora, CA. You can also find her performing on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure. She is grateful for the many opportunities to help young people develop the creative gifts and talents given to them by the Creator of all, Jesus Christ.
Brandon Hamilton, Showlights director/consultant, began acting and singing when he was 5 years old. A native of Chicago, Brandon has always had a passion for the theater. He has appeared in over fifteen theater productions including South Pacific, West Side Story, and Footloose. In addition to acting, he directed, assistant directed, and choreographed numbers for seven productions including The Wizard of Oz, The Music Man, Annie, and High School Musical before joining the Showlights staff in 2012. He directed medleys from Les Misérables and Wicked in our revue A Taste of Broadway and was musical director (as well as “Joseph”) for our June 2013 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. A member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA, he taught music and drama and directed the musical Annie Jr. for Judson International School in Pasadena in 2014 and 2015. From 2016-2018, he taught drama and directed productions as well as the show and concert choirs at Creek Wood High School in Charlotte, Tennessee, leading their show choir to a national championship at Disneyland in 2018. He is currently teaching theatre and directing for Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies from California State University Northridge and a Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University; he is currently pursuing an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) at Lipscomb. He is also a professional singer and songwriter. Brandon knows that he would not be where he is today without the grace of God; through Him, anything is possible. He has appreciated being a part of the staff here at Showlights and, though he currently lives near Nashville with his lovely wife, Sami, he continues to be a part of our team as a consulting director.
Maren Plog, Showlights director/choreographer, directed our premiere production of the musical The Promise in the fall of 2017. Maren has also directed the original operetta A Room with a View by Tori Lavan, and more recently, The Little Mermaid Jr (2018) and Singin' in the Rain Jr (2019) at Judson International School. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Azusa Pacific University and has been training for fifteen years in a variety of dance styles. She has choreographed dance numbers for two of Showlights’ Broadway revues as well as for a dance concert at Pasadena City College. Maren has appeared in multiple APU Fringe and Showlights productions. Favorite Showlights credits include Mayzie in Seussical Jr!, the Stepmother and Cinderella’s understudy in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mrs. Potiphar in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Mary in our staged reading of The Promise. She also performed in the UK with APU’s 2016 Fringe Troupe at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and in a production of The Pirates of Penzance with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society at Oxford University. Maren has served as the drama teacher at Judson International School from 2017-2019 and currently teaches at Miss Anita’s School of Dance in Pasadena. She continues to perfect her own craft as a performer by taking classes and auditioning for productions locally. Maren is dedicated to living her life for Jesus and is continually blessed and amazed by the opportunities she is given to show His light and love to others while pursuing her passion for the performing arts.
The Showlights Staff
Talar Arslanian, Showlights vocal director, musically directed our 2017 production of The Promise and has also served as the music director alongside Maren for The Little Mermaid Jr (2018) and Singin' in the Rain Jr (2019) at Judson International School. Talar has been singing as long as she can remember and first discovered her love of music in church. In junior high and high school, she took part in classes and productions with Showlights and began to develop a passion for musical theater, which she has been cultivating ever since! Talar has received several years of training with Foothill Academy of the Vocal Arts and has a total of 12 years of experience in choral music. She is currently a senior at Azusa Pacific University, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in both Theater Arts and Vocal Performance. Some of her previous theatrical roles include Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man as well as a number of roles in past Showlights’ productions: a stepsister in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the Magic Mirror in Snow White, and solos in multiple Broadway Revues. Recently, Talar has appeared in operas such as Hänsel und Grëtal, Gianni Schicci (playing the lead role of Lauretta), and Dido and Aneas (as the Sorceress). She is overjoyed to be a member of the Showlights’ staff and be able to serve Jesus Christ within theater!
Lisa and Steve Plog, Showlights founders, are very grateful that God has brought their dream of a Christ-centered, family-friendly, musical theater company to life in the Pasadena area. They and their grown daughters, Kiersti and Maren, have long shared an interest in theater and family ministry. Steve and Lisa are both graduates of Occidental College; Steve also holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and Lisa share a background in drama and have done youth and intergenerational ministry together in various capacities for over 30 years. In addition to running Showlights Theater, they have made three movies cast with families in both a church context and at the former U.S. Center for World Mission, now known as Frontier Ventures. Each member of the Plog family has been actively involved in helping run Showlights since its inception in 2009. Lisa serves as the Showlights Producer. Feel free to direct questions to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiersti (Plog) Giron, resident Showlights writer, has many times put her creative writing skills to use on behalf of our company. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in English (writing emphasis), Kiersti is the high school English teacher for Judson International School as well as a published freelance writer. She has received awards for her novel manuscripts, for which her agent is currently seeking a publisher, and the scripts for our Broadway revue productions always bear Kiersti’s creative mark. A playwright as well, she has written the book for our recent musical production, The Promise, weaving the story surrounding Jesus’ birth together with Michael Card’s beautiful score. Kiersti is married to husband Anthony Giron, photographer by avocation, who has graciously given of his talents to photograph Showlights productions since 2015.