Thursday, February 11, 2016

Meet the Cast of Romeo and Juliet

Romeo: Kyle Oram
Kyle is glad to return again to the eponymous role he played first as an impish eager college boy some five plus years ago. Ever passionate about the possibilities of original practice in making Shakespear's work accessible to modern audiences he is excited to share the work with a largely new cast this year. He's proud of the many accomplishments of this company and honored to reprise the role.

Merry Magee
Merry is thrilled to be back with Grassroots Shakespeare Company, playing Juliet. Merry was last seen as the Princess in “Love’s Labour’s Lost”.  Look forward to seeing Merry in “Our Country’s Good” (Westminster College) and “Titus Andronicus” (Pinnacle Acting Company).

Mercutio: Topher Rasmussen 
Topher is delighted to be back with Grassroots. This will be his third production of R&J in the past year. He had the pleasure of playing Benvolio at UVU and Romeo in SLAC's bard-in-a-bar production of R&J: Star-Cross'd Death Match, and now he's excited to tackle Mercutio with GSC! Keep an eye out for him in Sackerson's theatre-for-one project, THE WORST THING I'VE EVER DONE.

Nurse: Daniel Fenton Anderson 
This isn't Daniel's first rodeo with this play; he's now up to his fourth time playing the Nurse in this show. You think after all that stage time he wouldn't trip over his damn dress, but he probably will. So if big bearded men tripping in dresses is what makes you chortle, giggle, or guffaw then come see this show. Find out more about this beguiling, dress wearing myth maker at

 Peter: Jessamyn Victoria Svensson 
Jessamyn Svensson has happily played the part of the illiterate servant 4 times for Grassroots. It is her most favorite character part to play. She dearly hopes that you enjoy this show and dedicates her performance to Robert Armin, William Kempe, and Richard Tarlton.

Capulet: Mark Oram 
Mark Oram is the Shakespeare teacher at Corner Canyon High School, and co-founder of the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. He has an MFA in Staging Shakespeare from the University of Exeter, where he studied voice, movement, and directing at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Mark has performed with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, Sundance Summer Theatre, BYU Young Company Shakespeare Troupe, Hale Center Theatre Orem, and Grassroots Shakespeare London.

Lady Capulet: Bianca Morrison Dillard
Bianca feels honored to join this years remount of Romeo and Juliet. She's even more excited to be playing a woman. (I mean, there was that one time she was a witch or a goddess for a second, but this time it's all woman all the time!) Bianca's previous GSC credits include Gonzalo in The Tempest, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, and, most recently, Julius Caesar in the all-female production of Julius Caesar.

Paris: Addison Radle 
Addison is ecstatic to join the Grassroots Shakespeare Company for another show. In the past, he has played such roles as Jaques in As You Like It, and Bagot in Richard II.

Benvolio: David Liddell Thorpe 
David Liddell Thorpe plays Benvolio in this production of Romeo and Juliet, his second foray into the Grassroots Shakespeare Company. He is proud to be involved with such a terrific cast and production and he is extremely grateful to his supportive wife and his two wonderful children.

Montague: Steven Pond 
This is Steve. Steve likes Grassroots. Steve has been in lots of shows with Grassroots in the last 3 years. Steve likes that they keep letting him be involved in making engaging, relevant, knock-your-socks-off theater. Steve is going to keep supporting Grassroots, because they're awesome. Be like Steve.

Prince: Daniel Whiting 
Daniel Whiting is happy to be Prince. Daniel Whiting's all time favorite roll was The Curtain Arms in Rapachini's Daughter.

Tybalt: Eric David Geels 
Eric has always loved the Grassroots process and is happy to be returning to it again as Tybalt. Some of his favorite roles with Grassroots have been Macbeth, Pericles, Benedict, and Faustus. This performance like all of them are for his son Lennon.

Friar: Jason Eric Sullivan 
Jason is excited to be back for another Grassroots production! Some of his favorite past roles with Grassroots are King Henry V, and Petruchio in "The Taming of the Shrew". He is honored to work with such talented people.

Apothecary: Robert Ikey Starks 
Rob loves playing music for Grassroots and sometimes he acts in the plays too, which he also loves! This is his 4th speaking role in a Grassroots show and he's excited to provide Romeo with the "mortal drugs" as the apothecary! His favorite Grassroots role so far was playing one of the witches in Macbeth, where he had a blast cackling like Mark Hamil's Joker in the Batman games and cartoons!