Anything Goes (2017)

Music Director
Dr. Angela Batey
Dr. Angela L. Batey is Associate Dean in the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences. She is also Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Music, as well as Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Batey is recognized as a prominent conductor, clinician, adjudicator and teacher whose wide variety of experience encompasses professional, university, high school, community and church choruses. She conducts the UT Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting courses at the graduate level. Additionally, she is Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church. In June of 2007, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall to a rare standing ovation. In July 2012, she took the UT Chamber Singers on an invited Cathedral Choral Residency to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and in 2015 did the same in London and Canterbury, England. In May, 2017 the Chamber Singers sang an invited Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral. Next month she and the Chamber Singers will return to Ireland for a two-week tour. Dr. Batey holds two degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in music education and musical theatre; a master's degree from The Florida State University in music education and the doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina.
Staged and Directed
Edmund Bolt
Edmund Bolt is directing his twenty-fifth musical for Tennessee Valley Players with Anything Goes. He is especially honored to be working once again with Dr. Angela Batey, Musical Director, for the fourteenth terrific summer. This super cast of thirty-six talented singers and actors brings this Cole Porter show to life once again. Edmund has appeared in Clarence Brown Theatre and other area productions since 1972. He is proud to be one of the original founders of Tennessee Valley Players in 1980, where he has produced shows, built sets, coordinated props and costumes as well as performed and directed. For many years, he has served on the UT School of Music's Board of Advisors, whose purpose is raise funds for scholarships for UT School of Music students. He is fortunate to be doing what he loves to do, sharing live theatre with the Knoxville community. He is grateful to be able to share his love of theatre with his wonderfully supportive family.
Primary Accompanist
Tami Newsom
Tami Newsom is an accomplished musician and choral director and is proficient on a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, flute, and mountain dulcimer. She is a Past-Dean of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She first began her musical career at the age of 6, learning to play piano. At age 13, under the guidance and tutelage of her music instructors, Robbie Roseberry and Peter Picerno, she began playing the organ at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Memphis, where she remained for 25 years. As an accomplished singer, Ms. Newsom was a member of a Memphis-based auditioned ensemble, The Wolf River Singers. Simultaneously, she was part of their elite Ensemble Singer program. She has sat in as a juried member in the euphonium section of many music students' final exams. She is Associate Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church and pursuing her second career as a double major in sacred music and religious studies at the University of Tennessee.
Choreographer
Courtney Vanderpool
Courtney Vanderpool has a bachelor's degree in dance from Otterbein College. She has choreographed for theatre, competition, dance teams, and pageants. Ms. Vanderpool teaches at Van Metre School of Dance and Maryville College. Currently, she has a recurring role on 'Homicide Hunter' as Kathy Kenda.

CAST MEMBERS

Ensemble
Kirstine Andersen
Kirstine Andersen is excited to perform in her second show with Tennessee Valley Players! She previously participated in Anything Goes with TVP, as well as Marley's Ghost and Smile in her hometown of Ocala, FL. Kirstine is a rising junior at the University of Tennessee, and studies vocal music education, where she is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers. Kirstine would like to thank her family and friends for their support.
Reno Sweeney
Chevy Anz
Chevy Anz is marking her third show with TVP right here in the Carousel. Last summer she played Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, and many decades ago she was Rizzo in Grease. She just wrapped Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum at Oak Ridge Playhouse as the battle-axe wife, and before that played a grumpy old nun in Sister Act. This spring she was the title role in the all-female Jesus Christ Superstar at Modern Studio. Area audiences have seen her at Bijou Theatre Center (Mame, Joseph, Guys & Dolls), Knoxville Opera Company (West Side Story), Theatre Knoxville Downtown (Steel Magnolias), Clarence Brown Company (Flea in Her Ear, Nine, Evita), Encore Theatrical (Follies) and Flying Anvil Theatre (Great American Trailer Park Musical).
Male Quartet
Ben Archer
Ben Archer is a recent graduate from Carson-Newman University with a major in vocal performance. This is Ben's third production with TVP. Some of his previous productions include Pirates of Penzance (Pirate), Guys and Dolls (Angie the Ox), Les Miserables (Brujon), and Children of Eden (Father). Ben would like to thank God, and his friends and family for all of their support.
Charity
Callie Bacon
Callie Bacon is ecstatic to be in Anything Goes! This is her first show with TVP, but was most recently seen in Leading Ladies at Theatre Knoxville Downtown. Currently she is an upcoming sophomore at the University of Tennessee. She would like to thank her family for their support and the cast and crew for being so welcoming!
Evangeline Harcourt
Susan Bolt
Susan Bolt has performed in the Knoxville area for many years and is happy to say she has loved and enjoyed every moment of it. Favorite performances over the years are ZoZo in The Merry Widow with Mary Costa, Domina (multiple times) in Forum, Mona Kent in Dames at Sea, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Lady Thiang in The King and I, Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Widow Corney (several times) in Oliver, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Carmen in Curtains, Evangeline Harcourt in Anything Goes, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance and of course, the wicked Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables! She still enjoys the joys of performance. Much love always to Dr. Angela Batey and Tami Newsom-thanks for all you do! She is also deeply grateful for her family who so kindly put up with her-much love and thanks to Bayless, Brandon, Alex, Taylor, Patrick, Michelle, William, Laura, and Edmund!
Hope Harcourt
Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown is thrilled to be returning for her fourth Tennessee Valley Players production. Her previous TVP roles include Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Cosette in Les Miserables. Hannah is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Tennessee pursuing majors in both music education and vocal performance, studying under Marjorie Bennett Stephens. She has competed and placed in various local and regional vocal competitions, including regional and national rounds of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. During her time at UT, she has participated in VolOpera and the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre program, performing both on the stage and off through stage management. Hannah is also a proud member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers and the Sequoyah Hills Chancel Choir. Additionally, Hannah spent three years as a School of Music student ambassador, assisting potential students as they transition into college. After student teaching this fall, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain her master's degree. Hannah would like to thank her friends and family for their unending support, as well as the directors for this opportunity.
Male Quartet
Steven Brown
Steven Brown is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee and is currently studying music education. During his time in Gallatin High School, Steven performed in The Wiz and Oliver, and played lead characters in Shrek and Annie. As a proponent of community theatre, last spring Steven served as the assistant music director in Hendersonville Performing Arts Company's Mary Poppins. He hopes to continue his work in musical theatre, and one day to pursue a master's degree in conducting.
Ensemble
Laura Buckner
Laura Buckner is thrilled to be joining TVP for her second season. Some of her previous credits include the following: Passenger (Anything Goes), Mrs. Meers (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mae Peterson (Bye Bye Birdie), Armina (Oklahoma!), Grandma Tzeitel (Fiddler on the Roof), and Ms. Hannigan (Annie, Jr.). Laura is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in vocal music education. This year, she participated in the student organizations, VolOpera, C-NAfME, and as a member of the UT Chamber Singers. She currently serves as Treasurer for the UT chapter of National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Laura would like to thank her friends and family for their support, and she would like to thank Dr. Batey, Mr. Bolt, and Ms. Laciak for the opportunity to be involved in this production. Laura would like to dedicate her performance to her grandfather, Fred Trentham, and her late grandmother, Lorene Trentham.
Ensemble
Madison Byrd
Madison Byrd is a rising freshman at the University of Tennessee and is thrilled to be performing in her second show with the Tennessee Valley Players! Last summer she performed as a policeman in Pirates of Penzance, and other credits include A Little Princess and Hansel and Gretel. She would like to thank all of her friends and family for helping her get where she is today.
Ensemble
A.C. Cabrera
A. C. Cabrera is thrilled to be performing in his fifth show with TVP. AC is a student at the University of Tennessee where he majors in vocal music education with a minor in saxophone, and is a member of the UT Chamber Singers and the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. AC would like to thank his family, friends, and directors for their support.
Erma
Roxanne Cabrera
Roxanne Cabrera is thrilled to be a part of another Tennessee Valley Players production. She received her bachelor degree in vocal Music Education and master's degree in choral conducting from the UT School of Music, where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Previous TVP credits include Erma in Anything Goes, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Eponine in Les Miserables, Anita in West Side Story, and Nurse Janet in South Pacific. She is the Director of Choral Activities at Whittle Springs Middle School and Director of Music at Luminary United Methodist Church. Thank you to all my family and friends for your support and love.
Purser
Paul Davis
Paul Davis III is excited to perform in his third Tennessee Valley Players production. Previous credits include Captain's Purser in Anything Goes and as a bumbling policeman in TVP's 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance. Paul is a junior at the University of Tennessee pursuing a degree in vocal music education. He is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers and UT Singers. Paul would like to thank his family and friends for always being there and helping him achieve his goals.
Ensemble
Sarah Edwards
Sarah Michal Edwards is excited to be making her TVP debut this summer! She is a 2016 graduate of Carson-Newman University, where she studied music and communications. Currently, Sarah works for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, and has also worked with Knoxville Opera and Marble City Opera. Some of her favorite theater credits include: Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Children of Eden(Aysha), Big River (Simon/Joanna), and Story: An Original Musical (Amanda). Sarah would like to thank her family, Ben and his family, and her wonderful friends for always coming to watch her sing and dance.
Ensemble
Mason Evans
Mason Evans is happy to be doing his first show with Tennessee Valley Players. He has previously performed the role of Frank Butler in the Halls High School production of Annie Get Your Gun as well as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Mr. Evans is a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee pursuing a degree in vocal performance, where he is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers under the direction of Dr. Angela Batey.
Moonface Martin
Jack Francis
Jack Francis is excited to perform in his fourth Tennessee Valley Players production. Jack is a senior at the University of Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in vocal music education. He has been a member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers, and performed in TVP's production of West Side Story as a Jet, Pirates of Penzance as Frederic and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. He has also performed in several University of Tennessee Opera Theater productions including Don Giovanni, Medea, and The Magic Flute, as well as Ezekiel Cheever in UTOT's production of The Crucible. Jack would like to thank his friends, family, and colleagues for all of their support.
Chastity
Ashton Gallagher
Ashton Gallagher is excited to perform her second show with Tennessee Valley Players. In last year's production of Pirates of Penzance, Ashton played one of General Stanley's daughters. Ashton received her undergraduate degree in music and Eeducation from Rollins College. While at Rollins, she performed the role of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas. Ashton completed a master of music in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee. Currently, Ashton is the Middle School Choral Director at The Episcopal School of Knoxville. She hopes you enjoy Anything Goes as much as she does.
Purity
Elizabeth Geist
Elizabeth Geist is ecstatic to be performing in her second show with the Tennessee Valley Players. Last summer, Elizabeth had the honor of being one of the daughters of the exuberant General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance and has spent her time thereafter performing with The University of Tennessee's Opera Theater in Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Coro in Cielo), and in Robert Ward's The Crucible (Susanna Walcott). While she's not running around the theater, Elizabeth enjoys reading, writing and dreaming about one day owning a castle in Italy. She will be a junior at the University of Tennessee in fall 2017, majoring in vocal performance with a minor in Italian. Elizabeth is a proud student of Cecily Nall and would like to thank all of her family and friends for their endless support and love.
Ensemble
Jordan Graham
Jordan Graham is thrilled to be participating in her first Tennessee Valley Players musical! Past credits include Cinderella at Oak Ridge Playhouse, and in Florida, Into the Woods. Jordan is attending Pellissippi State Community College, pursuing her associate's degree in Communication Graphics Technology.
Ensemble
Abby Hemenway
Abby Hemenway is a senior studying music education and minoring in music theory. While in high school at Hume-Fogg Academic, she played viola in the orchestra for Les Miserables and The Wizard of Oz. Additionally, she sang with Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music Children's Chorus and performed numerous times the Nashville Symphony as part of the ensemble. Abby hopes to pursue a master's in choral conducting and eventually teach high school chorus. She is excited to participate in her first production with the Tennessee Valley Players and would like to give special thanks to her inspiring music teachers and her parents for their continued support.
Male Quartet
Michael Hines
Michael Hines is ecstatic to be in his sixth production with Tennessee Valley Players. Some of his previous credits with TVP include South Pacific (Yeoman Herbert Quale), West Side Story (Action), Les Miserables (Joly), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate). and the illustrious Sailor #1 of the Sailor Quartet in Anything Goes. Michael is a rising-senior at the University of Tennessee in Nuclear Engineering, and a member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. He would like to thank Claire for her constant support (and patience!) through the many hours of rehearsal. Michael would also like to thank Dr. Batey and Director Kate for all of the hard work they do to make such an amazing show possible.
Virtue
Hilary Hohl
Hilary Hohl is thrilled to be a part of her second TVP production! Past musical and operatic credits include Le Nozze di Figaro, L'Elisir d'Amore, The Crucible, TVP's Anything Goes, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Once Upon a Mattress, and others. Hilary is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with degrees in music education and vocal performance. She is an elementary music teacher in Knox County. Hilary also performs as various princess characters with Princess Events of Knoxville. She would like to thank her husband, family, and friends for their love and support.
Ensemble
Lisa Howard
Lisa Howard is tickled to be on board for her Tennessee Valley Players debut! Most recently, she has been blessed to be in Cinderella and Urinetown at Oak Ridge Playhouse and in Into the Woods with the Foothills Community Players. When she's not living the dream on stage, Lisa works at Beaver Ridge United Methodist Church as the Director of Youth and Communications. Lisa wants to give all her love and thanks to her family, friends, fellow performers, and the Lord for giving her so many reasons to get up and dance!
Male Quartet
Matt Huckaba
Matt Huckaba is thrilled to be doing his fourth show with Tennessee Valley Players. He is a rising junior at Carson-Newman University, majoring in vocal music education. Some of his recent roles include Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd), Julian Marsh (42nd Street) and Samuel (Pirates of Penzance). Matt would like to thank Dr. Batey and Edmund Bolt for this opportunity, as well as his family and Wesley Sewell for their constant support.
Henry T. Dobson
Collin Kasefang
Collin Kasefang is thrilled to be participating in his third Tennessee Valley Players show. He worked with TVP in West Side Story as a Jet and Rev. Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes. Collin has performed other shows with his high school such as White Christmas (Gen. Waverly), Little Women (Prof. Bhear), The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), and The Sound of Music (Capt. Von Trapp). Also, this past summer Collin took part in Tennessee's Governor's School for the Arts specializing in vocal performance with a full scholarship. There they put on the opera Four Saints in Three Acts (St. Ignatius). Collin just completed his freshman year at the University of Tennessee pursuing a double major in vocal performance and music education. He is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers.
Ensemble
Zoee Lyle
Zoee Lyle is incredibly excited to return for her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players and participate in her first Sondheim show, her favorite composer! Some of her previous roles are General Stanley's Daughter in Pirates of Penzance, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, and Kim MacAfee in Bye, Bye Birdie. Zoee is majoring in applied music with a focus in voice and minoring in music theory at the University of Tennessee. She studies with Jami Anderson. Zoee is a proud member of both the UT Chamber Singers and the ICCA Quarterfinal Championship group, UT Singers.
Ensemble
Terrance McBride
Terrance McBride is excited to perform in his third show with Tennessee Valley Players. He participated in the TVP musicals West Side Story and Pirates of Penzance. His most recent shows include Phantom of the Opera (Phantom) and Sweeney Todd. Terrance attended Tennessee Governors School for the Arts in June 2015 and studied opera in England in July 2016. He is a graduate of Farragut High School and will be attending Maryville College in the fall as a vocal performance major. Terrance would like to thank his directors, teachers, family, and friends for their love and support.
Fred
Wade McGarity
Wade McGarity is excited to perform in his second show with Tennessee Valley Players. Last year's show, Anything Goes, was his first. He is a graduate of Halls High School, where he was member of the Madrigal Ensemble, and at the University of Tennessee was as a member of the Pride of the Southland Band. Wade would like to thank his family & friends for their support.
Ensemble
Rachel Metzger
Rachel Metzger is in her fourth season with the Tennessee Valley Players and is very excited to be a part of Into the Woods. Her most recent appearance was in Anything Goes. Other credits include Peggy (Godspell), Evil Stepmother (Into the Woods), Policeman (The Pirates of Penzance), and Ensemble (Les Miserables). Rachel studies voice with Deanna Surber. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support and encouragement.
BIlly Crocker
Tyler Padgett
Tyler Padgett is feeling very humbled and nostalgic as he begins his 9th production with Tennessee Valley Players. Tyler is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee's School of Music and is beginning a master's of vocal performance program at the University of Colorado Boulder this fall. Tyler has had the pleasure of performing in TVP's past productions of Curtains (Bobby Pepper - 2010), Girl Crazy (Ensemble - 2011), Of Thee I Sing (French Ambassador - 2012), South Pacific (Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey - 2013), West Side Story (Bernardo - 2014), Les Miserables (Javert - 2015), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King - 2016), and Anything Goes (Billy - 2017). Tyler has also had the privilege of performing with the University of Tennessee Opera Theater. His credits with UTOT include The Consul (Mr. Kofner), Don Giovanni (Masetto), Le Nozze di Figaro (Bartolo) and The Crucible (John Proctor). With Tyler's imminent departure from Knoxville, he would like to thank his friends, colleagues, and teachers who have enriched his life and influenced his development as a performer so much over the years. Tyler would like to give special thanks to Dr. Batey, Andrew Skoog, and Judith Bible. Their dedication to being incredible educators will always be a blessing. Tyler would also like to thank his parents for being his first, and always best, teachers and supporters.
Ensemble
Allison Parton
Allison Parton is a current theatre major at Maryville College and she is very excited to be in her very first production with Tennessee Valley Players! She has been a part of several productions with the Maryville College Theatre Department, and she has been in such shows as All Shook Up, The Music Man, and Fiddler on the Roof with Oak Ridge Playhouse. She is honored to be working with such an insanely talented group of people.
Elisha Whitney
Ron Pevey
Ron is an Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department of UT. He got into theatrical performances after moving to Knoxville at the age of 40 and appearing with the Farragut Performing Arts Theater (FPAT, under Victoria Bolen) since he had to be at the practices anyway with his daughters. He met the Bolts while performing with Susan in FPAT's 42nd Street, and was coerced to be in the chorus of Lady Be Good! After that, the bug had bit, and he has been hanging around TVP performances ever since (in one role or another).
Captain
Nicholas Pitarro
Nicholas Pitarro has returned for his second Tennessee Valley Players performance. He has participated in the musicals Little Women and The Music Man, and most recently Tennessee Valley Players 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance. Nicholas graduated from Karns High School in May 2016, and is looking forward to starting his first semester of college in this fall. He would like to thank hisfriends, family, directors, and Mrs. Marlowe for always pushing him to be the best he could be.
John
Jordan Sera
Jordan Sera is excited to be a part of Anything Goes with the Tennessee Valley Players! Previous TVP credits include Curtains, Girl Crazy, Les Miserables, and Pirates of Penzanace. Some of his favorite roles include Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods and Charlie Brown in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Jordan is currently the Director of Music at Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfield Glade, TN and will be starting a master's degree in choral conducting at UT this coming fall. He would like to thank his friends and family for their never-ending support!
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh
Kevin Smathers
'Kevin' E. Smather's is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. After a 5-year absence, he is happy to return to the Tennessee Valley Players' stage. Most recently he was seen at Oak Ridge Playhouse as Peter Austin in It's Only a Play. His debut at the Playhouse was as Frederik Egerman in A Little Night Music. He has also appeared in TVP productions including: Curtains (Frank Cioffi), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Anything Goes 2008, (Moonface Martin) and Girl Crazy (Gieber Goldfarb). Also, The Fantasticks (El Gallo) with Pellissippi State Technical Community College; and Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar Wolf) with Foothills Community Players. The acting 'bug' bit many years ago at Appalachian State University when he was cast in Bus Stop (Bo Decker). Many thanks to the many directors who understand that he is always the last to be 'off book'.
Ensemble
Ellen Sudarshan
Ellen Sudarshan is thrilled to be returning to Tennessee Valley Players this summer! You may have seen her in the ensemble of Anything Goes last summer, or in other Knoxville performances. Ellen is a rising senior at UT majoring in vocal performance and a member of UT Chamber Singers. She has performed in the chorus of two Knoxville Opera Productions, Hansel and Gretel and Turandot, and has also been in the chorus of three UT Opera Theatre productions: Don Giovanni, The Crucible, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Ellen also spent six weeks last summer at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria studying German Art Song and is a proud past participant of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts in 2014. She hopes you enjoy Into the Woods as much as she has enjoyed being a part of putting it together!
Luke
Julian Young
Julian Young is excited to be in his first show with Tennessee Valley Players. He has participated in the musicals Guys and Dolls as Nicely-Nicely Johnson and most recently as Charley Bates in Oliver! Julian is currently a music major at Pellissippi State Community College, where he participates in Pellissippi's Variations Ensemble. He wants to thank the new friends he has made in the cast and his family for their support.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Keyboard
Freddie Brabson
Freddie Brabson has been making music nearly all his life. A Knoxville native, he holds undergraduate degrees in both religious studies and music (voice), and the master of music degree in Choral Conducting, all from the University of Tennessee. Mr. Brabson serves as Director of Music and Liturgy at The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, and as Associate House Organist at The Tennessee Theatre. He is delighted to be aboard again this year.
Lighting/Sound Designer
Matt Cogburn
Matthew Cogburn is enjoying his 16th season with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous works include Pirates of Penzance, Les Miserables, West Side Story, South Pacific, Of Thee I Sing, Girl Crazy, Curtains, Anything Goes, and many more wonderful shows done by the talented group that TVP always attracts. He would like to thank his wife Jill, six-year-old daughter Lilly, and three-year-old son James as well as the cast and crew. Like a firefly, Matthew only lights during the summer months and works the rest of the year as a Senior Payments and Switch Analyst at Pilot Flying J
Stage Manager
Susan Davis
Susan Davis has been involved with the Tennessee Valley Players for many years as a board member and performer. Her favorite role was playing Georgia in Curtains, and she also has a ball playing one of the hilarious sisters in the Nunsense shows! This is her third time being stage manager, and she is happy being behind the scenes cheering on her theatre friends!
Set
Michael Hines
Michael Hines is ecstatic to be in his sixth production with Tennessee Valley Players. Some of his previous credits with TVP include South Pacific (Yeoman Herbert Quale), West Side Story (Action), Les Miserables (Joly), Pirates of Penzance (Pirate). and the illustrious Sailor #1 of the Sailor Quartet in Anything Goes. Michael is a rising-senior at the University of Tennessee in Nuclear Engineering, and a member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. He would like to thank Claire for her constant support (and patience!) through the many hours of rehearsal. Michael would also like to thank Dr. Batey and Director Kate for all of the hard work they do to make such an amazing show possible.
Set
Wade McGarity
Wade McGarity is excited to perform in his second show with Tennessee Valley Players. Last year's show, Anything Goes, was his first. He is a graduate of Halls High School, where he was member of the Madrigal Ensemble, and at the University of Tennessee was as a member of the Pride of the Southland Band. Wade would like to thank his family & friends for their support.
Stage Manager
Nancy Pevey
Nancy Pevey is pleased to add her talent to this production of Into The Woods, having previously appeared on stage for the Tennessee Valley Players productions of No, No, Nanette, Of Thee I Sing and South Pacific. She has also played horn in the orchestras of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate and Curtains. During the day, she is the Dean of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College and QEP Director for the college. Pevey also serves on the TVP Board of Directors.
Set Design and Construction
Ron Pevey
Ron is an Associate Professor in the Nuclear Engineering Department of UT. He got into theatrical performances after moving to Knoxville at the age of 40 and appearing with the Farragut Performing Arts Theater (FPAT, under Victoria Bolen) since he had to be at the practices anyway with his daughters. He met the Bolts while performing with Susan in FPAT's 42nd Street, and was coerced to be in the chorus of Lady Be Good! After that, the bug had bit, and he has been hanging around TVP performances ever since (in one role or another).
Bass
Daniel Shifflett
Daniel Shifflett graduated from the University of Tennessee in String Bass performance and Studio Music and Jazz studying under master bassist, Rusty Holloway. This is Mr. Shifflett's seventh consecutive season with the Tennessee Valley Players. He has toured nationally, with Broken Bow Records artist, Jackie Lee, along with touring internationally to countries including India and Canada, with rock band, Gone in April. Mr. Shifflett has also performed with country music star, Easton Corbin. He is an active clinician and teacher of the electric bass and string bass. Mr. Shifflett also serves as the Technical Director for Concord United Methodist Church. Additionally, he performs with the Chattanooga Symphony on a regular basis. You can also catch Mr. Shifflett performing frequently in Knoxville, Maryville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Johnson City and Kingsport.