Les Miserables (2015)

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.

CAST MEMBERS

Brujon
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.
Ensemble
Kathryn Bales
Katie Bales is excited to perform in her first Tennessee Valley Players show. She is a graduate of Knoxville Central High School and will be entering her senior year at the University of Tennessee, where she is pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering. Katie would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support of her musical endeavors.
Ensemble
Emilie Biggs
Emilie Biggs is a junior at Webb and is very excited to be in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players. At Webb, she has performed in many shows, including Spamalot and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She would like to thank her family for their support.
Thenardier
Cody Boling
Cody Boling is pleased to be performing in his third production with Tennessee Valley Players. He is a graduate of UT in vocal performance and music education, is currently teaching choral music at West Valley Middle School, and is the associate Minister of Music at First Baptist, Lenoir City. He would like to thank Mr. Bolt and Dr. Batey for the opportunity to perform and take the audience on a great journey! He would also like to thank his friends and family for all of their love and support, but most importantly to God above for giving him the gift of music.
Gavroche
Bayless Bolt
Lewis Bayless Bolt This show marks nine-year-old Bayless' debut with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previously, he was best known for the roles of King Tiger in Cantamanos Americanos and Chief Agama Lizard in Why Do Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears on the summer stage at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. When not acting or singing, he can be found tearing up the midfield on his soccer team or flying down the lane on his swim team. Bayless thanks his whole family for their support and especially his grandparents for sharing their love of theater with him.
Madame Thenardier
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!
Cosette
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.
Ensemble
Paul Bryson
Paul Bryson is thrilled to be returning to the Tennessee Valley Players stage after his debut last year in Les Miserables. As a freshman music major, Paul spent his first year of college touring and performing with VOLume and the UT Singers, two of UT's premiere acappella ensembles. Paul wishes to thank all his friends, colleagues, and teachers for their unwavering support.
Ensemble
Jacob Bullock
Jacob Bullock is very excited to be this production of Les Miserables with the Tennessee Valley Players. This marks his very first theatrical performance. He is a rising senior at Anderson County High School where he loves being a member of the ACHS Show Choir.
Ensemble
Amanda Buschermohle
Amanda Buschermohle is thrilled to be a part of her first Tennessee Valley Players production. As a graduate of Gibbs High School, she has played roles such as Rosie in Bye, Bye Birdie and Joanne in Godspell, as well as Ursula in the Little Mermaid and Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast at Encore Theatrical Company in Morristown. She is grateful to be a member of UT Singers and would like to thank her friends, family, and fellow musicians for helping her make it through her freshman year.
Claquesous
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.
Eponine
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.
Ensemble
Joshua Current
Josh Current is thrilled to be participating in his first production with the Tennessee Valley Players! He attends the Christian Academy of Knoxville, where he has participated in multiple productions including Meet Me in St Louis and Cinderella, and will begin his junior year this fall. He would like to thank his family for always supporting and loving him unconditionally.
Ensemble
Breyon Ewing
Breyon L. Ewing was born in Milwaukee, WI, and has lived in Knoxville for most of his life. Now attending the University of Tennessee, he is a rising 5th year student working to earn a degree in vocal performance. He has performed in many of UTOT's productions and recently performed the challenging role of Don Ottavio in Mozart's, Don Giovanni. Breyon portrayed the flag-brandishing Enjolras in Les Miserables with the Tennessee Valley Players in the previous season. Breyon would like to thank his grandmother, Mimi, Andrew Skoog, and his friends and family for their endless love and support.
Enjolras
Breyon Ewing
Breyon L. Ewing was born in Milwaukee, WI, and has lived in Knoxville for most of his life. Now attending the University of Tennessee, he is a rising 5th year student working to earn a degree in vocal performance. He has performed in many of UTOT's productions and recently performed the challenging role of Don Ottavio in Mozart's, Don Giovanni. Breyon portrayed the flag-brandishing Enjolras in Les Miserables with the Tennessee Valley Players in the previous season. Breyon would like to thank his grandmother, Mimi, Andrew Skoog, and his friends and family for their endless love and support.
Ensemble
Genevieve Hendrix
Genevieve Hendrix is a recent graduate of Webb School of Knoxville. She delighted to return to her second season with the Tennessee Valley Players after appearing as Jet Girl Velma in West Side Story. She has appeared in Webb's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Jekyll and Hyde, The Cherry Orchard, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Her favorite roles include Milady De Winter in The Three Musketeers and The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot. She most recently played Elsie in The Time of Your Life. Genevieve was also a member of Webb's Chamber Singers. For the past six years she has studied musical theater, acting, and dance at the Cumberland County Playhouse performing in Tennessee U.S.A., My Fair Lady, The Music Man, and Footloose. Genevieve will pursue a BFA in music theatre at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. She would like to thank Edmund, Dr. Batey, and Tami for this opportunity. She would also like to thank her parents for all of the support and time they have spent helping her pursue her dreams.
Joly
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.
Grantaire
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.
Montparnasse
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.
Babet
Bailey Hueser
Bailey Hueser is excited to perform in his second show with Tennessee Valley Players. His musical credits include: Les Miserables, 42nd Street, and Sweeney Todd. Bailey has been featured in several Knoxville Opera's productions including Mefistofele and Carmen. He was most recently featured in the chorus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Bailey just completed his first year in his undergraduate studies towards his bachelor's degree in vocal performance and vocal music education at the University of Tennessee, where he is a member of the UT Chamber Singers. He is a voice student of Andrew Wentzel and would like to thank his directors, teachers, and family for their support.
Eponine
Cara Kitchens
Cara Kitchens is thrilled to be back this summer in her fourth production with the Tennessee Valley Players. Playing the role of Eponine has been a dream since 6th grade when she saw the professional stage production for the first time. Cara is thankful to her husband, family, and friends for their love and support and ultimately the Lord for the many musical opportunities! A few credits include Maria in TVP's West Side Story, Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Ensemble
Ronnie Lauth
Ronnie Lauth is very excited to be in his first production with the Tennessee Valley Players! Ronnie is a theatre major at Pellissippi Community College, and his recent credits include The Tempest (Assistant Stage Manager), Cinderella (Ensemble), and Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy). Ronnie would like to thank his friends and family for their endless support, and hopes that they continue to do so in the future!
Fantin
Caryn Marlowe
Caryn Marlowe returns for her second season with the Tennessee Valley Players after singing Mary Turner In Of Thee I Sing. Other credits include Die Fledermaus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Music Shop, Gianni Schicchi, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, Sweeney Todd, The Magic Flute, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, Susannah, Il Matrimonio Segreto, The Telephone, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Rigoletto, and My Fair Lady. Caryn is the Director of Choral Activities at Karns High School where she has directed Once Upon a Mattress, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, White Christmas, and Little Women.
Young Cosette
Iris Marlowe
Iris Marlowe is seven years old, and just completed the second grade at Cedar Bluff Elementary. Iris was in the chorus of Oklahoma and Hello Dolly at Karns High School. She is very excited to have her Nana, Papa, Granny Annie, and several other relatives fly in to see the production!
Valjean
Phillip Marlowe
Phillip Marlowe is in his fifth season with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous TVP roles include Tony in West Side Story, John P. Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing, and Danny Churchill in Girl Crazy. Other credits include Gianni Schicchi, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Sweeney Todd, Cosi fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, The Mikado, Trouble in Tahiti, Die Fledermaus, Susannah, A Little Night Music, The Telephone, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Rigoletto, and My Fair Lady.
Ensemble
Brady McNeil
Brady McNeil is thrilled to be part of Les Miserables! You may also have seen him in Oak Ridge Playhouse's recent production of A Little Night Music as Henrik. Brady received a bachelor of music education from Auburn University, and is currently pursing his master of music theory at the University of Tennessee!
Feuilly
Brady McNeil
Brady McNeil is thrilled to be part of Les Miserables! You may also have seen him in Oak Ridge Playhouse's recent production of A Little Night Music as Henrik. Brady received a bachelor of music education from Auburn University, and is currently pursing his master of music theory at the University of Tennessee!
Ensemble
Rachel Metzger
Rachel Metzger is in her fourth season with the Tennessee Valley Players and is very excited to be a part of Into the Woods. Her most recent appearance was in Anything Goes. Other credits include Peggy (Godspell), Evil Stepmother (Into the Woods), Policeman (The Pirates of Penzance), and Ensemble (Les Miserables). Rachel studies voice with Deanna Surber. She would like to thank her family and friends for their endless support and encouragement.
Ensemble
Candace Moore
Candace Moore is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee. She is studying psychology with a minor in theater and education. Candace is thrilled to be a part of her first Tennessee Valley Players show. Some of her previous credits include, Anna Maria (Godspell), Dragon Diva/Blind Mouse (Shrek: The Musical), Kate (Cripple of Inishmann), and Edith (Pirates of Penzance). She would like to thank her family and friends for all their support.
Ensemble
Hailey Myatt
Hailey Myatt is excited to be a part of Les Miserables, her first appearance with the Tennessee Valley Players. This is her second musical after she appeared in Cowboy Jamboree as Annie Oakley. Hailey is pursuing a degree in music education at the University of Tennessee, and in addition to theatre, Hailey has an active career as a vocalist. She sings in the UT Concert Choir and performs in a semi-professional Sweet Adelines quartet who performed at Carnegie Hall in April. Hailey would like to thank her friends, family, and teachers for all of their support in her musical endeavors!
Courfeyrac
Marshall Nagy
Marshall Nagy is pursuing a degree in English literature and secondary education at The University of Tennessee. Some past theatre credits include: Ensemble (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Papa Bear/King Harold (Shrek), Judas/John the Baptist (Godspell), Charity Man (A Christmas Carol), the Assistant Stage Manager of Into the Woods, and Doctor McSharry (The Cripple of Inishmaan) Marshall marches alto saxophone in The Pride of the Southland Marching Band and is an avid reader. He would like to thank fellow cast members Seth O'Kegley and Candace Moore.
Ensemble
Jenni Nieman
Jenni Nieman is joining the Tennessee Valley Players for her first season and is excited to be performing alongside her son Joey! Although Jenni is pharmacy practice faculty at the South College School of Pharmacy, she enjoys making use of her undergraduate music degree in her free time. Dr. Nieman is active in the Farragut Presbyterian Chancel Choir and is the proud mom of two boys. Jenni thanks her husband for his patience and support during the busy rehearsal weeks.
Gavroche
Joey Nieman
Joey Nieman is excited to be joining the Tennessee Valley Players for his first-ever musical production! As a rising second-grader at Farragut Primary School, Joey is also a member of the Sound Company Children's Choir of Oak Ridge and the Farragut Presbyterian Church children's chorus.
Marius
Seth OKegley
Seth O'Kegley is thrilled to be making his Tennessee Valley Players debut. Seth is the Director of Sanctuary Music at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City. His notable stage credits include Marius in Les Miserables, Adolfo Pirelli in Sweeney Todd, Jesus in Godspell, and Teen Angel in Grease. Seth is active company member of Encore Theatrical Company teaching classes, lessons, as music director of shows, and working with area choral ensembles. Seth holds a bachelor of music education summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University and is currently pursuing a master of music in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee.
Ensemble
Katy Oliver
Katy Oliver is extremely excited to perform in her first show with the Tennessee Valley Players! Katy graduated from Duke University and is now pursuing her masters of social work at the University of Tennessee. She has participated in numerous musicals including West Side Story, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Into the Woods. Katy would like to thank her husband Casey for encouraging her to 'get back on the stage.' She feels extremely blessed to have such amazing family and friends who are driving from Virginia, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Johnson City to support and cheer her on!
Ensemble
Rachel Owens
Rachel Owens is excited to perform in her first musical, Les Miserables, with the Tennessee Valley Players. A graduate of Carson-Newman University, Rachel holds a bachelors degree in vocal music education. She is an active member of the Knoxville Choral Society and the Knoxville Chamber Chorale. Rachel will be traveling to England this summer to perform with the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. She would like to thank her husband, her family, and her friends for all their love and support.
Combeferre
Tyler Owens
Tyler Owens is excited to perform in Les Miserables with the Tennessee Valley Players. This show will be Tyler's debut performance in musical theatre. Tyler is a graduate of Carson-Newman University, holding a bachelors degree in vocal music education. Tyler also recently graduated the University of Tennessee with a masters degree in choral conducting. He is an active member of the Knoxville Choral Society and the Knoxville Chamber Chorale. This summer, Tyler will be traveling to England to perform with the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. He would like to thank his wife, family, and friends for all of their love and support.
Bishop of Digne
Tyler Owens
Tyler Owens is excited to perform in Les Miserables with the Tennessee Valley Players. This show will be Tyler's debut performance in musical theatre. Tyler is a graduate of Carson-Newman University, holding a bachelors degree in vocal music education. Tyler also recently graduated the University of Tennessee with a masters degree in choral conducting. He is an active member of the Knoxville Choral Society and the Knoxville Chamber Chorale. This summer, Tyler will be traveling to England to perform with the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. He would like to thank his wife, family, and friends for all of their love and support.
Javert
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.
Marius
Matt Parks
Matt Parks is appearing in his third Tennessee Valley Players production after performing as Riff in West Side Story in 2014 and Lt. Buzz Adams in South Pacific in 2013. He completed his masters degree in choral conducting at the University of Tennessee in May. Matt is now looking for work, and if anyone needs a house sitter or plant waterer this summer, please give him a call! He would like to thank professors, friends, and family for all of their support, especially his sweet Momma who flew in from Texas to see the show!
Ensemble
Preston Raymer
Preston Alexander Raymer is proud to be making his Tennessee Valley Player's debut. Originally from Nashville, Preston will be a rising junior at the University of Tennessee, double majoring in theatre and communication studies. He would like to thank his family (Jerry, Teri, and Peyton) for their constant love and support, as well as the entire cast, crew, and design team for all of their hard work. His most recent credits include: A Christmas Carol at the Clarence Brown Theatre (Young Ebenezer), and Ordinary People at Theatre Knoxville Downtown (Joe Lazenby).
Ensemble
Tomi Robb
Tomi Robb's theater experience in Knoxville has been with The Word Players and The University of Tennessee's Strange Fruit On Stage Productions, and she is excited to now be joining the Tennessee Valley Players for the first time in this production of Les Miserables.
Ensemble
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!
Lesgles
James Shimo
James Shimo is excited to participate in his first musical with the Tennessee Valley Players. Graduating from Lees-McRae College with a degree in theater arts education, James is always looking for new opportunities to share his passion for the performing arts with others. James is so grateful to everyone who has supported his performing endeavors, including his parents, grandparents, extended family and closest friends.
Prouvaire
Noah Skurtu
Noah Skurtu is very excited to be performing with Tennessee Valley Players for his first time! He is a junior at Hardin Valley Academy and has starred as Harold Hill in The Music Man and Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He wants to thank all of his family for being so supportive of him!
Ensemble
Anna Smith
Anna Smith a rising senior at Bearden High School, is thrilled to be making her Tennessee Valley Players debut in Les Miserables! Recent credits include Elizabeth in Letters to Sala, Ariel in Footloose, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Mary in a new musical, Mary and Joseph's Baby. She recently won Best Actress in the 3rd annual Bijou Awards, and Best Actress in the 54 hour Knoxville Film Fest. Next fall, she will take part in Bearden High School's Addams Family the Musical. She would like to thank her parents, and high school director Leann Dickson for always believing and supporting her.
Ensemble
Kate Smith
Kate Smith is thrilled to be returning for her second production with the Tennessee Valley Players. She is a rising junior double majoring in vocal performance and music education at the University of Tennessee where she studies with Lorraine DiSimone. Recent credits include UT Opera Theater's production of Don Giovanni and TVP's last production, Les Miserables. She is excited to try out her first role, which happens to be very aptly named. She would like to thank her teachers, family, and colleagues for all of their continued love and encouragement in pursuing her musical endeavors.
Ensemble
Jennifer Tatum
Jennifer Tatum is happy to be back on the Tennessee Valley Players stage! She received her BFA in Directing/Musical Theatre Performance from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Previous favorite roles include Enid in Legally Blonde, the Musical. Countless thanks to Edmund, Dr. Batey, Tami, Carol, our talented cast and crew, and of course her Savior.
Young Eponine
Camilla Thurman
Camilla Thurman is very excited to be doing Les Miserables as her debut musical and her first Tennessee Valley Players production alongside her sister Karenna. Camilla is a rising sixth grader at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. She studies violin and is a member of the Hart-Strings Suzuki violin studio and plays competitive tennis at Cedar Bluff Racquets. Camilla is a self-proclaimed opera junkie and has attended over 17 operas at the Tennessee Theater. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to be in this production and wishes to thank her family, friends, Dr. Batey, Tami, and school music teachers for encouraging and supporting her love of musical theater.
Young Eponine
Karenna Thurman
Karenna Thurman is very excited to be doing Les Miserables as her debut musical and her first Tennessee Valley Players production alongside her sister Camilla. Karenna is a rising third grader at the Episcopal School of Knoxville. She studies violin and is a member of the Hart-Strings Suzuki violin studio and is a member of the ESK Dance team, Jr. Volleyball team, and plays golf. She is very grateful to have the opportunity to be in Les Miserables and wishes to thank her family, friends, Dr. Batey, Tami, and school music teachers for encouraging and supporting her love of performing.
Ensemble
Robyn VanLeigh
Robyn VanLeigh is super pumped to be in her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players. A native of Lenoir City, Robyn has a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee.. Recent roles include Rosalia, West Side Story; Cassandra, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike; and most recently Petra in A Little Night Music. This fall, VanLeigh will begin her Master of Music degree at the University of Utah. This is for you Aunt Christy.
Ensemble
Kimberly Watkins
Kimberly Watkins performed in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas before moving to Tennessee, meeting her husband, Mike, on the stage, and having their theatre-loving daughter, Riley (9). Favorite roles include Nellie in South Pacific, Prudie in Pump Boys & Dinettes, Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, 'wife' and 'mommy'.
Ensemble
Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams has a passion for theatre and is absolutely thrilled to be in Les Miserables! She is a rising junior at Christian Academy of Knoxville where she has musical theatre credits such as Mrs. Smith (Meet Me in St. Louis) and The Witch (Into the Woods Jr.) With CAK's Ensemble, she has performed at Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney World-her two favorite places! Olivia also participated in The Living Christmas Tree for ten years. Thanks to her family and friends for all the love and rehearsal transportation! Col. 3:17. Soli Deo gloria.

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
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.
Publicity
Laura Bolt
Laura V. Bolt is glad to be back on stage with Tennessee Valley Players. Having been mainly involved in backstage efforts most of her life, she's having fun giving the other side of the spotlight a chance. From debuting as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, to a Bathing Beauty in Of Thee I Sing, Laura is excited to now be a Jet Girl in this show. In fact, she loves TVP productions so much that she married the Director's son!
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Laura Bolt
Laura V. Bolt is glad to be back on stage with Tennessee Valley Players. Having been mainly involved in backstage efforts most of her life, she's having fun giving the other side of the spotlight a chance. From debuting as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, to a Bathing Beauty in Of Thee I Sing, Laura is excited to now be a Jet Girl in this show. In fact, she loves TVP productions so much that she married the Director's son!
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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!
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Phillip Marlowe
Phillip Marlowe is in his fifth season with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous TVP roles include Tony in West Side Story, John P. Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing, and Danny Churchill in Girl Crazy. Other credits include Gianni Schicchi, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Sweeney Todd, Cosi fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, The Mikado, Trouble in Tahiti, Die Fledermaus, Susannah, A Little Night Music, The Telephone, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Rigoletto, and My Fair Lady.
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Phillip Marlowe
Phillip Marlowe is in his fifth season with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous TVP roles include Tony in West Side Story, John P. Wintergreen in Of Thee I Sing, and Danny Churchill in Girl Crazy. Other credits include Gianni Schicchi, The Barber of Seville, La Boheme, Carmen, The Marriage of Figaro, Sweeney Todd, Cosi fan Tutte, The Magic Flute, La Cambiale di Matrimonio, The Mikado, Trouble in Tahiti, Die Fledermaus, Susannah, A Little Night Music, The Telephone, Hansel and Gretel, Faust, Rigoletto, and My Fair Lady.
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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).
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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.