Lightboard Operators: Emma Belnap, Renee Fowler, Colin Skip Wilson
Sound Engineers: Michelle Ohumukini, Kristen Tenney
Audio 2: Richelle Ohumukini, Tiffany Parker
Stage Technicians: Ben Dickson, Nathan Gallegos, Kyle Hess, Gabriel Lopez, McKenzie Maag, Anton Moss, Josh Sheen, Noah Sheen, Josh Shipley, Lee Wright
Follow Spots: Devon Barney, Olivia Brough, Savanah Harman, Jill Heiner, Lucas Jessop, Taite Morgan, Steven Nordfors, Kevin Ostler, Jeff Parkes, Rebecca Perkins, Joanne Phillips, Robin Safeer, Michael Shipley, Kyle Trivett, Kirk Wilson, Duane Woodruff
Wardrobe Dressers: Kyla Johnson, Camie Jones, Paige Kuntz, Chris Lancaster, Nick Marsella, Thomas Moore, Akemi Nakashima, Courteney Shipley, Jillian Terry, Kennedy Velasquez, Michelle Walling, Rochelle Zibetti
Hair and Makeup Dressers: Sarah Bult, Jayada Hodges, Claire Jones, Daniel Perez, Marnee’ Porter, Tori Valdez
Child Attendants: Mickey Beyer, Brianna Packard, Andrea Rigby
Francis Hodgeson Burnett’s novel The Secret Garden was originally released between 1910 and 1911 as a serialization in The American Magazine.
The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young orphan girl who brings life and love back to the world of her widowed uncle Archie. With its poetic imagery and proverbial themes of grief, renewal, nature and the healing power of love, this seemingly simple tale immediately resonated with it’s Edwardian readers. Soon after its publication as a complete novel in 1911, it quickly became one of the most popular pieces in the canon of literature for young readers.
Over a century later The Secret Garden continues to be ranked as one of the greatest books ever written for children. In 2012 it ranked No. 15 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal. In many schools across the globe it remains required reading for students from elementary school through young adulthood.
In addition to its multiple republishings, it has been reimagined in numerous film and stage adaptations, including this 1991 musical version with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon (sister of singer Carly Simon).
Though some of the historic elements of the story have been recently criticized when viewed through a contemporary lens (particularly the selective memory of British Colonialism and class distinctions), others have argued that the character Mary’s selfish entitlement at the beginning of the novel is actually the author’s criticism of the very same things. In the novel, young Mary’s journey to understanding that all life and nature and people are connected and must be nurtured equally may be proof that Francis Hodgeson Burnett was subtly but clearly ahead of her time. Perhaps this is part of the enduring, universal power of this work.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
— Dave Tinney
Synopsis of Scenes
Opening – India, The Library at Misselthwaite Manor, A Train Platform in Yorkshire, The Door at Misselthwaite Manor, Mary’s Room, The Gallery
There is a Girl
The House Upon a Hill
I Heard Someone Crying
Lily, Fakir, Mary, Archibald, Dr. Neville Craven, Mrs. Medlock, Ensemble
Scene 1 – Mary’s Room
A Fine White Horse
Mary, Martha, Ayah
Scene 2 – The Ballroom
A Girl in the Valley
Mary, Archibald, Lily, Dr. Neville Craven, Rose, Ensemble
Scene 3 – In the Maze, The Greenhouse, The Edge of the Moor
••• Understudy for Archibald Craven - Justin Bills
••• Understudy for Neville Craven - Landon Horton
••• Understudy for Martha - Lauren Pope
••• Understudy for Lily Craven - Jessica Sundwall Hudson
••• Understudy for Dickon - Jimmy Henderson
••• Understudy for Colin Craven - TBD
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Kelsey is excited to be back on the HCT stage, her most recent role was that of Young Eponine in this season’s production of Les Misérables. Her Hale Center Theater Orem credits include: Blink (Young Sarah), Matilda (Matilda Wormwood), and A Christmas Carol (Little Fan/Carol Cratchit/Want).
Kelsey is a 7th grader who studies MDT with COPA, and shines light and laughter as the middle child to 2 older brothers and twin younger sisters. “Big Thanks to my Mom who has always been there for me Rain or Shine.”
Honored to be back on the Centre Stage; Olivia was recently seen as Young Eponine in this season’s production of Les Misérables. Her other HCT credits include Little Fan/Harriet Cratchit/Want in 2020’s A Christmas Carol, Lee Lee in 2017’s A Bundle of Trouble and Hortensia in Matilda.
This 4th grader works hard doing ballet, reading, playing games with her family and helping Mom and Dad out however she can. “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities” - Albus Dumbledore
Recently seen as Young Tarzan in 2020’s Tarzan Blake’s credits also include: HCT - Freaky Friday (Fletcher); HCTO- Matilda (Bruce) and Newsies (Les); and SCERA- The Wizard of Oz (Munchkin). Blake is a 7th grader who sings with Rise Up Children’s Choir and Amplify Choir, loves to play baseball and guitar, and hang out with his friends and family.
“Thank you Dave, Kelly, Sally, Mark, and Susan, for this opportunity to do what I love on this incredible stage. It feels like a gift every single night! And thanks to my talented siblings for always pushing me to be better!”
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Toby is honored to be returning to the HCT stage for such a special production. Previous shows at Hale include Tarzan (Young Tarzan), My Son Pinocchio (Pinocchio), Freaky Friday (Fletcher), and A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim). TV/Film credits include Darling Companion and Mosaic, commercials for IHC, Go Hibernate, and the Church of Jesus Christ, as well as a handful of music videos with Gentri, RUCC, and himself.
This 11 year old is also an award winning hip hop dancer, skilled gymnast, gifted athlete, and talented artist. Toby dedicates all his performances to his big brother Collin (1998-2011).
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Keith is delighted to be back on the HCT stage. His favorite HCT credits include - Bright Star (Jimmy Ray Dobbs), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Percy Blakeney), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Ghost: The Musical (Sam Wheat), and Catch Me If You Can (Frank Abegnale, Jr.) as well as In The Heights (Benny)at Hale Center Theatre Orem.
Keith earned his BA and MA from BYU and works as the Choir Director at West Jordan High School. “For my sweetheart Adrianne and our little buddy Link.”
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Quinn was recently seen in our recent production of Les Misérables. Other HCT credits include: Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical (Wally Strand), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), The Heart of Robin Hood (Robert Summen), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam Pontipee), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), and The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis).
He also travels nationally with the Party Rock Project. Quinn has an Undergraduate Degree in Music and a Master’s in Business from USU and is currently the VP & Executive Director for HCT. “I am grateful to my family for putting up with my love of performing.”
Brittany’s credits include: HCT - A Tale of Two Cities (Lucie Manette); WVC Arts - Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Armelia); BYU - l'Elisir d'Amore (Adina); in addition, she was a featured performer for Governor Herbert's annual Gala, and was a featured soloist at The Stadium of Fire in 2016. She has a bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from BYU and works as an Actress, Model, Singer and Aesthetician.
"I never thought I would do musical theater; however, when I began rehearsing for my first show, I felt like my heart and soul had been cracked wide open, and now I am head over heels, madly in love with it!"
Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage, Lisa’s HCT credits include: Murder on the Orient Express, Phantom, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and Brigadoon. Other favorite credits include: HCTO - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Sense and Sensibility; University of Utah -
La Traviata and L’elisir d’amore; Novafeltria, Italy - Dialoghi delle Carmelitane and La Musica Lirica; and Savior of the World. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance (Indiana University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance (University of Utah). When not on stage, she is a voice-over actor and voice teacher.
Making her HCT debut! Erica’s credits include: UVU - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Marcy Park), Urinetown The Musical (Little Becky Two Shoes), and I and You (Caroline); and Les Miserables as Eponine. She is currently getting her BFA in Musical Theater at UVU and an Associates in Dance
McKelle is excited to be back on the HCT stage; her credits include Les Miserables (Ensemble), Seussical (Mrs. Mayor), My Son Pinocchio (Rosa), A Bundle of Trouble, and Big River. She has appeared on many local stages, including Sundance Summer Theater, HCTO, UVU, SCERA, and various arts councils.
Her favorite roles include: LittleWomen, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, She Loves Me, and The Drowsy Chaperone. McKelle has her BFA in Musical Theatre (UVU) and works as a teacher and makeup artist. “Thank you to my wonderful family for the constant love and support; I love you guys.”
Bryan is thrilled to be making his HCT debut! Some of his favorite credits include Little Women (Theodore Laury Laurence II), West Side Story (Tony), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Zebulon).
Bryan is currently studying Film Production at SLCC and is Vice President of Luminaire Theatre Company (@luminairetheatreco), whose mission is to give opportunities to young adults to get involved in all aspects of theatre productions. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky” - Michael Scott
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Delighted to be returning to HCT, audiences will remember Ben as Bert in last year’s production of Mary Poppins. HCT credits include: Seussical, An American in Paris, Beauty and the Beast, Big River, The Little Mermaid, Catch Me If You Can, and our 2014 production of Mary Poppins.
He is currently a Senior at BYU in the Music Dance Theatre program. “Ay, Op! Big thanks for HCT and the continuous support from Family and Friends!”
Dr. Neville Craven
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Audiences will remember Kelton as Charles Darnay in this year’s A Tale of Two Cities; his other HCT credits include Murder on the Orient Express (Samuel Ratchett/James Arbuthnot), 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. Kelton holds a BA in Media Arts from BYU and works as a Multimedia Manager with BYU Enrollment Services. “This one’s for you, Emilie and Nellie!”
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Alex is thrilled to be back on the HCT stage; he was recently seen in our production of A Tale of Two Cities as Gaspard. Other notable credits include: HCT - The Pirate Queen; Pleasant Grove Players - She Loves Me (Georg); Midvale Main Street Theater - Daddy Long Legs; HCTO - Jane Eyre; Tuacahn - Les Misérables.
Alex holds MS and BS degrees in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley and BYU, respectively. He teaches physics and engineering at American Heritage School and maintains a private structural engineering practice. “Keizoku wa chikara nari”.
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Since its opening, Mark has spent most of his time doing shows at Hale Center Theatre Orem - even performing with founder Ruth and Nathan Hale in the early years. He’s enjoyed a long list of notable characters from Bob Cratchit to Professor Higgins and many in between. His recent credits include Emma: The Musical (Mr. Woodhouse) at HCTO and Tarzan (Porter) at HCT.
A graduate in education from BYU, Mark taught 4th grade for 30 years and is now spending his retirement continuing his work as a children’s librarian at the Orem Public Library. “Bloom where you’re planted.”
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Jeff is excited to be back at HCT, having performed previously as Uncle Fester in The Addams Family. His credits include: HCT - Newsies (Mr. Wiesel), Ragtime (Grandfather) and She Loves Me (Ladislav);
HCTO - Into the Woods and Betty Blue Eyes; and The Pleasant Grove Players - The Boys Next Door and You Can’t Take It With You. He has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from The University of Minnesota and an MBA from BYU, where he is a Professor of Public Management.
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Jayne was most recently seen on the HCT stage in Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Her credits include: HCT - The Addams Family, Steel Magnolias and Sister Act; HCTO - The Importance of Being Earnest, The Addams Family and In the Heights; Creekside Theatre Festival - Pride and Prejudice;
PTC - The Producers and In the Heights-concert version; The Grand Theater - The Full Monty, The Glass Menagerie, and Trip to Bountiful; SLAC - Kimberly Akimbo; Plan-B - Facing East; and Walk-Ons, Inc. - Driving Miss Daisy. “Wow! We get to do and see live theatre again!”
Linda Jean Stephenson
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Thrilled to be back on the HCT stage; Her favorite credits include: A Tale of Two Cities, Murder on the Orient Express, Steel Magnolias, Tuck Everlasting, Don’t Drink The Water, Is He Dead?, Arsenic and Old Lace, Oliver!, Noises Off, My Fair Lady spanning HCT, 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 over 20 years. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
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Excited to be back on the HCT stage, Lauren was most recently seen in this season’s production of Les Misérables. Additional stage credits include: Belle/Laundress (A Christmas Carol) at HCT; Belle (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) at Scera Outdoor Theatre; and Ariel (The Little Mermaid) at HCTO. Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from BYU.
Our audiences will remember Jessica as Lucie Manette in A Tale of Two Cities. Her favorite stage credits include: Les Misérables (Cosette) and A Christmas Carol (Belle/Laundress) with HCT; Little Women (Meg/Clarissa) with HCTO; The King-Final Hours (Priscilla Presley) in NYC; and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle).
Jessica has a BFA from BYU in Music Dance Theatre. “Many thanks to my husband and family that lets me do what I love!”
Captain Albert Lennox
Dr. Ryan Shepherd
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Making his HCT debut! Ryan comes to HCT with an impressive resume including CATS (Skimbleshanks), Beauty and the Beast (Young Prince/Doormat), and West Side Story (Riff) on Broadway and on National Tours and regional favorites such as Singin’ In the Rain (Cosmo), Shrek (Lord Farquaad), The Music Man (Harold Hill), Mary Poppins (Bert), and A Christmas Carol (Scrooge).
He was part of the BYU Young Ambassadors and worked at Walt Disney World. Ryan has a BFA in MDT from BYU and a DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He works as a dentist and owns several dental practices.
Justin is glad to be back on the Centre Stage! Recently in this season’s production of A Tale of Two Cities, other favorite credits include: on stage with HCT - Phantom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Music Man; the musical director with HCTO - Thoroughly Modern Millie, Tuck Everlasting, Newsies, Anything Goes, Les Misérables, and Hello, Dolly!.
He proudly holds a Masters of Music from BYU and has served as Director of Choirs at Salem Hills High School for 14 years. “Thank you to Mark and Sally, Dave, Kelly, and this tremendous cast! So much love to my wonderful family for supporting me!”
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Making his HCT debut! Daron’s favorite credits include Big River with the Terrace Plaza Playhouse. He has a BS and MBA in Information Systems from Utah State University. He works as a Technical Director at Health Catalyst.
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Making his HCT Debut! Nathan is honored to be a part of this production of The Secret Garden. Other favorite stage credits include: The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Parade (Young Soldier), Jane Eyre (St. John Rivers), and The Secret Garden (Fakir).
Nathan holds a Bachelors of Integrated Studies (Music, Art, and Honors Studies) from Weber State University and works for KIHOMAC, Inc. as a Graphic Design Manager. “It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from.” C.S. Lewis.
Making her debut on the Hale Centre Theatre Stage! Amishi is an accomplished vocalist. She lends talents to A&A Bollypop - mashup covers of popular Bollywood and American Pop songs, which can be found on YouTube. “You must do the things you think you cannot do” - Eleanor Roosevelt
A fresh face to Hale Centre Theatre; Aarushi is thrilled to be a part of the company of The Secret Garden. She is currently a Junior at The University of Utah, majoring in Biology, and sings a combination of Indian Classical and Western Pop music. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
Lt. Peter Wright
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Recently seen in our production of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical;other favorite performing credits include: HCT - The Addams Family, An American in Paris, The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Music Man; Murray Arts Council- Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Enoch Snow (Carousel) and Louis (West Side Story); and BYU International Folk Dance Ensemble Touring Company;
Director/Choreography credits include: Murray Arts Council - Joseph...Dreamcoat. Michael has a BS in Family Studies from BYU, and an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Hawaii, Mãnoa. He works as a Theatre teacher at American Preparatory Academy and serves as Director/Choreographer with American Fork Youth Theater.
Thrilled to be on the HCT stage once again, Josh was recently part of our production of Les Misérables. Other favorite credits include: Hale Centre Theatre - Tarzan; Ziegfeld Theatre - Bright Star; 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.
Lt. Ian Shaw
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Christian’s favorite stage credits include: Hale Centre Theatre- Bright Star (Man 2/Dr. Nordquist), Cinderella, and The Music Man (Marcellus Washburn); Lyric Repertory Company-Big River (Tom Sawyer), Charlotte’s Web (Wilbur); Good Company Theatre: Pirated! (Sgt. Wetzel); CPT: Holiday Inn (Ted Hanover) and West Side Story (Diesel); WSU: Sunday in the Park With George (George).
He holds a BA from Weber State University in Musical Theatre and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration and works with USPS. “Every now and then, it’s a good idea to pause in the pursuit of happiness to just be happy” - Guillaume
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Excited to be back on the HCT stage, Jimmy’s favorite credits include: HCT - Freaky Friday (Wells); BYU - Rump (Frederick); Covey Center - Ordinary Days (Warren); and has been part of the BYU Young Ambassadors since 2019.
He is a Senior in the Music Dance Theatre BFA program at BYU. “I believe it is the responsibility of entertainers to act as positive forces in the world; to bring light into dark places.”
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Landon’s Hale Centre credits include Les Misérables,TheScarlet Pimpernel, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Other credits include: Beverly’s Terrace Plaza Playhouse - Jekyll and Hyde (Dr. Jekyll/ Mr. Hyde), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), Footloose (Ren McCormick); and Centerpoint Legacy Theater in Hairspray.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from USU and a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from Weber State University. Landon works as a Program Manager of the Melanoma Disease Center at Huntsman Cancer Institute. “To my amazing wife who always supports me in my endeavors, I love you!”
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Carson was recently seen in our production of Les Misérables. Other credits include: Hale Centre Theatre- Bright Star (Dr. Nordquist/Ensemble), Cinderella (Fox/Footman), Les Misérables (Courfeyrac), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Father Dupin); BYU-The Count of Monte Cristo (Mr. Morrell), a U.S. Premier!
Carson studied in the MDT Program at BYU with additional studies at BYU and works as a Web Developer. “Thank you to Mark, Sally, Dave, Kelly, and Susan!”
Andrew returns to our stage with an impressive list of credits including RENT, West Side Story, AIDA, The Little Mermaid, Once On This Island, and Brigadoon with experience spanning theatres all over Utah and Northern California. When not on stage he works in Customer Service at Shop Hero. “No day but today and live life with no regrets, Love is Love and smile every day.
Making his HCT debut, Nathan comes to us with an exciting list of credits including In the Heights (Usnavi), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Charlie Brown), and Hairspray (Edna Turnblad). He is studying Music Dance Theater at Brigham Young University.
Claire Wilkins Kenny
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Claire’s stage credits include: HCT- The Play That Goes Wrong (Sandra/Florence Colleymoore), 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). 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."
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Michelle is thrilled to be returning to the HCT stage. Her HCT credits include: Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks), Cinderella (Marie), An American In Paris (Madame Baurel),Tuck Everlasting (Mae Tuck), Joseph…Dreamcoat (Mrs. Potiphar), Curtains (Georgia), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy), A Tale of Two Cities, Ragtime, Crazy For You, and The Pirates of Penzance.
Other favorite credits include Sunset Boulevard, and the U.S. professional premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s The Count of Monte Cristo, all at PTC. “Much love and many thanks to my family and friends, especially my husband and daughter, for your constant love and support.”
Making her HCT debut! Alicia’s credits include: Theaterworks - Anything Goes (Hope Harcourt); Mesa Encore Theatre - Into the Woods (Rapunzel); Arizona Regional Theatre - Songs for a New World (Ensemble); Flagstaff Music Theatre - Guys and Dolls (Adelaide); and Scottsdale Community College - Pippin (Fastrada).
Alicia has a degree in Piano Performance and is an award-winning music director in Phoenix community theatre. She works as a pianist for high schools, colleges, and churches throughout the Phoenix area. “Thank you to my family and all the villages that raised me for all your love and support. Enjoy the show!”
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Honored to be back on the Centre Stage; Stage credits for Jennifer include: HCT - Phantom (Fleure), The Scarlet Pimpernel, Beauty and The Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche), and The Pirates of Penzance (Mable); Desert Star Playhouse - Law and Disorder; Sandbox Productions - Little Shop of Horrors; HCT/Sundance - The Sound of Music.
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. She’s an Escrow assistant at Advanced Title and a Jazz singer with the Mixed Nuts Band. “Thank you to all my family fans for the years of love and support”
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On the HCT stage: ATale of Two Cities, Bright Star (Mama Murphy), Tuck Everlasting (Betsy Foster), A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit), The Heart of Robin Hood (Lady Falconbury), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Mrs. Hoallum), Big (Mrs. Baskin), Fiddler on the Roof (Shaindel), The Scarlet Pimpernel, and The Pirate Queen; SLAC: Saturday’s Voyeur 2019;
Grand Theatre Credits: Into the Woods (Witch) and The Full Monty; CPT Credits: Anything Goes, The Secret Garden, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Julie holds a BA in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and is currently a pianist for the U of U Theatre Department.
Joanna comes to our stage with an impressive list of credits, including the National Tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Charlotte), two seasons at Tuacahn, which included Sister Act (Sister Mary Patrick), Pioneer Theatre Company in Elf, as well as performances in Maldon, England in The Pirates of Penzance (Ruth) and 1776 as Abigail Adams.
She studied Acting and Directing at Utah State University and has worked behind the scenes at Hale Centre Theatre on numerous productions. “Big thanks to my exceptionally supportive family, especially my parents, to whom this and every performance is dedicated.”
Helena is making her HCT debut! Her favorite credits include Smile (Doria Hudson) with Stagedoor Manor, Songs for a New World (Ensemble) with the University of Utah, and Fun Home (Medium Alison) with Renegade Theatre Company.
She is a Junior in the Musical Theatre program at the University of Utah and works at Cafe Niche and YTU. “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” - James Baldwin
Aitana is excited to be back on the HCT Centre Stage! HCT credits include: this season’s A Tale of Two Cities and 2017’s AIDA. She graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Theatre Art Studies. She’s a Singer/Songwriter and was on Dinah Jane’s first tour as a music arranger and backup singer.
Production Team Biographies
For Hale Centre Theatre, Dave has previously directed Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, Disney’s Tarzan, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Bright Star, Seussical, The Addams Family, Cinderella, Matilda, An American in Paris, The Wizard of Oz, Wait Until Dark, Newsies, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, AIDA, The Heart of Robin Hood, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sister Act, The Pirate Queen, Peter and the Starcatcher, She Loves Me, Hello, Dolly!, The Drowsy Chaperone, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Zorro the Musical, and Oliver!,. He most recently appeared on stage as Carl Hanratty in HCT’s production of Catch Me If You Can.
He has also directed for BYU, UVU, Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in NY, Sundance Summer Theatre, and, one of his favorites, 110 in the Shade for HCT Orem starring Audra McDonald and Will Swenson. He received the national Outstanding Director of a Musical award from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. He works for HCT full-time as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education after being Artist in Residence in the Theatre Arts Department at Utah Valley University for nine years. “Thanks to Sally, Mark, Kelly, Susan, Kacey, Joy, Jaron, Dan, Bobby, Michelle, Krissa, and an awesome cast and crew...all brilliant! Also a special thanks to my family.”
Lindsey D. Smith
Lindsey D. Smith is excited to be on board at HCT with her last show being GUYS AND DOLLS (Assistant Choreographer). She spent 5 years as a Radio City Rockette where she toured to over 50 cities and kicked at Radio City Music Hall. At Walt Disney World, she is a choreographer for Disney Event Group and a teaching artist for the Disney Performing Arts Dance Program. As a performer, she danced in Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage, the seasonal Halloween production of Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and other special events.
Originally from Utah, Lindsey started her career at Hale Centre Theatre West Valley dancing in Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street, Crazy For You, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. She graduated from the University of Utah with her BFA in Modern Dance and relocated to the East Coast. Between NYC and Orlando, Lindsey has kept busy as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She was last seen on a Utah stage in Will Rogers Follies at Pioneer Theatre Company (where she previously danced in 42nd Street). Lindsey has choreographed for many corporate clients including: Disney, Walmart, Sherwin Williams, Farmer’s Insurance, and IAAPA. Most recently in Orlando, Lindsey has choreographed for the Garden Theatre, The Orlando Repertory Theatre, and the Orlando Fringe Festival. Some of her favorite musical theater projects include Hello, Dolly!, Tuck Everlasting, Matilda, and Guys and Dolls!
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 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 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 Les Miserables,Bright Star and Disney’s Tarzan at Hale Centre Theatre; Production Assistant of Into the Woods at the Hollywood Bowl; 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.
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
As an accomplished artist and associate Designer, Madeline’s work was recently seen in our productions of Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, Disney’s Tarzan, Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Lurhman’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Bright Star, Seussical, Matilda, and Cinderella.
Other scenic design credits include: Daddy Long Legs,Murder on the Orient Express (HCT); Oklahoma! (Sundance); Distance of the Moon (Sackerson); and Let The Right One In,and Angels in America (An Other Theatre). Madeline earned a Bachelor Of Fine Arts in Scenic Design from Utah Valley University.
Previous HCT Costume Design credits include 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.
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: 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 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 all over 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). “Thank you to the outstanding sound team and making life easier!”
Michelle is extremely passionate about details, research, beautiful and interesting “things,” anything to do with flowers, and opening packages. She recently designed her 80th show with our production of Guys and Dolls;
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 three beautiful daughters, two charming sons-in-law, and her amazing husband, Steve.
Hair & Make Up Design
Krissa has been with HCT for a number of years, and has designed hair and make-up for A Tale of Two Cities, Bright Star, Seussical, Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, An American in Paris, AIDA, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 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 UNBREAKABLE team in the wig shop. Thanks to HCT for giving me the opportunity to do what I love. Enjoy the show!!”
Previous HCT credits include Projection Designer for Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, Disney’s Tarzan, Murder on the Orient Express, Million Dollar Quartet, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Bright Star, Seussical, The Addams Family, Cinderella, Freaky Friday, Matilda and video content for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Daddy Long Legs.
Bobby studied video production at Utah Valley University. He owns and operates In Blue Productions, specializing 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. "Embrace the unknown and let life surprise you.
Nick was born and raised in San Diego, CA and began working professionally in live entertainment right out of high school for Carnival Cruise Lines. He then spent the last decade working for Disney Parks Live Entertainment designing and programming complex show control and automation systems for major productions and attractions such as Frozen, Live at the Hyperion, Fantasmic!, Disneyland Firework Spectaculars, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, & Star Wars Rise of the Resistance.
Outside of entertainment, Nick’s passion for aviation led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree while training to be commercial rated pilot and flight instructor. Having joined this fantastic company this year, Nick’s HCT credits include: Guys and Dolls. “It’s a true honor to work with such an amazing group of talented people here at HCT and I love every magical moment we create on stage”
September 13 – November 20
The World’s Longest Running Play! Having performed continuously on London’s West End since 1952, this is Agatha Christie at her finest! A young couple renovate an old monastery into a boarding house. Each visitor is salted with mystic. Add a murder in the nearby village … Add a powerful winter storm … Add the comedy of a well-conceived game and ‘Voila’ a mystery to die for! AND a mystery it remains as each onlooker is pledged not to reveal the culprit. A perfect thrill for a fall chill!
SORENSON LEGACY JEWEL BOX STAGE
November 8 – January 8
THRILL TO THE CAR THAT FLIES! ‘Oh, you pretty Chitty Bang Bang’! Come soar with the car that rattles, swims and flies as the whimsical adventures of Caractacus Potts, his darling children and the truly, Truly Scrumptious weave splendid adventures on HCT’s enchanted stage! The MGM movie made it timeless. London’s West End and Broadway made it sparkle anew. Based on Ian Fleming’s famous children’s book … the genius Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins) and Sams created the most fantasmigorical stage musical of all time! Book Early!