Cast & Crew
HEATHER BEERS Charly
Heather Beers’ film work includes starring roles in Charly, Once Upon A Summer, and Baptists at our Barbecue. She recently wrapped work on the film 12 Dogs of Christmas II (due out this coming holiday season) and has enjoyed supporting roles in Warner Bros.’ Unaccompanied Minors, Disney’s Life is Ruff, Lock and Roll Forever, Propensity, and Fortune Cookie. Her television credits include guest appearances on WB’s Everwood, USA Network’s Cover Me and hosting BrideAccess, which ran on KSL and ABC4 for over five years. She has done voiceover work for XBOX and numerous television and radio commercials.
She and her husband own Momentum Communications, an advertising and public relations firm, and she is also a freelance writer for magazines like Utah Business and Utah Style & Design. When away from work, she loves cheering her sons on in sports, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and doing a mighty fine load of laundry.
JEREMY HOOP Sam
From his early starring roles in regional musical theater, to his lead in The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd, by Academy Award winning director, Keith Merrill, Jeremy Hoop has proven himself an accomplished leading man. He trained on scholarship at Brigham Young University in its acclaimed Theater and Media Arts Department, where he received many awards, including the Irene Ryan Award for Best Scene Partner (national college acting competition).
Since earning his degree, Jeremy has been acting professionally, appearing in numerous film and television productions. Film credits include the lead in Out of Step, by Vision Star Entertainment, (a feature film that Jeremy co-wrote); and roles in Brigham City and the Showtime original movie Just A Dream, directed by Danny Glover. His television work includes roles in the USA Network mini-series, FirestarterII; CBS's Touched By Angel and Promised Land; USA Network's Cover Me and Pacific Blue; The King's Falcon; Perfect Murder Perfect Town (the Jean Benet Ramsey story); and Beyond the Prairie (the True Story of Laura Ingalls-Wilder), among others.
Along with being an accomplished actor, Jeremy is also a well trained singer and prolific songwriter. His songs are featured in Out of Step and Charly, by Focused Light Films and Kaleidoscope Pictures.
Jeremy is married to wonderful wife-actor, Wendy Gardiner. They are the proud parents of three children.
Despite warnings that stand-up comedy was a gateway drug into the dark and lurid world of acting, Adam Johnson forged ahead. Blatantly ignoring the council of his parents, he reassured them that he was different, and that he would never succumb to the wily temptations of the silvery screen. Boldly and courageously, he moved from his small, cheery hometown of Midway, Utah to the very heart of the most unholy: Los Angeles. 14 years later, broken and changed, he finds himself in a state unrecognizable even to himself: Seduced, and loving it.
Films: Charly, Single's Ward, The R.M., Single's Second Ward, One Good Man, Frozen, Orcs!, K-9 Christmas, Inside, A Case of You, Paladin: Dawn of the Dragon Slayer, Orc Wars, Dr. Limptooth, Dragon Warriors. TV: Law & Order: Los Angeles, Justified, Beautiful People (NBC Pilot).
Adam can currently be seen around Los Angeles performing with his improv troupes, The Thrillionaires, and The Society, and performing stand-up comedy.
Jackie is one of those people that was born to be on stage. When she was a little girl she attended a band concert, and without being missed by her parents found her place in front of the auditorium improvising her dance movements to the bands accompaniment. As she became a little older she turned the basement of her house into a theater with sheets and bedspread curtains strung on a close line rope, and wrote plays for her neighborhood friends.
In high school Jackie found a dance teacher and a drama teacher that inspired her to become serious in pursuing her dreams and ambitions on the stage. She was active in drama in both acting and directing. She won several awards in speech and drama festivals including the most outstanding reader at the Utah State speech and drama competition and was chosen to present her competition piece of “Lady Macbeth”.
Jackie moved to Hollywood after graduating high school and started studying at the Falcon Studios where she trained and performed in many productions in both drama and dance.
Knowing that she always wanted to teach in the school system Jackie took a leave from the studio to attend college. She attended the University of Utah with a major in Dance Education and a minor in Physical Education before once again returning to California to pursuit her professional career.
Upon her return to Hollywood, Jackie was cast in the play "Edwin Booth" starring Jose Ferrer, with co-stars, Lorin Green (Bonanza), Marion Ross (Happy Days) Steve Franken (Dobby Gillis) and Ian Keith, the famous Shakespearean actor.
After moving back to Utah, Jackie began her studies for a Masters Degree and also taught at Ricks College. She continued her teaching career in 1960 at Utah State University where she organized and implemented the dance program and dance major. She not only taught in the classroom, but also choreographed and directed many performing groups, The Youngtimers, Hands Up, Calico Performing Company, which toured through out the United States and over seas. She was the Aggiette director for twelve years and was the cofounder and choreographer of the Utah State University Glen Miller show. Jackie retired from Utah State in 1999.
Jackie continues to volunteer her time to train young ladies for numerous scholarship pageants and dance competitions. She was the traveling companion with the 2003-04 "Miss Utah," Stacy Johnson to the "Miss America" Pageant in Atlantic City.
Jackie says the most rewarding roles she has ever played is that of the wife of Kay, mother of her two children, Jeffrey Kay and Jennifer and grandmother of five adorable grandchildren.
As a mother of a large family, Diana Dunkley's love for acting has been and continues to be a delicate balancing act. "I have sometimes wished that I could let go of that inner drive to act. It can really complicate life." Now she realized that just as a painter has to paint, an actor has to act. She loves everything about it and considers her role in Charly to be a wonderful opportunity. "It was a delight from beginning to end."
Diana received her degree in Theatre Arts from Brigham Young University. During the time when her children were young, she worked in numerous commercials, industrials, film and television. Once her children were all in school, she continued her work in film and returned to the stage where she appeared in leading roles such as Ilona in She Loves Me, Lola in Damn Yankees, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan and Mrs. Strakosh in Funny Girl. She has worked at the Sundance Summer Theatre with composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, director Philip Himberg and Maureen McGovern, appearing as Constance in Dear World.
Diana is designer and author of 2 Hour No Sew Decorating and co-author of several other books including Extraordinary Touches for an Ordinary Day (both published by Sterling/Chapelle). She has appeared on national television as a featured guest on The Christopher Lowell Show. Her home has appeared in numerous publications including Utah Style and Design.
If asked what her greatest accomplishment is, Diana would say family. She credits herself for finding a great supportive husband. They have eight children. Her last two sons were adopted from Romania.
Randy King is a native from Lancaster, England and has lived in 13 states. He studied theatre at BYU (BA in Acting, MA in Theatre History), Maryland (Post-Grad studies in Film) and Utah State where he received an MFA in directing. He spent 8 years as head of theatre at UVU and 17 years on that faculty as well as teaching at the three above mentioned universities and what is now BYU Idaho.
As a veteran actor/director, he has extensive experience in every genre and style onstage (Amadeus, The Lion in Winter, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tally's Folly and Joyful Noise being among his favorites) as well as many roles in front of the camera (Charly, Promised Land, Touched By An Angel, The Lamb of God among others) and has directed nearly one hundred stage productions during a 38 year career.
Randy is married to Loretta Steiner and is the father of four lovely daughters and grandfather to 3 handsome young men and 2 adorable granddaughters.
After successful careers in sales, marketing and interior design in Florida and Utah, Lisa McCammon signed with Urban Talent Management. Besides working as a model, Lisa has been a director with Urban as well as managing several promotional events.
Lisa is a graduate of the Professional Actors Workshop where she trained as an actor under Lance Williams. Besides here supporting role as Charly’s mother, Clair, Lisa has appeared in commercials and industrial films.
After years of living in suburbia and the departure of her youngest of five for college, Lisa and here husband David migrated to the urban environment of downtown Salt Lake City. They purchased a loft, which also became the setting for several scenes in Charly.
Lisa and David have been married for thirty-eight years and are the parents of five children and the grandparents of an ever-growing brood. Together, Lisa and David travel significantly throughout the United States and Europe as a result of David's work.
Gary Neilson has been an actor/entertainer for the past 40 years. His credits include feature films, industrial films, radio and TV commercials too many to list. He caught the “acting bug” in high school and has never let it go. Gary has performed in so many plays and musicals, he can’t remember them all, but some of his favorites include 42nd Street, I Do I Do, Damn Yankees, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and Working. He continues to perform in theatrical productions along the Wasatch front, musical comedy being his favorite.
Gary spent 12 years with Chameleons-The Whodunit Company performing murder mysteries virtually everywhere and anywhere. Gary is also half of the comedy team of Mike & Me, doing stand-up comedy for the last three decades. As Gary says, "I taught that Seinfeld guy everything he knows."
JACK WEYLAND Author
Jack Weyland was born and raised in Montana to a mother who loved reading novels and a mechanically expert father who probably would have been an engineer if he'd had the opportunity. Jack must have wanted to please both parents, because he now teaches physics to engineering students and writes novels.
He first realized he loved to write in ninth grade, when he wrote for his junior high newspaper. That love blossomed during his first semester at Montana State University, when a teacher invited Jack to join a special writing section. "He said everyone would get an automatic A - all we had to do is get together once a week, write and discuss reading assignments. Being lazy, I couldn't resist his offer. What a clever man. He changed my entire future in one semester. Maybe that's what he had in mind."
All through his four years at MSU, Jack couldn't decide whether to major in physics or English. Finally he compromised. He stayed in physics but wrote for the school paper and became the editor of the college literary magazine.
After graduating, Jack first saw his future wife while serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York and Pennsylvania. She performed two songs while volunteering at the local Hill Cumorah Pageant. He later recognized her while registering for classes at Brigham Young University. "Weren't you at the Hill Cumorah Pageant?" turned out to be the best line of his life.
To augment his early teaching salary, Jack turned to his other passion, writing. For 10 years, he spent his summers writing short stories for the magazine, The New Era.
But Jack's life changed forever in 1979, when he set a goal to write a novel. That novel became the regional bestseller Charly. "I wrote it the summer my dad died of cancer. I'm sure some of my grief transferred itself into the book." Since then, some 25 books have followed.
Jack and Sherry Weyland are the proud parents of five children, and doting grandparents of five grandchildren. Jack and Sherry are currently serving a mission for the LDS church.
ADAM THOMAS ANDEREGG Director
As a director, editor and producer, Adam Anderegg's career has been well versed in the art of bringing disparate elements to collective fruition.
After earning a B.F.A. in film directing at Brigham Young University, Adam was trained and mentored by Academy Award-winning producer/director Sterling Van Wagenen (Trip to Bountiful, Alan and Naomi) and directors Tim Van Patten, Victor Lobl, and Sandor Stern (Touched by an Angel, Promised Land,). Through their influence, Adam has developed a unique directing style that is fresh and compelling.
His credits include assistant editor for over 70 episodes of CBS's Touched by an Angel and Promised Land, PSA for Julie and Phillip (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), What Matters Most (Franklin Covey), The Touch, and Coming Around.
His work has earned a Crystal Heart Award from the Heartland Film Festival, a CINE and several Addy awards.
Adam made his feature directorial debut with Charly.
MICAH MERRILL Producer
For Micah Merrill, a career in film was an easy choice. "Film has the best of all the arts: music, art direction, cinematography, writing, acting, directing - all cooperating in one powerful medium."
Earning his degree in film with an emphasis in screenwriting from Brigham Young University, Micah has been producing since 1994. His career has taken him from Franklin Covey, where he was media director, to the sets of several productions, including The Touch, Circles, Shadows, 4th Witness, Stone Cold Dead, Pride & Produce, To Leave a Legacy, The Value of Time and The Nature of Leadership.
His efforts have already received industry recognition for excellence and positive values, including the Crystal Heart and CINE awards. But for Micah, the message - the impact of film - is his primary reward. "Film is the only method of communication that's universal, and through it, positive messages can touch mass audiences."
As vice-president of Kaleidoscope Pictures, Charly was Micah's first feature film.
LANCE WILLIAMS Producer
From the "Little Dutch Boy" in the Dutch Boy paint commercials to "Mr. Presence" in the cult classic, Troll II, Lance Williams has been an international performer, producer, and writer whose credits span nearly four decades. He has performed in foreign as well as domestic films, television, cable, and in numerous national and local commercials.
As Associate Producer for National Independent Pictures in Hollywood, Lance produced work for network television and feature films. NIP also assigned Lance to produce corporate film and video throughout California. He has taught college level film and acting courses in California and Utah and continues as head of The Professional Actors Workshop, where he has trained actors for the film and television market for more than twenty years. Lance is a published author of three works including "Promised Valley, the Novel" which is the historic fictional work of the play Promised Valley by Arnold Sundguard and Crawford Gates.
While attending Brigham Young University as a student of Theatre and Film, Lance was a member of the Professional Film and Television network presided over by Tad Z. Danielewski. Lance graduated with a B.A. in Theatre and Cinematic Arts. He was also the Associate Producer for Brigham Young University's Division of Continuing Education, producing many of the programs used by BYU. Lance graduated with an MFA from the prestigious Producers Program at UCLA where he worked with the top industry professionals in an intense but intimate hands-on approach to producing film and television.
Lance is the founder of American International Media, a motion picture and television production company that produced the television series Housing the American Dream and the feature films Summer of the Eagle, The Creator's Game, Fielder's Choice and the original version of Charly. Lance produced the 10-year anniversary encore celebration of Charly.
TIP BOXELL Producer
Tip Boxell attended Tufts University in Boston, majoring in history and was an NROTC midshipman. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation.
After five years of service, including combat service in Vietnam, Tip returned to the arts and entered graduate school at Brigham Young University. He was a charter member of the BYU Professional Film and Television Workshop, created and led by Tad Danielewski, an Emmy award-winning producer of stage, screen, and television. He received an M.A. degree in Theater and Film with a double emphasis in writing and directing.
Tip became a professional writer and actor in the Salt Lake market. He wrote over 80 short films and videos, which were produced by business, government, and academic clients. During the five years of the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, directed and toured with Michael Jesse Bennett in The Patrick Henry Project. He was assistant director and production manager on several short films, including Robert Hatch's The Conquest, which won Best Business Film at the Chicago International Film Festival. He performed in 35 feature films, 35 short business industrial films, and over 150 television and radio commercials.
Tip has taught acting for the McCarty Agency, the Saxton House Agency, UNO Talent and for Lance Williams' Professional Actors Workshop. Tip has also taught Film, Theater, Communications, History, and Humanities for LDS Business College, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Phoenix. In 1991, Lance Williams invited Tip to co-author Promised Valley, the Novel, based on the musical play by Crawford Gates and Arnold Sungaard.