To the generous sponsors of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Hale Centre Theatre's production of
Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Special Arrangement with Sony/ATV Publishing
Adapted for the Stage by
Based on the MGM Motion Picture
Licensed Script Adapted by Ray Roderick
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
Producer: Sally Dietlein
Director/Choreographer: Dave Tinney
Associate Director/Choreographer: Jennifer Hill Barlow
Music Director: Rob Moffat
Production Stage Manager: Chantel Ficklin
Scenic Design: Kacey Udy
Production Artist: Madeline Ashton
Costume Design: Joy Zhu
Assistant Costume Design: Lizzie Mickelsen
Lighting Design: Jaron Kent Hermansen
Sound Design: Michelle Ohumukini
Properties Design: Michelle Jensen
Hair & Make-up Design: Krissa Lent
Video/Projection Design: Bobby Gibson
Automation Design: Nick Herring
Production Stage Manager: Chantel Ficklin Stage Managers: Riya Sahasrabudhe, Ashna Horman Assistant Stage Managers: Skip Mulcock, Annick Tolman Automation Operators: Nick Herring, Alena Rodriguez, Karsten Brown, Duckie Garlick, Nathan Gallegos Lightboard Operators: Emma Belnap, Renee Fowler, Colin Skip Wilson Sound Engineers: Michelle Ohumukini, Kristin Tenney, Griffin McMullin
Audio 2: Richelle Ohumukini Stage Technicians: Allen Mak, Anton Moss, Lee Wright, Sydnie Evans, Kyle Trivett, Noah Sheen, Gabriel Lopez-Alvarez, Dale Hoopes, Ben Dickson Followspots: Robin Safeer - Lead, JoAnne Philips, Steven Nordfors, Madison Tredway, Alexis Sanders, Jeremy Eldridge, Jeff Parkes, Andrew Price, Devon Barney, Collin Schmierer, Savannah Harmon, Blake Hammer, Kirk Wilson, Olly Brough, Melanie Blackburn Wardrobe Dresser: Chris Lancaster - Head Dresser, Jillian Terry - Head Dresser, Camie Jones, Sarah Hanson, Akemi Nakashima, Paige Kuntz, Kyla Johnson, Nick Marsella, Rochelle Zibetti, Kennedy Velasquez Hair and Makeup Dressers: Marnee’ Porter, Jayada Hodges, Tori Valdez, Sarah Bult, Olivia Price Child Guardians: Melissa Longhurst, Courteney Cook, Andrea Rigby
“You never get real adventures without a bit of risk somewhere. Never say no to adventures. Always say yes. Otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.” ― Ian Fleming, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Author Ian Fleming, (best known for his iconic spy creation; James Bond), never set out to become an author of children’s literature. His tales of a wacky inventor and a magical flying car began simply as short episodic stories he would tell his young son. It was only after he suffered a heart attack that his wife encouraged him to write down these treasured stories. In 1961, Fleming began to compile these adventures as a novel.
Though Fleming would pass away before its publishing, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang became one of the top selling children’s book’s of 1964.
After the monster success of Disney’s 1964 film Mary Poppins, the producers of Fleming’s James Bond films decided that Chitty was to be the next big musical mega hit. Hoping to catch lightening in a bottle twice, they rather conspicuously recruited Poppins star Dick Van Dyke to play the role of wacky inventor Caractacus Potts, (Julie Andrews turned down the offer to play the role of Truly Scrumptious) and even commandeered the same Poppin’s songwriting duo, Richard and Robert Sherman.
The film opened in 1968 to mixed reviews. Though initial theatrical release was not the success the producers had hoped for, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang found true success and a worldwide audience as an annual television broadcast.
In 2002, the new musical stage version opened in London’s west end, and in 2005, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; The Musical flew onto the Broadway stage in New York City.
With themes of family teamwork (…“that makes the dream work”), the tenacity of invention, the joyful risk of adventure and the boundless love of a father for his children, Mr. Fleming’s magical tale is sure to fly high for generations to come.
— Dave Tinney
Synopsis of Scenes
Scene 1.1 – Grand Prix & Coggins Garage
Caractacus Potts, Jeremy Potts, Jemima Potts, Mr. Coggins & Junkman
Scene 1.1a – Baron Apartment
Baron Bomburst, Baroness Bomburst, Boris, & Goran
Scene 1.1b – Coggins Garage
You Two Reprise
Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Jeremy Potts, Jemima Potts, Mr. Coggins, & Junkman
Scene 2 – Windmill House
Caractacus Potts, Jeremy Potts, Jemima Potts, & Grandpa Potts
Scene 3 – Sweet Factory
Caractacus Potts, Truly Scrumptious, Jeremy Potts, Jemima Potts, Lord Scrumptious, Chef, Miss Phillips, Factory Workers, & Kids Ensemble
Returning to the Hale Centre family, Alex is honored to be back on the Centre Stage. Favorite stage credits include: Disney’s Tarzan (Terk), Les Miserables (Feuilly), and Over the River and Through The Woods (Nick) with HCT along with Seussical (Wickersham Bro) and UrineTown (Bobby Strong) with HCTO.
Alex studied Theatre Arts and Education at BYU and received his Master’s Degree in Slavic Languages and Literature from The University of Washington. When not on stage, he is a father of four and a half wonderful gremlins and a Drama Teacher at Mountain Ridge High School, and husband to my favorite human being. “Thank you, Melissa! This one is for you and Linus, and Milly, and Nora, and Teddy, and…
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Austin is thrilled to be back at Hale Centre Theatre. HCT credits include: Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, The Pirates of Penzance, A Christmas Carol, and Fiddler on the Roof. Other favorite credits include: Next To Normal, The Fantasticks, Candide, Wonderful Town, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, Godspell, Hello, Dolly!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Fools, Good Doctor, in addition to lots of sketch comedy and improv. Austin graduated from BYU in Economics and Russian. He is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago.
Making her HCT debut! As a child, Teaira would dance around the living room, pretending to be Truly Scrumptious. Stage credits include: The Light in the Piazza and Cosi fan Tutte with Transgressive Theatre Opera; Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Hunchback of Notre Dame with The Palace Theatre; Iolanthe with Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago; and Candide, The Pirates of Penzance, Into The Woods, and Anything Goes with Music Theatre Works.
Teaira earned her Bachelor of Music from Idaho State University and Masters of Music from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. “I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the character to life at Hale Centre Theatre!”
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Whitney was most recently seen on the HCT stage in this season’s production of Guys and Dolls. Her other credits include Mary Poppins,Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sister Act, and Oklahoma! with HCT; The national tour of Spamalot; Singer/Dancer with Holland America Line; and Juanito Bandito’s Christmas Carol with Pickleville Playhouse. Whitney graduated from BYU with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre.
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Zac was last seen in our production of Guys and Dolls as Arvide Abernathy. Favorite HCT credits include: Bright Star (Daddy Murphy), Seussical (General Gengus Khan Schmitz), Wait Until Dark (Sargent Carlino), The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf),She Loves Me (Mr. Marachek), and Born Yesterday (Harry Brock).
Zac holds a BFA in Theatre Education from the University of Utah and teaches Drama at Evergreen Junior High School. Zac would like to thank his amazing and supportive family for “letting him play.”
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Daniel is pleased to be back on the HCT stage; he was previously seen in this season's production of Les Misérables as Monsieur Thenardier. His other credits include: HCTO - Little Women, The Odd Couple, See How They Run, and Betty Blue Eyes. He has a Master's Degree in Theatre & Cinematic Arts from BYU and is employed as a Seminary Teacher.
“We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. God’s ammunition is not exhausted. His highest spirits are held in reserve for the latter times. In God’s name and by His help we will build up a literature whose tops will touch the heavens.” Orson F. Whitney
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A familiar face to HCT audiences. Previous credits on our stages: Gomez Addams (The Addams Family), Sebastian (Cinderella), Harry Roat, Jr. (Wait Until Dark), Prince John (The Heart ofRobin Hood) and Steven Kodaly (She Loves Me). Other credits include: Shakespeare Theatre Company-Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest; Salt Lake Acting Company in Fun Home; and Hale Center Theater Orem in Annie, Peter and the Starcatcher, Big Fish, and Peter Pan.
Ben has a B.S. in Theatrical Arts from UVU and an MFA in Classical Acting from the ACA at George Washington University. Ben teaches for Utah COPA, Alpine School District, Canyons School District and the Academy for Classical Acting. For Acting Technique class inquiries, email him at [email protected].
Kelly was last seen on our stage as Jerusha Abbott in our production of Daddy Long Legs.Other favorite credits include: Jerusha Abbott (Daddy Long Legs) and Katherine (Newsies) at Hale Center Theatre Orem and Gabrielle (Cinderella) and Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical), and Lucy Grant in Bright Star here at HCT. She graduated from UVU in performing arts and loves working in the education department at HCTO.
Ali is delighted to reprise the role of "Baroness Bomburst". When not playing a self-centered, child-hating diva, she can be found eating cheese. During pre and post-cheese eating, Ali is probably teaching Preschool at a Montessori school or goofing off with her little guy.
If none of the above applies, you might have seen her in The Play That Goes Wrong (Annie), Seussical (Gertrude), Company (Amy), Xanadu (Calliope), Cinderella (Charlotte). She would like to thank her little gentleman, Benny, and the slew of babysitters to make this possible. Also shout out to everyone involved (production team, crew, front of house) to make beautiful theatre happen for you lovely people.
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Dustin’s last appearance at HCT was as Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. Favorite roles include HCT - Darryl Ames (Bright Star), Horton the Elephant (Seussical), Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz) and HCTO - Henry Allerdyce (Betty Blue Eyes). He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. Dustin loves his cats: Sister, Brother, Peanut, and Kevin. “Thanks, Mom and Dad.”
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Trevor is thrilled to be returning to the HCT stage! He was recently seen in our production of Les Miserables and Guys and Dolls. Other favorite stage credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, The Last 5 Years, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
He has graced the Hale stage previously at the West Valley theater and has also appeared with The Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Wasatch Theatre Company, and Four Seasons Theatre. He attended Weber State for Musical Theatre and, when not on stage, he enjoys spending time with his dog.
Amelia’s HCT credits include: Madame Thenardier (Les Miserables), Fred’s Wife/Poor Wife (A Christmas Carol), Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda), Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Dorcus (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). Other favorite roles include: Grizette (The Merry Widow) - Utah Opera; Narrator (Joseph… Dreamcoat) - HCTO.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theater from Weber State University, Amelia works as a Voice Teacher at Hale Center Theater Orem and as a nail tech. “Thank you to Jenny, Dave, Rob, Mark and Sally for the opportunity to be in such a wonderful cast and play during the holidays! Enjoy the show.”
Some of Ashey’s favorite stage credits include: HCTO - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Anything Goes; Pioneer Theatre Company - Mamma Mia and The Rocky Horror Picture Show; The Grand Theatre - Into The Woods and The Last Five Years; Scera Shell - Matilda (Choreographer); Alabama Shakespeare Festival - Disney’s Mary Poppins;
Utah Lyric Opera - My Fair Lady; Lyric Rep - The Drowsy Chaperone and Nunsense; and Hale Centre Theatre - An American in Paris and Matilda. Ashley graduated with a BA in Broadcast Communications from The University of Utah and MBA from Westminster College. “Thank you to Dave, Rob, and Jenny for this opportunity and to HCT as always for being a great place to work!”
Returning to the Centre Stage! Favorite credits for Jordan include: HCT - Les Misérables; The Moonlight - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur D’arque & Lumiere u/s); HCTO - Little Women (Laurie) and Sense and Sensibility (Willoughby); and Parade/Character Performer at Walt Disney World.
Jordan earned his BFA from BYU’s MDT program. “Thank you so much to the incredible staff and technical teams at Hale Centre Theatre, my amazing friends and family, Jeffrey Skouson, Rob Moffat, Dave Tinney, and Jenny Barlow #blacklivesmatter” jordanmazzocato.com
A familiar face to Hale Centre Theatre audiences; Addison was previously seen in our productions of The Wizard of Of (Tinman) and The Music Man (Harold Hill). Other favorite stage credits include: She Loves Me (Georg Nowack) with Harman Hall and Peter Pan (Captain Hook) with Ogden Musical Theatre.
Addison attended Weber State University where he graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre and puts that to good use as a teacher at the Youth Theatre Academy at CPT. He is also a freelance artist. “Enjoy the show, Kiddie Winkies!”
Justin is glad to be back on the Centre Stage! Recently in this season’s productions of The Secret Garden and A Tale of Two Cities. Other favorite credits include: on stage with HCT - Phantom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Music Man; the musical director with HCTO - Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tuck Everlasting, Newsies, Anything Goes, Les Misérables, and Hello, Dolly!.
He proudly holds a Masters of Music from BYU and has served as Director of Choirs at Salem Hills High School for 14 years. “Thank you to Mark and Sally, Dave, Jenny, Rob, and this tremendous cast! So much love to my wonderful family for supporting me!”
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Wade is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at UVU. Recent credits include: Rooster (Annie), Moonface Martin (Anything Goes) Mr. Wormwood (Matilda), and Freddy Benson (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) at HCTO. Past directing credits include: Macbeth and This Is Our Youth with UVU; A Doll’s House with An Other Theatre Company; Pure Imagination at the Tuscany Suites’ Copa Room in Las Vegas.
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Making his HCT debut! Brigham is over the moon to be joining the company of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Previous credits include: Bruce (Matilda) at Alpine Community Theatre and Charlie Bucket (Willy Wonka Jr.) at the Scera Shell Theatre.
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Making his HCT debut! Asher is overjoyed to be joining the company of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. At the beginning of his stage career; credits include: Peter Pan Jr. in Beijing, China and Storybook Theatre Children’s Productions in Eastern Idaho. “I’m so excited to perform at the Hale Centre Theatre for my very first time with the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I also love to read and race my bike down hills in summer!”
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Making her HCT debut! Tessa comes to Hale Centre Theatre with an extensive resume including: National Tour of Waitress (Lulu) at the Eccles; A Christmas Carol (Fan/Belinda/Want) at Hale Centre Theatre Orem; Matilda (Amanda Thripp) at Alpine Community Theatre; Annie (Molly) at Midvale Main Street Theater and Bluffdale.
Hailey is excited to return to the Centre Stage! Previous roles include: HCT - Little Lucie (A Tale of Two Cities); PTC - Ivanka (Once); ACT - Matilda (Matilda); and HCTO - The Ghost of Christmas Past (A Christmas Carol Youth). In her free time, Hailey loves to sing with Rise Up Children’s Choir, play tennis, read and spend time with her family and friends. “Thank you to Dave, Rob, Jenny, Sally and Mark and everyone at HCT for this experience.”
Eric comes to Hale Centre with an extensive resume of dance experience. He has been training in ballroom and other various dance disciplines for over 12 years. Eric danced with RBE, UVU’s ballet company from 2017-2018, and took that experience and apprenticeship with the Utah Metropolitan Ballet for 2018-2019.
Eric was a finalist in the United States National Amateur Dancesport Championships Youth and U-21 Latin Finalist in 2015 and was a semi-finalist in the WDC Paris Open World Championships in 2014. Favorite stage credits include: BazLuhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Scott Hastings) with Hale Centre Theatre, Footloose (Ren) with Sundance Summer Theatre, and featured as Drosselmeyer in Utah Metropolitan’s Ballet. Eric works as a private self-employed instructor and medley team director for the past 4 years. “Be good unto myself and be good unto others”.
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HCT credits for Nick include: Newsies, Big Fish, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Joseph...Dreamcoat with Hale Centre Theatre. Other favorite stage credits include: Davy (Newsies) with CPT, Riff (West Side Story), Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Georg (She Loves Me), and Melchior (Spring Awakening) as well as providing choreography for Midvale Main Street Theatre, UVU, Pink Neon Productions, and Taylorville High School. Nick earned his BFA in Musical Theatre from UVU.
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Making his HCT debut! From western Canada, Benjamin comes to Hale Centre with an extensive resume including: 1820 The Musical (World Premiere) with Covey Arts Centre; Catch Me If You Can (Canada Premiere) and Disney’s Mary Poppins with Carriage House Theatre; Ballad of Cat Ballou with Jackson Hole Playhouse; Into The Woods at Pardoe Theatre; Radium Girls and Wendy & Peter Pan at Margetts Theatre.
Benjamin received his BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU and currently teaches dance in the Utah Valley area. “I am pleased to be joining and contributing to the Hale community. Enjoy the show!”
Thrilled to be back after playing Javert in Les Miserables and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls earlier this season. Preston’s favorite credits include: HCT: Kerchak (Tarzan), Prince Topher (Cinderella), Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz), and Jack Kelly (Newsies); BYU: Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing), Orin (Little Shop of Horrors),
Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf (Into the Woods); Sundance Summer Theatre: Joseph (Joseph…Dreamcoat); The Sooner Theatre: Bobby Child (Crazy for You) and Finch (How to Succeed in Business…). Preston has performed with Laura Osnes, Christy Altomare, Susan Egan, Arielle Jacobs, Joey Contreras, and Natalie Weiss.
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Alan is no stranger to the Centre Stage having previously been seen in our productions of Newsies, Sister Act, The Pirate Queen, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Disney’s Tarzan, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 9 to 5: The Musical, Zorro: The Musical, The Wedding Singer, and Hello, Dolly!.
Other favorite credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, All Shook Up, AIDA with Hale Center Theater Orem as well as The International Folk Dance Team at BYU and proudly represented the United States at the international dance festival with Clog America. Alan graduated from BYU with a BS in Neuroscience and teaches the 4th grade. “A very big thank you to my very big family.”
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A familiar face on both of our stages, Alden’s previous credits include: Mary Poppins, Seussical, Freaky Friday, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, and Elmer in Newsies. Previous roles have included Jesus (Godspell) at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts and Caliban (The Tempest) at the Creekside Theatre Festival.
He is a graduate of the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. “Some people never go crazy, what boring lives they must lead.”
Myles is thrilled to be back with Hale Centre Theatre for this production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other stage credits include: An American in Paris (Jerry) and Phantom with HCT; Mamma Mia and Newsies with PTC; and is currently a company member with SALT Contemporary Dance.
Noah was recently seen on the Centre Stage in our production of Guys and Dolls. Other favorite credits include: HCT - Disney’s Tarzan, Mary Poppins (Neleus), Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Scott Hastings), Matilda (Rudolpho), Cinderella, An American In Paris, and Newsies;
Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts- Catch Me If You Can, Guys and Dolls, and A Chorus Line (Mike Costa), which earned him a Best Actor Nomination with the 2018 Utah High School Musical Theater Awards; and Roots of the Rock Dance Festival - Fire Staff Spinner. Noah is currently a student in the MTP at the University of Utah. “Waste your time wisely.”
An accomplished performer; Izzy is grateful for the opportunity to share his talents with HCT. Stage credits include: An American in Paris with HCT; Disney’s Tarzan, Anything Goes, In the Heights, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (HCTO); Newsies (PTC); La Cage Aux Folles (Arizona Broadway Theatre); and Footloose (Harman Theatre). Izzy studied at Utah Valley University and works as a dance teacher, choreographer, and photographer.
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Dave is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage after recently performing in our production of Guys and Dolls. Other favorite credits include: HCT - Disney’s Tarzan, Mary Poppins, and Phantom; Mountain West Ballet - Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Copelia; Utah Opera (Capitol Theater) - Yenufa; Ballet West (Capitol Theater) - The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; and 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games - Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
He has a Master of Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, and a Master of Information Systems and Bachelor of Business Marketing from the U of U. “You get what you work for, not what you wish for.”
Making his HCT debut! Evan is thrilled to be joining the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Favorite stage credits include: Newsies (Specs), Shrek Jr. (Lord Farquaad), Matilda, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Tuck Everlasting with HCTO and Joseph...Dreamcoat with Sundance Summer Theatre.
Evan is working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Political Science and Ballet from The University of Utah. “Why be a 9 when you can be a 10? So obviously I’m an 11.”
Making his HCT debut! Seth is honored to be joining the Hale Centre family with this production. Theatrical credits include: Newsies (Henry); Tuck Everlasting (Hugo), The Sound of Music (Friedrich), Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Matilda with HCTO and Pippin (Pippin) at Timpview Highschool. “Thank you to all my friends and family for supporting me!”
Tianna is back on the HCT stage after appearing in our production of Les Miserables. Previous credits include: HCT - Disney’s Tarzan (Jane Porter) Seussical; HCTO - Newsies, Anything Goes, and The Little Mermaid; UVU: Legally Blonde, A Year with Frog and Toad, and 9 to 5;
Noorda Center Productions: Fly More Than You Fall. She has also worked at Walt Disney World as a character performer. Tianna has graduated from UVU with a BFA in Musical Theatre. “Life isn’t about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself.”
Heather is elated to be back on the HCT boards. Some favorite stage credits include: The Addams Family and The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Hale Centre Theatre; Catch Me If You Can and Betty Blue Eyes at HCTO as well as Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes), Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), and Natalie (All Shook Up).
Heather earned a BA in Archaeolegy and MA in Art History. “ Thank you for the opportunity, Jenny, Dave, and Rob. Enjoy the show!”
An accomplished dancer, Emily is honored to showcase her talents in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other stage credits include: An American in Paris, My Son Pinocchio, and The Music Man with HCT; Feld Entertainment’s “DisneyLive!” productions where she toured for six years, performing as various characters;
The Nutcracker (Russian Trepak) with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; La Rondine (Cancan Dancer) with Utah Opera; and Peter Pan (Tiger Lily) with Sandy City Arts Guild. Emily graduated from The University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet. “Can’t get on board”
Performing credits for Anna include: Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical with Hale Centre Theatre; Deseret Newsies (Katherine) and Nutcracker Men In Tights (Heather) with Desert Star Playhouse and with BYU Oklahoma! (Laurie), and Little Women (Amy).
Anna has graduated with a BFA from BYU and was a member of BYU’s Young Ambassadors for 2 years where she toured the Western United States and China. She was a Cabaret finalist in the U.S. National Dancesport competition and worked with Open Jar Institute in New York City for their Broadway actors training program. “Thank you to my parents and husband, Jeremy, for all their support.”
Making her HCT debut! Credits for Sammi Jo include: Footloose with Harman Theatre; Odyssey Dance Theatre Company Member where she performed in shows such as Thriller, Redux Nutcracker, Romeo + Juliet, Chicago Nights, Shut Up & Dance, Purple Rain, and MJ; Christmas on Ice with Spirit Productions/Dublin Worldwide;
Steppin’ out LIVE with Ben Vereen - Guest Tap Dancer; and the European tap dance tour, Tap Reloaded. “Endless love & thanks to Mom and Dad, Noni, The Andamatuotsis, The Tribe, and this beautiful group of cast & creatives.”
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Abigail recently graduated from The University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet with an emphasis in Ballet Teaching. Stage credits: Disney’s Mary Poppins and Phantom at Hale Centre Theatre and Tuck Everlasting at Hale Centre Theatre Orem as well as performing as a member of Utah Ballet.
She works at Utah Dance Institute and Barlow Arts Conservatory as Ballet faculty. “Thank you to the cast, crew, and directing team of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I am so honored and grateful to be a part of such a fabulous show!”
Making her HCT debut! Anne-Marie’s favorite credits include Footloose: The Musical. She attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and graduated from UVU as part of the Modern Dance Program. She works as a dance teacher, podcast host, and choreographer. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage, Summer was last seen as Laurel in Freaky Friday. Her other credits include: The Little Mermaid (Alana) with HCTO, Side Show (Violet) and Crazy For You (Polly) with BYU, and The Addams Family (Ancestor) with Pickleville. She graduated from BYU this spring with her BFA in Musical Theatre and teaches Musical Theatre at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio.
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Thrilled to be making her HCT debut! Sofia is currently a Sophomore at Bingham High School. “To my family and teachers, thank you for everything you do for me. I love you!”
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Brooke’s HCT credits include Mary Poppins, Phantom, and An American in Paris. She’s a professional dancer who has danced with Utah Metropolitan Ballet, Utah Ballet, Ohio Ballet, and BYU Theatre Ballet as well as performing as a guest artist with The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and the Cleveland Chamber Ballet.
Brooke has an MFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and received additional training from Ohio Ballet, Cleveland Chamber Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet West. She is a certified ABT teacher and has worked as a faculty member at the U of U and UVU, and currently as an adjunct professor at BYU.
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Honored to return to the Centre Stage; Emma was last seen in our production of Phantom. Other favorite stage credits include: Mary Poppins (2014) and An American in Paris with Hale Centre Theatre and Guys and Dolls with HCTO. Emma earned her BS in Cognitive Science and Dance Minor from UC San Diego and works as a Kindergarten Teacher.
Devree is thrilled to be back with HCT. Her credits include: HCT - Phantom and Music Man; HCTO - Joseph and… Dreamcoat; Ballet West - Nutcracker at the Capitol Theatre (2012-2017); and Barlow Arts Conservatory - Swan Lake, Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Annie, Xanadu, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She has studied ballet at the School of American Ballet (NYC & LA), The Royal Ballet School (Hong Kong), and The Princess Grace Academy (Italy). She has studied ballet, contemporary, and musical theatre at Barlow Arts Conservatory. “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.” -Nelson Mandela
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Making his HCT debut! Caleb’s favorite credits include A Christmas Carol (Boy Scrooge/Peter Cratchit/Turkey Boy) with Hale Center Theater Orem and Disney’s Newsies (Jack Kelly) with Cedar Hills Youth Theatre. He is currently a junior high school student. “Music is my life and passion.”
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Making his HCT debut! Veni’s favorite credits include Robin Hood (Robin Hood) with Woods Cross Elementary and The Little Mermaid (Kids Ensemble) with Sandbox Theatre Company. He’s currently a 6th grade student. “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”
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Jacob is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! His credits include Tuck Everlasting and five seasons in A Christmas Carol with HCT, Peter Pan (Michael) with Pickleville Playhouse, and Pabbie the Troll in Frozen Jr. with Midvale Main Street Theatre. When not on stage, this 6th grader enjoys soccer, violin, reading, skiing (water and snow), and being the best brother in all the land. “Teamwork can make a dream work.”
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Making his theatrical debut! Lelini is thrilled that his first time on stage is alongside his older brother and is excited to be part of such an amazing cast and crew at Hale Centre Theatre. He’s currently a 3rd grade student. “Always be kind!”
Child 3 - Marta
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Making her HCT debut! Ella’s favorite credits include: The Giver (Lily) - Creekside Theater Festival; Seussical Jr.. (Bird Girl), and Mary Poppins Jr. (Chimney Sweep) - Cedar Hills Youth Theater; Dynamite cover (soloist) and member of Rise Up Children’s Choir.
She competed in Gabb Wireless’s Singer/Songwriter competition, making it into the top 50 nationwide! She is an 8th grade student. “I want to thank my family and friends for always supporting me in my dreams and putting up with me constantly bursting into song!”
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Making her HCT debut! Jane’s favorite credits include Matilda (Matilda) with Cottonwood Heights, and The Jungle Book and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Parker Theatre. She is a 5th grade student and dances at Barlow Arts Conservatory.
Child 4 - Susan
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage; Bridget’s favorite HCT credits include The Addams Family (Pugsley), Matilda (Lavender), Wait Until Dark (Gloria), and My Son Pinocchio (Talia). Her other favorite credits include Music Man (Amaryllis) with Centerpoint Legacy Theatre and The Nutcracker (Clara) with Ballet West, as well as performing The Nutcracker with Ballet West from 2014-2017.
She is a 10th grade student. “I am so happy for the opportunity to return to the HCT stage! Thank you to everyone here at the theatre for helping me get so far. I wouldn’t be able to do this without my amazing parents.”
Making her HCT debut! Angela’s favorite credits include: HCTO - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., and Disney Descendants; Sandy Arts Guild - Freaky Friday; Syracuse Arts Academy - Crazy for You, and Disney’s Moana Jr.; and The Virtual Performers - Broadway Cabaret, Holiday Cabaret, and Miscast.
She has also performed in The Santa Box movie, and was a featured performer for 2019 World AIDS Day and 2021 National Day of Prayer. Her awards include Grand Prize in the 2020 Hill Air Force Base talent competition and 2021 Theater Student of the Year. “Stay kind. It makes you beautiful.”
Child 5 - Greta
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Making her HCT debut! Sheila has been studying and training at Barlow Arts Conservatory of Dance since she was 5 years old. She is a 7th grade student. “I am grateful for everything the Barlow Arts Conservatory has done for me. I am super excited to be a part of this wonderful show!!!”
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Making her HCT debut! “Choose Happy”
Child 6 - Tori
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Making her HCT debut! Quinsi’s favorite credits include Pan 2021 by SALT, the ballets Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, 12 Dancing Princesses, The Ugly Duckling, and musicals Annie, Jr., Xanadu, Jr. with Barlow Arts Conservatory of Dance, and Joseph and… Dreamcoat, Aladdin, Jr., Lion King, Jr., and Broadway Revue with Alpine Community Theater. She is a 7th grade student. “Always stay positive”
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage Lucy’s credits include: HCT - Matilda (Matilda); HCTO - A Christmas Carol (Little Fan); Midvale Main Street - 101 Dalmatians (Cruella deVil) and Disney’s Descendants; and American Fork Community - The Music Man (Amaryllis).
She is a student at Barlow Arts Conservatory and also studies bass guitar, piano, and voice and has been in various commercials and films. “Thanks to Dave, Jenny, Rob, Sally, Mark, and all the crew for making it happen! And love to my fam and besties! ‘Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened’ <3”
Production Team Biographies
For Hale Centre Theatre, Dave has previously directed The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, 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, and Oliver!,.
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, Rob, Chantel, Kacey, Joy, Jaron, Michelle O., Bobby, Michelle J., Krissa, and an awesome cast and crew...all brilliant! Also a special thanks to my family.”
2021 marks Jenny’s 13th Season with Hale Centre Theatre. Most recently at HCT Jenny directed/choreographed Daddy Long Legs and the US Premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical, which was named the number one theatre experience in Utah by Broadway World.Jenny has created over 50 musicals, most notable, Assoc. Director/Choreographer, HCT’s An American in Paris starring ballet superstar and Disney film actress, Juliet Doherty.
In 2020 her choreography from HCT’s An American in Paris was invited to perform at the Youth America Grand Prix Gala in Tampa, Florida. In addition to her work at HCT she has directed/choreographed for: Hale Center Theater Orem, Sundance Summer Theatre, Sackerson, Texas A and M, BYU’s Theatre Ballet, U of U’s Utah Ballet, Ballet West Academy, and the Youth America Grand Prix. Jenny and her husband Blake are members of the 42ND.club of Broadway producers/investors. Notable involvement Hadestown (B’Way), winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and A Christmas Carol (B’way), winner of 5 Tony Awards. At age 15 Jenny was offered a professional contract to join Ballet West as an apprentice. She enjoyed a 15 year performing career as a professional dancer and toured/danced professionally with: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Ballet West, Cincinnati Ballet, Utah Ballet Company, Tuacahn, and the Guangzhou Ballet in China. Jenny received an MFA in choreography from the University of Utah, and was awarded the Willam F. Christensen full ride scholarship. She is the Owner/Artistic Director of the Barlow Arts Conservatory which was awarded “Outstanding School,” 3 times by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition, and her students hold 4 YAGP Grand Prix Titles. She has been awarded the “Best of State Utah” Choreography medal 7 times. Many thanks to Mark, Sally, and Dave for this opportunity; and to this unbelievable cast and creative team for their incredible talent and hard work. Much love to Blake, Dash, & Hudson.
Rob graduated with a degree in music dance theater from BYU and has performed and taught regionally in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. He received an MFA in directing from the University of Idaho. He returned to Utah to teach musical theater at UVU in 2012 where he directed Cabaret, Anything Goes, 9 to 5, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Other recent credits include: Footloose, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family, Matilda The Musical, The Pirate Queen, Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha, Peter Pan, and Letters to Myself. He was recognized by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Outstanding Achievement in music direction for his work on Next to Normal at UVU. “Love to Courtney and Sabrina.”
Along with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chantel has served as Stage Manager for Guys and Dolls, A Tale of Two Cities, 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."
Kacey is the Creative Director and Resident Scenic Designer at Hale Centre Theatre. He has designed over 100 productions at HCT and loves the challenge of working on our unique stages. Kacey oversaw many of the design aspects of the new building in Sandy and feels fortunate to be able to design on the stages that he helped create. His designs for Les Misérables, Tarzan, The Pirate Queen, A Tale of Two Cities,The Little Mermaid, Matilda, and Tuck Everlasting are among his favorites.
He graduated from Utah State University with a BFA in both graphic design and scenic design. When not pursuing new inspiration or shiny objects, Kacey enjoys traveling, watching design and baking competitions and simply being with his family. His family has been crucial in supporting and assisting him throughout his design career. “More is more and less is a bore!” Iris Apfel
As an accomplished artist and associate Designer, Madeline’s work was recently seen in our productions of The Secret Garden, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, Disney’s Tarzan, Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Lurhman’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Bright Star, Seussical, Matilda, and Cinderella.
Other scenic design credits include: Daddy Long Legs,Murder on the Orient Express (HCT); Oklahoma! (Sundance); Distance of the Moon (Sackerson); and 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.
Previous HCT Costume Design credits include The Secret Garden, A Tale of Two Cities, 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 Costume Designer for Game of Love and Chance.
Jaron Kent 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: The Secret Garden, A Tale of Two Cities, 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 (Regent 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.
Michelle has always loved telling stories. Being Hawaiian has helped her gain experience in events from a young age. She decided to dive into finding out more about sound and how it functions. This path led her to her MFA in Sound for the Performing Arts from Purdue University.
She has designed shows from Utah to Indiana, toured the United States and Central America, worked with touring groups from Olivia Newton-John to Pentatonix, and has worked many local performances in three different states. Michelle loves theater and being able to use sound to help tell the story. She currently serves on the Sound Commission of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) and is a member of Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA). “Thank you to the outstanding sound team and making life easier!”
Michelle is extremely passionate about details, research, beautiful and interesting “things,” anything to do with flowers, and opening packages. She recently designed her 82nd show with our production of The Mousetrap; 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 has been with HCT for a number of years, and has designed hair and make-up for The Secret Garden, A Tale of Two Cities, Bright Star, Seussical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, An American in Paris, AIDA, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, She Loves Me, and Peter and the Starcatcher.
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. “I am so grateful to be part of the UNBREAKABLE team in the wig shop. Thanks to HCT for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Enjoy the show!!”
Previous HCT credits include Projection Designer for The Secret Garden, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, 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 and Daddy Long Legs.
Bobby studied video production at Utah Valley University. He owns and operates In Blue Productions, specializing 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.
Nick began working professionally in live entertainment right out of high school for Carnival Cruise Lines as a lighting technician. He then spent the last decade working for Disney Parks Live Entertainment designing and programming complex show control and automation systems for major productions and attractions such as Frozen, Live at the Hyperion, Fantasmic!, Disneyland Firework Spectaculars, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, & Star Wars Rise of the Resistance.
Outside of entertainment, Nick’s passion for aviation led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree while training to be commercial-rated pilot and flight instructor. HCT credits include: The Secret Garden,Guys and Dolls, & Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
September 13 – November 20
The World’s Longest Running Play! Having performed continuously on London’s West End since 1952, this is Agatha Christie at her finest! A young couple renovate an old monastery into a boarding house. Each visitor is salted with mystic. Add a murder in the nearby village … Add a powerful winter storm … Add the comedy of a well-conceived game and ‘Voila’ a mystery to die for! AND a mystery it remains as each onlooker is pledged not to reveal the culprit. A perfect thrill for a fall chill!
SORENSON LEGACY JEWEL BOX STAGE
November 8 – January 8
THRILL TO THE CAR THAT FLIES! ‘Oh, you pretty Chitty Bang Bang’! Come soar with the car that rattles, swims and flies as the whimsical adventures of Caractacus Potts, his darling children and the truly, Truly Scrumptious weave splendid adventures on HCT’s enchanted stage! The MGM movie made it timeless. London’s West End and Broadway made it sparkle anew. Based on Ian Fleming’s famous children’s book … the genius Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) and Sams created the most fantasmigorical stage musical of all time! Book Early!