Natalie Easter – headshot
Natalie Easter is an active performer and musician throughout the United States and Italy. Her vocal prowess covers opera, art song, oratorio, and musical theater. She holds a Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of Kansas, where she was fortunate to work with mezzo-soprano, Joyce Castle. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance, as well as a Theatre minor from the University of Utah. Performance highlights include: Hänsel in Hänsel & Gretel (Utah Lyric Opera), Mrs. Anderssen in A Little Night Music(Pine Mountain Music Festival), Dorabella in Così fan tutte (Seagle Music Colony, University of Kansas), Charlotte in Werther (University of Kansas), Meg in Little Women (University of Utah), April in The Cabaret Girl (Ohio Light Opera), Alisa in Lucia di Lammermoor (La Musica Lirica), and Lady Larken in Once Upon A Mattress (Sugar Factory Playhouse). She is thrilled to perform the role of Jenny in Silver Summer Theatre’s production of Company.
Lindsay Bateman (SUSAN)
Lindsay is thrilled to be working, for her first time, with Silver Summit Theatre Company! She is so pleased to be working with such a talented cast of individuals. Lindsay graduated with her AFA degree in Musical Theatre from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs. She has been involved in theatre her whole life, first appearing onstage in a dance concert at 3 months old. However, she never gained her passion for it until high school. Some of her favorite roles include the Title role in Elton John’s Aida, Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Sonia in Godspell. She has also appeared as part of the Octet twice in Hale Centre Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. When she is not on stage she loves hanging around with her husband watching copious amounts of movies, playing with their cats, and most importantly building a legacy for their future family. “This has been one of the most fantastic journeys through life. Theatre gives anyone the ability to learn so much about the world around them, but most importantly, themselves. I couldn’t have started this journey without my mother. I also want to thank Joseph, for carrying my heart and always being there for me.
Eve Speer (SARAH)
Eve Speer (Sarah) is an avid karate master. She is currently working towards her paisley belt and can shred a piece of paper with her bare hands. Favorite roles include: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Be the Bard; Philotisin �?Tis Pity She’s a Whore at the American Shakespeare Center; Lady Macbeth, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale with Maryland Shakespeare Festival; Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at Midvale Main Street Theatre, Mandy in Not the Messiah at The Grand, and Mae in Reefer Madness at the Egyptian with Darkhorse Company Theatre. She holds an MFA in Shakespeare and Renaissance Lit in Performance and a BFA in Acting. She is currently directingTwelfth Night at the Echo Theatre in Provo. As a 30 something single lady with a slew of crazy married friends, this show kinda sorta speaks to her. She is working with Mr. Sondheim on a sequel to Company entitled Is Being Alive Really Worth Giving Up My Valuable Netflix Time? or Isn’t Having a Dog Enough?
Brandon Rufener (HARRY)
Brandon most recently appeared in a stunning evening gown as Mrs. Betty Parkinson in Monty Python’s Not the Messiah at the Grand Theater. Other favorite roles include Poor Husband in A Christmas Carol, Albert in Bye Bye Birdie, Professor Bhaer in Little Women and JP Morgan in Ragtime. Thank you to MDGGBASLMC for all your support, and thank you especially to K and S for being the best reason ever for hurrying home after rehearsal
Ali Bennett (AMY)
Ali Bennett (Amy) is excited to be a part of one of her favorite shows. Ali is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has been seen at many theatres in the area including: Egyptian Theatre Co., Salt Lake Acting Co., Pioneer Co., Hale Center Theatre Orem, Hale Center Theatre WVC, and The Grand Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include: Into the Woods (Little Red), The Wedding Singer (Julia), Brigadoon (Meg), Ragtime (Evelyn), Xanadu (Calliope), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Cindy Lou). She would like to thank Jon and the Girls for all their love and support and all of the babysitters that took care of our new addition Ben
Bryan Mikele Daley (DAVID)
Meet Bryan Dayley! He plays the role of David in COMPANY. Bryan is a man of few words when it comes to talking about himself, his experience, and his accomplishments. Favorite roles include “Charlie” in The Foreigner (Hale Centre Theatre), and “Dr. Einstein” in Arsenic and Old Lace (Hale Centre Theare). He can also be seen on GeekTyrant.com where he works as a writer for Geek Tyrant VS. He is very excited to be working with SSTC for the first time and he wishes to express a sincere thank you to all of his friends, family, and future acquaintances (you know who you are…or will)
Mason Holmstead (PAUL
Mason is very excited to be performing in one of his favorite shows of all time! Mason is a Musical Theatre major at the University of Utah (Class of 2017), and brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to his role. Some of his favorite roles include Judge Turpin from SWEENY TODD and Young Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hale Centre Theater. When he isn’t onstage, he is spending time with his friends and family, directing at Lehi High School, and living life to the fullest. Mason would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank his family and Mindy for their never ending support as he pursues his passion.
Rick Rea (ROBERT/BOBBY)
Rick has worked in Utah theater for several years as a director, choreographer, music director, and actor. He holds a B.A. from Weber State University in Musical Theatre and is the Artistic Director of Ziegfeld Theater Company in Ogden. Recent directing credits: Avenue Q (regional premiere), Road Show (regional premiere), The Producers, Next to Normal, Into the Woods. Recent acting credits: Anything Goes (Moonface), Xanadu (Danny), Tartuffe (Orgon). Rick shared with us how grateful he is to his family, the Ziggy’s (you know who you are), and most of all to my teachers: Neal, for inspiring me; Tracy, for challenging me; and Jim, for crafting me. Come see Rick as Robert. We think you’ll appreciate his “Marry Me a Little” and his “Being Alive” quite a lot. We’ll try to get a snippet of that posted soon.
Ricky Parkinson (PETER)
Ricky has performed in musicals at Centerpoint Legacy Theater, Hale Centre Theater in West Valley and Orem, Egyptian Theater in Park City. other recent eclectic performances include soloist for the Faure Requiem at St. Paul’s Episcopal church, performances with Utopia Early Music, and co-director of Consortium Men’s Ensemble. he also plays architect during the day.
Brian Gardner (LARRY)
Brian is thrilled to be in this beautiful show. Past credits include Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical”, Leaf Coneybear in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast”, Barksdale in “The Civil War”, Ozzy in “The Scarlet Pimpernel”, Mr. Green in “Clue” and Pharoah in “Joseph…..”. Music and theatre have been a huge influence in Brian‘s life, playing violin, viola, and piano from age 7. “Love and thanks to my amazing parents, as well as my fiancé, Derek for letting me jump into this show. Je t’aime!”
Natalia Noble (MARTA)
This is Natalia’s first show with Silver Summit Theater; she has loved every minute. A Graduate of Westminster College who is still trying to figure-out exactly “What do you do with a BA in English?”, her prior favorites shows include: “Into the Woods” (Jack’s Mom) “Reefer Madness” (Mary Lane) “Avenue Q” (Kate Monster) “Taming of the Shrew” (Tranio) “Victor/Victoria” (Victoria) “Macbeth” (Lady Macbeth) “Thoroughly Modern Mille” (Millie) “Dancing at Lughnasa” (Rose) “Steel Magnolias” (Shelby) “Urine Town” (Hope) “Annie Get Your Gun” (Annie) “Peter Pan” (Peter) “Annie” (Annie). She sincerely thanks all who have come today for your support of Silver Summit Theater – enjoy the show!
Rachel Shull (KATHY)
Rachel is finishing up a spree of the most theater she’s crammed into one year than she’s ever done. She’s been doing Light in the Piazza in Ogden, My Fair Lady in Park City, and She Loves Me in West Valley to name a few. She misses her native land of Montana, but stays in UT for all the opportunities Big Sky Country just doesn’t have. If you’re still reading here’s a joke: What’s red and smells like blue paint?….Red paint. Enjoy the Show.
Heather Walsh Shelley (APRIL)
Heather is pleased to work with such a great cast. This is her first show with Silver Summit, but you may have seen her elsewhere as she has appeared in a number of local theaters including Hale West Valley, Capitol Theater, Utah Opera, The Grand, and others. Before settling down in Utah she performed in China, in a variety of venues including mainly opera, musical theater, and film. She holds an associate’s degree in Performing Arts, a BA in English, and a master’s degree in Linguistics. She has studied seven languages, and now splits her time between taking care of her two boys and teaching English and Arabic. She would like to send her love and gratitude to Eric for supporting her performing addiction.
Marcie Jacobsen (JOANNE)
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Kate Rufener- Director
Kate Rufener has directed shows in Utah, Indiana, Tennessee, and Florida. Her directing credits include Into the Woods, Superman: the Musical, The Princess Bride, Small Courage, Heidi, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Monty Python’s Not the Messiah, Cinderella, and Brigadoon. Her favorite acting credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Christmas Carol. Kate would like to dedicate her work on this show to those who ‘crowd her with love’ – Brandon, Sullivan, L, K, M, B, A, M, D, G, H, N, T, S, C, and E. Special thanks to Michele, Anne, Jamie, and Julie
Anne Puzey- Music Director & Show Pianist
Anne has been Music Director for productions at Hale Centre Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Wasatch TheatreCompany, Parable Productions, Westminster College, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Dark Horse, Silver Summit Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre and Utah Repertory Theater Company. Her formal training was at Brigham Young University, and she has been the choral director at Bennion Junior High for 25 years. Anne has worked with Merrill Osmond, Jill Santoriello, Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Jeff Whiting and Pacek & Paul. She did audition accompaniment for Big League Productions in New York City, stage managed auditions for The Marius Company and was a vocal coach for Utah Opera and Symphony. Anne is part-owner of Audition Advantage.
Julie Mylan Simonich- Stage Manager
Julie Mylan Simonich has been working with Silver Summit Theatre Company for over 2 years now. She co-stage managed Dog Sees God and was the stage manager for 33 Variations. Julie recently won 1st place in the 2014 Pilling Chili Cookoff. At times she gets on the stage; her most recent role was in The Pavilion as Narrarator. She is very excited to be working with such a talented, amazing group of people
Jamie S’ua- Assistant to Director
Jamie S’ua is a hard-working, ever-on-the-ball, beloved member of several local community theatres. You won’t see her face on the stage, but her presence has influenced almost every nuance of the shows she participates in. Jamie is beloved and adored by her cast and crew, who wrote this bio for her. Jamie has incredible friends and a loving family, so we’re certain she’d wish to thank them. And cats. Because cats
Austin Stephenson- Lighting Designer
Austin has been turning light switches on and off all up and down the Wasatch Front for 3 years now. He swears off theatre at least once a year, only to be pulled back in by someone needing his help. He wasn’t excited to work on “Company” until he heard and saw the cast in action, and was immediately pulled in. This will be his second show with Silver Summit, after designing lights for “The Pavilion”. Other than his previous Silver Summit show, his favorite shows to work on so far have been “Spamalot” and “Into The Woods” with The Ziegfeld Theater in Ogden. Austin would like to thank math and science for their contributions to the theatre lighting world. Header/Post Image Photo Credit: Beth Bruner