Set before a "court of love" among the Latter-day Saints - Curt, a gay Mormon, has been called into the disciplinary counsel to discuss the notions of his faith, his eternal life, and, ultimately, his happiness through the eyes of himself and the 15 members of the High Council.

Cast

Curtis Scott Brown

Kenneth Starling (He/Him, They/Them) – is honored and very humbled to back “onstage” after a multi year hiatus. He grew up in the South Carolina theatre community, and moved to Utah just over 3 years ago. His Utah experience includes The Rocky Horror Show (Dr. Frank-n-Furter), Spring Awakening (Moritz), and American Idiot (St. Jimmy) at The Midvale Main Street Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff) at The Grand Theatre, and The Little Shop of Horrors (Ronnette “Ronnie”) at The Off-Broadway Theatre. Kenneth is proud to begin the journey towards Next Step Theatre, the company he recently began with his boyfriend and partner Devin, becoming a unifying voice of the community.

Production Team

Director

Sam Allen (He/Him) – is a 2020 Alum of the Westminster College Technical theatre program (Directing/Stage Management emphasis). His most recent works include SNAPSHOT 2019 Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival (Director), The Audacity and Of Color with Plan-B Theatre (Assistant Director), First Date at The Grand Theatre (Assistant Director), Prometheus Bound (Stage Manager) and Women of Trachis (Assistant Stage Manager) with the Classic Greek Theatre Festival, and Westminster College’s productions of As We Knew It (Director), Gloria (Stage Manager), The School for Scandal (Stage Manager), and Love and Information (Assistant Stage Manager).

Stage Manager

Emily Kitterer (She/Her) – is a Junior at Westminster pursuing her BFA in Theatre Performance. Her technical credits include Technical Relations with the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival (2019), and the Westminster College productions of Next To Normal (Assistant Sound Designer) and Othello (Wardrobe Assistant). You may have seen her on the Westminster stage in Men On Boats (Seneca Howland) and The Thought Doesn’t Count (Rebecca) with the Westminster 2019 One Act Festival. Her regional credits include SNAPSHOT (Isabel) with Sasquatch Theatre Company.

Director of Photography

Camille Barker – born in New Orleans, Camille has always had a passion and strong connection to the arts. Growing up all over the United States, Barker has fostered the ability to implement diversity and adaptability in every situation when it comes to her art. Her ability to connect to people and unique situations has propelled her to excel as an artist and appreciate the art that is incorporated into people’s stories. As a 3rd year film student, this is Camille’s first submission to the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival.

Assistant Director of Photography

Nour Mihamou – Since she can remember, Nour has always been influenced by the different forms of art within her Honduran and Moroccan background. Growing up on either side of the world, Nour’s adaptability has undoubtedly helped her when finding the beauty in what, to most, is out of place. She enjoys spending her free time doing photography, filming the beauty in snippets of everyday life, or even taking part in small social justice initiatives. As a 3rd year student at Siena College, she has focused her career in Data Science, with a minor in Biology. She believes by combining the power of technology with the understanding of life, she will be stitching her part in the quilt of change in society.

Scenic Designer/Producer

Devin Manfull (He/Him) – has committed his life to the theatre and to the betterment of the theatre community, and, as co-founder of Next Step Theatre Co., is so excited to help produce the company’s very first production! Devin has recently graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Theatre Teaching and hopes to enlighten his future students with a love for the arts. Some of Devin’s favorite roles have been in The Little Shop Of Horrors (Puppeteer) at The Off-Broadway Theatre, The Secret Garden (Dickon) at Western Wyoming College, and The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Duke) with The Actor’s Mission in Rock Springs, WY. As much as Devin loves performing, his true passion is behind the scenes, producing quality and meaningful theatre. Devin is so thankful for the love from his friends, family, and – most importantly – his partner, Kenneth, who he could not do any of this without!

Lighting Technician

Aaron Gubler – resides in the Salt Lake City area where he’s a freelance Lighting Designer and Electrician, primarily in theatre, opera, and dance. Currently, he’s the Assistant Lighting Supervisor for the UVU School of the Arts. In 2019, he was given an honorable mention by The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his design of I Never Saw Another Butterfly. In his free time, he enjoys going camping and hiking, learning new things, and exploring other areas of art and design. Some of his design credits include Hands on a Hard Body with Wasatch Theatre Co., A Year with Frog and Toad with UVU Theatre, Dance Out of Glass with UVU Dance, and Die Fledermaus with UVU Opera.

Photographer

Abi Harikumar – is a student at the University of Utah studying Information Systems. He specializes in portraits, landscapes, and event photography. Abhi is a huge fan of theatre, occaisonally dabbling is acting himself.

Graphic Designer

Ellie Peek – is a freelance graphic designer and writer, working in and around Salt Lake City. Her poetry and creative non-fiction have been published by Inscape Journal and America’s Best Emerging Writers. She loves working with local creatives and is currently accepting clients with graphic design needs.

Contact info – 801.735.1939 or elliepeek@gmail.com.

Presented by the 2020 Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

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