Julie Ruth, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began a life upon the stage at the age of 10. In the Orlando area, Julie performed such roles as “Catherine” in Pippin, “Sarah Brown” in Guys and Dolls, “Hodel” in Fiddler on the Roof, and “Sandy” in Grease at the Orlando Civic Theatre, as well as “Christine” in Phantom, “Witch” in Into the Woods, and “Narrator” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. As a resident artist with the Central Florida Lyric Opera, she appeared as “Mabel” in Pirates of Penzance, “Gilda” in Rigoletto, “Josephine” in HMS Pinafore, and “Luisa” in The Fantasticks. Julie performed the role of “Sister Mary Amnesia” in Nunsense as a part of the theatre’s most elite organization, the International Thespian Society: for her performance, she received the “All-Star Cast Award” for the state of Florida.
At the age of 17, Julie appeared as a guest on the Rosie O’Donnell Show. She performed the song “Someone Like You” from the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. Julie also filmed segments with pop sensation *NSYNC and Rosie at Orlando’s Islands of Adventures Theme Park.
As a BFA Musical Theatre student at the University of Central Florida, Julie appeared in numerous mainstage productions: Side By Side By Sondheim, Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt), and Damn Yankees (Meg Boyd). Her favorite experience at Theatre UCF was portraying the role of “Polly Baker” in Gershwin’s Crazy For You; she received an Irene Ryan Scholarship Nomination for this performance and went on to be a Semi-Finalist at the American College Theatre Festival.
On December 11, 2001, Julie had the honor of being a featured soloist at the White House. She performed for esteemed senators and congressmen, as well as for the heroic members of the New York City Police and Fire Departments who participated directly in the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Julie has also been a frequent National Anthem soloist for numerous professional athletic organizations throughout the country, including the NBA, NHL, and MLB.
Julie spent over a year singing and dancing for audiences of thousands at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in both Cinderella’s Surprise Celebration and Cinderellabration shows. Although she performed full-time on the castle stage, she also appeared frequently at Disney’s MGM-Studios in the Beauty and the Beast show, one of the longest running shows at Disney World.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida with Summa Cum Laude Honors (BFA Musical Theatre and BA Psychology degrees), Julie performed in numerous regional productions in such roles as: "Luisa" (The Fantasticks, Milwaukee Skylight Opera Theatre), "Eliza Doolittle" (My Fair Lady, Orlando Broadway Theatre), "Miss Nelson/Miss Swamp" (Miss Nelson Is Missing!, First Stage Children's Theatre, Milwaukee Performing Arts Center), "Penny" (Honk!, First Stage Children's Theatre, Milwaukee Performing Arts Center), and "Cheryl" (The Taffetas, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre). One of Julie's career highlights was performing as "Anne" in Sondheim's A Little Night Music at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier. The show, directed by critically acclaimed Broadway director, Gary Griffin, also co-starred Michael Cerveris, 2004 Tony Award winner ("Best Actor," Assassins) and current star of Broadway's Sweeney Todd. The show received two Jeff Awards (8 nominations) and rave reviews; the Chicago Sun-Times described Julie as a "golden-voiced ingénue."
Julie recently performed in Chicago in the musical A Year With Frog and Toad at the famed Goodman Theatre. This was the premiere production for the Chicago Children's Theatre. The Wall Street Journal called A Year With Frog and Toad "The best new musical on Broadway!" After an incredibly successful seven-week run, A Year With Frog and Toad closed on March 5th to sold-out audiences and a pictured feature in the Wall Street Journal (weekend edition).
Currently, Julie can be seen performing at Disney's MGM-Studios in the Beauty and the Beast show. She also appears at Animal Kingdom in the world premiere Finding Nemo: The Musical show and at Disney's Ft. Wilderness Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue dinner show, the longest-running show at Walt Disney World.