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I love a good Western. The forsaken town in need of a hero. A tragic hero, with a lot of inner conflict. The shadowy figure. The oppressive tyrant. The longing for open skies and adventure.
I also love Newsies! I remember when the movie first came out, and I was one of the cult followers. I loved the music, the dancing, and the true underdog story. The power of the kids to make a difference. It inspired me.
Getting the chance to work on this show is a childhood dream, and I've loved bringing together elements from both the original movie and the history it narrates, as well as my love for the old-western genre.
In my studies of the news hawker strike of 1899, I found it compelling to see the walks of life these children and youth came from, all kinds of ages, backgrounds, and genders. Ultimately, it is a story of giving a voice to the voiceless, and what better way to do so than to give a voice to ALL of the people affected. You'll see on the stage young girls, people of different ethnicities, a wide array of humans that come from different walks of life, much like the melting pot that New York was at the turn of the century. These people came to live the American Dream...not just to have the freedom to make their own way, to find their own fortune and destiny, but to have their voice mean something, to have it matter. What a great message for our day. May it inspire us to speak up, but also, to listen...seek for understanding before seeking to be understood. Also...I hope you have a rollicking good time and enjoy the talent of this incredible cast!
Ecstatic to be back on the HCT stage, Weston’s favorite credits include Singin’ in the Rain (Cameraman/Ensemble) and Newsies (Elmer) with HCT; Sister Act (Ernie) with HCTO; Fiddler on the Roof (Nahum the Beggar) with BYU; Tuck Everlasting (Hugo) with HCTO; Anything Goes (Billy Crocker) with Pleasant Grove High School; and “Lore” season with Evermore Park.
He is currently a Junior at BYU, where he is studying Music Dance Theatre. “Thanks to my family and friends, and to HCT for making dreams come true!”
Matthew’s credits include: HCT - The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio Naccarelli), Treasure Island (Jim Hawkins), Guys and Dolls (Benny Southstreet), Les Misérables (Marius), Big River (Huck Finn), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Gideon), and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Simeon). Other credits include: University of Michigan - Passing Strange, A New Brain, and My One and Only. Matthew was a national finalist in the 2014 Jimmy Awards at the Minskoff Theatre in New York City. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan and is currently based in New York.
Making his HCT debut! Tanner’s favorite credits include Little Women (Laurie) with HCTO; Footloose (Lyle) with Sundance Summer Theatre; Fiddler on the Roof (Mendel), Mary Poppins, and Chariots of Fire with BYU. He is currently a student at BYU where he is studying Musical Theatre and Business as well as performing with the BYU Young Ambassadors, and he will be graduating this year. Tanner works at G2G Protein Bars.
Hyrum is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! His stage credits include Titanic: The Musical and Les Misérables with HCT; Footloose as Ren McCormack and Willy Wonka as Willy Wonka with Rigby High School; and Bright Star as Billy Cane with Playmill Theatre. Hyrum is currently working as a Graphic Designer. “You have only to believe if you wish to achieve. That rhymed. Unintentional" - Rod Kimble
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Making his HCT debut! His favorite credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster #2), A Christmas Carol, and Spookely the Square Pumpkin TYA with HCTO; Sweeney Todd (Tobias Ragg) at Timpanogos Community Theatre; and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with SCERA Shell. He is currently a freshman at UVU in the BFA program for Musical Theatre, and when not on stage or in class, he builds sets for UVU productions. “Even though your life is out of tune, you can still sing along also out of tune.”
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Gunnar is pleased to be back on the HCT Stage and in the role of Crutchie after portraying him in our 2018 production of Newsies. Previous HCT credits include: Hello, Dolly!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Jetsam), Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, and Freaky Friday.
Other favorite credits include: WVC Center of Performing Arts - Star of Wonder (Matthew); BYU - Rump (Rump) and The Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant of Police); Jordan High School - The Pirates of Penzance (Fredric), The Addams Family (Gomez Addams). Gunnar is currently a Senior in the BYU Music Dance Theater BFA program.
Thrilled to be on the Hale Centre Theatre Stage! Mack’s favorite credits include Frozen Kids. (Olaf) at HCT; A Christmas Story (Ralphie) with Pioneer Theatre Company; Matilda The Musical (Bruce) and Willy Wonka (Mike Teavee) with Cottonwood Heights Arts Council; and Newsies (Les) with Corner Canyon High School. “Thank you to David Smith, Kelly DeHaan, and Adam Dyer for this amazing opportunity!”
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Flynn is excited to be back on our stage. His favorite stage credits include: A Christmas Carol 2022 with HCT; Newsies (Les) and Frozen Jr. (Olaf) with Kensington Theater Company; and Frozen Kids (Olaf) with Herriman Arts Council. Newsies will always hold a special place in Flynn’s heart. He is so excited to reprise the role in which he first caught the theater bug, but it’s “Extra! Extra!” special to do it on the Centre Stage! “Huge thanks to my amazing family for their love and support!”
Making her HCT debut! Favorite credits include Blink (Teen Sarah), Frozen (Anna), and Legally Blonde (Vivienne Kensington) with HCTO; Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) and Pride and Prejudice (Lydia Bennet) with Creekside Theater Fest; and Every Brilliant Thing (Narrator) and War of Roses (Richard III) with Liahona Preparatory Academy.
Rachel is ecstatic to be back on the Centre Stage in this production of Newsies. Previous stage credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Treasure Island (Justice Death), and A Tale of Two Cities with Hale Centre Theatre as well as The Bridges of Madison County (Carolyn) with Grandstreet Theatre. When not on stage, Rachel is a mentor with Rite Passage. “Thank you so much to my friends, family, and this theater for always supporting me and treating me with kindness. Y’all are the best.” www.rachelmartorana.com
Neal C. Johnson
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Neal’s favorite credits include: Freaky Friday and Newsies with HCT; Funny Girl with Sundance Summer Theatre; The Scarlet Pimpernel and Joseph…Dreamcoat with HCTO; The Fantasticks and Hula-Hoop Sha-Boop with Provo Theater Company; Sweeney Todd with Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble.
He also performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Opryland, U.S.A., BYU’s Young Ambassadors, and the National Premiere of The Drummings. Neal holds degrees in Music Dance Theatre, and Theatre Arts Education - Directing as well as a Master’s degree in Theatre and Media Arts. He currently teaches at American Fork High School, where he won “Teacher of the Year” for the state of Utah and was named in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined.” “Love to K, K, & R!”
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Originally from Miami, FL, Doug has performed on stages throughout Utah and Florida most of his life. He was most recently seen on the Hale stage in Titanic: The Musical (The Major), A Christmas Carol 2022 (Octet/Poor Husband), Singin' in the Rain (RF Simpson), Treasure Island (Captain Smollet), and The Mousetrap (Major Metcalf).
Other favorite roles include Big Fish (Edward Bloom), Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abagnale Sr.), Mary Poppins (Mr. Banks), Ragtime (Father), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), A Little Night Music (Frederick), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy Blakeney). Doug has performed with Michael Ball on Tour as lead backup vocals and toured the world with the BYU Young Ambassadors. Doug holds a BFA in Music Dance Theater from BYU.
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Mack’s thrilled to return to the Centre Stage once again! Some of her favorite credits include: Dolly Levi (Hello, Dolly!), Ursula (Disney The Little Mermaid), Marie/Fairy Godmother (Cinderella), Medda Larkin (Newsies 2018), 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; and Motor Mouth Maybelle (Hairspray) with HCTO. “I’m a woman Phenomenally, Phenomenal woman, That’s me” -Maya Angelou
Luseane "Lucy" Pasa
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Happy to be back on the Hale Centre stage - Lucy was most recently seen in last season’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid as Ursula. Other favorite credits also include: Seussical The Musical with HCT; In The Heights with West Valley Arts; Newsies and Disney’s The Little Mermaid with Hale Center Theater Orem; and Hairspray with SCERA. “Faafetai tele lava to my family for your never ending support. Alofa atu!”
Michael Von Forell
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Michael’s favorite credits include: The Addams Family (Lurch), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Wizard of Oz, and A Christmas Carol on the Hale Centre Stages. “Thanks to family and friends for their support, especially my wife Lauren.”
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Excited to be back on the HCT Centre Stage! Matt’s favorite productions that he has been a part of include: Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Wait Until Dark, To Kill a Mockingbird, Arsenic and Old Lace, and Big Fish with multiple theatres including Hale Centre Theatre, Hale Center Theater Orem, and Desert Star Playhouse. Matt graduated from Utah State University with a BFA in Theatre Arts Performance/Directing and spends his days working for Solutionreach. “Happy wife, happy life.”
Making his HCT debut! Christian’s favorite credits include Godspell and Fiddler on the Roof as well as performing with the Young Ambassadors at BYU, where he is currently a Senior in the Music Dance Theatre Program.
Making his HCT debut! Joey comes to Hale Centre Theatre with an extensive resume; favorite credits include: Les Miserables and Godspell with NMRHS; You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and A Very Hairy Fairytale with PCA as well as serving a Nauvoo Performing Mission (2021 - 2022). “For a dreamer, night is the only time of day..” - Jack Kelly
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage after his recent performances in our production of Hello, Dolly!. Caler is currently a member of the BYU Young Ambassadors as well as an alumnus of BYU Contemporary Dance Theatre. He is currently studying to get his BFA in dance at BYU and works as a dance teacher. All my love to mom and dad. Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock!
Returning to the HCT stage! 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: Disney: The Little Mermaid (Eric Body Double/Ensemble) with HCT and Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka). Steven is pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design at Brigham Young University. “Love you mom!”
Making his HCT debut! Garrett is honored to join the HCT family with this production of Newsies. Favorite stage credits include: Bright Star and The Sound of Music with HCTO. “Thank you for coming. Enjoy the show!”
Returning to the Centre Stage - He was previously seen in our production of Hello, Dolly!. Carter’s dance resume includes: So You Think You Can Dance (Season 17), World of Dance (Seasons 1 & 2), America's Got Talent (Seasons 9, 10, & 11), as well as being Top 5 in the World (three times) at the Latin Ballroom WDC World Championships, US Latin National Champion (twice) at the US National Amateur Dancesport Championship, member of Team USA (twice) representing Latin Ballroom, and The Dance Awards - Male Best Dancer.
He is currently attending UVU as a Marketing Major and works as the Co-Ballroom Director and technique teacher at Center Stage Performing Arts Studio. He also teaches technique at Tek Studios in Draper and is the Assistant Coach for the Hillcrest Drill Team. “Everything happens for a reason.”
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! Jeremy was most recently seen in our production of Hello, Dolly! and was previously seen in our 2020 production of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical. He has attended BYU and currently works as a dance instructor. “Sometimes, the best way to solve your own problems is to help someone else.” - Uncle Iroh
Making his HCT debut! Johnathan’s favorite credits include Godspell with BYU; Frozen (Kristoff) with Covey Center for the Arts; Dance Captain of BYU Young Ambassadors; and member of the BYU Contemporary Dance Theater. He was a cabaret finalist at the U.S. National Amateur Ballroom Dancesport. He is pursuing a BFA in Music Dance Theatre at BYU and works as a dance teacher at Utah COPA and Research Assistant for a dance professor at BYU. “I’d like to thank my Mom, Dad, and God for always being my #1 cheerleaders.”
Making his HCT debut! Evan is thrilled to join the company of Newsies! He was recently seen in The Prom at Pioneer Theatre Company. Evan is currently enrolled at the University of Utah, studying in their ballet program. “That's to all my people who keep me going!”
Making his HCT debut! Phil is overjoyed to bring his talents to the Centre Stage. Recently, he danced with BYU-Idaho’s Dance Alliance Touring Company from 2020 - 2022 and graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor’s in Dance Performance and Choreography. Phil works as a Dance Conditioning Instructor at Elite Dance Studio in Salt Lake City.
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Emerson’s favorite credits include Hello, Dolly! and My Son Pinocchio (Junior) with HCT; Cinderella and The Music Man with Sundance Summer Theatre; and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Frank) with SCERA. He is a sophomore at BYU studying Bioinformatics with a minor in Contemporary Dance, where he is also a member of the Contemporary Dance Theatre.
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage. Oakley’s favorite credits include Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker) and Singin’ In The Rain with HCT; Godspell (Jesus) at BYU; Sister Act with HCTO; Footloose at Sundance Summer Theatre as well as Seussical The Musical (Cat in the Hat), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), A Christmas Story The Musical (Ralphie), The Secret Garden (Dickon), Shrek The Musical (Donkey), and Little Shop of Horrors (Orin).
He toured South Korea as a member of BYU’s Young Ambassadors and performed in the 25th-anniversary of The Secret Garden in New York City. He graduated from BYU with a BFA and teaches Hip Hop. “Dreams come true. All my love to my beautiful wife and family!”
Owen is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! His favorite credits include Hello, Dolly! and Disney’s The Little Mermaid with HCT as well as performing with Junction Dance Co. and Odyssey Dance Theater (2019-2022). He is a graduate of Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts and works with Junction Dance Co.
Making his HCT debut! Kaden’s favorite credits include: Kalyna: The Musical at Eccles Theater and ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ (Seasons 1, 2, and 4). He is currently a student at UVU, where he is studying Music. He is a certified instructor with the Institute of Vocal Advancement, where he works as a vocal coach out of Yates Vocal Studio and his private vocal studio.
Making his HCT debut! Prince’s favorite credits include: Disney’s Descendants: The Musical (Jay) with HCTO Youth and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Pharaoh) at Center Stage. He is currently attending UVU. “I act, I sing, I dance, and I’m Asian.”
Making his HCT debut! Nolan’s credits include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), The Music Man (Dance Captain), The Sound of Music (Dance Captain), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Dance Captain), Peter Pan, Annie, Shrek: The Musical, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Wizard of Oz with E.S.C.A.P.E. Theatre in Santa Clarita, California. He is self-employed as a Luxury Holiday Designer and will be attending the Norwalk Conservatory in Connecticut this fall. “Life is Fabulous!”
Making her HCT debut! Julia comes to HCT with an extensive resume in dance; she grew up as a competition dancer where she was trained in several styles of dance, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap & has used those skills to perform with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre from 2020 - 2023. She is a recent graduate of BYU with a BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Contemporary Dance. “Live, laugh, love.”
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Making her HCT debut! Dominique’s favorite credits include I AM: The Journey at the LDS Conference Center Theater; Dance for Hope with Dahlia’s Hope a Nonprofit; and numerous performances with BYU Contemporary Dance Theater. She is currently a student at BYU, where she is working towards a BFA in Dance and works as a dance teacher throughout Utah, Idaho, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
Returning to the Centre Stage! Ayden was previously seen in our recent production of Hello, Dolly!.He was a company member with Odyssey Dance Theatre. He now works and travels as a professional dancer.
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! Justin’s favorite credits include Hello, Dolly! (Barnaby Tucker) with HCT; West Side Story with St. George Musical Theater; and Newsies with The Stage Door. He is a graduate of Snow Canyon High School. “You can do hard things.”
Malia Renee Nutter
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Making her HCT debut! Malia’s favorite credits include the Pre-Broadway Workshop of Fly More Than You Fall directed by Jeff Whiting at the NOORDA; James and the Giant Peach Jr. (Lahdalord) with COPA Youth Theatre; and Frozen Jr. (Olaf) with COPA Dance Academy; as well as Lion King, Jr. (Rafiki), Mary Poppins, Jr. (Ms. Andrews), and Shrek The Musical Jr. (Dragon). She is currently a high school student. “Love to my family, who are always my biggest fans.”
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Stage credits include: HCT - School of Rock (Shonelle); Tuacahn - Disney’s When You Wish (Little Girl) and The Sound of Music (Marta/Brigitta U/S); HCTO - Annie (Annie), Matilda The Musical (Hortensia), Jane Eyre (Adele), and Les Miserables (Young Cosette); Pioneer Theatre Company - Oliver; SCERA - A Christmas Story The Musical and Matilda The Musical; and UVU - Trail of Dreams (Caddie Grant).
Afton has trained in Musical Theatre and Dance at Utah COPA in American Fork since she was five years old. “Much love and gratitude to my family, friends, teachers, and coaches for their love and continued support! I would also like to thank HCT for this amazing opportunity!”
Making her HCT debut! Bailey’s favorite credits include Thriller with Odyssey Dance Theatre, where she has worked as part of their dance troop. She has her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Oklahoma. “Performing and creative arts have always been an integral part of my life. I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to be performing in my first production with Hale Centre Theatre!”
Making her HCT debut! Sophia’s favorite credits include Legally Blonde The Musical at PGHS; Les Misérables at Utah Festival Opera; and Frozen Jr. at HCTO. She is a Junior in High School. “You do not need anyone to tell you who you are or what you are, you are what you are.” - John Lennon
Making his HCT debut! Leo is STOKED to be a part of this fantastic production on Newsies. Some favorite stage credits include: Lion King Jr. (Timon) and Descendants Jr. (Carlos) with TimpYT. He is currently working as a dance teacher with TimpYT.
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Samuel was most recently seen in our production of Hello, Dolly! Samuel is currently a student at UVU and works as a dance instructor.
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! Collin’s favorite stage credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Scuttle) with HCT; Cinderella with Sundance Summer Theatre; and Bright Star with Hale Center Theater Orem. Collin is currently studying in the BFA program in Musical Theatre at UVU.
Making his HCT debut! Jordan’s favorite credits include Newsies Jr. (Jack Kelly) and Legally Blonde Jr. (Warner) with HCTO; Kiss Me Kate (Fred/Petruchio) with American Fork High School; and Into the Woods (Jack) with Lehi Arts Center. He is currently a Junior in High School. “Dreams do come true - I’m grateful that this one did!”
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Romans's favorite credits include Newsies and Disney’s Tarzan at HCT; Souvenirs (2019-2020) with BYU Young Ambassadors; as well as multiple shows in Utah and New York with his band Basement Waves as their lead singer. He is a graduate of BYU with a BA in Dance as well as being a licensed Massage Therapist.
Making his HCT debut! Noah’s favorite credits include: 12 Angry Jurors and Matilda The Musical with BYU; CATS with Ashland Productions; and Footloose, The Addams Family, Shrek The Musical, and Bye Bye Birdie with North Stage Door Theatre. He is currently a part of the BYU MDT program and works as an EMT at Mountain Point Medical Center. “Noah is excited to be in his first production at Hale! He is grateful to his parents, all his mentors, and hopes you enjoy the show!”
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! BJ’s favorite credits include: Bob Cratchit (‘19, ‘20, ‘21) and Ghost of Christmas Present (‘22) in A Christmas Carol, Grandpa Gordon (Freaky Friday) and Policeman (Wait Until Dark) - HCT; Shrek (Shrek the Musical) - Regalo Theater Company; King Arthur (Spamalot) - SCA; Seitz (Newsies) and The Ghost of Christmas Present (A Christmas Carol) - HCTO; and Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame) - LHC.
He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management at UVU. “Thank you to the production staff for this wonderful opportunity. And thank you to my friends and family who support me in my love for dressing up and acting like other people.”
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Making his HCT debut! Andrew’s favorite credits include: Sister Act with HCTO; Shrek The Musical with Regalo Theater Company; Mamma Mia with American Fork Community Theater; Peter and the Starcatcher at Centerpoint Legacy Theater; and 9 to 5 The Musical at Terrace Plaza Playhouse. When not on stage, Andrew works as a Senior Project Manager at Vinetegrate.
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! Matt’s favorite credits include: The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Simeon/Baker), The Wedding Singer (George), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame with HCT; the Regional premiere of Emma: The Musical (Mr. Elton) with HCTO; and Smokey Joes Cafe (Lead Soloist) and Les Misérables (Jean Valjean).
Matt graduated from Weber State University with a BA in Musical Theatre and works as a Learning & Development Manager at O.C. Tanner. “Never stop dreaming.”
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Ecstatic to be back on the HCT stage! Shelby’s favorite credits include The Hasty Heart (Tommy) with HCT as well as Little Shop of Horrors (Orin Scrivello, DDS), Shrek The Musical (Shrek), Seussical the Musical (Horton the Elephant), The Odd Couple (Oscar Madison), and The Jungle Book (Baloo). He works as a Business System Analyst for FIS and lives in West Valley City with his beautiful wife Sonia and their small dog and cat. “Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” - HST
Man 3/Bunsen/Stage Manager
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Brett is thrilled to be returning to the HCT stage. HCT credits include See How They Run (Lionel Toop), Treasure Island (Ben Gunn/Jemmy Rathbone), A Christmas Carol, and Disney’s Tarzan (Snipes). Other favorites include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), Into the Woods (Baker), Catch Me If You Can (Hanratty), Spamalot (Patsy), Noises Off! (Garry), Les Misérables (Charlie).
Directing credits include: A Year with Frog and Toad, The Canterville Ghost (Parker Theatre); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie, and Church Basement Ladies (Renaissance Players). Brett holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. He is a speech-language pathologist and is the Director of Clinical Education at the University of Utah Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “Thanks to my incredible family and friends near and far.”
Preston K. Harmon
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Honored to be back on the HCT stage as part of this production of Newsies; Preston’s favorite credits include Seussical the Musical (Whickersham Brother) with HCT; and The Drowsy Chaperone (Gangster) and Newsies (Spot Conlon) with HCTO.
He graduated from UVU with a degree in Strategic Communications and a minor in Digital Cinema, and works as Head of Sales Training at Mountain West Renewable Energy. He is honored to be part of this powerful show with a message of such influence, confidence, and independence. “Hold on tight to the people you love! They are what make your life worth living - sharing your talents, triumphs, tears, and time with them. Thank you for sharing your time with us tonight!”
Making his HCT debut! Logan’s favorite credits include Into the Woods (The Baker) with Idaho Falls Opera Theatre; Shrek The Musical (Lord Farquaad) with The Palace Theatre; Disney’s Tarzan (Kerchak) at the Playmill Theatre; The Winter’s Tale (Antigonus), You Can’t Take it with You (Kolhenkov), and A BYU-Idaho Christmas with Brian Stokes Mitchell (Narrator) with BYU-Idaho.
He holds a BA in Theatre Performance from BYU-Idaho and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching through Idaho State University. He has spent the last two years working as an elementary music teacher in Blackfoot, Idaho. “Much love to Dave, Amelia, Danielle, and Susan!”
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Making his HCT debut! Ryland has worked with several theater companies in Utah and around the United States, including The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York; Tuacahn Amphitheater in Ivins, Utah. He is currently studying Musical Theatre at UVU. “Special thanks to Mom, Dad, and all those who have supported me thus far.”
Woman 1/Hannah/Bowery Beauty
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage! Emily’s favorite credits include Singin’ in the Rain with HCT; Bright Star,Matilda The Musical and Sister Act with HCTO; and The Drowsy Chaperone, Disney’s Tarzan, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with SCERA. She is currently attending BYU for a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in dance.
She works as a dance teacher/choreographer with Hive Dance Company, Scera Center for the Arts, and Ultimate Dance Experience. “I am so grateful to David and Adam for the opportunity to be a part of such a fun story.”
Maren Bills Miller
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Making her HCT debut! Maren’s favorite credits include: The Sound of Music (Maria) with Timpanogos Community Theatre; Bright Star (Margot), Newsies (Buttons), Tuck Everlasting, and A Christmas Carol (Belle) with HCTO; and Young Ambassadors with BYU. She graduated from BYU with her BFA in Music Dance Theatre and works as a teacher and director of the Music Dance Theatre program at the American Leadership Academy (ALA) as well as the Administrator for the BFA Acting and MDT program at BYU. “Thank you to my sweet husband, Darrik, my family, and friends who continue to believe in me.”
Excited to be back on the HCT stage! Ellee’s favorite stage credits include: Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Andrina) with HCT; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle), The Count of Monte Cristo (Valentien), and Annie (Star To Be) with Tuacahn Amphitheater. She works as a performer at Tuacahn Amphitheater.
Performing credits for Anna include: Hello, Dolly!, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical with Hale Centre Theatre; Deseret Newsies (Katherine) and Nutcracker Men In Tights (Heather) with Desert Star Playhouse and with BYU Oklahoma! (Laurie), and Little Women (Amy).
Anna has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU and she is currently working toward her Master's in Dance Education and Choreography. She was a Cabaret finalist in the U.S. National Dancesport competition and worked with Open Jar Institute in New York City for their Broadway actors training program. She works as an Adjunct Jazz Dance faculty member with BYU, dance teacher at Utah COPA as well as a private vocal and piano instructor. “Thank you to my parents and husband, Jeremy, for all their support.”
Making her HCT debut! Mia is honored to share her talents with the Hale Centre audiences. Some of her favorite credits include: Cinderella with Sundance Summer Theatre and Godspell at BYU as well as performing with BYU’s Contemporary Dance Theatre. Mia earned a Dance BFA from BYU. “Slay the boots house down.”
Making her HCT debut! Maddie is thrilled to join the company of Newsies. Favorite credits include: 1820 The Musical (Original Cast Member/Associate Choreographer) and Fiddler on the Rood (Associate Choreographer) with BYU MainStage. Maddie graduated from BYU with a BFA in Dance.
Swing 3 (Smalls, Spot Conlon, Jo Jo/Darcy, Buttons)
Making her HCT debut! Mariah is excited to join the HCT family with this production of Newsies. Favorite credits include: Godspell (Assistant Choreographer) with BYU as well as performing for three years with BYU”s Contemporary Dance Theatre Company. She recently graduated from BYU as a Dance Major Graduate and was also presented with an All-Around Excellence Award.
Production Team Biographies
David Paul Smith has directed for Hale Center Theater Orem, Hale Centre Theatre, SCERA, American Fork Youth Theater, as well as other youth theater programs around Utah Valley. Some of his most recent directing credits include Disney’s Descendants, School of Rock, Mary Poppins, My Son Pinocchio, Sister Act, Guys & Dolls, The Drowsy Chaperone, AIDA, The Sound of Music, Singin’ in the Rain, Seussical The Musical, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He most recently appeared on stage as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain, Jervis Pendleton in Daddy Long Legs, and as Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet with HCT.
He also performs with American Performing Arts International in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He currently works for the Hale Centre Theatre as Director of Education and Associate Resident Director. He also composes original musicals for children, some of which include The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Three Little Pigs, The Untold Story of the Tortoise and the Hare, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Peter Pan’s Great Adventure, Alice in Wonderland, Little Red, The Velveteen Rabbit, A Christmas Carol (HCTO), and a new full-length musical called Blink. He also writes the original productions performed by HCT’s Story Weavers. “I’m so grateful for the chance I have to tell important, powerful stories, in this beautiful space. Thank you, HCT!”
Every door that has been opened in Adam’s career has been the result of heavenly help magnifying effort and enthusiasm. He currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance at BYU, teaching coursework in Contemporary Technique, Dance and Spiritual Conditioning, Career Trajectory,
Aerial Dance, and Partnering. You may have seen Adam’s choreography in recent performances by BYU performing groups Kinnect, Contemporary Dance Theatre, Young Ambassadors, or mainstage productions such as Fiddler on the Roof & Godspell. Adam was fortunate to be involved in the creation of the original 1820 The Musical and also choreograph Footloose & Cinderella for Sundance Summer Theatre. His absolute favorite part of these experiences has been the people he’s been able to create with, students, staff, and fellow faculty alike! Before joining the faculty at BYU, career highlights included the opportunity to create and direct a groundbreaking aquatic theatre show for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines titled HiRO and perform on Broadway and in large-scale water-based cirque shows as an acrobat, aerialist, and dancer.
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 Hello, Dolly!, Titanic The Musical,Disney’s The Little Mermaid,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.
Susan was born and raised in Irvine, California, and holds a BA in Stage Management from Brigham Young University. Her recent credits include: Production Stage Manager of Hello, Dolly!, See How They Run,The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Light in the Piazza, One for the Pot, The Secret Garden, Les Miserables,Bright Star and Disney’s Tarzan at Hale Centre Theatre; Stage Manager for Gentri's Christmas Tour in 2021 and 2022; Production Assistant of Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl; Production Stage Manager for Utah Vocal Arts Academy’s Don Giovanni; and Assistant Stage Manager of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Noorda Center for the Arts, Sundance Summer Theatre’s Oklahoma!.
Susan received the National Stage Management Fellow award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2019. Susan currently teaches Stage Management at Brigham Young University and is a member of USITT and SMA. Susankupferer.com
Jenn’s work was most recently seen as the Scenic Designer for Hans Christian Andersen in New York, See How They Run, The Light in the Piazza,One for the Pot, The Mousetrap, Bright Star, The Addams Family, Freaky Friday, and Steel Magnolias. Recent costume design credits for HCT: Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls,The Wizard of Oz, and Aida. Other Scenic Designs for HCT include The Nerd, A Bundle of Trouble, Big River, Beau Jest, Over the River and Through the Woods, Is He Dead?,The Foreigner, The 39 Steps, and The Game’s Afoot.
Jenn has also done scenic design for Utah State Theater’s Lincoln Center’s KCACT award-winning design for Sweeney Todd, Mad Woman of Chailott, and lighting designer for Love's Labour's Lost, Utah Lyric’s The Foreigner, Sandy City’s Hairspray, and Park City’s Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, Trailer Park, and many more. Jenn has a BFA from the U of U in Theatre Design and an MFA from Utah State in Scenic Design. Jenn has been with HCT for ‘nigh on 21 years.’ “A special thanks to my family, who help me every day to continue my passion in theatre design. A special thanks to Isaac, who thinks I’m the best designer in the world...you’re sweet.”
Previous HCT Costume Design credits include Hello, Dolly!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, 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/Video Design
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: Hello, Dolly!, Titanic The Musical,Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Lucky Stiff, Singin’ in the Rain, School of Rock, One For The Pot, A Christmas Carol 2021, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Secret Garden, A Tale of Two Cities, Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Hale Centre Theatre); The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance Summer Theatre, Utah); Eleemosynary (The Brooks, California); The King’s Men, Private Ear, Hedda Gabler, The Weird Play (Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Utah); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Romeo & Juliet (Noorda Center for the Performing Arts, Utah); This Bird of Dawning (Regent Street Black Box, Utah). Jaron sits on the Board of Directors for the Intermountain Desert Region of the United States Institute of Theatre Technology-the association for performing arts and entertainment professionals-and is a nominee for its Rising Star Award. He has been a lecturer at Utah Valley University and the resident designer and technical director at the Waterford School.
Michelle has always loved telling stories. Being Native Hawaiian has helped her gain experience in events from a young age. She decided to dive into finding out more about sound and how it functions. This path led her to her MFA in Sound for the Performing Arts from Purdue University.
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 with many local performers in multiple states. Michelle loves theater and being able to use sound to help tell the story. She currently serves as the Associate Sound Commissioner of the United States Institute of Theater Technology (USITT) and is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA). She'd like to say: “Thank you to my outstanding sound team and all of your hard work!”
Michelle is extremely passionate about details, research, beautiful and interesting “things,” anything to do with flowers and opening packages. She recently designed her 103rd with our production of Hello, Dolly!. Some of her other favorite designs have included The Drowsy Chaperone, Over The River...,Les Misérables, Tuck Everlasting, My Fair Lady, AIDA, A Tale of Two Cities, Cinderella, Silent Sky, and She Loves Me.
She retired from teaching first grade after 32 years. Michelle is thrilled to be part of the HCT production team and is grateful for the encouragement and support of her three beautiful daughters, two charming sons-in-law, and her amazing husband, Steve.
Hair & Make Up Design
Some of Trisha’s favorite designs for HCT include: School of Rock, Guys and Dolls, Murder on the Orient Express, Million Dollar Quartet, 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. “Thank you to the best wig crew in the business; you guys make it all happen! Special thanks to Krissa, Candice, and Marnee' you are a million! All my love to Mr. & Mrs. People."
Nick is thrilled to return to HCT and join the amazing production team responsible for bringing this production to life! Recent HCT credits include: Hello Dolly!, Titanic the Musical, Disney’s the Little Mermaid, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Singin’ in the Rain, School of Rock, Treasure Island, A Christmas Carol, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Secret Garden, and Guys & Dolls.
Outside of HCT, Nick works for Disney Live Entertainment based in Orlando, FL as a Senior Show Control Designer, designing & programming complex show control & automation systems for live entertainment productions as well as various attractions such as: Fantasmic!, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and the Fireworks Spectaculars.