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Elf the Musical Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com
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Automation: Scott Freeland, Nate Gallegos, Nate Jennings
Lightboard Operator: Collin Schmierer, Kaden Wells, Lee Wright
Sound Engineer: Matt Kupferer, Griffin McMullin, Kristen Tenney, Evan Saunders
Audio/Zak Tracks: Lauren Moss,Richelle Ohumukini
Stage Technician: Devon Barney, Keturah Barnhill, Megan Chase, Ben Dickson, Sydnie Evans, Brian Garlick, Nikolas Mikkelsen, Anton Moss, Kaden Oaks, Cheyenne Proctor, Noah Sheen, Lyndsi South, Ryder Spotts, Trivett
Followspot Operator: Rose Allen, James Beltran, Melanie Blackburn, Olly Brough, Shane Compher, Addie Harmon, Taite Morgan, Jeff Parkes, JoAnne Phillips, Michael Shipley, Braxton Sission, Leslie Stock, Kirk Wilson, Jeff Young
Wardrobe Dresser: Courtney Cohen, Emily Ebert, Michaela Gladwell, Garrett Gunnell, Camie Jones, Nick Marsella, Thomas Moore, Akemi Nakashima, Luseane "Lucy" Pasa, Yolanda Poloa, Heidi Thomas, Cacie Waite
Hair & Makeup Crew: Lilly Bennett, Tim Feroah, Jayada Hodges, Amelia Manwaring, Kennedy Nettleton, Daniel Perez, Marnee' Porter
Child Guardian: Mia Aamodt, Melissa Davis, Candice Mitchell, Andrea Rigby, Alissa Udy, DeEtte Young
In 1964, the creative studio Rankin and Bass premiered the TV special Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. Based on the 1949 song of the same name, the creators used stop motion animation and a 3-D children’s toy-like design to tell the extended story of Rudolph and his infamous nose. Rudolph’s premier was such a huge hit with Baby Boomers, it launched the era of the children’s holiday television special.
In the years before VCRs and home streaming services, kids would wait all year for the annual broadcast of these holiday television specials such as Rudolph, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, etc. There was a simplicity and an innocence to these programs that captured the magic of the holidays as seen through the eyes of a child. Add to that, more American households were trading in their black and white televisions for newer color TVs, so experiencing these new holiday worlds in full color was unimaginably magical. For a kid, these yearly showings became as vital to the season as Christmas trees and Santa
Fast forward to 2003.
Heavily inspired by the TV specials of their childhoods, Baby Boomers and filmmakers Jon Favreau and David Barenbaum wanted to make a film that could recapture the magic and innocence of those old TV specials. So, they dreamed up the idea of Buddy the misfit Elf. As they worked on the story they realized the theme that was developing was their response to the loss of childhood innocence they felt in the world surrounding the holidays.
Taking Buddy directly out of the Rankin and Bass inspired world and throwing him into the chaos and cynicism of modern New York City was the perfect conflict. And the perfect solution; Buddy teaches people to see the world and the holidays through a child’s eyes again.
Since its premiere, this film starring Will Ferrell as Buddy the Elf has since taken its place in the canon of must-see holiday favorites, right next to the original TV specials that inspired it.
ELF the Musical was adapted from the 2003 screenplay for the stage by writers Bob Martin (Drowsy Chaperone) and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Young Frankenstein the Musical, Hairspray) with a score by MatthewSklar and Chad Beguelin.
They kept much of the story and most of the characters from the movie but made some necessary changes for the stage production. With a peppy score and all the fun and innocence of the movie, ELF the Musical has become a new holiday classic in its own right.
We are so thrilled to share our holidays with you and your family. We hope you have the ‘sparklejollytwinklejingley’-est time ever watching our production of ELF the Musical.
— Dave Tinney
Synopsis of Scenes
Prelude – The North Pole
Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus
Scene 1 – The North Pole
Happy All the Time
Buddy, Santa Claus, Elves
Scene 2 – The North Pole
Let’s Make Toys
Scene 3 – The North Pole
Not Happy All the Time
Buddy, Santa Claus
Scene 4 – Travelling & New York City
World’s Greatest Dad
Scene 5 – Greenway Offices
In the Way
Stuart, Club Man, Flannagan
Scene 6 – Macy’s
Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingly
Buddy, Jovie, Manager, Macy’s Elves and Employees
Scene 7-8 – Hobbs’ Home
I Believe in You
In the Way (Reprise)
Buddy, Walter, Emily, Michael, Policemen
Scene 9 – Greenway Offices
Just Like Him
Buddy, Walter, Deb, Employees
Scene 10 – New York City & the Rockefeller Center
A Christmas Song
Buddy, Jovie, Walter, Ensemble
Scene 11 - Greenway Offices
Scene 12 - Outside
World’s Greatest Dad (Reprise)
Synopsis of Scenes
Entr’Acte – The North Pole
Buddy, Santa Claus
Scene 1 – Subway
Nobody Cares About Santa
Buddy, Fake Santas
Scene 2 – Tavern on the Green
Never Fall in Love with an Elf
Scene 3 – Hobbs Home
There is a Santa Claus
Scene 4 – Greenway Offices
The Story of Buddy the Elf
Buddy, Walter, Emily, Michael, Deb, Mr. Greenway, Employees
Scene 5 – The Woods
Nobody Cares About Santa (Reprise)
Buddy, Walter, Emily, Michael, Santa Claus
Scene 6 – Central Park West
A Christmas Song (Reprise)
Scene 7 – The North Pole
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David Paul Smith
Lelini “Chubby” Iongi
Trevor B. Dean
Ambrocio Mireles Jr.
Brant S. Johnson
Armando Serrano Huerta
John Nelson Wakley
•••••• Buddy External Understudy: Landon Horton
•••••• Jovie Understudy: Tianna Maxwell
•••••• Deb Understudy: Mckelle Shaw
•••••• Walter Hobbs Understudy: David Marsden
•••••• Emily Hobbs Understudy: Mckelle Shaw
•••••• Michael Hobbs Understudy: John Wakley
•••••• Santa Claus Understudy: Bradley Moss
•••••• Male 1, 5 & 6 External Understudy: Spencer S. Lawson
•••••• Male 2, 3 & 4 External Understudy: Kile Allen
•••••• Female Ensemble 1, 5 & 6 External Swing: Abigail Higbee
•••••• Female Ensemble 2, 3 & 4 External Swing: Bryn Campbell
Cast Changes in Today's Performance
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Making his HCT debut! Alex is thrilled to spread Christmas cheer on the Centre Stage this holiday season. Some of his favorite stage credits include: In Pieces with the University of Utah and West Side Story with Hopebox Theatre. Alex earned his BFA from the University of Utah with an emphasis in Musical Theatre.
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 Newsies, Disney’s Descendants, School of Rock, Mary Poppins, My Son Pinocchio, Sister Act, Guys & Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone, AIDA, The Sound of Music, Singin’ in the Rain, Seussical The Musical, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He most recently appeared on stage as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain, 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 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He currently works for the 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. He also writes the original productions performed by HCT’s Story Weavers. “Christmas is a time for giving; thanks for being a part of the wonderful gift that is theatre.”
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Jackie is honored to be back on the Centre Stage; she was previously seen in our production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Favorite performing credits include: Disney’s Tarzan (Jane) with Murray Amphitheatre; Into the Woods (Rapunzel) with Sandy Amphtitheratre; and Spring Awakening (Wendla) with the University of Utah. Jackie earned her BFA in the Musical Theatre Program from the University of Utah.
Kelly was last seen on our stage as Molly Brown in our production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Other favorite credits include: Jerusha Abbott (Daddy Long Legs), and Katherine (Newsies) at Hale Center Theatre Orem and Jerusha Abbott (Daddy Long Legs), The Baroness (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Gabrielle (Cinderella) and Gertrude McFuzz (Seussical The Musical), and Lucy Grant in Bright Star here at HCT. She graduated from UVU in Acting Performance and serves as the Academy Artistic Director at HCTO and loves working with the talented youth in this state. “Enjoy the show!”
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Returning to the Centre Stage, Greg was previously seen in our 2017 production of AIDA and our 2018 production of Wait Until Dark. Other favorite stage credits include: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson) and The Addams Family (Gomez Addams) with HCTO, along with The Music Man (Harold Hill) with Sundance Summer Theatre. “Thank you to my wife Rachel, kids Sawyer and Pearl, and friends & family for your love and support.”
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 Newsies (Pulitzer)m Titanic: The Musical (The Major), 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.
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Elise’s favorite credits include: See How They Run (Ida), Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont), Steel Magnolias (Shelby), Wait Until Dark (Suzy), Brigadoon (Meg), and Oklahoma! (Laurie) with HCT; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre) with Pioneer Theater Co; Hairspray (Penny Pingleton) with The Grand Theater; and Guys & Dolls (Miss Adelaide) with The Empress Theater. She graduated from WSU with a degree in Musical Theater. She would like to recognize her outstanding and supportive husband and three incredible kids.
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Michelle is happy to be returning to the HCT stage! Her favorite credits include: HCT - Margaret (The Light in the Piazza), Winifred Banks (Mary Poppins - 2014 & 2020), Marie (Cinderella), Madame Baurel (An American In Paris), Mae Tuck (Tuck Everlasting), Mrs. Potiphar (Joseph…Dreamcoat), and Georgia (Curtains); PTC - Sunset Boulevard, and the U.S. professional premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s The Count of Monte Cristo; other roles include Lilli/Kate (Kiss Me Kate), Betty Haynes (White Christmas), Emma Carew (Jekyll & Hyde), and Velma Von Tussle (Hairspray). “Much love and many thanks to my family and friends, especially my husband and daughter, for your constant love and support.”
Returning to the Centre Stage, Chubby was last seen in our production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Other stage credits include: Oliver! with HCTO; Big Fish (Will’s Son), Elf The Musical, Matilda The Musical (Nigel) with CPT; and Newsies Jr. (Crutchie) with CPT Academy. “Amazing things happen when you try! Thanks to the directing team, Dave, Lindsay, and Alex, for this awesome opportunity!”
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Back for another holiday season with Hale Centre Theatre, Cole was previously seen as Flounder in last season’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other stage credits include: Finding Nemo Jr. with HCT; Pure Imagination with Midvale Arts; Freaky Friday, and James and the Giant Peach Jr. “Thank you for the love and support from his family and friends.”
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Thrilled to be back on the Centre Stage! Maryn was previously seen in our productions of Titanic: The Musical (Kate Mullins), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Molly Brown), and School of Rock! Other favorite credits include: The Playmill Theatre-Jane (Disney’s Tarzan), Marian (The Music Man), Katherine(Newsies), and Kathy Selden (Singin’ In The Rain). Maryn earned her Bachelor of Music from BYU-Idaho.
Joanna comes to our stage with an impressive list of credits, including The Secret Garden with Hale Centre Theatre, National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Charlotte), Three seasons at Tuacahn, which included Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick), Pioneer Theatre Company in Elf The Musical, as well as performances in Maldon, England in The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth) and 1776 as Abigail Adams. She studied Acting and Directing at Utah State University and has worked behind the scenes at Hale Centre Theatre on numerous productions. “For my mother Joan, who always encouraged me to dream big..”
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Abrin is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage. HCT credits include: Titanic: The Musical, Treasure Island (Billy Bones), Mary Poppins, Les Miserables, Seussical, Freaky Friday (Adam), An American in Paris,The Wizard of Oz, Newsies (Albert/Bill), Tuck Everlasting, AIDA, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Joel), as well as Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and Oliver!. Abrin has also performed on the HCTO stage in Winnie the Pooh (Eeyore), Joseph…Dreamcoat, Seussical, and several Youth Performances. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care” - Theodore Roosevelt
Trevor B Dean
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Trevor is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage after his performance in Disney’s The Little Mermaid! some of his favorite stage credits include: Singin in the Rain,Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Misérables,Guys and Dolls, Little Shop of Horrors, Young Frankenstein, The Last 5 Years, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Trevor has performed with several theatre companies throughout the Wasatch front. He attended Weber State for Musical Theatre, and when not on stage, he enjoys spending time with his adorable dog.
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Ecstatic to be on the HCT stage once again, Bradley’s favorite stage credits include: Treasure Island, The Mousetrap, Murder on the Orient Express, Newsies, Cash on Delivery!, and The Diary of Anne Frank with Hale Centre Theatre; A Christmas Carol (Scrooge) and Tuck Everlasting with Hale Center Theater Orem; and Cinderella with Sundance Summer Theatre along with directing credits at HCTO, BYU, and Provo Theatre Company. Bradley holds a BA in Theatre Education and MA in Media Literacy and Film from BYU and works as a Fine Arts Specialist with the Canyons School District. “Love to Shawnda, Ton, Ike, and Bel. Y’all are the best.”
Making his HCT debut! Ambrocio is thrilled to join the Hale Centre Theatre family with this production of Elf The Musical! Favorite stage credits include: Little Shop of Horrors with Timpanogos Community Theatre, Villains! A Broadway Revue at The Springville Playhouse, and In The Heights at The Grand Theatre.
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David’s HCT credits include: Hello, Dolly!,Lucky Stiff (Luigi Gaudi), One for the Pot (Arnold Piper), Guys & Dolls (Big Jule), The Play That Goes Wrong (Jonathan/Charles Haversham), Bright Star (Daddy Murphy), Seussical The Musical (General Gengus Khan Schmitz), The Wizard of Oz (Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz), Cash on Delivery! (Dr. Chapman). Other credits include: Centerpoint Legacy Theatre - The Pirates of Penzance (The Major General), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), Curtains (Lt. Cioffi), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jamison); Egyptian Theatre - Noises Off (Lloyd); and Lucky Stiff (Vinnie) at Rodgers Memorial Theatre. “Rule of Acquisition #59: Free advice is seldom cheap.”
Josh loves Christmas and hopes you’re having a wonderful holiday season! Other Hale favorite credits include: Titanic: The Musical (Captain E.J. Smith), Treasure Island (Long John Silver) (2009&2022), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Les Misérables (Thernardier), Bright Star (Daddy Cane), The Addams Family (Gomez Addams), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Dom Claude Frollo), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Elton), The Heart of Robin Hood (Robert Summers), and To Kill A Mockingbird (Bob Ewell). He received his BA in Acting and Directing from SUU and works as an account manager for Holistic Web Presence. “Merry Christmas to my amazing family and to all of you! Ho! Ho! Ho!.”
A familiar face to HCT audiences, Jason was previously seen on the HCT stage in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Flotsam),The Light in the Piazza,A Tale of Two Cities, Mary Poppins, Seussical The Musical, Freaky Friday, The Wizard of Oz,Tuck Everlasting, AIDA, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, and Big Fish. He has also performed in In the Heights and Combeferre in Les Misérables at HCTO. “I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
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Gunnar is pleased to be back on the HCT Stage. Previous HCT credits include: Newsies 2023 & 2018 (Crutchie) Hello, Dolly!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Jetsam), Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and Freaky Friday. Other favorite credits include: WVC Center of Performing Arts - Star of Wonder (Matthew); BYU - Rump (Rump) and The Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police); Jordan High School - The Pirates of Penzance (Fredric), The Addams Family (Gomez Addams). Gunnar is currently a Junior in the UVU Musical Theatre BFA program.
Brevan is honored to be back on our Centre Stage. His favorite credits include: Hello, Dolly!, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid with HCT, along with In The Heights with West Valley Arts. When not on stage, he works at The Grand America Hotel. “If you can’t love yourself, how in the heck can you love someone else.”
Making his HCT debut! Brant comes to Hale Centre Theatre with an extensive resume; favorite stage credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Caractacus Potts), Mary Poppins (Neleus) with Uintah; The Music Man (Harold Hill) with Vernal Theatre: Live as well as performing with BYU’s Young Ambassadors in 2021 & 2022 and racking up two Best Actor in the state by UHSMTA. “I feel I have peaked to be able to perform at Hale Centre Theatre. I am grateful for the support from my mother, sisters, family, friends, and directors who encourage me to be the truest and best version of myself.”
Making his HCT debut! Jackson is honored to premier on the Centre Stage with this production of Elf The Musical! He was recently seen in Midvale Performing Arts Center’s production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder as well as being a House and Mainstage cast member at Improv Broadway. “People were making fun of me already, so I thought I might as well charge them.”
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Some of Zack’s favorite stage credits include: A Christmas Carol 2022 with Hale Centre Theatre; 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 return to HCT and perform on the Centre Stage! Thank you, Rachel, for your undying support and love.”
Making his HCT debut! Some of Cameron’s favorite stage credits include: West Side Story with West Valley Performing Arts Center; The Important of Being Earnest and Into the Wood with Blossom Trail Players; Cowboys Like Us and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and The Ballad of Cat Ballou at Jackson Hole Playhouse. Cameron graduated from BYU with a BFA in Music Dance Theatre. “Always put your best points forward”.
Returning to the Centre Stage, Phil was last seen in our production of Newsies. Recently, he danced with BYU-Idaho’s Dance Alliance Touring Company from 2020 - 2022 and graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor’s in Dance Performance and Choreography. Phil works as a Dance Conditioning Instructor at Elite Dance Studio in Salt Lake City. “Much love to my family, friends, fans, and folks at home.”
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! Collin’s favorite stage credits include: Newsies, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Scuttle) with Hale Centre Theatre; Cinderella with Sundance Summer Theatre; and Bright Star with Hale Center Theater Orem. Collin is currently a Sophomore studying at UVU.
Dale most recently graced the HCT stage as Ambrose Kemper in this season’s production of Hello, Dolly!. His credits include: HCT - Singin’ In The Rain (Cosmo Brown) Guys & Dolls (Harry the Horse) and Disney’s Mary Poppins; Brigham’s Playhouse in Southern Utah - Crazy for You (Bobby Child), Daddy Long Legs (Jervis Pendleton), She Loves Me (Georg Nowack), and Murder for Two (The Suspects). Dale holds an AFA in Musical Theatre and is proud to announce his recent graduation from the University of Utah with a BA in History. When not on stage, Dale enjoys working backstage as a member of our amazing technical crew.
Armando is honored to be back on the HCT stage. His favorite credits include: Titanic: The Musical, A Christmas Carol ‘22, Treasure Island, The Play That Goes Wrong (Trevor) with HCT; In The Heights (Usnavi) at The Grand Theatre; 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. “Thanks to my family, friends, and significant other for always having my back. La poesía es gente con sueños.”
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Kenichi’s favorite credits include: HCT - Treasure Island (Geroge Merry), Guys and Dolls, Disney’s Tarzan, Newsies (Finch), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Kenichi spends most of his time working at Mountain America Credit Union along with teaching dance and creative movement with his mentors Margene Conde and Tracee Walker. “To my gorgeous wife, Courtney, and amazing kids, Emiko and Kaito, you are my world, and my life is brighter with you!”
MaKenna is thrilled to return to the Centre Stage. Favorite HCT credits include: Titanic: The Musical (Kate Murphy), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Julia), The Light in the Piazza, A Tale of Two Cities,Bright Star (Florence), The Addams Family (Wednesday Addams), Matilda, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. By day, MaKenna works as a Nail Tech/Artist. By night, she continues to be haunted by the spirits of the dead. “Enjoy the show! Or don’t.”
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Thrilled to be back on the Centre Stage! Teaira’s favorite stage credits include: Hans Christian Andersen in New York (Nancy Offenbach), The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with HCT; 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; Candide, The Pirates of Penzance, Into The Woods, and Anything Goes with Music Theatre Works; Nine with Blank Theatre Company; The Flower of Hawaii and Johnny Johnson at Chicago Folks Operetta.
Teaira earned her Bachelor of Music from Idaho State University and Master of Music from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. “I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this production to life at Hale Centre Theatre!”
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Making her HCT debut! Janessa is thrilled to join the Hale Centre Theatre family this holiday season. She is currently studying Anthropology and German at UVU and works as a dance teacher at Legacy Dance Studio.
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Emily’s favorite credits include: Newsies and Singin’ in the Rain with HCT; and Bright Star,Matilda The Musical, and Sister Act with HCTO. She works as a dance teacher/choreographer with Hive Dance Company, Intensity Dance Team, Utah Dance Artists, and COPA. “So grateful to this amazing creative team for the opportunity to be a part of such a fun show!”
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Making her HCT debut! Brookelynn is excited to spread Christmas cheer on the Centre Stage this holiday season. Some favorite stage credits include: AIDA, West Side Story, Sister Act, Bright Star, Matilda The Musical, and Something Rotten with Centerpoint Legacy Theatre. “the greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved in return” - Moulin Rouge.
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Returning to the Centre Stage, Becca was recently seen as Anne Bonny in our production of Treasure Island. Other favorite stage credits include: Bright Star and The Addams Family with HCT; Little Women (Jo March) and The Odd Couple (Cecily Pigeon) with HCTO. Becca earned her BFA in acting from UVU and is now a founder & cast member of Klouns Theatre Company. “Happy Holidays to you and yours.”
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage. Erica’s credits include: HCT - Titanic The Musical (Kate Mullins), The Secret Garden (Martha); Sundance Summer Theatre - Cinderella (Charlotte); UVU - Is There An Actor in the House? (Natasha/Colombina), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Urinetown The Musical (Little Becky Two Shoes), I and You (Caroline), and Les Miserables as Eponine. She is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theater from UVU and an Associate in Dance.
Rachel is ecstatic to be back on the Centre Stage in this production of Elf The Musical. Previous stage credits include: Newsies (Katherine), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Treasure Island (Justice Death), and A Tale of Two Cities with Hale Centre Theatre as well as The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn) with Grandstreet Theatre. When not on stage, Rachel is a mentor with Rite Passage. “Thank you so much to my friends, family, and this theater for always supporting me and treating me with kindness. Y’all are the best.”
Brooke is honored to be playing again with Hale Centre Theatre after previously being seen in our productions of Titanic: The Musical, Les Miserables, and Bright Star. Favorite stage credits include: Sister Act (Michelle) and Million Dollar Quartet (Dyanne) at HCTO; Johnny Cash Tribute Concert and ABBA tribute Concert with Hale Centre Theatre Gilbert; Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Drowsy Chaperone (The Chaperone), Les Miserables (Eponine), Seussical (Mayzie LaBird). “I want to thank my amazing family for always cheering me on and supporting me.”
Making her HCT debut! Tatem is thrilled to play on the Centre Stage this holiday season. Favorite stage credits include: Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick) with HCTO; Joseph…Dreamcoat with Utah Shakespeare Festival; and White Christmas (Betty Haynes) with Iron Stage Theatrical. Tatem earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Southern Utah University and currently works as a choreographer and assistant coach for Salem High School Theatre and owns her own vocal studio.
Tianna is back on the HCT stage after appearing in our productions of Singin’ in the Rain. Previous credits include: HCT - Story Weavers, Singin’ in the Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Misérables, 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. She has also worked at Walt Disney World as a character performer. Tianna graduated from UVU with a BFA in Musical Theatre. “I cannot wait to spread the Christmas cheer by singing loud for all to hear! Thank you to my people; you know who you are.”
Mckelle is excited to be back on the HCT stage; some of her Hale credits include: Titanic The Musical (Alice Beane), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Mary Nevin), The Secret Garden (Martha), Les Miserables (Ensemble), Seussical The Musical (Mrs. Mayor), and My Son Pinocchio (Rosa). Her favorite stage credits include: Little Women (Jo), Into the Woods (The Witch), Anything Goes (Erma), She Loves Me (Ilona), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Kitty).
Mckelle has her BFA in Musical Theatre (UVU) and works as an actor and makeup artist. “Love this theater, these people and thank you to my wonderful support system, Sarah, Becky, & Kathleen; I love you guys.”
John Nelson Wakley
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Making his HCT debut! John is excited to join the Hale Centre family with this production of Elf The Musical! Other stage credits include: Oliver! (Oliver) with HCTO; and Matilda The Musical (Tommy), Elf The Musical (Michael), Big Fish (Young Will), and A Christmas Story The Musical (Grover Dill) with Centerpoint Legacy Theatre. Anything can be accomplished with the power of friendship… and dancing.”
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Returning to our stage, Charlie was recently seen in our productions of Finding Nemo Jr. (Student/Seagull)and A Christmas Carol 2022 (Frederick Cratchit). “There is room for everyone on the nice list! Thank you to everyone at home and at HCT for being so nice.”
Buddy: External Understudy
Landon’s HCT credits include: Hello, Dolly!,Titanic: The Musical, The Light in the Piazza, The Secret Garden, Les Misérables,TheScarlet Pimpernel, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Other favorite credits include: Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse - Jekyll and Hyde (Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), Footloose (Ren McCormick); and Centerpoint Legacy Theater in Hairspray. Landon works as a 9th-grade teacher at Farmington Jr. High. “To my beautiful wife, Alyssa, and my daughter, Lucy, I love you!”
Spencer is thrilled to be back on the Centre Stage. His favorite credits include: Titanic: The Musical and Singin’ in the Rain with Hale Centre Theatre; Anything Goes!, 42nd Street (5 times!), White Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Young Frankenstein, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Curtains, Oklahoma!, and Mamma Mia! He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Hartt School and an MBA from SUU. He works in Advertising in Salt Lake City. “Thank you to the entire team for making this happen! Shout out to my Momma!”
Male 2, 3 & 4: External Understudy
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Kile’s favorite credits include: Hello, Dolly!,Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Guys & Dolls, and Disney’s Tarzan with HCT; Ragtime with Music Theatre West; Joseph...Dreamcoat (Benjamin) with SGMT; Hairspray (Seaweed) with HVTC; Rumors (Glen Cooper), Alice in Wonderland (Mad Hatter), and The Tempest (Stephano) with DSU; Disney’s Tarzan (Acro Monkey/Ensemble), AIDA (Swing), and Big River with Tuachan. Kile hails from St. George, Utah, where he graduated from Dixie State University with a BS in Theatre.
Abigail is thrilled to be returning to HCT after performing in Mary Poppins and My Son Pinocchio with Hale Centre Theatre. Other favorite credits include: Oliver! (Bet) with Pioneer Theatre Company; Fly More Then You Fall with Open Jar Studios; Matilda The Musical with Scera Shell Outdoor Theatre; Crazy For You in Concert at Lincoln Center featuring Laura Osnes, Tony Yazbek, and Rachel Bloom; Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Peter Pan (Wendy Darling), and Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey).
Abigail is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from the University of Utah, along with a minor in Modern Dance.
Bryn is ecstatic to be back on the HCT stage. Her favorite credits include: Wednesdays Haunted Mansion (Wednesday) with Desert Star; Singin in the Rain,Mary Poppins and Matilda with HCT; PUFFS (Megan) and Clue (Yvett) with West Valley Arts and Beau Jest (Sarah) with Sugar Factory Playhouse.
She has a BFA from the U of U in Theatrical Hair and Makeup Design and works as Fitness Instructor at VASA Gym. Follow her on Instagram for her theatrical and fitness class updates.
Production Team Biographies
Director Dave Tinney joined the Hale Centre Theatre full-time in 2015 and currently serves as Associate Artistic Director/Resident Director. Prior to making Hale his professional home, he taught for nine years as Artist in Residence in the Theatre Arts Department at Utah Valley University and six years in the Music Dance Theatre program at BYU. He received both the regional and national Outstanding Director of a Musical award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
He also spent a season as technical director with the Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis dance company in NYC. He has directed and/or choreographed productions for Hale Centre Theatre, BYU, UVU, Sundance Summer Theatre, Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, Hale Center Theater Orem, ASCAP Musical Theatre workshop in NY, National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and K.C.A.C T.F. Some of his favorite directorial projects include the regional premier of Boublil and Schoenberg’s The Pirate Queen for HCT, the national premier of Zorro The Musical, and a regional special engagement of 110 in the Shade starring Audra McDonald and Will Swenson. Elf The Musical marks his 41st production for HCT. "Thanks to Sally, Mark, Lindsey, Alex, Susan, Kacey, Jenn, Jaron, Michelle O., Michelle J., Krissa, Maddy, Nick, and our awesome cast and crew. Also, a special thanks to my family."
Lindsey D. Smith
Originally from Utah, Lindsey relocated to the East Coast after graduating from the University of Utah with her BFA in Modern Dance. She spent 5 years as a Radio City Rockette, where she toured over 50 cities and kicked at Radio City Music Hall. At Walt Disney World, she was a choreographer and teaching artist for Disney Performing Arts and a performer in ‘Beauty and the Beast Live’ On Stage as well as the Halloween show ‘Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular’.
Lindsey likes to keep busy between choreographing, teaching, and performing. She is HCT’s Resident Dance and Movement Specialist. HCT credits include: Around the World in 80 Days, Hans Christian Andersen in New York, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Titanic The Musical, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, and The Secret Garden. She choreographed ‘Home For Christmas’ at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, and is excited to work on another Christmas show here at HCT! Choreography credits in Orlando include: Matilda The Musical and Hello, Dolly! (The Garden Theatre); Tuck Everlasting and A Year With Frog and Toad (The Orlando Repertory Theatre), and the Orlando Fringe Festival.
Alex Marshall, M.M. Instrumental Conducting, B.M Piano Performance, has been the music director for the University of Utah since 2007. Alex is an active member of the professional musical community in Utah, he regularly performs with its premier institutions, including the Utah Symphony, Pioneer Theatre Company, Hale Centre Theatre, and many others. International performance credits include France, London, and Taiwan.
Recording credits include David Park Plays Fritz Kreisler and Passion of the Soul with Centaur Records. Recent stage credits include: Hans Christian Andersen in New York and The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Hale Centre Theatre, and The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical and Cabaret with the University of Utah. Alex also gratefully serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Hale Centre Theatre. All my love to Jackie, Kimi, Henry, and Penny!
Susan was born and raised in Irvine, California, and holds a BA in Stage Management from Brigham Young University. Her recent credits include: Production Stage Manager of Newsies,Hello, Dolly!, See How They Run,The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Light in the Piazza, One for the Pot, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables,Bright Star and Disney’s Tarzan at Hale Centre Theatre; Stage Manager for Gentri's Christmas Tour in 2021 and 2022; Production Assistant of Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl; Production Stage Manager for Utah Vocal Arts Academy’s Don Giovanni; and Assistant Stage Manager of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Noorda Center for the Arts, Sundance Summer Theatre’s Oklahoma!. Susan currently teaches Stage Management at Brigham Young University and is a member of USITT and SMA.
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 Treasure Island, Around the World in 80 Days, Les Misérables, Tarzan, The Pirate Queen, A Tale of Two Cities,Disney’s 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. For this production of Elf the Musical, Kacey is excited to be able to design the Elf worlds that one of his favorite elves, his son Charlie, will get a chance to perform upon.
Jenn’s work was most recently seen as the Scenic Designer for Catch Me If You Can, Hans Christian Andersen in New York, See How They Run, The Light in the Piazza,One for the Pot, The Mousetrap, Bright Star, The Addams Family, Freaky Friday, and Steel Magnolias. Recent costume design credits for HCT: Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls,The Wizard of Oz, and Aida. Other Scenic Designs for HCT include The Nerd, A Bundle of Trouble, Big River, Beau Jest, Over the River and Through the Woods, Is He Dead?,The Foreigner, The 39 Steps, and The Game’s Afoot.
Jenn has also done scenic design for Utah State Theater’s Lincoln Center’s KCACT award-winning design for Sweeney Todd, Mad Woman of Chailott, and lighting designer for Love's Labour's Lost, Utah Lyric’s The Foreigner, Sandy City’s Hairspray, and Park City’s Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, Trailer Park, and many more. Jenn has a BFA from the U of U in Theatre Design and an MFA from Utah State in Scenic Design. Jenn has been with HCT for ‘nigh on 21 years.’ “A special thanks to my family, who help me every day to continue my passion in theatre design. A special thanks to Isaac, who thinks I’m the best designer in the world...you’re sweet.”
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: Around the World in 80 Days,Newsies, Hello, Dolly!, Titanic The Musical,Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 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.
Michelle has always loved telling stories. Being Native 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.
Michelle has always loved telling stories. Being Native 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 multiple states. Michelle loves theater and being able to use sound to help tell the story. She currently serves as one of the Sound Commissioners of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) and is a member of the 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!”
Michelle is extremely passionate about details, research, beautiful and interesting “things,” anything to do with flowers and opening packages. She recently designed her 103rd with our production of Hello, Dolly!. 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
Krissa has been with HCT for 10 years. Some of her favorite hair and makeup designs include Titanic The Musical, Lucky Stiff, Treasure Island (2022), A Tale of Two Cities (2021), Bright Star, Seussical, AIDA, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (2013 and 2021), She Loves Me, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Krissa holds an MFA in Wig and Make-up Design from the University of Cincinnati CCM, a BFA in Theater Tech/Design from Millikin University and is also a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Utah.
Krissa has previously worked for Utah Shakespeare Festival, Sarasota Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Utah Opera. “I am so grateful to be part of the dream team in the wig shop. Thanks to HCT for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Enjoy the show!!"
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,The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Titanic The Musical, Hello, Dolly!, Newsies and Around the World in 80 Days.
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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