Derek is super pumped to be back for another summer of awesomeness. His hope is that the Pickleville Workshops will continue to help the next generation of performers develop their skills, become more self-confident, and have the best time ever. Derek has been a part of the Pickleville tradition since birth. Directorial credits include: The Addams Family, Tarzan, Shrek, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Joseph… Dreamcoat. Pickleville roles include: Gomez in The Addams Family, Shrek in Shrek The Musical, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone, Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Smudge in Forever Plaid, Joseph in Joseph... Dreamcoat, and many more. Other credits include: Lucas in Adams Family (HCTO), and Charlie in Brigadoon (HCT). Derek also performed with the BYU Young ambassadors from 2011-2013, touring to South Africa and China. He served an LDS mission in Laoag, Philippines and studied Business Management at BYU with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. Derek would like to thank his wife for helping him turn all of his dreams into realities. “Believe you can, and you’re half-way there!”
Whitley couldn't be more excited to continue venture. Whitley has a BFA in Music, Dance, Theater from BYU, years of experience teaching dance, and loves working with kids. She has done choreographic work for Pickleville, The BYU Young Ambassadors, and Diamond Talent Dance Studio. Performing credits include: Christine in Phantom of the Opera and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors both at BYU, Morticia in The Addams Family, Fiona in Shrek The Musical, Penny in Hairsrapy, Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Narrator in Joseph... Dreamcoat. Whitley performed as a member of the BYU Young ambassadors for three years, touring to Nauvoo, the Southern States and South Africa. She served as dance captain her final year. You may also recognize her from her appearance as the “Butterfly Girl” in the LDS film The Testaments. Whitley can’t wait to get to know the kids who will be attending this year’s workshops. “Adventure is out there!”
Abby has loved directing and performing in musicals since she was a little girl. She made her start by putting on productions in the basement of her grandma's house with her cousins. Through the years, she has directed, been a musical director, and performed in a myriad of musicals, operas, and plays. Abby graduated with a degree in vocal performance from Utah State University in 2020. Since graduating, she has been pursuing her true dream of teaching private voice lessons, sharing her passion for music and helping students build confidence. She is SO excited to be back as music director for Pickleville camps; it is such a magical environment! These camps provide an incredible opportunity for young talent to thrive and grow through music, and Abby cherishes every moment of it. In her free time, she enjoys being silly with her husband, spending time in nature, and expressing her creativity through various forms of art!