Meet The Cast
Bayley Hawkins (Tarzan) is incredibly excited to breathe life into the role of Tarzan. Since 2011, Bayley has been involved in theatre productions in both Wichita Falls and New York City. Some of his favorite roles he has played include The Rum Tum Tugger in CATS (2017), Terk in Tarzan (2018), Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid (2019), Jack Kelly in Newsies (2019) and Fredrick Barrett in Titanic (2020) at The Wichita Theatre as well as Sky in Mamma Mia (2019) at Backdoor Theatre. Shortly after graduating from WFHS, Bayley moved to NYC to pursue a professional career in musical theatre and was involved in a production that was unable to open due to the pandemic. As well as acting, Bayley also engages in songwriting and is currently writing an original musical. In his freetime, Bayley enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, playing Xbox and traveling.
Anthony DeLaGarza (Tarzan) is a senior at City View Jr/Sr High School. He has been a part of The Wichita Theatre for 2 years. His first role was Bernardo in West Side Story (2020). His favorite roles include Smee in Peter Pan a Musical Adventure and Prince Ben in Descendants the Musical. Anthony will be attending Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene in the fall, pursuing a degree in Musical Theater.
Sydney Wisdom (Jane Porter) is absolutely thrilled to be taking the stage as the clever, quirky Jane Porter. Sydney will be celebrating her 10th year of performing at the Wichita Theatre this summer! Sydney has also started to expand her resume at theatres in the surrounding area of Texoma. Some of Sydney’s favorite roles include: Minne Fay (u/s) in Hello Dolly! (2018), Ariel in The Little Mermaid (2019), Maria in West Side Story (2020), Kate McGowan in Titanic (2020), at the Wichita Theatre and Cheryl in Evil Dead at Lawton Interactive Theatre (2021). Sydney recently stepped into the production side of theatre as Dance Captain for The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 2021, Choreographer for Evil Dead: The Musical in 2021, and Director for Seussical Kids in 2022! Sydney is looking to attend university for a Musical Theatre degree in Fall of 2022. Sydney would like to thank her family and friends for encouraging her to continue to pursue theatre and the Wichita Theatre for all the opportunities given to her and their willingness to help her succeed in future endeavors!
Jessi Malone (Jane Porter) is a freshman at Midwestern State University. She loves performing and is so excited to be a part of Tarzan. She was an active member of the Rider Theatre department and joined the Wichita Theatre last year in the youth production of Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure as a Mermaid. Her favorite role is Evie in Descendants the Musical.
Heather Phillips (Kala) has a BFA in technical theatre-lighting design from the University of Arizona. She is a 4th grade teacher at Kate Burgess Elementary School. Recent favorite roles include Grace Farrell in Annie and Tanya in Mamma Mia. Tarzan was one of her favorite movies as a child and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to play an amazing mother and sing some truly iconic songs. This will be her last show in Wichita Falls and she will miss this theatre family but wants to remind them “I’ll be there always.”
Becky Allison (Kala) is a first grade teacher at Southern Hills and is finishing her 18th year this year as an educator. She has acted and directed in over 50 shows in various theatres throughout Texas and Australia. Her favorite performance roles include Lexie in Dixie Swim Club, Little Red in Into the Woods, Meg in Little Women, and Poppy in Noises Off! Most recently, she was the female swing in The Mousetrap at Stage 2, and she was actually able to perform as Mollie and Miss Casewell. She is thrilled to be involved in her first show at Wichita Theatre.
George Tipton (Kerchak) graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. He has a Master of Science in Digital Marketing and works as the Marketing and Development Director at P.E.T.S. Clinic (a local nonprofit vet - www.petsclinic.org). After about 17 years away from theatre, George came back for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Father Dupin, choir member, Frollo understudy) this past summer at Wichita Theatre. He followed this up with The Mousetrap (Major Metcalf) at Stage 2 Dinner Theatre. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be back on stage again and thankful for the support of his wife Ashley Tipton, his boss Leslie Harrelson, his director Luke Draper, the Jacksons, and the amazing casts and crew at The Wichita Theatre.
Mark Dudley (Porter) is very involved at the Wichita Theatre. When not on stage he is always ready to help behind the scenes. Mark is a teacher at McNiel Middle School (at least until May 31… yea retirement!) He is passionate about three things: music, theatre and Colorado. He has been involved either on stage or as a music director in the following productions: West Side Story, Titanic, Matilda, Peter Pan, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians Kids and now Tarzan. As always, Mark would like to dedicate his performance in memory of his dad, Richard C. “Dick” Dudley.
Sheldon Clanton (Clayton) is excited to be on the stage again, this time as Clayton. He has been helping with shows at The Wichita Theatre since 2006. He has been in more that 100 productions in the area including Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, Mr. Wormwood in Matilda the Musical, and Jim Farrell in Titanic the Musical. He is also a member of the award winning band “The Starlit Monkeys” where he, Andrew, Adam, and Bryson all played bass.
Sarah Rivers (Terk or as she calls herself, Terkina) is a senior at Holliday High School. Sarah
has been doing theatre at the Wichita Theatre since she was 11 years of age. She absolutely loves being on stage, performing, and entertaining the community! Her first role at the theatre was Chip in the 2015 production of Beauty and the Beast. Since then she’s been in numerous other shows, her favorite roles including: Mal in Descendants the Musical, Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast, and one of the Newsboys in Newsies. Sarah plans to attend Sam Houston State University to study Musical Theatre in the Fall of this year.
Elijah Davis (Young Tarzan) is now a 6th grader at Lakeview Intermediate in Yukon, OK, where he is in 2 state choirs and is a core lead-team member at his church. He has shared his talent and enthusiasm with the Wichita Theatre community over the last several years and enjoyed being in Seussical Kids (JoJo), Lion King Jr (Young Simba), Matilda the Musical (Eric) and now Tarzan. He enjoys road trips, reading, music (especially 70’s classic rock), family game nights & learning random facts. After his family moved away last year, we simply had to find a way to keep him on stage. Elijah would like to thank his parents and theater family for the extra hours in the car (and places to sleep) so he can be part of the Wichita Theater family once again.
Dean Rivard (Young Tarzan) is a 6th grader at Kirby Junior High. He is thrilled to be playing in his first full length performance. When Dean is not performing he enjoys Scouting, piano, hanging out with his family, and video games. Young Tarzan is Dean’s 8th production to be part of. Some of her favorite roles include Iago in Aladdin Kids, Young Prince Phillip Sleeping Beauty Kids, Raymond Miss Nelson is Missing!, Wickersham Brother Seussical Kids and of course Young Tarzan. Dean would like to thank his mom and dad, siblings, and family for supporting him in all of his endeavors!
Rylee Cargal (Young Terk) is an 8th grader at Mcneil Jr. High. This is her 12th show and she has been performing at Wichita Theatre since she was 8 years old. Outside of theater, Rylee enjoys reading, playing volleyball, guitar, and ukulele. She enjoys singing and playing in the praise band (shoutout Brent) for her church youth group. Fun fact: Rylee has a pet corn snake named Steven and dog named Scruffy. Her favorite roles were Hortensia in Matilda the Musical, Cruella in 101 Dalmatians Kids, and her current role as Young Terk.
Gabriella Dotson (Leopard) is over the moon to be back in the theatre playing the role of the Leopard. Some of Gabriella’s favorite theatre productions have been Cassie in 13 the Musical (2017), Shenzi in Lion King Jr. (2020), and Anybody’s in West Side Story (2020). Gabriella has also done some production work for shows and camps including choreographing Suessical Kids (2022), being dance captain for numerous shows as ensemble, and choreographing youth camps for Backdoor Theatre.
Ben Austin (Snipes) is a 2020 graduate of Burkburnett High School and is now a student at Vernon College. He began performing at Wichita Theatre in 2016 as Timon in the Lion King Jr. He has now performed in over 20 productions in the north Texas area with most of those productions being on the Wichita Theatre stage. Some of his favorite roles include Timon in Lion King Jr., Olaf in Frozen Jr., the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland Jr., and King Julien in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure. Ben loves to make people laugh and is a self-described “Disney Geek”. He is thankful and blessed to be part of this talented cast and the theatre community he loves.