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Monday, Wednesday, Friday* Cast

*This cast also performs the 11:00am & 2:00p.m. Saturday performances. Please note we can never guarantee a performer (especially for weekday matinees), an actor may change with their double or understudy at any time.

Stephen Kerr

Ebenezer Scrooge

Stephen’s list of stage credits is long and spans numerous theatres across the state. For HCT, he has played Man in the Yellow Suit in Tuck Everlasting, Pap Finn in Big River, Dubhdara O’Malley in The Pirate Queen, Thernardier in Les Misérables, Lord Scrumptious/Toymaker in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barsad in A Tale of Two Cities, and Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for the past seven years. Other favorite roles include Miguel de Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, King Arthur in Camelot, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls.

Spencer Bean

Charles Dickens/Scrooge's Nephew Fred

Spencer is excited to join Hale Centre Theatre for another season of A Christmas Carol. Previous stage credits include: HCTO-Peter and the Starcatcher, Peter Pan, Into the Woods; HCT- A Christmas Carol 2015 & 2016. Spencer graduated from BYU with his Masters of Information Systems and he, along with his wife Lizzy, manages their own companies Stitch People and The Waterford Puzzle Company.

Anthony Lovato

Bob Cratchit

Anthony is celebrating his 10th year in HCT’s production of A Christmas Carol! As a full time actor, you may recognize him from the feature film Twice The Dream that played in Megaplex Theaters earlier this year or as The Science Teacher in Dwight in Shining Armor on BYUtv. Anthony also has voiced 10 audio books that are available on Audible and Amazon. “Love to my Kiddo & Noah boy for always cheering me on.” “An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself” - Charles Dickens.

Mandi Barrus

Mrs. Cratchit

HCT audiences will remember Mandi from her performances as Carlotta in Phantom, Rosa in Ghost, and Kate in A Christmas Carol. Most recently, she appeared as Maddalena in Rigoletto at Teatro Sociale in Italy, as Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte at Utah Lyric Opera, Mere Marie in Dialogues des Carmelites, and Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti with Lyric Opera Ensemble. She recently graduated with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts from BYU-Idaho. She is self-employed as a voice teacher at Barrus Bella Voce. “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”

Ric Starnes

Marley's Ghost/Undertaker/Ghost of Christmas Future

Ric is thrilled to return to Hale Centre Theatre and this production of A Christmas Carol working with this amazing cast and production team. Recent HCT credits include Joseph Pulitzer in NEWSIES, Tuck Everlasting as Constable Joe, Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, Maurice in Beauty and The Beast, Abe Goldman in Beau Jest, and Mr. Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol. HCTO credits include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Big Fish. “I hope each of you will find the joy this season can bring by taking this journey of redemption with us.  My love and thanks to my wife for her support and love.” 

Jackie Spendlove

Ghost of Christmas Past/Turkey Boy

Jackie is celebrating her 4th year in our production of A Christmas Carol, having played Ghost of Christmas Past in 2017 & 2018 and Little Fan/Harriet Cratchit/Want in 2016. Other credits include Anna in Frozen Jr. and Cinderella in Cinderella, Jr. at the Midvale Main Street Theater.  Jackie is also a member of HCT’s OnStage Children's Choir and One Voice Children’s Choir. “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.”

Jonathan Fifield

Ghost of Christmas Present/Old Joe/Poulterer

Jonathan was last seen on our stage in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other HCT credits include Peter and the Starcatcher, a show he also performed in at HCTO. Other favorite roles include The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol from 2014-2017, and Grantaire in Les Misérables, also at HCT Orem. “I would like to thank my family and friends who continue to support my acting, particularly my mom, who still believes that I’m the best looking guy on stage. Thanks for your love and support.”

Jared Dunn

Solicitor 1/Mr. Fezziwig

Past HCT credits include A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, The Heart of Robin Hood, Big River, Beau Jest, Over The River and Through The Woods, A Tale of Two Cities, Annie Get Your Gun, The Civil War, The Slipper and the Rose, and 1776. Promised Valley Playhouse credits include Patience, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mr. Roberts, and The Pirate of Penzance. Jerry has a B.A. from BYU in Musical Theater and is currently a Supervisor with Maximus Federal. “Thank Heaven Scrooge isn’t the only one given second chances at becoming a better person”.

Christian Lackman

Solicitor 2/Party Guest/Octet Tenor 1

Returning to the HCT stage, Christian was previously seen in last season’s production of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Previous credits include: Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two Cities, Grantaire in Les Misérables, Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Pilot in The Little Mermaid. He is an IT Project Manager for Podium and is a part-time Voice Actor for hire. “Special shout out to Dan, without whom I wouldn’t be here. Thanks for believing in me, and to my parents for not missing a single show. Love you guys.”

Lori Rees

Mrs. Fezziwig/Charwoman

Lori was last seen on our stage in Freaky Friday, Miss Shingle in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Aunt Alexandra in To Kill a Mockingbird, and in the Ensemble of Les Misérables. Other credits include Donna in Mamma Mia at Terrace Plaza Playhouse, Fosca in Passion, and Marie Antoinette in Marie Antoinette at Good Company Theatre, Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5, The Witch in Into the Woods, and Grandma in The Addams Family at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theatre from Weber State. “All of my love to Dave, Jack, and Matt.”

Alexander Vaughn


Alexander is thrilled to return to the HCT stage. Previous HCT credits include The Scarlet Pimpernel (Armand) and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other stage credits include The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay) and She Stoops to Conquer (Charles Marlow) with The Kingswood Players. Alexander is currently attending UVU as a Theatre Major.

Lauren Pope


Making her HCT Debut! Stage credits for Lauren include: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Scera Outdoor Theatre; A Christmas Carol (Belle), and The Little Mermaid (Ariel) at HCTO. Lauren is a recent graduate of BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. “I am very humbled and excited to be a part of this production and share the Christmas Spirit with you this holiday season.”

Greyson Richards

Dick Wilkins/Martin Chuzzlewit

Making his HCT debut! Greyson is thrilled to be on the Hale Centre stage! Previous stage credits include NEWSIES and Tuck Everlasting at HCTO. Currently, Greyson is enrolled at The University of Utah in pursuit of his BFA in Musical Theatre. “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” - Conan O’Brian

John Hayes Nielsen

Poor Husband/Octet Tenor 2

John is no stranger to the Hale stage; he has been in numerous productions with us over the years including last season’s The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Christmas Carol. He lists one of his favorite roles as the title character in Joseph… Dreamcoat (CenterPoint Legacy Theatre). He is the Director of Billing, Payroll, and HR at The Piano Place where he also teaches private piano, voice, and guitar lessons.  “I’ll love you forever; I’ll like you for always; as long as I’m living, my Mommy you’ll be.”

Lizzy Dabczynski-Bean

Fred's Wife/Poor Wife

Lizzy is excited to return to A Christmas Carol and Hale Centre Theatre. Previous stage credits include: HCT-A Christmas Carol (Fred’s Wife/Poor Wife); HCTO-Peter and the Starcatcher (Molly Aster) and Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre). Lizzy has been busy with several TV and film projects over the last few years. Lizzy is a graduate of BYU with a BA in Media Music Studies. She is a self-employed entrepreneur running two businesses, Stitch People and The Waterford Puzzle Company.

Payson Inkley

Tiny Tim Cratchit/Young Boy Scrooge

Payson is thrilled to be returning to the HCT Stage. Previous credits The Pirate Queen at HCT; Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Flounder), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mike TeeVee) with CenterPoint Academy.  Payson is honored to be the Patient Champion for the Children's Miracle Network in 2020. He recently completed treatments for leukemia and is excited to contribute to CMN and all of their fundraising activities and events for Primary Children's Hospital and other hospitals in our region. You can follow his journey and find ways to contribute to CMN at letskickthispig.com.

Seren Carter

Carol Girl/Little Fan/Harriet Cratchit/Want

Making her HCT debut! Seren comes to us with an extensive resume. Credits include: Mary Poppins, Jr. (Jane Banks) with Sandy Arts Guild; Peter Pan, Jr. (Rosetta and Arista) with HCTO; Les Misérables (Young Cosette) with Center Stage Performing Arts Studio. Seren also placed 1st Solo at The Dance Awards Las Vegas.

Katie Lobrot

Leticia Fezziwig/Martha Cratchit

Making her HCT debut! Katie is happy to be spending her Christmas Season with Hale Centre Theatre. Credits for this high school senior include: Mamma Mia (Sophie) and The Addams Family (Grandma Addams) at Park City High School; Emma! (Harriet) at the Egyptian Theatre; and Mamma Mia with Sandy Arts Guild. Katie studies voice with Shallee Schmidt. “Thank you so much to everyone who made this show possible!”

Jacob Despain

Carol Boy/Frederick Cratchit/Thomas Pinch/Ignorance

After Jacob’s first show in front of a live audience, he said, “That was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!” He is thrilled to be back for the holiday season, this year as Carol Boy/Frederick.  Previous credits include Tiny Tim (3 years) in A Christmas Carol and Tuck Everlasting at HCT, and Pabbie the Troll in Frozen Jr.. Jacob is also a member of HCT Stars, Hale Centre’s Children Choir. When not on stage, Jacob enjoys soccer, violin, rocket building, reading, gymnastics, and creating harmonies in the music studio he set up in the basement. “Teamwork can make a dream work.”

Brandon Gull

Peter Cratchit/Boy Scrooge

Brandon was previously seen in this season’s production of Matilda.  Past productions include: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and The Music Man at Lehi Jr. High and Pinocchio, Jr. for American Fork Youth Theatre. Brandon is currently a freshman in High School.  “Without music, life would be a mistake.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Emily Hendricks Duncan

Party Guest/Octet Soprano 1

Making her HCT debut! Emily is excited to perform on our stage! Previous stage credits include: Sister Act at the Draper Amphitheater; Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta) at the Nova Center for the performing arts in Billings, MT; Carman - Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre; Die Zauberflote (Erste Knabe) at BYU. Emily is a BYU graduate with her BM in Vocal Performance and has also received her MM in Music Education from Arizona State University. Emily teaches choir and is a private vocal teacher.

Jennifer Aguirre

Party Guest/Octet Soprano 2

Previous credits include Fleure in Phantom, The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Christmas Carol 2017, and most notably Madame de la Grande Bouche in Beauty and The Beast, all on the Hale Centre Stages. She has also performed as Bambi in Law and Disorder at Desert Star Playhouse, as Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors at Sandbox Productions, as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and in The Sound of Music at both HCT and Sundance. Jennifer has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. She works as a music teacher at Grant Elementary in Murray, a private vocal instructor, and as Music Director for various American Fork Community Theatre productions “Love and thanks to JBK.”

Susanna Barnes

Party Guest/Octet Alto 1

Susanna is excited to be returning to the HCT stage. Stage credits: HCT-Disney’s Beauty and The Beast; CenterPoint Legacy Theatre-The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Statue Joy), Crazy for You (Suzie), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Arista).  Susanna is attending USU, pursuing a degree in Technology Systems and works as a Teacher’s Assistant through Davis School District. “Thank you to my Mom and Dad for giving me the confidence and strength to pursue what I love. Happy Holidays!”

Luana Parkes

Party Guest/Octet Alto 2

Making her HCT debut! Luana is thrilled to performing on the Hale Centre Theatre Stage. Favorite stage credits: Murray Amphitheatre- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl) and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes); Soloist with the Big Band Tribute featuring the Riverton Jazz Band at the Draper Amphitheatre and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at BYU. Luana is a member of ‘The Larkes’, a local singing group. She also is a Travel Agent with Woodbrey Family Travel, specializing in Disney Vacations. “For Ben, Oliver, Elliott, and Atticus - I love all ‘to infinity and beyond’!”

Ryan Withers

Party Guest/Octet Bass 1

Making his HCT debut! Ryan is excited to play on the Hale Centre stage. Performing credits include: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square; Idaho Falls Opera: Gianni Schicchi (Beto) and The Telephone (Ben); BYU-Idaho Operetta-The Mikado (Phis Tush); BYU-Idaho Opera Scenes-Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Madame Butterfly (Pinkerton), and Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin). Ryan graduated from BYU-Idaho with a Bachelor's Degree and works as a facilitator in Learning and Development at Wells Fargo. “It is a thrill to be performing here! Thanks to my wife, Jaennine, and my two boys. Now sit back and enjoy the magic.”

Brandon Ngo

Party Guest/Octet Bass 2

Brandan was previously seen in the critically acclaimed production of Willy Wonka, Jr. as Augustus Gloop at Valley Jr. High. He is a graduate of The University of Utah where he earned his BFA in Film and Media Arts. He works as a TV and commercial actor and screenwriter. “On the off-chance Tom Hanks is here: Mr. Tom Hanks, sir, I love your work.”

Christine Warren


Making her HCT debut! Previous credits include: Bridges of Madison County with Utah Repertory Theater Company; Next To Normal and The Light in the Piazza at Ziegfeld Theatre; Phantom of the Opera, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Davis High School; 35mm: A Musical Exhibition with Weber State University. Christine is a graduate of Weber State University with a Bachelor’s in Vocal and Violin performance. Currently, she works for University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. “To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also” - Igor Stravinsky.