Cast Members

“I have been obsessed with The Bridges of Madison County for two years and wondered if I would ever have a chance to play this role. I have the added bonus of having my dear friend Jeanne McGuire music direct, and a cast and orchestra one can only dream of. Thanks to Utah Rep for continuing its desire to mount shows that are not performed often in this area, and for its commitment to keep the integrity of live music for each musical.”
ERIN ROYALL CARLSON (Francesca) Utah Rep audiences will remember Erin for her lead roles in Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Last 5 Years. She recently played Milly in the Hale Centre Theatre West Valley production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other credits include Cassie, A Chorus Line (Egyptian Theatre); Fantine, Les Miz (Hale Centre Theatre West Valley); Eva Peron, Evita (Egyptian Theatre and Rodgers Memorial Theatre); and Velma Kelly, Chicago (Dark Horse Theatre). “Thanks to my amazing, supportive husband. I have been obsessed with this show for two years and wondered if I would ever have a chance to play this role. I have the added bonus of having my dear friend Jeanne McGuire music direct and a cast and orchestra one can only dream of. Thanks to Utah Rep for continuing their desire to mount shows that are not performed often in this area, and for their commitment to keep the integrity of live music for their musicals.”

“I’m excited to bring this engaging show to Utah audiences. It’s beautifully written and a unique addition to the Utah theater scene.”
RILEE CRUMP (Carolyn) Thrilled to make her Utah Rep debut in The Bridges of Madison County, Riley’s favorite credits include Hairspray (SCERA Center for the Arts), Little Shop of Horrors (Utah COPA) and the Utah premiere of A Christmas Story: The Musical (Lone Peak High School). “Thanks to my parents for their love and support.”

“I love singing my character’s beautiful songs. I also appreciate the opportunity to experience through him an intense passion and love that many of us long to feel and few of us ever attain. Robert found ‘the one,’ his one; and because of that, I get to feel the joy and fulfillment that comes from his discovery.”
KEVIN GOERTZEN (Robert Kincaid) This is Kevin’s debut with Utah Rep. His credits include File, 110 in the Shade (Hale Center Theater Orem); Enjolras, Les Miz (Tuacahn); Sir Percival Blakeney, The Scarlet Pimpernel (Hale Centre Theatre West Valley); Adam Pontipee, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Sundance Summer Theatre); and Curly, Oklahoma! (BYU).

“I saw The Bridges of Madison County on Broadway and was transported. The music is glorious and it is a delight to sing.”
ELIZABETH HANSEN (Marge) Elizabeth returns to Utah Rep after performing as Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Her local acting credits include Mother Superior in Sister Act (Hale Centre Theatre West Valley) and Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn in The Music Man (Sundance). Her professional acting credits include Broadway: 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 & I, with Rudolf Nureyev; Evita (directed by Harold Prince); A Partridge in a Pear Tree, with James Mason; and a whole bunch of other stuff. Elizabeth holds an MFA from the American Film Institute, has won the Writers Guild of America Award, an Emmy nomination, was a finalist for the Humanitas Prize for excellence in children’s television writing, and has been awarded two Crystal Awards and a Telly. She is Executive Director of Utah Lyric Opera, where she has directed Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, La Boheme and The Barber of Seville.

“What did I learn from The Bridges of Madison County? Love is always better.”
KARLI ROSE LOWRY (Ensemble) Karli Rose is pleased to mark The Bridges of Madison County as her fifth production with Utah Rep: First seen in Rent as Maureen, next in Cabaret as Texas/Gorilla, in Heathers as Veronica Sawyer and Kiss of the Spider Woman as Marta. Selected credits include Dale in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (Silver Summit Theatre Company), 35 MM (Good Company Theatre), Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (University of Utah) and Mazeppa in Gypsy (Dark Horse Theatre Company). Karli studied Musical Theatre at the University of Utah, under the direction of Denny Berry. During the day she helps folks buy and sell real estate and is a certified cat lady.

“I am excited to work with such talented people. Even from the first musical rehearsals, I realized what an incredibly talented cast I am working with. I am humbled and thrilled to be a part of it.”
GARY PIMENTEL (Charlie) After playing Franklin Hart, the sexist egotistical lying hypocritical bigot, in 9 to 5 The Musical (Centerpoint Legacy Theatre), Gary is thrilled to join this extremely talented Bridges of Madison County cast and make Utah Rep debut. His favorite roles include Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods (The Grand Theatre), Roger Marshall in Pirated! (Good Company Theatre) and Nunzio Cristano in Over the River and Through the Woods (Hale Centre Theatre). “I am grateful to Johnny, Chase and Jeanne for giving me this opportunity. And thanks to my understanding wife, Lori.”

“I’m so excited to work with this incredible cast and crew. Thanks so much for coming to see us!”
JOSH RICHARDSON (Richard “Bud” Johnson) Although this is his first Utah Rep production, Josh is no stranger to the Utah stage. He’s been seen in numerous roles on multiple stages, including Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol, Shrek in Shrek the Musical, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, Zach in A Chorus Line and Robert Summers in The Heart of Robin Hood. He’s also worked as a director at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre and Salt Lake Community College. And if you look closely, you may also catch a glimpse of him in local commercials or as Col. George Hinkle in “Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration.” When he’s not playing pretend onstage, Josh is father to two amazing teenage boys, Spencer and William. He spends his daylight hours as an account manager with, a local digital marketing company. He’s also fond of games, movies, playing the piano and all sorts of outdoor activities. Connect with Josh on Facebook at or on Twitter at @Jmr_Utah.

“What excites me most is the intimacy of the characters. There’s a company of characters, but really the story revolves around Robert and Francesca. You really get a close-up look of two people falling in love with one another over the course of a few days. It’s beautiful, intimate, real and heartbreaking; and those are always the most compelling stories to me.”
ARDON SMITH (Ensemble) Ardon is so excited to be making his Utah Rep debut in a production of one of his favorite musical theatre shows! Ardon is currently a sophomore at Utah Valley University pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. He’s appeared in various shows at the university, such as The Winter’s Tale as Camillo, Trojan Women as Menelaus, Anything Goes as Moonface Martin and Jumpers as Paul Alarab. He will be appearing in the university’s production of Cabaret in the spring as Herr Schultz. Ardon has also appeared with various other companies such as Utah COPA, Utah Valley Shakespeare Players and Grassroots Shakespeare Company. “Thanks to Chad Fortie, Jim Smith, Chase Ramsey, McKelle Shaw, and Ben and Kim Smith for always supporting and believing in him. Enjoy the show!”

“I’m excited to be involved with a piece of musical theatre that makes a point of trying to stay grounded in reality. Without flashing lights or dance numbers there’s more room to be moved by the show’s themes and sweeping music.”
NIC THOMAS (Michael) Nic is excited to be making his Utah Rep debut after taking a brief hiatus from performing. Nic’s favorite roles include Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (Utah COPA) and Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden (Lone Peak High School). “Thanks to everyone who inspires me to keep acting.”

“There is nothing easy about this show: the music, the storytelling, the morality. Like life, The Bridges of Madison County is complex. I feel that audiences will relate to this piece in unexpected ways. They will see themselves in many of the moments we create onstage, which can be uncomfortable and illuminating all at the same time. I’m excited for all that we can learn about life and love through the telling of this painful, beautiful story.”
AMANDA VAN ORDEN (Marian/Ginny) Amanda is thrilled to make her debut with Utah Rep in the Utah premiere of The Bridges of Madison County. In April of this year, Amanda earned her BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU. She most recently appeared in Joseph…Dreamcoat (Hale Centre Theatre West Valley). Favorite roles include Milly Pontipee in Seven Brides (Playmill Theater), Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins (BYU), and Woman 2 in Songs for a New World (Center Stage Theater Company). “Please enjoy the show!”