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Monday, Wednesday, Friday Cast

Preston Taylor
Jack Kelly
  Preston makes his HCT debut with Newsies. He was seen recently as Cinderella’s Prince/The Wolf in Into the Woods at BYU and as Joseph in Joseph…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!”

Jeremy Egan
  Jeremy has previously been seen on stage at the Pickleville Playhouse in Juanito Bandito’s Christmas Carol, as Jehan Frollo in our recent production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and in The Little Mermaid at our West Valley Theatre. He recently returned from working in the United States Senate in Washington D.C., and is studying Liberal Arts with a Political Science Minor at USU. “I’m grateful for my family and friends who love me unconditionally.”

Carter Walker
  Another new face to HCT audiences, Carter’s past productions have included Anything Goes, Jumpers, Trojan Women, and The Seagull at The Noorda Theatre (UVU), The Tempest and The Fantasticks with Grassroots Shakespeare, and A Doll’s House at Another Theatre Company. Starting this fall, Carter will be a senior in the BFA Acting Program at UVU. “I’m happy and excited to become part of the Hale Family!”

Cairo McGee

  Cairo’s favorite role was playing Gavroche in Les Miserables at HCT. He was also seen previously at HCT West Valley in To Kill a Mockingbird (Dill), Mary Poppins (Michael Banks), and The Nerd (Thor Waldgrave). Cairo also played Young Tarzan in Tuacahn’s production of Tarzan the Musical. This soon to be 8th grader enjoys skateboarding and jamming on the drums. “I love Newsies! I especially love the music. I love the story of the kids bravely challenging the powerful adults and changing their world for the better. This is a dream role; it’s so much fun, and I’m just so lucky to get to do it with these wonderful people.”

Darren Dash Robinson
  Freshly back from a year of performing at Universal Studios in Japan, Darren is glad to be back at HCT where he has performed previously in The Little Mermaid, Big Fish, and Big River. He has spent two years in the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah and two years in the Dance Program at Snow College. He is pursuing many different aspects of performing as his career. “Choose only one master – Nature.” – Rembrandt

Abrin Tinney
Albert / Bill
  Abrin was last seen on the HCT stage as Man 1/Baritone in Tuck Everlasting, Man 4/Nubian/Minister/Warrior Dancer/Soldier in Aida, Joel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, as well as Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and Oliver!. Abrin has also performed on the HCTO stage in Joseph…Dreamcoat, Seussical: The Musical, and 13 Youth Performances. He will be in the BFA Musical Theatre Program at UVU this upcoming fall. “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Tanner Forbes
  Tanner was last seen on the HCT stage as Man 3/Nubian/Minister/Warrior Dancer/Soldier in Aida, Dan in Joseph… Dreamcoat, and Ensemble in The Little Mermaid. He lists as some of his favorites: IQ in Hairspray (Pickleville Playhouse), Courfeyrac in Les Miserables, and as a Performer with BYU Young Ambassadors 2015-16 season. “Thanks to my parents, friends, and family! I love you all!!”

Trevor Elzey
  Recently seen as Man 2/Tenor 2 in Tuck Everlasting, Trevor has performed at the Sundance Summer Theatre, HCT Orem, Capitol Theater, The Egyptian, and SCERA. Some of his favorite roles include Marius in Les Misérables, Baker in Beauty and The Beast, Tobias in Sweeny Todd, Andy/Dick in Big River, Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ensemble in The Pirate Queen. Trevor has completed three years of his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance at UVU, and is finishing soon. “Perfection is not just about control, it’s also about letting go.”

Kenichi Nakashima
  Kenichi was seen on our stage recently as Man 5 in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and last year as Matt in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He has also performed as Pepe in West Side Story. He is a student of the University of Utah Modern Dance program, and works as a dance teacher at Miss Margene’s Creative Classroom, and freelance choreographer. “Thank you Miss Margene and Tracee for teaching me the art of dance and my gorgeous wife for her never-ending love and support.”

Josh Valdez
  No stranger to HCT, Josh was seen as Agent Dollar in Catch Me if You Can. Favorite productions at HCTO include Peter Pan (Peter), In the Heights (Sonny), Dear Ruth (Lieutenant William Seawright), and Urinetown (Billy Boy Bill). He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Performance from UVU in 2015 and works as a hospital privileging coordinator at CHG Healthcare.

Alden Sturgeon
  Alden is happy to make his premiere at HCT with this production. 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 studied Musical Theatre at his school last year, and is now in the Dance Academy. “Won’t forget, can’t regret what I did for love.”

Will Riches
  When he’s not performing, this Murray High student and soccer player enjoys traveling and exploring the world with his family, the great outdoors, playing guitar, and hanging with his friends.  (Hi guys.) “I am excited to be back at Hale and for the opportunity to be able to perform on this amazing new stage. This is my fourth show at Hale and I feel blessed to have been cast in such an amazing show. Thanks Dave for believing in me!”

Woody Brook
  Woody was most recently seen on the HCT stage in Tuck Everlasting and Aida. He also performed in our West Valley space in both A Christmas Carol, and Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. At HCTO, he has performed in Tarzan and Joseph… Dreamcoat, as well as in Legally Blonde at Vilar Performing Arts Center, Colorado. Woody spends his days as a student in the BFA Acting program at BYU. “Thanks to my family, the production team, and all my amazing friends for reminding me to ‘Seize the Day” every day!”

Devyn Warburton
  Devyn, who was recently seen in HCT’s The Music Man, attended Weber State University for two years in the musical theatre department.  “I am very honored and excited for my second show at Hale!”

Drew Francom
Tommy Boy
  Prior to his HCT debut, Drew was seen as the Tin Man in Copper Mountain Middle School’s production of The Wizard of Oz. He also appeared in Sleeping Beauty and A Christmas Carol at HCTO and in Thriller with Odyssey Dance Theater. This senior in the dance program at Pioneer High School for the performing Arts has training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, and Ballroom. He teaches Hip Hop and Clogging at Body Logic Dance Studio and works as a personal Stylist at The Buckle.

Nick Summers
Jo Jo / Darcy
  Most recently seen in our Jewel Box Theatre as Man 3/Tenor 1 in Tuck Everlasting, Nick was also seen on our Centre Stage as Man 2/Nubian/ Minister/ Warrior Dancer/Soldier in Aida and as Asher in Joseph…Dreamcoat last season. Nick lists as some of his favorites: George Banks in Mary Poppins (BYU), a performer at Mack’s Inn Playhouse, Ensemble in Beauty and The Beast (BYU), Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance (Snow College), and a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois. Nick is currently in the Music Dance Theater program at BYU and is employed at the BYU Carpenter’s Shop as a Student Carpenter. “I live in Orem, UT with my beautiful wife Melissa, and our Yorkie puppy, Schmidt.”

Rick Jones
Mike / Morris Delancey
  In addition to appearing as Issachar in HCT’s Joseph…Dreamcoat, Rick played Huckle in Busytown at UCT, and has performed with the It’s Been a While Dance Group. He has a BS degree from the University of Utah and is happy to be on stage again with old and new friends. “Thank you to friends and family for the encouragement and support.”

Cory Reed Stephens
Ike / Oscar Delancey
  Cory returns to Centre Stage, where he was last seen as Tommy Djilas in The Music Man. Other HCT credits include Pablo in Sister Act, George in The Wedding Singer, and Ensemble in both Catch Me If You Can, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other stage credits include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Last Ship at Pioneer Theatre Company, and Footloose, and The Addams Family at HCTO. His choreography credits include last season’s Joseph… Dreamcoat, and Beauty and The Beast at HCT, as well as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Jane Eyre at HCTO. Cory has a BFA in Music/Dance/Theatre from BYU, and has worked as a performer for Disney in California, Tokyo, Orlando, and aboard Disney Cruise Lines. “Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.” @coryreedstephens

Justin DeLong
Spot Conlon / Smalls
  Justin is thrilled to be making his debut on the HCT stage and to be doing so in one of his favorite shows. Favorite roles include Ensemble in Tarzan (HCTO), Chuck Cranston in Footloose (Scera), Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and Horton in Seussical  (both at RMHS Theatre Arts). He recently graduated from BYU with a degree in Commercial Music and has worked as a recording engineer. He also teaches contemporary voice with Utah Vocal Arts. “Courage cannot erase our fear. Courage is when we face our fear.”

Bre Welch
Katherine Plumber
  Bre is no stranger to our HCT audiences, having been seen in The Pirate Queen as Grace O’Malley, The Little Mermaid as Ariel, Catch Me If You Can as Brenda Strong, and in Sister Act as Sister Mary Robert.  She has performed in Xanadu as Kira, The Light in the Piazza as Clara, both at WSU, and South Pacific as Nellie at Center Point Legacy Theatre.  Bre has been a character performer at Walt Disney World.  Bre has a Musical Theatre Degree from WSU and is owner and photographer of Pepperfox Photo. “All my love to Addison, Alfie, and Poppy.”

Neal C. Johnson
Joseph Pulitzer
  Neal C. Johnson has spent the last thirty years working as a performer, director, choreographer, and teacher. He has traveled the world with Norwegian Cruise Lines, Opryland U.S.A., BYU’s Young Ambassadors, and was in the National Premiere of The Drummings. He has performed in, directed and/or choreo-graphed productions of Funny Girl for Sundance Theatre, The Fantasticks for Provo Theater Company, and Sweeney Todd and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Actors’ Repertory Theatre Ensemble. His work for HCTO includes Joseph; Lucky Stiff; A Christmas Carol; The Scarlet Pimpernel; The Girl, the Grouch, and the Goat; Hairspray; The Secret Garden; The Marvelous Wonderettes; and The Civil War.  His work has been showcased at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the Utah Thespian Conference, and was nominated to represent the state of California in Washington, D.C., as well as many other directing/performing opportunities across the western United States. He graduated from BYU in 1996, 1998, and 2007, with BFA and BFA degrees in Music Dance Theatre, Theatre Arts/Education /Directing Emphasis, and a Master’s degree in Theatre and Media Arts. He is Head of the Fine Arts Department 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 (2004-2018). “Thanks to Sally, Mark, Dave, Rob, and the amazingly-talented cast and crew of this outstanding production! All my love to Kiki, Kaleb, and Reagan!”

Medda Larkin / Nun
  Welcome back Mack!  Local Roles include Oda Mae Brown-Ghost the Musical (HCT) and Witch-Big Fish (HCT & HCTO).  When Mack is not performing, she can be found baking up a storm or playing with her dog Cheese. Yes, together they are Mack and Cheese—the best duo ever!  “I am a woman phenomenally.  Phenomenal woman that’s me.”  - Maya Angelou

Michael Von Forell
  Michael recently appeared as Man 6 in HCT’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is also a familiar face at Hale Centre Theatre Orem, having performed in Tarzan as a member of the ensemble, Ambrose in Hello, Dolly!, and Choir in A Christmas Carol. “Thank you to my wonderful wife, Lauren, my family, and friends for the love and encouragement you continuously send my way. Enjoy the show!”

Ben Parkes
Man 1 / Wiesel / Jacobi / Mayor
  Having been seen recently as Mr. Forbright in Cash on Delivery!,  Ben also lists some of his favorite roles as Nick in Over the River and Through the Woods, Joel in Beau Jest, and Smee in Peter and the Starcatcher, all for HCT. He’s also appeared as Mr. Dussel in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Uncle George in Cash on Delivery! for HCTO. Ben has also performed at The Playmill Theatre, Walt Disney World Resort, has done improv with Comic Frenzy, Comedy Sportz and Laughing Stock. Ben holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Speech from BYU-Idaho and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Rollins College. He works for The Walt Disney Company creating happiness. “To Luana, Elliott, Oliver, and Atticus – thank you for supporting my crazy dream. I love you to moon times infinity!”

Zac Freeman
Man 2 / Seitz / Police
  Zac was most recently seen on the HCT stage as King Louis XI/Man 2 in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Other HCT appearances include Guy of Gisborne in The Heart of Robin Hood, Simeon/Baker in Joseph…Dreamcoat, and  as Richard Bingham in The Pirate Queen. Other favorites are Shrek at Cottonwood Heights, Sonny Malone in Xanadu, Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone, Willard in Footloose at Payson High, and also played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. Zac hails from the ‘school of hard knocks,’ doing children’s theater annually since the age of eight, and would like to be a full-time actor. Zac is currently studying to become a certified personal trainer and is employed with 1-800-Contacts. He is the father of three handsome boys and husband to one beautiful wife. “There’s a million things I haven’t done…just you wait.”

Chandler Bishop
Man 3 / Bunsen / Stage Manager / Police
  Chandler was most recently seen on the HCT stage as The Pharaoh in Aida and The Duke in Big River.  He lists as some of his favorites:  Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd) and Macbeth (Macbeth), Gerald Lynch Theater in New York City; Willy Lopez (Ghost the Musical) at HCT.  Chandler is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Saint John’s University.  Chandler is currently a teacher of theater and literature at West Jordan High School.  “I would like to thank my phenomenal wife, adorable son, and wonderful parents for their love and support.”

Darin Stites
Man 4 / Nunzio / Roosevelt
  Darin is no stranger to the HCT stage, whether on the stage or backstage as one of our stage crew. Darin has been seen on many stages around the Salt Lake Valley and lists as some of his favorites:  Joseph…Dreamcoat (HCT), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (HCT), The Drowsy Chaperone (CPT), Fiddler on the Roof (HCT), Phantom (HCT), The Civil War (HCT), The Slipper and the Rose (HCT), Hello, Dolly!, Gershwin Music Revue (RMT), The Scarlet Pimpernel (HCT), Guys and Dolls (HCT), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (HCT), Camelot (RMT), The Pirates of Penzance (HCT), My Fair Lady (HCT), Guys and Dolls (PTC) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at HCT and twice at SLCC.  Darin attended the U of U and has worked for O. C. Tanner Company for 30 years.  “Thank you honey, family, and friends for all your support.”

Melissa Ivy Summers
Woman 1 / Hannah / Bowery Beauty / Nun
  Melissa recently performed in our production of Tuck Everlasting. She made her debut last season in Joseph…Dreamcoat. She lists as some of her other favorite roles as Athena in Troy: The Musical (BYU), Rosemary in How to Succeed in Business… (Center Point Legacy Theater), and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Melissa has also performed at Mack’s Inn Playhouse in Island Park, performed with the BYU Young Ambassadors, as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, Illinois, and as a Singer/Dancer at Lagoon Amusement Park. Melissa is currently studying Music Dance Theatre at BYU. “I am so excited to be performing alongside my incredible husband, Nick. We reside happily in Orem with our little puppy, Schmidt.”

Ashley Shamy
Woman 2 / Nun / Bowery Beauty
  Audiences may recognize Ashley from her recent performance in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Some of her favorite previous roles include The Wardrobe in Beauty and The Beast (Sandy Amphitheatre), Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Utah Valley University), and Stephano in Romeo & Juliet (Utah Valley University). She will be graduating from UVU in this spring with a degree in Vocal Performance. “I am super grateful for my patient and supportive husband. He rocks!”