Presley was thrilled to reprise her role as Little Cee Cee in BEACHES the musical, based on the beloved book by Iris Rainer Dart at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, a role she originated in the world premiere production at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia. Beaches was directed by Eric Schaeffer and features music by David Austin and a book co-written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas.
“Cee Cee (played as a child by megawatt charmer Presley Ryan)” —Chicago Tribune
“Little Cee Cee Bloom (Presley Ryan, a comic knockout in a bravura opening number that sets a very high bar for all that is to follow)” —Chicago Sun Times
“Cee-Cee (played to perfection by the adorable Presley Ryan, who will knock your sox off)” —Around the Town Chicago
“Cee Cee Bloom (as a combination of Baby June, Tina Denmark and Annie, Presley Ryan is simply sensational)”—Chicago Theatre Review
“The little girls, played by Presley Ryan (Cee Cee) and Brooklyn Shuck (Bertie) are endearing and amazingly talented. Presley Ryan perfectly captures Cee Cee’s mixture of bravado and vulnerability, while Brooklyn Shuck sets the tone for Bertie’s sweetness and strength. The girls’ duets were a delight and their voices blended in sweet harmony.”—Splash Magazine LA
Highlights From Broadway-Bound "Beaches" Starring Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Presley portrayed CINDY LOU WHO in the National Tour of DR. SUESS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSICAL. This limited holiday engagement was directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard and toured Birmingham, The Chicago Theatre and Madison Square Garden during the 2014 holiday season.
"The Whos, and especially little Cindy-Lou Who (Presley Ryan), are particularly endearing....Ryan sounds like she could be standing in for the Annie production down the street, with a clear, sweet tone that makes you want to pick her up and hug her." —The Local Tourist-Chicago
"Young actress Presley Ryan is picture perfect (and vocally pitch perfect) as the wide-eyed Cindy-Lou Who"—NWI Times
Presley was honored to make her Broadway debut as the understudy for Small Alison, Christian and John in the Tony award winning musical FUN HOME. Based on Alison Bechdel's best selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them the Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book, Best Direction and Best Musical.
Fun Home performs "Rock"-inspired "Ring of Keys" - Gypsy of the Year 2015
"Gee, Mr. Miranda" - Fun Home at Easter Bonnet Competition 2016
HAMILTON Ham4Ham 11/14/15 with The Hamilton Children
Fun Home Kids - One Direction Medley (aka, Fun Direction)
Beaches (Signature Theatre)
Presley originated the role of Young Cee Cee in the world premiere musical BEACHES based on the beloved book by Iris Rainer Dart. Beaches features music by David Austin and a book co-written by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas. Beaches was directed by Eric Schaeffer at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.
“The initial Cee Cee is played by the precocious Presley Ryan who opens the show with her incredible talent and personality. You can only imagine her in GYPSY singing "Let Me Entertain You".” — Broadway World
“Presley Ryan as Little Cee Cee, who can play big without playing hammy. Lord knows the show tempts her with a big Star Search-ready opening number, but she stays disciplined and economical with it, which only makes her shine the brighter.” — DC Theatre Scene
“Presley Ryan is adorable as the fiery Little Cee Cee, bravely opening the show with the song “What a Star” where she shows Bertie her act, complete with cute choreography by Dan Knechtges.” — MD Theatre Guide
“Presley Ryan, fresh off her appearance on NBC’s The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood plays Little Cee Cee, the precocious child who would become a big star. Ryan gets the show off to a rollicking start with “What A Star” performing an electrifying song-and-dance routine worthy of Shirley Temple in her heyday. Ryan’s got mega-watt energy and sass galore and the show hits the heights whenever she’s on stage.” — Alexandria Times
“As the littlest embodiments of the main characters, Brooklyn Shuck and Presley Ryan are delightful.” — Washington Post
“Brooklyn Shuck as little Bertie and Presley Ryan as little Cee Cee are also excellent” — DC Metro Arts
“Even the young Cee Cee and Bertie, played by the fantastic Brooklyn Shuck and Presley Ryan, seemed genuinely connected to one another, making the simple origins of the friendship seem real and binding.” — We Love DC
Presley made her professional debut understudying the roles of Brigitta and Marta in NBC's live three-hour telecast of The Sound of Music based on the original Broadway musical, starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Laura Benanti, Audra McDonald and Christian Borle. The production was executive produced by Neil Meron and Craig Zadan and aired live on NBC on December 5, 2013.
THE HUNDRED DRESSES
Presley recently played the role of Cecile Allen in the New York City Premiere of Mary Hall Surface's adaptation of The Hundred Dresses, directed by Laura Luc at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in NYC.
Eleanor Estes’s 1945 Newbery Honor, The Hundred Dresses tells the story of Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for claiming she has one hundred dresses at home, when she wears the same faded blue dress everyday. This timeless tale addresses the hurt inflicted by teasing and the painful consequences for bystanders who fail to act courageously, when they have the power to make a change.
Presley played the role of Jane, one of the seminary girls, in the Off-Broadway and U.S. premiere of A LITTLE PRINCESS the Musical, a brand new adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's beloved classic coming straight from London. A LITTLE PRINCESS features music and lyrics by Marc Folan and book by Adam Boden and was directed by Laura Luc at the Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC.
Presley was the youngest cast member in KOTA's production of Freckleface Strawberry the Musical. The production, directed by Laura Luc and choreographed by Lane Napper, toured NYC and New Jersey throughout June 2013, including Off-Broadway at the 47th Street Theatre in NYC.
KOTA's Freckleface Strawberry was nominated for Best Children's Production in New Jersey on BroadwayWorld.com.
Presley was honored to perform in MPAC's first fully produced main stage youth musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Webber's uplifting musical with lyrics by Tim Rice. MPAC's Joseph was nominated for Best Children's Production in New Jersey on BroadwayWorld.com.
THE HYPE GIRLZ
Presley enjoyed performing and recording as part of tween pop group, The Hype Girlz, known for their anti-bullying anthem “Stand Up.” The Hype Girlz were a diverse singing group formed to promote courage and self-confidence and empower girls to strive to make a difference in the world by taking a stance against bullying.