Justin Rayna, the author and composer of Legend City, began his theater career in high-school, debuting as a Senator in Damn Yankees, followed by Blood Brothers where he was the principal drummer and percussionist. Along with music in high school, Justin trained both as a power tumbler and a dancer. His dance experience includes 10 years at Encore Dance Center in PA where he danced ballet, tap, jazz and various other styles. When he graduated in 2000, he became the creative director and head coach of New Line Revue’s exhibition tumbling team until 2007, all the while performing as part of the acrobatic dance duo Lithe & Limber and teaching back at Encore as an acrobatic hip-hop instructor. Justin then landed several roles as an acrobat and tumbler at Hershey Park, PA and Dollywood, TN between 2007 and 2009, including the position of acrobatic captain, and percussion writer in Dolly Parton’s Sha-Kon-O-Hey.
Justin’s music career not only includes every imaginable ensemble in high school (marching band, concert band, orchestra, jazz band, percussion ensemble, indoor drum line), but also college ensembles and Drum Corps International where he was the 2001 drum captain of the Lehigh Valley Knights, and won the Garden State Circuit Championships individual performance solo on snare drum. In 2009, Justin studied music theory and composition at the University of Tennessee until 2012, and established himself as a niche composer in the world of gymnastics under the company name First Key Creations, also composing music for dance studios, church specials, student films, and other stage plays.
Sarita Atiles Rayna
Executive Producer Sarita Atiles Rayna is an all around performer and health & fitness enthusiast. As the owner of Salsa Ardiente, she currently performs and teaches a variety of community classes in effort to augment the local culture and encourage fitness through what she loves. Since 2006, she has pioneered several other Salsa dance companies in Tennessee and Louisiana including Bayou Movimiento and Salsa Knox. Sarita is not only a Latin dance teacher and choreographer, but also an AFAA certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor who leads Zumba, as well as Aqua Aerobics. With proficiencies in administration, organization, event coordinating, marketing, and hospitality, she worked as a coordinator for Tennessee Sports Medicine Group and as a bilingual enrollment specialist for Edison Learning. Beyond fitness and dance, Sarita's singing career started in high school show choir, participating in multiple musicals and competing in All East and All State choir competitions. She now serves on the dance and worship teams for Healing Place Church and the Baton Rouge Dream Center, continuing to motivate and inspire.
Director Donna Iverstine has had a love for theatre since she was a child and loves being involved in all aspects of theatre. She has performed as an Actor in various productions. She is also a Director, Educator, Choreographer, and Acting/Improv Coach. In the past, Donna has lead Drama Workshops for actors of all ages. Currently, she teaches for CYT Baton Rouge. She has directed various productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, and Shrek the Musical. Donna is the Coach for the CYT Improv Team and has traveled to compete for the national Expo in California. She is the Director of Timbrel Dance Company in Zachary, La.
Music Director Brian Breen has worked as a composer, orchestrator/arranger, conductor & musical director, as well as stage director, musician, and actor, both here in Louisiana and across the country. Local credits include conducting/music-directing Greenday’s American Idiot at Theatre Baton Rouge; conducting Carrie-the Musical and Legally Blonde-the Musical at LSU; arranging/conducting/music-directing a workshop of Jason Bayle’s new musical, Lonesome Time for Swine Palace in 2015; co-writing/arranging the original Motown revue Ain’t No Mountain for the LSU Law School 2014 Gala; and arranging/conducting/musical directing the Swine Palace production of All the King’s Men in 2013. He was the co-writer/producer of the award-winning kindie-rock album, Send Them Up (Miss Sherri & the Little Animal Band), and arranger/producer of the world premiere recording of the new musical adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby by book writer Robert Sickinger & composer/lyricist, Alaric Jans. He is the composer of Far Out-the New Sci-Fi Musical Comedy starring Spencer Liff, which was a hit at the 2009 New York Fringe Festival and his rock opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, was featured as a staged reading at the York Theatre in New York. His children’s musical, The King Who Stole Spring was a finalist in the Jackie White Memorial Children’s Playwriting Contest.