Meet The Actors

Ben Knight

Ben is so excited for his first summer on the mountainside! From Amarillo, TX, Ben has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University. Credits include John the Baptist in Godspell, Ken in Red, and Lumière in Beauty and the Beast. He’d like to thank the Davis Family for this amazing opportunity, friends Jason C. and Suzanne H. for introducing him to the magic of theatre, mentors Steven P., DeAnna T.B., and David J. for their wisdom, his family for their unconditional support, Sara Beth for her unwavering belief in him, and God for his faithfulness.

Jordan Shuck

Jordy is excited for his 11th season at Starlight! He loves singing, dancing, shooting, running hurdles, watching MASH, and spending

time with his girlfriend Maile. After this summer he will be

serving a mission for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. Jordy’s favorite roles include the Dentist, in Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, in Aladdin Jr., and Racetrack, in Newsies. Jordy’s new business venture is The

Showstopper Grill, so stop by for some street tacos!

Becca Mighell

From Dallas, TX, Becca is thrilled to be joining the Starlight family again this year! She is a graduate of

The University of Oklahoma. Her favorite credits

include: Shrek the Musical, Sense and Sensibility,

The Little Mermaid, and Hairspray! A Disney fanatic,

professional voiceover artist, dog-lover, and

debatably proficient ukulele player, Becca also has a

passion for teaching and shaping the next generation

of theatre artists. Many thanks to family, coaches,

her pet fish Bubbles, and God.

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Alec Foote

Alec is excited for his first season at Starlight He is recent graduate of Fruitland

High School, enjoyed the arts and music programs, as well as marching band, and drum line. Alec would like to thank his wonderful family for supporting him in this amazing opportunity to come to Garden Valley and

join the Starlight family!

Ammon Jenkins

Hey everyone, Ammon here! Hailing from Fargo, ND. I’m excited to join a stellar cast and crew for my fourth season at Starlight! Some favorite roles have been Scuttle (Little Mermaid), and The Tin-Man (The Wizard of Oz!). As an avid film and art aficionado, I can also be found performing outside of Starlight. I also simply enjoy being in the great outdoors. I hope you enjoy the show, and take the stories with you even after the curtain falls.

Jelani Bell

Jelani recently earned his BA in Theatre, with an Acting Concentration and Minor in

dance from Greensboro College, in NC. He also just moved to Idaho! On the college stage, he was Pepper in Mamma Mia, Malcolm X in The Meeting, and Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show. Professionally, he has performed as the Lead Eagle Dancer at Unto These Hills in Cherokee, NC. He’s happy to return for his second season at Starlight!

Brad Motyer

Brad has played many roles in his life (collegiate athlete, swim coach, fruit snack addict), but has always harbored a secret passion for acting. As a Boise native, one of the highlights of his summers was watching his friends perform on the Starlight stage. He made his Starlight debut last summer, and is beyond excited that they let him come back!

Houston Nye

Hi! I'm Houston Nye (@eggfinity on

instagram (wink wink nudge nudge) this is my second year up at Starlight! I'm

from the far off land of Meridian, Idaho and I'm super excited for all the shows this season! I can't wait to show you all the work we've put into these shows!

Skye Davis

Skye has always loved attention and the outdoors, so what better place for him to be than at an outdoor theatre? He is humbled to be stepping into his father’s shoes, but so grateful for all your love and support. He would like to thank his wife, Michelle, for making his world go round.

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Michelle Davis

Michelle would like to express her gratitude. First, to her husband, Skye, for sharing her passion for Starlight. Second, to her parents for always supporting her and helping whenever possible. Third, to her three wonderful children that teach her patience and inspire her. Lastly, to all of you for taking time out of your lives to come see a show.

Tacoma Kelly

Tacoma is excited to be joining the Starlight actors again this summer. He has lived in Garden Valley his whole life, and when he is not performing, he can be found playing sports, riding motorcycles, and hanging out with the Davis family. He can’t wait to meet you this summer.

Quinten Loveland

Quinten Loveland is currently studying Technical and Musical Theater at Western

Wyoming. He was last seen as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet and The Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, both at Western Wyoming. Quinten has been performing all his life. When not on stage he loves to build, paint, and play his saxophone.

Ashlyn Loveland

Ashlyn is from Nampa, Idaho, and is studying Musical Theatre at Western Wyoming Community College. Ashlyn's  most recent performances were in Romeo and Juliet ( as Benvolio), Pirates of Penzance (as Kate), The Scarlet Pimpernel ( as chorus), Footloose (as Wendy Jo), Peter and the Star Catcher ( as Prentiss), and She Loves Me! ( as Ilona Ritter).

Audrey Whiteley

This is 23 year-old Audrey’s sixth summer with Starlight! A true outdoor girl, Audrey also loves painting, reading, music, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Future plans include a traveling (hopefully),  building a career (whatever that may be), and maybe even finding Mr. Right. ;) Audrey wants to thank you all for being here and supporting her favorite place. She is forever grateful for Starlight, and for the second family she’s gained through the years. Enjoy the show!

Paige Hensel

Sixteen year-old Paige lives in Nampa, ID, and attends Idaho Arts Charter School. You might recognize her from Starlight’s 2020 season, specifically as Teen Fiona, in Shrek the Musical. This year she is excited for her role as Alice, in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She looks forward to meeting “you”,  her new friends!

Sara Beth Dowell

Sara Beth is  excited to make her debut on the Starlight stage! Her favorite credits include: Urinetown (Little Sally), The Last Match (Mallory Porter), Big Fish (The Witch), and Anything Goes (Mrs. Harcourt). From Fort Worth, TX, Sarah is studying Theatre Performance with a Musical Theatre Concentration at Baylor University (Sic ‘Em Bears!)  She would like to thank the Starlight Family, her professors, her family, Ben, and God.

Cory Kelly

Cory moved to Garden Valley in the spring of 2000 to help Eddy build Starlight. He fell in love with Starlight and the beautiful mountains of Idaho, and made up his mind that next time he went to town, he would get himself a bride… just like Adam Pontipee! Cory found his beautiful bride in Heather, a native of Garden Valley, and they now have 5 sons of their own (and YES they tried for a GIRL!!). Cory is excited to be a part of Starlight, and Ed’s Legacy. He’s especially excited to be cast as “Adam” in Seven Brides, playing big brother to his real-life son, Tacoma (who plays “Gideon”!)

Ethan Whiting

Ethan Whiting is excited to be acting in Starlight for the first time! Ethan has played a variety of roles in school plays, including the title character in Aladdin. In his free time, he enjoys playing saxophone, backpacking, and spending time with his family.

Joseph Hollist

Joseph lives in Garden Valley, and enjoys playing legos, and dueling lightsabers with his brothers.  He loves acting, singing, and dancing, and has attended Starlight’s Kid’s Camp for the past 5 years. Joseph played Chip, in Beauty and the Beast last year, and is super excited to be in Mary Poppins! this year.

Lancer Waltman

Nine year-old Lancer is making his debut at Starlight this summer, and is excited to join the cast. In addition to his interest in music and theatre, Lancer is a fun-loving kid that loves doing flips and other tricks, and enjoys spending time being silly with his family!

Landon Loveland

Landon is excited for his Starlight debut as Michael Banks, in Mary Poppins!  Performing since he was a toddler, Landon’s stage credits include Tiny Tim, in A Christmas Carol, Oliver, in Oliver!, Nigel, in Matilda, and Gavroche, in Les Miserables. Landon plays the trumpet, and is a member of the Opera Idaho Children’s Chorus.

Max Hollist

Max is from Garden Valley, and enjoys legos, Star Wars, baseball, basketball, track, cross country, and sword and staff spinning. A theatre lover, Max’s favorite role was LeFou, in his school production of Beauty and the Beast.  He was in Starlight’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Beauty and the Beast.

Miles Hollist

Miles is from Garden Valley, and loves theatre, dancing and singing.  He has attended Starlight’s Kid’s Camp for the past 5 years, and performed in Starlight’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,  Beauty and the Beast, and was Young Shrek, in Shrek, the Musical. He is excited to be in Mary Poppins this season!

Michael Plyer

Hello, everyone! It is my pleasure to be in the 2021 Starlight cast, playing a millionaire in Sugar! As the theatre’s resident Physical Rehabilitation Therapist, I’m thankful I can help these wonderful actors if they become injured, or need pain management. My wife, Darla, and I are also happy to be owners in The Showstopper Grill, so stop and say, Hello! Live Well, Doc

Radlee Kelly

Eight year-old RadLee loves his time at Starlight, playing and singing with his best buddy, Ryder Davis. RadLee is excited to spend another summer performing at Starlight, hanging out with the actors, and making lots of new friends at Kid’s Camp!

Randy Thompson

The Thompson’s and Davis’s have been best friends since 1994, when we first met in Georgia.  We sure missed our fun double dates after they moved to Idaho, so my beautiful wife, Lori, and I travel to Garden Valley each summer to spend time with Ed and Jan at Starlight. Last season, Ed asked me to play Coach Bolton in HS Musical. I had so much fun that this summer I am playing the Preacher, in Seven Brides! Miss Lori and I are the proud parents of Richard, Ross & Loran, and grandparents of Lena & Kade. Summer in the mountains will never be the same without Ed, but we are honored to be at Starlight to help keep his legacy alive!  

Ryder Davis

Ryder is so excited to be reprising his role as Chainsaw, in Sugar! When he is not performing at Starlight, Ryder loves to jump on the trampoline, ride his bike, play superheroes, and race anyone that he can.

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Steve Price

Greetings Starlighters! My wife ,Mayola, and I are the Camp Hosts of the Starlight Mountain Theatre Campground, and are honored to be part of the Starlight Family. We absolutely love Starlight, and hope your visit will be a memorable one. In my professional life I am an Escalation Engineer for NetApp. Away from work, I like to make coin jewelry, scuba dive, and enjoy being a full time goofball.. Except for a brief stint as a Blind Mouse last year on closing night of Shrek, this is my debut on stage, playing the part of a millionaire, in Sugar!

Todd Rich

Todd is excited for his sixth season at Starlight, and looks forward to making new friendships, creating new memories with old friends, floating the river, and indulging in a little backstage cobbler cooking. Starlight gives Todd a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and brings out the best and brightest of his personalities. He cherishes the opportunity to entertain Starlight’s patrons, and wants to welcome you to the show!

Tony Shuck

I’m very grateful to be back on the Starlight stage, surrounded by so many friends and family members! My wife, Sarah, and I are the proud parents of three beautiful little girls - Emma, Abby, and Lucy. In 2019, I followed the example of my friend and mentor, Ed Davis, and followed my dream of becoming an audiobook narrator (A. J. Shuck at ajshuckaudiobooks.com). Thanks for inspiring me to live my dreams, Ed. I’m dedicating this season to you!

Amaize Boer

Hey! My name is Amaize Boer and I am excited to be back here doing what I love, at the place I love most! I can’t wait to be on the Starlight stage again, and snacking in the concession stand when I’m off stage. Fun fact for you: Michelle loves to be asked if she is my mom!

Emily Miller

This is Emily’s first summer at Starlight, and she is super excited for her professional acting debut! Having performed in several school plays back in Brazil,  Emily is also a  collegiate athlete, aspiring Physician’s Assistant, and fiancé to fellow Starlight actor, Brad Motyer.

Jackie Casdorph

Jackie is known for her ability to combine teaching and music into every aspect of her life.  When her four children were young, road trips became the perfect opportunity to teach them how to sing rounds, and as they grew, Jackie sought opportunities for the family to perform together. Jackie has directed performing groups and school musicals, and recently led a men's choir at the Utah State Prison. This summer, she is performing Spitfire Grill on behalf of those men whose stories touched her life during her time there.

Karina Hoeger

Eleven year-old Karina loves singing and dancing, and has performed in over a dozen musicals with Meridian CUE Theatre and Treasure Valley Youth Theatre. Her favorite roles include Michael, in Peter Pan Jr., Young Fiona, in Shrek Jr., and Young Elsa, in Frozen Jr. Offstage, Karina is a pianist, gymnast, and loves to film hilarious backyard video shorts with her four sisters. An avid Starlight fan, she’s thrilled to be making her Starlight debut as Jane, in Mary Poppins!

Olivia Giagregorio

Olivia is a fourteen year old freshman at ArborView High School, in Las Vegas, NV, and is excited for her debut on the Starlight stage. Olivia studies Vocal Performance with New York vocal coach, Coco, and will be appearing in Mary Poppins!, and in Sugar! Olivia would like to thank everyone at Starlight for helping make her theatrical dreams come true, and her Mom, Dad, and Grandma for all their support in letting her pursue her dreams at such a young age!

Sara Joy Hollist

Fifteen year-old Sara has spent the last four summers doing Starlight shows and Kids Camps. She enjoys Honor Band, International Engineering competitions, and lightsaber dueling with her 3 brothers. She loves spending time with her family of seven, painting to her heart’s content, and cozying up to the fireplace with a good book.

Savannah Hardy

A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Savannah grew up performing in musicals. She earned a BA in Music from BYU-I, minoring in Dance, and met her husband while auditioning for the touring dance team. In college, she performed the lead opera roles of Juliette in Juliette et Romèo, Marie in La Fille du Régiment, Adele in Die Fledermaus, and Micaëla in Carmen. Savannah now has twin toddlers and is excited to start performing again.

Scarlett Davis

Letty loves to sing, dance, paint, and play dress-up, but that doesn’t stop her from getting dirty. She can usually be found running around in a princess dress and bare feet. She also loves putting on impromptu performances, particularly of songs from Frozen.

Mia Yearsely

Mia is excited to be back at Starlight for the summer! When she isn’t onstage, Mia can be found playing in the river, or hanging out with her brothers and cousins. You’ll probably see her with the rest of the kids running around Starlight, or up at the Kelly-Yearsley complex!

Kaleah Ross

Kaleah hails from Grand Junction, CO. She loves theatre and singing, and her favorite Starlight show is Legally Blonde! Kaleah enjoys reading fantasy books, because they allow her to escape into a world of imagination (which she knows is cringe, but it’s true!) She is also a runner, plays volleyball, and loves math. One of Kaheah’s favorite things to do when she’s bored is to write an impossible algebraic equation and try to solve it!

Moesha Tanimoto

Beautiful 16 year-old Moesha is part of the Davis’s extended Micronesian family, and hails from the garden island of Pohnpei. A proficient island dancer, Moesha loves sports, drama, FFA, and being in the great outdoors. She is very excited for her first season at Starlight!

Jai Hawkins Davis

Two year-old Jai is so excited for his Starlight debut, that every morning he asks his parents, Sawyer and JaNae Davis, if they are all going to Starlight so he can say his ‘lions’ (lines!). Jai will be carrying on the family theatre tradition as the fourth generation of Davis’s to perform on the Starlight stage. He hopes you enjoy his lions as much as he does!

Sawyer Davis

After growing up on the Starlight stage, Sawyer has spent the past four years growing his family with his beautiful wife, JaNae. With baby #3 due this summer, making three kids under 3, he and JaNae have indeed lost their minds, in a good way!  After Eddy’s passing last summer, Sawyer started his own business so he could help out at Starlight more often. When he’s not installing windows, or hanging out with his Fam Bam, he can be found playing on his Skidsteer, hauling wooden timbers for the theatre reconstruction, or rehearsing for his upcoming role in Seven Brides. Sawyer is overjoyed to be back at Starlight, and is glad you feel the same way!

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Jack ,Savannah and Aaron Thompson

Jack ,Savannah and Aaron Thompson are excited to make their Starlight debut! They have watched their Mom (Marnie Kelley Thompson) on the Starlight stage for years and are ready for their turn. We love having our second generation actors join the Starlight Family! 

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Chantele Hensel

Chantele is the proud mother of three amazing young men and one daughter, Paige, who is performing at Starlight this season. Chantele is the owner and publisher of the Caldwell Perspective Newspaper, and works for Dakan Funeral Chapel. She is excited to spend another summer in Garden Valley creating beautiful costumes, and looks forward to many years with her Starlight Mountain Theatre family.

Crissie Fields

This is my second summer performing at Starlight, and my first year as Costume

Manager. I’m especially thrilled to have my two daughters working with me this season. I want

to thank the Davis Family for their incredible vision and commitment to the arts, and Eddy for his matchless encouragement and faith in my ability to eventually retain my lines! I want to thank my five children for their support, and most importantly, my husband of 26 years, Scott, who watches every performance and emphatically believes that each night is the best!

Decker Hinckley

This is my second season with Starlight, and I’m excited to help with the technical side of things. I spent the winter with the love of my life, Jewels, and our two fur babies, Sirius and Tiana, teaching voice lessons to over 30 students, and getting ready to build a Youtube page. Thank you for accepting me into the Starlight family, Eddy. I am honored to be a part of your dream!

Jan Davis

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jan founded and built Starlight with her late husband, Ed. In the early years, Jan did all the music and choreography for each show, as well as directing many of the productions. In the past few years, Michelle has stepped in as Music Director, while Jan’s daughters, Chloe’ and Gracie, have taken over most of the choreography. Jan still directs and choreographs, but most of her time is now spent running the business end of Starlight, trying to fill the big shoes Ed left behind. Next to her family and the theatre, Jan has a passion for writing, traveling, genealogy, and relaxing with a great book, and while her arms may not stretch as wide as Eddy’s, she still loves a big hug!

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Jewels Love

Hello, Starlight Family! I’m back!! Who would have thought I’d still be here 8 years after my first summer, but Eddy took a chance on me, and I’m so grateful. Being part of the Starlight Family has changed me for the better, and working here alongside a supportive husband who also loves Starlight makes it even better. Thank you all for coming to the show, and welcome home!

Kea Loveland

Kea is a Drama Teacher at Nampa High School. With a BA in Theatre, and an MA in Secondary Education, she has designed costumes, and performed on stages throughout the Treasure Valley for over 25 years. Kea found a mountain home at Starlight last summer, and is beyond excited to be performing on the Starlight Stage while sewing and designing again this season!

Lina Shuck

I am super excited to be back at Starlight, working with my amazing husband, Ryan. This season I get to help Skye and Jan as their Stage Manager for all the productions, and I can’t wait for you to see these amazing shows! Thanks for being here tonight, and come back soon!

Marnie Thompson

Marnie is thrilled to return to her Starlight family! An original cast member, Marnie was a core actor from 2000-2006, returning the last few summers to share in the Alumni shows. Marnie recently moved back to Idaho, and couldn’t be happier! Some of her favorite roles included ‘Louise,’ in Always Patsy Cline, the ‘Narrator,’ in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and ‘ Milly,’ in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! Marnie is honored to direct Seven Brides this season, and can be seen later this summer as ‘Effy’ in The Spitfire Grill. Marnie is so grateful for the opportunity to be back at her second home, making new memories with her own children on the Starlight Stage!

Ryan Shuck

First off, I want to say thank you for supporting Starlight Mountain Theatre! I’ve been here ten years, and it’s heartwarming to see our audiences grow, as more and more people discover the incredible experience that awaits them here at Starlight! I’m grateful that my wonderful bride, Lina, and I get to spend our summers working with people we love, doing what we love! It's fun to share my passion for theatre with my family, and with all of you, so relax, and enjoy the show!

Jake Cutler

Hello, I am the owner of Power By Jake. I enjoy riding dirt bikes and hanging out in the mountains. I work with Starlight Mountain Theatre in a behind-the-scenes role, doing the power for the shows. This year I am excited to be joining the cast of The Spitfire Grill. If you need any electrical work done in the area, please feel free to come by and catch a show, and we can chat about your projects!

Angie Anderson

This is my 22nd season with Starlight Mountain Theater! I started as a patron attending the very first production in 2000. SInce then, I have helped with many jobs around the theatre. I would like to give special thanks to Eddy, for letting me come to the mountains to play!!!

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Darren Shuck

This is Darren's 12th season helping out at Starlight. He started when his oldest two kids were cast back in 2010 and he's had kids on stage every year since then. He is a RN by trade at St. Al's in Boise, but around Starlight he doubles as handyman, mechanic, short order cook, and gift shop attendant.  Darren is the proud father of 5 and grandfather of 8 amazing kids. He is excited for another great season and hopes y'all have a wonderful experience here at Starlight!

Valerie Shuck

Valerie has been enjoying her summers at Starlight Mountain Theatre for 12 years. She has 5 amazing kids who have all been actors on the Starlight stage over the years. This year you'll see two of her sons onstage, and a couple sons and daughters-in-law working behind the scenes. Valerie started the Starlight Gift Shop two years ago and enjoys making custom t-shirts for our theatre patrons. Valerie is so grateful for all of you and your support of Starlight Mountain Theatre. Enjoy the show!

Mayola Price

The dream of living and working at Starlight has finally become a reality! My passion for taking care of the campground usually has me outside soaking up the sun, covered in dirt from head to toe. At night, you will find me at the theatre, enjoying the amazing entertainment. Steve and I winter in Yuma, but I look forward to returning each spring. It’s always fun to discover if any of my landscaping survived the wintering elk!

Darla Plyer

Michael and I love our summers at Starlight, doing whatever needs to be done; carrying rocks, helping out at the Gift Shop, or slinging burgers at the ShowStopper Grill. My favorite job is mothering the amazing young actors that grace the Starlight stage each summer, baking them homemade treats, and giving them mama hugs. During an Eddy hug last year, He told me that I had followed my Star, and I was home. Thank you for being the beacon that led us here, Eddy!

Thelma Davis

Thelma, better known as Grandma, helped Jan and Ed start the theater. Starlight exists today because of her love, hard work, and dedication. In the early days of Starlight, Grandma could be found sewing costumes, painting the stage, pulling weeds, and selling ads. Today, she enjoys being Grandma to her grandkids and great-grandkids. Hundreds of theater kids also call her Grandma, and she is their number one fan.

Chloe' Hessing

Chloe’ has grown up onstage, learning everything about theatre from her parents, Ed and Jan Davis. Throughout Starlight’s 21 seasons, Chloe’ has graced the stage in many roles, and as she grew older she

began choreographing, as well. Nowdays, she’s raising her two boys with her husband, Nick. She is utilizing her accounting skills to handle the financial side of the theatre. Although Chloe’ won’t be onstage this season, she’ll be back! Welcome to Starlight, and enjoy shows!

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Emmaline Fields

Emmeline is pleased to be joining the Starlight crew this summer as the Assistant Stage Manager.She brings many years of experience to the job, despite her young age, as she has essentially been “ruling the roost” since birth.Emmie’s hobbies include art of all mediums, staying up too late, music, riding in the car with her head out the window, being online more than her parents allow, fixing healthy meals, spending time with her big sister Sara Jane, worrying about the future and bossing around her three older brothers, Austin, Corban and Hudson.She fiercely and relentlessly champions diversity, has a deep passion for politics and social issues and is devoted to animals.This fall, Emmeline will be a Sophomore at Garden Valley School.

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Michael Carrier

Michael is a Boise based photographer. He has been involved with Starlight Mountain Theatre for the past 5 years and is very excited

Aidan Shuck

Good Evening, Folks! This is my 12th season at

Starlight, and this year I’m taking a step back

from acting and running tech, to help provide

 medical assistance for the theatre.  I look

forward to helping the actors stay healthy and strong! I am an owner of Meridian Pain Management, and am glad to be of service to Starlight in a new way this year. Live Well!

Loran Thompson

I'm excited to be at Starlight. I'm originally from

Georgia but I've lived in Garden Valley for a

year. I've been privileged to know the Davis

family all of my life, so I'm excited to be an official