Meet Our Cast!

Sarah Aehle
Character Performer
<p>Meet Sarah Aehle, a seasoned party performer with a heart full of magic and six years of enchanting experience. Originally from Missouri, Sarah discovered her passion for bringing joy to children's lives while working with Dream Time Princess Events at the tail end of her time in high school and stayed working seasonally throughout college. After earning a degree in Hospitality Leadership from Missouri State University in 2022, she ventured west to the sunny shores of San Diego, where she honed her creativity full time as part of the Creative Services team at Hello! Destination Management, all while continuing to delight as a party performer on weekends for a The Storybook Character Company. Now calling Northern Virginia home with her significant other, Matt, who serves in the Marine Corps, Sarah's love for making magic for kids remains her driving force and she is very excited to start her new journey with Once Upon A Time Parties DC! A few of Sarah's favorite Disney Princesses include Rapunzel, Ariel, Elsa, and Anna; all of which she loves to perform as well!</p>
Rebecca Blacksten
Character Performer
<p>Becca Blacksten is a 2024 Acting Major graduate from Ithaca College, and loves making magic whenever she can! From a young age, princess was the dream job, and getting to perform makes that dream come true. She has trained in acting, singing, and dancing since she knew it was a possibility. Some of her favorite performing credits include Corie in <i data-stringify-type="italic">Barefoot in the Park </i>(Weathervane Playhouse), Person 1 in <i data-stringify-type="italic">Now</i>. <i data-stringify-type="italic">Here</i>. <i data-stringify-type="italic">This</i>. (Walking on Water), and Soccer Mom in<i data-stringify-type="italic"> The Wolves</i> (Ithaca College). When not performing, Becca loves spending time at coffee shops and playing with her chihuahua wiener dog mix, Scout!</p>
Cassandra Clare
Character Performer
<p>Cassandra Clare is a recent graduate who received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. Her most recent musical theatre performance credits include Mary in Mary Poppins and Ariel in the Little Mermaid. When she’s not spreading Disney Magic, Cassandra enjoys filmmaking, singing, writing, dancing, and knitting. She adores spending time with children and has worked as a children’s performing arts counselor for five years. Cassandra hopes to someday move to either New York or LA to pursue a professional career in film and theatre, or to work at Disney Parks as a performer and face character. A passionate Disney fan, she hopes to bring fairytale magic to all areas of life and inspire as many children as possible!</p>
Emily Flack
Character Performer
<p>Emily Flack is a 2020 graduate of the College of William and Mary with a BA in Theatre and Music. A former military child, she was lucky enough to spend some of her childhood overseas in England before relocating to Northern Virginia. She has played the violin since she was four years old, (the perks of having a musician as a mother), and began training in opera and musical theatre when she was thirteen. Throughout her time at university, she participated in mainstage and second stage musicals, plays, and various extracurricular performance opportunities. Some of her favorite roles from her time at school are: Cinderella (Into the Woods), Maggie Winslow (A Chorus Line), and Rose Maybud in Sinfonicron Light Opera Company’s production of Ruddigore. She was also surrounded by magic when she spent a year in entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort! Emily adores Disney, dog cuddles, books, and bringing pixie dust into the lives of others! Emily is represented by Spark Talent Agency - find out more about her at <a href="http://www.emilyflack.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.emilyflack.com&source=gmail&ust=1631554794470000&usg=AFQjCNEbrs8NWWCjv8ON9pb18nF9OZqmdw">www.emilyflack.com</a></p><div><p>Favorite Princesses: Merida, Ariel, and Tinkerbell (she would consider herself a princess)</p><p>Favorite Disney movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Peter Pan</p><p>Favorite Disney song: “Out There”</p></div>
Alexa Garcia
Character Performer/Owner

<p>Alexa loves getting to express her creativity through graphic design, photography, writing, and most of all, performing. She loves the magic of fairy tales and seeing the joy they bring to people of all ages! Alexa has spent the majority of her life in various creative endeavors, including 6 years of competitive figure skating, 15+ years of dance, and countless plays and musicals. Alexa is currently studying Russian and French at George Mason University. In 2018, Alexa was lucky enough to spend a semester working at Walt Disney World as a character attendant through the Disney College Program, where she got to experience the magic firsthand. She recently returned from making magic as a character performer on an international tour with Disney on Ice, and now pursues acting and theatre opportunities in the DMV. </p><p>Alexa speaks French & Spanish fluently, so be sure to inquire about bilingual parties/events for the <a href="https://onceuponatimepartiesdc.com/beauty-princess/">Beauty Princess</a> or other characters.</p>

Allie Highberg
Character Performer
Mia Jackson
Character Performer
<p>Mia Jackson is a 2023 graduate from Christopher Newport University with a Masters in Music Education. Throughout her time at CNU, Mia has had experience teaching music to students grades K-12. Outside of teaching, Mia has had a love for singing and performing from a young age, and is classically trained. She loves singing everything ranging from musical theater to Disney. Some of her favorite Disney princesses are Snow White, Anna, Moana, and her favorite Disney movie is Enchanted! Mia was fortunate enough to experience the Disney magic firsthand by working in entertainment at Walt Disney World this past year. In her spare time, Mia loves to read and cook. Mia is so grateful for this opportunity to create magic and is thrilled to join the OUAT cast.</p>
Aroyia Jones
Character Performer
Jordan McEachin
Character Performer
<p>Jordan is a 2021 graduate who received a BFA in Musical Theatre from AMDA College of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She has over 9 years of childcare experience and is currently a dance instructor at Studio Bleu Dance Center. She has been performing from a very young age, and has extensive training in dance, acting, singing, and dialects. She has performed in various musicals including, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, 9 to 5, and Edges. Some of her choreography credits include SBVTA productions of Grease, Mamma Mia, and Singin’ In the Rain Jr. In addition, she has various credits in film, commercials, and modeling. Although she loves every Disney character and movie, her favorite Disney Princesses would have to be Rapunzel, Belle, and Ariel, but her favorite movies would be Tarzan, Peter Pan, and Tangled. She is excited to bring a small piece of magic to kids of all ages! (Because you’re never too old for a little magic!)</p>
Nyla McEachin
<p>Nyla is thrilled to be part of the OUAT Parties D.C team! Nyla is currently a senior at John Champe High School. At her high school, she is a part of the Advanced Mixed Choir and is also the captain of her dance team. Outside of school, she is a part of a competitive dance company with Studio Bleu Dance Center, where she trains in various styles of dance. Nyla hopes to continue a career path in the arts field in college with the intent to major in Photography. Although she loves all the Disney characters, her favorite princesses would be Rapunzel and Belle with her favorite films including Hercules, Princess and the Frog, and Tangled.</p>
Valerie Pesot
Character Performer
<p>Valerie is a current undergraduate student at George Mason University pursuing a degree in Theatre Education with a Minor in Performance. She has been performing in musicals, plays, and choirs since a very young age, and is classically trained in vocal performance. Valerie has experience working with children in afterschool programs and hopes to be a theatre arts teacher once she’s graduated. She’s originally from North Carolina, but has loved her time in Northern Virginia so far, and cannot wait to create more memories and magic with OUAT Parties D.C.! A few of Valerie’s favorite Disney Princesses include Rapunzel, Aurora, Mulan, and Merida!</p>
Julia Stein
Character Performer
Maya Strickland
Character Performer
<p>Maya Strickland is very excited to join the OUAT Team! As a Kansas City native, she is eager to continue her acting career in the DMV. Maya is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri’s Musical Theatre program. While obtaining this degree, Maya worked as a Pre-K teacher for 5 years. During her time teaching, she learned patience, communication skills, and adaptability. Maya has performed in many shows in the Kansas City area. Her most recent performance was in “Caroline, or Change” as the role Emmie Thibodeaux. When she’s not spreading the magic of Disney, she enjoys playing with her two cats Chimi and Bellamy. Her favorite Disney princesses are Tiana and Pocahontas. Her favorite Disney song is “Just Around The Riverbend” from the movie Pocahontas. Maya is so happy to be a part of the OUAT Team and looks forward to spreading magic across the DMV.</p>
Liz Szymanski
Character Performer
<p>Liz is currently pursuing her B.A. in Musical Theatre at American University, and is an avid lover of all things art and music.  A creative since childhood, Liz has always loved fantasy, fairy tales, and telling stories in every way! Liz has been a performer since the age of 12; her favorite theatrical roles to date being Regina George (<i>Mean Girls</i>), Eva (<i>Bring It On: The Musical</i>), and one of Ariel's very own sisters in <i>The Little Mermaid.  </i>She has also been part of string orchestras, jazz bands, mixed choirs, and various dance groups over the years. When she's not on stage or making magic, Liz enjoys reading, writing, drawing, and playing piano and bass.  She considers it an honor to be a part of the company, and is thrilled to bring the characters to life! (It's tough for Liz to choose her favorite princess, but as a sister herself, she has a soft spot for Elsa and Ariel.)</p>
Olivia Unverzagt
Character Attendant/Performer in Training
<p>Olivia can’t wait to bring joy and inspire young people through the fairytale magic of princesses.  Olivia has been performing in musicals, plays, and choirs since she was a young girl.  While she has most recently took on the roles of Cinderella and Jasmine, she can’t wait to see what the future will hold.  Olivia loves engaging with children and helping them to use their imagination to the fullest.  The opportunity to be a part of the OUAT team is making one of her dreams come true…and she looks forward to spreading joy across the DMV.</p>
Ivana Villanueva
Character Performer
<p dir="auto">Ivana loves creating and sharing joy through art. She is a dancer with over 10 years of experience on different types of dances and an actor involved in award-winning plays in the Philippines. She loves teaching and inspiring children through art and imagination. She believes that art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves and to explore what is possible. She’s excited and honored to bring to life the characters that children have loved and she herself was able to grow up with.</p><p dir="auto">She plays the <a href="https://onceuponatimepartiesdc.com/arabian-princess/">Arabian Princess</a> and <a href="https://onceuponatimepartiesdc.com/island-wayfarer/">Island Wayfarer</a>.</p>
Celine Wykowski
Character Performer
<p class="p1">Celine Wykowski loves singing, dancing, and bringing characters and stories alive. She acted in several musicals throughout middle school and high school, but she didn't want to stop her performing there. She has always had a passion for bringing joy to children, and she discovered it nourishes her own child-like spirit. She has found it easy to play as princesses since she possesses a spunky & animated personality herself.<span class="Apple-converted-space">  </span>She loves all the Disney princesses, but her all time favorite is Cinderella. When she was little, her eye doctor even called her "Celinederella"! Celine hopes to bring these beloved princesses to life and to make everyone's princess-dreams come true!</p>
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