INSTRUCTORS

THEATER

Kelly Coombs

Acting Instructor

KELLY COOMBS started her acting career at the age of 15 playing a quirky, cheerleader in a Disney Channel Original Movie. By the end of high school, she had nearly 20 productions on her resume' including leading roles in, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical the Musical, and Beauty and the Beast. Kelly attended Utah Valley University and graduated in Acting Performance in 2012. Since graduation, Kelly has added countless stage productions, tv commercials, and many appearances to her resume'. She has found her second passion (acting is her first love) in teaching and loves coaching her students to be the best they can be on and off the stage.

David Smith

Youth Theater Director, Vocal Instructor

David graduated from Brigham Young University with a BM in Media Music where he studied contemporary voice. He also writes, orchestrates, arranges and records music for film and theater. Besides teaching voice, David also directs youth and adult theater here at the Hale Center Theater Orem, as well as other venues around the valley. Some of his favorite stage credits at HCTO include Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Bobby Child in Crazy For You, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone, The Cat in the Hat in Seussical, Charlie in The Foreigner, Cosmo in Singin' in the Rain, Georg in She Loves Me, Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Tony in West Side Story, and Smudge in Forever Plaid.

Bonnie Whitlock

Acting Instructor

After finishing her music dance theatre Bachelor’s at BYU Bonnie moved to Seattle and obtained her Actor’s Equity Card performing for years in WA state. After performing in different venues around the world Bonnie came back home to Utah and has been the resident master class instructor for musical theatre and auditioning for HCT WV now Sandy for the past decade as well as a private voice and musical theatre auditions coach for 20 years. Bonnie now coaches out of her home studio in Herriman and is delighted to be back teaching her auditioning workshop master class in Orem for all ages. Bonnie had a riot playing Miss Hannigan for HCT Orem last year and just finished playing Miss Shingle in HCT Sandy’s Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.

Nancy Candrian

Acting Instructor

Nancy received her training as a Theater major at Weber State in Utah and Golden West College, South Coast Repertory Theater, and Chelsea Studios in Los Angeles California. She has appeared in TV series, movies, online promotionals, and is featured in several productions on LDS.org. Her big love is the stage. She’s been in more plays than she can remember, with several here at HCTO. Some of her favorite roles include Miriam from “Beau Jest”, Dona Lucia from ”Charly’s Aunt”, Elanor of Aquitaine from “The Lion in Winter”, and Frau Frankenstein in “Frankenstein “. Nancy is also a retired Special Education teach and has 19 adorable grandkids!

Benjamin J. Henderson

Acting Instructor

Benjamin J. Henderson has taught and directed Shakespeare Performance for high school aged students since 2004. Benjamin is a member of Actors Equity Association and a Certified Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. He has a Master of Fine Arts degree from STC’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University, as well as a Bachelor Degree from Utah Valley University in Theatrical Arts. He has been most recently seen on HCTO’s stage as Oliver Warbucks in Annie. He is next appearing as Sebastian in Hale Centre Theatre’s Cinderella in Sandy. He is the co-founder of Masters Acting Academy.

VOICE

Jamie Bunker

Vocal Instructor

JAMIE BUNKER received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Brigham Young University- Hawai'i and recently completed a teaching certification program at Utah Valley University. She loves classical music and opera and enjoys teaching students of all ages in voice lessons and choirs. She helped open BYU-H's Community Outreach voice program, teaching students aged 7-21. She was invited to be the assistant conductor of the Ko'olauloa Children's Chorus, based in Laie, Hawai'i. During her time at UVU, she served as assistant conductor for the UVU Chamber Choir and the Wasatch Chorale and student taught at Orem Junior High. She sings with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and Amavi Chorale.

Amanda Crabb

Vocal School Director, Vocal Instructor

Amanda joined HCTO's voice faculty in 2005, shortly after having a full time professional performing career. Before that she graduated from The Boston Conservatory with her M.M. in Musical Theater. Amanda has taught at Brigham Young University, Peking University and is currently teaching at Utah Valley University in their Theater Department working with the Musical Theater students. In her spare time, you can find Amanda singing on stage at HCTO in a variety of roles, singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir or, her favorite, singing with her beautiful nieces.

Marcie Jacobson

Vocal Instructor

MARCIE JACOBSEN has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU where she was part-time music faculty for over ten years. While a student at BYU Marcie toured with the Young Ambassadors and performed in numerous musicals including West Side Story, Evita and Chess. Most recently Marcie played Golde in Fiddler on the Roof (Sundance Summer Theatre), Kala in Tarzan (HCTO) & Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! (HCTO) Other favorite roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Narrator in Joseph...Technicolor Dreamcoat, Audrey II (The Voice of the Plant) in Little Shop of Horrors & the title role in The Drowsy Chaperone. In addition to performing Marcie has directed and/or music directed for HCTO, SCERA, Provo Theatre Company, Actor's Repertory Theatre Company, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre & COPA.

Lori Meldrum

Vocal Instructor

LORI MELDRUM's love for singing and music began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she started taking voice lessons and performing at local schools. She received her Bachelors in Music, and then went on to acquire a Masters in Music in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. At BYU, she studied with Darrell and Jenny Babidge. Lori has taught over 200 students and performed in various operas and choirs, including the BYU Singers, the Utah Lyric Opera, and the Utah Opera. Today, Lori sings for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which she has been a part of for over 5 years. With her passion for music and teaching, Lori is proud and excited to be working at HCTO.

Rob Moffat

Vocal Instructor

Rob Moffat works as a Voice Teacher, Performer, Director, Choreographer, Composer, and Production Manager. He has performed in a number of theaters throughout Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California. Most notably, he was a member of the cast of the Vegas company of Monty Python's Spamalot. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Music Dance Theater and from University of Idaho with an MFAin Theater Direction. From 2012 - 2017 he taught in the Theatre Department at Utah Vallley University and helped create the BFA in Music Theatre Performance. Rob is a certified Level III instructor with The Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). Previously he was certified with Speech Level Singing. He specializes in vocal technique and performance coaching. He teaches locally in Utah and online.

Rachel Ryan Nicholes

Vocal Instructor

Rachel Ryan Nicholes 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 degree in Opera from BYU-Idaho and a Masters of Music in Musical Theater from Oklahoma City University. While studying for her masters she completed all three levels of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) training from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and wrote her masters thesis entitled:“Cross-Training in Musical Theater Voice Pedagogy: Co-ordinating Flexibility in Vocal Registration Utilizing Musical Theater Repertoire.” Some of her favorite roles include: The Baker's Wife in Into the Woods, Judy in White Christmas, Adrianna in The Comedy of Errors, and Lucy in Menotti’s opera The Telephone. When she’s not teaching at the Hale Studios in Orem, you can find her teaching voice at the University of Utah and the Piano Place, performing professionally across Utah, or spending time with her husband and puppy.

Dr. Sonja Poulter

Vocal Instructor

Sonja, a native of Germany, received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education, Musicology, and English from the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. She received her Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance, having studied under Dr. Barlow Bradford and Prof. Kiersten Gunlogson at the University of Utah. Currently, Sonja is a conductor, accompanist, and vocal instructor at the Madeleine Choir School, Utah Valley University, and Hale Center Studios. She is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is frequently conducting choirs for general events of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, including the church's annual Music Festival. She is the founder of the Kammerchor Vocalis, a group of selected singers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Under her direction, the ensemble has performed throughout Europe in cities including Berlin, London, Copenhagen, Prague, Budapest, and Zurich. At the beginning of 2016, Sonja was appointed Artistic Director of the Sterling Singers, a 350 voice choir based in the Salt Lake Valley.

Brandalee Streeter

Vocal Instructor

Brandalee received a Bachelor degree in Sociology with a minor in dance from Brigham Young University. Besides being a voice teacher at Hale Studios in Orem, she is also Company Director at Utah COPA. Previous musical direction includes The Little Mermaid, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Beauty and the Beast at Center Stage Performing Arts. She has performed at the NY Lamb Theater, Hale Center Theater Orem, Summerlin Theater Las Vegas, Hale Centre Theatre West Valley, and two years with Brigham Young University Young Ambassadors.

Haley Wawro

Vocal Instructor

HALEY WAWRO graduated from BYU in Music Dance Theater where she specialized in contemporary musical theater pop/belt. She has been teaching voice for about 5 years now and absolutely LOVES it! She has also performed around the world including Scotland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. While at BYU, she was a member of the Young Ambassadors for two years where she served as the Vocal Captain. When she's not teaching, she can be seen performing in shows and concerts around Utah Valley. Her favorite roles include, Eponine in Les Miserables, Anita and Maria in West Side Story, Florika in Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ayah and Martha in The Secret Garden, and Cathy in The Last 5 Years.

Marcie Yactman

Vocal Instructor

Marcie loves teaching and making music. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from BYU, and is a credentialed Suzuki voice instructor. What began as an interest and mastery of woodwind instruments, which she has both played professionally and taught, turned to a fascination in ballroom dance in which she earned many bronze, silver, and gold medals. While in college, she learned that she could better express herself through vocal music. She has taught youth and children proper singing technique and expression through Classical and Broadway styles, and the Suzuki method, for over 12 years. Marcie has also arranged and conducted music for soloists, small mixed groups, and choirs. In addition to the private voice lessons she teaches, she also heads the Music department for the Ranches Academy in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sep. 27 – Nov. 23, 2019

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 30 – Dec. 23, 2019

Matilda

Feb. 21 – Apr. 11, 2020

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