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To the generous sponsors of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

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Show Information

Adapted By 

Ken Ludwig 

Was originally staged by McCarter Theater Center, Princeton, NJ Emily Mann, Artistic Director, Timothy J. Shields, Managing Director. The production subsequently transferred to Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director, Michael Stotts, Managing Director

Directed By

Barta Heiner

AGATHA CHRISTIE’S MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, A Concord Theatricals Company

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Production Team

Producer: Mark Dietlein 

Director: Barta Heiner 

Production Stage Manager: Megan Johnson

Scenic Design: Madeline Ashton 

Lighting Design: Marianne Ohran 

Sound Design: Dan Morgan 

Properties Design: Michelle Jensen

Stage Manager: Riya Sahasrabudhe

Video/Projection Design: Bobby Gibson 

Original Costume Concept Design: Kelsey Nichols

Additional Costume Design: Joy Zhu

Hair & Make-up Design: Trisha Ison 

Assistant Stage Manager: Taylor Ballard, Amy Castro

Lightboard: Renee Fowler, Aaron Gubler

Automation: Alena Rodriguez, Duckie Garlick, Nathan Gallegos

Sound Engineer: Kristen Tenney, Griffin McMullin, Dan Morgan

Stage Technicians: Andrew Ellis, Kyle Trivett, Joshua Sheen, Jared Janoian, Josh Beck, Kyle Hess, Ben Ward, Anton Moss, Stephen Broderick, Marissa Olson

Dressers: Kyla Johnson, Maggie Sheen, Heidi Frank, Courteney Shipley 

Hair and Make-up: Cassie Firth, Tori Valdez, Claire Jones

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Director's Notes

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Synopsis of Scenes

Setting

The principal action of the play takes place aboard the Orient Express as it travels from Istanbul to Western Europe.

Time

1934

Act I

Mid-day to morning

Act II

Morning to mid-day

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Cast in Order of Appearance

Mon · Wed · Fri
Tues · Thurs · Sat
Hercules Poirot
Bradley Moss
Mark Knowles
Monsieur Bouc
Chandler Bishop
Benjamin “BJ” Whimpey
Samuel Ratchett/Colonel James Arbuthnot
Brandon Green
Kelton Davis
Michel The Conductor/Head Waiter
Anthony Lovato
James Bounous
Hector MacQueen
Colton Hattabaugh
Zechariah Combs
Helen Hubbard
Sharon Kenison
Tamari Dunbar
Greta Ohlsson
Adrien Swenson
Wendy Oltmanns
Princess Dragomiroff
Linda Jean Stephenson
Heidi Scott
Mary Debenham
Jessica Love
Lisa Zimmerman
Countess Andrenyi
Kaitlyn Hipwell LeBaron
Natalie Peterson
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Cast Biographies

Hercule Poirot

Bradley Moss

Bradley Moss

MON · WED · FRI

Bradley is thrilled to be returning to Hale Centre Theatre. Favorite stage credits include: Newsies, Cash on Delivery!, and The Diary of Anne Frank with Hale Centre Theatre and A Christmas Carol (Marley) and Tuck Everlasting with Hale Center Theater Orem 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 currently teaches Theatre at Mountain Ridge High School. “Love to Shawnda, Ton, Ike, and Bel”.

Mark Knowles

Mark Knowles

TUES · THURS · SAT

A familiar face to Hale Centre audiences, Mark is excited to be playing on our stage again. Credits include: My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins), 1776 (John Adams), The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp), Hello, Dolly! (Horace Vandergelder) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence Jameson) with HCT and Camelot (King Arthur), The King and I (The King of Siam) with CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. “Thanks to Wendy, the love and light of my life”.

Monsieur Bouc

Chandler Bishop

Chandler Bishop

MON · WED · FRI

Chandler was most recently seen on the HCT stage as Mal Beineke in last season’s production of The Addams Family. Additional credits include: AIDA (Pharaoh), Big River (Duke) and Ghost: The Musical (Willy Lopez) at Hale Centre Theatre; Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd) and Macbeth (Macbeth) with Gerald Lynch Theater in New York City. 

Chandler is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint John’s University.  Chandler is currently a teacher of theater and literature at West Jordan High School.  “I would like to thank my wonderful wife, parents, and children for their love and support.”

B J Whimpey

BJ Whimpey

TUES · THURS · SAT

Some of BJ’s favorite credits include: Will Rogers Follies, Sleepy Hollow The Musical, The Lion in Winter,  Tartuffe, Assassins, and JingleJacks at Weber State University; Forever Plaid and First Date at The Grand Theatre, Shrek The Musical and Into the Woods at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre as well as working for Universal Studios Japan in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. 

BJ holds a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and puts that to good use as a professional actor and voiceover artist. “This performance is dedicated to my Strictly Ballroom family. Remember the show must go on (unless there is a global pandemic) and there are NO new steps!”

Samuel Ratchett/Colonel James Arbuthnot

Brandon Green

Brandon Green

MON · WED · FRI

Brandon is excited to be returning to the Hale Centre Theatre Jewel Box stage in this production of Murder on the Orient Express after last being seen in our production of Cash on Delivery! where he played Norman McDonald. Other favorite stage credits include the role of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre.

Kelton Davis

Kelton Davis

TUES · THURS · SAT

Returning to the HCT Family, Kelton was previously seen in our productions of Cinderella (Jean-Michelle) and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Other favorite stage credits include: Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) with Actor’s Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Tarzan (Kerchak), Seussical (General Genghis Khan Schmitz) and Children of Eden (Noah) with American Fork Players. He has a BA in Media Arts from BYU. 

“I’m incredibly honored to perform again at this theatre! Thank you to my wife, Emilie, my daughter, Penelope, my supportive family, and the amazing cast and crew of Murder on the Orient Express.”

Michel/Head Waiter

Anthony Lovato

Anthony Lovato

MON · WED · FRI

This is Anthony’s second foray into Agatha Christie’s literature after previously playing Giles Ralston in the Stage Right production of The Mousetrap. Other stage credits include: The Scarlet Pimpernel and the last ten productions of A Christmas Carol with HCT and The 39 Steps with CenterPoint Legacy Theatre where he lists Richard Hannay his favorite role. 

Anthony works as an audiobook narrator, co-host of the podcast “Orion Way of Life” and full-time dad. “To my mini-me who always encourages me to go after it, I love you infinity!”

James Bounous

James Bounous

TUES · THURS · SAT

James is thrilled to be back on the Jewel Box stage. Previous Hale Centre Theatre credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Monty Navaro), Newsies (Jack Kelly), and The Hunchback of Norte Dame (Quasimodo). James has earned his Masters Degree in accounting from BYU and works at a Senior Audit Associate at Grant Thornton. “Love my girl, love my wife, love my life! #HoB”

Hector MacQueen

Colton Hattabaugh

Colton Hattabaugh

MON · WED · FRI

Colton was most recently seen on our Centre Stage in Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Cinderella, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Music Man. Other favorite credits include Mr. Applegate (Damn Yankees), Ladislav Sipos (She Loves Me), and himself (35mm) at Weber State University. 

He is a graduate of WSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre, and has previously worked as a performer at the Walt Disney World Resort. Colton has worked behind the scenes at HCT as a Scenic Artist. Special thanks to Jiminy, the production team, and this “killer” cast and crew!

Zechariah Combs

Zechariah Combs

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making his HCT Debut! A newcomer to the Hale Centre family, Zechariah is grateful for this opportunity to play on this stage. Credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Chairman), Once in a Lifetime (George), and Anything Goes (Evelyn Oakleigh) at Pleasant Grove High School along with Bye Bye Birdie at the SCERA Theatre. Zechariah will be attending BYU in pursuit of his BFA.

Helen Hubbard

Sharon Kenison

Sharon Kenison

MON · WED · FRI

A favorite of HCT audiences, Sharon is elated to be a part of this thrilling production. Recent stage credits include: An American in Paris (Madame Baurel), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West) The Music Man (Eulalie MacKecknie Shinn) as well as Beauty and The Beast, Nunsense, Lucky Stiff, Guys and Dolls, Over The River and Through The Woods, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Sound of Music, A Tale of Two Cities, Les Miserables, The Miracle Worker, Steel Magnolias, Pillow Talk, Fiddler on The Roof, A Christmas Carol, 9 to 5: The Musical, and Sister Act. “This performance is for my beautiful daughter, my best cheerleader. Miss you.”

Tamari Dunbar

Tamari Dunbar

TUES · THURS · SAT

Credits for Tamari include: HCT: Bright Star (Mama Murphy) and Steel Magnolias (M’Lynn); Lyric Repertory Company: Gray Gardens (Edith/Little Edie), Nunsense (Sister Amnesia), Lend Me A Tenor (Diana), and Private Loves (Amanda); PTC: Oliver! (Old Sally) and The Last Ship (Shipyard Welder); The Grand Theatre: Picnic (Flo Owens); Pinnacle Acting Company: Comedy of Errors (Lucinan) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Agnes); and Sting and Honey: Sleeping Beauty’s Dream (Ananke) and The Proposal (Natasha). “Much love to my ever supportive husband and kiddos!”

Greta Ohlsson

Adrien Swenson

Adrien Swenson

MON · WED · FRI

Adrien is pleased to be performing with Hale Centre Theatre once again. Favorite credits include: 9 to 5: The Musical (Judy), Disney’s Tarzan (Kala), A Tale of Two Cities (Madame Defarge), and The Civil War (Sarah) with HCT; Finding Neverland (Miss Bassess) (National Tour); Sweeney Todd (Beggar Woman) at the Noorda; Freaky Friday (Katherine) with Circa ‘21; Parade at Fingerlakes Musical Theatre Festival; Oliver! at The Grand Theatre; and Connie Lou in “The Forgotten Carols''. “Thanks to friends and fam who always support.''

Wendy Oltmanns

Wendy Oltmanns

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making her HCT Debut! Wendy is delighted to be joining the Hale Centre family with this production. Favorite stage credits include A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche) and 5 Carols for Christmas (Carol Ann). Wendy holds a Masters of Education from Weber State University and works as a High School Theatre Educator/coach.

 “My passion is storytelling; stories invigorate, encourage, and enlighten. It is through storytelling that our memories live, that we learn how similar we are, and learn to accept and love”.

Princess Dragomiroff

Linda Jean Stephenson

Linda Jean Stephenson

MON · WED · FRI

Linda Jean has over 50 productions to her name in the last 30 years. Favorites include: Steel Magnolias, Tuck Everlasting, Don’t Drink The Water, A Tale Of Two Cities, Is He Dead?, Arsenic and Old Lace, Oliver!, Noises Off, My Fair Lady spanning across Hale Centre Theatre, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, The Grand Theatre, and Rodgers Memorial Theatre. 

Linda Jean has a BA in Communications from BYU and has been the Senior Executive Conference Manager at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center for 19 years.

Heidi Scott

Heidi Scott

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making her HCT Debut! Heidi is honored to be performing in this production of Murder on the Orient Express. Stage credits include: A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Fezziwig) with Hale Center Theatre Orem and Blithe Spirit (Madam Archarti) at Covey Arts Center. 

Heidi holds a BA Honors Degree in Contemporary Craft from the University College Falmouth, Cornwall, U.K.. “This is a double delight! To perform at Hale Centre Theatre and in a play by the celebrated Agatha Christie. Thank you for the amazing opportunity”. 

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Jessica Love

Jessica Love

MON · WED · FRI

Making her HCT Debut! A new face to our audiences, Jesscia is ecstatic to be joining us for this production. Favorite stage credits include: It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play, Steel Magnolias, The 39 Steps, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Foreigner with CenterPoint Legacy Theatre and HMS Pinafore with Off-Broadway Theatre. 

Jessica graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Theatre, Business, and Education and works with CenterPoint Academy as their Musical Director for their Musical Theatre Productions for teens.

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Lisa Zimmerman

TUES · THURS · SAT

We are glad to have Lisa back on the Jewel Box Stage. Previous Hale Centre Theatre Credits include: Phantom, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Brigadoon. Other favorite credits include: Sense and Sensibility with HCT Orem; La Traviata and L’elisir d’amore at the University of Utah; Dialoghi delle Carmelitane and La Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy, and Savior of the World. 

She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Utah. She teaches voice lessons, does voice over work, and assists at major venues in downtown SLC.

Countess Andrenyi

Kaitlyn Hipwell Le Baron

Kaitlyn Hipwell LeBaron

MON · WED · FRI

Kaitlyn is grateful to be back performing with Hale Centre Theatre. Favorite stage credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and The Music Man with HCT; Nice Work If You Can Get It and The 25th  Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Weber State University; and Jim Chirstian’s Pirated with Good Company Theatre. 

Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. She sings with her in-laws, “LaBaron Singers” (check them out on YouTube) along with performing with Kelly Clarkson, America’s Got Talent, and TedX Salt Lake City. “For my husband  Juston, who is absolutely obsessed with trains”.

Natalie Peterson

Natalie Peterson

TUES · THURS · SAT

Making her HCT Debut! Natalie is thrilled to be performing on the Jewel Box Stage. Favorite stage credits include: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), The King and I (Anna), and Curtains (Nikki Harris), The Miracle Worker (Annie Sullivan) at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre; and Matilda (Miss Honey) at The Ziegfeld Theatre. 

“I am incredibly grateful to be in my first show at Hale Centre Theatre and couldn't be happier it is Agatha Christie’s classic tale of mystery and intrigue. Much love to friends and for their endless support.

Production Team Biographies

Director

Barta Heiner

Barta Heiner

Barta is not a stranger to Agatha Christie’s mystery plays. She has also directed The Mousetrap and The Unexpected Guest at Provo’s Covey Center for the Arts. Nor is she unfamiliar to the Hales and Dietleins whom she has known since the 1970’s. 

After graduating from BYU, she had the delightful pleasure to work with both Ruth and Nate Hale and their family of actors at the Glendale Center Theater in California. Ms. Heiner has performed in numerous theatrical and film productions: most recently The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Once I was a Beehive and The Fighting Preacher. Other recent directing credits include See How They Run, Pillow Talk and Dear Ruth for Hale Center Theater in Orem. Needless to say, Ms. Heiner is delighted to be working with the production team and actors at the Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy.

Production Stage Manager

Megan Johnson

Megan Johnson

Megan is thrilled to be back in the Stage Manager seat at Hale Centre Theatre after helming the 2019 production of A Christmas Carol. Favorite Stage Management credits include: SCERA Shell-Newsies; Noorda Performing Arts Center-Week of Dreams Events; Ragan Theater-Die Fledermaus; UVU-Jumpers. Asst. Stage Manager-Sundance Summer Theatre for Joseph...Dreamcoat

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

Scenic Design

Madeline Ashton

Madeline Ashton

As an accomplished artist, Madeline’s work was recently seen in our productions of Mary Poppins, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Bright Star, Seussical, Matilda, and Cinderella. Other scenic design credits include Oklahoma! (Sundance), Distance of the Moon (Sackerson), Let The Right One In and Angels in America (An Other Theatre). 

Madeline graduated Magna Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a  Bachelor Of Fine Arts in Scenic Design. She was a Kennedy Center finalist for her work on UVU's Trojan Women, for which she won the National Partners of American Theatre Award for Excellence in Design. Madeline has also been recognized by her university with the Dean's Award of Excellence and the Award of Talent.

Projection Design

Bobby Gibson

Bobby Gibson

Previous HCT credits include Projection Designer for Mary Poppins, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Seussical, The Addams Family, Cinderella, Freaky Friday, Matilda and video content for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Bobby studied video production at Utah Valley University. He owns and operates In Blue Productions, where he specializes in aerial video, time-lapse and motion graphics. He is a huge theatre nerd and co-hosts the “We Are Here, Broadway” YouTube channel about all things theatre. “Don’t be in such a rush to have everything figured out. Embrace the unknown and let life surprise you.”

Lighting Design

Marianne Ohran

Marianne Ohran

Recent Hale Centre Theatre credits for Marianne  include the Lighting Design for Bright Star and The Addams Family . She works as the Assistant Lighting Designer for BYU Arts Production. Marianne holds her Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University and her Master’s from University of Idaho. Other credits include BYU - BYU Spectacular, Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables. Utah Metropolitan Ballet - Snow White

Sound Design

Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan

Dan loves the challenge of theatrical sound and is very excited for the opportunity to work in such a marvelous place. Some of his favorite sound designs have been The Three Musketeers, The Wedding Singer, and A Tale of Two Cities. He feels blessed to have worked on a variety of other projects, which include The Savior of the World, The Nauvoo Pageant, A Brand New Year and various concerts and television programs for the LDS Church.

In addition, Dan has also worked as a sound designer/engineer for several local theaters and professional groups over the last 16 years, including large corporate events, TV broadcasts, and national/ international tours. “Thanks to my own pack of Morgans for all their love and support!”

Properties Design

Michelle Jensen

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 63rd show with Cinderella; some of her other favorite designs have included The Drowsy Chaperone, Over The River..., Les Miserables, 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 3 beautiful daughters, two charming sons- in-law, and her amazing husband, Steve.

Costume Design

Joy Zhu

Joy Zhu

Previous HCT Costume Design credits include The Addams Family, An American In Paris, Tuck Everlasting, and My Son Pinocchio this past season and 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 Assistant costume designer for Game of Love and Chance.

Hair & Make Up Design

Trisha Ison

Trisha Ison

Some of Trisha’s favorite designs for HCT: Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Matilda, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Sister Act, The Pirate Queen, Big Fish, Is He Dead?, Les Miserables, Brigadoon, The 39 Steps, Zorro the Musical, A Tale of Two Cities and Hello, Dolly!

Trisha holds a BA in Theatre Studies from the U of U and has worked at Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Opera, Ballet West, Utah Festival Opera, as well as touring productions of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands, and Rat Pack Live at the Sands. Trisha is a proud member of IATSE local 99. “Thank you to the best wig crew in the business, you guys make it all happen! Love and thanks to Krissa and Candice for keeping this team afloat!"

Author Biography

Ken Ludwig is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright who has written over 26 plays and musicals, including 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London's West End. His first Broadway play, Lend Me A Tenor, won two Tony Awards and was called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post.

His other awards include the Helen Hayes Award, the 2017 Samuel French Award for Sustained Excellence in the American Theatre, the Edgar Award for Best Mystery of the Year, and the Edwin Forrest Award for Contributions to the American Theater. His book How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare, published by Penguin/Random House, won the Falstaff Award for Best Shakespeare Book of the Year, and his essays are published by the Yale Review. Ken’s best known works include Crazy For You (5 years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Musical), Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo, The Game’s Afoot, Baskerville, Sherwood, A Fox on the Fairway, and a stage version of Murder on the Orient Express, written expressly at the request of the Agatha Christie Estate. His newest play, The Gods of Comedy, premieres in 2019 at The McCarter Theater in Princeton and The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. On Broadway and the West End, his plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Tony Shalhoub, Lynn Redgrave and Joan Collins. He holds degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. His work has been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and is produced somewhere in the United States and abroad every night of the year. 

SPECIAL THANKS:

McCune Mansion & Shawn Fletcher

Filming Consultant: Jim Christian

Film Actors: Dan Frederickson, Josh Richardson, Laurel Lowe, Adrien Swenson, Julia Buckner

Dialect Coach: Peter Lambert

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