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Show Information

Hale Centre Theatre's production of

Book and Lyrics by 

Lynn Ahrens

Music by 

Stephen Flaherty 

Based on “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo”

By Michel Butterworth

First Produced by Playwrights Horizons, Inc. Off-Broadway in 1988

Directed & Choreographed by

Jim Christian

LUCKY STIFF is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

www.mtishows.com

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

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Production Team

Producer: Sally Dietlein

Director/Choreographer: Jim Christian

Music Director: Kelly DeHaan

Production Stage Manager: Jessica Edling

Scenic Design: Kacey Udy

Costume Design: Dennis Wright

Lighting Design: Jaron Hermansen

Sound Design: Michelle Ohumukini

Properties Design: Michelle Jensen

Hair & Make-up Design: Krissa Lent

Video/Projection Design: Jaron Hermansen

Automation Design: Nathan Gallegos

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Stage Manager:  Riya Shasrabudhe, Heather Wadley

Assistant Stage Manager: Kirsten Busse, Heather Wadley (Swing)

Automation: Nate Jennings

Lightboard Operator: Collin Schmierer, Lucas Russell, Will Watkins (Swing)

Sound Engineer: Tiffany Parker, Evan Saunders, Griffin McMullin (Swing)

Audio 2: Richelle Ohumukini

Stage Technician: McKenzie Maag, Sydnie Evans, Erin Murphy

Followspot Operator: Taite Morgan, Bree Petersen, Shane Compher, Steven Nordfors (Swing)

Wardrobe Dresser: Maggie Sheen, Kyla Johnson, Cacie Waite

Wardrobe Dresser Swing: Veronica Augustine

Hair & Makeup Crew: Claire Jones, Olivia Price, Tim Ferorah, Elizabeth Pettit

Hair & Makeup Crew Swing: Tori Valdez, Nicole Scoubes

Director’s Notes

Ahh, what can be said about "Lucky Stiff"...?

This title is a rich and poignant exploration of society's inherent...wait...scratch that.

It's the coming-of-age-tale of an impressionable waif from a small farming community in...nope...not that either.

Let's try this again...

"Lucky Stiff" is to dogs what "Cats" is to...oh, what the heck...let's cut to the chase...

This show is a screwball musical romp that takes us from a squalid boarding house in East Grinstead, England to an optometrist's office in Atlantic City, New Jersey, then on to the glamour and dazzle of Monte Carlo! 

And it's like watching a 1970's game show: there are prizes and puzzles, twists and turns, and lots and lots of competition...but there are also dogs and diamonds, distractions and double-crosses, diabolical characters, and an omnipresent dead body.

Sounds like a perfect night at the theater to me!

— Jim Christian

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act I

Prologue

Something Funny's Going On

Full Cast

Scene 1 — Shoe Shop, East Grimstead

Mr. Witherspoon's Friday Night

Harry

Scene 2 — Solicitor's Office

Harry, Solicitor, Miss Thorsby, The Body

Scene 3 — Optometrist's Office, Atlantic City, NJ

Rita's Confession

Rita, Vinnie, Mr. Loomis, Nurse

Scene 4 — Dining Car of Le Train Bleu

Good to Be Alive

Full Cast 

Scene 5 — Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo

Lucky 

Harry, The Body, Bellboy 

Scene 6 — Monte Carlo

Annabel's Pursuit

Dogs Versus You

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Luigi, Southern Ladies 

Scene 7 — Nice Airport, France

The Phone Call

Rita, Vinnie 

Scene 8 — Monte Carlo

Day Around Town

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Rita, Vinnie, Clothing Salesman, Croupier, Tour Guide 

Scene 9 — The Club Continentale

Monte Carlo

Speaking French

Times Like This

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Luigi, Emcee, Waiter, Southern Lady 1, Dominique du Monaco 

Scene 10 — Harry's Room, Hotel de Paris

Fancy Meeting You Here

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Rita, Vinnie 

Scene 11 — Casino, Monte Carlo

Good to Be Alive (Reprise)

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Rita, Croupier, Dapper Gambler, Southern Ladies 

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Synopsis of Scenes

Act II

Scene 1 — Casino, Monte Carlo

Something Funny's Going On (Reprise)

Full Cast 

Scene 2 — Hallway, Hotel de Paris

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Rita, Vinnie, Bellboy, Drunken Maid 

Scene 3 — Monte Carlo

Him, Them, It, Her

Full Cast 

Scene 4 — Harry's Room, Hotel de Paris

Nice

Harry, Annabel, Nun, Leper, Bellhop, Old Texan 

Scene 5 — Harry's Room, Hotel de Paris

Welcome Back, Mr. Witherspoon

Full Cast 

Scene 6 — Harry's Room, Hotel de Paris

A Woman in my Bathroom

Nice (Reprise)

Confession #2

Good to Be Alive (Reprise 2)

Harry, The Body, Annabel, Rita, Vinnie, Drunken Maid, Dominique 

Bows

Good to Be Alive (Finale)

Full Cast 

Cast in Order of Appearance

Mon · Wed · Fri
Tues · Thurs · Sat
Harry Witherspoon
Austin Dorman
Preston Taylor
Annabel Glick
Morgan Fenner
Bre Welch
Rita La Porta
Kristi Curtis
Claire Kenny
Vinnie Di Ruzzo
Jeffrey Whitlock
Kelly DeHaan
Luigi Gaudi
Chandler Bishop
David Marsden
Solicitor/Lorry Driver/Croupier/Emcee/Nun/Old Texan
Josh Durfey
Bryan Dayley
Bellhop/Punk/Mr. Loomis/Waiter/Salesman/Gambler/Leper
Thomas Wood
Cameron Garner
Landlady/Miss Thorsby/Southern Lady/Tour Guide/Drunken Maid
Lori Rees
Ali Bennett
Dominique/Spinster/Nurse/Southern Lady
Corinne Adair
Beatriz Melo
The Body of Anthony Hendon
Derrick Dean
Zac Zumbrunnen
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Cast Biographies

Cast Changes in Today's Performance

Vinnie Di Ruzzio

will be played by

Jeffrey Whitlock

Harry Witherspoon

Austin Dorman

Austin Dorman

MON · WED · FRI

Austin is thrilled to be back at Hale Centre Theatre. HCT credits include: Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, The Pirates of Penzance, A Christmas Carol, and Fiddler on the Roof. Other favorite credits include: Something Rotten with Pioneer Theatre Company, Next To Normal, The Fantasticks, Candide, Wonderful Town, Oklahoma!, Anything Goes, Godspell, Hello, Dolly!, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Fools, Good Doctor, in addition to lots of sketch comedy and improv. Austin graduated from BYU in Economics and Russian. He is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory in Chicago.

Preston Taylor

Preston Taylor

TUES · THURS · SAT

@prestontay18

Recent stage credits for Preston include: Les Miserables (Javert), Newsies (Jack Kelly), 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.

Annabel Glick

Morgan Fenner

Morgan Fenner

MON · WED · FRI

Excited to be back on the HCT stage Morgan’s favorite credits include: HCT - The Mousetrap (Mollie Ralston), Bright Star (Margo Crawford), Seussical The Musical (Mrs. Mayor), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marie) and Singin’ in the Rain; CPT - Crazy for You (Polly); Harman Theatre - The Odd Couple: Female Version (Florence Unger). 

She trained at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance from UVU. She works as a Creative Producer with TAG Worldwide. “Thank you to my family for always humoring me by watching me play pretend. Love to my tribe: Larissa, Michael, Hailey, Jeffrey, and most importantly to my love, and newly married husband, Clayton.”

Bre Welch

Bre Welch

TUES · THURS · SAT

@pepperfoxphoto

Bre is honored to join Hale Centre Theatre for the production of Lucky Stiff. Some of her favorite credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Bright Star (Alice Murphy), The Pirate Queen (Grace O’Malley), Newsies (Katherine), Matilda The Musical (Miss Honey), Sister Act  (Mary Robert) and Catch Me If You Can (Brenda) with HCT as well as The Light in the Piazza (Clara) and Xanadu (Kira) at WSU. 

Bre earned her Bachelors’ in Musical Theatre form Weber State University and is the photographer and owner of Pepperfox Photos. “This one is for Jenessa Bowen”.

Rita La Porta

Kristi Curtis

Kristi Curtis

MON · WED · FR

Kristi’s favorite credits include: HCT - Anne Bonny (Treasure Island), Mollie Ralston (The Mousetrap), Miss Adelaide (Guys & Dolls), Mrs. Brill (Mary Poppins), and Charlotte (Cinderella); Harman Theatre - Olive Madison (The Odd Couple: Female Version); Centerpoint Theatre - Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible); Good Company Theatre - Madame de Polignac (Marie Antoinette). 

Other credits include: Director (CPT) - Camelot; and Choreographer (CPT) - You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 1776, and Children of Eden. She has a Bachelor of Science in Acting from Weber State University and works as a Senior Events Manager for Hilton SLC. “ Thankful for the support of my family and the opportunity to work with such incredible artists!”

Claire Kenny

Claire Kenny

TUES · THURS · SAT

Claire’s stage credits include: HCT - Ms. Sheinkopf (School of Rock), Claire Holmes (The Secret Garden), Sandra/Florence Colleymoore (The Play That Goes Wrong), Shirley Hastings (Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical), and Alice Beineke (The Addams Family); HCTO-Betsy Foster (Tuck Everlasting), and Mrs. Cratchit (A Christmas Carol). In addition, Claire is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer for Hadestown and Once on This Island.  

Other Broadway producing credits include Anastasia, Tootsie, A Christmas Carol, The Lehman Trilogy, and Jagged Little Pill. "Thanks to my parents who instilled in me a love of the theatre and to my amazing husband and seven phenomenal kids who support me in all of my theatrical pursuits."

Vinnie Di Ruzzio

Jeffrey Whitlock

Jeffrey Whitlock

MON · WED · FRI

Jeffrey was most recently seen in our production of  The Play that Goes Wrong as Perkins. Other HCT credits include Bright Star (Daryl Ames), Matilda the Musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Prince of Wales/Robespierre), My Son Pinocchio (Buonragazzo), The Nerd (Axel Hammond), Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee), Oliver! (Fagin), and The Hasty Heart (Lachlen). Jeffrey has also performed at Jackson Hole Playhouse and HCTO.  Jeffrey has a BA in Film from the U of U. “Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.''

Kelly De Haan 2022

Kelly DeHaan

TUES · THURS · SAT

See bio under Musical Director.

Luigi Gaudi

Chandler Bishop

Chandler Bishop

MON · WED · FRI

A familiar face to our HCT audiences; Chandler’s HCT credits include One for the Pot (Arnold Piper), The Mousetrap (Mr. Paravacini), Murder on the Orient Express (Monsieur Bouc), The Addams Family (Mal Beineke), AIDA (Pharaoh), Big River (Duke), and Ghost: The Musical (Willy Lopez). 

Other favorite credits include: Gerald Lynch Theater - Sweeney Todd and Macbeth. Chandler graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint John’s University.  Chandler teaches English and coordinates the International Baccalaureate program at West Jordan High School.  “I would like to thank my wonderful wife, parents, and children for their love and support.”

David Marsden

David Marsden

TUES · THURS · SAT

David’s HCT credits include: 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 and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jamison); Egyptian Theatre - Noises Off (Lloyd); and Lucky Stiff (Vinnie) at Rodgers Memorial Theatre in 2009 also directed by Jim Christian. “Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #212: A good lie is easier to believe than the truth.”

Solicitor/Lorry Driver/Croupier/Emcee/Nun/Old Texan

Joshua Durfey

Josh Durfey

MON · WED · FRI

@joshdurfeyofficial

Excited to be playing on the Jewel Box Stage! Josh was recently played Giuseppe Naccarelli in our production of The Light in the Piazza.  Other favorite credits include: Hale Centre Theatre - Les Miserables and Tarzan; Ziegfeld Theatre - Bright Star and Comedy of Errors (Director); Noorda Center for the Arts - Fly More Than You Fall

Utah Shakespeare Festival - Guys & Dolls, Mary Poppins, Shakespeare in Love, and The Cocoanuts;  as well as productions at The Hive Collaborative, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Pickleville Playhouse. Josh holds a Bachelors’ in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Classical Acting from Southern Utah University.

Bryan Dayley

Bryan Dayley

TUES · THURS · SAT

@capn_bryam

Bryan is no stranger to the HCT Stage. HCT credits include One for the Pot, The Play That Goes Wrong, Million Dollar Quartet, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Wait Until Dark, Cash on Delivery!, The Nerd, Is He Dead?, The Foreigner, and Beau Jest. 

Other credits include: HCTO-Sense and Sensibility and Million Dollar Quartet; Desert Star Playhouse-playwright for Star Wards, Hungry Games, and Freezin’. Bryan would especially like to thank his friends and family for their support in his creative endeavors. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.''

Bellhop/Punk/Mr. Loomis/Waiter/Salesman/Gambler/Leper

Thomas Wood

Thomas Wood

MON · WED · FRI

@thomasmwood_

Thomas is honored to return to the Hale Centre Family. Previously, he was seen in our production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid as Flounder, Oklahoma!, and Are The Meadowlarks Still Singing?. 

Other stage credits include: A Chirtsmas Carol with HCTO; Godspell with Utah Valley University; The Addams Family and The Drowsy Chaperone with Clayton Valley Charter High School. Thomas is currently studying in the Musical Theatre BFA program at UVU. “You are enough. You are SO enough. It’s unbelievable how enough you are.” - Sierra Boggess

Cameron Garner

Cameron Garner

TUES · THURS · SAT

Grateful to be back on the HCT stage! Cameron’s favorite credits include: HCT - The Light in the Piazza, Matilda The Musical, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Forever Plaid, and many more; Midvale Main Street Theatre - Company; CenterPoint Legacy Theatre - Into the Woods, The Secret Garden, and Noises Off; and Weber State University - The Light in the Piazza.  

He has a BA from WSU in Musical Theatre and Theatre Education and just finished his eleventh year as the Theatre and Film teacher at Taylorsville High School. “For Nick”.

Landlady/Miss Thorsby/Southern Lady/Tour Guide/Drunken Maid

Lori Rees

Lori Rees

MON · WED · FRI

Lori is pleased to be back on the Jewel Box Stage! HCT credits include: Les Miserables (both our 2014 and 2021 productions), Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman (A Christmas Carol), Freaky Friday, Miss Shingle (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Aunt Alexandra (To Kill a Mockingbird). 

Other credits include: Terrace Plaza Playhouse - Donna (Mamma Mia) ; Good Company Theatre -  Fosca (Passion), and Marie Antoinette (Marie Antoinette); Centerpoint Legacy Theatre - The Witch (Into the Woods), and Grandma (The Addams Family). She has a BA in Music Theatre from Weber State. “Magic happens. Look for it.”

Ali Bennett

Ali Bennett

TUES · THURS · SAT

Ali is honored to join the company of Lucky Stiff. Some of her favorite stage credits include: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Baroness Bomburst in both our 2013 and 2022 productions),  The Play That Goes Wrong (Annie), Seussical (Gertrude), Company (Amy), Xanadu (Calliope), Cinderella (Charlotte). 

She would like to thank her little gentleman, Benny, and the slew of babysitters to make this possible. Also shout out to everyone involved (production team, crew, front of house) to make beautiful theatre happen for you lovely people.

Dominique/Spinster/Nurse/Southern Lady

Corinne Adair

Corinne Adair

MON · WED · FRI

Glad to be back on the Jewel Box stage; Corinne was recently seen in our production of One for the Pot (Cynthia Hardcastle). Other favorite stage credits include: Matilda the Musical (Mrs. Wormwood) with HCTO; Curtains (Bambi) with The Grand Theatre; and Noises Off (Brooke) with Sandy Arts Guild.  She holds a BFA from the University of Utah, and when not on stage, she works as a voice-over artist and certified yoga instructor xoxo A, G, & B.

Beatriz Melo

Beatriz Melo

TUES · THURS · SAT

@bea_mellow

Beatriz is returning to the Hale Centre Stage after playing in this season’s production of Treasure Island (Justice Death).  Favorite stage credits include: HCT:  Disney’s Tarzan (Kala), Seussical The Musical, and A Christmas Carol 2021; West Valley Arts: In The Heights (Nina); BYU: La Gata (Wonderland) and Ronette (Little Shop of Horrors); Sundance Summer Theatre: Rusty (Footloose); 

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.

The Body of Anthony Hendon

Derrick Dean

Derrick Dean

MON · WED · FRI

@derrickmdean

Lucky Stiff is Derrick’s 11th production with Hale Centre Theatre. Favorite stage credits include: A Chirtsmas Carol 2021, The Music Man, and Phantom with HCT. Favorite roles include: Peter Pan (Captain Hook), Little Shop Of Horrors (Seymour), and Agent Mel in the television show “Granite Flats”.  Derrick earned his BA and MA from Weber State University.

Zac Zumbrunnen

Zac Zumbrunnen

TUES · THURS · SAT

Zac was last seen on the Centre Stage as R. F. Simpson in Singin’ in the Rain. Favorite HCT credits include:  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Grandpa Potts), Bright Star (Daddy Murphy),  Wait Until Dark (Sargent Carlino), The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf), and She Loves Me (Mr. Marachek). 

Zac holds a BFA in Theatre Education from the University of Utah and teaches Drama at Evergreen Junior High School. Zac would like to thank his amazing and supportive family for “letting him play.”

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Production Team Biographies

Director/Choreographer

Jim Christian

Jim Christian

Jim is a professor emeritus from Weber State University with over 45 years of professional experience as a director, teacher, actor, writer, and producer in the areas of theater, television and film. He has worked as a director and choreographer for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Hale Centre Theatre, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, Utah Opera Company, Utah Symphony, Old Lyric Repertory Company, Utah Musical Theatre, Park City Egyptian Theatre, the Grand Theatre, and theaters in California, Arizona, Montana, Florida, Wyoming, Tennessee, and Illinois. 

His original musicals Pirated!, Sleepy Hollow (National KCACTF Musical Theatre Playwriting Award), Five Carols for Christmas, JingleJacks, and The Plain Princess have been published by Steele Spring Stage Rights, and have been produced in venues across the country including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. He was the recipient of Utah’s Best of State award in 2006 for “Outstanding University Professor.” He was also named “Presidential Distinguished Professor” at Weber State in 2009 at which time he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities. Jim is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and The Dramatists Guild.

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 Singin’ in the Rain, School of Rock, The Secret Garden,  Always...Patsy Cline, Les Miserables, 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 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 theaters, served as a soloist, clinician, and accompanist, and is a former member of the Tabernacle Choir. Kelly holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Utah, where he was the singing coach for the Actor Training Program for four years. Kelly is the proud father of four boys and husband to one goddess wife.

Production Stage Manager

Jess Edling 2020

Jess Edling

Jess is thrilled to be at the helm of Lucky Stiff. Other HCT credits include Singin’ in the Rain, Ken Ludwig’sTreasure Island, The Mousetrap, The Play That Goes Wrong, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Phantom, Steel Magnolias, and Matilda. 

Other favorite credits from California and Utah theaters include Silent Sky, Much Ado About Nothing, Sweeney Todd, Gyspy, Tintypes, West Side Story, The Gog/Magog Project, Peter and the Starcatcher, Arsenic & Old Lace, Neil Simon’s Eugene trilogy, and the World Premiere of Edison & Tesla: An Original Musical. She wants to thank her boys, who give up so much for her to keep doing theater and never stop supporting her.

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

Dennis Wright

Coming Soon…

Lighting & Video 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: 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 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 91th 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, Tarzan, Tuck Everlasting, My Fair Lady, AIDA, and She Loves Me

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

Hair & Make Up Design

Krissa Lent 2020

Krissa Lent

Krissa has been with HCT for a number of years, and has designed hair and make-up for Singin’ in the Rain, 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 a BFA in Theater Tech/Design from Millikin University, an MFA in Wig and Make-up Design from the University of Cincinnati CCM and is also a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Utah.

Krissa previously worked for Utah Shakespeare Festival for six seasons, Sarasota Opera for 3 seasons, and Chicago Opera Theater for 2 seasons. “I am so grateful to be part of the dream team in the wig shop. Thanks to HCT for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Enjoy the show!!”

Automation Design

Nathan Gallegos

Coming Soon…

Authors

Lynn Ahrens won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and received two Grammy nominations for Broadway's Ragtime. For Twentieth Century Fox's animated feature film Anastasia, she was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. 

She and longtime collaborator Stephen Flaherty received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. Broadway: Anastasia; Once On This Island (Olivier Award, Best Musical; Tony nominations, Best Book and Score); Seussical (Grammy nomination); My Favorite Year; Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life; Rocky; Madison Square Garden's A Christmas Carol; Ragtime (2010 Broadway revival). Off-Broadway and regional: Lincoln Center Theater's Dessa Rose, The Glorious Ones (both Drama Desk-nominated) and A Man of No Importance (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical); Lucky Stiff; Little Dancer (Kennedy Center world premiere). Film and television credits include A "Christmas Carol" (NBC-TV); Camp (IFC Films); "Schoolhouse Rock" (ABC-TV) and others. (Emmy Award and four Emmy nominations). She is a Council member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a co-founder of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, and a Lilly Award winner for Lyrics.

Stephen Flaherty

Stephen Flaherty

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Stephen Flaherty is the composer of the Broadway musicals Ragtime (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC Awards, two Grammy nominations), Seussical (Grammy, Drama Desk nominations), Once on This Island (Tony nomination, Olivier Award, Best Musical) and Rocky. Additional Broadway includes Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life (original songs) and Neil Simon's Proposals (incidental music). 

Stephen has also written four musicals at Lincoln Center Theatre: The Glorious Ones (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), Dessa Rose (OCC, Drama Desk nominations), A Man of No Importance (OCC, Best Musical, Drama Desk nomination) and My Favorite Year. Other theater includes In Your Arms (Old Globe), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), Lucky Stiff (Playwrights Horizons) and Loving Repeating: A Musical of Gertrude Stein (Chicago's Jefferson Award, Best New Musical.) Film includes Anastasia (two Academy Award and two Golden Globe nominations), the documentary After The Storm and Lucky Stiff. Mr. Flaherty's concert music has premiered at the Hollywood Bowl, Boston's Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum and Symphony Space. This year celebrates Stephen's 32-year collaboration with lyricist-librettist Lynn Ahrens. Stephen and Lynn are members of the Dramatists Guild Council and co- founders of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program. In 2015 they were inducted into the Theater Hall Of Fame. Upcoming: the stage adaptation of Anastasia.

Music Theatre International (MTI)

Music Theatre International (MTI) is one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theatres from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond. Founded in 1952 by composer Frank Loesser and orchestrator Don Walker, MTI is a driving force in advancing musical theatre as a vibrant and engaging art form.

MTI works directly with the composers, lyricists and book writers of these musicals to provide official scripts, musical materials and dynamic theatrical resources to over 70,000 professional, community and school theatres in the US and in over 60 countries worldwide.

MTI is particularly dedicated to educational theatre, and has created special collections to meet the needs of various types of performers and audiences. MTI’s Broadway Junior™ shows are 30- and 60-minute musicals for performance by elementary and middle school-aged performers, while MTI’s School Editions are musicals annotated for performance by high school students.

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