A pop/rock musical about love, loss and starting over.
Music by Brittany Bullen and Newell Bullen
Troubled by the past, Jeanine is faced with the challenge of counseling residents of a Philadelphia women’s shelter. The women she meets and the struggles she faces help her to begin to start over. Filled with romance, laughter and tears, this contemporary pop/rock musical is about what it means to be a woman and to really live.
Every production of Shelter seeks to raise funds and awareness for local Women's Shelters. We are pleased to announce that for every ticket sold, SHELTER will donate $3 to local homeless shelters.
Approximate Running Time: 2:15; with intermission
Brighton is a Salt Lake City-based director and producer. In 2009 she founded Spotlight Theater Company, through which she has directed and produced Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Parade. Other directing credits include Yellow and the premiere production of Shelter. As an actress, some of her favorite credits include playing Susannah Cibber in Joyful Noise, Mina Harker in Dracula, The Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Brighton will graduate in August with her BA in Theater Arts Studies from Brigham Young University.
Brittany Bullen is a writer, composer and actress who lives in Salt Lake City with her husband Clark and sons Thomas and Charlie. Her other works for the stage include Hello, Lemon! and Yellow, which was most recently produced at Brigham Young University. Brittany has been working in Utah as a performer for the past seven years. Some favorite shows include The Spitfire Grill (Percy Talbott), Jane Eyre (Title Role), Seussical, The Musical (Sour Kangaroo), A Christmas Carol (Belle) and Urinetown (Little Becky Two Shoes). Brittany will be playing the role of Gloria in this production.
Newell is currently a graduate student at Boston Universtiy studying Choral Conducting. He has a BA in Music Composition from the University of Utah. He has composed and conducted many original works for various choirs in the Salt Lake City area. He is also an experienced clarinet teacher. Newell was thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with his sister-in-law Brittany on this, their first musical.
Camee Faulk holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts Education from Brigham Young University. She is currently a drama teacher at American Preparatory Academy in West Valley City, UT and teaches acting classes at The Children's Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT. Camee stage manages, directs, choreographs, and performs in numerous productions throughout the Salt Lake City area. Her favorite stage managing credits include shows with Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles (It's All Bueno, ASM), The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Student Directed Scenes, PSM), and Brigham Young University (Tartuffe, PSM).
John holds an associates degree in Audio Production from The ArtInstitute of Seattle and is pursuing a double-major in musical composition and computer engineering at the University of Utah. Over the last six years, John's sound mixing and design work has been heard in several music venues, theatrical productions, a television show, and on multiple CD releases and films in the Seattle and Salt Lake City areas. This is his third production with director Brighton Sloan, and he is proud to be a part of the Shelter family at NYMF. If he had a girlfriend, he would thank her for all of her support--since he doesn't, however, he expects that he'll instead thank his mother.
Anna Hawkins is a Utah-based costume designer whose work has been featured in theatre and film. Her most recent projects have included Mr. Bellpond, winner of the 2012 Student Emmy for Best Picture, and the 2012 Sowers of Hope charity fashion show. Anna also served as Costume Supervisor in the Firstlight Independent film Redemption. She is very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the Festival.
Justine Banks is from Las Vegas, NV. Justine graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts Education from Brigham Young University in 2011. Justine was awarded the Excellence in Properties Design Award two years in a row at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Recent props design credits include Stage Door, The Taffetas, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dancing at Lughnasa, and Tuesdays with Morrie.
Jillian is an accredited makeup artist with eight years experience in the special effects and beauty makeup industry. In Utah she works on independent films, weddings, live productions and fashion and conceptual photography. She feels privileged to have been invited to be a part of the production team for Shelter.
Kimberly Turner is a student at Weber State University and will graduate with a minor in Theatre in 2013. She is thrilled to have acted in the premiere production of Shelter as well as to participate as ASM for this production. Some of Kimberly's other favorite shows she has acted in include Parade, Beauty and the Beast, and Footloose. She has also enjoyed working tech for multiple productions. Kimberly would like to thank her family for all of their support and also thank her teachers and mentors that have helped coach her in theatre; Alyn Bone and Wendy Oltmanns.
Shiloh White graduated from Brigham Young University in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Design, with an emphasis in makeup and costume design. She has worked on several feature films, along with many short films, as both lead and supporting makeup artist and loves designing for and working with theatrical productions. She got involved with Shelter only a few short weeks ago, but she is excited to be a part of this powerful and moving show.
A native of Utah, Adam Dietlein has a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. He has appeared in My Fair Lady (Freddie), The Games Afoot (Simon), The Hasty Heart (Kiwi), Father of the Bride (Buckley Dunstan), A Christmas Carol (Dickens/Fred), Hello Dolly! (Ambrose), Annie Get Your Gun, A Tale of Two Cities (Regional Premiere) and Zorro the Musical (US Premiere). He is thrilled to be apart of this production and NYMF.
Angie is the 5th out of 8 adopted children. She has worked on numerous films for companies such as Disney and ABC Family. Angie did 8 musicals in Jr. High and played in the orchestral pit for Annie Get Your Gun and Beauty and the Beast in high school. She plays the violin, drums, and piano and is blessed with perfect pitch. Angie has always had a love for Broadway and is excited to be a part of the NYMF!
Ariana is so excited to be working on a project with not only beautiful music and script but with such a beautiful and important message as well. A shelter volunteer herself she is thrilled to work with other artists who are passionate about utilizing their talents to accomplish a greater cause. Ariana has been performing professionally in Utah and as an invited guest in places such as LA and Washington D.C. since high school. She is thrilled to be performing in the NYMF for the first time!
Arianna Stucki (age 16) is thrilled to be a part of the Shelter cast! Some of her favorite roles include a Factory Girl in Parade: The Musical, Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, and the title role in the Shakespeare spoof Mmmbeth. Special thanks to her Mom and Dad, family, friends, and all the acting, voice, and dance coaches that helped bring her to where she is today!
Ashley Kathryn Stonebraker is a veteran of Utah stages, both as a performer and a choreographer. Most recently, she was the dance captain and featured flamenco dancer in the US premier of Zorro The Musical. Some of her favorite roles include Kitty in the regional premier of The Drowsy Chaperone, Bambi in Cutains, and Holly in The Wedding Singer. Ashley is the mother of two boys who also share her love of theatre.
Brittany Shamy is a wellness coach with Herbalife International. She majored in musical theatre at Weber State University. Her favorite roles include: Jane in Jane Eyre the Musical, Miranda in The Tempest, and Bonnie in Anything Goes. She will be moving to California in October to pursue acting.
Jenessa followed in her parents’ footsteps, pursuing a life of theatre starting at age four. She is currently a senior at Weber State University and is earning her Bachelors of Science in Musical Theatre. She is a resident of Ogden, Utah and has performed at several venues such as: The Egyptian Theatre in Park City, Hale Centre Theatre in Salt Lake City, and The Playmill Theatre in West Yellowstone. Her favorite roles performed include: Annabel Glick in Lucky Stiff, Erin in Ring of Fire, Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, Nehebka in Aida, and Anybodys in West Side Story.
Based on the west coast, Jennefer Gillette is "stoked" to be back east and on the stage again in NYC. She has won awards in directing, coaching, and performing in Boston, New York City, Chicago, Salt Lake, Park City, and San Diego, but her greatest accomplishment is her family. She is most grateful for her husband's support in pursuing her passion for the arts, and for her five busy and talented children.
Jessica hails from Farmington Utah and graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. Her credits include The Seamstress in the regional premiere of A Tale of Two Cities and a flamenco-dancing gypsy in the national premiere of Zorro, The Musical. When not performing, Jessica is a middle school theatre teacher.
Julie resides in Utah with her husband, son, and adorable dogs. She has performed for over 20 years in concerts and musical theatre all over Utah. Her favorite roles include: Marguerite (Scarlet Pimpernel), Vienna (Johnny Guitar) and Nellie (South Pacific).
Karina is unbelievably excited and humbled to be performing here in NYC for the first time. She has performed in over 60 musicals, and some favorite roles have been Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Jo (Little Women), Adelaide (Guys and Dolls), Maria (Sound of Music), Maria (West Side Story), Witch (Into the Woods), and Lily (Secret Garden). Karina also performed as the opening and closing soloist for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2009 Christmas Concert. Karina would like to thank Brighton for all her hard work and patience putting this show together, and send her love to her family. Enjoy the show!
Latoya Rhodes is thrilled to be making her NYMF debut in this incredible production. A resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, she's appeared in RENT (Pioneer Theater Company), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Yitzhak, Plan-B Theatre Company), HAIR (Egyptian Theater Company) Fiddler on the Roof/Featured Performer in the Greenshow (Tony Award Winning Utah Shakespeare Festival), Jesus Christ Superstar (With Ted Neeley). She also appeared in Miss Evers' Boys (Miss Evers), and Aida (Aida).
Lisa has been seen on various stages across the Wasatch Front. Favorite roles include: Velma VonTussel (Hairspray), Vickie (The Full Monty), Audrey (Little Shop Of Horrors), Miss Mona (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Joanne Jefferson (Rent), and Jeannie (The Great American Trailer Park Musical), just to name a few. She would also like to give a shout out to her amazing hubby for putting up with her theatre addiction! Love you John Grow!
Lena is a student at Brigham Young University, majoring in Music, Dance, Theatre. This year she was seen in the US Premiere of Zorro, The Musical! and Father of the Bride (Delilah) at the Hale Centre Theatre in Utah. She hails from Asuncion, Paraguay and has performed with the Arlequin Theatre Company there. She has toured with her duet and performed around the world in cities like Sao Paulo and Dubai.
Merinda Jizelle Gillette is thrilled to be in New York for the first time –and especially to perform in this powerful show. Some other favorite roles/shows are Gretl and Marta in The Sound of Music, Young Cosette in Les Miserables, Chip in Beauty and the Beast, and Tinkerbell in Peter Pan.
Michelle most recently appeared as the Innkeeper’s Wife in Pioneer Theatre Company’s production of Man of La Mancha. Regional: Sunset Boulevard (Pioneer Theatre Company), Annie (Pioneer Theatre Company), Kiss Me Kate, Curtains, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Pirates of Penzance, A Tale of Two Cities, Crazy For You, Annie Get Your Gun, Busytown the Musical. Michelle received her training in Vocal Performance at Utah State University and has appeared on the concert and opera stage in addition to her musical theatre work. All my love and thanks go out to my amazingly supportive family and friends.
Seven-year-old Noah Mayfield, from SLC Utah, has been performing on stage since the age of three. Favorite roles include 'Tiny Tim' in A Christmas Carol and 'Burt' in Mary Poppins. He enjoys dancing, singing, and playing LEGO Star Wars.
Rebecca Joy has very much enjoyed her musical theatre experiences throughout the years and considers herself extremely lucky to be a part of the exciting process of creating a “new” musical and performing at NYMF!! She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and has been seen playing roles such as: Inez in the American Premier of Zorro the Musical, Cassie in Chorusline, “Tina” in Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Rosilia in West Side Story, Mrs. Potipher in Joseph, and Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie.
Sasha Sloan (15) is thrilled to be back in Shelter with her sister Brighton and friends from the original cast in which she played Elena. Other favorite regional credits include: Essie in Parade, Young Jane in Jane Eyre, Bielka in Fiddler on the Roof, Lucy in Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and Brigitta in The Sound of Music. She has been a TV spokesperson for the Children’s Museum, Jr. Announcer for the televised Children’s Parade, and 4H Jr. Rodeo Queen.
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