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					James Gray
James Gray is a performer, writer, producer, art director, prop master and hula hoopist who has been active in all types of the entertainment industry for too many years to calculate. Most notably known as “Mr. Christmas”, each year, James produces, writes and co-stars in an annual Christmas show in Hollywood called “The Fruit Cake Follies” where he hosts an amazingly talented cast made up of friends and guest stars – making him sort of the Merv Griffin of Christmas! “The Fruit Cake Follies” has a loyal and growing audience and this year celebrates its 9th year of musical merriment, celebrating all things holidays – as only Mr. Christmas and cast can do. Born and raised in Northern California, James studied acting with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco where he performed in the original Tennessee Williams play “This Is” (An Entertainment). The lights of Anaheim called and James headed south on I-5 to the Happiest Place On Earth to work at Disneyland. He played the character Goofy for 10 years, and for 11 holiday seasons, played Santa Claus. For 5 years, James also starred as The Dancing Christmas Tree for the Disney Christmas musical (and starred as himself in a mock-documentary about the role.) James also worked as the official host of Universal Studios Hollywood for 13 years. In his spare time, James headlined for Holland American Cruise Line in 1993-94, performing with Tony Urbano’s Marionettes. He also found himself cast in a few sit-coms around town – highlighted by the final episode of “Cybil” which featured his skill as a hula hooper, and doing a turn or two on “Golden Girls” and “Married With Children” just for fun. Switching gears to behind the scenes, James started a new career as Prop Maker for Jim Henson Productions “Muppets Tonight” 1995-97, and then found himself doing props for all kinds of commercials such as Pier One, Glad, McDonald’s, Dodge, Mattel, Pine Sol, Clorox, Honda and Fruit Of The Loom to name a few. He then became Prop Master for “The Voice of Disney” with Michael Eisner and “Iron Chief USA” with William Shatner before becoming personal prop man for Martin Short on Comedy Central’s “Prime Time Glick”. Yes, he feed the fat man! A couple years ago James started Art Directing for television award shows like the “Emmy Awards”, “Grammy Awards”, “CMT (Country Music Television) Awards”, and the “TV Land Awards” as well as reality shows such as “American Idol”, “Big Brother” and “The Surreal Life”. He still finds time to perform of course, and not just in “The Fruit Cake Follies”. James recently performed a one-man show at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel which was completely sold out!

Dena Joy Drotar
A native of California, Dena began her professional career at the age of 15….(just 10 yrs ago...ahem)…and has since performed on all 7 continents! Dena's favorite theatre credits include playing Laura Tanner in the world premiere of “Hollywood Hollywood”, starring in the world premiere of week15 in the play “365” (written by Pulitzer prize winning playwright Suzan Lori Parks), Roxie Hart in “Chicago”, Adelaide in “Guys and Dolls”, Jewel in 99cent massacre at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre, and Fanny Ward in the world premiere of “Sessue” in Tokyo. Proving herself as a versatile actress, she's represented Universal Studios worldwide performing in her own show “I Wanna Be Loved By You” as Marilyn Monroe, The Bride of Frankenstein in “The Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue” and Natasha Fatale in “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show”. (How's that for range?!) Dena sang behind Petula Clark, Little Richard, and the legendary John Raitt. One of her favorite onstage experiences was performing at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the original cast of “A Chorus Line”. Not bad for a gal who began singing and dancing at Disneyland as a “Kid of the Kingdom” both here in Anaheim (where she met James Gray), and at Disney Tokyo, where she played Mary Poppins. She then worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines belting out tunes like “Take me home” - wearing nothing but a sequined bikini and a feathered headdress! Film Credits include: “Night Eyes” with Andrew Stevens, “Open House” with Adrienne Barbeau, “Afterlife”, and “Last Call”. All big box office hits. Television credits include: “The Young and the Restless”, the MOW “To the Heroes”, Fox kids “Wake, Rattle and Roll”, and the “Disney Yuletide Special”. Bringing love and joy to the world are two of Dena's greatest passions. She is currently studying acting and life with Darryl Hickman, and singing and self empowerment from Cathy Gabrielle Wallace. She has learned some of her most important life lessons backstage at Casita del Campo such as “More is More” and “Big is only a place to start”. She LOVES The Fruit Cake Follies, and so looks forward to beef tacos, salsa, coke with lemon, and spending the holidays with James, Micah, Momma, Leslie, her fairygoddess daughter Lolly, Sandy, Michael, Mr. Dan, and all of the truly wonderful talented people behind the scenes.

Momma
Momma is thrilled to be one of the original members of The Fruit Cake Follies. Her holiday season is never complete without throwing some Christmas Cookies, or getting the latest info on Santa. But, what does Momma do the rest of the year? Well, Momma has been around the "Glamour Capital" for as long as "The Hollywood Reporter" can remember. She has helped raise over 9 million dollars for different charities around the nation. She has been seen on many TV shows, plays and operas, as well as movies. She is happy to be apart of your festive holiday season.

Micah McCain
Micah McCain is an actor, host, singer, comedian, writer, stylist and the man behind the make-up of recovering drag personality Bridgette of Madison County. A California native, born and raised in the South Bay of Los Angeles, performing and entertaining have been a part of McCain’s life since day one. His first play was in preschool, he was a spokesperson for Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles at the age of 9 and moved to Hollywood and began the “actor’s trade” of waiting tables as the notorious “Harvey” at the world famous performing restaurant Ed DeBevic’s in Beverly Hills (now torn down much like his spirit was throughout high school)… He was most recently seen Guest Starring on Bravo’s Welcome To The Parker, E!’s Chelsea Lately, NBC’s Las Vegas and VH1’s Best Week Ever.
“The most poised to charm Middle America - the one to watch: Micah McCain! - Dallas Voice “McCain naturally eclipses almost anything tried or done by anyone else!” - Daily Variety “In a league by himself!” - South Florida’s Weekly News

On Stage, Micah has sung and dance his way into work with Tony Dow in The Adventures of Della The Dwarf, opened for and performed with Judy Tenuta, Cyndi Lauper, Julie Brown and Jane Wiedlin (to name a few), hosted and performed at The Improv, Caesar's Palace, The House of Blues and 2007 marked his return to The Hollywood Bowl stage. His one-man shows: Dance: 10, Looks: 203lbs; Unshaven! and Hope, Dating and Other Things I Gave Up For Lent! have been seen coast to coast while his other multiple talents have been featured in: In Touch Magazine, Star Magazine (for good reasons, thank you!), Life & Style and Cosmopolitan as Micah The Hairapy Guy not to mention features in Frontier’s News Magazine and IN Los Angeles Magazine while maintaining a prominent online presence with his blog: shutupiknow.blogspot.com, company websites gethairapy.com, thebigdebate.com, personal websites micahmccaincom, bridgetteofmadisoncounty.com and writing comedic movie reviews for Hollywood.com. If Micah could play any role, it would be Evita, Norma Desmond or a California Raisin. (A very skinny, California Raisin!)
“He knows how to captivate a crowd.” - Frontiers News Magazine “A brilliant blend of razor-sharp comedy, funny, inspiring, true showstopper” - Flavorpill LA

For More Micah, check out: www.gethairapy.com/blog/ www.thebigdebate.com www.shutupiknow.blogspot.com www.hollywood.com/hairapy www.micahmccain.com www.youtube.com/profile?user=ShutUpIknow2

Sandy Fox
Sandy Fox is an actress, VO artist, singer, producer, writer, and social & environmental entrepreneur. She has been working in the entertainment business since the age of 15. She started her career in theme parks and worked 12 yrs for the Walt Disney Company playing some pretty famous characters as well as singing and dancing in shows and television specials. She sang 1920's jazz for over 11 years performing the songs of Betty Boop and toured jazz festivals on the east coast, opening for such greats as Cab Calloway, Dizzie Gillespie, and Ray Charles. You have probably heard her voice in many cartoons, anime and video games. Shows like The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Futurama, As Told By Ginger, Hi Hi Puffy Yumi Ami, Akira, Land Before Time, and Fox’s Transformers. Her true passion is writing and developing her own TV shows and creative projects. She is founder of a non-profit called The Love Planet Foundation. She is also co-creator of H2Om~water with intention. The world's first vibrationally charged, interactive bottled spring water, promoting positive energy for people and the planet. Visit her web sites at www.myspace.com/sandyfoxworld and www.H2Omwater.com. Sandy is thrilled to be in The Fruitcake Follies cast and wants you to know no animals or teddy bears have been harmed in the making of her costumes. Blessed Be and Peace on Earth!

Michael Orland
(Musical Director / Pianist)
Currently the Pianist, Arranger and Associate Musical Director for the hit FOX-TV series AMERICAN IDOL. Through this amazing opportunity, Michael has appeared on OPRAH, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, and THE WAYNE BRADY SHOW, and has collaborated with music industry giants such as Burt Bacharach, Neil Sedaka, and Diane Warren, to mention just a few. He also served in the same capacity for the successful summer series AMERICAN JUNIORS and has Associate Produced two hit singles (GOD BLESS THE U.S.A. and WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE) for AMERICAN IDOL as well as the hit compilation CD from AMERICAN JUNIORS. Michael began his impressive musical career in his hometown of Worcester, Massachusetts at the tender age of three. Since this auspicious beginning, he has become one of the most acclaimed musical directors on the concert and nightclub scene. In addition to playing and conducting for many celebrities including Lucie Arnaz, Kaye Ballard, Deborah Gibson, Shecky Greene, Jennifer Holliday, Lainie Kazan, Sally Kellerman, Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Chita Rivera, and the late Nell Carter and Wayland Flowers & Madame, Michael played for the hit shows “FORBIDDEN BROADWAY”, “RUTHLESS!”, and “WHEN PIGS FLY” in Los Angeles. He made his Hollywood Bowl debut accompanying the legendary MGM star Ann Miller. Prior to AMERICAN IDOL, television appearances have included The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Leeza, The Maury Povich Show, and Geraldo. He also appeared on the hit sitcom “THE NANNY” performing an original song. Look for an upcoming appearance on the UPN sitcom “HALF & HALF” where Michael not only performs an original song, but also nails a line of dialogue with the perfect comic timing he has acquired from sitting through years of nightclub acts. An accomplished songwriter, his songs have been featured on several daytime soaps and primetime shows. On recordings, he can be heard on Debbie Gravitte, Alan Menken Album and MGM Album; Rita McKenzie’s, Ethel Merman’s Broadway, “Ruthless! The Musical”, and produced and arranged Roslyn Kind’s “Come What May”. Michael is currently working on a solo piano album due out soon.

www.michaelorland.com


				
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