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When everything that can go wrong invariably does, don’t forget the famous saying, “The Show Must Go On!”
For many, 2020 was the year where everything that could have gone wrong, did. Now, more than ever, there is a need for this show-must-go-on mentality and, there isn’t a production that better embodies this mantra than “The Play That Goes Wrong.”
If there is a message to be found in this silly evening, it is that if these actors can persevere against insurmountable obstacles on stage, well then so can you! Like them, we too have to face the challenges we have been dealt head-on with grit and determination and, most importantly, not give up! Is life not going as you rehearsed it? No matter! Rewrite the script and get back out there for Act 2. Let these actors here tonight be a reminder that whatever life throws at you, just run with it. Your show must go on!
Bryan is no stranger to the HCT Stage. Previous credits include Million Dollar Quartet (Sam Phillips), Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Les Kendall), Wait Until Dark (Policeman), Cash on Delivery! (Eric Swan), The Nerd (Willum Cubbert), Is He Dead?(Millet/Daisy), The Foreigner (Charlie Baker), and Beau Jest (Bob/Dave).
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 endeavours. “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.''
Returning after a brief hiatus; Ben is thrilled to be back on the Hale Centre stage. Favorite HCT credits include: Is He Dead?, Beau Jest, The Nerd, Peter and the Starcatcher, and A Christmas Carol.
He has also performed at Pioneer Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Great American Melodrama (Oceano, CA), Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre. Ben holds a BA in Theatre and Performing Studies from UC Berkeley and studied at Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) Acting Program. “It’s such a treat to be back in Utah and back at HCT for a bit!”
Brandon is excited to be returning to the Hale Centre Theatre Jewel Box stage in this production of The Play That Goes Wrong after last being seen in our productions of Murder on the Orient Express (Ratchett/Colonel James Arbuthnot)and Cash on Delivery! (Norman McDonald).
Other favorite stage credits include the role of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre.
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Thrilled to be making his HCT debut, Dan claims he didn’t mean to audition, but took a wrong turn while trying to find our bathrooms. Most recently Dan has been sleeping through most of our rehearsal process and directing variety shows for the Playmill Theatre.
While living/working in NYC (primarily as a Co-Producer/Associate), his favorite projects include: The Prince of Egypt (West End), American Buffalo, Beetlejuice, The Cher Show, Indecent, Pippin (Broadway). Dan also spent 5 years with the Walt Disney Company in the US and Japan, most often portraying Captain Jack Sparrow. “This laugh is for you, Jacki! xo"
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Jeffrey was most recently seen in our production of Bright Star as Daryl Ames. Other HCT credits include Matilda,The Scarlet Pimpernel (The Prince of Wales/Robespierre), My SonPinocchio (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. “Thanks to my entire family for their love and support.''
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Ben is over the moon to return to Hale Centre Theatre as part of the company of The Play That Goes Wrong. Favorite performing credits include: HCT - Beau Jest (Joel), Over the River… (Nick), Peter and the Starcatcher (Smee), The Heart of Robin Hood (Much), and Newsies (Weisel);
HCTO - Matilda (Mr. Wormwood), Charley’s Aunt (Stephen Spettigue), The Odd Couple (Roy), Cash on Delivery! (Uncle George), and The Diary of Anne Frank (Mr. Dussel). Ben also worked at Walt Disney World as a Character Performer. “To Luana, Elliott., Oliver, and Atticus - I love you more each day than I ever thought possible”.
Making his HCT debut! Armando is thrilled to be joining the Hale Centre Family. Performing credits include: A Chorus Line (Paul) and Young Frankenstein (Dr. Frankenstein) with The Stage Door Theatre (St. George) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (LeFou) with St. George Musical Theatre.
Armando holds a BS in Bioinformatics from Dixie State University and is currently preparing to attend medical school. “Thank you to everyone that has given me an opportunity to perform and grow as an artist. I won’t let you down!”
Oba is grateful for the opportunity to be performing with Hale Centre Theatre again after last playing in our 2013 production of Ragtime. Oba has also performed at the House of Blues in New Orleans and sang the national anthem at the Utah Jazz Season opener. By day, he works as a recording artist, songwriter, and music producer.
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Recent HCT credits include Bright Star (Daddy Murphy), Seussical (General Gengus Khan Schmitz), The Wizard of Oz (Professor Marvel/Wizard of Oz), Cash onDelivery! (Dr. Chapman). CenterPoint Legacy Theatre: in 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).
He also appeared at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City in Noises Off (Lloyd). “Rule of Acquisition #44: Never confuse wisdom with luck”.
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Making his HCT debut! Geoff is excited to be playing on the Jewel Box Stage. Recent credits include: Blink (Jim), Felix Unger (The Odd Couple), Lionel Toop (See How They Run) with Hale Center Theater Orem.
“I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful cast and crew! Special thanks to family and friends for their continued love and support. Enjoy the show!”
Erin Royall Carlson
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A Hale Centre favorite; Erin is humbled to be back on the Jewel Box Stage. Stage credits incude: The Addams Family (Morticia), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Sibella), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marguerite), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly), and Big Fish (Sandra) with HCT;
The Bridges of Madison County (Francesca), The Kiss of the Spider Woman (Aurora), and The Last FIve Years (Cathy); Noises Off (Brooke), A Chorus Line (Cassie), Evita (Eva Peron), and Chicago (Velma Kelly) with the Egyptian Theatre. Erin is co-founder of Audition Advantage; she is a vocal instructor, personal trainer, DJ, luckiest wife, and Mommy of two.
Claire Wilkins Kenny
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Claire is delighted to be returning to the HCT stage. Stage credits include: HCT- Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Shirley Hastings)and The Addams Family (Alice Beineke); HCTO- Tuck Everlasting (Betsy Foster), and A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit).
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."
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Ali has worked at various theaters throughout Utah and lists some of her favorite roles as Alice in The Heart of Robin Hood, Joyce in Betty Blue Eyes, Baroness Bomburst in Chitty Chitty BangBang, Little Red in Into the Woods, Evelyn in Ragtime, Calliope in Xanadu, and Amy in Company. She attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy in NYC and works as a Montessori Preschool Teacher. “For my Muffin Man.”
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Returning to HCT; Amber is honored to be back on our stage. Favorite stage credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly Aster) at Hale Centre Theatre; Little Women (Beth March) and The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank) at Hale Center Theater Orem. Amber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Costume Design from UVU. “I’d like to thank my family, my friends, and most of all my cats”.
Henry, Henry, and Jonathan met while training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). All core members of Mischief Theatre, they had already worked in comedy together for several years before they started out as a writing team. The three’s first piece was THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (winner – Best New Comedy – Olivier Awards and What’s On Stage Awards).
The show started out on the London and Edinburgh fringe before touring the UK and internationally and then returning to the West End in September 2014, where it is still running. It's also playing on Broadway and heading out on a US tour in 2018 and has been performed in over 20 other countries around the world. PETER PAN GOES WRONG was the trio’s second piece, opening in November 2014 for a UK tour before a hugely successful West End season in Christmas 2015. Henry, Henry, and Jonathan recently adapted the script of PETER PAN GOES WRONG for the BBC, which was filmed with the original West End cast and broadcast to rave reviews on New Year’s Eve. They were invited back to wreak more havoc at the BBC in 2017 with CHRISTMAS CAROL GOES WRONG on BBC1. THE COMEDY ABOUT A BANK ROBBERY marks their third writing project as a trio and earned them another Olivier Nomination.
Ryan Simmons is a familiar performer on our stages, most recently starring as The Cat in The Hat in Seussical The Musical last season. On the HCT stage he has also played Matilda (Mr. Wormwood), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere) and the title role in The Nerd in both our 2016 and 2006 productions. Ryan studied directing at BYU and has staged numerous productions in New York, Utah, Seattle and Montana. Some of Ryan's work will be produced later this year at the United Solo Festival in New York City.
Brad is happy to be back at HCT and doing a little fight choreography. He has choreographed numerous fight scenes for productions at HCT such as The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Pirate Queen, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, Zorro the Musical and No Time for Sergeants. Centerpoint Legacy Theatre for The Scarlet Pimpernel, Man of La Mancha and Guys and Dolls, as well as other venues throughout the state of Utah. He’s so grateful for the love and support of his family.
Jess is thrilled to be at the helm of The Play That Goes Wrong. Other HCT credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Phantom,Steel Magnolias and Matilda. Other favorite credits from California and Utah theatres 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 Premier of Edison & Tesla: An Original Musical. She wants to thank her boys, who give up so much for her to keep doing theatre and never stop supporting her.
Jenn Stapley Taylor
Jenn’s work was most recently seen as the Scenic Designer for Bright Star, The Addams Family, Freaky Friday, and Steel Magnolias. Recent costume design credits for HCT: 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.”
Michael is the resident lighting designer at Hale Centre Theatre. He lists as some of his favorite lighting designs: Next to Normal for Utah Valley University and the Los Angeles Theater Center, which won Outstanding Lighting Design as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, as well as Big Fish the Musical, The Heart of Robin Hood, AIDA, Newsies, Cinderella, Phantom, and Seussical for HCT. "I have the best dogs in the world. Change my mind."
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!”
Michelle is extremely passionate about details, research, beautiful and interesting “things,” anything to do with flowers, and opening packages. She recently designed her 71st show for HCT with A Christmas Carol 2020. 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 recently retired from teaching first grade after 32 years.
Michelle is thrilled to be part of the HCT production team and is grateful for the encouragement and support of her three beautiful daughters, two charming sons-in-law, and her amazing husband, Steve.
Peggy has designed & sewn for HCT since 2005. She lists some of her favorite designs as Heart of Robin Hood, Peter and the Starcatcher, Big Fish, Tarzan, Les Miserables, The Civil War, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, Aida (2006), Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Matilda.
Peggy enjoys the design process but also loves stepping back to be a “sewing/crafting gremlin” in the costume shop. Peggy holds a BFA in Costume Design for Theatre from USU and currently works full-time in HCT’s Costume Shop. “Love and thanks to my family for their enthusiasm and support when my theatre world engulfs the real one!”
Hair & Make Up Design
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!"
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Tony Award Winner! Classic Broadway at its best! A famous movie starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra! New York City, 1950 … Sarah Brown, a fervent soldier for the ‘Save a Soul’ mission, tries to reform a rowdy bunch of underground thugs and gamblers. A game of chance—then love sneaks in! Fabulous tunes… Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat … Luck Be a Lady … Jaw-dropping talent! Show-stopping dance! Brilliant costumes, sets and lights —all on HALE’s world-class Centre Stage. By Loesser, Swerling and Burrows. A Theatrical Delight!
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