THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE, by Bertolt Brecht

Caucasian Chalkcircle PosterSet in the Causasus Mountains of Georgia, this parable retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected by its priorities. A beautiful play about class, cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.

Directed by Laurie Harrop Purser, Jan. 23-25, 27-31, Feb. 1 (UVU Noorda Theatre)

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

 

 AJ Taysom (Shauva)

 

Past UVU credits:

If We Were Birds (reading)- Tereus

Echo 10 Play Festival- The Tyrant

 

Off campus credits:

A Midsummer Night's Dream-Bottom

 

Special Thanks:

Bob Bauer

 

Case Spaulding(Adjutant/Monk/Young Nephew)

 

Past UVU Credits:

Grumio-Taming of the Shrew (Coming Up Next!)

John Willard-The Crucible

 

Off Campus Credits:

Original Productions (WWCC) (mis)Fitting In, The Suburbia Vagabond Heist and Director's Cut

The Music Man (WWCC)

Footloose (ETC)

Grease (BHS)

Thoroughly Modern Millie (BHS)

 

Special Thanks:

Special thanks to this amazing cast! I hope you all know that this is the closest I have ever been to a cast and will be slightly heartbroken when I don't get to see you everyday.  Also, to my friends; you people are my second family.  If you think that this might apply to you, it probably does.  Specifically I would have to thank Tate, Tyler and Kody; I wouldn't be who I am today without you boys! Also to my mama, thank you so much for everything you do I can't say thank you enough.  And finally Jordie, I like you.

 

Ann Thomas (Cook/Woman/Ludovica)

 

UVU Credits:

SAST, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Oklahoma, Voices from the Shore, Holiday Night Live, Honk

 

Off Campus Credits:

Les Miserables, The Comedy of Errors

 

Special thanks to my family for all their support.

 

 

Maddy Forsyth (Singer/Governor's Wife)

 

Maddy loved the opportunity she's had to be a part of this play and to share it with you. Her most recent past credits include: Androcles and the Lion, SAST and Jack Frost at UVU, Doctor Faustus with The Grassroots Shakespeare Company this last Halloween, and Carousel and What the Bellhop Saw with The Utah Repertory Theatre Company. She would like to thank this cast and crew for how kind and loving they have been through this process, being in this show has been truly life changing and she loves you all.

 

Javier Ybarra (Jussup)

 

Past UVU credits:

2009 -Charlottes Web - Puppeteer

2011 -S.A.S.T - Various

2012 -Honk Jr. - Beaky 

2013 -Dialogues - Bobby Sands

 

Off campus credits:

2005 -Arsenic and Old Lace - Sgt Brophy

 

Special Thanks:

Thanks to all who are reading this and have a love and passion for theater. Never think that anything is impossible! Thank you to my actor grandparents for taking me to see Hale shows as a child. Thank you to my Father, Mother and Sister for coming to all my plays - even the ones with swears in them.

 

Trevor W Newsome (Goat, Governor Georgi Abashvili, Lavrenti, Soldier #2)

 

Past UVU credits:

Assistant Costume Design in Story Stone

 

Off Campus Credits:

Windsor Elementary's 1996 production of The Wizard of Oz - Tin Man

 

Special Thanks to Brecht:

 

CREW BIOGRAPHIES

 

Jill Loveridge (Production Stage Manager)

 

UVU Credits:

Next to Normal (Assistant Lighting Designer), Story Stone (Lighting Designer) Dialogues (Properties Designer), Trouble with Tricks (Production Stage Manager, SAST 2013 (Production Stage Manager), Annie Get Your Gun (Scenic Painter, Assistant Lighting Designer), Imaginary Invalid (Sound Designer, Assistant Stage Manager), How to Succeed in Business (Master Electrician), Vincent and Brixton (Scenic Painter), Androcles and the Lion (Assistant Lighting Designer), Secret Garden (Master Electrician, Light Board Operator), Elephant's Graveyard (Projections Operator), Eurydice (Sound Board Operator)

7 Brides for 7 Brothers (Electrician, Sound Assistant), SAST 2012 (Lighting Designer), Othello (Properties Master)

 

Off campus credits:

Odd Couple (Lighting Designer-Neil Simon Festival), Goodbye Girl  (Lighting Designer - Neil Simon Festival), Driving Miss Daisy (Lighting Designer - Neil Simon Festival), The Proposal (Lighting Designer - Neil Simon Festival), Stadium of Fire (Assistant Stage Manager), Carousel (Utah Rep. Theater - Lighting Designer), Tarzan (WVHCT - Electrician), Brigadoon (WVHCT - Electrician)

 

Special Thanks:

My wonderful cast and crew, Laurie Purser, Jason Kelly, My parents, Rick Loveridge, Tim Peay.

 

Maddiey Howell (Puppets and Props Designer)

Past UVU credits:

Jack Frost: Puppet Designer

The Mikado: Makeup Crew

 

Off Campus Credits:

Costume Design for Tarzan, The Drowsy Chaperone, Pack of Lies, and Peter Pan. Special thanks to Laurie for this wonderful opportunity, Jill for the insane amount of work she puts in, and the remarkable cast for making the show extraordinary. Thank you Mom, thank you Roey, and thank you Adam. Enjoy the show!

 

Melissa Anne Howarth (Assistant Makeup Designer and Makeup Crew Supervisor)

 

Past UVU credits:

Assistant Makeup Designer for Crucible, Makeup Supervisor for Mikado, Makeup crew: various, Costume crew: Next to Normal

 

Off campus credits:

Makeup design, Costume design, Properties design, Stage Management, and some acting roles for various Provo High School shows.

 

Special Thanks:

My thanks go out to several people. To my makeup techs: they're lovely people, and I appreciate their hard work. To Clarissa: she coached me through the design process so now I can do it on my own. To my sister Michele and my best friend Mat: they fed me, drove me around, put up with me constantly asking their opinions on my designs, and put up with my... interesting moods due to lack of sleep.

 

Cameron Fullmer (percussion)

 

I’ve been in theater since I was a child and have done many things in that realm. Acting, as well as the technical side and musician as well. Special thanks goes to my brother Jason Kelly for bringing me on board.

 

Deanne DaMelly Alderete
(Costume Supervisor)

Past UVU Credits:

Performed in Pedro's Magic Shoes (Mama), Honk Jr. (Penny), and The Trouble with Tricks (Mama). Costume Supervised How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying and dresser for The Mikado. 


Off Campus Credits:

Most recently choreographed Aladdin Jr. at Orem Jr. High School. Performed in Tarzan and Aida at the SCERA Shell, Les Miserables and Titanic: The Musical at the SCERA Center. And more. 


Special Thanks: Every teacher I've ever had, to Carla for giving me the opportunity, and of course to my amazing family who put up with the craziness.

Scott E. Twitchell

(Senior) BS in Theatre Arts Education.  Scott is the Timpanogos Arts Foundation Theatre Program Manager/Producer (TAF). Scott's credits include: UVU- The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Light Board Operator), UVU - The Story Stone (Light Board Operator), TAF - Aida (Producer), UVU - The Crucible (Sound Board Operator), TAF -Joseph…(Co-House Manager),Utah Valley Opera - La Traviata (Asst. Costume Designer), UVU - Vincent in Brixton (Run Crew), Little Brown Theatre - Duke Henry Beauty and the Prince, UVU - Dr. Livesly Treasure Island the Musical, UVU - The Preacher Elephants Graveyard.

Chantel Ficklin (Assistant Make up Designer)

Chantel worked on UVU performance of "Story Stone." last fall. She worked on "Annie Get Your Gun" at Sundance this last summer. She wishes to thank her parents for their love and support in pushing her to fulfill her passion of Theatre. Also thanks to her teachers and follow students willing to include her in the fantastic experience. 

 

Jason Kelly Fullmer (Composer/Musical Director/Musician)

 

UVU Credits:

The Imaginary Invalid

 

Off Campus Credits:

Grassroots Shakespeare Co., Zion Theatre Co. 

Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, SL Pops Quartet

 

Special Thanks:

Collin Thomas, Nicole Marriot, Cameron Fullmer, Jill Loveridge, Laurie Harrop-Pursor, Mommy