MAX HIGBEE - JACK LEWIS
Max is so excited to be playing Jack again after originating the role in 2019. You may have seen Max at HCTO in Peter Pan (2014 & 2016) or Les Misérables (2015). Other credits include Parade at the Lincoln Center in NYC, conducted by Jason Robert Brown, and Sweeney Todd at the Noorda Center in 2019. Keep an eye out for their album of original songs, “Lollycorn”, coming soon. They would like to dedicate their performance to their cat, Yinyin.
ALISON CLARK - MARGARET
A graduate of BYU’s Music Dance Theater program, she has appeared in many film and stage productions. Some of her favorite roles have been Laurie in Tuacahn Amphitheater’s Oklahoma! (playing opposite her real life husband Brian Neal Clark), Jennifer Clement in Pretty Darn Funny (web series), Some of her film credits include: The Christmas Project, The Christmas Project 2: Reunion, Saturday's Warrior, Out of Step and Son’s of Provo. Alison has sung and performed all over the world with Holland America Cruise Lines and BYU’s Young Ambassadors. She is a wife and a mother of three amazing children and in her spare time she also directs the Daybreak Children’s Choir and performs with The Sock Puppets Improv Comedy troupe..
BRIAN CLARK - RON
Brian performed the role of Javert in the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables. Some of his other stage credits include Abbe Faria in the debut of Frank Wildhorn’s new musical The Count of Monte Cristo, Judge Turpin In UVU's production of Sweeney Todd, Curly in Tuacahn’s Oklahoma! (opposite his wife), Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, and Mickey in Blood Brothers. He was the lead singer on Holland America Cruise Lines and performed all over the world. Film Credits include, Saturday's Warrior, The Christmas Project, The Christmas Project: Reunion, Paradise, Pretty Darn Funny, Believe, Black and White World, and The World’s Fastest Indian appearing with Anthony Hopkins. Brian graduated from BYU where he performed with the Young Ambassadors and received a Masters Degree in Interior Design from USU. Married to Alison Akin Clark, he is an interior designer, husband, and father.”All my love to Atsi, Mustard, Beans, and Peanut.”
ANSON BAGLEY - MATTHEW HARRIS
Anson is known for his work on Andi Mack (2017), The Christmas Project (2016), The Cokeville Miracle (2015), and the YouTube series Owen Riley and the Amulet of Destiny (pilot, 2016). He appeared in the TV series Criminal Minds and Fresh off the Boat. His career began on his family’s YouTube channel "Working With Lemons" and his cover video “Love is an Open Door” has been viewed more than 286 million times.
ABBY HIGBEE - LUCY LEWIS
Abby is so excited to be back for her third year doing Star of Wonder, and feels especially blessed to be sharing the stage with so much family and friends. She is currently studying Human Development with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education at the University of Utah, along with minors in Psychology and Modern Dance. She would like to give a special thanks to her partner, Kal, for his support. Merry Christmas!
KERSEE WHITNEY - SUSAN LEWIS
Kersee Whitney was most recently seen as Mabel in BYU’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. She is currently performing with the BYU Young Ambassadors. She has performed at the Lincoln Center (NYC) in Crazy For You directed by Susan Stroman, as well as at Carnegie Hall in MCP’s Broadway Classics. She is grateful to her husband, family, and friends for their love and support. - Instagram: @kers_whitney | YouTube: @Karter & Kersee | TikTok:
CHRISTOPHER HIGBEE - EDMUND LEWIS
Chris is an actor, writer, director, producer and entrepreneur. He is known to Utah audiences for most recently playing Arthur in HCTO's Camelot, Walter Anderson in Chess at Pioneer Theater Company, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden and Tateh in Ragtime at the Hale Center Theater. In New York City, Chris has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, is currently a producer of the Broadway bound Troy.
MIA CLARK - ANNE
You may have seen Mia this year in the Lifetime Christmas Movie Staging Christmas with Soleil Moon Frye, George Stultz, and Jaleel White! She loves to be on stage and some of her favorite credits include: Olaf in Frozen Jr (Riverton Arts),Young Fiona in Shrek Jr (Sandy Arts), Molly in Annie (Riverton Arts), and Young Kangaroo in Suessical! (Riverton Arts). Her film credits include: Kirtland: America's Sacred Ground, Saturday's Warrior, and The Christmas Project. She performs wit
COLEMAN HIGBEE - HUGH
Coleman Higbee is an 8th grader, actor and musician. He plays the Saxophone in the school band and can be heard as Will in Infini-D Learning's regular educational series throughout schools nationwide. Coleman last played Pinocchio in HCTS's My Son Pinocchio in addition to several commercial and film projects. Coleman is excited to perform in Star of Wonder with his brother, sister and father!
LILA CLARK - HILDA
Lila made her film debut earlier this year on the Hallmark film Love, Fall and Order and now she is happy to be following in the family footsteps on the stage. She loves to sing and perform in the plays and musical numbers written by her sister and performed in the Clark living room. She loves unicorns, squishies, and all things pink! She studies dance at Local Motion Studios and performs with the Daybreak Children's Choir.
JAMES CONLEE - WRITER / DIRECTOR
As a composer/producer James has produced 12 different Christmas projects, sold hundreds of thousands of albums, recorded with Mannheim Steamroller, The London Symphony Orchestra, and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. As a singer James has toured with the Broadway Musical 'Miss Saigon', with Josh Groban, and performed in a dozen different countries. Star of Wonder marks his Theatrical Composing Debut.
James Conlee would like to thank those who helped get this show off the ground. Jeff Whiting who stood behind me from day one and has been to every iteration and workshop. Thank you for convincing me to let this show come alive. James Clarke for being the first to catch the vision and the first to encourage. Todd Schwartzman and George Nelson at the BYU Playwrights Program. Matt Adams and Lindsay Adams for the endless re-write sessions. Rob Moffat and the UVU Blackbox cast (On A Midnight Clear forever!). Craig Miner for countless hours of Musical Direction and stems. Marcus Andersons for the charts, orchestrations, charts, live conducting, charts, pizza, and charts! (You're my #1 Nephew with a bullet). The Brian and Alison Clark family for 25 years of friendship and for being THE family. My family for the love and support. My wife for her never ending love, you're the reason for everything! And most of all to God, for the gift of His Son.
MARCUS ANDERSON - MUSIC DIRECTOR
James’s sister Julie asked if there’s a favor he could do for her son. Julie reminded James of all the family secrets she keeps. James said - "he’s hired." Julie then said, "Make sure his bio says the following..."
Marcus Anderson is a multi instrumentalist, composer, and producer. His recordings and compositions have been featured on Netflix, ESPN, Americas Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, and many others. Marcus has performed around the world, opening for Journey, The Roots, Kelly Clarkson etc. and has also performed with the band Train. Marcus loves Christmas more than any other holiday has been involved in Star of Wonder for 3 years.