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All I Ask of You with John Smitherman & Friends
February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
One event on February 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm
One event on February 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm
One event on February 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm
“All I Ask of You”
Don’t miss Broadway Performer and the 5 Best Vocalists in Southern Utah in “All I Ask of You” , Valentines Weekend in a rare, intimate, 3 night performance Feb. 15-17 at 7 pm!
John Smitherman—an Original American Tenor—Teams Up with Local Sensations for a Night of Songs of Love February 15 thru 17th, at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta
After performing to sold-out crowds at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) last Fall, John Smitherman returns for Valentine’s Day to perform songs that connect to the love in all of us. He’ll be joined by some of the most dazzling voices in Southern Utah: Greg and Mimi Knell, McKenzie Morgan, Joyce Clements, and Sammy Myrick. Talented pianist Heidi Webb will accompany. The troupe will perform songs from musicals including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Gone With the Wind,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “My Fair Lady,” “Casablanca,” and more. Don’t miss out on an unforgettable evening of gorgeous music sung by the legendary Smitherman and Southern Utah’s extraordinary vocalists. Purchase tickets online or call 435-674-ARTS (2787).
Mr. Smitherman’s exceptional talent has earned him leading-man roles in many productions, including the three leading roles in Broadway’s largest musicals—“Les Miserables”, “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Jekyll & Hyde”—a feat that earned him a spot as one of the original “Three American Tenors.” Smitherman has earned countless awards, including the NY Salt Award (twice), the Handy Award, and many more throughout his long and successful career.
February 15, 16 and 17, 7–9pm; $30 ($10 students with current ID)
About the Vocalists
McKenzie Morgan has been performing officially since age five, and unofficially, all her life. McKenzie has trained locally for thirteen years, and continued her training at BYU while earning a degree in Social Work. Some of McKenzie’s favorite roles include Molly in “Ghost, the Musical,” Millie in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Meg in “Little Women,” and Fiona in “Shrek the Musical.” She was also a featured dancer in Disney’s High School Musical 2. McKenzie has performed at many regional venues including BYU, Lagoon Amusement Park, Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company, St. George Musical Theater, Brigham’s Playhouse, and Tuacahn. Ms. Morgan believes that by sharing a bit of ourselves with our audience, we learn the power of vulnerability and the strength of love. “Singing, dancing, and acting can heal a broken soul, and can change the world,” she says. McKenzie will graduate with her Masters of Social Work degree in May 2019.
Mimi Knell’s accomplished performing career started with dance when she was young. Mimi competed internationally in jazz and ballroom dance before setting her sights on musical theater, which she pursued in college, earning a bachelor’s degree in musical dance theatre. Ms. Knell has performed with the BYU Young Ambassadors and at dozens of regional venues, including Tuacahn, Hale Center Theatre in Orem. Among her most recent roles are Janet Van De Graaff in Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone,” and Kathy Seldon in St. George Musical Theater’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain.” In addition to her career, she is a faculty member of COPA-Tuacahn, a voice teacher, and mother of four.
Greg Knell’s lifelong passion for music led him to join the BYU Young Ambassadors (where he met his wife, Mimi, who is also performing in this event) and has since appeared on many stages in Utah including many locally. Most recently, he was seen as Captain Phoebus in Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, Sky Masterson in SGMT’s production of “Guys & Dolls,” and Frankie in Brigham’s Playhouse’ production of “Forever Plaid.” Greg is a DSU alum and works as a copywriter when he’s not at home with his 4 children, listening to music, or reading.
Sammy Myrick has been singing and dancing for as long as she can remember. She took to the musical theater stage as a shy eight- year-old and hasn’t stopped. Sammy has participated in over 40 productions and is excited for the opportunity to join this “Incredible cast to present this show,” she says. Some of her favorite roles include Molly in the musical “Ghost,” Jo in “Little Women,” Amneris in “Aida,” Belle in “Beauty and the Beast,” Eponine in “Les Misérables,” and recently Miss Adelaide in St. George Musical Theater’s production of “Guys and Dolls.” Sammy credits her success to an “amazing supportive family,” especially her husband, Kyle, who is Artistic Director of Hurricane Valley Theatrical Company. “He is always helping me to become a better performer, actor and person.” And thanks to her “Sweet Adeline,” Sammy is currently performing her dream role of “Mommy.”
Joyce Clements has been refining her vocal gift since her youth. She has received training from some of the world’s best teachers and has further developed her skill in a very successful musical theatre career. She moved to St. George in 2010, and shortly afterward landed the role of Gianetta in Dixie University’s performance of “The Gondoliers.” In 2015, she played Emma Smith in a new musical called “Praise to the Man.” She has performed in many musicals throughout the region, including “Guys and Dolls”, Les Misérables,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Honk,” and “Annie.” Ms. Clements often performs with the Southwest Symphony. She has studied under world-renowned singers Sherill Milnes and Tito Capobianco, and Disney composer David Friedman. Joyce’s local teachers include Connie Nokes-Roberts, Ken Peterson and renowned performer Lisa Seegmiller. Ms. Clements earned her bachelor’s degree in music education and currently teaches voice lessons. She is also the mother of two wonderful children.
Heidi Webb (accompanist) grew up in Central California where she studied piano for 8 years and learned to accompany at a young age. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Dixie State University, and her Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Brigham Young University, where she studied under Rosalind Hall, Dr. Ronald Staheli, and Dr. Andrew Crane. She conducted and accompanied all four auditioned choirs there, as well as the non-auditioned University Chorale for eight semesters. As a choral artist, she has traveled to Hawaii, Canada, Germany, Austria, London, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and all around the continental United States. She has worked for Tuacahn, Dixie State, and several other community organizations in St. George.