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Show Information

Hale Centre Theatre's production of

Book, Music and Lyrics by

Jill Santoriello

 

Directed & Choreographed by

Dave Tinney

A TALE OF TWO CITIES THE MUSICAL is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals

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Production Team

Producer: Sally Dietlein

Director/Choreographer: Dave Tinney

Music Director: Kelly DeHaan

Production Stage Manager: Chantel Ficklin

Scenic Design: Kacey Udy

Associate Scenic Design/Production Artist: Madeline Ashton

Costume Design: Joy Zhu

Lighting Design: Jaron Hermansen

Sound Design: Dan Morgan

Properties Design: Michelle Jensen

Hair & Make-up Design: Krissa Lent

Video/Projection Design: Bobby Gibson

Video/Projection Content Artist: Madeline Ashton

Automation Design: Tom Hohl

Director's Notes

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only." -Charles Dickens Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens first published his novel A Tale of Two Cities in 1859, three years before his contemporary Victor Hugo published his most famous work Les Miserables. Both authors chose to set their stories against the backdrop of the French Revolutions of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-centuries. Though Hugo had used an historic setting for his earlier novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this was a departure for Dickens as his stories were usually set within the years of his own lifetime. He more often drew from events and characters that populated his early life in Victorian England. So, why would Dickens suddenly travel back in time almost eighty years to create a study of revolution?

Like many of his works, Dickens hoped not only to entertain his readers, but to affect social change. 

By 1860, London had grown to be the largest city in the world. The great revolutions and political struggles of late nineteenth-century Europe brought many from Russia, Poland, France, Italy and Germany - including revolutionaries and political activists, but most came to work, or to escape persecution. Cities provided a wider range of jobs, but unskilled and casual workers continued to struggle with low wages and irregular incomes, the fear of accidents and the dread of slipping into that criminal underworld which Dickens wrote often about. The urban poor of his day and those from the 1780’s had much in common: unsanitary and overcrowded housing, low wages, poor diet, insecure employment and the dreaded effects of sickness and old age. Add to that mix an apathetic and oppressive aristocracy and the current social climate he was witnessing was a brewing storm that had eerie echoes of the not so distant past. 

In Tale of Two Cities, Dickens expresses sympathy for the downtrodden poor by paralleling the injustices of the social and political systems in Victorian London with those that ignited a revolution in France a century before. However, Dickens is no friend of the vengeful mob that stormed the Bastille and cheered the guillotine. As with all of his stories, his passion is for the unforgettable individuals he creates. The sorrows of the suffering masses, their demands for justice, and the indiscriminate fury they unleash take flesh in Madame Defarge, while the self-sacrifice that is the truest means of atonement is manifested in the unlikely hero Sydney Carton. In A Tale of Two Cities, humanity does not show its best side in the mean streets of Paris or even London, but in the intimate circle of loyal friends that gathers around the honorable Doctor Manette and his lovely daughter, Lucie.

As he does with so many of his characters, Dickens continually reminds his readers that it is choice more than circumstance that determines our destinies. Indiscriminate words or actions carried out in fits of passion often ends in tragic consequences for even the noblest of souls. Likewise, for those who have long been thought lost, a seemingly random act of kindness could provide the first step on a pathway to redemption. 

A Tale of Two Cities is a cautionary tale written for the people of Dickens’ time. Yet like many great classics, it remains as timely as it is timeless. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”

-Dave Tinney

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act I

Prologue - Manette Cell & Streets, Paris

Prologue

Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, Marquis St. Evremonde, Young Lucie, Young Manette, Young Man, Men in Cloak & Young Woman

Scene 1 - Defarge Wine Shop, Paris

The Way It Ought To Be/ You’ll Never Be Alone

Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Gaspard, Little Gaspard, Jaques’s, & Ensemble

Scene 2 – The Chateau Of The Marquis, Paris

The Argument 

Charles Darnay, Marquis St. Evremonde, Gabelle, Falconer, Seamstress, & John Barsad

Scene 3 - Dover, London

Dover

Charles Darnay, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, John Barsad, Constable, Sailors, & English Soldiers

Scene 4 - Legal Office, London

The Way It Ought To Be 

Sydney Carton, Jerry Cruncher, & Stryver

Scene 5 - Tavern, London

No Honest Way

Sydney Carton, Jerry  Cruncher, John Barsad, & Ensemble 

Scene 6 - Courtroom, London

The Trial

Sydney Carton, Charles Darney, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, John Barsad, Jerry Cruncher, Stryver, Attorney General, & Ensemble

Scene 7 - Tavern, London

Round And Round/Reflections

Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, & Ensemble

Scene 8 - Streets & Manette Home, Paris & London

The Way It Ought To Be Reprise/ Letters From Uncle/ The Promise

Charles Darnay, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Miss Pross, Madame Defarge, Marquis St. Evremonde, Jerry Cruncher, & Cronies

Scene 9 - Street, London

Round And Round #2 (Bless This Fine Night)/ I Can’t Recall

Sydney Carton, Lucie Manette, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, Cronies, & Ensemble

Scene 10 - Manette Garden, London

Now At Last/ If Dreams Came True

Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, & Little Lucie

Scene 11 - Defarge Wine Shop, Paris

Out Of Sight

Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Gaspard, Little Gaspard, John Barsad, Jaque, Marquis St. Evremonde, Gabelle, French Soldiers, & Ensemble

Scene 12a - Manette Home & City Street, London & Paris

Gabelle’s Letter/ I Always Knew/ Little One

Sydney Carton, Charles Darney, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Gaspard, Little Gaspard, Jaques’s, & Ensemble

Scene 12b - City Streets, Paris

Until Tomorrow

Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Gaspard, Little Gaspard, Jaques’s, French Soldiers, & Ensemble

Synopsis of Scenes

Act II

Scene 1 - The Bastille, Paris

Everything Stays The Same

Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Gaspard, Jaques’s, Gabelle, Seamstress, French Soldiers, French Peasants, & Aristocrat Prisoners

Scene 2 - Streets, Paris

No Honest Way Reprise  

John Barsad & Jerry Cruncher

Scene 3 - Courtroom, Paris

The Tale

Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Jerry Cruncher, Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Young Manette, Young Man, Young Woman, Marquis St. Evremonde, Men In Cloak & Ensemble

Scene 4 - Tellson’s Bank Apt, Paris

If Dreams Came True Reprise/ Without A Word

Sydney Carton, Lucie Manette, Miss Pross, & Little Lucie 

Scene 5 - Streets, Paris

Sydney Carton & Jerry Crunche

Scene 6 - Streets, Paris

The Bluff

Sydney Carton & John Barsad

Scene 7 - Defarge Wine Shop, Paris

Dr. Manette, Madame Defarge, Ernest Defarge, Gaspard, & Jaques’s

Scene 8 - Tellson’s Bank Apt, Paris

The Way It Ought To Be/Let Her Be A Child

Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, Dr. Manette, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, & Little Lucie

Scene 9 - Darnay Cell, Paris

Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, John Barsad, Turnkey, Seamstress, & Aristocratic Prisoners

Scene 10 - Tellon’s Bank Apt, Paris

If Dreams Came True Reprise  

Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay, Lucie Manette, Mr. Lorry, Miss Pross, Jerry Cruncher, John Barsad, Little Lucie, Madame Defarge, & Ernest Defarge

Scene 11 & 12 - The Square, Paris

Final

Sydney Carton, Seamstress, Turnkey, Number Keeper, French Soldiers, & Aristocratic Prisoners

Bows – Full Company

Cast in Order of Appearance

Mon · Wed · Fri
Tues · Thurs · Sat
Dr. Alexander Manette
David Weekes
Ric Starnes
Young Woman/French Peasant/Ensemble
Madeleine Hanks
MaKenna Tinney
Marquis St. Evremonde
Josh Egbert
Jim Dale
Young Man/French Peasant/Sailor/French Soldier/Ensemble
Abram Yarbro
Nathan Kremin
Young Manette/French Peasant/Sailor/French Soldier/Ensemble
Woody Brook
Jadon Webster
Man in Cloak/French Peasant/Gabelle/Soldier/Number Keeper/Ensemble
Kiirt Banks
George Banner
Man in Cloak/John Barsad
Stephen Kerr
John Sweeney
Mr. Jarvis Lorry
Jared Dunn
Mark Knowles
Young Lucie/Little Lucie
Leilani Walker
Hailey Burnham
Miss Pross
Linda Jean Stephenson
Sharon Kenison
Jerry Cruncher
Oran Marc de Baritault
J.R. Moore
Lucie Manette
Brittany Andam
Jessica Sundwall Hudson
Madame Therese Defarge/Scoundrel/Crowd
Adrien Swenson
McKenna Kay Jensen
Ernest Defarge/Sailor/English Soldier
Austin Smith
Jason Baldwin
French Peasant/Stryver/French President/Turnkey/Ensemble
David K. Martin
Justin Bills
Gaspard/Constable/Attorney General/Scoundrel/Ensemble
Alex DeBirk
David Matthew Smith
Jaques #1/Falconer/Sailor/Crony #1/Ensemble
Patrick Wendel
Tony Akin
Jaques #2/Sailor/Crony #2/French Soldier/Ensemble
Jason Buonforte
Spencer Anopol
French Peasant/Seamstress/Sister/Ensemble
Melinda DeBirk
Samantha Paredes
French Peasant/Ensemble
Rachel Martorana
Aitana Alapa
French Peasant/Ensemble
April Kerr
Julie Waite
French Peasant/Aristocrat Prisoner/Ensemble
Becca Ashton
Jaymie Lambson
French Peasant/Aristocrat Prisoner/Ensemble
Anya Young Wilson
Rachel Ryan Nicholes
Little Gaspard/Aristocrat Prisoner
Nolan Reinbold
Parker Burnham
Charles Darnay
Ren Cottam
Kelton Davis
Sydney Carton
Kyle Olsen
Casey Elliott
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Cast Biographies

Changes in tonight's performance

Young Manette/Man 7

will be played by

Woody Brook

Sydney Carton

Kyle Olsen

Kyle Olsen

MON · WED · FRI

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Grateful to be a part of this production again; Kyle previously led our 2011 production of A Tale of Two Cities as Sydney. Favorite stage credits include: Sydney Carton, A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens/Fred), Ragtime (Tateh), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson) with HCT; 

Les Misérables and The Secret Garden at Utah Shakespeare Festival; and multiple years touring with The Forgotten Carols. Kyle graduated from Weber State University under Jim Christian. To Mark, Sally, Dave, and Kelly - thank you for believing”. 

Casey Elliott

Casey Elliott

TUES · THURS · SAT

@GENTRImusic

Stage credits for Casey include: AIDA (Radames) both 2006 and 2016, A Tale of Two Cities (Sydney Carton), Les Miserables (Jean Valjean), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph) with Hale Centre Theatre. Tour credits include: AIDA (Radames) National Tour and China Tour. Film Credits include “Retreat to Paradise” (Jordan), “Out of Liberty” (Hyrum Smith), “An Hour Behind” (Adam). 

Casey is also a member of the tenor trio GENTRI. “To my family, ‘I love you’. Thank you for always supporting me. ‘A happy family is but an earlier heaven’ -George Bernard Shaw”

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Charles Darney

Ren Cottam

Ren Cottam

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Ren comes to Hale Centre with an extensive resume. Favorite credits include: BYU - Wonderland (White Knight) and Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro). 

He also performed with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre and Young Ambassadors. Ren holds a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University. 

Kelton Davis

Kelton Davis

TUES · THURS · SAT

Returning to the HCT Family, Kelton was previously seen in our productions of Murder on the Orient Express (Samuel Ratchett/James Arbuthnot), Cinderella (Jean-Michelle) and The Scarlet Pimpernel. 

Other favorite stage credits include: Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) with Actor’s Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Tarzan (Kerchak), Seussical (General Genghis Khan Schmitz) and Children of Eden (Noah) with American Fork Players. Kelton holds a BA in Media Arts from BYU and works as a Multimedia Manager with BYU Enrollment Services. “Working with such a world class cast & crew is certainly ‘The Best of Times’”.

Dr. Manette

David Weekes

David Weekes

MON · WED · FR

David most recently played Scrooge in our 2020 production of A Christmas Carol and is no stranger to our audiences. Recent credits include: Phantom (Gerard Carriere), Joseph..Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potipher), as well as I Do! I Do! (Michael). 

He also served as Director of our 2016 Big River. David holds a BA in Theatre Arts/Education from USU. “Thanks to Mark, Sally, Dave, and Kelly for allowing me to be a part of this beautiful show. Special thanks to Brenda and our wonderful family. This one's for you!” 

Ric Starnes

Ric Starnes

TUES · THURS · SAT

A familiar face to Utah theater audiences. Hale Centre Theatre credits include: Newsies, Tuck Everlasting, To Kill a Mockingbird, Beau Jest, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, A Christmas Carol, and most recently Bright Star

HCTO: Newsies, Joseph... Dreamcoat, Big Fish, and the film version of Blink; Pioneer Theater Company: Newsies. “My deepest gratitude to Dave, Kelly, Sally, Mark and the entire production team for this opportunity. And mostly to my wonderful wife for your love and support. Please enjoy the show”.

Lucie Manette

Brittany Andam

Brittany Andam

MON · WED · FRI

@brittanyandam

Making her HCT debut! Brittany comes to the Hale Centre with many performing credits to her name. She was Adina in BYU's spring opera l'Elisir d'Amore, was a featured performer for Governor Herbert's annual Gala, and soloed in The Stadium of Fire in 2016. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from BYU under the guidance of Dr. J Arden Hopkin and Darrell Babidge. 

When not singing, Brittany stays busy modeling, acting and spending time with her husband and 3 year old son. "I never want to be limited. There's so much to learn, experience and accomplish in life and I plan to do it all at least once."  

Jessica Sundwall Hudson

Jessica Sundwall Hudson

TUES · THURS · SAT

@jsunnyhud

Jessica is thrilled to be back with Hale Centre Theatre and this production of A Tale of Two Cities. Favorite stage credits include: Les Misérables (Cosette) and A Christmas Carol (Belle/Laundress) with HCT; 

Little Women (Meg/Clarissa) with HCTO; The King-Final Hours (Priscilla Presley) in NYC; and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle). “A huge thank you to my husband, Parker, my family, my friends, and the amazing cast and crew that made this beautiful production possible”. 

Mr. Jarvis Lorry

Jared Dunn

Jared Dunn

MON · WED · FRI

Jared is honored to be a part of Tale once again after playing in our 2011 production. HCT credits include: A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, The Heart of Robin Hood, Big River, Beau Jest, Over The River…, Annie Get Your Gun, The Civil War, The Slipper and the Rose, and 1776

Promised Valley Playhouse credits include Patience, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mr. Roberts, and The Pirates of Penzance. Jared has a BA in Musical Theatre from BYU. “I am very grateful for the privilege of being in A Tale of Two Cities for the second time; a story encompassing love, family, friendship, loyalty, overcoming great adversity, and ultimate sacrifice”.

Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles

TUES · THURS · SAT

A familiar face to Hale Centre audiences, Mark is excited to be playing on our stage again. Credits include: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot), My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), 1776 (John Adams), The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Hello, Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson) with HCT and Camelot (King Arthur), The King and I (The King of Siam) with CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. “Thanks to Wendy, the love and light of my life”. 

Miss Pross

Linda Jean Stephenson

Linda Jean Stephenson

MON · WED · FRI

Linda Jean has over 50 productions to her name in the last 30 years. Favorites include: Murder on the Orient Express, Steel Magnolias, Tuck Everlasting, Don’t Drink The Water, A Tale Of Two Cities, Is He Dead?, Arsenic and Old Lace, Oliver!, Noises Off, My Fair Lady spanning across Hale Centre Theatre, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, The Grand Theatre, and Rodgers Memorial Theatre. 

Linda Jean has a BA in Communications from BYU and has been the Senior Executive Conference Manager at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center for 19 years.

Sharon Kenison

Sharon Kenison

TUES · THURS · SAT

A favorite of HCT audiences, Sharon is elated to be a part of this thrilling production. Recent stage credits include: Murder on the Orient Express (Helen Hubbard), An American in Paris (Madame Baurel), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), The Music Man (Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn) as well as Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, Steel Magnolias, Pillow Talk, Fiddler on The Roof, A Christmas Carol, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Sister Act. “This performance is for my beautiful daughter, my best cheerleader. Miss you.”

“I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful cast and crew! Special thanks to family and friends for their continued love and support. Enjoy the show!” 

Madame Therese Defarge

Adrien Swenson

Adrien Swenson

MON · WED · FRI

@adjeswenson

Adrien is pleased to be performing with Hale Centre Theatre once again. Favorite credits include: Finding Neverland (Miss Bassett) National Tour; 9 to 5: The Musical (Judy), Disney’s Tarzan (Kala), A Tale of Two Cities (Madame Defarge), and The Civil War (Sarah) with HCT; 

Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman) at the Noorada; Freaky Friday (Katherine) with Circa ‘21; Parade at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival; Oliver! at The Grand Theatre; and Connie Lou in “The Forgotten Carols'' both on tour and in the new film. “Thanks to friends and fam who always support. Thrilled to resurrect this juicy character again 10 years later!''

Mc Kenna Jensen

McKenna Kay Jensen

TUES · THURS · SAT

Thrilled to be playing again with Hale Centre Theatre; McKenna was previously seen in our production of GHOST: The Musical as the fabulous Oda Mae Brown. Other favorite stage credits include: Eclipsed (Helena) at Studio 115; Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle) at The Grand Theatre; and The Threepenny Opera (Mrs. Peachum) at the Babcock Theatre. 

McKenna holds a BFA in Theatre through the Actors’ Training Program from the University of Utah. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ernest Defarge

Austin Smith

Austin Smith

MON · WED · FRI

@Ajohn_Smith

Austin is excited to return to HCT! Previous credits include: Phantom (Phantom), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Ozzy), The Heart of Robin Hood (Little John), and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Beast) at Hale Centre Theatre; and The Last Five Years (Jamie), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), and Sweeney Todd (Anthony) at the University of Utah. 

Austin is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Program at the U of U. “Thank you to My God, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the talent & ability he has given me to perform. All Glory Goes to him! Jessica Lee I love you more than Words can express. Thank you for being my rock and the love of my Life.”

Jason Baldwin

Jason Baldwin

TUES · THURS · SAT

Recent credits include: Bright Star (Stanford Adams), Freaky Friday (Mike), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Ozzy), and The Music Man (Jacey Squires) at Hale Centre Theatre. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (William Barfee) and Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy) at Weber State University.  

Jason holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and works for HCT as our Set Shop Manager. “Thanks to my sweet wife and my two "P's" in a pod for putting up with me and always cheering me on. Love you all.”

Marquis St. Evremonde

Josh Egbert

Josh Egbert

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Josh is honored to be a part of this production of A Tale of Two Cities. Performing credits include: SCERA - The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston); American Fork Community Theatre - Jekyll and Hyde (John Utterson); 

Mesa Community College - How to Succeed… (J. Pierrepont Finch); and Mesa Encore Theatre - The Fantasitics! (Matt). He is also featured on “The Lion’s Den” Original Concept Recording as Nebachadnezzar. Josh is studying Psychology at BYU and hopes to complete a PhD in Clinical Psychology. “Thanks so much to my amazing wife for supporting me in my passion for performing. I love you Sarah!”

Jim Dale

Jim Dale

TUES · THURS · SAT

Thrilled to be back on the Centre Stage; Jim was previously seen in out production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Favorite credits include: My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), Man of la Mancha (Don Quixote), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), The Sound of Music (Capt. Von Trapp), Camelot (King Arthur), South Pacific (Emile de Beque), Peter Pan (Captain Hook), and The Fantasticks (El Gallo!). 

Also, Blithe Spirit (Charles), A Man For All Seasons (Cromwell), Dancing at Lughnasa (Jack), and The Taming Of The Shrew (Baptista). 

John Barsad

Stephen Kerr

Stephen Kerr

MON · WED · FRI

Stephen is honored to be filling the shoes of John Barsad once again after previously playing this part in our 2011 production of A Tale of Two Cities. Recent stage credits include: Admiral Boom/Park Keeper/Bank Chairman in Mary Poppins right here on the HCT Centre Stage. 

Other credits for HCT include: Tuck Everlasting (Man in the Yellow Suit), Big River (Pap Finn), The Pirate Queen (Dubhdara O’Malley), Les Misérables (Thernardier), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Lord Scrumptious/Toymaker), and many years as Ebenezer Scrooge in our production of A Christmas Carol. “The life in front of you is far more important than the life behind you.”

John Sweeney

John Sweeney

TUES · THURS · SAT

@thetaleofsweeneyjohn

John is no stranger to HCT audiences, having performed in Catch Me If You Can, A Christmas Carol, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Big River, The Slipper and the Rose, Lucky Stiff, Heaven Can Wait, Charley’s Aunt, and The Mousetrap

He has also directed many shows for HCT: A Tale of Two Cities, Mary Poppins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Big Fish, Phantom, Fiddler on the Roof, Big: The Musical, 9 to 5: The Musical, and A Christmas Carol (for 17 years). John graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and works for WEX Health. “What comes from the heart, goes to the heart. All my love to Ally, JJ, and Charlotte.” 

Jerry Cruncher

Oran Marc de Baritault

Oran Marc de Baritault

MON · WED · FRI

Oran is thrilled to be returning to Hale Centre Theatre. Performing credits include: The Foreigner (Owen Musser), Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf), Sister Act (Monsignor O’Hara), Phantom (Jean-Claude), No Time for Sergeants and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with HCT; and Peter Pan (Smee), Babes in Toyland (Master Toy Maker), The Three Musketeers (Porthos), Zorro (Sgt. Gonzales), Robin Hood (Little John) with Utah Children’s Theatre. “To my son, Erik Tiberius: Never give up and reach for the stars! Daddy loves you! This one’s for you, Lil’ Rik!” 

J R Moore

J.R. Moore

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his HCT debut! J.R. is no stranger to this show after playing John Barsad in CenterPoint Legacy Theatre’s production of A Tale of Two Cities. Other favorite credits include: The Addams Family (Uncle Fester) with CPT and Miracle on 42nd Street (Kris Kringle) with Desert Star Playhouse.

 He studied in the Actor’s Training Program at the University of Utah and graduated with a degree in Communications. “All my love to Kristina, Devan, and Lex. Thank you for your never-ending support”.  

Stryver/Man 1

David Martin

David K. Martin

MON · WED · FRI

David is honored to be joining the company of A Tale of Two CIties. Additional HCT credits include: Disney’s Tarzan 2013 & 2020 (Clayton), A Christmas Carol (Mr. Fezziwig),  Disney’s Freaky Friday (Grandpa Gordon), Tuck Everlasting (Angus Tuck), The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolpho), Arsenic and Old Lace (Officer O’Hara), She Loves Me (Kodaly), Ghost: The Musical (Hospital/Subway Ghost), and The Little Mermaid (Sebastian). 

Justin Bills

Justin Bills

TUES · THURS · SAT

@jbizzinsta

Justin is glad to be back on the Centre Stage after previously being seen in our 2017 production of The Music Man. Justin has also provided the musical direction for Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tuck Everlasting, Newsies, Anything Goes, Les Misérables, and Hello, Dolly! with Hale Center Theatre Orem. 

He proudly holds a Masters of Music from BYU and has served as Director of Choirs at Salem Hills High School for 12 years. “Thank you to Mark and Sally, Dave, Kelly and this tremendous cast! So much love to my wonderful family for supporting me!” 

Gaspard/Man 2

Alex De Birk

Alex DeBirk

MON · WED · FRI

Glad to be back with Hale Centre Theatre; Alex was previously seen in our production of The Pirate Queen. Other notable credits include: Daddy Long Legs with Midvale Main Street Theater; Jane Eyre Hale Center Theater Orem; Les Misérables with Tuacahn. 

Alex holds MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and BYU respectively. He teaches Physics at American Heritage School and maintains a private structural engineering practice. “Love and gratitude to my dearest M, A, E, & L”. 

David Matthew Smith

David Matthew Smith

TUES · THURS · SAT

Thrilled to be back on the Centre Stage, David was previously seen in our 2018 production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other favorite stage credits include: Little Woman (Professor Bhaer), A Christmas Carol (Bob Cratchit), Disney’s Tarzan (Tarzan), Hello, Dolly! (Cornelius Hackl), and Les Misérables (Enjolras) all at Hale Center Theater Orem.

David holds a Minor in Theatre Performance form UVU under the direction of Dave Tinney. “I hope that this story can help remind us of the beauty that still exists in this tumultuous world”.

Gabelle/Man 3

Kiirt Banks

Kiirt Banks

MON · WED · FRI

@kiirtbanks

Making his HCT debut! Kiirt is honored to be joining the Hale Centre Theatre family with this production of A Tale of Two Cities. Performing credits include: Ragtime, AIDA, To Kill A Mockingbird, Sudan and Me, Rise, and  Journey By Faith. “Laughter is the best medicine”. 

George Banner

George Banner

TUES · THURS · SAT

@ryangeorgebanner

Making his HCT debut! George is thrilled to be joining the HCT family with this prediction of A Tale of Two Cities. Previous credits include: Little Women (Professor Bhaer) and Hairspray (Link Larkin) with Hale Center Theater Orem; and Les Misérables (Enjolras) and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph) at Bonneville High School. 

George graduated in Communication and Public Relations from UVU and works there as an Integrated Marketing Manager.  "I love to create. From a customer journey to a tender moment on stage, creating instills in me a deep satisfaction and zeal for the life”. 

Man 4

Patrick Wendel

Patrick Wendel

MON · WED · FRI

Patrick was last seen in our productions of Disney’s Tarzan, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Seussical, Freaky Friday, The Wizard of Oz, and Tuck Everlasting. Other credits include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Pirate Queen, The Addams Family, and AIDA on stages including CenterPoint Legacy Theatre and the Ziegfeld Theatre. “Art is just another form of screaming.”

Tony Akin

Tony Akin

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his Hale Centre Theatre debut! A new face to HCT audiences, Tony comes to our stage with an extensive resume. Favorite stage credits include: Les Miserables, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific with the Akin Center Theater and The Music Man, Big River, and Annie with Wearhouse Theatre Company. 

Tony holds a BA in Education from Central Washington University and a BFA in Musical Dance Theatre from BYU. “Lots of love to my wife, Amy, and four kids, Calvin, Mitchell, Sadie, and Adam”.

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Jason Buonforte

Jason Buonforte

MON · WED · FRI

@jasonbuonforte

Jason was last seen on the HCT stage in Mary Poppins, Seussical, Freaky Friday, The Wizard of Oz, Tuck Everlasting, and Aida, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, and Big Fish

He has also performed as Ensemble in In the Heights and Combeferre in Les Miserables at HCTO. When not on stage, Jason works as an Analyst for Vivint Smart Home. “I am extremely grateful to the production team and all those involved with this fantastic production. I am truly humbled to be able to perform at such a beautiful theatre.” 

Spencer Anopol

Spencer Anopol

TUES · THURS · SAT

@spenceranopol

Thrilled to be back at Hale Centre; Spencer was previously a part of our production of Freaky Friday. He was also recently seen in HCTO’s production of Anything Goes.

He has a B.S. degree in Communication from the University of Utah and does PR and marketing for various film and entertainment organizations and companies--including Lendio, the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA), American Cinema Editors (ACE), and RED Digital Cinema (RED). “Life’s Short, Talk Fast”. 

Young Man/Man 6

Abram Yarbro

Abram Yarbro

MON · WED · FRI

abramyarbro.com

Abram was recently seen in Bright Star on our Jewel Box Stage. Previous credits: Hale Centre Theatre- Phantom (Inspector Ledoux), The Scarlet Pimpernel (St. Cyr) and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Issachar); HCTO- Newsies (Davey) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter). 

He received his Associate’s Degree from Eastern Arizona College and graduated from BYU with a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Dramaturgy and Critical Studies. “As we fight for a tomorrow of justice and equity, may we remember love and empathy today and everyday”. 

Nathan Kremin

Nathan Kremin

TUES · THURS · SAT

A familiar face to HCT audiences. Previous credits include: Million Dollar Quartet (Elvis understudy), Bright Star (Max), The Addams Family (Lucas Beineke), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Armand St. Just), Bright Star, Matilda, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. 

Other favorite credits include Juanito Bandito (Grimm) at Pickleville Playhouse. “Thank you to my beautiful wife, Becca. You are my everything. “I thank the Lord everyday for my beautiful wife, Becca, for choosing me everyday. ‘Let everything happen to you. Beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final’”. -Rainer Maria Rilke 

Young Manette/Man 7

Woody Brook

Woody Brook

MON · WED · FRI

@woodsterbrook

Woody was most recently seen on the HCT stage in Strictly Ballroom (Merv), Cinderella, An American in Paris, Newsies, Tuck Everlasting, AIDA, A Christmas Carol, and Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. 

Other credits include: HCTO - Sense and Sensibility (Understudy to Edward Ferrars & Robert Ferrars) Little Women (John Brooke), Anything Goes, Tarzan, and Joseph… Dreamcoat;

BYU-A Wilder Night; Vilar Performing Arts Center (Colorado)-Legally Blonde. “Thanks to friends and family for their support and love.'' @woodsterbrook

Jadon Webster

Jadon Webster

TUES · THURS · SAT

@jadon.j

Returning to the Centre Stage, Jadon was previously seen in our 2018 production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other favorites stage credits include: Sweeney Todd (Anthony), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Monty D’Ysquith), and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph). 

Seamstress/Woman 1

Melinda De Birk

Melinda DeBirk

MON · WED · FRI

Melinda is very excited to be back at Hale Centre after several years away. Previous credits include: The Slipper and the Rose (Cinderella) with HCT; Les Miserables (Cosette) with Tuacahn; The Secret Garden (Lily) with Elison Auditorium; and Savior of the World (Mary and Mary Magdalene) at the Conference Center Theater along with many recording and concerts with the likes of Kristen Chenoweth (twice) and toured through Australia with the Young Ambassadors. “With God, nothing shall be impossible”. 

Samantha Peredes

Samantha Paredes

TUES · THURS · SAT

@nightromani66

Making her HCT debut! Samantha is honored to be playing in this production of A Tale of Two Cities. Favorite stage credits include: A Little Night Music and The Christians with Westminster College; The Phantom of the Opera with Provo High School; The Merry Widow with Utah Vocal Arts Academy; and The Woods with The Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival. 

Samantha currently studies Vocal Performance at Westminster College with a minor in Philosophy. Previously, she studied with Utah Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Woman 2

Madeleine Hanks A Tale of Two Cities

Madeleine Hanks

MON · WED · FRI

Making her Hale Centre Theatre debut! Madeleine is thrilled to be playing on the Centre Stage here at HCT. She has studied under Benjamin Hendersen and Kenneth Risch in stagecraft and Megan Yates in vocal performance. 

When not at the theatre, Madeleine is the Head Horse Trainer for Bridle Up Hope - The Rachel Covey Foundation. “It’s never too late! Remember that old dream you thought was dead? Resurrect it. I dare you”.

Ma Kenna Tinney

MaKenna Tinney

TUES · THURS · SAT

@makennatinney

MaKenna has previously been seen on the HCT stage in Bright Star, The Addams Family (Wednesday Addams), Matilda, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sarah), and Sister Act. 

Other credits include: Peter Pan (Wendy) and Joseph…Dreamcoat at HCTO. MaKenna recently returned from Orlando where she was working for Walt Disney World. “Enjoy the show! Or don’t.”

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Rachel Martorana

Rachel Martorana

MON · WED · FRI

Making her HCT debut! Rachel is beyond thrilled to be playing on our boards in A Tale of Two Cities. Previous stage credits include:  Newsies, Bridges of Madison County, and Footloose at the Grandstreet Theatre. “I am super excited for my Hale Centre Theatre debut and the start of my adventure in Utah”. 

Aitana Alapa

Aitana Alapa

TUES · THURS · SAT

@tanagirl96

Aitana is executed to be back on the HCT Centre Stage after previously playing in our 2018 production of AIDA. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University with a BA in Theatre Art Studies. “Life is meant to be lived!” - Taiana Brown.

Mrs. Cruncher/Woman 4

April Kerr

April Kerr

MON · WED · FRI

This is April’s fifth production at HCT; she was seen in Seussical, Freaky Friday, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and A Christmas Carol. Some of her other favorite productions include Les Misérables, Pippin, and Tarzan at Kensington Theatre and Annie, The Little Mermaid, and Joseph…Dreamcoat at Herriman Arts Theatre. 

She is currently a senior in the Commercial Music program at UVU. She teaches piano and voice lessons to children. April has released an EP that can be found on all streaming services. “Couldn’t be happier to be in my favorite show after seeing it for the first time ten years ago. Surreal!”

Julie Waite

Julie Waite

TUES · THURS · SAT

On the HCT stage: Bright Star (Mama Murphy), Tuck Everlasting (Betsy Foster), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit), The Heart of Robin Hood (Lady Falconbury), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Mrs. Hoallum), Big Fish (Mrs. Baskin), Fiddler on the Roof (Shaindel), The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Pirate Queen

SLAC: Saturday’s  Voyeur 2019; Grand Theatre Credits: Into the Woods (Witch) and The Full Monty (Georgie); CPT Credits: Anything Goes (Reno Sweeney), The Secret Garden (Rose), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix). Julie holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University is currently a pianist for the Theatre Department at the U of U.

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Becca Ashton

Becca Ashton

MON · WED · FRI

Returning to the Hale Centre Stage, Becca was recently seen in our productions of Bright Star and The Addams Family. Other credits: HCTO- Little Women (Jo March), The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon), Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Annie, and Anything Goes. 

She earned her BFA in Acting from Utah Valley University and works as Master Carpenter and Scenic Charge for the UVU School of the Arts. “Thank you Dave and Kelly for letting me be part of this beautiful story!”

Jaymie Lambson

Jaymie Lambson

TUES · THURS · SAT

@jaymie_lambson

Honored to be back at Hale Centre; Previous HCT credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Eugenia D’Ysquith), My Son Pinocchio (Rosa), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Martha). 

Other favorite credits include: Anything Goes (Hope Harcort) and Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay) at HCTO; Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont) at Playmill Theatre; and Cinderella (Cinderella) at the Scera Shell. Jaymie has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU, and works as a freelance choreographer. “Shout out to my family and french fries. Thanks for keeping me smiling”.

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Anya Young Wilson

Anya Young Wilson

MON · WED · FRI

Making her HCT debut! Anya is beyond excited to be a part of this production of A Tale of Two Cities! Favorite performing credits include: Les Misérables, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Little Women, AIDA, and is currently a member of Debra Bonner Unity Gospel Choir. Anya received her BA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU. “I love you, Kory, Payton, David, and Ethan”.

Rachel Ryan Nicholes

Rachel Ryan Nicholes

TUES · THURS · SAT

@rachelryannicholes

Rachel is glad to be back on the Hale Centre Theatre stage. Favorite stage credits include: Comedy of Errors (Adriana) at Oklahoma Shakespeare; The Telephone (Lucy), at Idaho-Falls Opera Theatre; The Man With Pointed Toes (Pamela) at HCTO; Les Misérables (Cosette) at The Playmill Theatre; Singin’ In The Rain (Kathy Seldon), at The Carriage Theatre; and Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) at Draper Historic Theatre. 

Rachel graduated in Vocal Performance from BYUI and Masters in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University and currently works as a Vocal Instructor at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, and Hale Center Theater Orem.

Little Gaspard/Prison Child

Nolan Reinbold

Nolan Reinbold

MON · WED · FRI

@nolan.reinbold

Nolan is excited to return to the Centre Stage. Favorite stage credits include Mary Poppins (Michael Banks) and Phantom (Young Erik) with HCT; Newsies (Les) with Draper Arts; and A Christmas Story (Ralphie) with SCERA. 

He has studied voice under Bailee Morris. Nolan has been seen in several local television commercials and modeling contracts. Nolan is proudly represented by Talent Management Group. “Thanks Dave, Kelly, Sally, and everyone at Hale for this opportunity. I am very grateful for the love and support of my parents and sister, Rylee!”

Parker Burnham

Parker Burnham

TUES · THURS · SAT

@theburnhamkids

Parker is happy to return to HCT’s Centre stage where he was recently seen in Seussical (Jojo), Matilda (Eric), and The Music Man (Winthrop). Other favorite roles include: HCTO -  Matilda (Nigel), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim); SCERA - A Christmas Story (Flick), The Wizard of Oz (Mayor), and Aladdin Jr. (Genie). 

Parker is also a member of Rise Up Children’s Choir. This 7th grader loves to read, sing, play baseball, tennis, and run with his cross country team. He is so grateful to be performing with his little sister, Hailey. “Thank you Dave, Kelly, Sally, Mark, and everyone here at HCT for this experience.”

Little Lucie/Young Lucie

Leilani Walker

Leilani Walker

MON · WED · FRI

Making her HCT debut! She is currently a member of the Rise Up Children's Choir, and a former member of the One Voice Children's Choir. Leilani has performed for Jackie Chan, Governor Gary Herbert, Justin Paul and Benj Pasek. 

She has performed in France and Boston, and around Utah. Stage credits include Seussical The Musical Jr. and The Lion King Jr. at her elementary school. "I've been dreaming of this opportunity. I am so thankful for the chance to be a part of this show! Thank you Sally, Mark, Dave, Kelly and everyone at HCT!"

Hailey Burnham

Hailey Burnham

TUES · THURS · SAT

@theburnhamkids

Making her HCT debut! Performing on this stage is a dream come true for Hailey and she is thrilled she gets to share this experience with her older brother, Parker. 

Previous roles include: PTC - Ivonka (Once); and HCTO - The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol Youth).  Hailey is 8 years old and in third grade. She loves to sing with Rise Up Children’s Choir, play tennis, read and spend time with her family and friends.

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Production Team Biographies

Authors

Jill Santoriello

Jill Santoriello

JillSantoriello.com

Jill Santoriello wrote the book, music, and lyrics for “A Tale of Two Cities” (Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Broadway musical and 3 Drama Desk nominations.) and “It Happened in Key West” (London premiere 2018).  She is one of a handful of women in history to write book, music, and lyrics for a Broadway musical. Jill adapted/co-produced the PBS television special “ A Tale of Two Cities – in Concert” starring Michael York and the International Studio Cast Recording recording and DVD. 

Both are available on Amazon from "A Tale of Two Cities the musical" store. The sold-out world premiere production, at Florida’s historic Asolo Theatre, won 10 Sarasota Magazine Awards including Best Musical. “Tale” has been produced in Japan, Korea, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Germany, the United States, and Canada.  Jill joined Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and others on “Over the Moon: Broadway Lullaby Project” to benefit breast cancer research, collaborating with Pulitzer/Oscar winner John Patrick Shanley on the song “Riding A White Horse”.  A self-taught musician, playing piano by ear, Jill is a 10-time ASCAP Plus Award winner and a recipient of artist grants from Florida and New Jersey. Current and future projects include starting a new ghostwriting business, plus musicals in development, “Pollyanna” and “Outlander”. She is also editing an upcoming Disney memoir, “The Golden yEars”. Jill is thrilled that "Tale" is receiving an encore production at Hale since the first production was such an enormous professional and personal highlight for her. 

Please visit JillSantoriello.com and keywestmusical.com.

Director

Dave Tinney

Dave Tinney

For Hale Centre Theatre, Dave has previously directed Disney’s Tarzan, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Bright Star, Seussical, The Addams Family, Cinderella, Matilda, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, Wait Until Dark, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, AIDA, The Heart of Robin Hood, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sister Act, The Pirate Queen, Peter and the Starcatcher, She Loves Me, Hello, Dolly!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Zorro the Musical, Oliver!, and Les Misérables. 

He most recently appeared on stage as Carl Hanratty in HCT’s production of Catch Me If You Can. He has also directed for BYU, UVU, Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, ASCAP Musical Theatre workshop in NY, Sundance Summer Theatre, and, one of his favorites, 110 in the Shade for HCT Orem starring Audra McDonald and Will Swenson. He received the national Outstanding Director of a Musical award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He works for HCT full-time as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education after being Artist in Residence in the Theatre Arts Department at Utah Valley University for nine years. “Thanks to Sally, Mark, Kelly, Chantel, Kacey, Joy, Jaron, Dan, Bobby, Michelle, Krissa, and an awesome cast and crew...all brilliant! Also a special thanks to my family.”

Music Director

Kelly De Haan

Kelly DeHaan

Kelly is one of the most sought after Music Directors along the Wasatch Front. His talent and skills have been instrumental in the success of many of our productions, with the most recent being Disney’s Tarzan, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Bright Star, Seussical, Freaky Friday, An American in Paris, AIDA, Forever Plaid, Sister Act, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Peter and the Starcatcher, Big Fish, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, GHOST the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, Mary Poppins, and Les Misérables. 

A few of Kelly’s stage roles at HCT include Catch Me if You Can (Carl Hanratty), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Goran), My Fair Lady (Colonel Pickering), Man of La Mancha (Sancho Panza), and Ragtime (Tateh). His extensive background makes him a highly-prized vocal teacher and coach. Kelly is a devoted teacher at Mountain Ridge High School. He is a recipient of the Music Educator of the Year Award from the Utah High School Activities Association, WorldStrides Music Teacher of the Year 2016, and is the 2017 recipient of the Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education. Kelly was also the BroadwayWorld.com winner for best music direction for HCT’s Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Kelly has lent his talents to various groups as a musical director for over 60 productions at local theatres, served as a soloist, clinician, and accompanist, and is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Kelly holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Utah, where he was the singing coach for the Actor Training Program for four years. Kelly is the proud father of four boys and husband to one goddess wife.

Production Stage Manager

Along with A Tale of Two Cities Chantel has stage managed Disney’s Mary Poppins, Seussical, Cinderella, Matilda, The Wizard of Oz, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder here at HCT. She holds a BA in Theatre from UVU. 

Other credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival: The Foreigner and Big River. Another Theatre Company: Next Fall and Vanya, Sonia, Masha, and Spike. For UVU: Anything Goes, The Rez Sisters, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. "Stand tall and the world will look up to you."

Scenic Designer

Kacey Udy 2020

Kacey Udy

Kacey is the Technical Director and Resident Scenic Designer at Hale Centre Theatre. He loves the design process and the ability that he has to work and create with such an incredible team of outstanding artists at HCT. 

His designs for The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Tarzan, Into the Woods, The Drowsy Chaperone, A Tale of Two Cities, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are among his favorites. He graduated from Utah State University with a BFA in graphic design and scenic design. When not in pursuit of new inspiration or shiny objects, Kacey enjoys listening to TED Talks, traveling, and spending as much time as possible with his incredible family. He credits his family as the true secret behind his success.

Production Artist

Madeline Ashton 2020

Madeline Ashton

@madelinemakesart

As an accomplished artist, Madeline’s work was recently seen in our productions of Disney’s Tarzan, Murder on the Orient Express, Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Lurhman’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Bright Star, Seussical, Matilda, and Cinderella.Other scenic design credits include Oklahoma! (Sundance), Distance of the Moon (Sackerson), Let The Right One In, and Angels in America (An Other Theatre). Madeline earned a Bachelor Of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from Utah Valley University.

Costume Design

Joy Zhu 2018

Joy Zhu

Previous HCT Costume Design credits include Murder on the Orient Express, The Addams Family, An American In Paris, Tuck Everlasting, and My Son Pinocchio along with Joseph...Dreamcoat in 2017. 

She holds a BA from Hainan University in Fashion and Leather Products Design, and an MFA from Utah State University in Costume Design. Joy also designed for UST’s Candida, and was OLR’s Assistant costume designer for Game of Love and Chance

Lighting Design

Jaron Hermansen

Jaron Hermansen

Jaron has been the resident Lighting Designer for the oldest operating summer theater in the nation: The Cape Playhouse, where his credits include Little Shop of Horrors, The Importance of Being Earnest, Deathtrap, Clue, Altar Boyz, Steel Magnolias, Art, Red, The Foreigner, Murder for Two. Other credits include: Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Hale Centre Theatre); The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance Summer Theatre, Utah); 

Eleemosynary (The Brooks, California); The King’s Men, Private Ear, Hedda Gabler, The Weird Play (Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Utah); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Romeo & Juliet (Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Utah); This Bird of Dawning (Reagent Street Black Box, Utah). Jaron sits on the Board of Directors for the Intermountain Desert Region of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology-the association for performing arts and entertainment professionals-and is a nominee for its Rising Star Award. He has been a lecturer at Utah Valley University and the resident designer and technical director at the Waterford School.

Sound Design

Dan Morgan 2020

Dan Morgan

Dan loves the challenge of theatrical sound and is very excited for the opportunity to work in such a marvelous place. Some of his favorite sound designs have been The Three Musketeers, The Wedding Singer, and A Tale of Two Cities. He feels blessed to have worked on a variety of other projects, which include The Savior of the World, The Nauvoo Pageant, A Brand New Year and various concerts and television programs for the LDS Church. 

In addition, Dan has also worked as a sound designer/engineer for several local theaters and professional groups over the last 16 years, including large corporate events, TV broadcasts, and national/international tours. “Thanks to my own pack of Morgans for all their love and support!” 

Video Design

Bobby Gibson 2020

Bobby Gibson

@bwaywearehere

Previous HCT credits include Projection Designer for Disney’s Tarzan, Murder on the Orient Express, Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Bright Star, Seussical, The Addams Family, Cinderella, Freaky Friday, Matilda and video content for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Bobby studied video production at Utah Valley University. He owns and operates In Blue Productions, where he specializes in aerial video, time-lapse and motion graphics. He is a huge theatre nerd and co-hosts the “We Are Here, Broadway” YouTube channel about all things theatre. “Don’t be in such a rush to have everything figured out. Embrace the unknown and let life surprise you.” @bobbyinblue

Properties Design

Michelle Jensen 2020

Michelle Jensen

Michelle is extremely passionate about details, research, beautiful and interesting “things,” anything to do with flowers, and opening packages. She recently designed her 74th show with our 2020 production A Christmas Carol ; some of her other favorite designs have included The Drowsy Chaperone, Over The River..., Les Misérables, Tarzan, Tuck Everlasting, My Fair Lady, AIDA, and She Loves Me

She retired from teaching first grade after 32 years.  Michelle is thrilled to be part of the HCT production team and is grateful for the encouragement and support of her three beautiful daughters, two charming sons-in-law, and her amazing husband, Steve. 

Hair & Make Up Design

Krissa Lent 2020

Krissa Lent

Krissa has been with HCT for a number of years, and has designed hair and make-up for Aida, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, She Loves Me, Peter and the Starcatcher and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Krissa holds a BFA in Theater Tech/Design from Millikin University, an MFA in Wig and Make-up Design from the University of Cincinnati CCM and is also a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Utah. 

Krissa previously worked for Utah Shakespeare Festival for six seasons, Sarasota Opera for 3 seasons, and Chicago Opera Theater for 2 seasons. “Thanks to Trisha for being the best “double” in the biz. Thanks to HCT for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Enjoy the show!!”

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