Meet The Creative Team

Todd Russell:  This New Jersey native comes to the Twin Cities with a background of singing since childhood. He graduated from DePauw University in 1987 with a Music/Business Major.  After enjoying years of performing on the East Coast including runs with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Light Operetta, he transplanted to the Midwest to raise a family with his Wisconsin born wife.

Pamela Russell:  Born in the hallway of her tiny childhood home,  (true story) this “cheesehead,” dashed off to NYC 2 weeks after graduating high school. She independently studied music and theater while enjoying the perks of the big city and some time on Long Island. She learned how to wait tables with the best of them to make sure she earned her title as “Actress.”  After auditioning for a summer stock company, landing a role AND a husband, she eventually had a longing to go back home to raise babies, kitties and eventually a dog.  The adventure of running a youth-based performance company and writing a zillion songs was never even a dream, yet here it is.  She is thrilled to be a mom of her fabulous five and knows every day of theater and music in her life is a blessing. Even if it means a lack of sleep.  (Insert winky smile here: You know you’re worth it!)

Top Hat Theatre:  Top Hat began as a little kids cabaret group with terribly written one act plays and grew into a fantasticly busy group of youth from all over the Twin Cities and beyond.  Original musicals are developed for high inclusion of youth actors and to give everyone a chance to have speaking lines and his/her own character. We believe that getting on stage and performing is the best and most fun way to get experience and gain the skills you need to audition for Broadway shows in school, community and anywhere else your dreams take you!

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