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Riley Griffiths: From Cedar City to ‘Super 8’

June 10, 2011

Michael Bahr, education director of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, remembers when he encountered “this dynamic, charismatic, this kind of human dynamo called Riley Griffiths in this first-grade play.”

Bahr was working with Debra Harding’s class at Cedar City’s North Elementary as they performed a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — “a pretty lofty task,” he said — and Riley was portraying the comic character Bottom.

“He had a lot of energy,” recalled Harding, who now teaches at Three Peaks Elementary in Cedar City.

Two years later, the apple-cheeked Riley got his first professional acting gig, playing Robin in “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the 2006 Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Riley is 14 now, and the world is getting a first glimpse of this talented young actor in one of the summer’s most anticipated movies, the thriller “Super 8. Read More



 
 
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