Moonlight and Magnolias 2015 Featured Dancers


Ellis Branch

Ellis Branch is a REALTOR in Ocean Springs. He serves as President of Biloxi/Ocean Springs Board of Realtors, President of Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce.

He is a member of Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and has served 2 terms on Vestrey of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He is a past board member of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Opera Association and Board of Humane Society of South Mississippi. He is a member of Boston Club of New Orleans, past board member of Back Bay Mission, past charter board member of Crew of Neptune and past board member and captain of the Revelers Carnival Association.

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Jonathan Brannan

You may recognize Jonathan Brannan from WLOX News. He is from the small town of Petal, MS and has been on stage nonstop since he was 14. He graduated from Petal High in 2008 and USM in 2012 with a degree in Music Education. He recently appeared in the Universal Pictures film, Pitch Perfect, as one of the opening Treblemakers, and continues to appear in films and commercials across the Southeast. In 2010, Jonathan had the opportunity to sing in front of Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, and Jennifer Lopez in the celebrity judge round of American Idol. He has held a lead role in over 13 musical theatre performances in Hattiesburg and New Orleans, including Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Rolf in The Sound of Music, Larry in the Sondheim musical Company, and many others. Jonathan has performed at many weddings and other events all throughout the country with jazz combos and big bands, and is now singing with the Coast Big Band.

Jonathan is the proud father of a beautiful, baby girl, Eden, and his wife, Alyssa, is an engineer at Chevron in Pascagoula.

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Stephanie Carter

Stephanie was born in Wiggins, Ms. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. She is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wiggins, Gulfport Yacht Club, Windance Country Club, Pine Burr Country Club and Gulf Coast Carnival Association where her husband, Rick, was King D’Iberville 2009, step-daughter, Christina, was Queen Ixolib 2012 and her daughter Alexa is reigning Queen Ixolib 2015. Stephanie and her husband, Rick Carter, Owner of the Island View Casino and Resort in Gulfport, Mississippi are involved in a host civic organizations and charitable events. She is most proud of her 5 children, Joel Jr, John, Jake, Christina, and Alexa. Stephanie and Rick have been happily married for 18 years and enjoy spending time with their children and 8 grandchildren at their ranch in Stone County.

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Roianne Newman Gutierrez

Roianne is CFO of Newman Lumber Company. She serves as Commissioner of the East Central Harrison County Public Utility District, board member of the Memorial Hospital of Gulfport Foundation, Biloxi Garden Club member and member of several tennis teams at Bayou Bluff Tennis Club. She is a member of Big O’s Darling Marlin Fishing Team, member of the Killer Bee Bait Women’s Pro Fishing Team and active throughout the years with the Gulfport School District – elected twice “Parent of the Year” – and an active member of the Harrison County Delta Gamma Alumni Association

She has been married to her husband of 27 years, Brent Gutierrez, who owns Global Seafood Technologies and have 2 sons – Chad, a senior at Gulfport High School, and Grant, a junior at the University of Mississippi. They are members of the Gulfport Yacht Club, members of Trinity United Methodist Church and have been active in various Mardi Gras Krewes for several years.

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Ron Hall

Ron is the Regional Director of Customer Experience for MGM. Ron focuses on ensuring the delivery of world-class guest service. He has established a clear road map to increased guest loyalty by identifying key drivers of guest satisfaction, key drivers of dissatisfaction and key guest experience enhancement opportunities through the continual analysis of guest service metrics. He collaborates with departments to create action plans to improve performance in key Guest Experience and M life metrics. He champions and coordinates all Guest Experience and M life related initiatives at the property level. In addition, he serves as the Corporate Marketing liaison for M life, Partnership Marketing, marketing systems support and training administration support at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and Gold Strike Casino Resort.

Ron has served many years with MGM Resorts International and has been a valued member of our team since 1991 at our formerly owned Mirage property, the Golden Nugget. Ron most recently served as the Executive Director of Food & Beverage for Beau Rivage where he was responsible for providing strategic direction and business planning, communication, administration and financial leadership for exceptional food quality and guest experience.

Ron has shared his vision within our Company and is a founding member of the BEAU Service Council. He was actively involved in the launch of M life and continually gives his time as a volunteer through the MGM Resorts Diversity and Community Council.

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Robyn Smith

Robyn Smith, Director of Entertainment at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, began her journey into the world of entertainment in 1994 with Greg Thompson Productions after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. Robyn worked her way to feature dancer and company manager with Greg Thompson Productions. While life as a production dancer was exciting, Robyn decided it was time to focus on her career. She traded in her sequined costumes for business suits where she moved behind the scenes to become the Entertainment Manager for Caesars Entertainment’s Grand Casino Gulfport.

After much dedication and hard work, Robyn advanced to the top of the corporate ladder to Director of Entertainment for Caesar’s Mid-South Region overseeing seven properties. In 2005, after riding out Katrina, Robyn passed on multiple job offers to remain near her family and the area she loves. It was during this time Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi called for her professional expertise.

Robyn was awarded the International Entertainment Casino Buyer of the Year awards in 2011 & 2013. Today, Robyn can be found working with the agents, management teams and a variety of artists doing what she loves most-MAKING ENTERTAINMNET HISTORY!

Robyn has been known as Robyn “Smith” in all of her professional career. Most recently Robyn married Bryan Levi, the love of her life, the man of her dreams and her best friend.

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