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Rob Newman, Brian Muir, Clay Handy, Julene Thurston, Lori Wilson, Andy Smithson, Stephanie Curtis, Jordan Torrez, Ashley Ludlow, Madisen Christensen
Makyla Blacker, Mikah Jones, Megi Jones, Chelsea Gibby, Aliina Gibby, Jessie McAllister, Savannah Mitton, Felicia Poteet, Evie Poteet, Jocelyn Bradshaw, Camille Smithson, Julene Thurston, Stetzon Blacker, Jeff Gomez, Levi Mitton, Brian Muir, Jordan Torrez, Quinn Eastin, Toby Peterson, Andy Smithson, Cuylar Smithson, Eli Smithson, Berkeley Smithson, Tyce Jones

Donna Mae Harper


Julene Thurston


Brian Muir


Megi Jones

Company Director

Makyla Blacker


Jazmine Edgar


Aliina Gibby


Stephanie Curtis

Website, Social, Slideshow

Andrew Gibby

Tech Director

Melanie Dean


JD Dean

Assistant Sound Engineer

John Ellis

Sound Engineering

Alexis Lilya

Spot Operator

Coulson Bliss

Spot Operator

Music Tech Class - BHS

Music Tech

Benton Palmer

Slide Projection

Melissa Morgan

Idaho Xpress



Director's Notes

Welcome to the King Fine Arts Center 25th Anniversary Gala!  I am so glad you are here with us to celebrate 25 years of excellence in the performing arts.  Last year we decided we should pay tribute to the thousands of community members that have donated their time and talents to provide excellent entertainment in our valley over the last 25 years.  As we have worked to prepare this show, I have been overwhelmed at the amount of quality performances that have graced the King Fine Arts stage.  I hope you can enjoy this program half as much as we have enjoyed preparing it.  I want to personally thank all of the actors, singers, musicians, dancers, tech crew, and stage hands that have worked so hard to bring this performance to life.  It has been a joy to work with the Magic Philharmonic and the King Fine Arts Center in this joint effort.  I also want to thank the Idaho Express Dance studio for sharing their talents.  Finally, I want to thank the Mount Harrison Heritage Foundation for continuing to grow the arts in our community.

Andrew Gibby

The Magic Philharmonic

LEEANN TURNER, Vice President


1st Violin

Jolene Hobson
LeeAnn Turner
Justin Taylor
Susy Randall
Becca Gochnour
Zoe Martin

2nd Violin

Cassandra Gristenti
Carla Carson
Deborah Jones
Olivia Hobson
Chloe Gibby
Megan Wright
Eliana Guercio


Jayna Johnson
Brian Stevens


Colleen McCall
April Wilson
Klara Briggs


Susan Niebaur
Carolyn Firth

Bass Clarinet

Robyn Patterson


Merinda LeCheminant


Nichelle Holbrook
Tim Wood


Lynette Hale
Heidi Robbins


Annette Hansen


Paul Pugh
Walt Graham
Kaylee Teal
Victor Pugh


Roger Turner
Toni Garner
Katherine Hope


Loren McPherson
Victoria Hale
Zach Carson
Wayne Hurst


Grant Guercio


Ben Romney
Emma Gerrard


Janice Pilling
Heidi Parkinson
Camille Hanks
Ellen Judd
Kaden Gammon
Colton Treasure


Makyla Blacker, Mikah Jones, Megi Jones, Chelsea Gibby, Aliina Gibby, Jessie McAllister, Savannah Mitton, Felicia Poteet, Evie Poteet, Jocelyn Bradshaw, Camille Smithson, Julene Thurston, Stetzon Blacker, Jeff Gomez, Levi Mitton, Brian Muir, Jordan Torrez, Quinn Eastin, Toby Peterson, Andy Smithson, Cuylar Smithson, Eli Smithson, Berkeley Smithson, Tyce Jones

Xpress Production

Performing Trash the Camp.
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Alexis Abenroth, Maili Bangerter, Katri Beck, Paisley Beck, Nira Broderick, Tawny Broderick, Lucy Brower, Calvin Clarke, Chloe Gibby, Ashlyn Graf, Kinli Greener, Roman Handy, Macy Krupp, Elsie Krupp, Avery Morgan, Ezra Morgan, Carter Morgan, Abram Morgan, Danikka Morgan, Briella Morgan, Haddyn Moulton, Zoey Noble, Ian Olson, Kaylee Orton, Andelyn Palmer, William Palmer, Maylie Pittard, Evie Poteet, Joshua Ramsey, Alivia Reno, Eli Smithson, Cuylar Smithson, Berkeley Smithson, Azalea Walker, Kessa Wilson, Megan Wright, Brielle Yeck

Xpress Diamonds

Performing Hard Knock Life.
Demi Condie, Kylie Cook, Averi Cotten, Ruth Harris, Lizabeth Holt, Beatrice Krupp, Kaydence Larsen, Londyn McMurray, Charlie Miskins, Daphne Peterson, Navy Pickup, Sophie Ward

Xpress Boys

Performing Seize The Day.
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Xpress boys

Rodney Bradshaw, Jackson Cotten, Easton Lake, Atticus Larsen, Boone Peterson, Ryan Hansen, Cru Jones, Abram Morgan, Lincoln Morgan, Case Moulton, Crue Moulton, William Christensen, Clavin Clark, Jaden Dixon, Roman Handy, Carter Morgan, Ian Olsen, William Palmer, Joshua Ramsey, Eli Smithson, Cuylar Smithson, Hawk Crane, Timothy Holt, Tyrell Hunt, Zaden Nielsen, Reddick Smith, Henry Stevens, Cedar Walker, Gideon Harris, Hunter Holt, Driggs Jones, Saxton Larsen, Jarom Morgan, Griffin Ramsey, Tyce Jones


Julene Thurston

Master of Ceremony

I am very grateful to be a part of this amazing community. The King Fine Arts Center has been a big part of my life for 20+ years. I couldn't even begin to count the hours spent in this building sets, painting, performing, etc. I have made so many wonderful lasting friendships here. Thanks for all the memories! 
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Brian Muir

Master of Ceremony

Brian Muir is a Burley native and loves raising his 5 kids in the Mini-Cassia area with his beautiful wife Lisa. He is a family physician and is the medical director for the Minidoka Medical Center Rural Health Clinic as well as the site director for the new Rupert Rural Training Track of the ISU Family Medicine Residency. He is the president of the board for the Mount Harrison Heritage Foundation and he is very excited about the organization's new opportunity to restore the Burley Theatre. 

Andrew Gibby

Director, VP of Mount Harrison Heritage Foundation

Andrew has graced the theater with a diverse range of roles, shifting seamlessly from supporting to lead performances. A true theater aficionado, Andrew's passion for the dramatic arts is palpable both on and off the stage. His directorial prowess has been showcased in productions such as "Beauty and the Beast", "Hunchback of Notre Dame", and "The Drowsy Chaperone".  When not in the spotlight, Andrew finds fulfillment in the critical role of a stage manager, having managed shows including "Newsies", "Hansel and Gretel", and the timeless holiday classic, "The Nutcracker". His commitment to the arts is a family affair, as they cherish moments spent with loved ones who share an equal ardor for the theater. With a proven track record and an undying passion for the craft, Andrew continues to inspire and bring stories to life on stage.

Donna Mae Harper

Producer, Board Member - Mount Harrison Heritage Foundation

Donna has been involved with the performing arts since she was very young, from starting on the big stage as one of the VonTrap Children in The Sound of Music, to her role as Princess Winnifred in Once Upon A Mattress, the story of The Princess and the Pea. Some of her other favorite roles have been Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Madame De La Grande Bouche (The Wardrobe) in Beauty and the Beast. Donna has directed, produced, and assisted in many other productions. It is something she truly loves doing. She wants to thank her family and all those who help her in any way to do this work. There are so many talented people who work hard to bring these great performances to life. Donna feels that this community is lucky to have some of the best.

Dusty Fisher

Conductor, Accompanist

Douglas “Dusty” Fisher, Director of the Burley High School choir program and Administrator of the King Fine Arts Center, holds a M.A. in Choral Conducting from Eastman School of Music and a B.S. in Music Education from Alderson-Broaddus College. Dusty has taught in public schools for 21 years, 12 of which were here at BHS. He also has devoted additional time to clinician work, directing a variety of choirs and music teams, and directing musical theatre and other kinds of drama. His last notable contribution of musical theater to the Burley community was THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, presented in conjunction with Mount Harrison. Fisher is also scheduled to direct the Easter musical, The Lamb of God, with members of our local community this spring. 

Robert Newman

Soloist, Baritone

Robert Newman has enjoyed a 45 year career singing opera, oratorio, and musical theater as well as many recitals and concerts. He has participated in many local productions with the area's finest performers, many of whom became good friends. He was one of the first directors on the Mount Harrison Heritage Foundation board, serving with several gifted members who graciously donated their time and money to produce many musical treasures for the Mini-Cassia area. 
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Madisen Christensen


This is Madisen Christensen's 4th production with Mount Harrison. In the past, she played Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Florinda in Into the Woods (2016), and Ado Annie in Oklahoma.

Ashley Ludlow


Ashley Ludlow is a musical keynote speaker and digital business strategist. She shares her story on stage through music as she speaks about the value of embracing the inner child and the power of self-worth, self-care, and self-love. Ashley has had the privilege of starring in shows like "Into the Woods" (Baker's Wife), "Tarzan" (Kala), and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" (Lucy). She also directed music for shows like "Newsies", "Oklahoma", and "Hunchback of Notre Dame" here at the King Fine Arts Center. At her company, Solmiga, Ashley encourages creative entrepreneurs to share their mission and message with the world by helping them to simplify their tech and online systems. When she’s not behind her computer or on stage, you can find her visiting Disney Parks, spending time with family, or both. Ashley has been married for 17 years and has 5 beautiful children. 

Stephanie Curtis

Soloist, Board Member - Mount Harrison Heritage Foundation

Stephanie Curtis is grateful to be a part of this show and a part of this wonderful community. She has been thrilled to be involved in multiple theater productions in this community, both on the stage and behind the scenes. She has had the privilege of playing the "Witch" in Into the Woods, "Ronette" in Little Shop of Horrors, and "Esmeralda" in Hunchback of Notre Dame. The biggest gift of being involved in theater has been the lifelong friends she has made along the way. Stephanie works as the marketing and communications manager at Cassia Regional Hospital, and also as the manager of Redfish Design Studio; a digital marketing and website agency. Her favorite roles are wife, daughter, sister, friend, mother to four boys, and grandma to two beautiful grand-daughters. 

Lori Wilson


Lori Wilson is a veteran of the stage, with dozens of productions and leading roles to her credit. She has also worked behind the scenes as a director, producer, and musical director of numerous local and regional productions. Favorite roles include The Narrator in Joseph and Guinevere in Camelot. A popular soloist, she has enjoyed the opportunity to perform classical, jazz, and Broadway music in concerts and shows around Utah and Idaho. She previously served as a board member and creative director for the Historic Wilson Theatre and special events coordinator for the City of Rupert, creating out-of-the-box events, Broadway-style revues, and the community traditions of “Harvest Haunt” and “The Christmas City Market”. She created “The Princess Tea Party” as a benefit event for Rise Up and Sing, a summer music camp for aspiring singers, now in its 20th year, where she also served in the capacities of a vocal instructor and board member. Two years ago life and work took her family to Montana, but she’s always happy and grateful to be able to return to Mini-Cassia where the arts thrive! While being on the stage is fun, her absolute favorite role is playing wife, mom and grandma! 

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Felicia Poteet


Felicia Horsley Poteet has loved performing since the age of 4, whether singing, dancing or acting. After graduating from Burley, she attended USU and ISU, graduating in Political Science and Music with a Master's in Public Administration. She's been involved in shows at OVAC, Mt. Harrison, and the Wilson Theatre. She lives north of Rupert, where she and her husband, Cregg, farm. She directs Tavaci School of Performing Arts in Rupert, loves homeschooling her kids, and being outdoors with her family. 

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Andy Smithson


Andy's stage debut was on this very stage as Joseph, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He also enjoyed playing the villain, Joseph Pulitzer, in Newsies with MHHF. He has played multiple characters in the Wilson Theatre Broadway review productions, including Seymore and Dr. Jeckl and Mr. Hyde. He is a devoted husband to Camille and a proud father of their 6 children. They love spending time together water skiing, rock climbing, and snow skiing. Andy is a counselor at his private counseling practice, Smithson Counseling.
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Jordan Torrez


Jordan is a Burley local. He has recently rediscovered his passion on the stage and in the community. He has a beautiful wife and five kids who support him in his dreams. They are nearly half way to their goal of twelve children so give her encouragement to keep going if you see her wandering around. Her name is Tiffini. 

Clay Handy


Clay inherited from his father a rich bass voice and a love of singing. He participated in choir at Minico High School and Ricks College. He had been a member of Soft Touch and Silhouette. In 1998 Clay discovered a love for the stage when he was granted a part in OVAC’s Fiddler on the Roof. A whole world opened to him singing, acting and dancing in a nonstop string of ten full stage productions for OVAC and MHHF. As a child Clay would often evoke laughter by the range of expressions he could pull, especially when he was nervous. That face also gets him many laughs onstage. When the new Burley High school was being built Clay encouraged MHHF and BHS to work together in the creation of the KFAC. The KFAC is certainly a treasure!

Clay loves being involved in the community. He has served on Burley city council, Cassia County Commissioner and currently in the Idaho House of Representative for District 27. So, friends, remember in May to Vote for Clay!

Melissa Morgan

Owner, Rocky Mountain Express

Melissa Handy Morgan has deep roots in Burley. She and Bryce Lynn Morgan are the parents of 6 children. Melissa has rich experience in dance. She has traveled the world sharing her talents of performance and choreography. While a student at Ricks College she was an assistant director of the Folk Dance Team and helped to sew and manage the costume room. She owns the Idaho Express Studio offering a variety of dance experience. Melissa has the talent of helping everyone look good on stage; in their costume, and their dances.

Melissa says: “Choreography. I love it! Plays, music groups, solos, and especially clogging. This invitation to be a part of the Gala is an honor, especially opportunity of choreographing a boys dance with all four of my boys, several nephews and best friends on stage! Dreamy! What better way for active boys to express their energy! Thank you to all the wonderful families who choose to clog with us.”


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