Payson Community Theatre is pleased to announce Matilda for labor day 2022!  Directed by M. Chase Grant.

Performances will be on August 25 – 27, 29, September 1 – 3 at 7:30pm and September 5 at 3pm. 

M. Chase Grant

M. Chase Grant


Chase received an M.F.A. from the University of Exeter in the UK, studying theatre with an emphasis in staging Shakespeare. While there, Chase had the opportunity to work in residency at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, working hand in hand with industry leading professionals to effectively stage, direct, and perform Shakespeare’s works in a variety of venues. Chase consistently directs and performs in productions throughout Utah Valley and in the UK, including Macbeth and King John at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, Midsummer Nights Dream at The Dell in Stratford-Upon-Avon at the invitation of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Wait Until Dark at the Sandy Hale Theater, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for Utah Valley University, Coriolanus with Grassroots Shakespeare Company, several full length musicals with Utah COPA, including Annie!, Peter Pan, and Suessical, and numerous roles with Creekside Theatre Fest, including most recently Macbeth and Peter and the Starcatcher, and Romeo and Juliet. He has just finished work directing and performing in Renaissance Now Theatre Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing, and is thrilled to be collaborating with the incredible talent and passion at Payson Community Theatre!

Marcie Jacobsen

Marcie Jacobsen

Music Director

Marcie has a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from BYU where she was Part-time Music Faculty for over ten years. While a student at BYU Marcie toured with the Young Ambassadors and performed in numerous musicals including West Side Story, Evita and Chess. Most recently Marcie played the title character in The Drowsy Chaperone, Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest, Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Mille, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Kala in Tarzan & Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly!. Other favorite roles include Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd, The Narrator in Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat and Audrey II (The Voice of the Plant) in Little Shop of Horrors.
In addition to performing Marcie has directed and/or music directed for the Hale Center Theatre Orem, The SCERA, Provo Theatre Company, Actor’s Repertory Theatre Ensemble, Centerpoint Legacy Theatre, COPA and is so thrilled to add Payson Community Theatre to the list!

Ethan Blair

Ethan Blair

as Miss Trunchbull

Joining PCT for the first time, Ethan is fired up to hop on the stage as the infamous Trunchbull! Ethan graduated from SUU with a degree in Theatre Arts Education and is currently teaching theatre at Maple Grove Middle School in Mapleton. Some recent projects he has worked on have been Lion King Jr.Picasso at the Lapin Agile42nd Street, and Edges: A Song Cycle. He is grateful for the PCT board for making this show happen and Chase for stepping in and taking on this iconic story. Ethan would also like to thank all the babysitters who watched his daughter Brandi while he and her mom were at rehearsal. He would like his middle school students to know that they are all worthless little squits, denizens of the underworld, and that they all deserve to be in chokey. Bambinatum est magitum!

Lecksa Joel

Lecksa Joel

as Matilda

Lecksa is thrilled to be playing the role of Matilda! Her first show with PCT was Summer Nights in 2021 thanks to a dear friend who encouraged her to audition. Her very first acting role was in A Christmas Carol as Tiny Tim in the 5th grade. Lecksa loves hip hop dance and has been a member of the Centennial Dance hip hop group for the past 5 years. She has also been a part of other community and religious performance groups. Lecksa is the 3rd of 4 children in her family, lives in Payson, and attends 7th grade at Mt Nebo Middle School. She wants to thank her family and friends that have encouraged her and continue to bring her opportunities to share her love of music and dance.

Katelynn Blair

Katelynn Blair

as Miss Honey

Katelynn is so excited to be returning to PCT’s stage after her debut in last Summer’s production of Cinderella in the Ensemble, and this time she is thrilled to be sharing the stage with her amazing husband, Ethan. She still feels like pinching herself that she gets to play Miss Honey: a dream role! 

Katelynn has done theatre well over a decade of her life, including some undergraduate studies of Theatre at SUU. Katelynn’s favorite roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, the Narrator in Joseph, and Mark Antony in Julius Caesar.   

Katelynn would like to give a very special thank you to her two-year-old daughter, Brandi, for letting her mommy and daddy miss a lot of bedtimes this summer. “You are our everything, sweet girl!”
Emma Black

Emma Black

Mrs. Wormwood & Choreographer

Emma has been performing with PCT since the age of nine. This stage is like a second home to her. She studied ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical dance for eight years at Lifehouse Performing Arts Academy. She has performed in shows such as Beauty and the BeastScarlet Pimpernel, Les Miserables, Xanadu, Wizard of Oz among others, and was able to play the lead role of Fred in Once Upon a Mattress. She has also had the privilege of choreographing some of PCT’s shows as well: The Addams Family, Mary Poppins, and Once Upon a Mattress, and a few of PCT’s A Night on Broadway productions. Emma feels very lucky to be a part of this show and to have been able to choreograph for these amazingly talented performers! A special thanks to Jerry and Henry for doing it all, and to family for all the support and babysitting.

Michael Hess

Michael Hess

Mr. Wormwood

Michael is honored to be making his debut at PCT. Over the last few years, he has had the opportunity to work with the Scera, Creekside Theatre Fest, and most recently, Renaissance Now Theatre Company. Favorite credits include Father Francis in Much Ado About Nothing, Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Alf in Peter and the Starcatcher, the Prince in David Mamet’s The Frog Prince, and Harry Beaton in Brigadoon.
Michael is currently studying cybersecurity, and in some of his free time volunteers at various charity events as an Imperial Stormtrooper with the local garrison of the 501st Legion. Michael has loved working with and learning from the incredible artists here at PCT!
Micah DeGraw

Micah DeGraw

Michael Wormwood

Micah has been doing theatre since he was twelve years old. He has been in musicals such as Newsies, Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde Jr, and many more. He will be serving an LDS mission for 2 years in Brazil and for which he leaves in December. He hopes you enjoy Payson Community Theatre’s Matilda!

Cody Hancock

Cody Hancock

as Bruce

Cody has recently participated in Nebo Summer’s theater camp playing the part of the Gairy Modfather in the production of Rinderella.  He has also been in PCT’s Summer night “Broadway lights”.  He was in Spanish Forks “Disney throughout the ages”.
His family has been heavily involved with PCT for many years and he is excited to join his Mom and Sister on the stage in Matilda.  This is his first musical that he has ever done.  He says that his favorite part of being Bruce is eating chocolate cake.  Cody hopes that you enjoy the show as much as he has enjoyed eating the chocolate cake.
Rachel Terrazas

Rachel Terrazas

as The Acrobat

Rachel is excited to reprise her role as the acrobat, which she performed with Alpine Community theater in 2021. Matilda is a show dear to her heart as it was her first show where she pursued her dream for performing in musicals. This is Rachel’s debut show with PCT and she has felt so welcomed and impressed by everyone involved in this theater. She loves this cast and crew and hopes you enjoy the show as much as she does!

Benjamin Ewell

Benjamin Ewell

as Rudolpho & Escapologist

This is Benjamin! He is playing our Escapologist, and Rudolpho, Mrs. Wormwood’s dance partner. He has performed on PCT’s stage many times before, and is thrilled to join us again! He’s enjoyed working with such a great cast, and is excited for you to see the result of everyone’s hard work. Enjoy!
Julie Hancock

Julie Hancock

as Mrs. Phelps

Julie has been involved in PCT for many years along with all of her kids and her husband, who is working off stage. She loves that her passion in life has become a family thing. She has enjoyed being in many different productions but her two most favorites were Miss Andrew’s from ‘Mary Poppins’ and Granny from ‘Addams family’.

She is currently the Drama teacher at Payson’s Parkview Elementary school. She has loved teaching all the kids K-5 there. It has been a dream come true for her to share her passion for theater with so many. She is thrilled to be sharing the stage with not only her youngest daughter and son but many of her current students and past students. Thank you to everyone who came to support me, PCT and the arts.

Adele Ricks

Adele Ricks

as Lavender

In just the past couple of months, Adele has discovered her love for the theater (but to be fair, her parents have always told her she’s a drama queen). She enjoyed her first part of a production in PCT’s Summer Nights as “Little Fiona” in the song I Know It’s Today. Adele loves to sing and dance and is the fastest, most avid reader you will ever know. She loves to cook and wants to be a chef when she grows up. That, or, a “YouTuber”…

Matilda – Lecksa Joel
Miss Honey – Katelynn Blair
Agatha Trunchbull – Ethan Blair
Mr. Wormwood – Michael Hess
Mrs. Wormwood – Emma Black
Michael Wormwood – Micah DeGraw
Rudolpho/Escapologist – Benjamin Ewell
Mrs. Phelps – Julie Hancock
Acrobat – Rachel Terrazas
Lavender – Adele Ricks
Bruce – Cody Hancock
Doctors – Sydney Lane & Katelyn Lane
Cook – Ardis Leatham
Cook – Aidyn Crawford

Sergei – Benjamin Brown
Henchman 1 – Brinley Bettis
Henchman 2 – Brielle Williams
Henchman 3 – Mesia Joel
Henchman 4 – Keyan Anderson
Henchman 5 – Micah Billings
Amanda – Makayla Mower
Eric – Nicholas Tate
Nigel – Barrett Parker
Alice – Irelynn Maloy
Hortensia – Adalyn Guest
Tommy – Keaton Cefalo
Children’s Entertainer – Brinley Bettis

Adult Ensemble

Jerry Black
Miranda Mobbs
Mary Hansen
Adam Billings

Julie Hancock
Tiffany Jacobson
Benjamin Brown

Big Kid Ensemble

Brinley Bettis
Micah DeGraw
Micah Billings
Shayla Parker
Hannah Burke

Aidyn Crawford
Sydney Lane
Katelyn Lane
Kailey Hancock
Annika Leuk

Hallie Jones
Kendall Thomas
Sion Martin
Nova Roy
Mara Taylor

Kid Ensemble

Brielle Williams
Mesia Joel
Alexandra Billings
Avery Bayless
Elizabeth Mann
Lily Light

Lydia Barber
Charley Jones
Drew Durrant
Brinley Jenson
Maliha Jacobson
AnnElise Jacobson

Autumn Francom
Paul Francom
Salem Peery
Andee Orton
Cat Berrio

Artistic Director – M. Chase Grant

Musical Director – Marcie Jacobsen

Choreographer – Emma Black

Co-Choreographer – Sara Mann

Technical Director – LeEarl Peck

Sound & Lighting Director – Chris Olson

Light Crew – Alexis Terry & Jack Mecham

Spots – James Eastmond & Xane Harmon

Audio Tech – Calvin Kitchen

Stage Manager – Shaelyn Hayward

Assistant Stage Managers – Ardis Leatham & Joshua Davis

Stage Crew – Joshua Davis, Jewell Smith,  Adam Billings & Anthony Anderson

Set Design – Perry Ewell

Set Crew – Perry Ewell and some amazing volunteers

Costume Designer – Miranda Mobbs

Costume Assistant – Tanya Roundy

Hair & Make-Up Designer – Julie Hancock

Hair & Make-Up Assistant – Hannah Anderson

Props – Stan Peck, Byron Moos & Kaye Moos

Box Office – Byron Moos & Kaye Moos

Online Box Office and Website – David Hancock

House Managers – Tiffany McLauchlin & Mayke Wood

Public Relations & Publicity – Hannah Anderson, Emma Black, James Eastmond & Kelsey Eastmond

Photographers – Mary Hansen & David Hancock

Program – Mayke Wood

Financial Manager – David Dahlquist