Murder in the Cathedral, by T.S. Eliot.

The Archbishop Thomas Becket speaks fatal words before he is martyred in T. S. Eliot's best-known drama, based on the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1170. A beautiful and powerful exploration of faith, politics, and the common good.

Directed by Benjamin Henderson and Lisa Edwards. September 10-13, 15-16 (UVU Courtyard)

Cast and Crew Bios

Joshua Brown (Sir Richard Brito/4th Knight/Tempter) is a Behavioral Science major from Pleasant Grove, Utah. He recently appeared as the Old Man in the Short Attention Span Theatre. Off campus credits include Blithe Spirit, Kentucky Circle/Fire in the Hole, and Seussical the Musical. “Special thanks to my mother.”

Colton Clement (1st Priest) is a Communications major from Elmo, Utah.  This is his first role at UVU. Off campus credits include Lucky Stiff and The Witching Voice. “Special thanks to my older brother Tyrell for getting me into theatre and who is also a member of the cast. Also I want to thank the rest of the cast for their hard work and the great times (mainly the latter.)”

Tyrell Clement (2nd Tempter/Knight) is a Theatre Performance major from Elmo, Utah.  UVU credits include Jack Frost in Jack 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.”

Amber Dodge (1st Chorus) is a Theatre Design major from Bangkok, Thailand. UVU credits include Holiday Night Live, 2013. Off campus credits include Urinetown, The Winter’s Tale, Once Upon a Mattress, Seussical the Musical, and Arsenic and Old Lace. “Special thanks to the guy wearing red in the second row for all his support.”

Lisa Edwards (Co-director) is a Theatre Design major from Lehi, Utah. Other UVU credits include 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 (Chorus) is a Theatre Performance major from St. George, Utah.  UVU credits include Isabella in Androcles and the Lion, Lisabeta in Jack Frost, Singer/Governor’s Wife in The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Mercutia in The Romeo and Juliet Project, and The Short Attention Span Theatre. Off campus credits include What the Bellhop Saw, Carousel, Doctor Faustus, Buried, and The Echo 10 Minute Play Festival. Special thanks to Ben Henderson.

Ben Henderson (Co-director) is humbled and privileged to have been a student in UVU’s Theatrical Arts Department. Ben has performed in UVU”s Main Stage season each of the last three years, and has also performed at Sundance Summer Theatre, Hale Center Theatre, Hale Center Theatre Orem, Utah Repertory Company, and the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. Partnered with his wife, Amy Jo Henderson, their Shakespeare Competition team through Alta High School won first plane in October of 2013. Ben was awarded the Outstanding Student of the Year for Theatrical Arts in March of 2014. In February he won one of the two finalist positions in the Irene Ryan Scholarship Competition for Region 8 in LA, and went on to compete with fellow UVU student Topher Rasmussen at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC in April of this year. There he won three fellowships and awards. One led to SAFD certification in three styles of stage combat, as well as an award for excellence in Unarmed Combat. The second was the Mark Twain Award for Comedic performance. The third will take him to Washington DC this October where he will train with Michael Kahn and other as well as perform in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s season. He would like to thank both sets of his parents, Chris Clark, Dave Tinney, Rob Moffat, Lisa Hagen, and his wife and children for their guidance and support.

Ryan Hopkins (Stage Manager) is a Theatre Performance major from Orem, Utah.  Other UVU credits include Wilson in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Jojo in The Trouble with Tricks, and the stage manager for Dialogues. Off campus credits include Fiddler on the Roof and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. “Special thanks to my family.”

Wade Robert Johnson (Thomas Becket) is a Theatre Performance major from Houston, Texas. UVU credits include Danny in DNA and The Short Attention Span Theatre. Off campus credits include Oklahoma. “Special thanks to Ben Henderson, Brooke and Chase Grant, and my family and friends for the bottomless well of inspiration they have provided for me.”

Clarissa Lavon Knotts (Costume Designer) is a Theatre Design major from Buckeye. Arizona. UVU credits include makeup design for The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Story Stone, Vincent in Brixton, and The Secret Garden.  Off campus credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Special thanks to her husband, Jed Knotts, her sister and cohort in crime, Candace Roach, and to the rest of her family and friends who love and support her.

Tanner Perelle (2nd Priest) is a Theatre Performance major from Lehi, Utah.  This is his first role at UVU. Off campus credits include The Tempest, Into the Woods, Once Upon a Mattress, Hamlet, and My Favorite Year. “Special thanks to my family and friends, Mckelle and Alec, and Mindy Nelson.”

AJ Taysom (3rd Priest) is a Theatre Performance major from Provo, Utah. UVU credits include 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.

Regan Whimpey (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Theatre Performance major from Orem, Utah. UVU credits include Poo-Bah in The Mikado, and a dresser for Fiddler on the Roof and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Off campus credits include Jekyll & Hyde, The Secret Garden, A Christmas Carol, The Civil War, and Brigadoon.  “Special Thanks to my beautiful wife for her endless support, and to the UVU theatre dept. for every opportunity!”

Trevor Thomas Williams (1st Tempter/Knight) is a Theatre Performance major from Elk Ridge, Utah.  This is his first role at UVU. Off campus credits include Peter Pan, Pride and Prejudice, Julius Caesar, and Fiddler on the Roof. “Special thanks to my parents for supporting my choice to major in theatre, special thanks to Ben and Lisa for the chance to be a part of the amazing cast of this amazing show.”

Kristina Wilson (Chorus) is a Theatre Education major. This is her first role at UVU. Off campus credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. “Special thanks to my husband Tyler and my daughter Soleil for letting me come play, and to our directors, Ben Henderson and Lisa Edwards, as well as the costume shop for creating these wicked costume designs.”