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Randy Boothe

Randy Boothe

Randy served as director of Light of the World, the 2002 spectacular presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter–day Saints in the new LDS Conference Center. Featuring a cast of 1,500 singers, dancers, and musicians, Light of the World was presented in 17 performances during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Over 300,000 viewed these performances. In July 1997, Randy was the director of the sesquicentennial celebration spectacular, Faith in Every Footstep, featuring a cast of 6,000 performers in BYU’s Lavell Edwards Stadium.

Randy is currently an associate professor in the Brigham Young University School of Music and artistic director for the world–renowned Young Ambassadors. His international tours over the past 27 years have taken him to over 40 countries. Many of his former students are now on Broadway and performing with national touring companies, at Disney World, and on various cruise lines. As a professor, producer, and director at BYU, Randy has directed Young Ambassadors, the Lamanite Generation, Curtaintime USA, BYU Sounds, Sounds of Freedom, nine Homecoming Spectaculars, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and 10 main stage musical theater productions, including the 1999 production of Children of Eden, which received rave reviews.

Each summer he is music director for the Jackson Hole Playhouse and directs the Young Ambassadors Singing Entertainer Workshop for high school students. Randy has served as an international consultant and show development team member for Epcot theme park. He is also an entertainment consultant for the Magic Kingdom in California and Florida and has directed Disney’s All–American College Singers, Dancers, and Show Band. He produced Christmas and summer shows for Promised Valley Playhouse in downtown Salt Lake City for seven seasons.

A BYU–Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award recipient for 2000, Randy graduated summa cum laude and served as valedictorian of his graduating class in June 1975. He served as student body president from 1974–75 and as director of Showcase Hawaii from 1972–76. After graduation, Randy directed choral music activities, served as advisor to the BYU–Hawaii Student Association, and continued to direct Showcase Hawaii and the Polynesian Dance Ensemble. In December 1979 he completed his master of music degree at BYU.

Randy is in demand as an adjudicator for show choir festivals and competitions. He has lectured in Thailand, Morocco, Russia, and Hong Kong and at numerous universities and high schools in the United States. Randy has directed and produced recordings and television and video productions. His compositions and arrangements have been published, widely performed, and recorded. In 1989, Randy received the K. Robert Neeley Foundation Award for “giving of himself unselfishly, in seeking universal understanding and fellowship through the performing arts.” With music, dance, and theater as the media, friendship is his message around the world. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three children and seven grandchildren.

Janielle Christensen

Janielle Christensen

Janielle started in professional theater and music at an early age, co–hosting a daily television show at 12 and playing with the Musicians Union at 14. As artistic director of the BYU Young Ambassadors and director of Living Legends, she has taken these performing groups around the world, bringing uplifting family entertainment to millions of people through live and televised productions. Her responsibilities at Brigham Young University also include acting as a producer for the School of Music and as artistic director for the annual Homecoming Spectacular in the Marriott Center. She recently received the College of Fine Arts and Communications’ highest administrative award for excellence.

For the past 40 years Janielle has been involved in producing and directing summer theater, performing groups, trade shows for national corporations, a family–oriented TV series, and large multimedia outdoor pageants. Janielle has served as a member of the board of advisors and as a producer/director for the Promised Valley Playhouse in Salt Lake City. She was the producer of the Sesquicentennial Spectacular in Cougar Stadium in 1997, and most recently served as associate director and media spokesperson for Light of the World at the Conference Center. Janielle lives in Orem where she enjoys visits from her three children and eleven grandchildren