CAST

Sarah Elizabeth Smith

Charlotte

Sarah Elizabeth Smith was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio to Ronald Smith and Rhonda Meyer-Smith. At a young age, Sarah exhibited a passion for the arts. She began ballet at the age of three, and began playing the flute at the age of nine. She also participated in numerous theater productions throughout her teen years.

Sarah moved to northeast Ohio where she studied biology and criminal justice at Kent
State University. During her undergraduate years, she became involved in modeling before
picking up a book about screenwriting. From there, she wrote a feature length screenplay that advanced to the semi-finals of the Page International Screenplay competition, and was subsequently selected to attend Stowe Story Labs soon after. She also recently participated in Stowe’s Summer Haven series.

Sarah is best known for her role as Creyviot in the web series, “Asdmcray” (2016) which
she co-created with Cecilia Tolbert as well as her upcoming role, Dr. Tabitha in the romantic drama, “Love Me For Me”.

Kathy Minichbauer Valent

Carmen

Kathleen is a retired Registered Nurse who, in 2016, began pursuing the next chapter in her life; ACTING! She has studied film and master class acting and has put those skills to good use in  films such as “Amyloid”,” The Ninth Room”, and “Raythe’s Hollow”. She has also done commercials for The Ohio Lottery, Consumer Affairs and a television pilot, “Below Average Joe”. Kathleen loves thrifting! She loves the thrill of the hunt for hidden treasures and has yet to meet a slot machine she doesn’t like!

Melissa Rae Bender

Emma

Melissa is a Midwestern born actress. She is a dynamic dramatic actress who fully embraces the characters she portrays. She delivers a unique presence on screen in such films as “A Simple Slant of Light” , “Running Out of Time” and “Hush”. She enjoys spending time with her two gorgeous nieces and loves to be on the water. She has studied film acting with James Madio (Band of Brothers) and Lauren Ashley Berry ( Chicago Justice) in Cleveland, OH. She  is currently taking advanced film training classes  through Actors Connection in NYC!
Lauren Vitas

Witch #1

Lauren knew she wanted to be an actress after she watched “Panic Room” as a young girl. Although acting in films was her main interest, she soon started acting in musicals at her middle school at the suggestion of her parents. Over the years she has performed in numerous shows with the community theater, The Mad Factory in Oberlin. She has performed in over 25 musicals and plays and has recently started transitioning into film acting.

Lauren is a passionate advocate for social justice and animal rights! She also loves traveling, practicing Spanish and spending time with her friends and family!

Laura Allen

Witch #2

Laura Allen is an actress from Cleveland, Ohio and began her career in the 1970’s while attending Ohio State University, where she was majoring in broadcast journalism. In Hawaii, where she lived for almost 20 years, Laura continued to do print work and background and was cast in Aaron Spelling’s 1980 TV Pilot Waikiki starring Donna Mills and Dak Rambo. After returning to Cleveland and raising her son, she resumed her acting career mainly due to the influx of TV and Film opportunities that became available in the Cleveland area. She had a supporting role as the mother of a troubled teen in an independent thriller called The Colours of Desire (2017) and a re-occurring role as the girlfriend of a mob boss in the local crime Web Series entitled The Connected (2017).

Shannon Marullo Ahlstrand

Witch #3

Shannon Marullo Ahlstrand is a new Cleveland-based actress with supporting and leading roles in independent shorts, independent feature films and scripted series, with additional experience in stage performing and on-location reporting.  A native of New York and Washington DC, she spans careers in speech pathology, association management, corporate consulting and professional photography in which she developed expertise in: accent, dialect, voice and speech coaching as well as personality analysis, executive coaching, seminar leading, public speaking and camerawork.  As a full-time professional wedding, headshot and event photographer Shannon is savvy to the demands of storytelling and enjoys the creative challenge of being in front of the camera!

Shayla Redding

Witch #4

Since a young age Shayla has been interested in the arts. Her love of dancing and fashion took her to Kent State University were she received her bachelors in theater studies. After taking a break to have a family she got back into modeling, dancing, and auditioning for more acting opportunities. She has been casted in several independent films. She recently signed with the Helen Wells Agency. Currently she is taking classes at 1st Team Actors Studio in Cleveland, OH.

Nicholas E. Phillips

Pastor

Nick has always been on camera and is starting his second career!  He has been studying film acting for the last five years. As a trial attorney, he has been featured in numerous news stories concerning significant cases in the Cleveland area. He has been featured on Larry King Live, Court TV, BBC documentaries, and local television over  the past decades.  He worked on stories with the Today Show and Good Morning America.  For nearly two decades he has hosted  a radio talk show in Cleveland.  His show was broadcast on WERE, WKNR and presently is airing on WHK. Nick lives in North Royalton where he continues to practice law.  

Lily Brice

Flower Girl

Lily is 7 years old and is in the first grade! She loves animals and enjoys playing outside! She loves her Disney princesses. Her current favorite is Mulan! She has a little sister whom she adores! This is Lily’s first acting job! 

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