The Romeo and Juliet Project, by William Shakespeare, adapted by Joel and Terry Petrie.

Shakespeare's most famous play is dissected and played from two vantage points: his and hers. Using an exciting combination of film and live action, a classic story is given new perspective, new vision, and new life.

Directed by Terry Petrie. November 6-8, 10, 13-15, 17, 20-22 (UVU Noorda Theatre)

Cast/Crew Biographies

AJ Taysom (Abram) is a Theatre Performance major from Provo, Utah. UVU credits include 3rd Priest in Murder in the Cathedral, Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew and Mark in DNA. He has also done various video projection projects for shows at UVU, and is a founder of The Three Week Theatre Company, a group of theatre students putting on shows for charity. He would like to thank his family and viewers like you.


Alexander Woods (Sampson) is a Performance Emphasis major from Sammamish, Washington. Previous UVU credits include The Groom in Blood Wedding, Brian in DNA, Innkeeper/Musician in Caucasian Chalk Circle, Musician inThe Story Stone, and Hamlet in Hamlet and Ophelia Go Swimming.


Brian Kocherhans (Friar) is a Theatre Performance major from Orem, Utah. Other UVU credits include Leonardo in Blood Wedding, Hamlet in Hamlet and Ophelia Go Swimming, and Gremio in Taming of the Shrew. “I want to thank everyone who had a part in making this show. There are more people who worked on this project than I am even aware of, it would be impossible to name them. Also, my family who has always supported me.“


Chantel Ficklin (Servant) is a Theatre Education major from Salem, Utah. This is her first acting role at UVU, though she has been an assistant make-up designer for Blood Wedding and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and was a make-up technician for The Story Stone. Off campus credits include Annie Get Your Gun. “Grateful to be given the opportunity to be in R&J. Special thanks to my family and friends for their support always. And to the faculty at UVU for pushing me to try new things.”


Christopher Clark (Lord Capulet) is a Theatre Performance faculty member and the UVU Theatre Department Chair. Other UVU credits include Father in Eurydice, and directing Vincent in Brixton, She Stoops to Conquer, Nosferatu, The Heiress,and The Tempest. Off campus credits include directing Catch Me If You Can, Big River, In the Heights, The 39 Steps, Ragtime, Macbeth, and Xanadu and acting inThe New Testament Project (Paul) Pretty Darn Funny, Seventeen Miracles, Stalking Santa, Inside, The Cokeville Miracle, Brigham City, and Saints and Soldiers.


Dallin Major (Romeo) is a Theatre Performance major from Pleasant Grove, Utah. Other UVU credits include Mr. Slinger in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse. Off campus credits include Bonnie and Clyde, Into the Woods, and 110 in the Shade. “Special thanks to my wonderful family who have been so supportive. And to the entire cast and crew. I am in constant awe of their talents and gifts. Thanks for making this experience so magical.”


Devin Neff (Juliet) is a Theatre Performance major from Provo, Utah. Other UVU credits include Grusha in The Caucasian Chalk Circle,Holiday Night Live, andMercy Lewis in The Crucible. “Special thanks to my incredible family and friends for their constant support and love! Also to Joel, Dr. Petrie, Laurie, Chris, Lisa, Jyllian, and Nancy for their irreplaceable mentorship and graciousness. Working with them, as well as the rest of the cast and crew has been a dream come true.“


Jacob Squire (Paris) is a Theatre Performance major from Salt Lake City, Utah. Other UVU credits include Doctor Fine/Madden in Next to Normal. Off campus credit include Big River and She Loves Me. “Thanks to all those who have been a big support to me, including family, friends and teachers!”


Kaitlyn Dahl (Lady Capulet) graduated in Theatre Performance in May, 2014. Other UVU credits include Biondella in Taming of the Shrew, Erigo in The Story Stone, and Pitti-Sing in The Mikado. Off campus credits include Fiddler on the Roofand Doctor Faustus. She also helped to construct the set for The Romeo and Juliet Project. “Special thanks to my amazing professors and mentors from UVU, and to all my family and friends for their endless support.”


Laurie Harrop-Purser (Nurse) is a Theatre Performance faculty member at UVU. While here she has directed The Imaginary Invalid and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.Outside credits include directing Beau Jest, The Curious Savage, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Oklahoma. “Thank you to Ian, Rebecca, Caleb, Hallie, Charli, Ruth, and Janna my wonderful family for their patience during all my time away…I love you.”


Lisa Edwards (Stage Manager) is a Theatre Design major from Lehi, Utah. Other UVU credits include co-directing Murder in the Cathedral, stage-managing The Story Stone, The Imaginary Invalid, and Androcles and the Lion. She also directed “Between the Pages” for the Short Attention Span Theatre. Off campus credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Stadium of Fire.


Maddy Forsyth (Mercutia) is a Theatre Performance major from St. George, Utah. UVU credits include Holly in Next Fall, Chorus in Murder in the Cathedral,Singer/Governor’s Wife in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Lisabetta in Jack Frost, and Isabella in Androcles and the Lion. Off campus credits include Doctor Faustus, Carousel, What the Bellhop Saw, The Echo Theatre’s 10 Minute Play Festival, andCharlie and the Chocolate Factory. “A giant thank you to Dr. Petrie and Joel Petrie for believing in me, and to the entire UVU theatre department for being so loving and making me feel at home. #iloveyouall”


Shawn Francis Saunders (Tybalt) is a Theatre Performance major from Salt Lake City, Utah. Other UVU credits include Lux in The Story Stone, Doug in Gruesome Playground Injuries, Lelio in Androcles and the Lion, Lucius in Cato, and Hortensio in Taming of the Shrew. Off campus credits include Doctor Faustus, Galileo, Titus Andronicus, and All in the Timing. “Special thanks to my family for supporting my creative endeavors and to UVU’s Theatre department faculty for all they do.“


Topher Rasmussen (Benvolio) is a Theatre Performance major from Sandy, Utah. UVU credits include Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew, Mr. Nelson in Waiting,William Holloway in Something Wicked This Way Comes and Gabe Goodman inNext to Normal. He was also the creator/director of Hamlet and Ophelia Go Swimming, which played at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Off campus credits include Borderlands, Adam and Steve & the Empty Sea, Course 86B in the Catalogue, Taming of the Shrew, and The Bird of Dawning. “Thanks to the entire UVU Theatre Faculty, Grassroots Shakespeare Company, Shawn Francis Saunders, friends, and family.”


Trenton McKean graduated in Public Relations and Advertising from Weber State University. He is the lead singer of a band called Son of Ian, which was nominated to play at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Trenton has written, performed and directed music for film, T.V, radio, festivals, and events. In addition, this last summer he had the privilege of working with the Osmond family. “It is a true pleasure to be working with such an incredible cast and crew. I would not be here if I did not have my lovely wife Petra’s support, patience and encouragement.” Trenton’s music can be purchased online at www.sonofian.net, iTunes, or after the show.


Trevor Newsome (Gregory) is a Theatre Performance major from Orem, Utah. Other UVU credits include Governor/Lavrenti in The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Larry in Company. Off campus credits include Bielzy and Gottfried.


Tyrell Clement (Servingman) is a Theatre Performance major from Elmo, Utah. UVU credits include 2nd Tempter/Knight in Murder in the Cathedral, Jack Frost inJack Frost, Balthazar in The Romeo and Juliet Project, and the Fat Prince in The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Off campus credits include Bielzy and Gotfried and the June Havoc Theatre. “Special thanks to the cast and crew of this show for making it an amazing experience.”