MEET THE CAST
COLTON BERRY is an East Coast native, but has called Houston home for over a decade. He has been working professionally in theatre since childhood and has since performed in hundreds of plays and musicals. As a vocalist, Colton appeared in SHOWTIME! AT THE APOLLO, toured France with the FRENCH-AMERICAN GOSPEL MUSIC WORKSHOP EXCHANGE, sang alongside Thelma Houston and The Temptations, and was a Top 24 Finalist in the Seventh Season of AMERICAN IDOL. In Houston, he has been seen on many stages including performances with TUTS and The Music Box Theatre. In addition to performing, Colton is an accomplished producer and director and is the Founding Artistic Director of artFACTORY Houston. artFACTORY credits include SWEENEY TODD (Anthony), CABARET (Emcee), COMPANY (Robert), MONSTER (Lady Gaga), GATSBY (Nick), PIPPIN (Pippin), [TITLE OF SHOW] (Hunter), URINETOWN (Bobby Strong), THE LAST FIVE YEARS (Jamie), WIZARD OF OZ (Lion), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Frank’N’Furter), GREASE (Doody/Teen Angel), TUCK EVERLASTING (Miles Tuck), HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Hedwig), MURDER BALLAD (Tom), FUNNY GIRL (Nick Arnstein), HEATHERS (JD), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (William Barfeé), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Quasimodo), A NEW BRAIN (Gordon), BROOKLYN (Taylor), JEKYLL & HYDE (Jekyll/Hyde), SWEET CHARITY (Oscar), REEFER MADNESS (Ralph/Jesus), LITTLE SHOW OF HORRORS (Seymour), and SPRING AWAKENING (Moritz). Other favorite credits include JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Judas), TRIASSIC PARQ (Mime-o-saurus), THE WEDDING SINGER (Robbie), CHICAGO (Mary Sunshine), THE WILD PARTY (Burrs), AIDA (Radames), BIG RIVER (Huckleberry Finn), and BAT BOY (Bat Boy). You can catch Colton back onstage as Sonny Malone in artFACTORY's upcoming production of XANADU! Colton is ecstatic to revisit Britney and to be SO shiny! @colberry
LAMONTE BROOKS is excitedly making his debut at artFACTORY Houston. He was most recently seen on stage in the ensemble of DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at Stageworks. Lamonte works as a software developer when not pursuing acting. He is grateful to his friends and family for their endless love and support, and would like to thank everyone at artFACTORY for making him feel so welcomed!
MICHAEL CASTILLO is originally from Alvin, Texas! He has been involved in theatre performing and working tech for 7 years. When not performing or in rehearsal Michael loves to hang out with his friends, reading, listening to music, watching movies, cooking, going to concerts, and shopping. He is also a huge collector of pop culture memorabilia. All his life he wanted to be a pop star and an actor and now he gets to actually make that a reality. Fun fact: He didn't decide he wanted to also be an actor until he watched Spice World: The Movie. Michael would love to send out A huge thank you to all his friends and family who support him in every way shape and form, especially his BFF, Nelson! There are so many people I could thank individually but extra special thanks to Alysse (my sister) and Heather and Robyn for always giving me good advice and encouraging me to keep going and not give up and to quit being scared! Haha! Colton and Luke thank you for pushing me to do things somewhat out of my comfort zone and for the many opportunities that have helped me grow and become a better performer. Michael's artFACTORY credits include SWEENEY TODD (Mr. Fogg), MONSTER: THE MUSIC OF LADY GAGA (Little Monster), GATSBY (Ensemble), MAGIC TO DO (Soloist), URINETOWN (Tiny Tom), WIZARD OF OZ (Barrister/Winkie General), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Phantom), GREASE (Sonny Latierri), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Sisyphus/Ensemble), TUCK EVERLASTING (Ensemble), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE (Man 4, Bob #1, Spokesperson, Brad, Noah, Computer Voice, and others), FUNNY GIRL (Mr. Keeney), HEATHERS (Hipster Nerd), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Mitch Mahoney), HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Ensemble), BROOKLYN (City Weed), JEKYLL & HYDE (Bishop of Basingstoke/Ensemble), SWEET CHARITY (Herman), REEFER MADNESS (Ensemble), and SPRING AWAKING (Otto).. Other favorite credits include HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Backup Singer), IT’S BRITNEY B*TCH, NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL BROADWAY, GLAM ROCK, BOY BANDZ, and EMOTIONS: A VERY MARIAH CHRISTMAS, NEW BRAIN (Richard... for the third time!), and most recently HEAD OVER HEELS (Pythio). Michael's Recent tech credits: CABARET (Stage Manager), COMPANY (Stage Manager), PIPPIN (Stage Manager/Spotlight), [TITLE OF SHOW], and LIZZIE (Stage Manager). @mc72391
LUKE HAMILTON is the Founding Executive Director of artFACTORY, as well as the Resident Choreographer. He has been seen across Houston stages at the Alley Theatre, TUTS, Houston Grand Opera, Masquerade Theatre, The House of Blues, The Landing Theatre Company, Stages Repertory Theatre, and several other local theaters. Recent artFACTORY credits include HEAD OVER HEELS (Musidorous), A NEW BRAIN (Roger), SWEENEY TODD (Beadle Bamford), CABARET (Cliff Bradshaw), COMPANY (Peter), MONSTER, GATSBY (Gatsby), PIPPIN (Director / Choreographer), [title of show] (Jeff), URINETOWN (Hot Blades Harry), THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Rocky), GREASE (Eugene / Director), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Loki), TUCK EVERLASTING (Hugo), I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, MURDER BALLAD, HEATHERS (Kurt Kelly), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Leaf Coneybear), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Clopin), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Simon Stride), REEFER MADNESS (Jimmy Harper), and SPRING AWAKENING (Hanschen). TUTS credits include ALL SHOOK UP (Featured Soloist / Dancer), OLIVER (Assistant Choreographer / Featured Dancer), A CHRISTMAS STORY, and THE MUSIC MAN. Alley Theatre Credits include four years of their annual production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Apparition / The Ghost of Christmas Future), HUCK FINN (Tom Sawyer), and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Other favorite credits include TRIASSIC PARQ (Velociraptor of Innocence), NEXT FALL (Luke), OKLAHOMA (Will Parker), THE FANTASTICKS (Matt), GUYS AND DOLLS (Sky Masterson), TARZAN (Tarzan), DOGFIGHT (Boland), METAMORPHOSES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR (Simon Zealotes), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Dentist), and THE WILD PARTY (Jackie). Luke attended the BFA Musical Theatre program at Texas State University. He received extensive musical theatre and dance training at the Houston International Ballet Academy, the Tribble School, the Royal Academy for Performing Arts, the Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre, and he trained privately in dance, voice, and acting for over twelve years. Follow him on IG: @lukejhamilton
SAM LANK, originally from New York, is a singer-songwriter and educator. This is their third show with artFACTORY, having previously appeared in HEAD OVER HEELS (Vocal Ensemble) as well as THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Vocal Ensemble). Other recent credits include ANNIE (Lily St. Regis/Grace understudy), GYPSY (Agnes/Tessie Tura understudy), WHITE CHRISTMAS (Betty Haynes), and premiering pieces by choral composer Dan Forrest at Carnegie Hall. They are also a member of the Houston Symphony Chorus. They would like to thank their partner Ethan for always supporting them whole-heartedly as well as their friends and family for their encouragement and love. They would also like to thank the cast and creative team of IT'S BRITNEY, B*TCH for the time and effort they put into making this concert look and sound absolutely spectacular.
CHRISTINE MOMPOINT is excited to be a member of the IT'S BRITNEY, B*TCH! cast. Christine began her performance career in Miami Florida at Nova University and studied at John Robert Powers. After moving to Houston, Christine transferred from acting to studying opera from Atascocita High School under TMEA Past President Joseph Weir. In 2016, Christine was the youngest member of the Houston Show Choir under the direction of Jen Young. Christine also studied under James Vukovich who has trained Dionne Warwick, The Pointer Sisters, Barry Manillow, and many other major artists. Christine took time off of music to study Political Science at Houston Community College and serve as a Student Government Officer for 3 years. Christine is excited to return to her passion for music with artFACTORY this season.
JULIA NOBLE is a proud Savannah, GA native and a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She is STOKED to revisit this iconic music and celebrate the one and only Britney! Most recently seen in HEAD OVER HEELS, A NEW BRAIN (Rhoda) CABARET (Helga) and COMPANY (Susan), other favorite AF credits include GATSBY The World Premiere Musical (Daisy Buchanan), URINETOWN (Little Sally), WIZARD OF OZ (Aunt Em / Glinda), ROCKY HORROR SHOW (Eddie / Dr. Scott), GREASE (Patty Simcox), JASPER IN DEADLAND (Hel), NINE (Necrophorus / Claudia U/S), I LOVE YOU YOU'RE PERFECT NOW CHANGE, MURDER BALLAD (Sara U/S), FUNNY GIRL (Mrs. Strakosh), DISENCHANTED! (Rapunzel), THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Olive), A NEW BRAIN (Waitress / Nancy D.) and the EaDo Playhouse productions of BROOKLYN (Female Narrator), LIZZIE (Alice Russel), JEKYLL AND HYDE (Nellie / General Glossop), SWEET CHARITY (Rosie) and REEFER MADNESS (Mary Lane). Select previous credits include THE FANTASTICKS (Luisa), SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL (Gertrude McFuzz), INTO THE WOODS (Little Red), THE OUTSIDERS (Cherry Valence), THE DIARY OF ADAM AND EVE (Eve), LES MISERABLES (Factory Girl), CHILDREN OF EDEN, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, GREETINGS, and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. Julia would like to sincerely thank the AF Company, Crew and Creative Team for their dedication to presenting some of the most stunning theatre in the city and for continually re-imagining and re-defining what that looks like! She would also like to thank her English Bulldog, Hattie Pearl, for being the best friend a girl could ever ask for. Follow her on IG: @jewelpop to see her biennial posts.
NELSON PEREZ is currently attending Houston Community College to get his Associates in Drama, as well as practicing Ballet at Houston Ballet Academy, and has recently started learning Aerial Silks at Future Stars of Houston. Nelson has been singing since he was little and is proud to be growing as a vocalist, he also has studied Violin, Guitar, and Piano to further his music career. Some Houston Credits include: artFACTORY: GATSBY: THE WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL (Ensemble/Party Guest), MONSTER: THE MUSIC OF LADY GAGA (Little Monster), Assistant Stage Manager for COMPANY, CABARET (Hans), SWEENEY TODD (Ensemble/Tobias u/s), A NEW BRAIN (Another Nurse), and most recently HEAD OVER HEELS (Ensemble). Stages: MACGYVER THE MUSICAL (MacGyver), as selected from the audience. Houston Community College: Gi60 Film Festival, VERY FIRST KISS (Hunter), Alief Taylor Theatre: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Seymour), ALL MMY SONS (Frank Lubey), JUNIE B. JONES (Handsome Warren), STUART LITTLE (Ensemble). Nelson is thrilled to have worked on artFACTORY’s 21/22 Season and can not wait to continue doing many more musicals! “Thanks, mom, for always coming to my shows!!!” You can see more of Nelson’s life on Instagram! @TheNelsonPerez
SHONEE SINGER is so excited to be back on the artFACTORY stage after a brief hiatus. She is a music and theatre teacher in Katy as well as an actor, sound designer, scenic painter, and director for various theatres in the Houston area. But no place comes close to artFactory where she has acted and worked at since 2018! Favorite AF credits include: Catherine in GATSBY, Rudy/Trudy/Judy in GREASE, as well as ensemble roles in JASPER IN DEADLAND and THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. Other favorite credits include: Chorus in ANTIGONE, Queen Aggravain in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Belle/Mrs. C./Ghost of Christmas Past in SEUSSIFIED CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Catherinein PROOF. Shonee would like to thank her AF family for their continued support, and her students for giving her reasons to keep going.
PARI ZANGARA is excited to be in artFACTORY's IT'S BRITNEY, B*TCH! Originally from Portales, New Mexico, she has called Houston home for the last two years. Pari’s favorite role thus far has been Sister Mary Robert in The Player’s Theatre Company production of SISTER ACT. Other previous roles include NEWSIES (Specs/Katherine cover), COMPANY (Vocal Ensemble/Wedding Singer), GATSBY (Ensemble), TARZAN (Mother/Ensemble), FOOTLOOSE (Urleen), THE EFFECT OF GAMMA RAYS ON MAN-IN-THE-MOON- MARIGOLDS (Tillie Hunsdorfer), IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES (Maria Theresa), ALMOST, MAINE (Hope), SWEENEY TODD (Ensemble), A NEW BRAIN (Waitress/Nancy D.), and most recently HEAD OVER HEELS (Philoclea). You can catch Pari as Kira in artFACTORY's upcoming production of XANADU! Pari would like to thank her friends and family for their continued support, both in person and in heart, thanks to Sara and Spark Talent Agency, and special thanks to her husband, Joshua.