Mamma Mia! (2019)

Technical Support
Matt Cogburn
Matthew Cogburn (Lighting/Sound Designer) is enjoying his 16th season with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previous work includes Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, Les Miserables, West Side Story, South Pacific, Of Thee I Sing, Girl Crazy, Curtains, Anything Goes, and many more wonderful shows done by the talented group that Tennessee Valley Players always attracts. He is thrilled his family Jill, Lilly (7) and James (4) get to experience the excitement of the theater through TVP. Like a firefly, Mr. Cogburn only lights during the summer months and works the rest of the year as a Payments Engineer at Pilot Flying J dealing with all electronic forms of payment.
Director
Edmund Bolt
Edmund Bolt (Stage Director) is directing his twenty-sixth musical for Tennessee Valley Players with Mamma Mia!. Mr. Bolt has been directing musicals for TVP since 2002. He is delighted to be working with Dr. Angela Batey, musical director and newcomer to the TVP artistic family, Jeremy Hall, choreographer. The musical, based on the popular songs of ABBA, is a joyful song and dance experience. The talented cast of forty-eight is performing without amplification or pre-recorded vocals making this Mamma Mia a truly unique experience! Bolt has appeared in Clarence Brown Theatre and other area productions since 1972. He is proud to be one of the founders of TVP in 1980, where he has produced shows, built sets, coordinated props and costumes as well as performed and directed. He considers himself extraordinarily fortunate to be able to share his love of theatre with his wife, Susan, and several generations of his family.
Choreographer
Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Taylor Hall (Harry Bright/ Choreographer) is a Chattanooga native and graduate of Farragut High School. Mr. Hall has performed locally with Appalachian Ballet, Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville Opera, and Oak Ridge Playhouse. Jeremy majored in musical theater at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. During college, he apprenticed with Nashville Ballet and performed at Dollywood, Opryland, and King's Island. He has worked as a professional actor/dancer/choreographer for almost 30 years - ABC, BalletMet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre. He has produced and directed over 100 shows during his career, and is thrilled to be working with the Tennessee Valley Players.
Producer
Kevin Smathers
Kevin Smathers (Sam) is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. Mr. Smathers was last seen by Tennessee Valley Players audiences as the adorable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. He has appeared locally with Tennessee Stage Company (New Play Festival), Oak Ridge Playhouse, Pellissippi State Community College and Foothills Community Players. Roles at which he would like a second chance: Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Frederik Egerman (A Little Night Music) and Lieutenant Frank Cioffe (Curtains) - now that one was fun! Mr. Smathers has been a member of the TVP Board of Directors since 2007.
Music Director
Dr. Angela Batey
Dr. Angela L. Batey (Music Director) is Associate Dean in the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences. She is Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Music, as well as Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Batey is recognized as a prominent conductor, clinician, adjudicator and teacher whose wide variety of experience encompasses professional, university, high school, community and church choruses. She conducts the UT Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting courses at the graduate level. Additionally, she is Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church. In June of 2007, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall to a rare standing ovation. In July 2012 and again in 2018 she led the UT Chamber Singers on an invited Cathedral Choral Residency to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and in 2015 did the same in London and Canterbury, England. In May, 2017 the Chamber Singers sang an invited Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral. Dr. Batey holds two degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in music education and musical theatre; a master's degree from The Florida State University in music education and the doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina.
Primary Accompanist
Tami Newsom
Tami Newsom (Primary Accompanist) is an accomplished musician and choral director and is proficient on a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, flute, and mountain dulcimer. She is a Past-Dean of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She first began her musical career at the age of 6, learning to play piano. At age 13, under the guidance and tutelage of her music instructors, Robbie Roseberry and Peter Picerno, she began playing the organ at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Memphis, where she remained for 25 years. As an accomplished singer, Ms. Newsom was a member of a Memphis-based auditioned ensemble, The Wolf River Singers. Simultaneously, she was part of their elite Ensemble Singer program. She has sat in as a juried member in the euphonium section of many music students' final exams. She is the accompanist for the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers as well as collaborative artist for conducting classes at UT. She is Associate Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church and pursuing her second career as a double major in sacred music and religious studies at the University of Tennessee.

CAST MEMBERS

Sophie Sheridan
Elizabeth Geist
Elizabeth Geist (Sophie Sheridan) is beyond excited to be in her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players! Her recent credits include The Crucible with Foothills Community Players and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! with Oak Ridge Playhouse. Elizabeth has graduated with degrees in vocal performance/Italian language and culture from The University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and this July, she will be moving to New York City to pursue her multitude of interests. Elizabeth would like to thank her loving boyfriend, family, and friends for their continuous support.
Ali
Claire Sudarshan
Claire Sudarshan (Ali) is so excited to be in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players this summer! She is a rising junior at UT, double majoring in music education and vocal performance. Ms. Sudarshan is originally from Brentwood, Tennessee but has found Knoxville to be her home after the last two years living here. You may have seen her in UTOT's Carmen or in Vol Opera's Le Nozze di Figaro as the Countess. She would like to thank Mr. Bolt, Dr. Batey, and Mr. Hall for this opportunity and her amazing colleagues for making this show incredible. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy because "Mamma Mia, here we go again!"
Lisa
Petra White
Petra White (Lisa) is making her Tennessee Valley Players debut. She is a senior at West High School and has been featured in Company West productions including Fiddler on the Roof, Addams Family, and Legally Blonde. Ms. White would like to thank the rest of the cast for making her first show with them such a fun, welcoming experience.
Tanya
Kate Smith
Kate Smith (Tanya) received her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of Chamber Singers. She is a proud member of the Knoxville Opera Chorus and Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Chancel Choir. A Young Artist with Marble City Opera Company, Ms. Smith will be pursuing a master's degree in voice at Carnegie Mellon University. This is her third appearance with Tennessee Valley Players, having previously appeared in Les Miserables and The Pirates of Penzance. Recent credits include Marble City Opera's production of Suor Angelica. Knoxville Opera's production of Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot Handmaiden), La Boheme, and The Pirates of Penzance; UT Opera Theatre's productions ofLe Nozze di Figaro, The Crucible (Sar ah Good), Il Ritorno di Ulisse, and Don Giovanni; as well as Berlin Opera Academy's production of Hansel und Gretel (Taumannchen).
Rosie
Roxanne Cabrera
Roxanne Cabrera (Rosie/Assistant Music Director) is once again thrilled to be a part of another Tennessee Valley Players production. A graduate of UT's music education and graduate choral conducting programs, and where she was a graduate teaching assistant, Ms. Cabrera is the Director of Choral Activities at Whittle Springs Middle School and at Luminary United Methodist Church. Previous credits include Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, Erma in Anything Goes, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, eponine in Les Miserables, Anita in West Side Story, and Nurse Janet in South Pacific. Thank you to all my family and friends for your support and love!
Donna Sheridan
Chevy Anz
Chevy Anz (Donna) is marking her fourth show with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previously she played the Witch in Into the Woods, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes and Rizzo in Grease. She was most recently seen at Southern Railway Station in Tennessee Stage Company's The Senator's Wife. She has been in both "Trailer Park Musicals" at Flying Anvil Theatre. Area audiences have seen her at Oak Ridge Playhouse, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, Knoxville Opera Company, Clarence Brown Company, Encore Theatrical, and Dixie Stampede. She has performed at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Rep, The Hippodrome (Florida), The Gateway (Long Island), Media Theatre (Philly) and was Mrs. Peacock in the original cast of Clue, the Musical.
Sky
Brett Hopper
Brett Hopper (Sky) is excited to be a part of his fourth Tennessee Valley Players production! Mr. Hopper is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he earned his bachelor's degree in music education and his master's degree in choral conducting. During his matriculation, he was a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Men's Chorale, and director of VOLume. He is the music teacher at Shannondale Elementary School. Mr. Hopper would like to thank his family, friends, and mentors for always supporting him and pushing him to be a better musician!
Pepper
Nicholas Johnson
Nicholas Johnson (Pepper) is thrilled to perform in his first show with the Tennessee Valley Players. Past stage credits include Cinderella, The King and I, The Real Inspector Hound, and The Madwoman of Chaillot. Nicholas will be a senior this fall at The University of Tennessee where he is majoring in Marketing with a minor in Theatre, and is a proud member of Chamber Singers. He would like to thank his parents and four siblings for teaching him that if you want to be heard, learn to project, his friends for their support and encouragement, and the Lord God for boundless love and mercy. Soli Deo gloria.
Eddie
Keegan Stump
Keegan Stump (Eddie) is thankful for opportunity to play Eddie in his first show with Tennessee Valley Players. He has also participated with several other theatres around town including Knoxville Children's Theatre, Bearden High School, The Word Players and Pellissippi State Community College. Mr. Stump's most recent roles included Telemachus in The Odyssey, George Banks in Mary Poppins, Bishop Henry T. Dobbs in Anything Goes, Edgar Allan Poe in Quoth the Raven and The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. He would like to thank Dennis Perkins and the late Zack Allen for inspiring his creativity and love of theatre. Lastly, to Directors Mr. Bolt and Dr. Batey, along with Mr. Hall and the cast, many thanks for such a professional, fun experience.
Harry Bright
Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Taylor Hall (Harry Bright/ Choreographer) is a Chattanooga native and graduate of Farragut High School. Mr. Hall has performed locally with Appalachian Ballet, Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville Opera, and Oak Ridge Playhouse. Jeremy majored in musical theater at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. During college, he apprenticed with Nashville Ballet and performed at Dollywood, Opryland, and King's Island. He has worked as a professional actor/dancer/choreographer for almost 30 years - ABC, BalletMet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre. He has produced and directed over 100 shows during his career, and is thrilled to be working with the Tennessee Valley Players.
Bill Austin
Gary Rowcliffe
Gary Rowcliffe (Bill) is making his debut with Tennessee Valley Players. He has appeared locally in numerous shows dating back to the last century at the Oak Ridge Community Playhouse, Westminster Presbyterian, the Bijou, and in various Market Square and Old City establishments. Mr. Rowcliffe's favorite dramatic role is Mick Ross in Breaking The Code; his favorite comedic role, Durdles in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and his favorite musical role Judas in Godspell, performed in April with the Westminster Players production alongside his daughter Caroline. He met his wife Sandra backstage during a glorious summer run of Peter Pan some twenty-five years ago. Mr. Rowcliffe dedicates these performances in honor of deceased ORCP director Ron McIntyre-Fender, who taught him life lessons on and off stage.
Sam Carmichael
Kevin Smathers
Kevin Smathers (Sam) is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. Mr. Smathers was last seen by Tennessee Valley Players audiences as the adorable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. He has appeared locally with Tennessee Stage Company (New Play Festival), Oak Ridge Playhouse, Pellissippi State Community College and Foothills Community Players. Roles at which he would like a second chance: Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Frederik Egerman (A Little Night Music) and Lieutenant Frank Cioffe (Curtains) - now that one was fun! Mr. Smathers has been a member of the TVP Board of Directors since 2007.
Father Alexandrios
Ron Pevey
Ron Pevey (Father Alexandrios) 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 rehearsals anyway with his daughters. He met the Bolts while performing with Susan in FPAT's 42nd Street, and was coerced to be in the chorus of
Ensemble
Moe Abdalla
Moe Abdalla (Ensemble) is delighted to debut with the Tennessee Valley Players! He is honored and excited to be a part of this production saying "it is so cool having a chance to interact and bond with all these amazing performers". This is his fourth musical. Mr. Abdalla has played Agent Dollar from Catch Me If You Can, King Charlemagne in Pippin and Grandpa Joe from Willy Wonka all in Carter High School's musical theater. He plans to go to the University of Tennessee seeking a degree in business.
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Roxanne Abernathy
Roxanne Abernathy (Ensemble) is a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee. She is a graduate of West High School, where she last performed in their 2018 production of Addams Family (Alice). She has been an active choir member throughout high school and her first year of college. Ms. Abernathy has participated in All-East, All-State, and UTK's female acappella group, reVOLution. She is also in a band with her sisters, The Pinklets. She would like to thank her friends and family for encouragement and support.
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Kirstine Andersen
Kirstine Andersen (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her third show with Tennessee Valley Players! She previously participated in Anything Goes and Into the Woods with TVP, and Marley's Ghost and Smile, in her hometown of Ocala, FL. Kirstine is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee, where she studies vocal music education and is a proud member of Chamber Singers and reVOLution. Ms. Andersen would like to thank her family and friends for their support.
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Thomas Andersen
Thomas Andersen (Ensemble) is super excited to have the chance to be in Mamma Mia with so many other talented people. Previously, he played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Vizier in Arabian Nights, Jud Fry in Oklahoma! and Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, all at Bearden High school. Mr. Andersen is a student at the University of Tennessee, where he is a proud member of Chamber Singers and VOLume. He thanks you for coming out to see the show and hopes you enjoy!
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Emma Arrants
Emma Arrants (Ensemble) is happy to be a part of her first show with the Tennessee Valley Players. She is a rising senior at West High School. Emma would like to thank everyone who has supported her endeavors.
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Ben Becker
Ben Becker (Ensemble) is a student at Pellissippi State Community College pursuing a major in psychology. This is his first production with Tennessee Valley Players, but has performed in other productions - including in the title role of Pippin and Catch Me if You Can. He studied with Caryn Marlowe. Mr. Becker is also the oldest sibling of five. He is very excited to be a part of Mamma Mia!
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Aron Berry
Aron Berry (Ensemble) is very excited to perform onstage in her first show with the Tennessee Valley Players. Prior work in stage productions have been on the technical side as sound engineer and production side as assistant director. A student at L & N STEM Academy, she is a proud member and soloist with the choral program. Ms. Berry has an avid interest in the performing arts and plans to study film and media, along with acting and music theatre. She would like to thank her friends, family, and teachers for their support, as well as everyone in attendance for coming to see the show.
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Meredith Bishop
Meredith Bishop (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her debut with Tennessee Valley Players. She is a rising junior at Grace Christian Academy, where she has been in many shows and is a member of her school’s choir. She also enjoys performing with other local theatres, and was in recent productions of Miracle on 34th Street and Cinderella. Ms. Bishop would like to thank her parents for their constant love and support of her dreams.
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Kadi Brazil
Kadi Brazil (Ensemble) is a 2019 University of Tennessee graduate with a BA in Theatre. She has appeared in many shows in and around the Knoxville area. Ms. Brazil is very excited to be making her Tennessee Valley Players debut and has had a good time being a part of this production with the opportunity to work with some old and new friends. Some favorite credits of hers have been: Pickles (The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, Flying Anvil Theatre 2018), Alice Sycamore (You Can't Take It With You, Oak Ridge Playhouse 2018), Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act, Oak Ridge Playhouse 2017), and Susanna Walcott (The Crucible, Clarence Brown Theatre 2016).
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Laura Buckner
Laura Buckner (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be returning for her third consecutive season with Tennessee Valley Players. Her previous TVP credits include Lucinda (Into the Woods), and Passenger (Anything Goes). Laura, a senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, is majoring in vocal music education. This year, she performed the role of Marcellina in VolOpera's production of Le Nozze di Figaro and is a member C-NAfME, NSCS, and the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. Laura would like to thank her friends and family for their support, and Dr. Batey, Mr. Bolt, and Mr. Hall for the opportunity to be involved in this production.
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Madison Byrd
Madison Byrd (Ensemble) is excited to be performing in her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players. She also appeared as a policewoman in Pirates of Penzance, and a passenger in Anything Goes. A graduate of the L&N Stem Academy, she will be attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in fall, majoring in vocal performance. Madison would like to thank her family and friends, along with the incredible cast and crew for their hard work.
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Michelle Castleberry
Michelle Castleberry (Ensemble) is honored to be in her first production with the Tennessee Valley Players. She has served on the board of two community theater organizations and directed productions including: Steel Magnolias, The Dining Room and School House Rock. She is the assistant director and choreographer at Concord Christian School. Roles include: Sally Cato, Mame; Gretel, The Sound of Music; and M'Lynn, Steel Magnolias. When not on stage, her other role is The Book Wizard...aka, Librarian...at Concord Christian School. Thank you to my husband for his support of me in all my 'roles'; you are The Wind Beneath My Wings.
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Tarrin Chambers
Tarrin Chambers (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players. She most recently performed in The Odyssey, Anything Goes, and Romeo and Juliet at Bearden High School. In addition to acting in The Odyssey she also joined the costume crew. Ms. Chambers would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for all their love and support.
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Susan Davis
Susan Davis (Ensemble) is a retired Knox County School principal. She has performed many years with the Tennessee Valley Players. Her favorite roles have included both Sister Leo and Sister Hubert in the hilarious Nunsense musicals, as well as Georgia in Curtains. She thoroughly enjoys the musical reviews, as well. Currently, her favorite role is 'Mimi' to Anna Kate and Sheridan. "Thank you for the music", TVP!performed many years with the Tennessee Valley Players. Her favorite roles have included both Sister Leo and Sister Hubert in the hilarious
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Chloe Freeman
Chloe Freeman (Ensemble) is thrilled to perform in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players. She has previously performed in The Crucible with Foothills Community Players. She was featured in Hardin Valley Academy's West Side Story as Maria and Hairspray as Tracy Turnblad. She is a graduate of Hardin Valley Academy and attending the University of Tennessee as a double major in vocal performance and English. Ms. Freeman would like to thank her friends, family, and the wonderful cast and crew of this show!
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Ashton Gallagher
Ashton Gallagher (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her third show with Tennessee Valley Players. In Anything Goes, she played Angel Chastity and one of General Stanley's daughters in Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Gallagher received her undergraduate degree in music and education from Rollins College. While at Rollins, she performed the role of Second Woman in Dido and Aeneas. Ms. Gallagher completed a master of music in choral conducting from the University of Tennessee. Currently, she is the Middle School Choral Director at The Episcopal School of Knoxville. She hopes you enjoy Mamma Mia as much as she does!
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Gayle Greene
Gayle Greene (Ensemble) last worked with Tennessee Valley Players in 2007 when she choreographed their production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. No stranger to the stage, she has performed in numerous musicals and plays as an actress or choreographer. Some of her favorite roles include Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Grace in Annie, and Annette in God of Carnage. Ms. Greene is also a full member of the prestigious Dramatists Guild, having written several full-length plays. Her play The Cast List won the New Tennessee Playwrights award in Nashville in 2017 and will be produced for the fourth time this fall in west Tennessee with the NiteLite Theatre.
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Collin Kasefang
Collin Kasefang (Ensemble) is ecstatic about performing his fourth show with Tennessee Valley players. Mr. Kasefang is a junior at the University of Tennessee studying vocal music education and a proud member of UT Chamber Singers. Previous credits include West Side Story as a Jet, Rev. Henry T. Dobson in Anything Goes and as the Steward in Into the Woods. He would like to thank everyone who put in the hard work to make this show a possibility. It is a fun show, with a great crew, and an unbelievable cast. Thanks for making this ride an enjoyable one. Alright, Mamma Mia, here we go again!
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Zoee Lyle
Zoee Lyle (Ensemble) is from Knoxville and currently studying music at Pellissippi State Community College under the direction of Jami Anderson. Most recently, Zoee starred as Wednesday Addams in Creative Theater's production of The Addams Family and previously played Rapunzel in Tennessee Valley Player's production of Into the Woods. You can also hear her as the female vocalist and playing ukulele and kazoo in the band Night Sabers. Ms. Lyle would like to thank her family, friends, teachers, and everyone who has been a part of her musical journey.
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Mallory McKinney
Mallory McKinney (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players. She participated in Bearden's Oklahoma! (Ensemble) and The Odyssey (Tiresias, Scylla, Sailor, etc.), and played Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes. Ms. McKinney is a graduate of Bearden High School where she also participated in female and mixed a cappella. She will be attending Samford University in the fall as a musical theatre major. Ms. McKinney would like to thank her family, friends, and the cast and crew for their love and support.
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Rachel Metzger
Rachel Metzger (Ensemble) is in her fifth season with the Tennessee Valley Players and is very excited to be a part of Mamma Mia! Her most recent appearance was in Into the Woods as Florinda. Other credits include Peggy (Godspell), Evil Stepmother (Into the Woods), Ensemble (Anything Goes), Policewoman (The Pirates of Penzance), and Ensemble (Les Miserables). Rachel studies voice under the direction of Deanna Surber. She would like to thank her friends and family for their continuing love and support.
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Amara Pappas
Amara Pappas (Ensemble) is excited to perform in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players. She is a rising senior at Farragut High School and most recently was in their production of Godspell. She would like to thank her friends and family for all their love and support.
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Sara Peglow
Sara Peglow (Ensemble) is making her Tennessee Valley Players debut with this production of Mamma Mia! Earlier this year she was thrilled to perform in Legally Blonde the Musical in McMinn County. Ms. Peglow is a rising senior at the University of Tennessee, majoring in History. She has an intense interest in historical research and has been trained in the preservation and handling of antique artifacts dated to before the Revolutionary War. She hopes you enjoy the show!
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Lee Pinkston
Lee Pinkston (Ensemble) is very excited to return to Tennessee Valley Players in his second show, his being the Pirates of Penzance in 2016. He is a recent graduate from Karns High School, and will attend the University of Tennessee for vocal performance, where he was the winner of the prestigious Grace Moore Scholarship. Mr. Pinkston is very active in the musical community in Knoxville, performing with Knoxville Handel Society, The Word Players, and Karns High School's musical theatre program where he was Ewart Dunlop in The Music Man, Rolf in Sound of Music, Prince Charming in Cinderella, and most recently, the Jester in Once Upon a Mattress. He was also the president of the Karns High School Ensemble. Mr. Pinkston has competed in three NATS competitions, placing as a semifinalist in 2017 and winning the musical theatre category in 2019.
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Jack Rosamond
Jack Rosamond (Ensemble), a native of Texas, is excited to be performing in his first Tennessee Valley Players show. A recent graduate of Farragut High School, he will be attending the University of Tennessee in the fall as a vocal performance major. He would like to thank his friends, family, and the great state of Texas.
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Hannah Sloas
Hannah Sloas (Ensemble) is excited to be making her Tennessee Valley Players debut. She previously performed in the Oak Ridge Playhouse production of Oklahoma! Ms. Sloas was featured in ten productions with Grace Christian Academy, including Beauty and the Beast (Belle), for which she was a top three nominee for Best Actress in TPAC's Spotlight Awards, and in nine productions with the Knoxville Children's Theatre. She is the winner of the 2018 ACE Awards Best Female Vocalist, and UTK's Marian Brown Best Acting Scene. She is studying Communications at Pellissippi State. Hannah thanks her parents, brother and grandmother for their love and support!
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Konnor Stump
Konnor Stump (Ensemble) is thrilled to debut with the Tennessee Valley Players. He is the Captain of the Drumline at Bearden High School where he is also a member of both the Musical Theatre and Advanced Acting Troupes. Mr. Stump has participated in theatre for over ten years at Knoxville Children's Theatre, Theatre Knoxville Downtown, The Word Players, and Pellissippi State Community College. Some of his favorite roles have been Jesus in Godspell, Lord Farquaad in Shrek, and Horton in Seussical. He would like to thank Katie Alley, Lauren Andrejko, and Leann Dickson for teaching him and helping him grow as an actor. Mr. Stump thanks everyone involved with Tennessee Valley Players Mamma Mia for a wonderful experience.
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Ellen Sudarshan
Ellen Sudarshan (Ensemble) is thrilled to be in her third Tennessee Valley Players production! A recent graduate with a bachelor's degree in vocal performance (with a minor in Italian) from UT, studying with professor Andrew Wentzel and as a proud member of Chamber Singers, Sudarshan performed with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as Gretel from Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. She has also performed in four operas with Knoxville Opera and four with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, including covering the role of Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen. Later this summer, she will be attending Spotlight on Opera, a vocal program in Shreveport, Louisiana. This fall, she is looking forward to auditioning for her master's degree in vocal performance.
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Tori Beth Sullivan
Tori Beth Sullivan (Ensemble) is excited to be back on the Carousel stage for her second show with the Tennessee Valley Players! Her most recent performance was at NATS where she placed first in the region in the musical theatre and classical categories. Some of her favorite performances are as Amy in Little Women, Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden (both with Word Players), Pirates of Penzance with TVP, and Fan in A Christmas Carol at Clarence Brown Theatre. Ms. Sullivan would like to thank those involved in with the Tennessee Valley Players for the hard work they put into these shows, and making this show possible. To God be the glory!
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Courtney Wheeler
Courtney Wheeler (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the stage this summer with Tennessee Valley Players! She has previously participated in Of Thee I Sing!, Once Upon A Mattress, Oklahoma!, and portrayed Millie in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. In addition to acting and singing, Ms. Wheeler trained in clogging for 18 years. She would like to thank the theatre family for welcoming her back to the stage and her family for the support and encouragement they continuously give.
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Denise WIlliams
Denise Williams (Ensemble) is excited to once again be on stage with Tennessee Valley Players! She has been active in area community theatre for over thirty years including productions with Theatre Knoxville, Oak Ridge Playhouse, TVP, and UT Theatre. Favorite roles include Maria in The Sound of Music, the Widow Corney in Oliver, Anne Collier in 1940s Radio Hour, and Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. A huge debt of gratitude goes out to her patient and ever-supportive husband Bill.
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Logan WIlliams
Logan Williams (Ensemble) is happy to be in her second show with the Tennessee Valley Players. She played the Grandmother in last year's Into the Woods, and was a stage manager for the show as well. She was also a chorus member in the UT Opera Theater's production of Carmen this past Spring. She graduated from Central High School in 2017, and is attending the University of Tennessee as a vocal performance major and a proud member of Chamber Singers. She would like to thank her wonderful friends, family, and faith for helping her continue to pursue music throughout the years.
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Channing Wright
Channing Wright (Ensemble) is excited to be in her first show with Tennessee Valley Players. She has danced since she was four, and in theatre since sixth grade. She was also in the Highlander Chorale for three years. Ms. Wright graduated from HomeLife Academy High School in 2017. She is currently studying at Pellissippi State Community College. Ms. Wright would like to thank her family and friends for support.
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Rachel York
Rachel York (Ensemble) is thrilled to perform with Tennessee Valley Players for the first time. She is a graduate of Carter High School and previously performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Catch Me If You Can, and Pippin with the musical theatre program there. Ms. York would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Assistant Music Director
Roxanne Cabrera
Roxanne Cabrera (Rosie/Assistant Music Director) is once again thrilled to be a part of another Tennessee Valley Players production. A graduate of UT's music education and graduate choral conducting programs, and where she was a graduate teaching assistant, Ms. Cabrera is the Director of Choral Activities at Whittle Springs Middle School and at Luminary United Methodist Church. Previous credits include Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods, Erma in Anything Goes, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, eponine in Les Miserables, Anita in West Side Story, and Nurse Janet in South Pacific. Thank you to all my family and friends for your support and love!
Box Office
Wendy Hopper
Wendy Hopper (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018 and is excited for her first production! In addition to her work on the TVP Board, she is the President of The Akima Club of Knoxville, a women's service organization, where she spends much of her time volunteering for the community. Ms. Hopper also enjoys traveling and renovating her home in Dandridge.
Box Office
Susanne Sanders
Costumes
Kevin Smathers
Kevin Smathers (Sam) is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. Mr. Smathers was last seen by Tennessee Valley Players audiences as the adorable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. He has appeared locally with Tennessee Stage Company (New Play Festival), Oak Ridge Playhouse, Pellissippi State Community College and Foothills Community Players. Roles at which he would like a second chance: Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Frederik Egerman (A Little Night Music) and Lieutenant Frank Cioffe (Curtains) - now that one was fun! Mr. Smathers has been a member of the TVP Board of Directors since 2007.
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.
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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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Amanda Cunningham
Amanda Cunningham (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018. She has lived in the Knoxville area for the past sixteen years with her husband and three boys. Ms. Cunningham enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering in various organizations in the Knoxville community and contributing to this great organization. She is very much looking forward to Mamma Mia!
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Wendy Hopper
Wendy Hopper (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018 and is excited for her first production! In addition to her work on the TVP Board, she is the President of The Akima Club of Knoxville, a women's service organization, where she spends much of her time volunteering for the community. Ms. Hopper also enjoys traveling and renovating her home in Dandridge.
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Ron Pevey
Ron Pevey (Father Alexandrios) 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 rehearsals anyway with his daughters. He met the Bolts while performing with Susan in FPAT's 42nd Street, and was coerced to be in the chorus of
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Kevin Smathers
Kevin Smathers (Sam) is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. Mr. Smathers was last seen by Tennessee Valley Players audiences as the adorable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. He has appeared locally with Tennessee Stage Company (New Play Festival), Oak Ridge Playhouse, Pellissippi State Community College and Foothills Community Players. Roles at which he would like a second chance: Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Frederik Egerman (A Little Night Music) and Lieutenant Frank Cioffe (Curtains) - now that one was fun! Mr. Smathers has been a member of the TVP Board of Directors since 2007.
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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.
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Tami Newsom
Tami Newsom (Primary Accompanist) is an accomplished musician and choral director and is proficient on a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, flute, and mountain dulcimer. She is a Past-Dean of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She first began her musical career at the age of 6, learning to play piano. At age 13, under the guidance and tutelage of her music instructors, Robbie Roseberry and Peter Picerno, she began playing the organ at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Memphis, where she remained for 25 years. As an accomplished singer, Ms. Newsom was a member of a Memphis-based auditioned ensemble, The Wolf River Singers. Simultaneously, she was part of their elite Ensemble Singer program. She has sat in as a juried member in the euphonium section of many music students' final exams. She is the accompanist for the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers as well as collaborative artist for conducting classes at UT. She is Associate Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church and pursuing her second career as a double major in sacred music and religious studies at the University of Tennessee.
Stage Manager
Amanda Cunningham
Amanda Cunningham (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018. She has lived in the Knoxville area for the past sixteen years with her husband and three boys. Ms. Cunningham enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering in various organizations in the Knoxville community and contributing to this great organization. She is very much looking forward to Mamma Mia!
Stage Manager
Wendy Hopper
Wendy Hopper (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018 and is excited for her first production! In addition to her work on the TVP Board, she is the President of The Akima Club of Knoxville, a women's service organization, where she spends much of her time volunteering for the community. Ms. Hopper also enjoys traveling and renovating her home in Dandridge.
Stage Manager
Nancy Pevey
Nancy Pevey (Stage Manager) is pleased to add her talent to this production of Mamma Mia!, having previously appeared on stage for the Tennessee Valley Players productions of No, No, Nanette, Of Thee I Sing and South Pacific. Pevey played horn in the orchestras of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate and Curtains. During the day, she is the Dean of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College and QEP Director for the college. Pevey is President of the TVP Board of Directors.
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Mary Ellen Sherry
Mary Ellen Sherry (Stage Manager) is happy to join the Tennessee Valley Players gang! A long-time fan of theatre and musical performance, she has enjoyed performing on stage and television, and in band and choir. Working as a neonatal nutritionist keeps her busy when she is not singing, line dancing or playing outside with Evie, her golden retriever.
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Kevin Smathers
Kevin Smathers (Sam) is the Senior Naval Science (Navy Junior ROTC) Teacher at Farragut High School and a retired Navy Commander. Mr. Smathers was last seen by Tennessee Valley Players audiences as the adorable Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in Anything Goes. He has appeared locally with Tennessee Stage Company (New Play Festival), Oak Ridge Playhouse, Pellissippi State Community College and Foothills Community Players. Roles at which he would like a second chance: Sky Masterson (Guys and Dolls), Frederik Egerman (A Little Night Music) and Lieutenant Frank Cioffe (Curtains) - now that one was fun! Mr. Smathers has been a member of the TVP Board of Directors since 2007.
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Amanda Cunningham
Amanda Cunningham (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018. She has lived in the Knoxville area for the past sixteen years with her husband and three boys. Ms. Cunningham enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, volunteering in various organizations in the Knoxville community and contributing to this great organization. She is very much looking forward to Mamma Mia!
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Susan Davis
Susan Davis (Ensemble) is a retired Knox County School principal. She has performed many years with the Tennessee Valley Players. Her favorite roles have included both Sister Leo and Sister Hubert in the hilarious Nunsense musicals, as well as Georgia in Curtains. She thoroughly enjoys the musical reviews, as well. Currently, her favorite role is 'Mimi' to Anna Kate and Sheridan. "Thank you for the music", TVP!performed many years with the Tennessee Valley Players. Her favorite roles have included both Sister Leo and Sister Hubert in the hilarious
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Wendy Hopper
Wendy Hopper (Stage Manager) joined the Tennessee Valley Players Board in 2018 and is excited for her first production! In addition to her work on the TVP Board, she is the President of The Akima Club of Knoxville, a women's service organization, where she spends much of her time volunteering for the community. Ms. Hopper also enjoys traveling and renovating her home in Dandridge.
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Nancy Pevey
Nancy Pevey (Stage Manager) is pleased to add her talent to this production of Mamma Mia!, having previously appeared on stage for the Tennessee Valley Players productions of No, No, Nanette, Of Thee I Sing and South Pacific. Pevey played horn in the orchestras of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Kiss Me, Kate and Curtains. During the day, she is the Dean of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College and QEP Director for the college. Pevey is President of the TVP Board of Directors.
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Jeremy Hall
Jeremy Taylor Hall (Harry Bright/ Choreographer) is a Chattanooga native and graduate of Farragut High School. Mr. Hall has performed locally with Appalachian Ballet, Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville Opera, and Oak Ridge Playhouse. Jeremy majored in musical theater at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. During college, he apprenticed with Nashville Ballet and performed at Dollywood, Opryland, and King's Island. He has worked as a professional actor/dancer/choreographer for almost 30 years - ABC, BalletMet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Village Theatre. He has produced and directed over 100 shows during his career, and is thrilled to be working with the Tennessee Valley Players.
Keyboard
Andrea Markowitz
Andrea Markowitz (Keyboard) is a former recipient of the Grace Moore scholarship from the University of Tennessee, graduating magna cum laude and Outstanding Senior in 2015. Since graduating, Ms. Markowitz has worked across East Tennessee as a piano accompanist, assistant choral director, and performer. In 2017 she was offered the graduate assistantship for music education at UT and graduated in May with her master's degree in music. Ms. Markowitz 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.
Percussionist
Dale Disney
Dale Disney (Percussionist) is excited to drum for their first Tennessee Valley Players show. They graduated from Boston University's Doctor of Musical Arts program with a research focus in gender and music education. Dr. Disney lectures in musicology at UTK and plays percussion in the greater East Tennessee region. They would like to give thanks to Kate, Emma, and Henry for their undying support and optimism.
Bass
Daniel Shifflett
Daniel Shifflett (Bass) graduated from the University of Tennessee in String Bass performance and Studio Music and Jazz studying under master bassist, Rusty Holloway. This is Mr. Shifflett's ninth consecutive season with the Tennessee Valley Players. He has toured nationally, with Broken Bow Records artist, Jackie Lee, along with touring internationally to countries including India and Canada, with rock band, Gone in April. Mr. Shifflett has also performed with country music star, Easton Corbin. He is an active clinician and teacher of the electric bass and string bass. Mr. Shifflett serves as the Technical Director for Concord United Methodist Church. This past season he performed with the Chattanooga Symphony and Brevard Philharmonic, along with serving as principal bassist for Symphony of the Mountains and Marble City Opera. You can also catch Mr. Shifflett performing frequently in Knoxville, Maryville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Kingsport.