Jordyn Aspyn M- Margaret
Jordyn is a graduate from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite projects include Percy in The Spitfire Grill, Trisha in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Maureen in Rent, Chava in Fiddler on the Roof, directing Heathers the Musical at SUU; Poppy in Noises Off, originating the role of Janine in Under Construction the Musical at the Neil Simon Festival; The Utah Shakespeare Festival 2015 summer season. She is happy to be joining Creekside Theatre Fest for their 2018 season.
Kaelynn Bybee G- Fiona
Kaelynn has always dreamed of performing professionally in theater and could not be more thrilled to join the Creekside Theater Fest this summer! She comes from Liahona Preparatory Academy where she serves in the Theater Presidency and just finished Mary Poppins with the role of Jane Banks with Cedar Hills Youth Theater. Kaelynn got her start with her first role as Gretyl in The Sound of Music when she was 8 years old, and it was clear that she had a flare for Musical Dance Theater and Acting. Other credits include: Peter Pan (fairy), Fiddler on the Roof (candle girl), Little Mermaid Jr. (Flounder), Into the Woods (Little Red), Annie Jr. (Annie), Beauty and the Beast Jr.(Babette), Hairspray (Nicest Kid in town), Our Town (young Emily), Antigone and Munich (young Sophie Schulz), School of Rock the musical (Summer band manager), Captain Louie (Amy the broom), King Henry V (Shakespeare Best Actor Award and Larry Lott Scholarship), and Robert McCaire/Deadshot (Louisa). Love and gratitude to Mom and Dad, my best friend, voice lesson teacher Laurel, and my favorite director Jordan Long.
M. Chase Grant M- Benedick
M. Chase Grant is excited to be back on the stage with such a talented cast and production team at the Creekside Theatre Festival. His favorite recent roles include, CORIOLANUS (Coriolanus) with Grassroots Shakespeare Company, CLAUDIUS (Hamlet) with BYU Theater Department, and MACBETH (Macbeth) at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Chase received his M.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter, UK, and currently teaches Directing and Acting courses for the theater department at Utah Valley University.
Chris Hults G- The Giver M- Don Pedro
Chris teaches and directs Drama at Maeser Preparatory Academy, and is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society. He has degrees in Philosophy, English, and Theatre, and soon will have a Masters in Theatre History & Critical Theory. Chris has directed, performed, and taught professionally in California, Pennsylvania, and Utah. Favorite roles include C.S. Lewis in Freud's Last Session (The Next Stage), Touchstone in As You Like It (Nittany Valley Shakespeare Co.), Kent in King Lear, Malvolio in 12th Night (Grassroots Shakespeare Co.), and Lenin in Tom Stoppard's Travesties (BYU).
Jeanelle Long F- Milkmaid
Jeanelle is excited to be returning to the Creeside Theatre Fest once again this summer, after appearing in Once On This Island (TiMoune) and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena) in 2016 and The Tempest (Ariel) last season. Jeanelle is currently studying in the BFA Acting program at Brigham Young University where she recently appeared in Mary Stuart (Hannah Kennedy) and the National Premiere of Chariots of Fire (Ensemble). Other recent credits include The Curious Savage (LillyBelle Savage) and The Diary of Anne Frank (Anne Frank, Broadway World Salt Lake City Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play)
Jordan Long F- Servingman
Jordan is a graduate of Brigham Young University. This is Jordan's 3rd year with the Creekside Theatre Fest. He is currently the head of the Nationally Award Winning Theatre Department at Liahona Preparatory Academy. Recent acting credits include: L. Frank Baum in Oz (Creekside); A Midsummer Night's Dream (Creekside); The Curious Savage (Highland Arts Council); Honk! (Cedar Hills Arts Council); The Diary of Anne Frank (Highland Arts Council); Barnum (Timpanogos Arts Foundation); Aida (Timpanogos Arts Foundation); Go Dog Go (BYU); Damn Yankees (Sandy Arts Guild). Jordan serves as the Artistic Director and was a founding member of the Creekside Theatre Fest. Jordan Thanks his amazing wife Aubrey, and beautiful children Sophronia and Michael Smith.
Hannah Nimer M- Verges
Hannah Nimer is extremely excited to be part of this production of Much ado About Nothing playing the role of verges! This is Her first play out of school and she is thrilled to be working with this amazing cast. She has recently been in productions such as A Midsummer Night's dream playing 'Helena' and The Man Who Came To Dinner as 'Maggie Cutler' at American Fork High school. She would like to Thank her friends and family for supporting and encouraging her!
Brandon Pack M- Antonio
Brandon Pack will be joining the Creekside Theatre Festival for the fist time, and is very excited. Previous roles Brandon has played include Clayton in Tarzan, Thomas Diaforius in The Imaginary Invalid, an ensemble member in Sweeney Todd, Thenardier in Les Miserables, and Signior Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew. He graduated from American Fork High School in 2009. He has also been a life-long performer of Shakespeare, starting in his elementary school production of Macbeth as Macbeth, and competing many times in the Cedar City Shakespeare competition. He looks forward to this great season!
Steven Pack M- Conrade
Steven is very excited to be a part of The Creekside Theater Festival’s production of Much Ado About Nothing. Some Previous shows include several productions at American Fork High School and with the AF Players. In addition, Steven is an aspiring filmmaker.
Kevin Peterson M- Leonato
Kevin lives in Orem with his lovely wife and 8 children. He has written 3 books (The Many Deaths of Mary, William and Salmolina, Pork Chops and Applesauce) and loves books, movies and video games. He most recently played Harry Pepper, the Telephone Repair Man, in "Barefoot in the Park" at the Covey Center. A role he previously played while attending BYU. Prior to that most recent run, he debuted the role of Walter in "The Good Wife's Guide" at the Mercury Theatre as part of the Utah New Works 10 Project. Kevin is excited to once again dive into "Much Ado About Nothing,"another show he first performed in at BYU.
Mason Shanks G- Asher
Mason is thrilled to be making his Creekside Theatre Fest debut. Mason has performed professionally in Pioneer Theater Company’s productions of The Music Man, It Happened One Christmas, and Oliver. He has also performed locally in numerous productions including Saturday’s Warrior, Mary Poppins, and Barnum the Circus Musical. Mason has been seen in Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, MarVista Entertainment’s Waffle Street, and in other local advertisements.
Bradley Southard G- Father M- Borachio
Brad's passion for theater began in 8th grade when he tried out for his first musical, Once on This Island. Since then, he has been in West Side Story, Les Miserables and Sweeney Todd (where he played the title role). He had the opportunity to teach high school theater in Washington, where he also directed Fiddler on the Roof and The Nerd, and produced A Night of One Acts. He is excited to be in his first Shakespeare production under the director who started it all for him Brad is also excited to play the role of Father in The Giver. Brad hopes you enjoy the shows as much as he does!
Gabriel Spencer M- Claudio
This is Gabe's second season as an actor with the Creekside Theatre Fest. He was recently seen in Once On This Island (TonTon Julian) at the Creekside. Gabe graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Acting. Regional acting credits include productions at Hale West Valley, Lagoon Entertainment, and the Sandy Amphitheatre. Broadcasting and Film credits include Art Department on The Cokeville Miracle, Production Assistant for KUTV Channel 2 News,The LDS Church's new Book of Mormon series and DJ for KRCL 90.9 FM. Gabe has taught theatre at Liahona Preparatory Academy, Lincoln Academy and is currently a Theatre Department Chair at Pioneer High-School for the Performing Arts in American Fork.
Shaunna Thompson M- Beatrice
Shaunna Thompson has been a stage actress since she was eight and a film actress for the past 23 years. It has been her lifelong passion. She has performed numerous times at both Hale Center Theaters, BYU, the Scera, the Castle Theater, Midvale Arts, and Park City. She has enjoyed coaching and directing children in various high school and performing arts settings. She’s felt extremely blessed with many opportunities in the film industry to travel, host, carry lead roles in movies, commercials, voiceovers, and many projects for the LDS Church. She’s so excited to come back to her first love, “The Bard”, and utter his beautiful words, once again. Many thanks to her family and especially her adored husband, who has patiently watched her spread her wings, over the years, and visit the stage when she needs to.
Marco Vega M- Dogberry
Marco Antonio Vega is a real Utah Valley local; graduating from American Fork High School in 2009! He later attended Southern Utah University where he received his BA in Theater Arts and began his work with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Some of his Utah Shakes credits include, Bardolph- Henry V, Demetrius- Midsummer, and Laertes for the Shakespeare-in-the-schools tour of Hamlet. He has also worked with the Reduced Shakespeare Company playing Himself in their latest play, William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged). He is currently preparing to begin his MFA at the University of San Diego.
F = Role in The Frog Prince
G = Role in The Giver
M = Role in Much Ado About Nothing
The 2018 Company