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Rossella, Renata, and Matt Annati

Music & Lyrics

Siblings Rossella Lamendola (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Renata Annati (Keyboard & Backup Vocals) and Matt Annati (Bass) make up the pop/rock band: “China Doll.” China Doll has performed in club showcases, writers’ nights, workshops and music festivals for over twenty years.

Their music has taken them to Los Angeles, California where Rossella was featured in a performance at the convention for the A&R company Taxi. She was also a featured songwriter in the South Beach Songwriters in the Round. The event was produced by Desmond Child and included the writer of the hit song “One of Us.” As a band, they toured the southeast region of the U.S. and had the pleasure of opening up for Johnny Depp’s band, The Kids.

China Doll’s music has been played on Florida radio and featured all over the world on internet radio shows. Their catalogue contains over 200 songs, and they have released 2 studio albums.

Roxanne Lamendola

Book, Additional Music & Lyrics

Roxanne Lamendola is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC). Some of her theatre credits include: Dixie Avalon in Taken in Marriage (Waterloo East Theatre – London), Jo in Performing Arts Politics, Bella Gardner in Ladies at the Alamo, and Rhonda in Lunch Girls.

Roxanne penned the theme song for the Emmy Award-winning television show “It’s The Write Time” and starred as host of the Emmy-nominated children’s television series “Up, Down and Around” – her performance earning her the 2010 Telly Award and regional Emmy nomination (BECON TV Studios). An accomplished songwriter, Roxanne and her team of producers from Nashville, Tennessee co-wrote the song “Still (I Will Go On),” recorded by the band Native Window (formerly known as the legendary Kansas).

Roxanne was highlighted as the featured songstress in the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s “Homegrown Music” section. She is a theatre director and educator, and continues to write new musical theatre.

Leah Fogo

Additional Music & Lyrics

Leah trained at The Royal Northern College of Music where she studied Composition with Gary Carpenter. As a composer Leah has received commissions from The Shakespeare Day of Song, Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Exaudi and Xaverian Chamber Choir. Her musical Perception was premiered at RNCM in 2012 and is currently in development.

Her directing credits include Ordinary Days (The King’s Arms Theatre), The Addams Family (The Met), Legally Blonde Charity Showcase (The Lowry), The Wedding Singer (The Met), Songs at Christmas (New Mills Theatre), Matilda Charity Showcase (The Lowry), The Peace The Child (PADOS House) and The Nth Degree (Regional tour). As Assistant Director: Pine (Hampstead Theatre Downstairs) andTaken In Marriage (Waterloo East Theatre).

Leah is a dedicated Arts in Education specialist and has tutored and facilitated workshops across the United Kingdom.

Scott Stait

Arrangements & Orchestrations

Scott studied Music at the University of Manchester, where he worked in the fringe theatre scene for 5 years as a Freelance Musical Director and tutor. During that time, Scott’s credits as MD include Ordinary Days (Kings Arms Theatre); Perception (Royal Northern College of Music); Lucky Stiff (RNCM); Indigestion (Riverside Studios); RENT (University of Manchester Musical Theatre Society); The Addams Family (The Met Theatre). Orchestration credits include Legally Blonde (The Lowry); Broadway Rocks (The Met Theatre); The Jungle Book (University of Manchester), Sondheim 85th Birthday Gala Concert (Theatre Royal Drury Lane).

Now London based, Scott has just finished workshopping Stuart Brayson’s (From Here to Eternity) newest musical Jimmy Mac, with plans to embark on a UK tour in 2016.