Johnny Hebda (Director/Producer) Johnny has performed as an actor on stage and in film in more than seventy productions since a young child. He attended the Florida School of the Arts Acting Conservatory where he received an AA and AS in Musical Theatre and Acting. He also received a BFA from Brigham Young University in Music Dance Theatre and is currently completing an Independent Study Master’s Degree in Directing from Roosevelt University. Johnny is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and has acted in a number of films, commercials, and a pilot TV Series. Additionally he has performed on stage in seventeen different states ranging from touring shows, regional theaters (including The Lost Colony, American Family Theatre and Roxy Regional Theatre), college and local productions. He had the opportunity to work under Director Terrence Mann at The Lost Colony in Roanoke, North Carolina for a summer. Some favorite roles Johnny has played include: Mozart in Amadeus, Matt in The Fantasticks, Edward Lyons in Blood Brothers, Romeo in Terrence Mann’s musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls and Stephan in Hollywood Hills. Johnny has directed many productions, including For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, The Sound of Music, The Bald Soprano, Oliver, Peter Pan, A Voice From the Dust, as well as founded The Clarksville Children’s Theatre in Tennessee. He is actively involved in the Utah Theatre Community as a producer, director, actor and reviewer. While at BYU, he received the Student Directing Award for his direction of the musical Parade by Jason Robert Brown and directed the annual fundraiser for the department: The Music Dance Theatre Showcase, entitled Stages of Love which starred Jenny Jordan-Frogley. Johnny had the opportunity to perform in the first regional production of Side Show after it closed on Broadway. Johnny has found his true love and passion which is producing and directing and is excited for the Utah Musical Theatre Company’s premier season.
Cooper Howell (Choreographer) Cooper is originally from Santa Monica, California. He is a junior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theater program at the University of Utah. He also was a student at Utah Valley University in its Acting Department for two and one-half years. Cooper has danced in one form or another all of his life and is a major passion of his, next to his love for singing and music and acting. He has been trained in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, and modern dance. As an actor, he has recently been seen in the regional premiere of In the Heights at Pioneer Theatre Company as a member of the ensemble. Some of his theater credits include Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime, Malcolm X in The Meeting, Jim Conley in Parade, Michael Cassio in Othello, Gregory Lunn in Overruled, the lead Wickersham Brother in Seusical, Little Harp in The Robber Bridegroom, and many others. This past summer he completed a directing internship with Jerry Rapier of Plan-B Theater Company as Assistant Director and Choreographer of Hedwig and the Angry Itch at the Egyptian Theatre. He will next be seen in the lead role of Hänschen in the University of Utah production of Spring Awakening, directed by Denny Berry.
Anne Puzey (Music Director) Anne has been Music Director for productions at Hale Centre Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Wasatch Theatre Company and The Children’s Theatre. Her formal training was at BYU and she teaches junior high choir. Anne has worked with Merrill Osmond, Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jason Danieley and Marin Mazzie, and did audition accompaniment for Big League Productions in New York City. She is part-owner of Audition Advantage.
Adam Cannon (Assistant Director) Adam has been involved in theater since his high school days, appearing in many community and BYU productions. Some of his most memorable roles are King Sextimus in Once Upon a Mattress, the voice of a walrus puppet in Carnival, The Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol, an assassin in The Assassin’s New Friend, the world’s largest Chinaman (Cheng Da Du) in Little Shop of Horrors, and a production of Lil’ Abner in which he played the town mayor, a US Army general, and radio announcers from three different countries. For the past several years he has found his passion as a director, directing such shows as A Wonderful Life, Arsenic and Old Lace, and The Marriage-Go-Round. He’s directed several shows for Spanish Fork Community Theater (Oklahoma!, Singin’ in the Rain, The Music Man, Hairspray, and most recently, My Fair Lady). He has also worked backstage as a stage manager, flying rig supervisor, and stage hand for several shows up and down the Wasatch Front. He loves helping keep live theater alive in Utah and being a part of the Utah premier of such a fantastic show as Side Show is an awesome opportunity. Thanks to Johnny for letting me be a part of this, to the wonderful cast and crew and to my wife and family for their support.
Dana Anquoe (Costumer) Dana learned to sew from her mother at a young age, though rediscovered her talent when she roomed with a friend who was an amazing seamstress and was told it “just takes practice.” A triple threat of Actor, Director, and Costumer, she is delighted and thrilled to serve as costumer to all of these wonderful freaks. Dana most recently has costumed Wasatch Theater Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) and Springville Playhouse’s Murder on the Rerun. She also, usually, costumes the plays she directs and has costumed Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, See How They Run, and The Mikado among others. When she’s not costuming or directing, she’s acting. Her favorite roles include Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, Miss Skillon in See How They Run, and Aunt March in Little Women the Musical. Outside of theatrical pursuits, she enjoys Karaoke, Rockband, and catching up on her Hulu queue. She would like to thank the cast and production team for being so accommodating and wonderful.
Kevin Dudley (Set Designer) Kevin studied at the University of Utah. His most recent set designs at the U were Les Belles-Soeurs, Stop Kiss and Vernon God Little. Kevin’s has also designed and technical-directed eighteen productions for South Jordan Community Theatre. His favorite designs include Dark Horse Theatre Company’s production of Chicago (Park City), SJCT’s Oliver!, and Little Shop of Horrors. Kevin is thrilled to add this production of Side Show to his growing list of projects.
Jill Hancey (Orchestra Leader)
Sarah Hinckley (Stage Manager) Sarah discovered her passion for making magic on stage when she was little (really little) and has been involved in Theatre ever since. Her more recent exploits include Assistant Stage Manager for Odyssey Dance Theatre’s Thriller!, and Stage Ninja for Spanish Fork Community’s My Fair Lady. And she even ventured into the light as Puck in VIP Arts’ A Midsummer Nights Dream. When she’s not on stage or backstage, she’s usually busy teaching ninja skills at Omega Martial Arts in Springville, building hot rods at Horvath’s in Spanish Fork, or planning the next great production at the Little Brown Theatre in Springville. She’d like to thank her family, friends and employers who have been so patient with her theater habit. And a huge thank you to Dad and The Harvey that started it all. And a very special thank you to Kandy, the best audience member ever!
Chelsea Kennedy (Hairdresser) Chelsea was absolutely thrilled when offered the opportunity to combine her two favorite things; theater and HAIR! She has been in the salon industry for over seven years and loves keeping up on the hottest trends. Working with actors/actresses is especially exciting as she gets to be a part of their transformation into different and even “freaky” characters! Thanks to a wonderful husband and three sons for letting her be involved with the community.
Jeanne McGuire (Musician: Keyboard) Jeanne graduated from SUU where she served as the Musical Coordinator for Man Of LaMancha, 1776, Follies, The Boyfriend, and Carnival. Director/Musical Director for Bountiful Community Theatre for Guys and Dolls, Into The Woods, Peter Pan, I Do! I Do!, and Stop The World, I Want To Get Off. Theatre 138 Musical Director for Candide, They’re Playing Our Song, Baby, and The Fantasticks, Salt Lake Acting Company Musical Director for Gun Metal Blues. Established the VHS Musical Theatre Company and has served as Director/Choreographer for Funny Girl, Fiddler On The Roof, Brigadoon, Camelot, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, The Sound of Music, 42nd Street, The King and I, Pirates Of Penzance, Bye Bye, Birdie, Anything Goes, Damn Yankees, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once Upon A Mattress, Crazy For You, Annie Get Your Gun, Big. .the musical, Hello, Dolly!, Footloose, Les Miserables, The Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom, Jane Eyre, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida, Cats and The Scarlet Pimpernel. She has played in orchestras for Broadway After Dark and Evita at Rodgers Memorial Theatre and Jekyll and Hyde for Dark Horse Company Theatre.
Eric Phillips (Production Video)
Ashley Ramsey (Assistant Choreographer) Ashley began her acting career in San Diego and will be completing her Bachelors in Theatrical Arts at Utah Valley University in April. She was previously seen as Ms. Krumholtz (How to Succeed in Business…) Salome (The Robber Bridegroom), and Jean (Tons of Money) She recently had her first performance as a circus aerial artist this summer and looks forward to more performance opportunities with that. She is grateful for her sweet husband Chad and the rest of her family for their love and support.
Trevor Robinson (Production Artwork)
Janine Sobeck (Dramaturg) Janine is the Resident Dramaturg for the company and the creator of its behind-the-scenes blog. She is also the Dramaturgy Specialist at Brigham Young University and a freelance Dramaturg. Previously, Janine worked as the Artistic Associate: Literary at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., where she was the head dramaturg, literary manager and producer of new work. Janine is currently the Vice President Communications for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas as well as a writer and critic for the Utah Theater Bloggers Association. She has been a judge for the DC Helen Hayes Awards and in 2009 she was awarded the Dramaturgy Debut Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Janine has an Master’s of Art in Theatre History Theory and Criticism from Brigham Young University.
Kaitlyn Standage (Props Mistress) Kaitlyn has loved musicals and theater for as long as she can remember. It probably started with watching old Judy Garland and Gene Kelly movies. Her first stage experience was playing Hippolyta from A Midsummer Night’s Dream with her home-school group. Later, she took drama and musical theater classes at Lehi High School, where she was in the ensemble of Aida and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and where she gained a love for theater tech work while working backstage with costumes, lighting and props. In 2010 she had the opportunity to direct a home-school production of As You Like It. Her future plans include studying theater in college.
Bethany Taylor (Musician: Guitar) Bethany Taylor has always loved musical theater and has used her talents of violin, guitar, and dancing to stay involved. She played in her first orchestra pit for Fiddler on the Roof at her junior high school. Since then she wanted to participate in any musical she could. Bethany has been involved with musical theater for many years and for the past seven years has choreographed over 25 shows for several local theaters. She currently teaches and choreographs at a local performing arts academy. She is excited to be a part of Utah Musical Theatre Company’s first show and looks forward to their wonderful future.
Sean VanBuskirk (Lighting/Sound Manager)