Shylanda “Shy” Pam is a Louisiana native and resident of Abita Springs. She is a graduate of Mandeville High School and as a senior, was cast as an Ugly Step-sister in Rodger and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella”. She is a Graduate of General Studies with a concentration in Biology from Delgado Community College and is currently enrolled as a Science/Occupational Therapy major with an added acting class. With over 20 years of choral experience, music and performing is her first love! Shylanda was a background vocalist for local gospel artist, Lawne Phillips and has shared the stage with other gospel artists such as Tana Doughty and the legendary Stellar Award winner, Rance Allen. She also took a stab at the America’s favorite singing competition, “American Idol” in 2009. “Hair” The Musical, was her first Cutting Edge Production being cast as Tribe member Emmaretta and the comedic and memorable, Abraham Lincoln. Shy is beyond honored and extremely ecstatic to now be cast as Sofia in “The Color Purple” The Musical. Sofia’s role is something she dreamed of watching the film as a young adult. She feels as if this role is a privilege, with big shoes to fill. She is grateful to Brain Fontenot and Cutting Edge Productions for giving her this monumental opportunity and is truly humbled to share the stage with such a well known cast of local actors and singers. Shy is truly appreciative of her Fiancé and family for their tremendous sacrifice and support for her. She is forever indebted to them! She looks forward to a bright future in the performing arts and with Cutting Edge Theater!!