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Hank Williams: Lost Highway by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik
May 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - May 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
One event on May 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm
One event on May 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
One event on May 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm
One event on May 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on May 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm
The Legend of the “Hillbilly Shakespeare” Hank Williams, Sr., Dramatized by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik.
This moving musical biography (by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik) will transport audiences back in time to the rich and utterly fascinating world of country music legend Hank Williams. With the help of teachers and mentors, the lonesome drifter from Alabama rose from poverty and pain to become one of the most influential American singer/songwriters of the 20th century.
As Williams’ raw-edged story plays out, you’ll hear some of greatest hits, along with powerful spirituals, the earliest published rock-n- roll song, “Move it On Over”, and fiery gospel songs like “Thank God,” “(When I Get to Glory), I’m Gonna Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “I Saw the Light!” Chris Whiteside, who starred in the play during the 2016 Neil Simon Festival, is now a huge fan.“His story, long confused by legend and lie, will be told as I believe he would have had it told,” he says.
“[LOST HIGHWAY has] the exhilarating feeling of Williams on stage in a particular place on a particular night…serves up classic country with the edges raw and the energy hot…By the end of the play, you’ve traveled on a profound emotional journey: LOST HIGHWAY transports its audience, and communicates the inspiring message of the beauty and richness of Williams’ songs…forceful, clear-eyed, moving, impressive.” —Rolling Stone.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway will play at 7:30 pm on May 8, 9, 10, with a 2 pm matinee and 7:30 pm show on the 11th.
Chris Whiteside (Hank Williams) is the production coordinator for the Center for the Arts at Kayenta. He graduated from Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts and studied Musical Theatre at Southern Utah University. You may have seen him in this show in 2016 at the Neil Simon Festival, in their production of “Broadway Bound” as Stanley, at SUU in “Rent” as Collins, “A Streetcar Named Desire” as Stanley, or in 2011 at the Utah Theatre Association conference as Chad in “All Shook Up.”
Megan Baker (Audrey Williams) is a junior at Parowan High School. You may have seen her as Ariel in “The Little Mermaid,” Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” or Narrator in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” She has performed with such greats as Roger Waters (of Pink Floyd) and Rex Allen Jr. Megan enjoys competing in Utah drama competitions with musical theater pieces and comedic monologues. A professional sound engineer at Heritage Center Theater, her work can be heard during Cedar City’s Neil Simon Festival.
Alan Stromberg (“Burrhead” Jimmy) has always had a love of performing and the theater and is proud to be a part of a musical family that is actively performing throughout Southern Utah. Alan has enjoyed performing with parts in the Hunchback of Notre Dame for Tuacahn and Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company and playing the bass in Hurricane Valley’s latest presentation of The Taffetas. Alan also enjoys playing the guitar and singing with the local Celtic band Thistle & Knot and the Nicklepeak Bluegrass Band.
Jane Williams (Mama Lilly) is thrilled to be in this show. She was last seen as Oiser in “Steel Magnolias” at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, as well as the mother in “Flowers for Algernon.” Jane was nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award. You may have seen her in town as Golde in “Fiddler on the Roof,” Eulalie Shinn in “The Music Man,” Martha in “Arsenic and Old Lace,” and Aunt Ethel in “Harvey,” where she played alongside Wilford Brimley. She played Reverend Mother in the Neil Simon Festival’s production of “Nunsense,” Jail Matron and Sister Mary Theresa in “Sister Act” at Tuacahn, Miss Shingle in Brigham Playhouse’s “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and Lottie Child in their production of “Crazy For You.”
Dean Jones (Fred “Pap” Rose) studied theatre and film at Brigham Young University in the early ‘90s and then became a behind-the-scenes multimedia producer in Los Angeles. In 2012, after spending a decade living in Cedar City, he rediscovered his passion for performing. He has been acting, directing, and producing for both stage and screen almost constantly ever since. Recent roles have included Daddy Warbucks in “Annie: The Musical,” Mushnik in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Fagin in “Oliver! The Musical,” Frank Gilbreth in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” and Ladahlord in Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” When not on stage, he is creating award-winning short films like “Triggered,” “F***ing Adam,” and “Family.”
Ronny Williams (Rufus “Tee Tot” Payne) was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He grew up in a home that was filled with singers. His father performed different shows around Vegas and decided to pursue what his father was doing. That passion for acting landed him many roles in different musicals in high school, where he was prominent member of their thespian troupe. But even more than acting he loves singing. Choir is Ronnie’s main focus as of right now and is a 3 year member of the talented St. George Chamber Singers. Now out of college he’d ultimately love to pursue a career in acting and vocal work. He’d like to thank his grandfather for teaching him the ways of gospel singing and producing a sound from your heart and soul as well as your mind. Ronnie is a star inthe making. Don’t sleep on him.”
Spencer Wilde (Hoss) is a fifteen-year-old actor who enjoys singing and dancing, including ballet, jazz, swing,ballroom, and tap. He also loves to perform and try new things. You may have seen him as Beast in “Beauty and the Beast Jr,” Peter Cratchit in “Christmas Carol,” Romeo in “Newsies,” Banzai in “Lion King Jr,” Cheshire Cat in “Alice in Wonderland Jr.” Spencer was in the Metropolitan Boys Choir, All District Choir, and the Youth Who Know (Youth Choir).
Ginger Nelson (Waitress) is a Southern Utah native, and eager to return to the Kayenta stage. She recently performed as Puck in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for the inaugural season of Santa Clara City Shakespeare In The Park. Past credits include Brooke Wyeth in “Other Desert Cities” at Kayenta, Kitty Verdun in “Charley’s Aunt,” and herself in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged!” at St. George Musical Theater. Ginger is a founding member of the So U Comedy Theater and a regular player with Improv Dixie. She is grateful to be part of this production, and thanks the Kayenta crew and her supportive husband, Brandon.
Jason Stout (“Loudmouth” Leon), when off his fiddle, can be found at home playing Legos and Barbies with his four young daughters or pickle ball with his wife, Jessica, or working one of eight of his odd jobs. This is where Jason’s bio gets even more awkward as he has no previous experience in any show, and he’s never done anything like this before in his life. So, ya’ll better cheer loud when he gets down on his fiddle and bow! He once disguised himself as a homeless man, played at Temple Square, and made one hundred dollars in twenty minutes. Jason wants to thank his wife, his mom, his dad, and all of his violin teachers. Namaste.
Richard Bugg, founder of the 17-years-strong Neil Simon Festival, directs this all-star ensemble. He is currently a theatre professor at SUU.