Erin Rementer was just 8 years old when she first experienced the thrill of flying.
"I was cast as a boy in the Pleasanton Playhouse production of 'Peter Pan,' " said Rementer. "Little did I know I would fly in several productions over the years." Rementer, who is the daughter of Pleasanton's former City Attorney Michael Roush and his wife, Vicky, has managed to create a career from her love of singing, dancing and acting.
And it all started in Pleasanton.
"I credit my voice teacher, Kelly Burge, for teaching me important techniques and getting my career started," said Rementer, adding that before she began lessons, she was a little girl who could only sing really loud, the way Annie belts out "Tomorrow." Impressed with her student's talent, the voice coach introduced Rementer to the world of voice-over work when she was in middle school. "I did voice work for the Reader Rabbit computer games," she said. "This was when I realized I didn't need to sit in front of a desk to earn a living." After graduating from Amador Valley High School in 2003, Rementer attended UC Irvine, where she participated in a satellite program that allowed her to live in New York to experience the theater scene and New York's fast pace of life.
"Being a California girl, I discovered I didn't like it," she said. "But it was a great experience and led me to explore other opportunities."
After earning her degree in drama, she performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines where she traveled to Africa, South America, Antarctica and Europe. This led to work with Disney Cruise Lines, where she appeared in "Toy Story: The Musical" and was cast in a "Peter Pan" production in which, once again, she flew above the stage.
"I loved the Walt Disney Company so much that I moved to Florida to pursue work at Disneyworld," she said. Rementer was immediately hired and, coincidentally, was cast with a young man she knew, Johnny Orenberg.
"Here we were," said Rementer, "two performers who grew up together in Pleasanton, California, cast together in "High School Musical" in Orlando, Florida."
Next, Rementer was cast to play Nemo and Squirt in a production of "Finding Nemo" in which she learned puppetry skills and, once again, flew above the stage.
Rementer and her fellow actors recently gained national attention for their production titled "Celestina Warbeck and the Singing Sorceress" at Universal Studios in Orlando.
Rementer's advice to young people who wish to enter theater is to take dance classes to "separate yourself from others" and to audition as often as possible to become familiar with the process. "It gets easier with practice," she said.
Inspired by singer Idina Menzel, Rementer can be viewed on YouTube mashing up the songs "Let It Go" from "Frozen" and "Defying Gravity" from Wicked. As this is written, views of the video are approaching 90,000. To see and hear Rementer perform, visit YouTube and search for "Erin Rementer," "Let It Go," and "Defying Gravity."
Congratulations to Rementer on her success. We look forward to many more performances.
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