Anything Goes (2017)

Music Director
Dr. Angela Batey
Dr. Angela L. Batey (Music Director) is Associate Dean in the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences. She is 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 and again in 2018 she led 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. 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 (Stage Director) is directing his twenty-sixth musical for Tennessee Valley Players with Mamma Mia!. Mr. Bolt has been directing musicals for TVP since 2002. He is delighted to be working with Dr. Angela Batey, musical director and newcomer to the TVP artistic family, Jeremy Hall, choreographer. The musical, based on the popular songs of ABBA, is a joyful song and dance experience. The talented cast of forty-eight is performing without amplification or pre-recorded vocals making this Mamma Mia a truly unique experience! Bolt has appeared in Clarence Brown Theatre and other area productions since 1972. He is proud to be one of the founders of TVP in 1980, where he has produced shows, built sets, coordinated props and costumes as well as performed and directed. He considers himself extraordinarily fortunate to be able to share his love of theatre with his wife, Susan, and several generations of his family.
Primary Accompanist
Tami Newsom
Tami Newsom (Primary Accompanist) 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 the accompanist for the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers as well as collaborative artist for conducting classes at UT. 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 (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her third show with Tennessee Valley Players! She previously participated in Anything Goes and Into the Woods with TVP, and Marley's Ghost and Smile, in her hometown of Ocala, FL. Kirstine is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee, where she studies vocal music education and is a proud member of Chamber Singers and reVOLution. Ms. Andersen would like to thank her family and friends for their support.
Reno Sweeney
Chevy Anz
Chevy Anz (Donna) is marking her fourth show with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previously she played the Witch in Into the Woods, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and Rizzo in Grease. She was most recently seen at Southern Railway Station in Tennessee Stage Company's The Senator's Wife. She has been in both 'Trailer Park Musicals' at Flying Anvil Theatre. Area audiences have seen her at Oak Ridge Playhouse, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Knoxville Opera Company, Clarence Brown Company, Encore Theatrical, and Dixie Stampede. She has performed at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Rep, The Hippodrome (Florida), The Gateway (Long Island), Media Theatre (Philly) and was Mrs. Peacock in the original cast of Clue, the 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 (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning for her third consecutive season with Tennessee Valley Players. Her previous TVP credits include Lucinda (Into the Woods), and Passenger (Anything Goes). Laura, a senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, is majoring in vocal music education. This year, she performed the role of Marcellina in VolOpera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro and is a member C-NAfME, NSCS, and the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. Laura would like to thank her friends and family for their support, and Dr. Batey, Mr. Bolt, and Mr. Hall for the opportunity to be involved in this production.
Ensemble
Madison Byrd
Madison Byrd (Ensemble) is excited to be performing in her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players. She also appeared as a policewoman in Pirates of Penzance, and a passenger in Anything Goes. A graduate of the L&N Stem Academy, she will be attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in fall, majoring in vocal performance. Madison would like to thank her family and friends, along with the incredible cast and crew for their hard work.
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 (Rosie/Assistant Music Director) is once again thrilled to be a part of another Tennessee Valley Players production. A graduate of UT's music education and graduate choral conducting programs, and where she was a graduate teaching assistant, Ms. Cabrera is the Director of Choral Activities at Whittle Springs Middle School and at Luminary United Methodist Church. Previous credits include Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, Erma in Anything Goes, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, eponine in Les Miserables, Anita in West Side Story, and Nurse Janet in South Pacific. 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 (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her third show with Tennessee Valley Players. In Anything Goes, she played Angel Chastity and one of General Stanley's daughters in Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Gallagher received her undergraduate degree in music and education from Rollins College. While at Rollins, she performed the role of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Gallagher completed a master of music in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she is the Middle School Choral Director at The Episcopal School of Knoxville. She hopes you enjoy Mamma Mia as much as she does!
Purity
Elizabeth Geist
Elizabeth Geist (Sophie Sheridan) is beyond excited to be in her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players! Her recent credits include The Crucible with Foothills Community Players and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! with Oak Ridge Playhouse. Elizabeth has graduated with degrees in vocal performance/Italian language and culture from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and this July, she will be moving to New York City to pursue her multitude of interests. Elizabeth would like to thank her loving boyfriend, family, and friends for their continuous support.
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 (Ensemble) is ecstatic about performing his fourth show with Tennessee Valley players. Mr. Kasefang is a junior at the University of Tennessee studying vocal music education and a proud member of UT Chamber Singers. Previous credits include West Side Story as a Jet, Rev. Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes and as the Steward in Into the Woods. He would like to thank everyone who put in the hard work to make this show a possibility. It is a fun show, with a great crew, and an unbelievable cast. Thanks for making this ride an enjoyable one. Alright, Mamma Mia, here we go again!
Ensemble
Zoee Lyle
Zoee Lyle (Ensemble) is from Knoxville and currently studying music at Pellissippi State Community College under the direction of Jami Anderson. Most recently, Zoee starred as Wednesday Addams in Creative Theater's production of The Addams Family and previously played Rapunzel in Tennessee Valley Player's production of Into the Woods. You can also hear her as the female vocalist and playing ukulele and kazoo in the band Night Sabers. Ms. Lyle would like to thank her family, friends, teachers, and everyone who has been a part of her musical journey.
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 (Ensemble) is in her fifth season with the Tennessee Valley Players and is very excited to be a part of Mamma Mia! Her most recent appearance was in Into the Woods as Florinda. Other credits include Peggy (Godspell), Evil Stepmother (Into the Woods), Ensemble (Anything Goes), Policewoman (The Pirates of Penzance), and Ensemble (Les Miserables). Rachel studies voice under the direction of Deanna Surber. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continuing love and support.
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 Pevey (Father Alexandrios) is a retired from 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 rehearsals 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, and the rest is history.
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 Smathers (Sam) is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. Mr. Smathers was last seen by Tennessee Valley Players audiences as the adorable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. He has appeared locally with Tennessee Stage Company (New Play Festival), Oak Ridge Playhouse, Pellissippi State Community College and Foothills Community Players. Roles at which he would like a second chance: Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Frederik Egerman (A Little Night Music) and Lieutenant Frank Cioffe (Curtains) - now that one was fun! Mr. Smathers has been a member of the TVP Board of Directors since 2007.
Ensemble
Ellen Sudarshan
Ellen Sudarshan (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in her third Tennessee Valley Players production! A recent graduate with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance (with a minor in Italian) from UT, studying with professor Andrew Wentzel and as a proud member of Chamber Singers, Sudarshan performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as Gretel from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. She has also performed in four operas with Knoxville Opera and four with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, including covering the role of Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen. Later this summer, she will be attending Spotlight on Opera, a vocal program in Shreveport, Louisiana. This fall, she is looking forward to auditioning for her master's degree in vocal performance.
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 (Lighting/Sound Designer) is enjoying his 16th season with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous work includes Into the Woods, 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 Tennessee Valley Players always attracts. He is thrilled his family Jill, Lilly (7) and James (4) get to experience the excitement of the theater through TVP. Like a firefly, Mr. Cogburn only lights during the summer months and works the rest of the year as a Payments Engineer at Pilot Flying J dealing with all electronic forms of payment.
Stage Manager
Susan Davis
Susan Davis (Ensemble) is a retired Knox County School principal. She has performed many years with the Tennessee Valley Players. Her favorite roles have included both Sister Leo and Sister Hubert in the hilarious Nunsense musicals, as well as Georgia in Curtains. She thoroughly enjoys the musical reviews, as well. Currently, her favorite role is 'Mimi' to Anna Kate and Sheridan. 'Thank you for the music', TVP!performed many years with the Tennessee Valley Players. Her favorite roles have included both Sister Leo and Sister Hubert in the hilarious
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 (Stage Manager) is pleased to add her talent to this production of Mamma Mia!, having previously appeared on stage for the Tennessee Valley Players productions of No, No, Nanette, Of Thee I Sing and South Pacific. Pevey played horn in the orchestras of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate and Curtains. She is the former Dean of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College and QEP Director for the college. Pevey is President of the TVP Board of Directors.
Set Design and Construction
Ron Pevey
Ron Pevey (Father Alexandrios) is a retired from 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 rehearsals 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, and the rest is history.
Bass
Daniel Shifflett
Daniel Shifflett (Bass) 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 ninth 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 serves as the Technical Director for Concord United Methodist Church. This past season he performed with the Chattanooga Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic, along with serving as principal bassist for Symphony of the Mountains and Marble City Opera. You can also catch Mr. Shifflett performing frequently in Knoxville, Maryville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Kingsport.