Mel Lastrina is a first-year graduate student originally from Portland, Connecticut. After earning a BFA Theatre Degree from Elon University, she moved to California in 2010. Her professional career began at a young age performing in musical theater shows, including the Broadway tours of Oliver! and Showboat, performing with Radio Disney, and in live shows at Foxwoods Resort Casino. She also competed with dance both nationally and internationally, and won both regional and national titles for her solos, including the title of National Miss Fire and Ice. Mel has been featured in music videos with Loui & Scibi, Kimberly Caldwell, and Eva, as well as commercially, and currently performs in Los Angeles in the jazz cabaret group, The Beauties.