Maria Russell, a professional pianist since the age of eleven, is currently working on two original musicals, ("Wonderland Escapades" and "Simple Miracles") written with her mom, Gloria V. Russell.
"Wonderland Escapades" is an Anti-Bully musical based on the characters and scenes of Alice in Wonderland. A 35 minute show of "Wonderland Escapades" was presented in the at risk schools Nov. 2013 and a preview was presented Nov. 2019. The full production will make it's premiere in Las Vegas 2022 as the pandemic permits.
"Simple Miracles" is based on the story of Bernadette and the miracles at Lourdes. Songs from "Simple Miracles" were just released on CD in November 2017. Maria graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Music as well as a Masters of Computer Science and Webmasters Certification. She plays at Holy Family Catholic Church, for the NV Opera Theatre and Myron Heaton Chorale. She is also a freelance graphic artist designing logos, CD covers, booklets and websites.
Maria has been the Music Director for the City of Las Vegas melodramas in the Park, as well as pianist for several Las Vegas hotels and restaurants including the Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas and the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.