• Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor President

    From North Salt Lake, Utah and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Preston Taylor is a junior studying Music Dance Theatre with a minor in Legal Studies. He served a mission for the LDS Church in the Italy Milan Mission. Recent Credits include Ambrose in Hello Dolly, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Finch in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Bobby in Crazy For You. He toured with the Young Ambassadors last year in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Preston is happy to perform alongside his beautiful wife, Emily.

  • Hannah Pyper
    Hannah Pyper Vice President

    From Highland, Utah, Hannah is a junior in the Music Dance Theatre program. Recent Credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at Sundance Summer Theatre, Valentine in The Count of Monte Cristo at BYU, Briseas in Troy at BYU, Louann in Hairspray at Pickleville Playhouse, and Freddie in Juanito Bandito at Pickleville Playhouse. She received the Pyramid Prize Scholarship to attend the Open Jar Institute in New York. This is Hannah’s second year performing with the Young Ambassadors.

  • Caleb Allred
    Caleb Allred Vice President

    From Mesa, Arizona, Caleb Allred is a senior in Latin American studies with a minor in global business and literacy. Recent credits include “1856” the Musical, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Phil Davis in White Christmas, Pharaoh/ Asher in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jason in A Grand Night for Singing, and Lead Wickersham in Seussical the Musical. Caleb toured with the Young Ambassadors to northern California and Nauvoo in 2014–15.

  • Taylor Stanger
    Taylor Stanger Dance Captain

    From Boise, Idaho, Taylor Stanger is a senior studying music dance theatre. Recent credits include Agent Dollar in Catch Me If You Can, Neleus in Mary Poppins, and Siegfried in Swan Lake. He currently works as a dance technique instructor at Barlow Arts Conservatory in Lehi, Utah. Taylor is so grateful to his family and fellow Young Ambassadors for their amazing support this season.

  • Abigail Castleton
    Abigail Castleton

    From Puyallup, Washington, Abigail Castleton is a senior studying exercise science with plans to complete a Master’s degree in occupational therapy. She has performed with BYU’s premier big band Synthesis o and on for the past ve years, touring to Brazil in 2013 and Scandinavia and northern Europe in 2016.

  • Aleks Christensen
    Aleks Christensen

    From Spokane, Washington, Aleks Christensen is a junior studying information technology. He has been with the Young Ambassadors for three years now, and is so happy and grateful to be able to participate in this wonderful new show!

  • Alyssa Perkins
    Alyssa Perkins

    From Farmington, Utah, Alyssa is a senior studying Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish. She recently accompanied a debut album recording “Songs of Madeline” with Wolfgang Studios, and was the accompanist for the Italian Choir at Brigham Young University. She currently works as an early interventionist with pediatric autism and will be teaching full-time at the autism preschool Giant Steps upon graduation. She and her husband, Trevor Perkins, were happily married in December.

  • Austie Robinson
    Austie Robinson

    From Cedar City, Utah, Austie is a senior studying jazz performance. He performed for several years with BYU Synthesis, which was recently named Downbeat Magazine’s top undergraduate big band in the country. He can be heard on eight full-length albums with the Salt City Six, Crescent Super Band, BYU Synthesis, and BYU Jazz Legacy Band. He has recorded with over a dozen local artists and works as a freelance performer, studio musician, and educator throughout Utah.

  • Benjamin Raymant
    Benjamin Raymant

    From Edmonton, Alberta, Benjamin Raymant is a freshman studying in the music dance theatre program. Recent credits include Robertson Aye in Mary Poppins and Agent Cod in Catch Me if You Can, both at the Carriage House Theatre. One of Benny’s greatest joys in life is food and sharing it with people. So ask him to cook for you and you’ll basically make his day. He’s honored and excited to be a part of the Young Ambassadors family.

  • Breearna Mandla
    Breearna Mandla

    From Brisbane, Australia, Breearna Mandla is a senior studying music dance theatre. Recent credits include The Ballad of Cat Ballou, Utah Lyric Opera, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, High School Musical, Grease Is the Word, and Aladdin. Breearna is excited to be taking their show to Brazil this April.

  • Caleb Ratelle
    Caleb Ratelle

    From Hayden, Idaho, Caleb Ratelle is a sophomore studying music dance theatre. Recent credits include Monsieur D’arque in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at BYU, Menelaus in Troy at BYU, and Constable Locke in The Music Man at the Sundance Summer Theatre.

  • Carlos Garcia Guirado
    Carlos Garcia Guirado

    From Spanish Fork, Utah, Carlos is a senior studying construction management. Recent credits include Ghost and Mary Poppins at the Hale Center Theatre, In the Heights at the Hale Center Theatre Orem, and Catch Me If You Can at both locations. He was recently a part of BYU Living Legends, with whom he traveled and performed in the South Paci c.

  • Christian Wawro
    Christian Wawro

    From Orem, Utah, Christian Wawro is a junior majoring in teaching social science, with a minor in music. Recent credits include Marius in Les Misérables, Robert Baker in Wonderful Town, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls. Christian served a two-year LDS mission in Copenhagen, Denmark. He co-wrote the 2016 LDS Youth Mutual album “Press Forward.” Christian was a member of the Young Ambassadors last year as a keyboardist in the band and is excited to return this year as a performer.

  • Cooper Sutton
    Cooper Sutton

    From Terre Haute, Indiana, Cooper is a junior studying acting. Credits include Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain at the Playmill Theatre, Reverend John Hale in The Crucible at BYU, and Leo in The American Tap Dance Foundation’s production of Tap City on Broadway. He recently received Denver’s Marlowe award for Best Actor. He is married to Emma Sutton.

  • David Allen
    David Allen

    From Albany, Oregon, David Allen is a junior studying music performance with a brass emphasis. David is a talented arranger, arranging music for the Young Ambassadors as well as the BYU A Capella group, 1AChord. Thanks to Randy, Eric, John and the whole production staff.

  • Ellora Lattin
    Ellora Lattin

    From Frisco, Texas, Ellora is a junior in the Music Dance Theatre program. Recent credits include Joanna Wilkes in Big River at Hale Center Theater and Faith in Columbinus at OhLook Arts. Ellora also has a passion for hiking, cooking, and Spanish, having studied abroad in Mérida, México in the summer of 2015.

  • Elsa Hodder
    Elsa Hodder

    From Halifax, Nova Scotia, Elsa Hodder is a sophomore studying sociology. Recent credits include Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Cinderella in Cinderella—the musical as well as the ballet—, Lilly in Secret Garden, Laurie in Oklahoma, Peggy in 42nd Street, and Blanche Ingram in Jane Eyre. Elsa trained at the National Ballet School of Canada, Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts, Boston Ballet School, Halifax Circus, and Wells Theatre. Elsa was the title soloist at the CANDance International Competition.

  • Emily Taylor
    Emily Taylor

    From Boston, Massachusetts, Emily Taylor is a junior studying human development with a minor in sociology. Recent credits include Mrs. Tottendale in The Drowsy Chaperone and Hattie in Kiss Me Kate. While serving a mission in Romania, Emily was invited to perform at the classically renowned George Enescu Festival. She is thrilled and grateful to be a performer in the company this year alongside childhood friends and her sweet husband, Preston. To be able to share this incredible and truly important message of family is a rich blessing to her!

  • Jacob Khalil
    Jacob Khalil

    From Sugar Land, Texas, Jacob Khalil is a senior majoring in vocal performance with minors in business and communications. Jacob’s theatre credits include Harry Witherspoon in Lucky Sti and Lt. Joe Cable in South Paci c, the latter for which he won the Tommy Tune award for Best Supporting Actor. His opera roles include Marcello in La Bohème at BYU and Giuseppe Palmieri in The Gondoliers at UVAA. Jacob also enjoyed singing for two years with the BYU Singers.

  • Jayne Edwards
    Jayne Edwards

    From north Salt Lake City, Utah, Jayne Edwards is currently a junior majoring in public relations with a minor in Japanese. Post-graduation, she plans to attend law school. Recent credits include ensemble member in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Les Misérables, and various musical reviews.

  • Jessica Jensen
    Jessica Jensen

    From Logan, Utah, Jessica Jensen is a junior studying dance. Recent credits include Dynamite girl/ensemble in Hairspray at Pickville Playhouse and 2nd soprano in FreeVerse Acappella. Jessica is so excited to be a part of this wonderful company and hopes to inspire others while she does what she loves— singing and dancing!

  • Jordan Bromley
    Jordan Bromley

    From Danville, California, Jordan Bromley is a junior studying economics with a minor in business management. He served an LDS mission in Brazil in 2009–2011. He was a singer and dancer for the Young Ambassadors for two years and is excited to return to the group this year as a member of the show band.

  • Jordan Turner
    Jordan Turner

    From Raleigh, North Carolina, Jordan Turner is a junior studying commercial music, emphasizing in recording engineering. Jordan picked up his rst pair of drumsticks at age 10 when his parents bought him a drum set. Since then he has played in numerous bands, has done session work for a variety of artists, and has performed in concerts for audiences of thousands.

  • Joseph Facer
    Joseph Facer

    From Orem, Utah, Joseph is a senior studying commercial music. Joseph has toured with the Young Ambassadors to Nauvoo, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He has performed with Toto, Nathan Osmond, Brenda Burch, The Doldrums, BYU Synthesis, and many more.

  • Josie Layton
    Josie Layton

    From High River, Alberta, Josie Layton is a senior studying linguistics, focusing on Arabic and Welsh. This is her third year with the Young Ambassadors and her rst year on tech crew.

  • Karrica Egbert
    Karrica Egbert

    From Highland, Utah, Karrica Egbert is a senior studying costume and makeup design. Recent credits include assistant costume designer for Travesties and head costume, hair and makeup, and puppet designer for happysadness. When not working with the Young Ambassadors, she works with BYU’s historic clothing collection. Karrica also enjoys playing the bassoon, curling up with a book, and hiking challenging trails.

  • Kelly Oja
    Kelly Oja

    From Puyallup, Washington, Kelly Oja is a senior studying bass performance in the School of Music. She has performed with a variety of groups including the BYU Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra, Synthesis, a few rock bands, and numerous jazz combos. Kelly has also had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses and concerts in Europe and Africa.

  • Kelsey Phillips
    Kelsey Phillips

    From Provo, Utah, Kelsey is a junior in the Music Dance Theatre program. Recent credits include Louise in Sundance Summer Theatre’s The Music Man, Sarah in Seven Brides at the Jackson Hole Playhouse and Silly Girl in BYU’s production of Beauty and the Beast. She was also the music director and choreographer for American Fork Youth Theatre’s Aristocats. Kelsey is excited to follow in her parents’ footsteps and ful ll her lifelong dream of performing with the Young Ambassadors.

  • Kimball Hill
    Kimball Hill

    From Littleton, Colorado, Kimball is a sophomore studying bioinformatics. This is Kimball’s rst year with the Young Ambassadors; he loves music and theatre. Recently, he returned from a two-year mission in San Antonio, Texas, speaking Spanish. He loves to travel and being in the great outdoors. Kimball is an avid skier, biker, and rock climber. He hopes that his time at BYU prepares him well for a medical career.

  • Mercedes Schaerrer
    Mercedes Schaerrer

    From Lindon, Utah, Mercedes Schaerrer is a sophomore studying athletic training with a minor in nutrition. She began her stage debut by playing a baby boy in Promised Valley at six months old. Now she enjoys working backstage and often helps her parents who both work in the theater industry.

  • Nathan Barton
    Nathan Barton

    From Syracuse, Utah, Nathan Barton is a junior studying information systems and is a member of the BYU Honors Program. He has been involved in providing lighting and stage services for numerous theatrical productions across Utah playhouses and schools for the last eight years. This is his third year with the Young Ambassadors.

  • Parker Robinson
    Parker Robinson

    From Provo, Utah, Parker Robinson is a senior studying commercial music with an emphasis in audio engineering/ production. Recent credits include working as record and mix engineer for the musical score of BYU Animation’s short lm Papá, which won a Student Emmy for Best Music and won him a Silver Award at the Audio Engineer’s Society (AES) Student Recording Competition. He and his wife, Alaura Robinson, have a newborn son named Lando.

  • Rachel Peterson
    Rachel Peterson

    From Orem, Utah, Rachel Peterson has been involved in musical theater all her life. Some of her favorite roles include Amalia Balash from She Loves Me and Helen Burns in Jane Eyre at Hale Center Theater in Orem. Rachel is currently a freshman at BYU and is majoring in music dance theatre.

  • Scott Hendrickson
    Scott Hendrickson

    From Thousand Oaks, California, Scott Hendrickson is a senior studying experience design and business management. Scott served in Nauvoo as a Young Performing Missionary in 2015. Scott traveled with the Young Ambassadors to South Africa and Zimbabwe last year, and is excited to return to Brazil with Young Ambassadors this summer, which is where he served his two-year mission.

  • Sierra Dew
    Sierra Dew

    From Alpine, Utah, Sierra Dew is a sophomore studying education in social sciences with a minor in music. Sierra toured Southeast Asia with the BYU Young Ambassadors in 2014. Credits include Les Miserables, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, and Once on this Island. Sierra was nominated for Best Actress at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. She served an LDS mission in Rome Italy.

  • Spencer Walgren
    Spencer Walgren

    From Pleasant Grove, Utah, Spencer is a Freshman studying music performance. Even though Spencer is just out of high school, he has already performed at Abravanel Hall four times. One of which was with the Utah Symphony. Spencer has also recorded on Je Co n’s (Dave Mathew’s Band Saxophonist) album “The Inside of the Outside” with Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band and also performed at a National Music Festival in Cuba with the Crescent Super Band.

  • Sydni Garvin
    Sydni Garvin

    From Cedar Hill, Utah, Sydni Garvin is a sophomore studying piano performance with a minor in psychology. She performs solo classical music and has been the rehearsal accompanist for several musicals, most recently White Christmas, West Side Story, Les Misérables, and South Paci c. Her hobbies include reading, running, and badminton. She is the oldest of ve children.

  • Taylor Glad
    Taylor Glad

    From Orem, Utah, Taylor Glad is a junior studying sound design and technology. This is his third year doing audio for the Young Ambassadors. He also provides audio support for events across BYU campus. Taylor served an LDS mission in Rosario, Argentina, from 2010 to 2012.


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