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No. 300

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Show Information

Hale Centre Theatre's production of

The original text of Charles Dickens’ Classic Novel 

Directed By

John J. Sweeney 

Book by 

Melany M. and Richard G. Wilkins 

Original Musical Score by 

Barlow Bradford
 

The video or audio recording of this performance by any means is strictly prohibited

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Production Team

Producer: Mark Dietlein

Director: John J. Sweeney

Choreographer: David Paul Smith

Music Director: Anne Puzey

Production Stage Manager: Megan Johnson

Scenic Design: Kacey Udy

Associate Scenic Design/Production Artist: Madeline Ashton

Costume Design: Peggy Willis

Additional Costume Design: Dennis Wright

Lighting Design: Jaron Hermansen

Sound Design: Michelle Ohumukini

Properties Design: Michelle Jensen

Hair & Make-up Design: Marnee Porter

Video/Projection Content Design: Madeline Ashton

Automation Design: Nick Herring

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Stage Manager: Ellen Beckett, Heather Wadley

Assistant Stage Manager: Davy Grace McGuirt, Kristen Busse, Fish Ford, Rosalynn Eardley

Automation 1: Nathan Jennings

Lightboard Operator: Lucas Russell, Ryan Hopkins

Sound Engineer: Evan Saunders, Claudia Escobar, Kristen Tenney

Stage Technician: Mckenzie Maag, Ben Ward, Heather Roskelley

Stage Technician Swing: Brayden Seaman, Billy Gonzalez, Zachary Kessinger, Jordan Liau

Followspot Operator: Joey Milligan, Shane Compher, Rebecca Perkins

Followspot Operator Swing: Jonas Watkins, Heber Portlock, Brennan Rowley, BrieAnn Duffin

Wardrobe Dresser: Alicia Kondrick, Maggie Sheen, Rose Kiernan, Kyla Johnson

Wardrobe Dresser Swing: Veronica Augustine, Crystal Poloa, Camie Jones

Hair & Makeup Crew: Claire Jones, Tim Feroah

Hair & Makeup Crew Swing: Elizabeth Pettit, Bryn Campbell, Nicole Scoubes, Margot Porter, Cassie Firth

Child Guardian: Andrea Rigby, Candice Mitchell

Director’s Notes

As you settle into your seat for tonight’s performance, let me be the first to wish you a Merry Christmas!

This is our 38th annual production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ and unbelievably, it is the 300th production in the history of Hale Centre Theatre!  From our humble beginnings on Main Street in Salt Lake City to our rapid growth in West Valley City to the warm welcome we have received as we continue to grow in Sandy, we are truly blessed thanks to you, our audience!

Recently I went back and read my Director’s notes from 2004 where I stated at the first ever rehearsal I held for ‘A Christmas Carol’, I asked the cast to ‘give of themselves in the telling of this beautiful story’.  That’s what we have been doing for 38 years now; giving a gift to more than 500,000 patrons who have walked thru our doors to partake of the Christmas Spirit.  This show is a gift to the community and we are so grateful to be able to tell it.

I have many favorite lines from this story, but one that I believe is so important, especially during this holiday season is from Scrooge’s nephew, Fred.  “I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time when it has come around, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time. The only time, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely and treat others, like fellow passengers to the grave”.  I hope each and every one of us will put aside our differences and treat others with love and respect during this holiday season and beyond. 

We believe that the journey that Ebenezer Scrooge takes in redeeming his life and connecting to those whom he has discarded in the past is a journey we all must consider at this time of year. 

Thank you to the entire cast and crew of ‘A Christmas Carol’.  I feel so fortunate to be a part of a wonderful team that cares so much about delivering the message of this show.  A special thanks to Mark, Sally, Megan, Tyson, Kacey, David and Anne  - I am so fortunate to work with each and every one of you and am so excited to open this show and celebrate Christmas once again!

Merry Christmas, Everyone!!

— John J. Sweeney

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act I

Stave One – Scene 1: Prologue

Good Christian Men, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

The Company

Stave One – Scene 2: Scrooge’s Counting House

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Carol Boy & Girl

Deck the Hall

The Octet

Stave One – Scene 3: Scrooge’s Bed Chamber

Stave Two – Scene 1: Scrooge’s Bed Chamber

Stave Two – Scene 2: Little Fan

Stave Two – Scene 3: Fezziwig’s Christmas Party

Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella

Fezziwig and His Party Guests

Stave Two – Scene 4: Belle

Greensleeves

Belle

Stave Three – Scene 1: A Courtyard

Silent Night

The Poor Wife and The Octet

Stave Three – Scene 2: Bob Cratchit’s House

Stave Three – Scene 3: Fred’s Party

Wassail, Wassail 

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Fred and his party guests

Stave Three – Scene 4: Want & Ignorance

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act II

Stave Four – Scene 1: Black Gloves

Stave Four – Scene 2: A Rag and Bottle Shop

Stave Four – Scene 3: A Poor Husband and Wife

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Poor Wife

Stave Four – Scene 4: Bob Cratchit’s House

What Child is This?

Cratchit and the Octet

Stave Four – Scene 5: A Graveyard

Stave Five – Scene 1: Scrooge’s Bed Chamber

Stave Five – Scene 2: A Courtyard

Good, Christian Men Reprise

Scrooge and The Company

Stave Five – Scene 3: Scrooge’s Counting House

Bows

Sussex Carol

Scrooge and The Company

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Cast in Order of Appearance

Mon · Wed · Fri
Tues · Thurs · Sat
Ebenezer Scrooge
David Weekes
Stephen Kerr
Man 1 (Fred/Charles Dickens)
Chase Petersen
Keith Evans
Man 2 (Bob Cratchit)
Josh Egbert
Anthony LeRoy Lovato
Man 3 (Marley/Undertaker)
Matt Kohler
Colin Cunningham
Man 4 (Christmas Present/Old Joe/Poulterer)
Benjamin Oldroyd
Taylor J Smith
Man 5 (Mr. Fezziwig/Solicitor 1)
Daniel Hess
Josh Shipley
Man 6 (Eben/Ghost of Christmas Future)
Kaden Caldwell
Ren Cottam
Man 7 (Dick Wilkins/Martin Chuzzlewit)
Cooper Johnson
Logan Squire
Man 8 (Octet Tenor 1/Topper)
Zack Grob
Drew Engebretsen
Man 9 (Octet Tenor 2/Poor Husband)
James Duncan
Doug Irey
Man 10 (Octet Baritone/Solicitor 2)
Nathanael Abbott
Armando Serrano
Man 11 (Octet Bass 2)
Ryan Withers
Bryan Johnson
Woman 1 (Mrs. Cratchit)
Jessica Pearce
Julie Silvestro
Woman 2 (Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman)
Brooklynn Kohler
Kim Allen Tolman
Woman 3 (Belle/Laundress)
Emily Wells
Lauren Pope
Woman 4 (Letitia Fezziwig/Martha Cratchit)
Mia Bagley
Alyssa Buckner
Woman 5 (Fred's Wife/Poor Wife)
Malia Morris
Breearna Mandla Walker
Woman 6 (Octet Soprano 1)
Rachel Worthen Grob
Mindi Hansen
Woman 7 (Octet Soprano 2/Topper's Girl)
Jordyn Aspyn Durfey
Bronwyn Andreoli
Woman 8 (Octet Alto 1)
Janessa Gillette Zech
Luana Parkes
Woman 9 (Octet Alto 2)
Keri Vance
Emily Leishman Roh
Child 1 (Christmas Past/Turkey Boy)
Parker Burnham
Eva Callaway
Child 2 (Tiny Tim/Young Boy Scrooge)
Mason Burnham
Link Evans
Child 3 (Carol Girl/Little Fan/Harriet Cratchit/Want)
Libby Despain
Penny Hodson
Child 4 (Carol Boy/Frederick Cratchit/Thomas Pinch/Ignorance)
Flynn Mitchell
Charlie Udy
Child 6 (Belinda/Mary)
Ruby Rose Kohler
Audrey Edwards
Child 5 (Peter Cratchit/Boy Scrooge)
Connor Welch
Jimmy Empey
Violinist
Christine Warren
Katie Frandsen
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Cast Biographies

Cast Changes in Today's Performance

Man 7 (Dick Wilkins/Martin Chuzzlewit)

will be played by

Logan Squire

Woman 1 (Mrs. Cratchit)

will be played by

Julie Silvestro

Woman 3 (Belle/Laundress)

will be played by

Lauren pope

Ebenezer Scrooge

David Weekes

David Weekes

MON · WED · FRI

David is excited to return once again as Ebenezer Scrooge for his 18th year on the HCT stage. Favorite Hale Centre credits include: Alexander Manette (A Tale of Two Cities), Gerard Carriere (Phantom), Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), Archibald Craven (The Secret Garden), Jacob/Potipher (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat),  Chauvelin (The Scarlet Pimpernel), and Clive (See How They Run). He also Directed Big River in 2016. David holds a BA in Theatre Arts/Education from USU. Special Thanks to Mark, Sally, John, Anne, and David. All my love to Brenda, my wonderful children and grandchildren, and my entire family and friends for their love and support”. 

Stephen Kerr

Stephen Kerr

TUES · THURS · SAT

@stephendkerr

Stephen is honored to be filling the slippers of Ebenezer Scrooge for another holiday season. Recent stage credits include: John Barsad (A Tale of Two Cities, both our 2011 and 2021 productions) Admiral Boom/Park Keeper/Bank Chairman (Mary Poppins), Man in the Yellow Suit (Tuck Everlasting), Pap Finn (Big River), Dubhdara O’Malley (The Pirate Queen), Thernardier (Les Misérables), Lord Scrumptious/Toymaker (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) along with many and many years as Ebenezer Scrooge with Hale Centre Theatre along with Mayor Josiah Dobbs (Bright Star) with HCTO.  

“I’d like to dedicate this year’s performance to my daughter, April, who is currently working on her Master's Degree in Valencia, Spain at the Berklee School of Music. I love you, my little songbird”.

Man 1 (Fred/Charles Dickens)

Chase Petersen

Chase Petersen

MON · WED · FRI

Ecstatic to be back on the Hale Centre stage! Some of Chase’s favorite performing credits include: HCT- Forever Plaid, A Christmas Carol, Joseph…Dreamcoat, and The Scarlet Pimpernel; HCTO - The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Frollo); Covey Center- Forever Plaid; CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Hello, Dolly!

Chase holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Utah Valley University. Off stage, he works as a vocal & acting instructor and is always looking to create aesthetically pleasing art. "People, and our relationships with them, are the only thing that really matters in the end. Listen to them, learn from them and love them."

Keith Evans

Keith Evans

TUES · THURS · SAT

Keith is overjoyed to be back on the HCT stage. His favorite HCT credits include - Archibald Craven (The Secret Garden), Jimmy Ray Dobbs (Bright Star), Percy Blakeney (The Scarlet Pimpernel), Harold Hill (The Music Man), Sam Wheat (Ghost: The Musical), and Frank Abegnale, Jr. (Catch Me If You Can) as well as Benny (In The Heights) at Hale Center Theatre Orem. Keith earned his BA and MA from BYU and works as the Choir Director at West Jordan High School. “The Evans Boys love our girls, Adrianne and Lydia”

Man 2 (Bob Cratchit)

Josh Egbert

Josh Egbert

MON · WED · FRI

@joshuaeldenegbert

Josh is honored to be a part of this production of A Christmas Carol. Performing credits include: HCT- A Tale of Two Cities (Marquis St. Evremonde); Parker Theatre - Hamlet (Rosencrantz); West Valley Arts- Little Women (Professor Bhaer) Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin); SCERA - The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston) Mesa Community College - How to Succeed… (J. Pierpont Finch); and Mesa Encore Theatre - The Fantasticks! (Matt). “A huge hug and kiss to my Sarah, Perry, and Charlie!”

Anthony Lovato

Anthony LeRoy Lovato

TUES · THURS · SAT

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Anthony is proud to be joining A Christmas Carol for his thirteenth year. Other stage credits include: Mr. Paravacini (The Mousetrap), Michel/Head Waiter (Murder on the Orient Express), Prince of Wales/Robespierre (The Scarlet Pimpernel), The Child Catcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) with Hale Centre Theatre; and The 39 Steps with HCTO and CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. 

Anthony works as a voice over and audio producer for Two Rough Edges Studios, where he produces content and podcasts. “Special thanks to my wife and son for their love and support this busy holiday season”. 

Man 3 (Marley/Undertaker)

Matthew Kohler

Matt Kohler

MON · WED · FRI

Most recently, Matt was seen as Blind Pew in our production of Treasure Island. Some of Matt’s other favorite productions that he has been a part of include: A Christmas Carol, Wait Until Dark, To Kill a Mockingbird, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Big Fish. Matt graduated from Utah State University in Theatre Arts and spends his days working for Solutionreach. “Happy wife, happy life.” 

Colin Cunningham

Colin Cunningham

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his HCT debut! “I am both elated and honored to be a part of this fantastic production!’ Thank you, A Christmas Carol!”

Man 4 (Christmas Present/Old Joe/Poulterer)

Benjamin Oldroyd

BJ Oldroyd (Benjamin)

MON · WED · FRI

@beejo77

Recently seen in our 2019, 2020, and 2021 production of A Christmas Carol as Bob Cratchit, BJ is thrilled to step into the role of The Ghost of Christmas Present! Additional HCT credits include Grandpa Gordon (Freaky Friday) and Policeman (Wait Until Dark). Other credits include: Regalo Theater Company - Shrek (Shrek the Musical); SCA: King Arthur (Spamalot), HCTO: Seitz (Newsies) and The Ghost of Christmas Present (A Christmas Carol); LHC: Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame). 

He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at UVU. “Thank you to the production staff for this wonderful opportunity. And thank you to my friends and family who support me in my love for dressing up and acting like other people.” @mickeybehindthelens

Taylor Smith

Taylor J Smith

TUES · THURS · SAT

Taylor’s HCT credits include Cinderella (Lord Pinkleton), A Christmas Carol, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other favorite credits include: Murray Arts - Shrek The Musical (Shrek); Hart Theatre Company - The Wild Party; West Valley Arts - Sweeney Todd; CenterPoint Theatre - A Tale of Two Cities (Sydney Carton) and 1776 (Edward Rutledge); U of U Theatre Department - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pseudolus); and Salt Lake Shakespeare - The Last Five Years (Jamie), and Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry).

He received his BFA in Theatre from the University of Utah. “I want to thank Amanda, Evie, and Miles for letting me spread Christmas cheer for those who need to hear! I love you!”

Man 5 (Mr. Fezziwig/Solicitor 1)

Daniel Hess

Dan Hess

Daniel is pleased to be back on the HCT stage; he was previously seen in our recent productions of Les Misérables as Monsieur Thenardier and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Grandpa Potts. His other credits include: HCTO - Bright Star, 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 working with adaptive needs young people. “The dealing of my trade were but a drop in the water of the comprehensive ocean of my business.” Jacob Marley 

Josh Shipley

Josh Shipley

@shipleyland

Josh comes to Hale Centre with extensive experience both on and off the stage. Favorite stage credits include: A Christmas Carol 2021 (Mr. Fezziwig) with HCT; Joseph...Dreamcoat (Pharaoh), Annie (Daddy Warbucks), GREASE (Teen Angel) with ESCAPE Theatre; Annie Get Your Gun (Mac) and Anything Goes (Sailor Quartet) with 5-Star Theatricals; The Boy Friend (Bobby Van Husen) with The Flower Street Players; GREASE (Kenickie) with The Music Box Theatre; A Christmas Carol (Boy Scrooge and Tiny Tim), Fiddler on the Roof, and Carousel with The Gallery Theatre as well as various Television, Film, and Disney Theme Parks Voiceover work. 

Josh worked as a Walt Disney Imagineer from 1996 - 2017 and continues to consult professionally for the themed entertainment industry. “Thank you to Cami, Courteney, Christopher, and Michael for keeping home a Neverland and making sure I never grow up.” 

Man 6 (Eben/Ghost of Christmas Future)

Kaden Caldwell

Kaden Caldwell

MON · WED · FRI

@caldwellkaden

HCT is glad to welcome Kaden back to our stage after last being seen in this season’s production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Other notable credits include Treasure Island, Les Misérables, Phantom, A Christmas Carol with HCT; Musical of Musicals with The Grand; Les Misérables with HCTO along with the 2014 season with Playmill Theatre. He enjoys medieval stuff, motorcycles, and video games. “Memento Mori”

Ren Cottam

Ren Cottam

TUES · THURS · SAT

Ren is ecstatic to be back on the HCT stage! His favorite credits include: HCT - The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Darney) and A Christmas Carol 2021 (Eben/Christmas Past); West Valley Arts - Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour) Covey Center - The World Premier of George Nelson’s 1820 the Musical; 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.

Man 7 (Dick Wilkins/Martin Chuzzlewit)

Cooper Johnson

Cooper Johnson

MON · WED · FRI

Cooper is honored to join Hale Centre Theatre for this production of A Christmas Carol. Other favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol, My Son Pinocchio, To Kill A Mockingbird with HCT; Les Misérables, and Disney’s Tarzan with HCTO along with the movie ‘Switched for Christmas’ for the Hallmark Channel. “Happy Holidays to you and yours” 

Logan Squire

Logan Squire

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his HCT debut! Logan is thrilled to join the Hale Centre family! Other stage credits include: In The Heights with West Valley Arts and The Hunchback of Notre Dame with Hale Center Theater Orem. Logan studied at UVU in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Acting. 

Man 8 (Octet Tenor 1/Topper)

Zack Grob

Zack Grob

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Some of Zack’s favorite stage credits include: Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince) and Phantom of the Opera (Raoul) with Snow College; Freaky Friday (Adam) with St. George Musical Theatre; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney) with Utah State Opera Theatre; and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere) with Music Theatre West. He graduated from Utah State University in 2021 with a BA in Music, Voice Emphasis. “I’m thrilled to be performing in a second musical with my very talented wife, Rachel!” 

Drew Engebretsen

Drew Engebretsen

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his HCT debut! Drew is glad to join HCT this holiday season for this production of A Christmas Carol. He was most recently seen in Newsies (Davey) with Murray City. Drew graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Music. 

Man 9 (Octet Tenor 2/Poor Husband)

James Duncan

James Duncan

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Some of James’ favorite stage credits include: West Valley Arts - Sweeney Todd, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Little Women; SCERA - The Sound of Music; and Lehi Arts Council - Into The Woods. James studied at BYU in Vocal Performance and at The University of Iowa Law School. “Love, family, and musical theater - some of my favorite synonyms”. 

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Douglas Irey

TUES · THURS · SAT

Doug is thrilled to appear in A Christmas Carol for the first time. Originally from Miami, FL, Doug has performed on stages throughout Utah and Florida most of his life. He was most recently seen on the Hale stage in Singin' in the Rain (RF Simpson), Treasure Island (Captain Smollet), and The Mousetrap (Major Metcalf). Other favorite roles include Big Fish (Edward Bloom), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Sr.) Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), Ragtime (Father), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), A Little Night Music (Frederick), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy Blakeney). 

Doug has performed with Michael Ball on Tour as lead backup vocals and toured the world with the BYU Young Ambassadors. Doug holds a BFA in Music Dance Theater from BYU.

Man 10 (Octet Baritone/Solicitor 2)

Nathanael Abbott

Nathanael Abbott

MON · WED · FRI

@nat_abb

Nathanael was previously in our productions of A Christmas Carol 2021, Bright Star, and The Addams Family as Lucas Beineke. Nathanael is the Director/Co-Founder of Panscape Pictures, a local independent film company. “This stage is a very special place to me. I’m thrilled to be working here with such gifted artists again. Merry Christmas to my family and my darling Charlotte. I love you!”

Armando Serrano

Armando Serrano

TUES · THURS · SAT

@utterpwnednoob

Armando is honored to return to Hale Centre Theatre after this last season’s production of Treasure Island. Additional performing credits include: The Play That Goes Wrong (Trevor) with HCT; Sister Act with HCTO; In The Heights with West Valley Arts; A Chorus Line (Paul) and Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frankenstein) with The Stage Door Theatre (St. George); and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (LeFou) with St. George Musical Theatre.

Armando holds a BS in Bioinformatics from Utah Tech and currently works as Program Director at Rite Passage. “Thank you to my family for supporting me in everything and thank you, especially to my landlord/talent agent/girlfriend, Chelsea.” 

Man 11 (Octet Bass 2)

Ryan Withers

Ryan Withers

MON · WED · FRI

Ryan is excited to return to the HCT stage. Performing credits include: Bye Bye Birdie (Mr. MacAfee) with Lehi Arts; The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square; Idaho Falls Opera: Gianni Schicchi (Beto) and The Telephone (Ben); BYU-Idaho Operetta-The Mikado (Pish Tush); BYU-Idaho Opera Scenes-Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Madame Butterfly (Pinkerton), and Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin); and HCT: A Christmas Carol (Party Guest/Bass 1). 

Ryan graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor's Degree and works as a Facilitator at Wells Fargo. “A big thanks to my wife, Jeannine, and my three boys, Benjamin, Michael, and Oliver. I love you! You make this magic possible.”

Bryan Johnson

Bryan Johnson

TUES · THURS · SAT

Bryan is excited to be back on the Hale Centre Stage after previously playing in our recent production of School of Rock, A Christmas Carol 2021, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other performing credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin) with SCERA and Lehi Arts; Pride and Prejudice (Charlie Bingley) with Creekside Theatre Fest; and A Christmas Carol - A One Man Show with The Covey.

Bryan graduated from BYU in mechanical engineering and works as a Software Developer at Ancestry for their DNA team. “Thank you to my awesome family and super supportive wife, Shay!” 

Woman 1 (Mrs. Cratchit)

Jessica Pearce

Jessica Pearce

MON · WED · FRI

Celebrating her sixth year in A Christmas Carol, Jessica is honored to be joining the Cratchit family in this season’s production. Recent stage credits include: Sunday School Musical and Spamilton with Desert Star Playhouse and Annie (Grace) and See How They Run (Penelope) with Hale Center Theater Orem as well as several other productions with Hale Centre Theatre, Pioneer Theatre, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, The Grand Theatre, and the Pearl Theatre in NYC. 

Jessica holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Westminster College as well as a Bachelor’s in Musical Theatre from WSU.

Julie Silverstro

Julie Silvestro

TUES · THURS · SAT

A familiar face on the HCT stage, Julie’s favorite credits include: HCT - The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ in the Rain, A Christmas Carol (2021), The Secret Garden, Bright Star, Tuck Everlasting, The Heart of Robin Hood, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Big Fish, Fiddler on the Roof, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Pirate Queen; SLAC - Saturday’s Voyeur 2019; Grand Theatre - Into the Woods and The Full Monty; CPT - Anything Goes, The Secret Garden, and The Drowsy Chaperone

Julie holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and is currently a pianist for the Theatre Department at the U of U.

Woman 2 (Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman)

Brooklynn Kohler

Brooklynn Kohler

MON · WED · FRI

Brooklynn is excited to return to the Jewel Box Stage once again as Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman. Other favorite HCT credits include: Truvy Jones (Steel Magnolias), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Baroness (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), and Roz (9 to 5: The Musical) along with the national tour of Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad) from 2006-2009. 

Brooklynn works for Peek Travel and is a Director at Desert Star Playhouse, in addition to being a mother of Ruby Rose, wife of Matt, Utah Jazz enthusiast, and a mediocre impersonator of Jennifer Coolidge. “Change begins at the end of your comfort zone”. 

Kim Tolman

Kim Allen Tolman

TUES · THURS · SAT

Kim is over the moon to return to the Jewel Box Stage. Some favorite stage credits include: several years of A Christmas Carol (over the years, Kim has played in the octet, Mrs. Cratchit, Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman, and Fred’s Wife) with HCT; Donna (Mamma Mia!) with UAA/OPPA; Rosie (Mamma Mia!) with BTTP; Marie (Cinderella) and Baroness (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) with CPT; Mrs. Potts (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) with HCT and CPT; and Noyesy (5 Carols for Christmas) with OMT. 

Kim holds a Master’s of Gerontology from the U of U and works as a Special Education aide at Adelaide Elementary. “For my boys and sweet Gayle. All my love”. 

Woman 3 (Belle/Laundress)

Emily Wells

Emily Wells

MON · WED · FRI

@imshmem

Emily is currently the owner of and cofounder of Hart Theater Company which recently opened with The Wild Party this last July and looks forward to growing Hart Theatre Company over the next few years. Favorite stage credits include: The Wild Party (Queenie) with Hart Theatre Company, Sweeney Todd with West Valley Arts and Lead Singer with Norwegian Cruise Lines. 

Emily earned a BFA in Musical Theater at Weber State University. “This role is performed for my parents, who never gave up on me and were always my biggest support. I miss you. You are forever with me. I am truly humbled and grateful to be part of this production and spending Christmas with a truly wonderful team this year. Thank you to John, Anne, David, Mark & Sally, and the rest of the Hale team for this incredible opportunity and for believing in me. I love you”. @harttheatercompanyslc

Lauren Pope

Lauren Pope

TUES · THURS · SAT

@laurenpope7

Honored to return to the Jewel Box Stage; some of Lauren’s favorite Hale Centre credits include: The Light in the Piazza, A Christmas Carol 2021, The Secret Garden, and Les Misérables; Ophelia (Hamlet) with Parker Theatre; Belle (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) at Scera Outdoor Theatre; and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) at HCTO. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from BYU.

Woman 4 (Letitia Fezziwig/Martha Cratchit)

Mia Bagley

Mia Bagley

MON · WED · FRI

@miabagel

Mia is no stranger to our HCT stage! She is pleased to return once again for this role in A Christmas Carol. Her other HCT credits include: Winnie Foster (Tuck Everlasting), Scout Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird), as well as several productions of A Christmas Carol. Mia has also been Anna in Frozen Jr. with Riverton Arts. 

Film credits include Anna in the Hallmark movie ‘I’m Not Ready for Christmas’ and most recently Mia in ‘Our House’, a family sitcom on the Lemon Slices YouTube Channel. “Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake” - Dean Koontz 

Alyssa Buckner

Alyssa Buckner

TUES · THURS · SAT

@alyssasbuckner

Honored to be back with Hale Centre Theatre; some of Alyssa’s favorite stage credits include To Kill a Mockingbird (Scout), The Heart of Robin Hood (Sarah), Ragtime (Little Girl), Les Misérables 2014 (Little Cosette), and 4 years of A Christmas Carol with HCT; Cinderella (Cinderella) with Herriman Arts Council; and Emma the Musical (Harriet Smith), Sense and Sensibility (Margaret Dashwood), and The Sound of Music (Louisa von Trapp) with HCTO. Alyssa is currently attending The University of Utah. 

Woman 5 (Fred's Wife/Poor Wife)

Malia Morris

Malia Morris

MON · WED · FRI

@maliavoicestudio

Making her HCT debut! Favorite stage credits include: Peter Pan (Peter Pan) with Pages Lane Theater in Centerville, Utah; Lamb of God (Martha) with Zion’s Youth Choir and Orchestra at the Smith Center in Las Vegas; Christmas Celebration (Lead Soloist) at Queensbury Theatre in Houston Texas; and Children of Eden (Eve/Mana Noah) at MCC Theatre in Mesa, Arizona. Malia holds a Master’s in Dramatic Arts from Harvard University and owns Malia Voice Studio. “Love to Lokealani, Levi, and David.” 

Breearna Mandla

Breearna Mandla Walker

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Making her HCT debut! Some favorite stage credits include: Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (Belle) with West Valley Arts; The Removalists (Fiona Carter) and Grease (Frenchy) with The Australian Acting Academy; Cat Ballou (Cheyenne Rose) with The Jackson Hole Playhouse as well as productions of Phantom of the Opera, High School Musical, and The Pirates of Penzance. Breearna earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Dance Theatre from BYU. Breearna hails from Brisbane, Australia. 

Woman 6 (Octet Soprano 1)

Rachel Worthen

Rachel Worthen Grob

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Making her HCT debut! Rachel comes to Hale Centre Theatre with an extensive resume. Favorite credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and The Sound of Music (Ursula/Nun) with Music Theatre West; Orpheus and the Underworld (Eurydice) with USU Opera Theatre; and the pianist for Shootout at Shadow Mountain at Pickleville Playhouse. Rachel recently graduated from USU with a degree in Vocal Performance (Opera and Musical Theatre). 

She runs her own private voice & piano studio, Rachel Marie Music Studio, located in Cache Valley. “Thank you to Mom, Dad, and Samantha for their endless support, and to my amazing husband who I am lucky enough to share the stage with.”

Mindi Hansen

Mindi Hansen

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Mindi was most recently seen in our 2021 production of A Christmas Carol. Other credits include: Sister Act (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre), Phantom (Hale Centre Theatre), Tanya in Mamma Mia (Utah Actors Association), The Little Mermaid (Herriman Arts Council), and Les Misérables (The Ziegfeld Theater). Mindi received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah. She is an attorney and mediator with Hanks & Peterson and focuses her practice on estate planning and family law. “Thanks, Jeff, Jacob, and Paige for the never-ending love and support. This one’s for you!” 

Woman 7 (Octet Soprano 2/Topper's Girl)

Jordyn Aspyn Durfey

Jordyn Aspyn Durfey

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Jordyn’s favorite credits include: The Light in the Piazza with Hale Centre Theatre; 9 to 5: The Musical (Doralee Rhodes), and Bright Star (Alice Murphy) at The Ziegfeld Theatre; RENT (Maureen), The Spitfire Grill (Percy), and Five Women…Dress (Trisha) at Southern Utah University; Pride and Prejudice (Jane) with West Works Theatre; Noises Off (Poppy) at Simon Fest; and PC Girl Cabaret. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre from Southern Utah University and works as a Singing Teacher, Medical Scribe, and Assistant. “The best progress is made with one foot out of the comfort zone”.

Bronwyn Andreoli

Bronwyn Andreoli

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Making her HCT debut! Bronwyn is thrilled to play a part in this production of A Christmas Carol. Some of her favorite credits include: A Christmas Carol (Belle/Soprano 2), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. (Belle), Into the Woods Jr. (Baker’s Wife) with HCTO; Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet) with UVU; and The Wild Party (Hart Theater Company). Music Directing credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel and Willy Wonka Jr. with Alpine Community Theatre. She is currently in pursuit of her BFA in Musical Theatre from UVU. 

Woman 8 (Octet Alto 1)

Jenessa Zech

Janessa Gillette Zech

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@janessaz

Making her HCT debut! Some of Janessa’s favorite stage credits include: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky) and Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit) at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre along with productions of The Sound of Music (Maria), Seussical The Musical (Mayzie), and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Sally Brown). 

Janessa studied theatre at The University of North Texas and is a mom to 3 kids and a Board Member at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. “Thank you to the Hale Centre Theatre team for believing in me and to my husband, Sean, for the constant support of my dreams”. 

Luana Parkes

Luana Parkes

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@singinglarks

Back for her fourth year of A Christmas Carol; Luana is thrilled to be performing on the HCT Stage once again. Favorite stage credits: Murray Amphitheatre- Disney’s Newsies (Medda Larkin) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes); Soloist with the Big Band Tribute featuring the Riverton Jazz Band at the Draper Amphitheatre and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at BYU. Luana is a member of ‘The Larkes, a local singing group. “For my boys - Ben, Elliott, Oliver, & Atticus, you are my greatest adventure”. 

Woman 9 (Octet Alto 2) (Vocal Captain)

Keri Vance

Keri Vance

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A familiar face to our audiences, Keri notes one of her first performances with Hale Centre Theatre was in A Christmas Carol and that it is lovely to be back, sharing this beautiful message with others. "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.” - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Emily Roh

Emily Leishman Roh

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Emily is pleased to be back on the HCT stage in A Christmas Carol. Previous credits include: West Valley Arts: Sweeney Todd; On Pitch Performing Arts: Music Director for Into the Woods and Mamma Mia; The Empress: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Edwin Drood); West Valley Arts: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (The Baroness). Emily holds her BA in Choral Music Education from The University of Utah. 

“I want to thank the directing team for the opportunity to be part of this production for the 4th year in a row! I am forever grateful to my little family - John and Dash - for their patience, support and love” 

Child 1 (Christmas Past/Turkey Boy)

Parker Burnham

Parker Burnham

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@theburnhamkids

No stranger to the HCT stage you may recognize Parker from our productions of Singin’ in the Rain (Young Cosmo), Les Misérables (Gavroche), A Tale of Two Cities (Little Gaspard), Seussical The Musical (Jojo), Matilda the Musical (Eric), and The Music Man (Winthrop). Other credits include: Broadway National Tour A Christmas Story (Swing); Matilda The Musical (Eric) and A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim) with HCTO; and A Christmas Story (Flick) and The Wizard of Oz (Mayor of Munchkinland) with SCERA. Parker is excited to share the stage with his younger brother, Mason. “Thank you to everyone at Hale Centre Theatre for this opportunity, and for allowing me once again to do what I love on this incredible stage!” 

Eva Callaway

Eva Callaway

TUES · THURS · SAT

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Eva is thrilled to be back on the board at Hale Centre Theatre.. Favorite credits include: School of Rock (Sophie) and Frozen Kids (Elsa) with HCT; Aladdin Jr. (Jasmine), Seussical Jr. (The Cat In The Hat), Annie Jr. (Duffy), and Moana Jr. (Hei Hei). She was selected to perform the National Anthem at a Utah Jazz game and was a member of The One Voice Children’s Choir for three years. ”Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage to continue that counts - Winston Churchill

Child 2 (Tiny Tim/Young Boy Scrooge)

Mason Burnham

Mason Burnham

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@theburnhamkids

Making his HCT debut! Following in his sibling's footsteps, Mason has watched his older siblings perform in over 20 professional theater roles, most here at Hale Centre Theatre. Mason is excited to finally take the stage after watching more performances than he could ever try to count. When not on stage, Mason enjoys baseball, soccer, and tennis. Off the field, he enjoys building LEGOs and watching Star Wars. Mason is excited to share the stage with his big brother Parker. “Thank you, Hale Centre Theatre, for letting me come play. God Bless Us, Everyone!” 

Link Evans

Link Evans

Making his HCT debut! Link is thrilled to play in A Christmas Carol with his father, Keith. “I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!” 

Child 3 (Carol Girl/Little Fan/Harriet Cratchit/Want)

Libby Despain

Libby Despain

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Libby is excited to join the talented cast and crew of A Christmas Carol for another season of holiday cheer! Other credits include: Les Misérables (Young Cosette) with Hale Centre Theatre; Disney’s Frozen Jr. and Annie Jr. at Midvale Main Street Theatre. In addition to theatre, this talented fifth-grader loves to sing, dance, and tumble; and is the best sister in all of the land. “She shall have music wherever she goes.”

Penny Hodson

Penny Hodson

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Returning to the Jewel Box Stage; Penny was last seen in our 2021 production of A Christmas Carol. Other stage credits include: The Sound of Music (Marta) with Utah Shakespeare Festival; Shrek The Musical (Young Fiona) with West Jordan Arts Council; Matilda The Musical (Matilda) with Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. Off the stage, Penny enjoys swimming, making British videos, making up choreography to Broadway musicals, roller skating, and all sorts of arts and crafts. “Even if you’re little, you can do a lot”. 

Child 4 (Carol Boy/Frederick Cratchit/Thomas Pinch/Ignorance)

Flynn Mitchell

Flynn Mitchell

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Making his HCT debut! Flynn comes to HCT with several productions already under his belt. Stage credits include: Newsies (Les) and Frozen Jr. (Olaf) with Kensington Theater Company; and Frozen Kids (Olaf) with Herriman Arts Council. “Thanks to my family for their love, support, and encouragement. Merry Chestnuts!”

Chalie Udy

Charlie Udy

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As a baby, Charlie played the Poor Family’s baby in A Christmas Carol in the old West Valley theatre. Since then, he has appeared in stage productions with Yellow Stage Door and Studio Kids.

Child 6 (Belinda/Mary)

Ruby Kohler

Ruby Rose Kohler

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This is Ruby’s fourth year of A Christmas Carol! Ruby has already performed in several mini-musicals with both COPA and HCTO. She is currently in her 5th year of a German Immersion program. When it’s warm outside she also runs her own lemonade stand, which does quite well.

Audrey Edwards

Audrey Edwards

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Audrey returns to A Christmas Carol after appearing in our 2021 production. Performing credits include: Rise Up Children’s Choir, Ariel (The Little Mermaid Jr.), Jojo (Seussical The Musical Jr.), Pua (Moana Jr.), as well as various music videos on Audrey Edwards Music YouTube Channel. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” -Maya Angelou. Audrey Edwards Music on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook. 

Child 5 (Peter Cratchit/Boy Scrooge)

Connor Welch

Connor Welch

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Connor is thrilled to be back on the Jewel Box stage after appearing in our 2021 production of A Christmas Carol. Previous stage credits include: SpongeBob The Musical (SpongeBob Squarepants), High School Musical (Troy Bolt), Hamlet (Claudius), Tuck Everlasting (Jesse Tuck), and Matilda (Mr. Wormwood), all at Stansbury High School. “Life is one big stage. When the lights come up on you, show them what you got!”

James Empey

Jimmy Empey

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Jimmy is excited to play again with Hale Centre Theatre. Previous credits include: A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim) with HCT; The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Deputy) and MDT Broadway review. “I’d like to thank my cat: Beans,the rat I met once: Nacho, my sushi buddy Noah, my friends (and my family…I guess)”. 

Violinist

Christine Warren

Christine Warren

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Christine is excited to return to our stage for A Christmas Carol. Previous credits include: Utah Repertory Theater Company - Bridges of Madison County; Ziegfeld Theatre - Next To Normal and The Light in the Piazza; Layton High School - The Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid; Weber State University - 35mm: A Musical Exhibitions well as performing with NEXT Ensemble & Opera Contempo - “The Telephone” by Menotti and “The Combat” adapted by David Campbell. 

Christine is a graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelor’s in Vocal and Violin performance. “To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also” - Igor Stravinsky.

Katie Frandsen

Katie Frandsen

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This year marks 22 years since Katie first appeared in HCT’s A Christmas Carol as Letitia Fezziwig. She has also performed in the Octet and is now in her fourth year as the Violinist. Other favorite roles include: AIDA (Amneris), Shrek the Musical (Fiona), Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont), and Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins). Katie graduated from The University of Utah with a BM in Violin Performance. “All my love and thanks to D, R, H, and E!” 

She is co-founder and director of Aerobatics Circus Center, a youth circus performing arts training center in Bluffdale, Utah. “Shoutout to my wonderful husband, Lance, and children Jade, Paisley, and Conner. I love you all!” aerobaticscircuscenter.com

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Patrick Despain

Patrick Despain

Patrick is excited to be a part of A Christmas Carol again and share the stage with his sister, Libby. He was also previously seen as Sandy in Annie Jr. at Midvale Main Street Theatre. When not on stage, Patrick loves playing soccer, and animals, and endlessly loves playing Monopoly

Spencer Hohl

Spencer Hohl

Spencer is honored to be returning for another holiday season with A Christmas Carol. HCT Credits include: Performing - Million Dollar Quartet, The Heart of Robin Hood, and Joseph...Dreamcoat, Big River, and multiple years of A Christmas Carol; Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick) and the titular role in Hamlet with Parker Theatre; Fight Choreographer credits include Phantom and Newsies for HCT. Spencer has also provided the fight choreography for Hamlet, Treasure Island, and Robin Hood at The Parker Theatre and The Scarlet Pimpernel at Hopebox Theatre. Spencer is proudly certified with the Society of American Fight Directors. “Perfect. Do it again.”

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Production Team Biographies

Director

John has directed at Hale Centre Theatre for nearly 20 years now including 18 years at the helm of A Christmas Carol. Some additional favorites for him, include: A Tale of Two Cities (2011), Mary Poppins (2014), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (2016), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2013), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (2015), Big Fish, Phantom (2009 & 2019), Fiddler on the Roof, Big: The Musical, 9 to 5: The Musical, and The Scarlet Pimpernel (2018). John is originally from the east coast and was a working actor for many years at theatres in and around NYC with Broadway performers, including, Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Kudisch, Kathleen Rowe McAllen, and Cathy Rigby. “What comes from the heart, goes to the heart. All my love to Ally, JJ, and Charlotte.” 

Choreographer

David Paul Smith

David Smith

David Paul Smith has directed for Hale Center Theater Orem, Hale Centre Theatre, SCERA, American Fork Youth Theater, as well as other youth theater programs around Utah Valley. Some of his most recent directing credits include School of Rock, Disney’s Descendants, My Son Pinocchio, Sister Act, Guys and Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone, AIDA, The Sound of Music, Singin’ in the Rain, Seussical, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He most recently appeared on stage as Jervis Pendleton in Daddy Long Legs and as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet with HCT. 

He also performs with American Performing Arts International in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He currently works for Hale Centre Theatre as Director of Education and Associate Resident Director. He also composes original musicals for children, some of which include The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Three Little Pigs, The Untold Story of the Tortoise and the Hare, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Peter Pan’s Great Adventure, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red, The Velveteen Rabbit, A Christmas Carol (HCTO), and a new full-length musical called Blink. “I’m so grateful for the chance I have to tell important, powerful stories, in this beautiful space. Thank you, HCT!”

Music Director

Anne Puzey

Anne Puzey

Anne is a well-known music director, having directed not only for Hale Centre Theatre, but also The Grand Theatre, Wasatch Theatre Company, Westminster College, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Utah Children’s Theatre, Sandy Arts Council, Good Company Theatre Company, and Midvale Arts. For HCT, Anne has musical directed The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Christmas Carol, A Tale of Two Cities, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hello, Dolly!, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Secret Garden just to name a few. She has worked with Merrill Osmond, Jill Santoriello, Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Maren Mazzie, Kate Baldwin, Seth Rudetsky, and Pacek and Paul and most recently was the Resident Pianist for Broadway Evolved. 

She graduated from BYU with her degree in Music Education, Vocal emphasis. She received a Lifetime Service Award from The Utah Theatre Association and recently retired after 26 years as the Choir Director at Bennion Jr. High. She received the Teacher of the Year Award for 2015-2016 and has been a presenter at UMEA. She has been an audition accompanist for Big League Productions in NYC, resident pianist at Broadway Evolved in NYC, stage-managed auditions for The Marius Company, and was a vocal coach for Utah Opera and Symphony. Anne was the Music Director for The Children’s Songbook Recordings and is part-owner of Audition Advantage. She has sung professionally with The Wasatch Front Chorale, Sterling Singers, Canti Con Brio, The Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir, Gloriana, and was a featured Alto on All-State CDs for the western United States and Hawaii.

Production Stage Manager

Megan Johnson

Megan Johnson

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Megan is thrilled to be back in the Stage Manager seat at Hale Centre Theatre after helming Silent Sky, Always...Patsy Cline, Daddy Long Legs, Murder on the Orient Express, and our 2019, 2020, and 2021 productions of A Christmas Carol. Favorite Stage Management credits include: SCERA Shell-Newsies; Noorda Performing Arts Center-Week of Dreams Events; Ragan Theater-Die Fledermaus; UVU-Jumpers. Asst. Stage Manager-Sundance Summer Theatre for Joseph...Dreamcoat. Stage Management Intern-O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT. 

Megan received her Associates of Arts from Snow College with an emphasis in Theatre and her Bachelor of Arts from Utah Valley University in Theatre. She graduated from both programs Summa Cum Laude. Megan also won the National Award in Stage Management at KCACTF Region 8 Competition in 2018. “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -AA Milne. 

Scenic Design

Kacey Udy 2020

Kacey Udy

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 

Costume Design

Peggy Willis 2022

Peggy Willis

Peggy has designed & sewn for HCT since 2005. She lists some of her favorite designs as School of Rock, The Heart of Robin Hood, Peter and the Starcatcher, Big Fish, Tarzan, Les Misérables, Daddy Long Legs, The Play That Goes Wrong, Treasure Island (2022), The Mousetrap, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Matilda

Peggy loves the design process but also likes stepping back to be a “sewing/crafting gremlin” in the costume shop. Peggy holds a BFA in Costume Design for Theatre from USU and currently works full-time in HCT’s Costume Shop. “Love and thanks to my family for their enthusiasm and support when my theatre world engulfs the real one!” 

Lighting Design

Jaron Hermansen

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: Lucky Stiff, Singin’ in the Rain, School of Rock, One For The Pot, A Christmas Carol 2021, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 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.

Sound Design

Michelle Ohumukini 2022

Michelle Ohumukini

Michelle’s’ love of theater comes from her Hawaiian heritage where she learned the art of song and dance. No longer wishing to dance on stage, she decided to dive into finding out more about sound and how it functions. This path led her to her Master of Fine Arts 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 many 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). She'd like to say: “Thank you to my outstanding sound team and all of your hard work!”

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 99th with our production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid; some of her other favorite designs have included The Drowsy Chaperone, Over The River..., Les Misérables, Tuck Everlasting, My Fair Lady, AIDA, A Tale of Two Cities, Cinderella, Silent Sky, 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

Marnee' Porter

Marnee’ Porter is a professional wig and makeup artist specializing in theatrical and operatic work. Based in Utah, She has designed productions at Utah Opera, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), and at Brigham Young University and has a passion for working with performers and projects that are larger than life. Marnee’ thrives on being a part of visual storytelling, through the transformative power of makeup and character creation. She completed an MFA in Wig Making and Makeup Design from CCM and also has a degree in Theatre Art Studies from BYU.

Video/Projection Design

Madeline Ashton 2020

Madeline Ashton

@madelinemakesart

As an accomplished artist and associate Designer, Madeline’s work was recently seen in our productions of Guys and Dolls, Les Misérables, A Tale of Two Cities, 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: Silent Sky, 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. 

Automation Design

Nick Herring

Nick Herring

Nick is thrilled to be working with HCT on the design and programming of automation for this production! Select HCT credits include: Guys & Dolls, The Secret Garden, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, A Christmas Carol, Treasure Island, School of Rock, Singin’ in the Rain, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. 

Outside of HCT, Nick works as a Senior Show Control Designer for Disney Live Entertainment, designing & programming complex show control & automation systems for significant productions and attractions such as: Frozen, Live at the Hyperion, Fantasmic!, Firework Spectaculars, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, & Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

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