Crazy for You

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Sugar Factory Playhouse presents “Crazy for You” by Ken Ludwig with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin. “Crazy for You” is directed by Liz Smith.

A zany rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, “Crazy for You” tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a rundown theater. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner’s daughter, but Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows – through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity – to win Polly’s heart and save the theater. Overflowing with memorable Gershwin tunes including “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” “Embraceable You,” “But Not for Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me,” this is one show you don’t want to miss!

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Performances will be held July 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, and 22 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on July 13 at the Midvale Performing Arts Center (695 W. Center Street).

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for children (12 and under), students (with ID), seniors (60 and over), and groups of 10 or more (must purchase tickets at the same time). Tickets may be purchased in advance online at BuyYourTix.com or at the door. Doors open a half hour before the show.

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CAST:


Daniel Fifield (Bobby Child)
At age five Daniel saw his brother Joseph perform as Bobby Child in “Crazy For You.” In that moment he knew that the theater would be his life. At 14 he scrubbed toilets at his local dance academy in exchange for tap lessons. Today Daniel is a ballet pianist, composer, and actor. He is grateful to Sugar Factory Playhouse for giving him the opportunity to perform one of his dream roles. He would like to dedicate this performance to the memory of his brother, Joseph.


Kimberly Robbins (Polly Baker)
A performer and private voice instructor, Kimberly Robbins has performed with professional and community theater companies. Recent roles include Woman 2 (“Songs for a New World”), Cast Member (“Sondheim on Sondheim”), Eve (“The Apple Tree”), and Millie (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”). Kimberly studied Classical and CCM voice at Utah State University under the direction of Cindy Dewey. She has performed all over the USA, Italy, England, and the Philippines. She now lives in Holladay with her husband and twin daughters.


Serena Mackerell (Irene Roth)
Serena is a coloratura soprano who enjoys singing with Utah Opera, Utah Symphony, Draper Philharmonic, and Lyrical Opera. She’s the Executive Director/co-founder of Footsteps for Fertility Foundation, and a former Mrs. Utah. Serena is a three-time NATS champion, and has appeared in multiple productions with title roles such as Martha (“Lamb of God”) Fiona (“Brigadoon”), Nanetta (“Falstaff”), Madam Corry (“Mary Poppins”), and Madame de la Grande Bouche (“Beauty and the Beast”), but her favorite roles are wife to Travis and mother to their triplets: Vivian, Harrison, and Dean!


Bob Bedore (Bela Zangler)
Bob Bedore has been a fixture in Utah theater for nearly four decades. He’s appeared in over 150 different productions and is very grateful for every one of them and the audiences that come to support the shows. Bob loves improv comedy and can be seen almost every Saturday night with his troupe Quick Wits at this very theater.


Pat Oliver (Mrs. Lottie Child)
It’s been several years since Petronella has appeared on stage, and she’s happy to play the ridiculously abusive mother, Lottie. Pat has played many roles at HCT, Murray, Bluffdale, West Jordan, and West Valley community theaters. Some favorite roles are Eulalie Shinn (“The Music Man”), Gramma Tzeityl (“Fiddler on the Roof”), Mrs. Sowerberry (“Oliver”), and Mrs. Fezziwig (“A Christmas Carol”). She has costumed, produced, directed, and done whatever else needed to be done for Sugar Factory Playhouse. Thanks for coming to see our show!


Melanie Jayne Turner (Mrs. Lottie Child)
Melanie has performed many times on the Sugar Factory Playhouse stage. Some of her favorite roles that she has performed here are The Stepmother in “Cinderella” and Gay Wellington in “You Can’t Take It With You.” Melanie has truly enjoyed every play she has had the privilege to be cast in and hopes to continue her acting experiences in her “latter” years.


Stephen McBride (Everett Baker)
Stephen has performed for years in various places in and out of Utah. He’s worked at Hale Center Theater, The Grand, CenterPoint, and The Egyptian in Park City, as well as many community theaters. Some favorite roles include Henry Higgins and Alfred Doolittle (“My Fair Lady”), Pharaoh (“Joseph”), Cogsworth (“Beauty and the Beast”), Mark Twain (“Big River”), The King (“Slipper and the Rose”), and Scrooge (“A Christmas Carol”). Stephen has truly enjoyed working with so many fun (and young) people in “Crazy For You” and hopes you will enjoy every minute of the show.


Daniel Birnel (Perkins/Cowboy)
Daniel Birnel is very excited to join this production of “Crazy For You” in his theatrical debut. Daniel works as an IT professional and has a Computer Science degree from BYU. He sang in the BYU Men’s Chorus during college and has also sung in various community choirs in Houston, TX and Utah. His wife and three children are proud to support him as he participates in this show!


Colette Condie (Tess/Follies Girl)
Colette is so excited to be performing again after five years! She wants to thank her parents for making it possible for her to perform her whole life. She also thanks her boyfriend for all his support and love! She has had so much fun working with this amazing cast and crew.


Brooklyn Ashby (Patsy/Showgirl)
Brooklyn Ashby, a junior at UVU studying in the Musical Theatre BFA program, is over the moon to be a part of “Crazy For You.” This is her first production with Sugar Factory Playhouse. Other credits include Sara Crew (“A Little Princess”), Liza (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”), The Witch (“Into the Woods”), and Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”). She recently returned from a mission as a Young Performing Missionary in Nauvoo, IL and was in BYU’s Remix Vocal Academy for five years as a featured soloist.


Liv Offen (Mitzi/Showgirl)
Liv Offen is thrilled to be in a Sugar Factory Playhouse production again. She was in “All Shook Up” last summer and most recently wrapped up “She Loves Me” at The Empress Theater. Of all the shows she’s been in, her favorite role was Mitzi in “A Murder is Announced,” so she’s absolutely delighted to play another Mitzi on stage! Liv’s other passions include cracking the code on baking the perfect French macaron and learning foreign languages; she speaks Mandarin Chinese and is learning Portuguese.


Patrice Densley (Cowgirl Trio (Sam)/Showgirl)
Patrice is excited to be participating in “Crazy For You” with Sugar Factory Playhouse. Patrice has always been singing and performing, but her love for musical theater emerged in high school. It’s been great to be directed by her high school teacher, Liz, again. Patrice would like to thank all who helped make this show possible. She extends a special thank you to her sister Camille and best friend Lauren for being willing to have adventures with her. “It’s been fun doing this withawithawitha you!”


Camille Densley (Cowgirl Trio (Mingo)/Showgirl)
Camille is thrilled to be on the stage again with Sugar Factory Playhouse and her sister, Patrice. Camille has always enjoyed singing and dancing. One of her goals has been to tap on stage, and she is finally able to realize that dream in this production. She’d like to thank her family for supporting her in all her ambitions, especially her sister, Patrice, for sharing the stage. “I love you more than cowboys and Indians.”


Lauren Knowles (Cowgirl Trio (Moose)/Eugenia Fodore)
Lauren is excited to return to the stage after a five year hiatus! She has portrayed roles such as Millie (“Thoroughly Modern Millie”), Babe (“The Pajama Game”), Penelope Pennywise (“Urinetown”), Vi Moore (“Footloose”), and Mrs. Mayor (“Seussical”). She is grateful that her friends Patrice and Camille roped her into doing this show and would like to thank her family for being patient with her as she disappears for hours on end to go to rehearsal!


Allison Poor (Patricia Fodor (Sister)/Ensemble)
This is Allison’s first show with Sugar Factory Playhouse. She has performed in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more. She has a Bachelors Degree in Theater Performance from Brigham Young University – Idaho, and is excited to be performing again!


Austin Bunkall (Lank Hawkins)
Austin Bunkall – like many kids – was obsessed with Disney movies. He watched old movies with his parents but discovered musicals when he saw “Newsies.” He instantly knew he had to get involved in theater! He’d always wanted to be part of plays or musicals but never had the chance as constantly playing sports created time conflicts. This is Austin’s first experience on stage. He is excited and has enjoyed every detail of putting on a production. He plans to continue performing as often as possible.


Dylan Burningham (Billy/Gun Fighter)
Dylan is excited to do his first show with Sugar Factory Playhouse. Dylan is currently a student in the Actor’s Training Program with the University of Utah and is pumped to begin his sophomore year this fall. Some of his past roles include Lord Farquaad (“Shrek: The Musical”), Gangster “The Drowsy Chaperone”), “Frankincense (“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”), and Oberon (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). Dylan would like to thank his parents for always giving him much love and support.


Darrin Burnett (Junior/Cowboy)
This is Darrin’s first show with Sugar Factory Playhouse! He has enjoyed his beginnings with community theater, including a recent production of The Drowsy Chaperone (Midvale Performing Arts). Other productions include “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Curtains,” “Shrek: The Musical,” “Aida,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Oklahoma!”. Darrin is currently studying at Salt Lake Community College earning a degree in Theater Arts. Thank you to his friends and family for their love and support! Enjoy!


Chase Hender (Jimmy/Cowboy)
Chase is 21 years old and graduated from Manti High School. This is his first appearance on any stage, and he has had a great time! During his free time Chase likes to voice act, play piano, and write books and music. He likes to sing as well but usually where no one else can hear him. He also likes to play video games, mostly for the stories and the soundtracks.


Eric Roberts (Pete/Cowboy)
Although he is new to theatrical performing, Eric has enjoyed being in “Crazy For You” very much. Having danced in high school, he felt quite comfortable learning the choreography. Eric has lived in South Jordan his whole life and enjoys video production and film-making. He also has been running a YouTube channel called “Here’s the Skinny” since 2015 and makes videos about photography and film-making to educate and entertain his audience. Eric wants to thank you for coming to the show and hopes you enjoy it!


Jacob Sherman (Wyatt/Cowboy)
This is the first show Jacob has been a part of in over five years. He is so happy to be part of such an amazing show with a phenomenal production team and a fantastic cast.
 
 
 

Rachel Ebeling (Ensemble)
Rachel is excited to perform with Sugar Factory Playhouse! While still very new to the world of theater, she was previously in “Arsenic and Old Lace” (Highland City Theater Arts) and “Annie” (Draper Historic Theatre). Rachel is a violinist in the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra and a junior high teacher at Ascent Academies of Utah in Lehi, where she has started its first youth theater program! Rachel would like to thank her friends, family, and Rulon for all of their love and support.


Megan Sanderson (Ensemble)
Megan Sanderson is excited to return to the stage after a ten-year hiatus. She has previously performed in “The Music Man,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Once on This Island,” and “Les Miserables.” Megan has a degree in US History from Utah State University and works as a researcher for the Joseph Smith Papers Project. She is thankful to Sugar Factory Playhouse for this fun opportunity!


Connor Abeyta (Cowboy)
Not only is this Connor’s first Sugar Factory Playhouse production, but it’s also his first adult production! He is ecstatic that his first adult show could be with such fun and energetic cast mates as well as such wonderful behind-the-scenes production members. Connor plans to study theater at Utah Valley University this upcoming year. When he isn’t busy he hopes to be able to make time for another Sugar Factory Playhouse production!


Miss Vanjie (Lottie’s dog)
Miss Vanjie is super excited to be making her theatrical debut with Sugar Factory Playhouse’s production of “Crazy For You!” In her spare time Miss Vanjie likes to play and go on walks with her human housemate, Jared Campbell; eat anything made available to her; and yell “HELLO!” to passersby (who rarely answer back in kind, unfortunately). She hopes to one day snag her dream role of Toto in “The Wizard of Oz.”

PRODUCTION STAFF:


Jennifer Bedore (Producer)
Jennifer enjoys being both on the stage and behind the scenes. She is excited to produce her third show since summer of 2018, and she’s enjoyed every minute of it! Previous production credits with Sugar Factory Playhouse include “All Shook Up,” “Frankenstein,” “Play On!,” and “A Christmas Carol.” Favorite onstage performances are Mrs. Cheveley (“An Ideal Husband”), Elaine Harper (“Arsenic and Old Lace”), and Mavis (“The Murder Room”). She’s grateful for Sugar Factory Playhouse, as they are the reason she met her amazing husband! She thanks her family for always supporting her and her ridiculous addiction to the theater!


Liz Smith (Director, Choreographer)
Liz is thrilled to be a part of the Sugar Factory Playhouse family. She received her degree in Theatre Arts Teaching from Weber State University and has been teaching for 16 years. In addition to theater, she has taught English and Film Studies, advised class officers, and even coached cheerleading! She currently calls Bingham High School her resident artistic playground. Liz was a founding member and served on the board of the Utah Advisory Council of Theatre Teachers (UACTT). Along with loving her teaching career every single day (even the 18-hour days!), Liz has had the wonderful opportunity to direct, choreograph, and act with theater companies all over Utah including Ogden Musical Theatre, CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, Davis Arts Council, and Rodgers Memorial Theatre. Some of her favorite directing and choreography credits include the world premiere youth production of “Where Words Once Were” (BHS), “Suessical” (WJHS), “The Diary of Anne Frank” (BHS), “Shrek the Musical” (BHS), “The Sound of Music” (CPT), “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” (OMT), “Annie Get Your Gun” (OMT), and “Children of Eden” (NHS). Liz is so grateful for the love and support of Jeremy and her sons. She wouldn’t be able to do it without them! CWM!


Jared Campbell (Music Director)
Jared is excited to be music-directing his first show for Sugar Factory Playhouse! Music directing credits include “Little Women” (Empress Theatre) and “Annie” (Empress Theatre). Recent theater credits include St. Aphrodisius/Man 7 (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame”) (HCT Sandy), Prince Eric (“The Little Mermaid”), Rapunzel’s Prince (“Into the Woods”), “Songs for a New World,” and “Sondheim on Sondheim.” He is a board-certified music therapist and works throughout Salt Lake and Utah counties with various mental health populations. He is the owner of an adorable dog and loves anything to do with Harry Potter and Disney.


Viveann Dalley (Production Assistant)
Viveann had her acting debut with Sugar Factory Playhouse as Mrs. Adams in “Miracle on 34th Street” in December of 2009, a small part that started big life changes. Viveann has been in several shows, including roles as Mrs. Armstrong (“Best Christmas Pageant Ever”) and Etta (“Sight Unseen”). She has also enjoyed working behind the scenes doing the special effects makeup for The Creature in “Frankenstein.” This is her first time as a Production Assistant, and she hopes to work both on and in many more shows.


Deborah Wouden (Costumer)
This is Deborah’s first time doing costumes for Sugar Factory Playhouse, which has been an awesome experience. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Costume Design from the University of Utah. Some other shows she has costumed are “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Sound of Music,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Honk,” and “Footloose” for the Midvale Arts Council; “Pirates of Penzance,” “Trouble in Tahiti,” and “The Impresario” for UNIPAC; “Brigadoon,” “Fantasticks,” “The Crucible,” “Li’l Abner,” and “An Ideal Husband” for the Draper Historical Theatre.


Joey Calkins (Costumer)
Joey Calkins is a singer, stage director, and producer. Past credits include Jacey Squires (“The Music Man”) (Empress), Albert (“Dear, Ruth”) (PD Players), Vinnie (“Lucky Stiff”) (Empress), Director (“Facing East”) (UNIPAC), Conductor (“Pirates of Penzance”) (UNIPAC), Aeneas (“Dido and Aeneas”) (UNIPAC), Rev. Parris (“The Crucible”) (UNIPAC), Melchior (“Amahl and the Night Visitors”) (Draper Arts Council), Lighting Designer (“Steel Magnolias”) (DHT), Don Alfonso (“Cosi fan tutte” in Concert) (AF Arts Council), “Madama Butterfly” (Utah Lyric Opera); and Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (“Anything Goes”) (Music Theatre of Idaho). Upcoming engagements include a solo vocal recital featuring the works of Henry Purcell. www.joeycalkins.com


Robbie Dalley (Technical Director)
A Primetime Emmy Award winner, Robbie has spent the past 17 years working all things tech for Sugar Factory Playhouse. He helped start the in-house tech program and has continued to push the boundaries of what is possible for our community theater. Behind the scenes as always, he met the love of his life during the Sugar Factory Playhouse production of “Miracle On 34th Street” (and yes, he put the ring on her finger almost 9 years ago). Dad to a great almost-six-year-old son (Robbie), two cats, and a Corgipoo. He divides his non-theater time between work and family.