Get to know the cast of Oxygen's upcoming series, The Next Big Thing.
Trapper Felides is one of New York City’s top performance coaches and musical directors with more than 400 clients to his name who can be seen in a number of New York’s top rated Broadway shows including “Billy Elliot,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Lion King,” “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked.” In addition to appearances on the “Today Show”, E! and the Oprah Winfrey Network, and performances on New York’s most prestigious stages, Trapper’s expertise has been profiled in several major publications such as the New York Times and New York Post. Thanks to his unconventional training methods, Trapper is considered one of the best in the industry.
Recent highlights include music direction for Arts Horizons' Tribute to Paul Simon (with Paul himself in attendance), and music directing and producing Jay Kuo and Blair Shepard's "It Gets Better" which benefited the Trevor Project.
Tracy moved to New York City from California’s Bay Area at age 17 to study theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Since then, she has appeared in the closing cast of “Rent” on Broadway and on the live DVD recording. She has also been seen in “Godspell,” “Hair” and countless new musicals which are still in development. She also performs in concerts all over the city and has even sung for the United Nations Division for Woman. Tracy took her love of theater abroad during a recent trip to South Africa, where she participated in theater-focused outreach. Tracy owes her success to her giant family, crazy friends, buns and kittens.
Tony “Baby T” Marion
Tony, who goes by the nickname “Baby T,” is one of the youngest producers to ever work on Broadway. He is currently one of the producers for the Broadway revival of “Evita” starring Ricky Martin & the new musical “Ghost.” His other shows include “The Sunshine Boys in London” starring Danny DeVito and the Whoopi Goldberg helmed musical “White Noise.” Additionally, Tony is a lead producer for the Broadway-bound production of “Sherlock Holmes.” At only 20-years-old, Tony is the Chief Executive Producer of his own theater production company, Marion Theatrical Productions.
Connor decided to pursue theater at age 14 following a sports injury that left him sidelined. After performing at an industry talent showcase in New York City, Connor quickly landed print and commercial jobs. His accomplishments thus far include roles in “Grease,” “13: The Musical,” ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” two national commercials and numerous singing engagements. In addition to all of Connor’s performance commitments, the 17 year old keeps busy with school, where he juggles a prominent position on his nationally ranked rowing team as well as participating in his school’s a capella group. Currently, Connor is teaching himself to play the guitar and strives to continuously perfect his craft as he endeavors to pursue a serious career in the arts.
Sam Fly is an 18 year old singer, songwriter and actress. Born and raised in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Sam discovered her love for the stage at age 10. Her talent and passion have landed her roles in numerous roles in regional theater and off-Broadway productions. In addition to her stage performances, Sam has showcased her singing at Madison Square Garden, New York City’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and many charitable events. Currently, Sam is recording her debut pop album.
Rachel, an actress, singer and songwriter, has appeared in numerous off-Broadway and regional theater productions, including the stage productions of Disney’s “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.” Rachel’s love of performing extends beyond the stage. She has performed as a soloist at the US Open, the Apollo Theater and the Sundance Film Festival. The high school student made her film debut in “Flying By” and recently filmed a feature role in “Mean Girls 2.” During her limited free time, Rachel practices the electric guitar for her debut record and is in an all-girl vocal group.
Don't forget! Tune in to the SO new series premiere of The Next Big Thing Tuesday, June 12th at 11 ET/PT!