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Monday, Wednesday, Friday* Cast

*The Monday, Wednesday, Friday cast also performs the 9:00 a.m. and & 12:30 p.m. Saturday performances.

Lexi Walker**
Dorothy Gale
  Lexi is grateful to be making her debut at Hale Centre Theatre with The Wizard of Oz.  She is a singer, songwriter, actress and recording artist signed with Sony Music and Paradigm Talent Agency. She began her performing career at the age of 11. From then to now she has shared the stage with Kristen Chenoweth, The Piano Guys, and Lindsey Stirling. She has also been fortunate to open shows for Alfie Boe, Clint Black, and Idina Menzel. Some of her favorite places to perform include Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, and for the Presidential Inaugural Ball.  As she works her way toward college, she fills her spare time with reading, painting, and canyoneering. “So much love for my family and friends! Dreams do come true!”
    **Lexi Walker is single cast as Dorothy Gale but she may call on her understudy at anytime. We do not guarantee any actor for any given performance.

Ava Hoekstra
U/S Dorothy Gale
  Ava’s past productions with HCT include Pinocchio (Girl 2) and The Heart of Robin Hood (Sarah Summers). She recently played Small Alison in Fun Home at Salt Lake Acting Company and has been in several productions at Pioneer Theatre Company including Fiddler on the Roof, It Happened One Christmas, Oliver!, and The Will Rogers Follies. Ava has received training with Utah COPA and the Utah Conservatory in Park City. This 8th grader has had the opportunity of performing for the Salt Lake Bees, at last summer’s Melissa Etheridge concert, and at Disneyland. She also received a first place award at the 2017 Con Brio Music Festival vocal competition. “Thanks HCT for this incredible opportunity and to my family for all their love and support!”

Eden Benson
Aunt Em / Glinda the
Good Witch
  Eden has been in over 20 productions at HCT including her recent performance as Winnie’s Mother in Tuck Everlasting. Some of her favorites plays she has been in include Beau Jest, See How They Run, The Three Musketeers, Arsenic and  Old Lace, and Is He Dead?, though her all-time favorite role was Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest. In terms of musicals, Eden’s favorites have included Annie, Ragtime, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Big: The Musical, Catch Me If You Can, and Mrs. Potiphar in last year’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Eden is a stay-at-home mom to five kids ranging in age from two to twenty. “I am so grateful for the love and support from Travis and my five kids. There truly is no place like home!

Darren Poulsen
Uncle Henry / Emerald
City Guard
  Darren is making his first appearance at HCT in The Wizard of Oz. Recent roles include: Judas in Lamb of God for The Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society, Captain Hook in Peter Pan for Payson Community Theater, and Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods for The Sandy Arts Guild. He has a Bachelor’s degree in International Spanish with a minor in Business from the University of Colorado Boulder and is the Director of Production at Cedar Fort Publishing and Media in Springville. “I’m thrilled to perform with this amazingly talented and professional cast and production team! Special thanks to my incredible wife (Cathleen) and four children (Rachel, Emma, Jordan, Nathan) for all their love and support. There really is no place like home!”

Dustin Bolt
Zeke / Cowardly Lion
  Dustin’s last appearance at HCT was as Terk in our production of Tarzan. Recent roles include Henry Allerdyce in Betty Blue Eyes and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol for Hale Orem, as well as Aaron Goldfarb in First Date for Midvale Main Street Theatre. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. He owns his own photography business and is a full-time father to four cats: Sister, Brother, Peanut, and Kevin. “This one is for you, Dad!”

Preston Taylor
Hickory / Tinman
  Preston recently starred as Jack Kelly in NEWSIES. He was seen recently as Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in Into the Woods at BYU and as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Sundance. Other credits include Bobby Child in Crazy for You, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Finch in How to Succeed in Business…, Ren in Footloose, and Albert Lennox in The Secret Garden. A Music Dance Theatre student at BYU, Preston has performed for three years with BYU’s Young Ambassadors, and has served as their president for two. “Thanks to my beautiful wife, Emily, for her love and unending support!”

Jordan Dahl
Hunk / Scarecrow
  Jordan was last seen at HCT as Romeo in NEWSIES, Ensemble in Aida and as Gad in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He was also seen as Tootles in Peter Pan on the HCTO stage.  Jordan has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from UVU and is currently working as a Medical Assistant at Alpine Pediatrics. “To the woman with all the brains, heart, and courage. Haley, you are my ‘somewhere over the rainbow.’”

Carolyn Hartvigsen
Almira Gluch / Wicked Witch of the West
  Returning to HCT after a 9 year absence, Carolyn comes to us with some impressive experience. Her NYC credits include: Rosalind in As You Like It, Mrs. Cuyler in The Boss, and Trina in The Top of the Heap. Her Tuacahn credits include: Joy in Cinderella, Jennyanydots in Cats, and Patricia Fodor in Crazy for You. Her HCTO credits include Alice Beineke in The Addams Family, Miss Skillon in See How They Run, and Clelia Waldgrave in The Nerd. She has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU and currently studies Shakespeare privately with Julliard instructor Andrew Wade.

BJ Whimpey
Professor Marvel /
Wizard of Oz
  A newcomer to HCT, B.J. includes Lord Farquaad (Shrek), Brom Bones (Sleepy Hollow the Musical), Frank Butler (Annie Get Your Gun), King Henry II (The Lion in Winter), Nicky/Trekki Monter (Avenue Q), Officer Lockstock (Urinetown), and C.S. Lewis (Freud’s Last Session) as favorite roles. He is also a former actor in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre from Weber State University and is currently a Comic Book Minion at Heebeegeebeez Comics, Games and Toys. “May the Force be With You!”

Christian Wawro
Man 1
  Christian was last seen on the HCT stage as 'Arthur' in The Heart of Robin Hood. Christian lists as some of this favorites: 'Robert Baker' Wonderful Town (BYU), 'Commander Harbison' South Pacific (SCERA Shell) and the BYU Young Ambassadors as a keyboardist and performer. Christian is a Senior at BYU studying teaching Social Science and is a part-time pianist for the BYU MDT Department. "I'd like to thank my wife Ryann for all of her love and support."

Wade Flanagan
Man 2
  The Wizard of Oz marks Wade’s return with HCT after playing a poor orphan in Oliver! Past productions include You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the Sandy Amphitheatre and Big Fish at West Jordan High School. He is currently in the MDT program at BYU. “Whatever you are, be good one.” Abraham Lincoln

Michael Von Forell
Man 3
  Michael recently appeared as Snyder in NEWSIES, and as Man 6 in HCT’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and as Ambrose in Hello, Dolly! He is also a familiar face at Hale Centre Theatre Orem, having performed in Tarzan and A Christmas Carol as a member of the ensemble. “I am humbled to be a part of such a magical production and would like to thank my beautiful wife, Lauren, for her continuing support. Enjoy the show!”

Alden Sturgeon
Man 4
  Alden made his premiere at HCT as Elmer in NEWSIES. Previous roles have included Jesus in Godspell at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts and Caliban in The Tempest at the Creekside Theatre Festival. He attends the Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts where he is part of the Dance Academy. “Some People never go crazy, what boring lives they must lead.”

Will Maguire
Man 5
  Will is making his HCT debut with The Wizard of Oz. He has previously been seen at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre in Beauty and the Beast, Curtains, and 9 to 5 and at Midvale Main Street Theatre in The Wedding Singer. He has training in aerial silks, aerial hammock, and lyra (aerial hoop) from Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness Studio where he’s also performed in a handful of circus showcases there as Lurch, Gaston, Sneezy, and the Babadook. He has a Masters of Accounting from the University of Utah and works as a Senior Financial Auditor for the Utah Office of the State Auditor.

Michael Avila
Man 6
  Michael made his HCT debut in the Ensemble of Aida. He has also been seen in Beauty and the Beast at BYU where he is studying Theater Education and Dance. In his spare time he teaches piano lessons and does some choreographing. “Family and friends, thank you so much for your support! I love you!”

Jason Gordon
Man 7
  We’re glad to welcome Jason back to HCT. He was last seen in My Fair Lady and The Drowsy Chaperone on our West Valley stage. He also appeared as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats at Rodgers Memorial Theatre and as a supernumerary in Tosca and Madame Butterfly for Utah Symphony and Opera. He is a graduate of Salt Lake Community College and Janet Gray Studios.  He is a Coordinator for Harland Clarke and is a co-owner of Apothecary55. “There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow, shining at the end of every day. Cras es noster +U”

Patrick Wendel
Man 8
  Patch was seen recently in the ensemble for Tuck Everlasting and last season as Ephraim Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on our West Valley stage. Other credits include The Pirate Queen, The Addams Family, and Aida on stages including CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, and the Zigfield Theatre. When not on stage, he works for Endo Tech. “Every day is a new horror.”

Kristi Curtis
Woman 1
  Kristi comes to HCT for the first time with experience onstage and behind the scenes. She was the Director/Choreographer for Camelot at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, and Choreographer for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 1776 (awarded 2017 Broadway World’s Best Choreographer in Utah), and Children of Eden also for Centerpoint. Her favorite roles include: Revels Performer (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Madame de Polignac in Marie Antoinette (Good Company Theatre), and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Acting from Weber State University and works as an Account Executive for 103.5 The Arrow. “All my love to my boys Carter, Tristan, and especially Josh for loving and supporting all that I am.”

Aria Love Jackson
Woman 2
  Aria was last seen on the HCT Stage as Woman 3 in Tuck Everlasting and as Nehebka in Aida. She lists some of her favorite productions as Woman 7 in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dana Turner in Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical, Bonnie Bennet in The Hillywood Show’s Vampire Diaries Parody (YouTube), and a featured dancer in Gladys Knight’s show, A Mic and a Light (Las Vegas, NV). Aria graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Event and Venue Management and is currently an Event Coordinator at doTERRA. “She designed a life she loved and it loved her right back. – Thank you to all those who support, inspire, love, challenge and invest in me. I am where I am largely thanks to you!”

Ari Bagley
Woman 3
  Ariana has performed for many venues, as well as having done film work. She most recently played Sue in My Son, Pinocchio and the title character in Riverton High School’s production of Cinderella. Other favorite roles include Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Jr. (Riverton Community), Teen Fiona in Shrek (Murray Community), July in Annie (PTC), and a number of different roles in A Christmas Carol (HCT) over the last 7 years (Seen last year as Letitia Fezziwig/Martha Cratchit.) Some favorite film projects include Once I Was a Beehive, Scott & Kassie’s Christmas, Legend of the Lost Gold, and A Christmas Dress for Ellen. Ariana was also Schuyler Sister Angelica in a Hamlilton music video for the Working With Lemons YouTube channel. She is currently attending cosmetology school at MATC. “What’s comin’ will come, and we’ll meet it when it does.”

Brianna Lyman
Woman 4
  This is Brianna’s first production with HCT. She played Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins at La Forge Encore Theatre Company, Dora Foster in Steel Pier at the University of Utah, and was a Dancer for the Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert. She graduated this year from the U of U with a BFA in Musical Theatre and works as a Medical Receptionist at the Redwood Health center. “I am so grateful for my loving Husband and supportive Family. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them!”

Ashton Wight
Woman 5
  We’re glad to have Ashton back on our stage after her performance in our 2017 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Ashton lists as some of her favorite productions as:  Mary Poppins (BYU), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (HCTO), and Hairspray (Omaha Community Playhouse).  She is currently working toward her BFA in the Music Dance Theatre Program at BYU “Thank you to my husband for letting me chase my dreams. You are my home, and there is no place like home.”

Larissa Pearson
Woman 6
  HCT is glad to welcome Larissa to our stage. Past productions include: The Last 5 Years (Cathy) at OPPA!, A Christmas Carol (Emily) and Crazy for You (Sheila), at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, and Anything Goes (Hope) at the Outlaw Trail Theatre. She is a Business Development Analyst for a local business. “Thank you mom, for playing my audition songs over and over again throughout my entire life.”

Jamie Traxler
Woman 7
  Jamie was last seen on the HCT stage in My Son, Pinocchio (Viola), in Tuck Everlasting (Ensemble), in Aida, (Ensemble) and in Beauty and The Beast (Silly Girl). She lists some of her favorite roles as Rumpleteazer in Cats, Gemini in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and Ensemble in Hello, Dolly! at the U of U, Guest Artist in Jerry Herman Legacy Concert with the Utah Symphony, and Tasha/Dance Captain in Young Frankenstein at The Grand Theatre. Jamie graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Musical Theatre and received aerial training with Ramsi Stoker at Defying Gravity Utah.  “There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” Vicki Baum

Jessica Bird
Woman 8
  Jessica was last seen in HCT’s productions of Aida and The Little Mermaid. During the day, she works as acrobatics instructor and Visual Artist. “Thank you to my wonderful husband and family, to Charlie for loving me even though I’m gone most evenings, to Ramsi Stoker for being an incredible coach and friend, and to the rest of the Defying Gravity Utah crew for being such an incredible team to work with. I am grateful forever to everyone who has supported me in this. I love you all.”

Mia Gallardo
Woman 9
  Making her HCT debut, Mia is currently a full-time design student. When she’s not studying, she’s training as an aerialist with Ramsi Stoker of Defying Gravity Utah. (She’s the best!) “I’m incredibly excited to be flying around this gorgeous new theater! A huge thank you to everyone who has supported me-Ramsi Stoker, the HCT crew, and of course, my incredible mom and family!”

Kimberly Paulsen
Woman 10
  Kimberly was last seen on our stage as an Aerialist in Aida. In 2016 and 2018, she took 1st place in the Aerialympics All-Star Division, was an Aerilaist for Eclipse 6’s 2017 Hamildolph, and was an Aerialist for the Night Circus at the Women’s Resource Charity in 2017. She trains at Defying Gravity Utah with Ramsi Nia-Knowlton Stoker, as well as at Onyx Pole and Aerial Fitness, and Kairos Fitness. Kimberly is currently a student at SLCC. “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Norman Vincent Peale

Dylan Udy
Toto Puppeteer
  Dylan is no stranger to the Hale stage, having previously performed as Young Tiernan in The Pirate Queen, Young Curly in Oklahoma!, and most recently as Town Boy in The Music Man.  He also appeared as Bagheera in The Jungle Book with Studio Kids. Dylan works as a full-time kid: Working heavily on video games, playing the ukulele, traveling to Disneyland, and hanging out with his friends. “Thanks to my family for supporting me on this adventure!”

Aaron Jack "AJ"

  AJ is proud to be making his theatre debut on the Hale Centre Theatre stage. He is cuddly and sweet, and loves his theatre family. When not chewing on Mikey and Jason's shoes, AJ enjoys his rubber duckies, burrowing in pillows and blankets, and Saturday morning cartoons. "Bark bark bark bark, bark, bark, bark, bark."