Virginia West has been performing for 20 years in Columbus and proudly calls AXIS her home. A theatre kid at heart, She has produced 40 mainstage shows, some of which include “Are You There God? It’s Me Virginia”, “Freakshow”, “Fifty Shades of West” , “The Hungry Games”, and the “Stadium Virginium” series. She has had the honor of being both Miss Gay Ohio America and Miss Gay Ohio USoA. Despite critic reviews such as when the New York Times said “Did that catsuit get smaller?” or when Reuters described her as “rode hard and put away wet” or when the National Enquirer broke the news of her secret love triangle with Shemar Moore and Kim Fields, Virginia has continued to do what she loves…. to be onstage with her family! She would like to thank the City of Columbus for being so supportive and wonderful, her husband Seth, her friends and family, and of course her best friend and daughter Nina West! Here is to many more years of love and laughter!
Krystal Something Something (Aaron Kint)
Cast, Lead Choreographer
Krystal Something Something is a proud owner of a Kroger Plus Card. Her favorite movie is pizza and her favorite food is “Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead”…wait…She hates books, cats, Lady Gaga, and when people show her videos on their phones. This is the end of Krystal’s bio.
Barbie Roberts (Christian Cimoroni)
Cast, Production Team, Show Artwork
CHRISTIAN CIMORONI (Barbie Roberts) is making waves in Nina’s Wonderful World! Christian a graduate of CCAD, an illustrator/designer who works as a t shirt designer by day and occasional drag queen by night! Barbie loves the big stage shows because they give her a chance to explore her creativity and develop something truly special! Christian is inspired by queer culture and drag and extremely grateful for the love and support found right here with his drag family. Christian has done the artwork for the show and helped create the character of Princess Nina. He has been a vital piece of the Nina West show experience for the last 7 years.
Roxy Nikole (Margot Rupert)
Not only a queen in the Columbus drag community but a proud Rebel Girl and part of the Trans community as well, Margot has enjoyed every moment of her time in Columbus.
These shows are how she found who she truly is and have helped her blossom into the woman she is today.
From her husband, to this amazing family here, and being a part of these shows she has her hands full and stays busy! She has worked in screen printing for two years and photography for ten! A very proud member of this family.
Margot has had the privilege of being a part of the West Family and their shows for the past four years and been in a part of twelve main stage productions.
Jamz Dean (Jamie Sommer)
Jamie Sommer (aka Jamz Dean) was born in the rugged hills of Wheeling, WV. There she studied the art of ballet and acrobatics for eight years among the squirrels. Jamie moved to Columbus in 2004. Here she received a Bachelor degree in Fine Art from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Jamie was swaddled and left on Nina’s doorstep in 2010. She worked her way up from set maker/toilet-puppet operator to Mulleted-Heartthrob in a few short years. Now, you can find him living in your basement.
Bianna Reyonce (Christien Robinson)
Bianna has been a performer since 2012. Her first appearance in an Axis Mainstage production was Heels of Horror: Nine. She is a former Mr. Ohio All-Star Stripper of the Year, a former Mr. Gay Ohio United States, and a former Ms. Gay Black Ohio Newcomer. Bianna is a versatile entertainer and a jack/jane of many trades.
Shawty West (Mariah Ward)
Cast, Video, Production Team
Shawty West grew up living and breathing art. Drag is just another art form where he can express himself and wear all the cool hats.
V Master Chad (Kim Mollett)
V-Master Chad is the current reigning Mr. Southbend King and the Ohio Gay Pride King 2018. This is his 4th show on the Axis main stage and he’s excited for more to come!
Terrence has enjoyed every moment of preparing to bring this production of Wonderful World of Nina to the Columbus community. His love for the arts has inspired him in a number of ways educationally and professionally. After college he worked as a character performer with Walt Disney World where he performed in shows and parades. His theatrical background includes Agwe “God of Water” in Once on this Island and as an understudy to Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime. Terrence performed with Imagine Productions for their productions of Hairspray, Chicago, and 9 to 5 as ensemble member and La Cage Aux Folles as Jacob. He recently performed in the CATCO production of Five Guys Named Moe as No Moe, and Peter and the Starcatcher as Captain Scott. He has loved every minute of working with Nina and Virginia West in over 18 main stage shows.
Cast, Choreographer, Production Team
Aaron Michael Lopez has been doing Musical Theatre since the age of 5 where he made his debut as a lost boy in Peter Pan. Since then he has remained a lost boy and performed professionally throughout California. Aaron received his M.F.A. from The Ohio State University and now works as a Drama Therapist for kids on the spectrum. Performing, working with children, and strengthening himself and others have been great passions and Aaron is so grateful that he gets to do what he loves and combine all elements together. This is Aaron’s 5th main stage show and Disney holds a special place in his heart. Aaron is beyond grateful to Nina that he has been able to work creatively with her on the production side as well as choreographing some of these magical ideas. Enjoy the show and remember to Go West!
“I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.” -Walt Disney
“Same.” -Aaron Lamancusa
Super excited to be doing another show with these amazing people. Originally from North Carolina but so glad I migrated to Ohio. Gymnast of 10 years cheerleader of 5 and dance all throughout my life. Excited for everyone to enjoy this magical experience with us.
In 2015, I auditioned for “The Voice” and didn’t make it. In 2016, I auditioned for “Heels of Horror: Nine” and the rest is history. You really can have it all.
Chase is currently finishing an undergraduate degree in health and rehabilitation science at the Ohio State University and plans to continue his studies there as a doctor of physical therapy. An avid lover of all theater, this is his third “Nina” show as a cast member. He loves his mother and would give anything to own his own hairless cat.
RIcky is super pumped to be in his Nina West first show! He is excited to be branching out from the local Columbus theatre scene for this experience. His favorite childhood movie is Aladdin and dreams of playing the title character one day. Much love to his supportive family and friends!
Nishyah has lived in Columbus for the past three years. Spends most of her time with her puppy and friends. She fell in love with drag and has been involved dressing and dancing in productions sense Virginia’s stadium five. She’s more than excited to experience the magic in Wonderful world of Nina!
Vocals, Production Team
Adam is excited and honored to be a part of Wonderful World of Nina. His previous credits include Mary Poppins (Pleasure Guild), Bye Bye Birdie (Gallery Players), Gimme the Mike Columbus, Columbus Idol, and the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade. As an avid Disney fan, Adam is thrilled to see this magical production come to life.
Brittany Mollett is a former vocal performance major at Capital University. She spends most of her time babysitting her wife Kim (aka: V-Master Chad) and their 4 fur babies. This is her 2nd time working on vocals for a Nina West production. She is also an avid lover of all things Disney.
Kate Merrick is thrilled to be lending her voice to Wonderful World of Nina. Her previous work includes Beauty and the Beast (Pleasure Guild), My Fair Lady (NPAC), and Ragtime (Gallery Players). She holds a Bachelors of Music Theater from Baldwin-Wallace University. She would like to thank Nina for this wonderful opportunity and Jenna for her love and support.
Jenna Lee Shively
Jenna is thrilled and honored to be a vocalist for Wonderful World of Nina! This is Jenna’s third show with Nina West following her participation in Heels of Horror IX and X. Favorite theatre credits include: James and The Giant Peach (Sponge), Ragtime (Emma Goldman), Cabaret (Fraulein Kost), and Xanadu (Melpomene). Jenna is currently playing Miss Hannigan in Columbus Children’s Theatre’s production of Annie at The Lincoln Theatre. She holds a BA in Theatre from The Ohio State University. Love to Kate and Nina!
Writer, Production Team