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Show Information

Hale Centre Theatre's production of

Music by

Alan Menken

Lyrics by

Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater

Book by

Doug Wright

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story and the Disney film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker & Ron Clements

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Directed by

Ryan Simmons

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Originally Produced by

Disney Theatrical Productions

Orchestrations by 

Danny Troob

Incidental Music & Vocal Arrangements by 

Michael Kosarin

Dance Arrangements by 

David Chase



 

DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID

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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Any video and/or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.


 

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Production Team

Producer: Mark Dietlein

Director: Ryan Simmons

Choreographer: Lindsey D. Smith

Music Director: Kelly DeHaan

Aerialist Choreographer: Ramsi Nia Stoker

Production Stage Manager: Chantel Ficklin

Scenic Design: Kacey Udy

Costume Design: Joy Zhu

Costume Design Asst.: Elise McMurry

Lighting Design: Jaron Kent Hermansen

Video & Projection Design: Jaron Kent Hermansen

Associate Video Design: Josh Shipley

Sound Design: Michelle Ohumukini

Properties Design: Michelle Jensen

Puppet Design Lead: Jenn Taylor

Hair & Make-up Design: Candice Cronin

Automation Design: Nick Herring

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Stage Manager: Riya Sahasrabudhe, Ashna Horman, Ellen Beckett

Assistant Stage Manager: Skip Mulcock, Taylor Ballard

Automation 1: Alena Rodriguez, Karsten Brown, Scott Freeland

Automation 2: Jonah “Duckie” Garlick, Nathan Gallegos

Lightboard Operator: Collin Schmierer, Lee Wright

Sound Engineer: Griffin McMullin, Kristin Tenney, Evan Saunders, Michelle Ohumukini

Audio 2: Richelle Ohumukini

Stage Technician: Anton Moss, Kyle Trivett, Josh Sheen, Sydnie Evans, Dale Hoopes, Ariel Teagan

Stage Technician (Swing): Noah Sheen, Ben Dickson, Paige Glasser, Devon Barney, Michael Shipley

Followspot Operator: Kimberly Brown, JoAnne Phillips, Delaney Bleak, Madison Tredway, Mickey Beyer, Jeff Parkes

Followspot Operator (Swing): Kirk Wilson, Rebecca Perkins, Jeff Young, Olly Brough

Wardrobe Dresser: Courteney Shipley-Dobbins, Akemi Nakashima, Michaela Gladwell, Emily Ebert, Lilly Bennett, Garrett Gunnell, Cypress Stevens, Cacie Waite, Brianna Packard, Morgan Melville

Wardrobe Dresser (Swing): Crystal Poloa, Camie Jones, Nick Marsella, Sara Riches

Hair & Makeup Crew: Marnee’ Porter, Jayada Hodges, Sara Bult, Tori Valdez

Hair & Makeup Crew (Swing): Daniel Perez, Olivia Price, Brooklyn Maxwell, Courtney Dilmore

Child Guardian: Andrea Rigby

Director’s Notes

In the summer of 1989, my sister and I spent every day in the pool pretending to be part of Ariel’s world.  I had a white cassette tape of the soundtrack to the movie that we played until it finally broke.  It’s hard for younger generations to fully realize what a cultural impact “The Little Mermaid” movie had in resurrecting the entire Disney franchise.  Needless to say, if there hadn’t been an Ariel, there wouldn’t be a Disney+ today.  Besides loving the amazing animation and incredible music, I identified with the story because we had just moved into a new house in a new town.  Like Ariel, I was trying to find a home. 

Over 30 years later, I still connect with this timeless story, but in a different way. I have four kids of my own (who also never want to leave the swimming pool). I now see this as a story about a father learning to support their child as they search to find their own home.  Triton does not understand why Ariel wants to disregard all she has been taught.  Ultimately, he chooses to love her for who she is, not who he wishes she would be.  As I watch my own children test the open waters of this messy human world, I strive to support them in discovering their identity and helping them find a place where they belong. 

— Ryan Simmons

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act I

Scene 1 - The Water’s Surface

Overture

The World Above

Fathoms Below

Oh no, the Concert

Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, Scuttle, Sailor 4, Sailor 5, Pilot, Grimsby, Sailor 1, Sailor 2, Sailor 3, Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3, Wave 4, Ariel Double, Water Aerialist 1, Water Aerialist 2, Water Aerialist 3, Water Aerialist 4

Scene 2 - King Triton’s Court

Daughters of Triton 

Where’s Ariel?

If Only (Triton’s Lament)

Ariel, Sebastian, King Triton, Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana, Leeward, Windward, Soldier 1, Soldier 2

Scene 3 - Ursula’s Lair

Ursula’s Lair 

Daddy’s Little Angel

Daddy’s Little Angel – Playoff

Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam, Tentacle 1, Tentacle 2, Tentacle 3, Tentacle 4, Tentacle 5, Tentacle 6

Scene 4 - Ariel’s Grotto

Part of Your World

Ariel, Sebastian, Flounder

Scene 5 - Prince Eric’s Ship Sea Below Beach

The Storm

Part of Your World (Reprise)

Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, Scuttle, Pilot, Grimsby, Sailor 1, Eric Double, Sailor 3 Wave 1, Wave 2, Wave 3, Wave 4, Ariel Double

Scene 6 - Mersister’s Salon

She’s In Love 

Sebastian, Flounder, Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana

Scene 7 - The Beach

Her Voice 

After “Her Voice”

Prince Eric, Grimsby

Scene 8 - Open Water

Under The Sea 

After “Under the Sea”

Take me To Her

Ariel, Sebastian, King Triton, Flounder, School of Orange Fish, Manta Ray 1, Blowfish 1, Jellyfish 1, Manta Ray 2, Blowfish 2, Jellyfish 2, Dolphin 1, Blowfish 3, Jellyfish 3, Dolphin 2, Blowfish 4, Jellyfish 4, School of Pink Fish, Show Fish 1, Show fish 2, Show fish 3, Show fish 4, Show fish 5, Show fish 6, Sphere 1, Sphere 2, Sphere 3, Sphere 4, Anemone 1, Anemone 2

Scene 9 - Ariel’s Grotto

Grotto Destruction

If Only (Ariel’s Lament)

Sweet Child 

Ariel, Sebastian, King Triton, Flounder, Flotsam, Jetsam

Scene 10 - Ursula’s Lair

Poor Unfortunate Souls

Act One Finale

Ariel, Flotsam, Jetsam, Ursula, Tentacles & Waves

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act II

Scene 1 - The Beach

Entr’acte

New Legs 

Positoovity 

On The Beach 

Positaggity

Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, Gull 1, Gull 2, Gull 3, Gull 4, Aerial Gull 1, Aerial Gull 2, Aerial Gull 3, Aerial Gull 4, Wave 1, Wave 2

Scene 2 – King Triton’s Court

Au Ball de Toilette 

King Triton, Aquata, Allana

Scene 3 - The Palace, Ariel’s Chambers

Beyond My Wildest Dreams

Chez Louis

Ariel, Prince Eric, Grimsby, Maid 2, Maid 3, Maid 4, Maid 5, Maid 7, Maid 8

Scene 4 - The Palace Kitchen

Les Poissons

Scuttle, Chef Louis

Scene 5 - The Palace Banquet Hall

The Banquet Hall 

Les Poissons (Reprise) 

Les Poissons Mayhem

Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Chef Louis, Grimsby, Chef 1, Chef 2, Chef 3, Chef 4, Chef 5, Maid 1, Maid 2, Maid 3, Maid 4, Maid 5, Maid 6, Maid 7, Maid 8

Scene 6 - The Palace Ballroom

One Step Closer

Good Night 

Back to Ursula’s Lair

Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian

Scene 7 - Ursula’s Lair

Daddy’s Little Angel (Reprise)

Before “Kiss The Girl”

Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam, Tentacle 2, Tentacle 3

Scene 8 - The Bay

Kiss The Girl 

After “Kiss The Girl”

Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula (Voice Over), Sebastian, Scuttle, Flotsam, Jetsam, Lantern 1, Lantern 2, Lantern 3, Lantern 4, Lantern 5, Lantern 6, Lantern 7, Lantern 7, Lantern 8, Lantern 9, Lantern 10, Lantern 11, Lantern 12, Lantern 13, Lantern 14, Bird 1, Bird 2, Bird 3, Bird 4

Scene 9 - King Triton’s Court

Sebastian, King Triton, Flounder

Scene 10 - Ariel’s Chamber The Ship King Triton’s Court

Grimsby’s Advice 

If Only (Quartet)

Ariel, Prince Eric, Sebastian, King Triston, Grimsby

Scene 11 - The Palace Ballroom

Before “The Contest” 

The Contest

Ariel Steps Forward

Ariel, Prince Eric, Ursula (Voice Over), Grimsby, Princess 1, Princess 2, Princess 3, Princess 4, Princess 5, Princess 6

Scene 12 - Ursula’s Lair

Poor Unfortunate Souls (Reprise)

Ursula’s Demise 

Ariel’s Transformation

Ariel, Ursula, King Triton, Flounder, Flotsam, Jetsam, Tentacle 1, Tentacle 2, Tentacle 3, Tentacle 4, Tentacle 5, Tentacle 6

Scene 13 - The Beach

Finale Ultimo

Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Grimsby, Sailor 1, Sailor 2, Sailor 3, Chef 4, Chef 5, Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Atina, Adella, Allana, Bird 1, Bird 2, Bird 3, Bird 4, Wave 1, Wave 2

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Cast in Order of Appearance

Mon · Wed · Fri
Tues · Thurs · Sat
Ariel
Rachel Martorana
Sophia Marie Guerrero
Aerialist 1
Jessica Zoë Bird
Christina Engle
Aerialist 2
Olivia Lee
Jessica Kehl
Aerialist 3
MaKayla Finlinson
Mia Gallardo
Aerialist 4/Ariel Body Double
Holly Crumpton
Samantha Nielsen
Woman 1
Abby Williams
Marissa Bobbie Adams
Woman 2
Sammi Jo Ruotsi
Benzley Tinney
Man 4
Owen Fulton
Alex Joyner
Man 5
Brevan Ita
Spencer Manning
Arista/Woman 3.
Summer Sloan Alvey
Phoebe Beenfield
Prince Eric
Preston Taylor
Zack Wilson
Grimsby
Eric Johnson
Jim Dale
Flotsam
Jordan Mazzocato
Jason Buonforte
Jetsam
Scotty Fletcher
Gunnar Russell
Chef Louis
Scott Hendrickson
Kyle Baugh
Man 1
Jordan Dahl
Kile Allen
Man 2/Prince Eric Body Double
Dave Hollerbach
Steven Grant
Man 3
Nick Siler
Patrick Wendel
Flounder (Rotating Schedule)
Brigham Kerr, Cole Young, Blake Burnham
Brigham Kerr, Cole Young, Blake Burnham
Scuttle
Collin Larsen
Trevor Dean
King Triton
Josh Richardson
Jared Lesa
Sebastian
Brian Love
Alec Powell
Mersister 1 / Aquata
Aitana Alapa
Beatriz Melo
Mersister 2/ Andrina
Ellee Anderson
Anne-Marie Browning
Mersister 4 / Atina
Brittany Andam
Emma Joyner
Mersister 5 / Adella
Jenny Rock
Je Eun Jun
Mersister 6 / Allana
Makenzie Belnap
Krista Saltmarsh
Ursula
Mack
Luseane “Lucy” Pasa
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Cast Changes in Today's Performance

Flotsam

will be played by

Jason Buonforte

Grimsby

will be played by

Jim Dale

Andrina/Mersister 2

will be played by

Anne-Marie Browing

Arista/Mersister 3

will be played by

Phoebe Beenfield

Ariel

Rachel Martorana

Rachel Martorana

MON · WED · FRI

@rachel_martorana

Rachel is beyond thrilled to be playing on our boards in this production of The Little Mermaid. Previous stage credits include: Treasure Island, A Tale of Two Cities with Hale Centre Theatre along with Newsies, Bridges of Madison County, and Footloose with Grandstreet Theatre.

Sophia Guerrero

Sophia Marie Guerrero

TUES · THURS · SAT

Favorite stage credits include: Disney’s Tarzan (Jane Porter), Les Miserables, and Cinderella with Hale Centre Theatre; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Maria Elena) with Tuacahn; West Side Story (Consuelo/Maria Understudy) with Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, IL; The Pirates of Penzance (Sister, Mabel/Edith Understudy) and featured dancer and soloist in the Greenshow with Utah Shakespeare Festival; Thoroughly Modern Millie with HCTO; West Side Story (Maria) and The Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal) with BYU; along with Christmas Show with Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in New Jersey. 

Sophia graduated from BYU with a BFA in Musical Theatre. “¡Nunca te rindas! Lo mejor está por venir entonces échale ganas!”

Prince Eric

Preston Taylor

Preston Taylor

MON · WED · FRI

@prestontay18

Recent stage credits for Preston include: Les Misérables (Javert), Newsies (Jack Kelly), Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon) Guys & Dolls (Sky Masterson), Cinderella (Prince Topher), The Wizard of Oz (Tin Man), Disney’s Tarzan (Kerchak), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with Hale Centre Theatre; The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin) with HCTO; Joseph…Dreamcoat (Joseph) with Sundance Summer Theatre; Hello, Dolly! with Pioneer Theatre Company; as well as  Into The Woods (Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), and Little Shop of Horrors (Orin).

Preston also participated in the first live staged reading of Phil Kenny and Reston Williams’ New Musical Alice in Neverland.

Zack Wilson

Zack Wilson

TUES · THURS · SAT

Returning to the HCT Stage, Zack was previously seen in Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Tarzan (Tarzan), AIDA (Radames), and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph). Other favorite stage credits include: the world premiere of 1820: The Musical (Joseph), West Side Story (Tony), and All Shook Up (Chad); TV credits: “ABC’s Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann'' and “High School Musical 3” (featured dancer and Zac Effron’s stand-in for choreography). 

He toured China as a member of BYU’s Young Ambassadors, graduated from UVU with a degree in Communications, and specializes in Medical Professional Liability Insurance. “All my love to my incredible wife and four children.” “Come what may and love it.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

Ursula

Mack

Mack

MON · WED · FRI

HCT is honored to have Mack return to the Centre Stage! Some of her favorite credits include: Marie/Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Medda Larkin (Newsies), Deloris Van Cartier (Sister Act), and Oda Mae Brown (GHOST: The Musical) with Hale Centre Theatre; Mother U/S (Passing Strange) with Salt Lake Acting Company; Motor Mouth Maybelle (Hairspray), Calpernia (To Kill A Mockingbird), and Trix (The Drowsy Chaperone) with HCTO. “I’m a woman Phenomenally, Phenomenal woman, That’s me” -Maya Angelou

Luseane Pasa

Luseane "Lucy" Pasa

TUES · THURS · SAT

@lucy_justine

Happy to be back on the Hale Centre stage - Luseane was previously seen in our 2019 production of Seussical The Musical. Other favorite credits include: In The Heights with West Valley Arts and Newsies, Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Hale Center Theater Orem; and Hairspray with SCERA. “So much alofa to my family for your continuous love and support in everything I do, and thank you for coming out and supporting the arts!”

Sebastian

Brian Love

Brian Love

MON · WED · FRI

@actorboyb

Making his HCT debut! Favorite credits for Brian include: Broadway: Disney’s The Lion King. Nat’l Tours: Disney’s The Lion King (Original Company Member), RENT, and Sister Act. Regional: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Maltz Jupiter), Kiss of the Spiderwoman and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Beck Center), All Night Strut (Hanna Theatre at Cleveland Playhouse Square), Big River (Cain Park), and Brother Can You Spare A Dime (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), Richard III (Great Lakes Theatre Festival). 

Brian works as a Teaching Artist with Disney Musicals in Schools at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts as well as an Instructor with Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Crescendo Voice and Performing Arts. “We know what we are, but not what we may become.” - William Shakespeare

Alec Powell

Alec Powell

TUES · THURS · SAT

@AlecWritesMusic

Alec was last seen on the HCT stage in Guys and Dolls. Other credits include: A writer on Seaview Productions - Ratatouille the TikTok Musical; HCT - Cinderella, My Son Pinocchio (Ringleader), To Kill a Mockingbird (Tom Robinson), Sister Act (TJ), and Big River; HCTO - Sebastian (The Little Mermaid) and Big Jule (Guys and Dolls); Lehi Arts Council - Horton (Seussical); Pioneer Arts Repertory Company - King (Cinderella); and SCERA - Mereb (AIDA). 

Alec is an award-winning composer and educator, recently featured as a Yamaha 40 under 40 music educator. His compositional work had garnered acclaim nationally, recently writing for the Drama League, where his piece was performed by Titus Burgess. “Thanks for coming. Rhonda, you already know!”

King Triton

Josh Richardson

Josh Richardson

MON · WED · FRI

Josh Is An Actor

Josh is thrilled to return to the Centre Stage. Other favorite credits include: Treasure Island 2009 & 2022 (Long John Silver), Guys & Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Les Misérables 2014 & 2021 (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. “Just be kind. That’s all that really matters.”

Jared Lesa

Jared Lesa

TUES · THURS · SAT

Jared is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage. Some favorite credits include: Signor Naccarelli (The Light in the Piazza), Christmas Present (A Christmas Carol 2021) and Bishop of Digne (Les Misérables) with Hale Centre Theatre; The Voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors) with West Valley Arts; Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) with the St. George Opera; Opera NEO - La Cenerentola (Don Magnifico); American West Symphony - La Bohème (Marcello); and Kingsbury Hall - Bernstein’s Candide (Dr. Pangloss). He currently works as a voice teacher.

Flounder

Blake Burnham

Blake Burnham

@theburnhamkids

A familiar face to Hale Centre audiences - some of Blake’s favorite credits include: Broadway National Tour: A Christmas Story (Ralphie); New York: Featured Performer at 54 Below in New York City; Regional: Singin’ In the Rain (Young Don), The Secret Garden (Colin), Disney’s Tarzan (Young Tarzan), and Freaky Friday (Fletcher) with HCT; Matilda The Musical (Bruce) and Newsies (Les) with HCTO. 

Outside of theatre, Blake enjoys singing, playing baseball and football, and hanging out with friends and family. “A huge THANK YOU to everyone at Hale Centre Theatre (my home away from home) for the opportunity to be in this fun show! And love to my parents and my incredibly talented siblings!”

Cole Young

Cole Young

Making his HCT debut! Cole is thrilled to be joining the company of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! Other stage credits include Freaky Friday and James and the Giant Peach Jr.

Brigham Ker

Brigham Ker

@briggersker

Brigham is over the moon to return to the Centre Stage. He was last seen in our 2021 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Jeremy Potts. Previous credits include: Bruce (Matilda) at Alpine Community Theatre and Charlie Bucket (Willy Wonka Jr.) at the Scera Shell Theatre.

Scuttle

Collin Larsen

Collin Larsen

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Collin is excited to join the Hale Centre family with this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other favorite stage credits include: Cinderella with Sundance Summer Theatre; Bright Star with Hale Center Theater Orem; and Children of Eden with Orem High School. Collin is currently studying in the BFA program in Musical Theatre at UVU. “Every BODY belongs on stage!”

Trevor Dean

Trevor Dean

TUES · THURS · SAT

Trevor is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage after his performance in Singin in the Rain! Other favorite stage credits include 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, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. 

In addition to Hale Centre Theatres stages, Trevor has also appeared with The Grand Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Wasatch Theatre Company, and Four Seasons Theatre. He attended Weber State for Musical Theatre and when not on stage, he enjoys spending time with his dog.

Flotsam

Jordan Mazzocato

Jordan Mazzocato

MON · WED · FRI

@jordanmazzocato

Returning to the Centre Stage! Favorite credits for Jordan include: HCT - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Misérables; The Moonlight - Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur D’arque & Lumiere u/s); HCTO - Little Women (Laurie) and Sense and Sensibility (Willoughby); and Parade/Character Performer at Walt Disney World. 

Jordan earned his BFA from BYU’s MDT program. “Thank you to the entire cast, crew, and production team at HCT. Shout out to all my friends and family, especially Tanner, Woody, Beatriz, Amelia, and Krista. I love you all!”

Jason Buonforte

Jason Buonforte

TUES · THURS · SAT

@jasonbuonforte

A familiar face to HCT audiences; Jason was previously seen on the HCT stage in The Light in the Piazza, A Tale of Two Cities, Mary Poppins, Seussical, 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. When not on stage, Jason works as an Analyst for Vivint Smart Home. “I myself am entirely made of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”

Jetsam

Scotty Fletcher

Scotty Fletcher

MON · WED · FRI

Scotty is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! They were recently seen in our productions of The Light in the Piazza and Treasure Island. Along with their performances at HCT, they have performed with West Valley Performing Arts Center (In The Heights), Lyric Repertory Company, and Good Company Theatre. Scotty graduated from USU with a BFA in Acting.

Gunnar Russell

Gunnar Russell

TUES · THURS · SAT

Gunnar is pleased to be back on the HCT Stage. Previous HCT credits include: Singin’ in the Rain. Guys and Dolls, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Freaky Friday, and Newsies (Crutchie). 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 - Fredric (The Pirates of Penzance), Gomez Addams (The Addams Family). Gunnar is currently a Senior in the BYU Music Dance Theater BFA program.

Grimsby

Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

MON · WED · FRI

Eric is honored to be back with the HCT family once again. Other credits include: HCT - One for the Pot (Jonathan Hardcastle); CSMT - The Music Man (Harold Hill); Covey Center - The Foreigner (Froggy); Springville Playhouse - Noises Off (Selsdon); HCTO - Cash on Delivery! (Mr. Forbright); and Highland Center for the Arts - Wait Until Dark (Harry Roat). 

He has a BS in Computer Science from BYU and is a Software Engineer with Ancestry.com.

Jim Dale

Jim Dale

TUES · THURS · SAT

Thrilled to be back on the Centre Stage after playing Roscoe Dexter in this year’s production of Singin’ in the Rain. Some of Jim’s favorite stage credits include A Tale of Two Cities, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady), Don Quixote (Man of la Mancha), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), Capt. Von Trapp (The Sound of Music), King Arthur (Camelot), Emile de Beque (South Pacific), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), El Gallo! (The Fantasticks), Charles (Blithe Spirit), Cromwell (A Man For All Seasons), Jack (Dancing at Lughnasa), and Baptista (The Taming Of The Shrew).

Chef Louis/Pilot

Scott Hendrickson

Scott Hendrickson

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Favorite credits include: Camelot (Lancelot) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Fredric Charlus), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy Blakeney) with HCTO; Matilda The Musical (Mr. Wormwood), and A Christmas Story with SCERA; as well as Singin’ in the Rain (Don Lockwood), Les Misérables (Javert), and Oliver! (Fagin).

By day, Scott works with his Dad in their family-owned company, Sport Court West, in Sales and Project management. “All applause goes to my supportive wife, Katie, and 2 boys, Beckett and Owen, for their undying support.

Kyle Baugh

Kyle Baugh

TUES · THURS · SAT

Kyle is excited to be playing again at HCT! Other credits include: Hale Centre Theatre - One for the Pot (Charlie Barnet); HCTO - Blink (Jim), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Jehan/Gargoyle); UVU - Urinetown (Bobby Strong), and Noises Off (Lloyd); Scera - Spamalot (Lancelot), and Shrek: The Musical (Shrek). 

Kyle is currently pursuing his BS in Computer Science at UVU with a focus on Web Development. He also works as a Coding Bootcamp Instructor and Full Stack Developer at DevMountain.

Aquata/Mersister 1

Aitana Alapa

Aitana Alapa

MON · WED · FRI

@aitana.alapa

Aitana is excited to be back on the HCT Centre Stage! Stage credits include: The Secret Garden, A Tale of Two Cities, AIDA with Hale Centre Theatre, and In The Heights with West Valley Arts. She is also the recipient of the Best Actress award for her role in AIDA in 2014 and performed at the Minskoff Theatre in NYC for the Jimmy Awards. She graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Theatre Art Studies.

Beatriz Melo

Beatriz Melo

TUES · THURS · SAT

@bea_mellow

Beatriz returns to the HCT stage after last appearing in our recent production of Treasure Island. Favorite stage credits include: HCT: A Christmas Carol 2021, Disney’s Tarzan (Kala), Seussical; West Valley Arts: In The Heights (Nina Rosario); BYU: Wonderland (La Gata); Sundance Summer Theatre: Footloose (Rusty); Other Favorites: AIDA and Amneris (AIDA), Anita (West Side Story), and The Lady of the Lake (Spamalot). Beatriz recently graduated with a BFA in Musical Dance Theatre from BYU Spring of 2021.

Andrina/Mersister 2

Ellee Anderson

Ellee Anderson

MON · WED · FRI

Making her HCT debut! Ellee is thrilled to join the Hale Centre Family with this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other favorite stage credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Count of Monte Cristo (Valentien), and Annie (Star to be) with Tuacahn Amphitheater.

Rachel Martorana

Rachel Martorana

TUES · THURS · SAT

@rachel_martorana

Rachel is beyond thrilled to be playing on our boards in this production of The Little Mermaid. Previous stage credits include: Treasure Island, A Tale of Two Cities with Hale Centre Theatre along with Newsies, Bridges of Madison County, and Footloose with Grandstreet Theatre.

Arista/Mersister 3

Summer Sloan Alvey

Summer Sloan Alvey

MON · WED · FRI

@summersloanalvey

Summer returns to the Centre Stage after last performing in our 2019 production of Phantom. Other favorite credits include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmerelda) with Hopebox Theatre; The 25th Annual Spelling Bee (Olive) with Weber State; Footloose (Ariel) with Spotlight Theatre Company; Little Women (Amy & Beth March) with CenterPoint Legacy Theatre; and The Secret Garden with Hale Centre Theatre and The Utah Shakespeare Festival. 

Summer also spent 2 years performing at Tokyo Disney Resort with several of her favorite Disney characters. She earned a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and is co-owner of Uptown Cheapskate in South Jordan.” ‘Just remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine’ Sending love to Aar, Iroh, my Uptown team, and my family who encourage me to follow my dreams”.

Phoebe Shepherd

Phoebe Beenfield

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making her HCT debut! Phoebe is thrilled to play a part in this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Some favorite stage credits include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Esmerelda) and Bright Star with HCTO. She graduated from UVU with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and puts that to good use as a Preschool Teacher. “I am forever grateful for the constant love and support from my sweet husband and son!”

Atina/Mersister 4

Brittany Andam

Brittany Andam

MON · WED · FRI

@brittanyandam

Brittany’s credits include: HCT - The Secret Garden (Lily Craven), A Tale of Two Cities (Lucie Manette); WVC Arts - Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia); BYU - l'Elisir d'Amore (Adina); in addition, she was a featured performer for Governor Herbert's annual Gala, and was a featured soloist at The Stadium of Fire in 2016. 

She has a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from BYU and works as an Actress, Model, Singer, and Aesthetician. "I never thought I would do musical theater; But after my first show, I felt like my heart and soul had been cracked wide open, and now I am head over heels, madly in love with it!"

Emma Austin Joyner

Emma Joyner

TUES · THURS · SAT

@ea_joy15

Making her HCT debut! Emma spent two years performing with BYU’s Young Ambassadors and was most recently seen in Cinderella at Sundance Summer Theater. Favorite stage credits include: Joseph…Dreamcoat (Narrator) and Oklahoma! (Laurey). Emma is currently a Senior in BYU’s Music Dance Theatre program and teaches at Utah COPA. “I’m grateful to be a part of such a spectacular production with my own prince, Alex!”

Adella/Mersister 5

Jenny Rock

Jenny Rock

MON · WED · FRI

Jenny is overjoyed to return to the Hale Centre Family! Favorite stage credits include: You Can’t Take It With You (Rheba), Ragtime, Once On This Island (Andrea), The Civil War, and A Christmas Carol with HCT; The Color Purple (Squeak) and Caroline or Change (Emmie) with Rose Wagner Theatre; and I am Jane (Mary Ann Abel) with The Grand Theatre. 

She earned a BS in Communication from BYU-I and spends her day as a Homeschool Teacher/Actress and Model represented by TMG. “If someone says you can't do it, do it twice and take pictures”.

Je Eun Janice Jun

Je Eun Jun

TUES · THURS · SAT

@jeeunjjun

Making her HCT debut! Je Eun is thrilled to join Hale Centre Theatre for the production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Favorite stage credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), All Shook Up (Sylvia), Little Women (Marmee), and Mary Poppins (Mrs. Corey). Je Eun is currently studying Nursing at Utah Valley University. “You are not lost, You are not redirecting. You are not a failure; you are learning. You are not behind; you are preparing.” -Anonymous

Allana/Mersister 6

Makenzie Belnap

Makenzie Belnap

MON · WED · FRI

@makenzie.olsen_

Pleased to be playing with HCT again; other favorite stage credits include: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, School of Rock (Patty De Marco), Freaky Friday, Big River, The Pirate Queen, and Ghost: The Musical with Hale Centre Theatre; The Hunchback of Notre Dame at HCT and HCTO; Wonderland at BYU; and Disney Cruise Line.

Krista Saltmarsh

Krista Saltmarsh

TUES · THURS · SAT

@Kristasaltmarsh

Glad to return to the Centre Stage; Krista was previously seen in our 2019 production of Seussical The Musical. Other favorite credits include: HCT-The Hunchback of Notre Dame; BYU - Wonderland - Collegiate Premier! (Alice); and BYU Conservatory - Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) and Little Women (Meg).

Male Ensemble 1

Jordan Dahl

Jordan Dahl

MON · WED · FRI

Jordan was previously seen on and above our Centre Stage as Terk in our 2020 production of Disney’s Tarzan. Other HCT credits include: The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Newsies (Romeo), AIDA, and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Gad). Jordan’s muggle job is working as a triage nurse for Alpine Pediatrics. “Hayden, Avery, and Sterling - I’m so happy to be ‘part of your world’. Thank you for letting me give little Jordan a chance to live Under the Sea”.

Kile Allen

Kile Allen

TUES · THURS · SAT

Returning to the HCT stage after his most recent performance in last season's production of Guys and Dolls. Other credits include: Disney’s Tarzan with HCT; 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 (Slave) with Tuachan. Kile hails from St. George, Utah, where he graduated from Dixie State University with a BS in Theatre.

Male Ensemble 2/Prince Eric Body Double

Dave Hollerbach

Dave Hollerbach

MON · WED · FRI

Dave is delighted to be back on the HCT stage after recently performing in our production of Singin’ in the Rain. Other favorite credits include: HCT - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys & Dolls, Disney’s Tarzan, Mary Poppins, and Phantom; Mountain West Ballet - Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Copelia; Utah Opera (Capitol Theater) - Yenufa; Ballet West (Capitol Theater) - The Nutcracker and Swan Lake; and 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games - Opening and Closing Ceremonies. He has a Master of Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, a Master of Information Systems, and a Bachelor of Business Marketing from the U of U.

Steven Grant Bangerter

Steven Grant

TUES · THURS · SAT

@steve.n.grant

Making his HCT debut! Steven comes to Hale Centre with an extensive background in dance. He has toured with the International Folk Dance Ensemble in Serbia, North Macedonia, and Belgium. He currently performs with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre. Stage credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka). Steven is pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design at Brigham Young University.

Male Ensemble 3

Niko Siler

Nick Siler

MON · WED · FRI

Favorite performing credits include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma!, and Oliver! with Hale Centre Theatre; Jungle Rhythm and Into the Dark at Lagoon; It’s the Merriest Christmas Ever, Charlie Brown at Knotts Berry Farm; The Polar Express Train Ride in Tavares; The Sesame Street Party Parade at SeaWorld Orlando; and Gravedigger in the Boo to You Parade at Walt Disney World. Nick graduated in Musical Theatre and Psychology.

Patrick Wendel

Patrick Wendel

TUES · THURS · SAT

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

Male Ensemble 4

Owen Fulton

Owen Fulton

MON · WED · FRI

Making his HCT debut! Owen is thrilled to be joining the cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid!

Alex Joyner

Alex Joyner

TUES · THURS · SAT

@ajoy_yaboi

Favorite stage credits include: Eben/Ghost of Christmas Future (A Christmas Carol 2021) with Hale Centre Theatre; Cinderella with Sundance Summer Theatre; Jack Kelly (Disney’s Newsies) with HCTO; Father (I Never Saw Another Butterfly) with Utah Valley University; Soloist with BYU’s Young Ambassadors. 

He began his collegiate career at UVU in pursuit of a BFA degree in Musical Theatre and will graduate in 2023 with a BFA in MDT from Brigham Young University. “I am very excited to share the stage with my beautiful wife, Emma, and I am grateful to the production team for this wonderful opportunity!

Male Ensemble 5

Brevan Ita

Brevan Ita

MON · WED · FRI

@brevan_val

Making his HCT debut! Brevan is honored to join the Hale Centre Theatre family with this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. He also recently appeared in In The Heights with West Valley Arts. “If you can’t love yourself, how in the heck can you love someone else pasa”.

Spencer Manning

Spencer Manning

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his HCT debut! Spencer comes to Hale Centre Theatre with an extensive resume. Some of his favorite credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), The Sound of Music (Rolf), Newsies (Romeo), Thoroughly Modern Millie, Matilda The Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Bright Star with HCTO. “I’d like to thank the incredible team of people that put this show together and my friends and family for their love and support!”

Female Ensemble 1

Abby Williams

Abby Williams

MON · WED · FRI

Making her HCT debut! Some of Abby’s favorite stage credits include: Creator’s Grid at Metro Music Hall and Chapters with Millennium Dance Complex Boom Crew as well as The Sound of Music (Liesl), Shrek The Musical (Gingy), Annie Get Your Gun (Jessie), Crazy For You, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Singin’ in the Rain, and Guys and Dolls. “Everything you’ve ever done has led you up to what you’re doing right now”.

Marissa Bobbie Adams

Marissa Bobbie Adams

@rissa_adams01

Making her HCT debut! Marissa is thrilled to join this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid! She trained with Jacqueline’s School of Ballet for 15 years and performed with Utah Metropolitan Ballet productions including The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, and Snow White. She also toured across Europe with Stars of Tomorrow International for ballet as well as many ballet festivals across the United States. “Don’t let the fear of being rejected keep you from chasing your dreams!”

Female Ensemble 2

Anne Marie Browning

Anne-Marie Browning

MON · WED · FRI

@annie.brownie

Anne-Marie is pleased to be back on the HCT stage. Her favorite credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with HCT and Footloose: The Musical at the Harman Theatre with WVC. She attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and graduated from UVU as part of the Modern Dance Program. She works as a dance teacher, podcast host, and choreographer. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp

Benzley Tinney

Benzley Tinney

TUES · THURS · SAT

@benzleyjane

Making her HCT debut! Benzley is thrilled to be a part of this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Other favorite stage credits include: Rock of Ages (Sherrie Christian), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly). Benzley is a performer with Magical Moments Party Entertainment as well as film work with Rob Diamond Films.

Aerialist 1

Jessica Bird

Jessica Zoë Bird

MON · WED · FRI

@jess.cirque.uh

Thrilled to be back above our Centre Stage; Previous HCT credits for Jessica include: Disney’s Tarzan, Seusscial, The Wizard of Oz, AIDA, and The Little Mermaid. She works with Defying Gravity Utah, Aerobatics Performing Arts, and Voodoo Productions as well as a freelance artist and illustrator. “Thank you to her wonderful husband, Jenner, her coach, Ramsi, and all of the supportive friends and family members who have helped along the way.”

Christina Engle

Christina Engle

TUES · THURS · SAT

Christina is excited to be working on this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Previous stage credits include: Disney’s Tarzan with Hale Centre Theatre. She has trained with Defying Gravity Utah with coaching by Ramsi Stoker. “Thank you to my family, friends, and especially Ramsi for all your support and love”.

Aerialist 2

Olivia Lee

Olivia Lee

MON · WED · FRI

@_liv_lee_

Inspired by our 2015 production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Olivia began her aerial arts journey with Ramsi and her studio, Defying Gravity Utah. Now performing on the HCT stage is truly a full circle experience. Olivia was recently seen in our productions of Disney’s Tarzan and Seussical The Musical.

Other favorite performing credits include: USU Men’s Basketball halftime performances, USU Spirit Squad (both dancer and cheerleader), BeatALS Benefit Concert, and U of U Night Circus Benefit Gala. She is a recent graduate of the Communication Studies program at Utah State University. “Thank you to Ramsi, Defying Gravity Utah, and Hale Centre Theatre for allowing me to perform above this stage.”

Jessica Kehl

Jessica Kehl

TUES · THURS · SAT

Jessica is thrilled to be back on the Hale Centre Stage after appearing in our productions of Disney’s Tarzan and Seussical The Musical. Jessica and her aerial partners Samantha Nielsen won the 2022 aerialympics and was honored to perform their routine at a Utah Jazz game. Jessica wants to thank her husband and her 3 amazing kids for supporting her aerialist dreams.

Aerialist 3

Ma Kayla Finlinson

MaKayla Finlinson

MON · WED · FRI

@mooolyka

Making her HCT debut! MaKayla is thrilled to be a part of this production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She has performed across the Salt Lake Valley with Odyssey Dance Theatre in Thriller and Aeris Aerial Arts in Fighter as well as performing at Capitol Theatre and Tuacahn Amphitheater. “Whoever gives nothing has nothing. The greatest misfortune is not to be unloved, but not to love.” -Albert Camus

Mia Gallardo

Mia Gallardo

TUES · THURS · SAT

@meeting_Mia

Returning to the Centre Stage; Mia was previously seen in our productions of Disney’s Tarzan and The Wizard of Oz. She has trained with Ramsi Stoker of Defying Gravity Utah. “Thank you Ramsi for pushing me to fly high always! Thank you to my mom, partner, family and friends for always being so supportive!”

Aerialist 4/Ariel Body Double

Holly Crumpton

Holly Crumpton

MON · WED · FRI

@hollyc801

Holly began the sport of equestrian vaulting with the Oak Hills Vaulting Club in Salem, Utah and was a member for 13 years, competing at many regional and national competitions. Holly was also part of the club's performance troupe, G.O.H.A. (Gymnastics on Horseback Association), and performed at various events across the Western United States. 

In 2013 she began her aerial journey and currently trains with Ramsi Stoker of Defying Gravity Utah. Recently, Holly was seen in our production of Disney’s Tarzan, Seussical The Musical and The Wizard of Oz. “Thanks, Mom, for helping me with my pin curls and a million other things. Love you lots.”

Samantha Nielsen

Samantha Nielsen

TUES · THURS · SAT

@samanthajnielsen

Samantha is honored to join the company of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Some favorite stage credits include: AIDA with HCT, Utah Jazz Halftime Show, Eclipse 6 Christmas Concert, The Mayan Adventure, and Chimelong International Circus. Samantha’s circus training includes Aerobatics Performing Arts, Chimelong International Circus, and Defying Gravity Utah with coaching from Ramsi Stoker, Lance Nielsen, and Otgo Waller. 

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

Aerialist Understudy

Jane Jackson

@sageandjane

Jane was previously seen in our productions of Disney’s Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz, and Seussical The Musical. She has a BA in Dance from BYU Idaho and is currently teaching dance and coaching the dance company coach at Herriman High School. She began her aerial training in 2018 with Ramsi Stoker of Defying Gravity. “Why worry about the things you can't do. Start enjoying the things you can do."

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Production Team Biographies

Director

Ryan Simmons 2020

Ryan Simmons

Ryan Simmons returns to the director chair after helming our productions of One of the Pot and The Play That Goes Wrong. Ryan is also a familiar performer on our stages, most recently starring as The Cat in The Hat in Seussical The Musical. Other HCT stage credits include Mr. Wormwood (Matilda), Lumiere (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), and the titular role in The Nerd in both our 2016 and 2006 productions. Ryan studied directing at BYU and has staged productions in New York, Utah, Seattle, and Montana. Ryan's award winning one-man show will perform at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC this fall. He is an adjunct professor in the Theatre Department at both Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. 

Choreographer

Lindsey D Smith

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 to 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 has joined the team at HCT as the Resident Dance and Movement Specialist and most recently was the Associate Choreographer for The Unsinkable Molly Brown on the Center Stage. Other creative HCT credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, and The Secret Garden. 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. Last year she choreographed a brand new Christmas show entitled Home For Christmas at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Lindsey has always been a Disney fan and spent her childhood creating shows for her friends and family. As a choreographer at Walt Disney World, she had the opportunity to develop many special events - a favorite one being "Under the Sea" and working with Jodi Benson (the original voice of Ariel). She is really excited to be working on the full-length production of this childhood favorite. "Thank you to the entire team at HCT for giving me the opportunity to create my ultimate mermaid dreams!"

Music Director

Kelly De Haan 2022

Kelly DeHaan

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

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

Aerialist Choreographer

Ramsi Stoker

Ramsi Nia Stoker

@DefyingGravityUtah

Ramsi’s extensive background as a competitive gymnast and professional dancer led her to the circus. Inspired as a youth by Cirque du Soleil, she added aerial arts to her repertoire over twenty years ago. Her talents have been seen around the world, performing in theatrical productions, televised awards shows, sports arenas, theme parks, conventions, music videos, software apps, fitness videos, cruise ships, and commercials. 

She is a member of the nation’s premier acrobatic troupe – Anti-Gravity. Some of her favorite performances have been for Walt Disney World where she was a principal aerialist and original cast member in Tarzan Rocks!, at Universal Studios, and here locally as the original aerialist for Odyssey Dance Theatre, Utah State University and ICON Health & Fitness. Ramsi loves being a part of the team at HCT, where she has been the Aerial Choreographer & Trainer for Tarzan (2013, 2020), Catch Me If You Can, The Little Mermaid (2015, 2022), AIDA, The Wizard of Oz, and Seussical. Ramsi shares her passion for the aerial arts through her pro-level classes and workshops @DefyingGravityUtah. Ramsi is eternally grateful to her husband and their four children for their love and support… and for letting her make their lives a circus!

Production Stage Manager

Chantel Ficklin 2020

Chantel Ficklin

Chantel Ficklin

Along with The Little Mermaid, Chantel has served as Stage Manager for School of Rock, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Guys and Dolls, A Tale of Two Cities, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Seussical, Cinderella, Matilda, The Wizard of Oz, and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder here at HCT. She holds a BA in Theatre from UVU. Other credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival: The Foreigner and Big River

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

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

Joy Zhu 2018

Joy Zhu

Previous HCT Costume Design credits include The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Light in the Piazza, One for the Pot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Secret Garden, Les Misérables, A Tale of Two Cities, Murder on the Orient Express, The Addams Family, An American In Paris, Tuck Everlasting, and My Son Pinocchio, along with Joseph...Dreamcoat in 2017. 

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

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 has always loved telling stories. Being Hawaiian has helped her gain experience in events from a young age. She decided to dive into finding out more about sound and how it functions. This path led her to her MFA in Sound for the Performing Arts from Purdue University. 

She has designed shows from Utah to Indiana, toured the United States and Central America, worked with touring groups from Olivia Newton-John to Pentatonix, and has worked many local performances in three different states. Michelle loves theater and being able to use sound to help tell the story. She currently serves on the Sound Commission of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) and is a member of 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!”

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 98th show with our production of The Unsinkable Molly Brown; 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 recently 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

Candice Cronin 2020

Candice Cronin

@candicecroninmakeup

Some of Candice’s favorite hair and makeup designs for HCT include: Steel Magnolias, Mary Poppins, and Always...Patsy Cline, as well as our recent Youth Productions of Frozen Jr and Descendants. She is a graduate of Paul Mitchell the School, where she has been an instructor since 2008. She also works as a resident designer and cosmetologist for the HCT Hair and Makeup Department. “I would like to thank Trisha, Krissa, and Marneé for helping me grow as an Artist and Designer. I also want to thank Adam, Cordelia, and Gabriella for being so supportive of my dream to work in theatre. Kiss Kiss!”

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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