Utah Shakespeare Festival Favorite Joshua Durfey highlights final round of casting alongside film actress Alice Johnson and Creekside Favorite Adam Argyle
We are beyond excited to announce the addition of Josh Durfey to the 2018 Creekside Theatre Fest Company. Joshua will be playing Friar/Balthasar/Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing. Joshua will be joining the company directly off of a run of Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Sierra Reparatory Theatre in California. Joshua has been seen in many roles over the last few seasons at the Utah Shakespeare Festival including Ferdinand (The Tempest), Benny Southstreet (Guys & Dolls), and Neleus (Mary Poppins). Other credits include leading roles at Starlight Mountain Theatre in Idaho and the Pickleville Playhouse.
Film Actress Alice Johnson is joining the Creekside Theatre Fest Company for the first time in 2018 to play Mother in The Giver and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. Alice graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Alice may be recognized on screen in the upcoming Book of Mormon project created by the LDS church. Other favorite credits include playing Mary Musgrove in Sense and Sensibility and over 18 characters in War of the Worlds.
We are pleased to announce that Adam Argyle will be returning to the Creekside for his second season. Adam was recently seen as Antonio in The Tempest during the Fest’s 2017 season. Adam has extensive experience performing Shakespeare and has been seen as Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Macbeth (Macbeth), Ceaser and Octavius (Julius Ceaser), Master Ford (The Merry Wives of Windsor) and Iago (Othello). Adam has also won multiple local and national awards for his fight choreography for the stage with swords.
Also joining the company for her first season is Madelyn Pettingill. Madelyn will be playing Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing. Madelyn is most known for her work with Grassroots Shakespeare Company where she recently played Maris (Twelfth Night). Anadine Marshall is joining the company for her first season playing Larissa in The Giver and The Witch in The Frog Prince. Recent credits include Truvy (Steel Magnolias) and Annie Sullivan (The Miracle Worker). We are pleased to announce that Barak Davis has been cast as Jonas in The Giver for his first season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. Barak is 13 and has been performing on stage since he was 5. He recently took 1st place both overall and individually at the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s High-School Competition in the jr. high division and was recently seen as guitarist Zach Mooneyham in the regional premiere of School of Rock the Musical. Joseph Wilkins is another newcomer to the Creekside and will be in the ensemble of The Giver. Joseph may be recognized from his work on the viral youtube ad for Living Scriptures with Studio C’s James Perry that has been viewed nearly 3 million times. Joseph’s little sister Elyse Wilkins will be joining him in the ensemble of The Giver as well. Elyse was featured in that same video for Living Scriptures and is currently playing Roquefort in her school’s production of Disney’s Aristocats Kids. Also joining the ensemble of The Giver is Joleah Long. Joleah will be playing the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing. This will be Joleah’s second season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. She was previously seen in the Ensemble of Once On This Island where she served as the dance captain in 2016. Joleah has won many awards at the Utah Shakespeare Festival High-School Competition and the UHSAA State Theatre Competition. She recently was seen as Rosalie Mullins in the Regional Premiere of School of Rock the Musical. Joining the festival for her first season is Kathryn Rowley. Katie will be playing the Watch in Much Ado About Nothing and has also won many awards at the Utah Shakespeare Festival High-School Competition and the UHSAA State Theatre Competition. Recent roles include Emily (Our Town) and Mother (The Giver). We are happy to welcome back Carl Ernstrom to his second season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. Carl will be in the ensemble of The Giver. Carl was seen last year on the Creekside stage playing Alonso in The Tempest. Rebecca Ernstrom will be joining her father in the ensemble of The Giver. This will be the first season at the Creekside for Rebecca. After a years length hiatus, Festival favorite Nicole Allen will be returning to the Creekside Stage as the Chief Elder in The Giver. Nicole was seen during the 2016 season as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mama Euralie in Once On This Island. Other recent credits include The Mousetrap, The Curious Savage and Standing Still Standing. Joining her mother on stage for the first time in a while will be London Allen. London will be playing Rosemary in The Giver. This will be London’s second season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. London was last seen at the Creekside in Once On This Island in the children’s ensemble during the 2016 season. Other recent roles in youth theatre include Ladybug (James and the Giant Peach Jr.) and Mrs. Brill (Mary Poppins Jr.). Jordan Bennion is returning for his second season at the Creekside Theatre Fest as well. Jordan was previously seen as Puck in the 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Jordan has won many awards at the Utah Shakespeare Festival High-School Competition and the UHSAA State Theatre Competition including first place in duo/trio scenes (Shakespeare) and first in both Dramatic Monologues and Contemporary Scenes (UHSAA). Jordan has recently been seen as Mortimer (Mary Stuart) and Prince Topher (Cinderella). Tayven Yeager is fairly new to the stage and will be playing Boy in Much Ado About Nothing during his first season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. Tayven recently played one of the king’s children in The King and I and has shot a commercial for Young Living. Ella Brammer will be joining the company as Lilly in The Giver for her first season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. Ella has recently been seen on stage in the Cedar Hills Youth Theatre productions of Mary Poppins Jr. and James and the Giant Peach Jr. Arianna Nelson will be joining the Creekside family for her fist season this year as an ensemble member in The Giver. Arianna has been a member of many state and national championship theatre teams and most recently took 2nd at the state theatre competition in Comedic Monologues. Brendon Nelson will be joining his sister in the ensemble of The Giver. This will be Brendon’s first season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. Brendon has also been a member of state and national championship teams. Finally, another new face this season is Michael Hess. This is Michael’s first season with the Creekside Theatre Fest. Michael has most recently been seen on stage as Harry Beaton in Brigadoon at the Scera Shell and as Banquo in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Complete bios for all of these actors are available along with those previously announced HERE