Into the Woods (2018)

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.
Producer
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.
Director
Kate Laciak
After attending Marymount Manhattan College and the Actors and Singers Academy at Carnegie Hall, Kate combined extensive training with her passion for the performing arts and began a career embracing every element of the stage. Credits include Swing!, Lucky Stiff, Tuxedo Junction, Damn Yankees, Smokey Joe's Cafe', Cabaret, Anything Goes, Funny Girl, The Fantasticks, Bye Bye Birdie, The Who's Tommy, Crazy For You, Chicago, West Side Story, The Pirates of Penzance, Sweet Charity, Follies, Mame, Hello Dolly, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Children's Theatre credits include The Frog Prince, Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Heidi and Schoolhouse Rock Live. Kate appears in national commercials, independent films, major motion pictures, music videos, TV shows and numerous Broadway revues. Direction/Choreography credits include Swingtime, Romeo & Juliet Redefined, Nunsense, Bugsy Malone, Jr., She Loves Me, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Rock Around the Block, Little Shop of Horrors, Oliver!, Judy & Liza Together Again, Sleeping Beauty, The Villains' Voice, Flashback to the 50's and other theatrical productions. Kate has had the pleasure of working with Dolly Parton, Tommy Tune, Mia Michaels, Jack Lee and Paul Phillips.
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.
Producer
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'.

CAST MEMBERS

Snow White
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.
Witch
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).
Cinderella's Mother/Giantess
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!
Narrator
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.
Mysterious Man
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.
Baker's Wife
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.
Lucinda
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.
Little Red Ridinghood
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.
Jack's Mother
Ryan Colbert
Ryan Colbert has been praised for 'rendering text with a touching tenderness' (Berkshire Fine Arts) and making 'a feast of quirky dramatic contrasts...while smoothing it with a velvety vocal line' (ArtsKnoxville). Last summer, she made her New York City debut with OperaRox Productions at the historic Stonewall Inn as Mrs. Webster in Griffin Candey's Sweets by Kate; a role she also performed with Marble City Opera and in the world premiere at the Midwest Institute of Opera. Other credits include Lady with a Cake Box (Postcard from Morocco) with Marble City Opera; Alcina (Alcina) with the Classics at Cokesbury Festival; Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with the Oak Ridge Philharmonia; Sarah Good (The Crucible), Fortuna (Ulysses), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflote) with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. She recently graduated with her bachelors degree in vocal performance at the University of Tennessee, where she was a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers. In the fall, Ryan will attend the University of Delaware to pursue a masters degree in vocal performance and will serve as the graduate assistant for opera theatre.
Bird Master
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.
Jack
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.
Rapunzel's Prince
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.
Cinderella
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.
Wolf
Brett Hopper
Brett Hopper is excited to be a part of Into The Woods, his third Tennessee Valley Players production. Brett received his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Tennessee, and is about to enter his second year of graduate school in the Choral Conducting masters degree program. He is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Men's Chorale, and VOLume. Brett wishes to thank his directors, teachers, and fellow cast members for making this production so much fun.
Cinderella's Prince
Brett Hopper
Brett Hopper is excited to be a part of Into The Woods, his third Tennessee Valley Players production. Brett received his bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Tennessee, and is about to enter his second year of graduate school in the Choral Conducting masters degree program. He is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Men's Chorale, and VOLume. Brett wishes to thank his directors, teachers, and fellow cast members for making this production so much fun.
Cinderella's Stepmother
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!
Steward
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.
Rapunzel
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.
Cinderella's Father
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.
Florinda
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.
Baker
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.
Sleeping Beauty
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!
Grandmother
Logan Williams
Logan Williams is excited to be performing in her first show with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous credits include Glinda, the Good Witch in Wizard of Oz, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, and as a featured soloist in Encore! Broadway Takes a Bow. She has just completed her freshman year at the University of Tennessee where she is majoring in vocal performance. She is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers and participated in the VolOpera Scenes program. Logan would like to thank her many wonderful friends, family, directors, and teachers for getting her this far. She would also like to thank God for the beautiful gift of the theater and her ability to participate in it.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Assistant Music Director
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.
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
Amanda Cunningham
Amanda Cunningham joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board this year. She has lived in the Knoxville area for the past 15 years with her husband and three boys. She is excited about contributing to this great organization.
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!
Percussionist
Hunter Deacon
Hunter Deacon is a drummer/percussionist who has been playing in the Knoxville area since 2007. Originally from Memphis, he earned a bachelor's degree the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a focus in studio music and jazz. Since then, Hunter has performed all over the US, and as far away as Hangzhou, China. He currently tours with The Jon Stickley Trio, based out of Asheville, NC. Into the Woods will be Hunter's eleventh summer performance with TVP.
Keyboard
Andrea Markowitz
Andrea Markowitz is a former recipient of the Grace Moore vocal scholarship from The University of Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude and Outstanding Senior in 2015. Since graduating, Andrea has worked across East Tennessee as a piano accompanist, assistant choral director, and performer. Last spring, she was offered the Graduate Assistantship for Music Education at UT and completed her first year of graduate studies this May. Andrea is thrilled to be a part of this TVP production and is blessed to have the opportunity to make music with her friends, colleagues, and community.
Set Construction
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.
Set Design and Construction
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.
Set Design and Construction
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 Design and Construction
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.
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).
Set Construction
John Pevey
John Pevey is excited to be in his second musical with the Tennessee Valley Players, following his debut last summer as a Supreme Court justice/Reporter in TVP's production of Of Thee I Sing. John is a graduate student in the nuclear engineering department at UT. John would also like to thank the rest of the cast and crew for another great show and hopes you have fun!
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.
Bassist
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.