Kiss Me Kate (2009)

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.
Choreography
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

Hattie
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!
Gremio
Benjamin Crom
Lucentio
Nicholas Gulick
Bill Calhoun
Nicholas Gulick
Stagehand #3
Johnathan Justice
Haberdasher
Johnathan Justice
Musician
Johnathan Justice
Pops
Sam Kitts
Padua Priest
Sam Kitts
Innkeeper
Sam Kitts
Second Gangster
Matt Lyscas
Petruchio
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.
Fred Graham
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.
Paul/Baptista Minola
Chip Morris
Lois Lane/Bianca Minola
Corrie Olson
Ralph
David Pegel
Hortensio
Tyler Plemons
First Gangster
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'.
Stagehand #1/Cab Driver/Nathaniel
Jordan Stephens
Katharine Minola
Deanna Surber
Deanna Surber is very happy to be singing this very well-known beautiful score and to be performing once again with the Tennessee Valley Players. Favorite roles include Lilly/Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Reno (Anything Goes), Sister Mary Amnesia (and Sister Hubert!) in several versions of (Nunsense), and Edwin Drood (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Having once enjoyed a professional career in theatre, living and studying in New York, she was part of a National Tour playing Laurey in Oklahoma! After many years performing, Deanna is now creating a career of teaching both private voice using the Somatic Voicework (sm) The LoVetri Method with a focus on Musical Theatre style as well as Performing Power, a technique designed for opera and musical theatre students. Deanna has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee in theatre as well as an master of fine arts degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Many thanks for this opportunity and support from family, Deanna would like to dedicate the joy of performing this role to the memory of both of her grandmothers who loved to say, 'Deanna, get up and sing!'
Lilli Vanessi
Deanna Surber
Deanna Surber is very happy to be singing this very well-known beautiful score and to be performing once again with the Tennessee Valley Players. Favorite roles include Lilly/Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Reno (Anything Goes), Sister Mary Amnesia (and Sister Hubert!) in several versions of (Nunsense), and Edwin Drood (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Having once enjoyed a professional career in theatre, living and studying in New York, she was part of a National Tour playing Laurey in Oklahoma! After many years performing, Deanna is now creating a career of teaching both private voice using the Somatic Voicework (sm) The LoVetri Method with a focus on Musical Theatre style as well as Performing Power, a technique designed for opera and musical theatre students. Deanna has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee in theatre as well as an master of fine arts degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Many thanks for this opportunity and support from family, Deanna would like to dedicate the joy of performing this role to the memory of both of her grandmothers who loved to say, 'Deanna, get up and sing!'
Stagehand #2/Philip
ANdrew Warren
General Harrison Howell
Robert Warren
Gregory
Casey Williams
Poppy/Wardrobe Lady/Lead Ensemble
Denise Williams

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.
Set & Props
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.
Box Office
Julia Clements
Assistant Stage Manager
Jill Cogburn
Jill Cogburn is excited to be back for her third year backstage with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous shows include Kiss Me Kate and Curtains. She graduated last December from UT with a degree in Retail and Consumer Science. Jill currently works at Belk Department stores. She would like to thank the cast and crew, her family, and her husband Matt, the best bio writer she knows.
Stagehand
Jonathan Cogburn
Lighting Design
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
Set & Props
Allison Crye
Stage Management
Allison Crye
Set & Props
Bobby Crye
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.
Wigs
Sandra Herrera
Set & Props
Amanda Hodges
Stage Management
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 & 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!
Accompanist
Melony Dodson
Melony Dodson is delighted to return for her 8th summer musical with Tennessee Valley Players. Melony earned her master's degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of TN in 2008 and since then has spent her days hosting the Morning Concert on WUOT, 91.9FM, accompanying the Concert Choir and Men's Chorale at UT, and music-directing musicals with various theatre groups in the area. Recent engagements include I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change with Theatre Knoxville Downtown, and Legally Blonde at Maryville College. When not playing the piano, she loves hiking, camping, gardening, cooking, and drinking craft beer with her boyfriend.
Set & 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.
Stagehand
Lisa McElmurray
French Horn
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.
Bass
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).
Dance Captain/Ensemble
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.
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 & 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
Bill Stanley
Set & Props
Phil Stanley
Publicity
Denise Williams
Costumes
Denise Williams