​​​​CREEKSIDE THEATRE FEST

Kevin Peterson:  (Sir Toby Belch) World renowned writer and actor, Kevin Peterson, returns for his third season with the Creekside Theatre Fest.  Having previously appeared in the festival as Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (2018) and Fighting Prawn in Peter and the Starcatcher (2019).  Kevin lives in Orem with his lovely wife and 8 children.  Kevin has preformed in a number of shows in Utah over the years, including  Barefoot in the Park at the Covey Center.  He also appeared as Walter in The Good Wife's Guide as part of the Utah New Works Ten project.   Kevin is the author of 3 great fiction books.  Porkchops and Applesauce (a collection of short stories) The Many Deaths of Mary, and William and Salmolina.  Look for his first Children's book "The Dark Dark Story" coming later in 2020. Kevin is excited for this great show and thanks you for your support of the arts!


Jeanelle Huff: (Olivia) Jeanelle is so so happy to be back at the Creekside (this time with her sweet husband, Kristian) after a summer away. In previous seasons Jeanelle appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena) The Tempest (Ariel) and Frog Prince (Milkmaid). Jeanelle is a graduate of the BFA Acting program at BYU where she was seen in Mary Stuart (Hannah Kennedy) A Comedy of Errors (Adriana) East of Eden (Kate) and the nationally acclaimed Radium Girls (Irene/ Katherine Wiley) 


Kristopher Miles: (Fabian/Captain) This is Kristopher's first show with the Creekside Theatre Fest and they're thrilled to be filling the role of Fabian in Twelfth Night. Some of their favorite credits include Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi and Borachio in Much Ado about Nothing with Grassroots Shakespeare Company, and Peter in The Zoo Story with Dispossessed Theatre Company. 



Harmony Hadfield:  (Asst Stage Manager) Harmony has a love for all aspects of theater. From hair, makeup, singing and bows, to set changes, prop hunting, and staying at the theater until 3am getting ready for tech week! As stressful as it can be, there is often no where she’d rather be than at the theater. She’s had the opportunity to perform in roles both on the stage and behind the scenes, including actress, stage manager, assistant director, props master, hair/makeup artist and more. Some technical credits include Matilda (stage manager), Aladdin Jr. (ASM), Frozen Jr. (ASM), Mother Courage (assistant director), and Aida (props master). When she isn’t involved in a show you can often find her in her room. Doing homework. “All my thanks to my wonderful family!” 


Kathleen Balanzategui:  (Valentine/Olivia's Servant/Fabian/Captain) Back at it again, Kat is delighted to be with Creekside Theatre Fest for a second season! Credits with CTF: Peter and the Starcatcher (Sanchez) and Macbeth (Young Siward). Other credits include: Utah Valley University-- Señora Tortuga, Die Fledermaus; Pioneer High School for the Performing Arts-- A Piece of My Heart, Godspell. Kat is currently studying Theatre Arts and music at Utah Valley University. In the fall, she will be touring in the cast of Timmon and the Magic Shoes as Adede, an injured grasshopper (Kat's spirit animal). When she is not at school, Kat works behind the scenes making short films with her brothers at Balanz Productions.  


Liza Shoell:  (Viola) Liza Shoell is thrilled to join Creekside Theatre Fest. She is a fresh faced graduate of Utah State where her favorite credits included "The (Obsolete) Unkindness of Ravens"as Marley, "Awake and Sing" as Bessie, and "Shockheaded Peter" as Mother. Since her second coming to SLC Liza has been privileged to work with Comet Sweeper Theatre on "Telephone" as Jey, with Grassroots Shakespeare on "Duchess of Malfi" as Julia, and New World Shakespeare in "Coriolanus". It has been said that Liza is a treasure of which we cannot hope to be worthy. 


Eli Ghaeini:  (Sebastian) Eli Ghaeini is excited to be making his Creekside Theatre Fest debut! Some of his favorite roles include The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Ginabrik), Our Town (George Gibbs), Measure for Measure (Pompey) and the Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Butch Honeywell). He holds a BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University, and studied at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) in Moscow, Russia. He is represented by McCarty Talent Agency. 


Joleah Long:  Anotnio/ Understudy Viola) Joleah Long is excited to be at Creekside for her fourth season! Other roles include - Antigone in Munich (Sophie Scholl, UHSAA State Winner Best Lead Actress in a Play) Barnum (Charity, UHSMTA State Finalist Best Lead Actress) Mary Stuart (Mary Stuart) Cinderella (Fairy-godmother/Marie) Antigone in Munich (Sophie Scholl, world premiere reading) School of Rock (Rosalie, regional premiere) King John at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Constance) She is thankful for the support from her family and dedicates her performance to them and to Arby’s curly fries.  

Spencer Hunsicker:  ( Sir Andrew/Understudy Orsino) Spencer Hunsicker is excited to be back at Creekside this season. Recent credits include Mary Stuart (Pioneer Theatre Company) and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Noorda Center). BFA Brigham Young University. He will be joining the MFA program at UCSD this fall. 
 


Rachel Nicholes:  (Maria) Rachel Ryan Nicholes is excited to make her Creekside Theater debut! She began her love of musical theater from a young age at home in Canada. Since then, she has spent ten years in the United States studying music and theater and performing professionally. She has a BMA in Opera Performance and recently finished a Masters of Music in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University. Some of her favorite roles include: The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Judy in White Christmas, Adrianna in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, and Lucy in Menotti’s opera The Telephone. When she’s not performing, you can find her teaching voice at the University of Utah, Utah Valley University and the Hale Center Theater in Orem, or spending time with her husband and puppy.
 
Jordan Nicholes:  (Orsino) Jordan is excited to do a play with his wife Rachel. He graduated with a BFA in Acting from BYU in 2016. Some of his favorite roles have included Dromio in Comedy of Errors with Oklahoma Shakespeare, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet with Renaissance Now Theater Company, and Mrs. Bumbrake in Peter and the Starcatcher with Hale Center Theater Orem. He is an avid gamer and NBA basketball fan (go Spurs!), and hopes you enjoy some Shakespeare. 
 


Kristian Huff: (Feste/Understudy Malvolio)  Kristian Huff is a Utah native and is thrilled to be joining the Creekside Theatre Fest alongside his lovely wife, Jeanelle. Kristian is a graduate of the Music Dance Theatre BFA program at Brigham Young University and he has performed in several venues in several capacities across the valley. Some of his recent favorite credits include Harold Hill in the Music Man (The Playmill Theatre), the Friar/Balthazar and production choreographer in Much Ado About Nothing (BYU), Jack in Into the Woods (BYU), Corny Collins in Hairspray (SCERA Shell), Melville in Mary Stuart (BYU), as well as spending a year with BYU’s Young Ambassadors.  

Julie Hendricks:  (Olivia's Servant) Julie Hendricks has loved theatre throughout life beginning in childhood. Some of the favorite roles of the past have been Joyce Heth from Barnum, Gabrielle from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and Peter from Romeo and Juliet. She has performed at Cedar City’s Shakespeare competition and at Utah’s 1A Region and State Theater competition with Liahona Preparatory Academy for all four years of high school. She is now studying English with a focus on creative writing at Utah Valley University. She is very happy to be in Twelfth Night for this summer. “I know times are hard right now, but I hope you’re able to laugh and smile a bit during our show. Good luck and stay safe friends. 

Courtney Moreland:  2nd Officer/Curio) Courtney Moreland is a graduate of Brigham Young University's BFA program. She has performed in several of the school's productions including the Theatre for Young Audience's production of Glorious Story Emporium, an improvised storytelling show, and thr KCACTF award-winning show Radium Girls. Most recently, she performed in a character mask production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Courtney enjoys voice-over and photography, and in her spare time she loves weightlifting and writing music. 


Meg Flinders:  (Choreographer) Meg graduated in 2019 from the Music Dance Theatre program at BYU and has been dancing since she was three years old. She has helped choreograph Princess Academy at BYU, Scrooge! and Oliver at the Dickens Festival, and Oklahoma! at Starlight Mountain Theatre. Meg is so excited to be a part of this production of Twelfth Night!  


Brooke Wilkins:  (Vaneine/1st Officer) Brooke is pleased as punch to join the Creekside Theater Festival this year. She has appeared in the Utah Children’s Theater (now the Parker Theater) as Tom Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Gertrude in Hamlet, Falstaff from Henry IV and Jadis in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Other recent roles include Masha in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and Edmund in Edward II at An Other Theater Company and Truvy in Steel Magnolias at the Provo Covey Center. 

Zach Hansen:  (Music Director) Zach is honored to be back for a second year at Creekside, and takes great pride in his work as an audio engineer, composer, accompanist, teacher, and director. Other recent credits include “First Daughter’s Suite” (pit, Liahona Preparatory Academy) and “Arabian Nights” (composer/audio engineer, Next Stage Productions). Zach and his wife also own a local music school, Timeless Timbre Music, in Spanish Fork.  

Maren Hansen: (Music Director)  Maren is thrilled to once again be part of Creekside’s summer season. Aside from being a keyboardist and composer, Maren also studies voice at the University of Utah and is working towards a bachelor's degree in choral education. She also enjoys giving voice coaching sessions out of her studio in Spanish Fork and spending time with her husband and two dogs. 



Trev Davis:  (Malvolio)  I am Trev. I like Shakespeare. He and I dated in middle school once. Great guy. Huge fan of cheese and also Jordan Long. That’s all there is to know really. 



Chris Hults:  (Director)  Chris is ecstatic to be directing this amazing team for Creekside, after performing with them the last two seasons. Chris has degrees in Philosophy, English, Theatre, and a Masters in Theatre History & Critical Theory. He teaches at Maeser Prep Academy in Lindon, and is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. 


Jeanine Loukota:  (Stage Manager) Jeanine is so thrilled to be back as Creekside’s Resident Stage Manager.  She enjoys working behind the scenes and organizing schedules, rehearsals, props, and being the go-to girl.  She is the Assistant Administrator at Liahona Preparatory Academy in Pleasant Grove and teaches 3rd/4th grade part time.  She is the proud grandma of three beautiful grandchildren and a mother of 4.  She loves the theatre and believes it is a place where you can be yourself and is truly the most exhausting fun she has ever had and continues to have. 

Jess Wallace:  (Costume Designer)  Jess Wallace is a MFA graduate student at Utah State University, studying Costume and Projection Design. She has been working in theatre as an Actor, Director, Writer and Designer for 10 plus years. She loves the work of William Shakespeare and always jumps at an opportunity to work with the Bard. Some of her more recent projects have included USU's productions of [title of show] (Costume Designer) and She Kills Monsters (Projection Designer), West Work Theatre's productions of The 39 Steps (Director, Costume Designer) and Peter Pan (Assistant Director, Costume Designer), Creekside Theatre Festival's productions of Macbeth and Peter and the Starcatcher (Costume Designer). She would like to thank her incredible husband and best friend Alex, as well as her young sons, Oliver and Jaime, for their unending love and support as she fills the house with creative destruction. She would also like to thank Creekside for finding a way to produce a safe production, creating art during this pandemic has been essential to her survival, thank you all and enjoy Twelfth Night!