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Where Are They Now?

KATHLEEN BURGOON has been nominated for six 2017 Grammy awards which will be televised live Sunday, February 12, 2017 live on CBS.  Her nominations include:

Record of the Year - Hotter
Album of the Year - Walking Alone
Song of the Year - Sleeping in Different Houses
Best New Artist
Best Country Song Performance - Dandelion Lover
Best Country Song - Dandelion Lover

We wish Kathleen the best and can't wait to count her Grammys!

graduated in 2016 from the University of California, Irvine on scholarship(s) as a vocal performance major.  Laura played the role of Lucy in C. Hook Theater's summer production of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Laura served as assistant director for Peter Pan Junior Theater for several years.  Her final production with that group was Li'l Abner earlier this yearThis past winter Laura performed through Italy with her high school's choir.  She played the lead role of Princess Winnifred in C. Hook Theater's Once Upon A Mattress.  In 2011 she performed with her school choir in Poland and the Czech Republic.  She has appeared in a special for KPBS television conducted by Jung Ho Pak as one of 12 vocal soloists.  Laura performed as one of the Narrators in C. Hook Theater's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as Lola in Damn Yankees and as Queen Aggravain in Peter Pan Junior Theater's Once Upon A Mattress.  She has also been featured as a classical vocal soloist for Grossmont High School. 

MARK ARAPOSTATHIS, PH.D. "DR. A" is undoubtedly the busiest man in La Mesa.  He is director extraordinaire of both Peter Pan Junior Theater and C. Hook Theater and produces two huge musical productions each year.  He is a teacher for the La Mesa-Spring Valley school district, and Vice Mayor of the City of La Mesa.  Dr. A and his brother Evan worked with Debbie when they were cast as Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in Valley Music Theatre Junior Workshop's production of Tom Sawyer in the 1970's.   Dr. A. is a beloved mentor to hundreds of students in La Mesa, Spring Valley and beyond.  Debbie has performed in Dr. A's productions of Radio Daze for the La Mesa Arts Alliance's and played opposite him in the group's premiere production of Love Letters.  

KATHY CALAHAN is currently performing in Mary Poppins on Broadway, covering such roles as Mrs. Corry and Miss Lark, as well as dancing statues and chimney sweeps.  She is also recording her first cd, a collection of songs she has written for children.  She toured nationally in the original production of Ragtime, shared the stage with Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot, and danced in Randy Skinner’s White Christmas. Kathy has performed all around the US in regional theatres. Favorite roles include Polly in Crazy For You, Sara in Keep on the Sunny Side, Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun, and Josie Cohan in George M!. Kathy attended the Eastman School of Music as a voice major/piano minor, and earned a BFA in Musical Theatre at The Boston Conservatory. Kathy teaches voice lessons and tap classes in New York City and her students range from absolute beginners to professionals on Broadway.  Kathy studied voice, tap and piano with Debbie along with her sister Lili and mom Laurie Eliscu in New York.  Visit her website,

KATIE FILLIUS Mc CLAVE is also known as Mrs. Graham McClave.  They sing together as members of the Boulder Chamber Chorale in Boulder, Colorado.  She graduated with her Master's degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado.  She also holds a B.A. in vocal performance from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and has studied in Vienna, Austria.  Katie is a highly sought after soprano soloist and has appeared in concerts.  She is co-owner of her own voice studio in Boulder.  Katie was one of Debbie's private voice students during her Scripps Ranch High School years where they also worked on Once Upon A Mattress together.

JEAN ISAAC is the executive producer for Young Actors' Theatre in Spring Valley.  Jean's work has impacted hundreds of students and their families through her work producing and directing musicals and offering classes in musical theatre training.  Jean produced and directed the acclaimed West coast San Diego premiere of High School Musical which was staged at Sherwood Auditorium in La Jolla.  This spring she will stage the very popular Broadway teenage musical, Thirteen.  Jean was Debbie's student at Valley Music Theatre's Junior Workshop along with her sisters Terri and Carol.  Debbie is also proud and delighted to have taught Jean's daughter Jessica.  

was a finalist on the 2011 SBC television show, Dancing With The Stars.  Ricki was cast from hundreds of hopefuls to portray the adorable and effervescent original Tracy Turnblad in John Waters' film, Hairspray.  For the 2007 musical film remake Ricki makes a cameo appearance and exhibits her extraordinary singing voice on the movie's soundtrack.  Her documentary, The Business of Being Born (available on Netflix) is accompanied by the publication of the book, Your Best Birth.  Her tv talk show, The Ricki Lake Show, ran in syndication for many years.  Last year she competed in ABC Television's Dancing With The Stars, and has signed with Twentieth Century Fox to host her own brand new talk show, Ricki.  Ricki studied voice, piano and tap with Debbie in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York in the 1980's.