“Ordinary Days” Cast

z1MANDI BARRUS (Claire) A veteran of stages around the Salt Lake valley and in Idaho, Mandi is honored to make her Utah Rep debut with such an awesome show and cast/production team! She was most recently seen in Hale Centre Theatre’s “Ghost the Musical” as Rosa Santiago and just closed Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress”​ with Utah Opera. You may have seen her in last summer’s Utah regional premiere of “The Addams Family” as Morticia, which is a favorite role of hers. Other favorites include Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady,” Ariel in Footloose, Ensign Nellie Forbush in “South Pacific” and Mary Magdalene in “Savior of the World.” Mandi holds a degree in Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts from BYU-Idaho, and works as a voice teacher and mother during the day. And during the night. And during all weekends and holidays. Pretty much 24/7. Thanks to Brandon and Scott, Caleb, and Katelyn for the love and support. “You are the book I did not write, you are my heart’s unuttered tune, you are a candle in my night.”—Anne Campbell

z2BRIGHTON HERTFORD (Deb) Born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles, Brighton is excited to be working with Utah Rep and director chase Ramsey, and to be part of Adam Gwon’s beautiful work. Favorite theater credits include Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth” (Pardoe Theatre), Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (OHCT), and Susanna Walcott in “The Crucible” (PTC). Most recently her co-star role as Nazareth in the short film “Wildlife” was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in France 2015 and won the Most-Viewed Short Award. Brighton dedicates this performance to her family and friends who are constant reminders of the goodness that still exists in people. “Love.”

z3TOMMY KAY (Warren) Thomas is so excited to add to his “life story” this production of “Ordinary Days”! Thomas has been seen on various stages throughout Utah and Arizona, and is excited to make his second appearance with Utah Rep. Past stage credits include Willard in “Footloose” (SAG), Georg in “Spring Awakening” (MMST), and most recently Matt in “Bare” (Utah Rep). He would like to dedicate this performance to his mother who has taught him how to see the beauty in world around him, and how to love unconditionally. “Thank you for shaping my life story!”

z4 copyMATTHEW WADE (Jason) “It’s all about a good story. There is no reason to act without one.” Matthew dedicates his life to good storytelling as an actor and a filmmaker. Director of the award-winning short film “& Juan,” Matt graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Cinema Production. He is proud to have been a part of several original pieces over the last couple years, including “The Tyrant” as John Wilkes Booth and “Shelter” as Joshua. “When you find people that are more passionate than yourself about good storytelling, live life with those people.” “Be kind and listen.”


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