Here she is, the woman behind the mask: Patty Greaves. Patty has been assisting Team OUAO from the beginning. She has done it all: handing out flyers, setting up booths, printing promotional materials, giving advice, and much much more! One magical day in June we asked her to help us out in another way by being a mascot performer. She impressed us immensely with her natural talent to be fun, energetic, and dance around with the kiddos (and even some adults). She is now our go-to girl for any event with mascot characters (full body-suit and head).
Patty is the mother to two daughters, including our co-owner, Gina. She also has two sons, and three grandkids. She raised her daughters in the world of performing arts and knows all of the ins and outs. Patty has always loved watching her daughters perform, and now she is delighted to be a part of the performance! We are truly honored to have Patty as a part of our team. She is always the first to step up and say she is available to help. It has been so much fun to watch Patty grow as a performer, and we can’t wait to have more characters for her to play!
Erin graduated Cum Laude from Lindenwood University, with a B.F.A in Acting and a minor in Art History, in spring of 2015. She was also the 2015 recipient of the JR Strzelec Honors Award in Musical Theatre. After graduation, she began work with the YMCA of Greater St. Louis, as the senior camp counselor of arts. She served as assistant director for a production of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and the musical director for Annie! McRaven has since directed multiple shows with the Chesterfield Community Theatre, including: Page to Stage: A Musical Review, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Secret Garden.
While pursuing her degree at Lindenwood University, Erin was also able to receive vocal and dance training. She had the opportunity to appear in an array of theatrical productions, which include: Pericles (Dionyza), The Last Five Years (Cathy), Stop Kiss (Callie Pax), Oklahoma! (Gertie), A Christmas Carol (Ghost of Christmas Past), A Man of No Importance (Mrs. Grace, Kitty), and many more.
When she’s not directing or being a princess, Erin performs as the lead singer in the band Hotwire. In her spare time, she loves to read, study art, and drink coffee. She is very grateful and incredibly excited to be a part of Team OUAO!
Cara’s drive for performing started at a young age. Dressing up in her parents clothes and putting on a show wasn’t out of the ordinary! She has always been involved in multiple groups including: church cantoring, musicals, and acapella ensembles. Stern has also sung the National Anthem for multiple events throughout the Missouri area. Cara received two degrees from Lindenwood University, Vocal Performance and Music Business. After graduating, she moved to Nashville where she continued to pursue her passion in music. While exploring music city, she realized that her true calling was taking her in a different direction. Stern moved back home to St. Louis to pursue her Masters Degree in Music Therapy at Maryville University. She feels quite rewarded being able to bring joy and special moments to others through performing arts. Cara is ecstatic to join the Once Upon An Occasion Team!
When Ellice was 3 years old she truly thought she was Judy Garland she had the braids, dress, ruby red slippers, and the voice to prove it. She also credited her own yellow brick road. From then on, she never stopped performing. At the age of five she was cantering at her local parish church and singing with the community choir. Her choir director recommended a sheet audition for an elite performing group in the St. Charles area, known as the Patt Holt Singers, which she is still a part of today. Not only does she love to sing but also has a passion for dance. She began dancing around the same age as she started singing, and thrived in both through her life until college. Davis is now married to the love of her life and has two beautiful children. She is pumped to be a part of this awesome team. Ellice is thrilled to be performing side by side with her sister (Gina, owner) again, and can’t wait to hop in some gigs with her Mom (Patty, entertainer).
Amanda has been assisting Team OUAO since day one! She has been a Royal Assistant, Mascot/Princess security, a promotional ambassador, and most recently, a vocalist for their 40’s USO tribute show. Woelfel has always performed any chance she could whether it be in choir, at weddings and funerals, or other special events.
Amanda graduated from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music with Vocal emphasis in 2010. She met Caitlin Brand and Gina Korte (then Greaves!) at LU where they had many classes together and performed in various choirs over the years. She sang alto in the premier a cappella group Voices Only with Caitlin and Gina and was Voices Only President for 3 years.
Monday thru Friday Amanda works at Rabo AgriFinance LLC and loves her job! She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, Matthew and her dog, Riley. While her daily life keeps her busy, she loves to perform with her best friends any chance she gets.
Brie Howard is over the moon to be a part of the Once Upon an Occasion family. She began her performance career by frequently sitting her entire family down and performing entire “original shows” at the age of three. This quickly developed into a love of the theatre and the arts of performance. Some of her credits include Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alice), Once on This Island (Asaka), Macbeth (First Witch), Heathers (Heather Chandler), and Suessical the Musical (Mayzie La Bird).
Brie frequently works with children and young people within the arts. Last summer marked her 11 th camp in which she has been a director, co-director, choreographer, performer, or musical director! She has worked with children as small as newborns all the way up to 18 years of age. Her 3 and 5-year-old nieces, Addy and Elsie, keep her on her toes and are often seen running around singing princess
songs with “Aunt B.”
Brie is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre at Lindenwood University, and plans to use her skills and talents to continue performing and working with youth in performing arts and devised theatre. When she is not in a production, doing school work, or being a princess, Brie can often be found outside hiking and climbing. She enjoys biking, roller blading, scuba diving, silk and hoop acrobatics, stage combat, dancing, and water skiing.
Ever since Brooke was 4 years old, she would fight her parents on letting her wear her sparkly, poofy, princess costume to school instead of regular school clothes. Even though she rarely won that battle, it did not stop her love of Disney Princesses and she continued to wear costumes, sing, and be a princess whenever she could!
When she turned 9, Brooke was in the musical Annie! as an orphan and absolutely loved being in the limelight. Her parents were always very supportive of her love of musicals and tendency to dance and sing wherever she would go; even to this day at the age of 24!
Ebl graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a minor in Psychology from Missouri Baptist University. She sang in choirs and independently performed songs in bar venues during her college career. Her talents include songwriting, singing, and playing electric, bass, and acoustic guitar. She has been working in direct care with children for 9 years; since she was 15 years old! She has worked with children ages 0-12 in the educational setting and in the social work setting.
Brooke had not worked for an event company in the past as a princess, but has dressed up as princesses and attended work events for the children. She would see their faces light up when they saw their favorite princesses walk into the room and absolutely loved seeing them so happy and excited! While at these events, the parents would tell her that she needs to do this professionally because they thought she looked and acted just like a princess! This is when she decided that she needed to audition to become a professional princess. She could not be more excited about joining Once Upon an Occasion, LLC!
Cheneta Jones is a national recording Gospel/Christian singer and songwriter. She began singing at the tender age of two. As she grew older she participated in choir, musicals and drama productions in both school and church. Cheneta joined an R&B group at the age of sixteen and began establishing her sound and honing in on her songwriting abilities. By 2008, Cheneta decided to part ways with the group and pursue a singing career in Gospel/Christian music. Her introduction to the local gospel scene was instantly a success as she was deemed the winner of Hallelujah 1600’s Praise Alive Competition, which brought out the best of the best gospel singers in town. She later auditioned to be a background singer for gospel giant Tye Tribbett, and joined #TeamFresh; traveling all over the country for two years. In 2012, Cheneta released her debut national album “Transformed,” which landed at #13 on Billboard charts and produced a top 30 radio single entitled “Get There.” She was also nominated for New Artist of the Year at the 2013 Stellar Awards. Cheneta has traveled around the country sharing her story and
the gospel through her music.
Cheneta currently serves as the worship leader for Faith Miracle Temple in Florissant, MO. She also loves children and has a background in early childhood education; working with children ages 3-5 for over 10 years. When not singing or traveling, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and simply relaxing.
Emily is an Elementary Education Major at Missouri State University. She will graduate in the Spring of 2021. It was clear she was going to live on stage at the age of 16 months when she would walk around the house singing Barney songs with perfect pitch. She has been performing since she was 8 years old. Emily joined choir in elementary school and had lead roles in multiple productions. She continued doing shows and singing throughout middle school where her favorite role was Mrs. Paroo in the Music Man. Her favorite high school roles include Elaine in Arsenic and Old Lace and Rizzo in Grease. She was the President of the Chamber Show Choir at FHN. She has also participated in the St. Louis Metro 8 District Choir and has gone to State for many solo and ensemble festivals. She enjoys singing at open mic nights and performing at school events. She also sings the National Anthem for many school functions. In her free time, Emily enjoys babysitting and hanging out with her friends. In college, Emily plans to be involved with a social sorority and an acapella group. She is thrilled to be a part of the OUAO team!
Kristianna feels so blessed and excited to be a part of the Once Upon An Occasion Team! She is a Senior at Missouri Baptist University, studying Music Education. Kristianna has had the pleasure of performing with groups such as the Patt Holt Singers, SWACDA All-Collegiate Choir, the Kennedy Center for the Arts Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominees, and The Alton Symphony, among others. She is currently a teaching artist at Gateway Center for Performing Arts and, as a result, has found a new passion for working with children of all ages. This makes her even more excited to begin working with OUAO–making dreams come true! Kristianna is extremely glad to be giving back light, hope and joy to those around her in the same way it was given to her growing up. She cannot wait to call Once Upon An Occasion her home!
It all started with an obsession with The Sound of Music, and evolved into church choir and eventually high school thespian society and college theatre major. From roles as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof, Elaine Harper in Arsenic and Old Lace, and interactive dinner theatre, Stephanie has enjoyed a wide range of roles and looks forward to bringing her joy of performance to Once Upon an Occasion. With young children of her own, Stephanie is excited to add enjoyment, for young and old alike, in the many characters OUAO offers.