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 Shawn Ramagos is a Producer for Emerald Bayou Studios and the CEO of Impact Media World. Possessing an extensive background in several areas of the entertainment industry, he started his career with Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando, Florida as a technician for live show events and parades. Shawn was honored to be selected as an opening crew member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park working as a lead lighting technician. He later worked for Universal Studios as a technician and eventually became a Technical Director for three other theatrical companies.
In his theatrical career he held the positions of lighting designer, set designer, director, producer, concert manager, audio engineer, video engineer, and production stage manager. Shawn has been involved in the creation of over 50 shows and has performed in over 30 productions. He was awarded 3 best leading actor of the year awards, one in a comedy and two in dramas in the same season at various theaters. As a director, he won best show of the year 5 different times.
Shawn has also acted in film and television projects and commercials. In this industry he is proficient in set operations having held positions in the following departments: camera, audio, makeup, transportation, special effects, lighting, editing, writing, directing, and producing. He has also worked as a special effects makeup artist for the Discovery Channel, HK Pictures, and Howl-0-Scream at Busch Gardens/ Williamsburg. At Busch Gardens he was the Senior Production Supervisor for Concerts and Events.
Thrilled that it can be staged in his home state of Louisiana, Shawn is excited to produce and direct this brand new musical production.
Katherine graduated from Louisiana College with a Bachelor's of Music, majoring in Piano Performance. She is a music teacher and choir director at St. Theresa Middle School in Gonzales, LA as well as a private vocal and piano teacher, and has been the accompanist for The Fantasticks, Titanic: the Musical, and Bye Bye Birdie. She also does accompaniment for solo vocalists and instrumentalists, and has been playing piano for churches since she was 15. In college, she was the vice president of choir and the alto section leader, also performing in a women's quartet. Together, with her husband, she is an inner-city ministry leader in Baton Rouge, LA.