Curtains (2010)

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
Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts has twenty-five plus years of dance experience. She performed for eight years on a competitive dance team with Bobbi Collins Dance Enterprises. Roberts instructed dance at Smoky Mountain Music for five years, and Farragut Performing Arts for two years. She is very happy to be choreographing her fifth musical for the Tennessee Valley Players. She has choreographed Anything Goes, Kiss me, Kate, Curtains, and Of Thee I Sing. Roberts also serves on TVP Board of Directors. She has been married to her sweetheart for ten years and is currently a full-time RN at Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center on the Cardiac Step-Down Unit.

CAST MEMBERS

Roberta Wooster
Erika Baldonado
Erika C. Baldonado is excited to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players again this season. She has been seen previously in TVP's galas and musicals Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, and Curtains. Erika feels fortunate to be reprising her role as Liat after performing in Cumberland County Playhouse's production in 2008. She graduated with a degree in mass communications from Emerson College and lived in Los Angeles for several years working in the film and television business. Although Erika loves acting on stage and in films, her favorite role is the real-life one of being a mommy. She thanks her hubby, family and friends for their constant support.
Sasha Iljinsky
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.
Carmen Bernstein
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!
Johnny Harmon
William Bolt
William Bolt is pleased to perform in his umpteenth Tennessee Valley Players show and help his parents again with various behind the scenes tasks. He last appeared on stage in TVP's 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance, but you may recognize him as well. from simply taking your tickets for the past five years.
Sidney Bernstein
Paul Boone
Rachel Lance
Alex Boris
Alex Boris is super excited to be in her third Tennessee Valley Players show! Alex attends Tennessee Wesleyan College as a music education major with a theatre minor. She has been a member of the college's Concert Choir, Chorale, and Vox Humana (jazz choir). She has featured in the Tennessee Wesleyan spring show Works in Progress as well as the new fall show Ten for Tenn, which is ten ten-minute plays all by Tennessee writers. Alex is ready for another great summer performance and a new year at college.
Christopher Belling
Paul Brown
Niki Harris
Jenny Darden
Georgia Hendricks
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!
Rock Burris
Brandon Gibson
Brandon Gibson is pleased to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players again! He has performed in the past with the Clarence Brown Theater, the Wordplayers, the Caritas Players, Knoxville Opera Chorus, UT Opera Theatre, UT Concert Choir, UT Chamber Singers and as a scholarship singer with Church St. United Methodist, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, and Second Presbyterian Church. His favorite roles include Ghost of Christmas Present in A Christmas Carol (CBT 2007), Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors (CBT 2009), and as The Mysterious Man/Narrator in Into the Woods (Caritas Players 2010). This summer he can also be seen performing in Market Square with the TN Stage Company in their productions of A Comedy of Errors and Othello.
Jessica Cranshaw
Julie Howard
Julie Howard is happy to be back on stage with the Tennessee Valley Players in this fabulous show. She has appeared in numerous TVP productions over the years - Cole, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Jerry's Girls, Les Mis to name a few. She has especially enjoyed her many performances in various Nunsense productions, appearing as Sister Leo and more recently as Sister Amnesia. Retired from life as a trial attorney, Julie finds her days full of many different adventures, none of them occurring in the woods! Thanks to Angie, Kate and this wonderful cast for making this time together so fun. Special thanks to the Royal Wanna-Be Family members - Wade, Rachel and Laura!
Aaron Fox
Andrew Klicka
Betty Fernandez
Natasha Koeltsch
Harry Fremont
Matt Lyscas
Jane Setler
Amy McKinney
Amy McKinney is a graduate of Lee University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology. While a student at Lee, she sang with both the Evangelistic Singers and Choral Union and also performed in five other shows with the Tennessee Valley Players, including Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (her favorite) and last year's Curtains! Amy is excited to be working with the Tennessee Valley Players as choreographer this summer! This is her first experience choreographing a full musical production, but has had a blast working with the cast. She just moved to Kansas City to pursue graduate studies in professional counseling, and wants to thank the cast for being so wonderful and learning the choreography in such a short time! You are all amazing and the show would not be the same without each of you dancing so beautifully!
Bobby Pepper
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.
Marian Puleo
Dana Parks
Oscar Shapiro
David Pegel
Daryl Grady
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).
Detective O'Farrell
Tyler Plemons
Brenda Cornelius
Allie Rinehart
Allie Rinehart is an upcoming junior at the University of Tennessee. She is currently pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, and plans on going into Occupational Therapy. Allie has always loved dancing and singing ever since she was a little girl. She is also thrilled to share this performance, once again, with her two sisters. If it was not for the wonderful Annie productions they put on for their great-grandmother at 6, 8 and 10 years old, she does not know where she would be today! This is her second performance with TVP and she is very glad to have worked with such a talented cast and crew!
Peg Prentice
Brittany Rinehart
Brittany Rinehart is entering her third year as a graduate student in the clinical doctorate program of audiology at the University of Tennessee. She is a former Knoxville Icebears dancer and has also performed for the UT dance company. She has been dancing since she was three years old and enjoys performing. She has enjoyed performing in the Tennessee Valley Player's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Curtains. This is her fourth musical with TVP and she is honored to have the opportunity to choreograph this year's performance. It has been such a rewarding experience and hopefully it will not be the last. Brittany is so thankful to have this experience to share with her sisters. A special thanks goes out to Terry and Monica Rinehart for always supporting her in every 'task' and 'project' she takes on.
Carol Haverty
Kaylee Rinehart
Kaylee Rinehart is currently a senior at the University of Tennessee, majoring in speech pathology and minoring in psychology. Kaylee has always enjoyed dancing and cheering and is excited for her second performance with the Tennessee Valley Players in Girl Crazy. She is thrilled that she gets to share this special experience with her sisters and hopes that there are more memories and performances to come with TVP. She would also like to send out a special thanks to her parents Monica and Terry Rinehart for always teaching her to reach for the stars!
Connie Subbotin
Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts has twenty-five plus years of dance experience. She performed for eight years on a competitive dance team with Bobbi Collins Dance Enterprises. Roberts instructed dance at Smoky Mountain Music for five years, and Farragut Performing Arts for two years. She is very happy to be choreographing her fifth musical for the Tennessee Valley Players. She has choreographed Anything Goes, Kiss me, Kate, Curtains, and Of Thee I Sing. Roberts also serves on TVP Board of Directors. She has been married to her sweetheart for ten years and is currently a full-time RN at Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center on the Cardiac Step-Down Unit.
Bambi Bernet
Laura Schoonmaker
George Spelvin
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!
Brick Hawvermale
Tre Slezak
Lieutenant Frank Cioffi
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'.
Arlene Barruca
Savannah Squires
Ronnie Driscoll
Jordan Stephens
Mona Page
Adara Towler Hosmer
Adara Towler recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with her bachelors of music degree. Adara has performed with the Tennessee Valley Players as Patsy West in Girl Crazy, Mona Page in Curtains, and as part of the ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate. Adara has performed with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Badessa in Suor Angelica, and as part of the ensemble in Don Giovanni, Street Scene, and L'Elisir d'Amore. She has also performed as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Meg Brockie in Brigadoon. Adara will be starting a new, exciting chapter in her life next year in the graduate music program at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Cindy Simpson
Amber Rose Wilson
Amber Rose Wilson is overjoyed to be a part of this production! This is her fifth show with the Tennessee Valley Players and definitely her favorite so far. A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Amber is a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee studying communications. Recently you may have seen her as Meg in the Clarence Brown production of Wrens. Her shows with TVP include Kiss Me Kate, Curtains, Girl Crazy, and Of Thee I Sing. Amber wishes to thank her family and friends for always supporting her and Edmund and Dr. Batey for working around her busy schedule.
Randy Dexter
Ben WIlson

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Publicity
Erika Baldonado
Erika C. Baldonado is excited to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players again this season. She has been seen previously in TVP's galas and musicals Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, and Curtains. Erika feels fortunate to be reprising her role as Liat after performing in Cumberland County Playhouse's production in 2008. She graduated with a degree in mass communications from Emerson College and lived in Los Angeles for several years working in the film and television business. Although Erika loves acting on stage and in films, her favorite role is the real-life one of being a mommy. She thanks her hubby, family and friends for their constant support.
Dance Captain
Erika Baldonado
Erika C. Baldonado is excited to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players again this season. She has been seen previously in TVP's galas and musicals Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate, and Curtains. Erika feels fortunate to be reprising her role as Liat after performing in Cumberland County Playhouse's production in 2008. She graduated with a degree in mass communications from Emerson College and lived in Los Angeles for several years working in the film and television business. Although Erika loves acting on stage and in films, her favorite role is the real-life one of being a mommy. She thanks her hubby, family and friends for their constant support.
Set and Props
William Bolt
William Bolt is pleased to perform in his umpteenth Tennessee Valley Players show and help his parents again with various behind the scenes tasks. He last appeared on stage in TVP's 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance, but you may recognize him as well. from simply taking your tickets for the past five years.
Set and Props
Bobby Crye
Costumes
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!
Wigs
Sandra Herrera
Set and Props
Amanda Hodges
Costumes
Carol Idol
Carol Idol has been involved with Tennessee Valley Players for many years as a back stage assistant, dresser, and stage manager. She also has had memorable roles as a walk-on in a variety of roles: stage manager, cleaning lady, waitress, congressman, Supreme Court Justice have been high points. A devoted lover of community theatre, Carol is much beloved for her positive outlook and giving spirit. There is no doubt that many TVP casts and crews benefited from her work. Thank you, Carol. We love you!
Set and Props
Carol Idol
Carol Idol has been involved with Tennessee Valley Players for many years as a back stage assistant, dresser, and stage manager. She also has had memorable roles as a walk-on in a variety of roles: stage manager, cleaning lady, waitress, congressman, Supreme Court Justice have been high points. A devoted lover of community theatre, Carol is much beloved for her positive outlook and giving spirit. There is no doubt that many TVP casts and crews benefited from her work. Thank you, Carol. We love you!
Costumes
Natasha Koetsch
Set and Props
John Maples
John Maples is thrilled to be on the stage once again with the Tennessee Valley Players! He has been seen in previous TVP musicals as Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate), Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls). Most recently, Mr. Maples played the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at South-Doyle High School, where he has been the Director of Choral Activities for 29 years. He also serves as the Director of Music at Lake Forest Presbyterian Church. Mr. Maples holds a bachelor of music education degree with a voice concentration from the University of Tennessee, a master of church music degree in conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an educational specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.
Dance Captain
Amy McKinney
Amy McKinney is a graduate of Lee University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology. While a student at Lee, she sang with both the Evangelistic Singers and Choral Union and also performed in five other shows with the Tennessee Valley Players, including Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (her favorite) and last year's Curtains! Amy is excited to be working with the Tennessee Valley Players as choreographer this summer! This is her first experience choreographing a full musical production, but has had a blast working with the cast. She just moved to Kansas City to pursue graduate studies in professional counseling, and wants to thank the cast for being so wonderful and learning the choreography in such a short time! You are all amazing and the show would not be the same without each of you dancing so beautifully!
Stage Hand
Will Mozingo
Costume Coordinator
Corrie Olsen
Publicity
Corrie Olsen
Dance Captain
Brittany Rinehart
Brittany Rinehart is entering her third year as a graduate student in the clinical doctorate program of audiology at the University of Tennessee. She is a former Knoxville Icebears dancer and has also performed for the UT dance company. She has been dancing since she was three years old and enjoys performing. She has enjoyed performing in the Tennessee Valley Player's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Curtains. This is her fourth musical with TVP and she is honored to have the opportunity to choreograph this year's performance. It has been such a rewarding experience and hopefully it will not be the last. Brittany is so thankful to have this experience to share with her sisters. A special thanks goes out to Terry and Monica Rinehart for always supporting her in every 'task' and 'project' she takes on.
Costumes
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'.
Set and Props
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'.
Publicity
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'.
Publicity
Bill Stanley
Publicity
Phil Stanley
Costumes
Denise Williams
Set and Props
Ben Wilson