You’ve got to pick a pocket or two, boys!

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December 2 TO December 17, 2016

  • 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday Evenings
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday Evenings
  • 2:00 p.m. Saturday Matinees


Cast Bios

ALEXIS BAIGUE (Ensemble) One Man, Two Guvnors (Pioneer), Henry V, Much Ado… (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Saturday’s Voyeur, Goodnight Desdemona, Angels in America, How I Became a Pirate, Art Dog, Stupid F**king Bird (S.L.A.C.), Dear World (Sundance), Beyond Therapy, Sex Habits of American Women (Pygmalion), Boys in the Band (Wasatch), Surfin’ Safari (Desert Star), Jacques Brel… (TheatreWorks West), Anastasia (StageRight), Antigone, Cabaret, Rhinoceros, Queen Christina, Rimers of Eldritch (Babcock).

COLLEEN BAUM* (Mrs. Bedwin/Ensemble) is happy to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company where she was last seen in Much Ado About NothingOur Town, The Heiress, Lost in Yonkers and You Can¹t Take It With You. Other theatre credits include The King’s Men at Sting and Honey Company, at the Caine Lyric Repertory Company in Arsenic & Old Lace, You Can’t Take It With You, Blithe Spirit, Always Patsy Cline, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) and Blood Brothers. At Plan-B Theatre in Based On A True Story, The Laramie Project, Animal Farm, War of the Worlds, and Tragedy: A Tragedy. At Salt Lake Acting Company in Course 86B in the CatalogueEnd Days, Rabbit Hole, and Kimberly Akimbo among others. Colleen is a proud member of Actors¹ Equity Association.

NATALIA BINGHAM (Ensemble) recent performance experiences include Bielke in PTC’s Fiddler on the Roof, Les Misèrables (Ziegfeld Theater), The Sound of Music (Centerpointe Legacy Theater), Disneyland Performing Arts in Anaheim, CA, and The Christmas Carol (Terrace Plaza Playhouse). Natalia has also performed at the Weber County Fair and at Ogden Christmas Village. She loves her competition dance team, playing piano, and has recently taken up bass guitar.

JESSICA BLAIR* (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to Pioneer Theatre Company where she was last seen in It Happened One Christmas. Other PTC credits: Zaneeta Shinn in The Music ManSweet Charity, and A Christmas Carol The Musical. Regional credits include: Brigadoon (Goodman Theatre), Hello Dolly! (Drury Lane Oakbrook), A Year With Frog and Toad (Dorset Theatre Festival), A Christmas Carol and Beauty and the Beast (Alabama Shakespeare Festival). Jessica holds a B.F.A. from The University of Michigan. Lots of love and gratitude to her family!

MICHELLE BLAKE (Ensemble) happily returns to PTC after previously appearing here in The Count of Monte Cristo, It Happened One Christmas, The Music Man, Man of La Mancha, Annie, and Sunset Boulevard. Other recent credits include Mary Poppins (Winifred Banks), Catch Me If You Can (Paula Abagnale), White Christmas (Betty Haynes), Curtains (Georgia Hendricks), Kiss Me, Kate (Lilli/Kate), and Jekyll & Hyde (Emma Carew). Trained in Vocal Performance at Utah State University. Love to my brilliant family and friends.

KYLE BRAND (Ensemble) a New York City based actor and director/choreographer. Regionally he has been in Hartford Stage’s A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas and was a part of Goodspeed Musicalsʼ “Festival of New Artists” in the stage reading of Lincoln in Love with music by David Friedman. He has also been in numerous productions at the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. He has assisted director Mark Waldrop on A Funny Thing… at Paper Mill Playhouse and The Sound of Music at the Olney Theatre Center. His directing credits include Altar Boyz (Playhouse on Park), Damn Yankees (Monomoy Theatre) and Titanic (The Hartt School). His choreography credits include Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, Cabaret (Monomoy Theatre), Spamalot (New London Barn Playhouse), Barnum and Spring Awakening (The Hartt School). He holds his BFA in Music Theatre from the Hartt School.

BAILEY CUMMINGS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to PTC! He is a junior in the Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah. Recent credits include The Last Ship (Male Swing) at PTC, the 2016 Ohio Light Opera Festival season (various roles), Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose Kemper) and A Funny Thing Happened…Forum (Protean) with the UofU, and Young Frankenstein: The Musical (Ensemble/Swing) at The Grand Theatre.


LENNY DANIEL* (Ensemble/Dance Captain) has assisted Ms. Azenberg on too many shows to count and over too many years to count. Productions he has choreographed include Mary Poppins, running this summer at The Utah Shakespeare Festival and Spamalot at both the Geva Theatre Center and Arkansas Repertory Theatre. He also directed and choreographed Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical at TexArts Theater, assistant directed The Wizard of Oz National Tour starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt and assistant choreographed GiGi (Papermill Playhouse). Mr. Daniel assisted Ann Reinking and performed in Here Lies Jenny starring Bebe Neuwirth (NYC & SF). Performing credits include: Broadway: Cats– Final Original Company, The Wizard of Oz. NYC: Sinatra (Radio City), Wonderful Town (NYC Opera). Tours: Spamalot, Chicago, South Pacific, Camelot, Jekyll & Hyde. Regional: Sweet Charity, A Christmas Carol: The Musical (PTC), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Baltimore CenterStage), Mary Poppins, Peter Pan (Alabama Shakespeare), GiGi and Evita (Papermill). Grammy nominated cast album The Wizard of Oz.

TAMARI DUNBAR (Ensemble) is delighted to return to the Pioneer stage after performing in The Last Ship. USU theatre alumna who has performed on the East Coast: 12 Miles West, The Growing Stage, Dreamcatcher Rep and The Bickford Theatre. Southern Utah; Tuacahn. Northern Utah: Lyrics Repertory Company, Pinnacle Acting Company, Sting & Honey and The Grand Theatre. Favorite credits include: Flo in Picnic, Natasha in The Proposal and Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa.


LINDA GRIFFIN* (Mrs. Corney/Ensemble) Happy wife, proud mother, avid cook, lazy gardener. Certified Horticulturist. As a musical actress, she was an original cast member of Broadway shows Something Rotten! and The Drowsy Chaperone and can be heard on both Grammy nominated cast albums. She performed the role of Mrs. Shroeder/Narrator in Encores’ Anyone Can Whistle at New York’s City Center with Sutton Foster, Raul Esparza and Donna Murphy. She has also been featured in the Broadway tours of Wicked (Midwife), A Chorus Line (with Donna McKechnie), 42nd Street (featured in TIME magazine as Anytime Annie) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl). Linda created the role of Propsy in the world premiere of Minsky’s at The Ahmanson Theatre in LA. She has also performed closer to home at The Pasadena Playhouse, the Shubert (alas, now closed), The Wallis (Parfumerie) and more recently The Hollywood Bowl in Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Member of Actors Equity Association for over 30 years.

ABIGAIL HIGBEE (Bet/Ensemble) is a high school sophomore who loves to read, draw, write, travel and ride horses. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Bakers Wife in Into the Woods, Mayzie in Seussical, and dance corps in Footloose. Abigail studies voice, dance and acting at Utah COPA in American Fork and is a member of the One Voice Children’s Choir.

AFTON GRACE HIGBEE (Ensemble) is ten years old and in fourth grade. She loves to read, draw, cook and play her ukulele. Favorite roles include Adele in Jane Eyre (HCTO), Young Cosette in Les Misèrables (HCTO), and Caddie Grant in Trail of Dreams (UVU). Afton studies voice, dance and acting at Utah COPA in American Fork and is a member of the One Voice Children’s Choir.


NATALIE HILL* (Nancy) Broadway: Wonderland (Original Cast Recording), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie u/s opposite John Stamos) & Grease (Cha Cha – OCR). Las Vegas: Jersey Boys (Mary Delgado) & Footloose (Rusty). National Tours: Hairspray, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Mama Who); Joseph..Dreamcoat (Narrator opposite Patrick Cassidy). Regional: The Most Happy Fella (Cleo), Brigadoon, and Camille Claudel (Goodspeed), Romeo and Bernadette (Bernadette-Papermill, Conconut Grove- Carbonel Nom). Utah: Pioneer Theatre Company: Miss Saigon (Ellen), In the Heights (Daniela), Sweet Charity (Helene); Les Misèrables in Concert (Eponine), Michael McLean’s The Garden (The Seedling, OCR), Saturday’s Warrior (Julie-25th Anniversary Recording) The Swan Princess 5 (singing voice of Princess Odette). Soloist with the Omaha Symphony, National Anthem for 2002 Olympic Torch Ceremony (Provo), and CNN’s first and highest rated 2015 Republican Presidential Debate. Bachelors of Music: NYU. Originally from Orem, Utah, and trained by Syd Riggs and Gayle Lockwood. After 16 years in NYC, Natalie currently resides in Utah with her husband, Alex Jensen, and their daughter, Lucie.


AVA HOEKSTRA (Ensemble) a 6th grader from Park City, is honored to be on the PTC stage again after appearing in the 2015 productions of Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze) and It Happened One Christmas (Ensemble). She has performed in youth shows at Egyptian Theatre in Park City and at Centerpointe Legacy Theatre in Centerville. Ava loves to sing and also enjoys baking and wakeboarding. Thanks PTC!


LUKE SIDNEY JOHNSON (Ensemble) After watching many shows here while growing up in West Valley, Luke is thrilled to make his Pioneer Theatre Company debut! He graduated from Southern Utah University earlier this year with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He has previously worked for the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Mary Poppins (also directed by Karen), Henry V, South Pacific, and Amadeus).

HOWARD KAYE* (Bill Sykes) is happy to return to Pioneer Theatre Company where he recently appeared in It Happened One Christmas, The Music Man and Peter and the Starcatcher. Other regional theaters include Actors Theater of Louisville, Alliance, Long Wharf, Alabama Shakespeare, St. Louis Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Westport Playhouse, Virginia Stage, Syracuse Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Florida Studio, Merrimack Rep, North Carolina Theater, Signature, Pittsburgh Public, Center Stage, Maltz Jupiter and The Gretna. On Broadway in Miss Saigon. Off-Broadway in Silence! The Musical. Toured with Mamma Mia!. Disney Cruise Line entertainer. Graduated from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Juilliard Drama Department. Thanks again, Karen.

CHRISTIAN LABERTEW (The Artful Dodger) is a senior at Park City High School. This will be his second time performing with PTC, after his debut in A Christmas Carol. He is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to perform once again with PTC. Endless gratitude to his parents, his conservatory, David Schmidt and Penny Caywood for all of their support and love.


KEVIN LIGON* (Mr. Bumble) has appeared in the Broadway productions of On The Twentieth Century, Bullets Over Broadway, The Phantom Of The Opera, Sister Act, Finian’s Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, The Producers, Kiss Me Kate, 1776 and The Secret Garden. He recently played Count Leopold in the World Premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage Company. Other credits include Nicely-Nicely in Guys And Dolls (National Tour – Jeff Award), Sancho in Man Of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus), Luther Billis in South Pacific (Dallas Theater Center), Snake in The Apple Tree (Goodspeed Opera House) and Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center’s Sondheim Celebration. Film/TV: The Producers (2005), Law & Order: Svu. This spring Kevin will play headwaiter Rudolph in the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler.

STEPHANIE MALONEY* (Ensemble) is making her PTC debut! She has toured nationally and internationally with the Broadway musical Chicago. She has also performed regionally at the Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Cleveland Musical Theatre. Semi-Final vocalist with the Kurt Weill foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition. Proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Love to her family and her incredible husband. www.stephaniemaloney.com

MANDY MC DONELL (Charlotte/Ensemble) Is delighted to return to PTC after appearing in The Rocky Horror Show (Ensemble) and Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) last season. Other regional credits include Mary Poppins and The Greenshow with Utah Shakespeare Festival. Mandy is a senior in the University of Utah’s Musical Theatre program where she last performed in Hello, Dolly at Kingsbury Hall. Upon graduating, she plans to move to NYC.


MYLES MC HALE* (Ensemble) PTC debut! 2016 credits include Footloose (Uncle Wes, Willard u/s) at the Fulton Theatre and Sister Act (Joey) at Stages St Louis. Other credits: Chicago (Amos Hart) at Media Theatre, Good News! (Beef Saunders) at Goodspeed Opera House, Damn Yankees (Vernon) at Arrow Rock Lyceum, and full summer seasons at Gretna Theatre and Cortland Repertory Theatre. Myles has a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Stella Adler School of Acting. Myles also played the Artful Dodger when he was 16 and at 6’4’’ was taller than that production’s Bill Sykes! Special thanks to the cast & crew of Oliver!, Karen, Bob Cline, GBM, and family and friends.

MILO MOZAFFARI (Ensemble) makes his debut at PTC as part of the ensemble and understudy for The Artful Dodger. He’s attended the U of U’s Youth Theatre as well as Hale Centre Theatre’s summer programs for the last six years. Besides student films and LDS training videos his stage credits include Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) at ELA and Prince Chulalongkorn (The King and I) at SoJo Middle School.


BILL NOLTE* (Fagin) recently appeared in Geva Theatre’s Forum/Marcus Lycus, Cape Playhouse’s Mousetrap/Major Metcalf and Maine State Theatre’s Fiddler on The Roof/ Tevye earlier this summer. His favorite roles include Tony in Most Happy Fella at Goodspeed Opera (“Connecticut Critics Circle” Award Winner), Simon Stride in the World Premiere of Jekyll & Hyde at the Alley Theatre (also featured on the Complete J&H Recording), Father in the American Premiere of Children Of Eden at Mill Mountain Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and North Shore Music Theatre, Pirate King/Pirates Of Penzance, Dick Deadeye/H.M.S. Pinafore and Alfred P. Doolittle/My Fair Lady all at the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Professor Marvel, Guard and the Wizard/Wizard Of Oz, Franz/ The Producers, Herod/Jesus Christ Superstar and Headwaiter/She Loves Me all at the Sacramento Music Circus, Vandergelder/Hello Dolly at Music Theatre of Wichita. He has appeared in eleven Broadway shows: The Producers/Franz Liebkind, Amour/Boss, Jane Eyre/ Richard Mason, 1776 Revival, King David/Goliath, A Christmas Carol, Me And My Girl, Joseph…Dreamcoat Revival, The Secret Garden, La Cage Aux Folles Revival and Cats.  He is also an accomplished watercolor artist and “Distinguished Alumni” from the Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. Visit www.billnolte.com.

JT O’REILLY (Ensemble) a sixth-grader, is excited to be involved in another PTC production, having performed in 2015’s Fiddler on the Roof and It Happened One Christmas. Recent credits include appearing in Herakles at Westminster’s Classical Greek Festival where he learned to fight onstage and die tragically! JT has played in a number of roles with Park’s City Egyptian Youtheatre and Youth Theatre at the U.


ADAM PELLEGRINE* (Ensemble) is extremely excited to be returning to the Pioneer stage!  He was last seen as Rocky in Rocky Horror.  You may also recognize him as the swarthy floating man in Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” video, the handsome husband from the Cuisinart Soup Maker commercial, or the face of Burbank tourism, but probably not. He has been seen nationally and internationally in the Broadway tours of Chicago and Urban Cowboy. Some of his favorite credits include Joey in Pal Joey  (Musical Theater West)John in The Naked Dead (Cherry Lane), Fritz in Nutcracker: Rated R (Theater for the New City), Jane’s Boy in her one woman show, Jane Krakowski Live at Town Hall, and of course Bill Jukes, the pirate with the exploding Parrot in Peter Pan (ASF).  He would like to give a huge thank you to his awesome family, to his favorite little lady, Sookie, and most of all to Josh.

JOHN PETERSON (Ensemble) is beyond grateful and excited to be returning to the PTC stage, where he was seen last year in Fiddler. John is a junior in the Musical Theatre Program at the University of Utah, where he has performed in Forum, Hello, Dolly!, and Bring it On. He would like to thank his family back home in New Jersey for their endless support.


JAMES MICHAEL REILLY* (Mr. Sowerberry/Dr. Grimwig) is delighted to be making his debut at Pioneer Theatre Company. Off-Broadway: The Comedy of Errors (Aquila Theatre Company). Tours: West Side Story (Europe). Regional: Geva Theatre (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Inherit the Wind), Denver Center Theater Company (All My Sons, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Christmas Carol), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey (Equivocation, Our Town, The Rivals, Arms & the Man, Scapin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Three Sisters, and many other great shows over 25 years), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (Chicago), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Human Race Theatre Company. TV/Film: “Unforgettable,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “SVU.” Commercials: Macaroni Grill, Coke, McDonald’s, NY Lotto, Lays (Europe). Education: Cornell University, Indiana University.

MAXWELL RIMINGTON (Oliver Twist) is delighted to make his debut with Pioneer Theatre Company in the role of Oliver. His recent credits include Mary Poppins (Michael Banks) and Seussical (Jojo). He has sung for professional recording projects, acted in films for Imagine Learning Software and the LDS Church, and recently opened for GENTRI at the dōTERRA Global Convention. Maxwell wants to thank his mentors and family for all their support. Learn more about Maxwell at www.maxwellrimington.com.


CAROL SCHUBERG* (Mrs. Sowerberry/Ensemble) is delighted to return to PTC after appearing in Sweet Charity, Fiddler on the Roof and How to Succeed in Business… She performed on Broadway in Meet Me in St.Louis, Off Broadway in Sid’s Treasure (Shirley) and Chess. National Tours: Cats, Gigi, Barnum, The Tap Dance Kid and Promises, Promises. Regional credits: Chorus Line (Sheila), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), George M! (Madame Grimaldi), A Wonderful Life (Mrs. Hatch), Anything Goes (Erma) and Gypsy (Electra). Film: The Fantasticks (Assistant Choreographer and Bearded Lady), Playing For Keeps (Silk’s back-up singer). She choreographed Last Dance (York Theatre, NYC) and Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare Theatre of NJ). Carol earned her BFA in Ballet from the U of Utah and competed as a Ute gymnast. www.carolschuberg.com

RICHARD SCOTT* (Mr. Brownlow) has more than 30 years of theatrical experience as a producer, director, actor and instructor. He has worked with many of Utah’s theatre companies including Pioneer Theatre Company where he was last seen as Officer Krupke in West Side Story; other PTC productions include Fiddler on the Roof, Grapes of Wrath, Inspecting Carol, Front Page,View From the Bridge and many others.  He has performed for Salt Lake Acting Company, Sundance Summer & Children’s Theatre, the Egyptian Theatre in Park City and Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre where he last appeared in Death of a Salesman. For many years Richard was the Producing Artistic Director for the Egyptian Theatre Company and then the Artistic & Executive Director at the Grand Theatre. Richard is a member of Actors Equity Association, the recipient of the Salt Lake City 2010 Mayor’s Artist Award and is currently the Dean of Arts, Communication & Media at Salt Lake Community College’s South City Campus.

MASON SHANKS (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back at Pioneer Theatre Company having recently appeared in last season’s It Happened One Christmas! Past productions include Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man, Mary Poppins, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and Barnum the Circus Musical. When Mason’s not on stage, he’s exploring other creative avenues like photography and computer sciences.


TORI SICKLICK (Ensemble) is excited to return to Pioneer Theatre Company after making her debut last year as a Factory Girl in An Inspector Calls. Tori is a senior pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Utah. Recent credits include Bring It On (Ensemble/Dance Captain/Asst. Choreographer), Die Fledermaus (Dancer), Hello Dolly (Ensemble/Dance Captain/Swing), and American Idiot (Asst. Director/Asst. Choreographer) with the University of Utah. She also had the opportunity to travel to Oberhausen, Germany in October 2015 with Musical Theatre Department Head Denny Berry as her assistant on Phantom of the Opera.

BRANDON SMITH (Ensemble) has performed in numerous shows along the Wasatch Front. Favorite roles include Charlie (Willie Wonka), Shrek (Shrek the Musical, Jr.), Jeremy (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Sidney Grim (Big Bad), Detective Wiley Jones (Case of the Missing Ring). He’s excited for his debut performance at PMT and is grateful to be working with such great directors and cast.

DIXON TRUMBO (Ensemble) is making his debut in professional theatre with this production. He is actively involved in his school’s drama program at Ascent Academy in Farmington, takes voice lessons, and has spent the last few years performing in school plays. He is known for his winning smile and exuberance on stage. Previous roles include Peter Pan (Peter Pan), Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods), Lt. Ward (Annie), and African Drummer (Lion King).

MASON TRUMBO (Ensemble) is making his debut in professional theatre with this production. He studies drama at Ascent Academy in Farmington, takes private voice lessons, and has spent the last few years performing in school plays. His sense of humor and lively style have made him an audience favorite. Previous roles include Timon (The Lion King), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods), Crocodile/Indian Chief (Peter Pan), and President Roosevelt (Annie).

BRANDON WELKER (Ensemble) is a 7th grader at American Preparatory Academy. He loves being involved in theater, enjoys playing soccer, and is very good at math. Brandon has been seen as John Darling in Peter Pan, Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka, Mr. Mayor in Seussical, and Young Cain in Children of Eden. He would like to thank PTC for allowing him the chance to “Pick A Pocket Or Two!”


This production is sponsored by:

Dominion Questar

Student Matinee Sponsor:

The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation