“A Little Night Music” Cast and Production Team

JIM DALE (Mr. Lindquist) This is Jim’s second Utah Rep production, after playing Mr. Stephens/Reverend Bliss in “Carrie.” He has performed in over 50 productions along the Wasatch Front from the Pioneer Theatre to the Egyptian Theatre in Park City, from the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley, the Grand Theatre at the Salt Lake Community College, to the CenterPoint Theatre in Centerville! Some of his favorite roles include Henry Higgins, Don Quixote, Sweeney Todd, King Arthur, Emile de Beque, and El Gallo! Also, Charles in “Blithe Spirit,” Cromwell in “A Man for all Seasons,” and Baptitsta in “A Taming of the Shrew.” As always, this is for Roanne!

GREG CARVER (Frid) This is Greg’s second performance for Utah Rep, after playing Emperor Joseph II in the company’s production of “Amadeus.” Greg began his acting career when he was leaving a college computer class and saw open auditions for a Salt Lake Community College production of “Romeo and Juliet.” After much reluctance, he auditioned and got the role of Escalus, Prince of Verona, and he has never looked back. He has played lead roles in “The Curious Savage,” “The Rimers of Eldritch,” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as Demetrius. Greg is a student in the University of Utah Actor Training Program.

NATALIE EASTER (Mrs. Anderssen) Natalie recently performed the opera diva role of Katherina Cavalieri in Utah Rep’s production of “Amadeus.” She is an active performer and musician throughout the United States. Her vocal prowess covers opera, art song, oratorio, and musical theater. Highlights include Mrs. Potts in “Beauty and the Beast” (Herriman Arts Council), Jenny in “Company” (Silver Summit Theatre Company), Hänsel in “Hänsel & Gretel” (Utah Lyric Opera), Mrs. Anderssen in “A Little Night Music” (Pine Mountain Music Festival), and Dorabella in “Così fan tutte” (Seagle Music Colony). She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, as well as a Theater minor, from the University of Utah.

SUSAN FACER (Desirée Armfeldt) Susan performed the role of Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” in the second and third national tours and on Broadway. Also on Broadway, she performed as a singer in “Riverdance.” Favorite roles include Amalia in “She Loves Me,” Carrie in “Carousel” and The Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods.” Opera credits include Papagena in “The Magic Flute,” Cinderella in “The True Story of Cinderella,” Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” and Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” Six years ago she moved from New Jersey to Farmington with her husband and three children. Susan holds a bachelor’s degree in music, vocal performance and pedagogy from Brigham Young University. She is so grateful to be working with this fabulous cast and director. She would also like to thank Anne Puzey for getting her back on the stage.

MATT DOBSON (Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm)

DIANNA GRAHAM (Countess Charlotte Malcolm) Dianna has been performing throughout the region for over 20 years. She recently appeared in UVU/Scera’s production of “Trail of Dreams” in the role of Angela Hopewell alongside the amazing Marvin Payne.  She has performed at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Tuacahn Ampitheatre, Sundance Summer Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, Hale Centre Theatre, and the Pink Garter in Jackson Hole among other venues.  Her work has also been aired on KBYU & BYU-TV.  Some favorite roles include Desiree in “A Little Night Music,” Winifred Banks in “Mary Poppins,” the Narrator in “Joseph…Dreamcoat,” Millie in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” Mabel in “The Pirates of Penzance,” Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof” (with Tony winner Michael Rupert), Irina in “The Three Sisters,” and Kate in “Dancing at Lughnasa” (awarded Best Leading Actress at BYU and Irene Ryan Regional Semi-Finalist).  Dianna holds a Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre Acting from BYU, where she performed with the Young Ambassadors, touring Southeast Asia (alongside cast-mate Doug Irey).  She is a student of the renowned opera singer Jennifer Welch-Babidge and has also trained with such greats as Tony winners Betty Buckley and Christine Ebersole, Oscar winners Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and the legendary recording artist Margaret Whiting.  Dianna is currently a faculty member at Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts and UtahCOPA.

ELIZABETH HANSEN (Madame Armfeldt) Elizabeth is a screenwriter and consultant who has had a varied writing, directing, and acting career, which has taken her from the lights of Broadway to the newsrooms of the Los Angeles Times to the classrooms of Brigham Young University. She holds an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies, has won the prestigious Writers Guild of America Award, an Emmy nomination, and was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize for excellence in children’s television programming.  In addition, she has a Telly award and two Crystal Awards for excellence in corporate video writing.

As an actress, she has been seen on Broadway in “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” directed by Tommy Tune; and “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?” National tours: “Hello, Dolly!” 20th Anniversary Tour with Carol Channing; “The King and I,” with Rudolf Nureyev; “Evita,” directed by Harold Prince; “A Partridge in a Pear Tree,” with James Mason.  Regional theater: “Guys &Dolls,” with Milton Berle; “Oliver!,” directed by Onna White.  Writing honors and awards:  WGA award, Emmy nomination, Humanitas Prize.  Directing: “Madama Butterfly,” “La Traviata,” “La Boheme,” “Il Barbiere di Sivigli,” Utah Lyric Opera; “Big River,” Sundance Summer Theatre; “Enchanted April,” a musical for the Covey Center for the Arts.  She is currently the Executive Director of Utah Lyric Opera.

DOUGLAS IREY (Fredrik Egerman) This is Douglas’ theatrical debut with Utah Rep.  He has performed for Utah audiences for over 20 years at Pioneer Theatre, The Egyptian Theatre in Park City, The Hale Centre Theatre, Tuachan, and Dark Horse Theatre Company.  Favorite roles include Edward Bloom in “Big Fish,” Frank Abagnale Sr. in “Catch Me If You Can,” Father in “Ragtime,” John Wilkes Boothe in “Assassins,” Percy Blakeney in “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” George Banks in “Mary Poppins,” and Miss Texas in “Pageant.”  Douglas holds a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU and is orginally from South Florida.  Thank you to the entire production team and directors for this incredible experience.

BAILEE JOHNSON (Fredrika Armfeldt) Bailees theater credits include “A Christmas Carol” at HCTWV as Leticia Fezziwig/Martha Crachit and Ghost of Christmas Past; Adolescent Laurey in “Oklahoma!’; Little Lucie in “A Tale of Two Cities” and Young Luisa in “Zorro the Musical.” Other favorites include Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at HCTO, Dinah Lord in “The Philadelphia Story” at Pioneer Theatre Company, and Annie in “Annie” and Wendy in “Peter Pan” for Herriman Arts Council. Her film credits include Sonja, Age 10 in “127 Hours,” Mary Hurren in “17 Miracles Ephraim’s Rescue,” Rose in “Christmas Oranges,” Ayden in “The Christmas Dragon” and she recently wrapped filming on “Saturday’s Warrior.” She has also appeared in Ballet West’s “The Nutcracker” as a Buffoon, a Party Girl, and a Soldier, and Mountain West’s “The Nutcracker” as Clara. She loves performing, dancing, gymnastics, and skiing.

CASEY MATERN (Petra)

JON ROSE (Henrik Egerman)

TAMARA SLEIGHT (Mrs. Segstrom) Tamara is thrilled to be making her Utah Rep debut. Some prior theater credits include “Les Miserables” at The Ziegfeld Theater, “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Man of La Mancha” at CenterPoint Theatre, the regional premiere of Sondheim’s  “Road Show,” and “Saturday’s Voyeur” with the Salt Lake Acting Company. Tamara has performed as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Wasatch Symphony Orchestra, Taylorsville Symphony Orchestra, and the Sandy Arts Council. She holds a B.Mus. from the University of Utah School of Music, enjoys teaching voice, and is honored to be part of such a warm and talented ensemble. She sends her love and thanks to mom and dad.

MARISSA SMITH (Anne Egerman)

RAINA LARKIN THORNE (Mrs. Nordstrom) received both her MM and BM in Vocal Performance from the University of Utah. Most recently, she was the Music Director for Westminster College’s 2015 spring musical “Godspell.” She was also the Music Director for the SLSPA’s production of “Godspell” in 2009. Favorite roles include: Alien Queen (“Aliens: The Puppet Musical”) with the Meat & Potato Theatre; Page (“Rigoletto”) and 2nd Novice (“Suor Angelica”) with Utah Opera; Guenevere (“Camelot”), Karen O’Kane (“Jubilee”), Sylvanie (“The Merry Widow”), Lalume (“Kismet”), Countess Stasi (“The Gypsy Princess”), Electra (“Gypsy”), Diana Devereaux (“Of Thee I Sing”) and Leona (“La Belle Helene”) with the Ohio Light Opera company; Jo March (“Little Women”) and Mrs. Fiorentino (“Street Scene”) with the U of U Lyric Opera; Nerone (L’incoronazione di Poppea) with La Musica Lirica in Nova Feltria, Italy; Lily (“The Secret Garden”) with the SLC Grand Theatre Company; Miss Warblewell (“The Impresario”) under student direction; Micaëla (Carmen) in a concert version with the Orchestra of Sandy City; and Ensemble (“Godspell”) with the U of U Theatre Program.

PRODUCTION TEAM

CHRISTOPHER CLARK (Director) Christopher is the chair of the Theatre Department at Utah Valley University and the executive producer for Robert Redford’s Sundance Summer Theatre in Sundance, Utah. Chris has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (London,) Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Second City Chicago, and Theatre Biomechanics (Italy and Austria).  He has directed for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Hale Center Theater Orem, Hale Centre Theatre West Valley, Utah Valley University, Northcoast Repertory Theatre, Sundance Summer Theatre and Brigham Young University. He recently won the 2013 National Outstanding Director Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his production of “Vincent at Brixton.” He has produced and traveled eight productions to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Chris has a BA and PhD from Brigham Young University, and an MFA from the University of Exeter (UK).

JOHNNY HEBDA (Producer) Johnny is the Artistic Director and Founder of Utah Rep. He has acted in, directed or produced more than 80 productions throughout the U.S., on both stage and film, including performances in regional theaters such as The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island (performing the title of role of Romeo under the direction of Terrence Mann in his original rock musical adaptation of “Romeo & Juliet”), Roxy Regional Theatre in Nashville, and Off-Off Broadway with the American Family Theatre in New York City, in which he toured more than 30 cities in various productions. He is a former member of Actor’s Equity and a current member of the Screen Actors’ Guild. Favorite directing projects include “Bare” (a City Weekly Best of Utah Arts award winner, Broadway World Regional Awards for Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical, Broadway World and Utah Theatre Bloggers Association Outstanding Theatre for 2015), “Carrie the Musical” (Utah Theatre Bloggers Association Excellence in Musical Theatre for 2015),  “Side Show,” and “Carousel” (for Utah Rep); “Parade” (Outstanding Student Director Award, BYU); “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls” and “The Little Shop of Horrors” (Florida School of the Arts).  Recent producing credits include “[title of show],” “August: Osage County,” “Love Letters,” “i love you because,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Ordinary Days,” and “Amadeus” (Utah Rep). Johnny is a graduate of Roosevelt University (MA in Directing), Brigham Young University (BFA in Music Dance Theatre), and The Florida School of the Arts Conservatory (AA in Musical Theater). Favorite acting credits include Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie & Clyde” (Broadway World Award: Best Actor in a Musical) and Steve in “Grace” (both for Utah Rep); CB in “Dog Sees God,” Applegate in “Damn Yankees,” and Mozart in “Amadeus” (Florida Theatre Conference: Best Actor, College Division); Johnny recently played Rapunzel’s Prince in “Into the Woods” with the Sandy Arts Guild and Jimmy Smith in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” with the Empress Theatre and looks forward to directing “Heathers the Musical” for Utah Rep. www.johnnyhebda.com.

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