Of Thee I Sing (2012)

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.
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.
Costumes
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
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!
Set and Props
William Bolt
William Bolt is pleased to perform in his umpteenth Tennessee Valley Players show and help his parents again with various behind the scenes tasks. He last appeared on stage in TVP's 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance, but you may recognize him as well. from simply taking your tickets for the past five years.
Publicity
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.
Wigs
Sandra Herrara
Set and Props
Carol Idol
Carol Idol has been involved with Tennessee Valley Players for many years as a back stage assistant, dresser, and stage manager. She also has had memorable roles as a walk-on in a variety of roles: stage manager, cleaning lady, waitress, congressman, Supreme Court Justice have been high points. A devoted lover of community theatre, Carol is much beloved for her positive outlook and giving spirit. There is no doubt that many TVP casts and crews benefited from her work. Thank you, Carol. We love you!
Publicity
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.
Set and Props
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.
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.
Costumes
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.
Choreographer
Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts has twenty-five plus years of dance experience. She performed for eight years on a competitive dance team with Bobbi Collins Dance Enterprises. Roberts instructed dance at Smoky Mountain Music for five years, and Farragut Performing Arts for two years. She is very happy to be choreographing her fifth musical for the Tennessee Valley Players. She has choreographed Anything Goes, Kiss me, Kate, Curtains, and Of Thee I Sing. Roberts also serves on TVP Board of Directors. She has been married to her sweetheart for ten years and is currently a full-time RN at Tennova North Knoxville Medical Center on the Cardiac Step-Down Unit.
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'.
Costumes
Denise Williams

CAST MEMBERS

Ensemble
Abby Blackmon
Abbey Blackmon is an entering freshman at Lee University, where she plans to study music education and vocal performance. She is thrilled to be a part of the Tennessee Valley Players again and loves working with such a wonderful cast! Abbey would like to thank God, her family, her vocal coach, Brandon Loveday and her piano teacher, Becky Kidd.
Ensemble
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.
Ensemble
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!
Miss Benson
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!
Gilholey
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.
Ensemble
Byron Davis
Byron Davis is the director of the Choral program at West High School, where he leads the school's four choral ensembles and co-directs the school's Musical Theatre productions. In the course of his tenure at West, the Choral program has grown from 60 students to 140 students, and consistently garners excellent and superior ratings in area choral festivals. Of Thee I Sing represents his first musical theatre endeavor as an on-stage participant since playing Cornelius Hackl in his high school's 1987 production of Hello, Dolly!
Ensemble
George Fox
George Barron Fox is pleased to be performing on this fine stage with these fine people in his premier with the Tennessee Valley Players. Other Performances include: Willy Wonka in Willie Wonka at The Oak Ridge Play House, Matt in the Fantastiks at PSTCC, and Freddy at ORPH. Sincerest thanks to my friends and family for their unyielding support, and my love to all who support the performing arts.
Ensemble
Mariana Garciagodoy
Mariana Garciagodoy is currently in the graduate choral conducting program at the University of Tennessee, under the tutelage of Dr. Angela Batey. Originally from Mexico City, Mariana demonstrated early in life a passion for dance and music. Her conducting draws on these two passions and shows the ways in which music and movement are interconnected. Mariana studied under Dr. Emilie Amrein at Lake Forest College, IL. There she served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lake Forest College Choirs. Additionally, she works with the Soundcompany children's choir and is the happy director of the Junior group. Mariana is very interested in different cultures, and loves the ways in which music overcomes barriers and brings people together, no matter how different their backgrounds are.
Ensemble
Taylor Greene
Taylor Greene is an upcoming freshman at the University of Tennessee, where she will be studying music education. She is excited to start the semester! Taylor has enjoyed doing theater in high school and has been involved in Once Upon a Mattress, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Oklahoma. She would like to thank God for all the opportunities she has received, and her family for their support. Taylor hopes you will enjoy this show as much as she has enjoyed being in it!
Diana Devereaux
Adara Towler Hosmer
Adara Towler recently graduated from the University of Tennessee with her bachelors of music degree. Adara has performed with the Tennessee Valley Players as Patsy West in Girl Crazy, Mona Page in Curtains, and as part of the ensemble in Kiss Me, Kate. Adara has performed with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Badessa in Suor Angelica, and as part of the ensemble in Don Giovanni, Street Scene, and L'Elisir d'Amore. She has also performed as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Meg Brockie in Brigadoon. Adara will be starting a new, exciting chapter in her life next year in the graduate music program at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Room Service
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!
Scrubwoman
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!
Ensemble
Diane Keefe
Diane Troch Keefe is pleased to be supporting this wonderful production. She performed on stage in Tennessee Valley Players productions of Girl Crazy (2011), Of Thee I Sing (2012), and South Pacific (2013). Diane is a Lifetime Member of Dance Educators of America. She owned and operated the Miss Diane School of Dance for over 20 years in New York. After moving to Tennessee, Diane operated the After School Dance Program at the Farragut Intermediate School and at the Westside Unitarian Universalist Church. Diane choreographed, produced and directed numerous Dance Recitals as well performances for the Farragut Intermediate School, St. John Neumann School, the AARP and other organizations through the years. Diane has also been seen in The Wiz at the Oak Ridge Playhouse.
Throttlebottom
Braxton Kiser
Braxton Kiser was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has always loved acting, singing, and dancing. Braxton is a sophomore at Karns High School. He has been in multiple shows, but this is his first community musical. Braxton has been seen as Gideon Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, an orphan in Oliver!, and Jud Fry in Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! this past academic year. He is glad to be joining such a great cast and director with Of Thee I Sing. Braxton would like to thank God for giving him this wonderful gift! 'Look Mom and Dadů I did it!'
Ensemble
Ben Koretko
Ben Koretko was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up in the small town of Masonville. At first acting was a way for him to escape and it grew to be his passion. Ben has done many shows but playing Oberon in A Mid Summer's Night Dream is a favorite role. Ben's high school choir/acting teacher was Caryn Marlowe and he considers it an honor to be in this show with her and the rest of the cast and crew! Ben would like to thank all his supporters! He can't wait to see what happens next!
Ensemble
Levi Krevinghaus
Levi Krevinghaus is extremely honored to be working with such an amazing group of actors, actresses, and directors. You may recognize Levi from the local theatre scene in such shows as Grease, The Producers, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Drowsy Chaperone, Scrooge, Serpents Reign and The Nutcracker just to name a few. He would like to thank all of his friends and family, Brothers and Sisters of the theatre world, his better half Casey D. Smith and all of you for showing your support for the creative arts! PLAY ON!
Mary Turner
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.
John Wintergreen
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
Ariel Murray
Ariel Murray is a seventh grade student at Gresham Middle School. This is her first musical theatre experience. She enjoys playing the saxophone in the GMS Band. She also takes dance at Dancer's Studio. She has studied there for five years. Ariel would like to thank her grandparents, uncles, and aunts for all their love and support.
Guide
Stacey Murray
Stacy Murray is a music teacher at New Hopewell Elementary School. She is the mother of Ariel Murray, and this is the first show they have done together. Stacey appeared last year in the Tennessee Valley Players production of Girl Crazy. Stacey has performed with the UT Opera Theatre in Cosi Fan Tutte, Suor Angelica, and Mikado. She has also performed with the UT Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Stacey also toured with Concert Choir to England for the International Cathedral Music Festival. She would like to thank her parents, Joe and Phyllis Murray for encouraging her love of music. Also to thank her many teachers that have helped her along the way, Deanna Dunlap, Jerry Lee, Martin Paschall, Keith McClleland, and Dr. Angela Batey. Enjoy the show!
Doctor
Stacey Murray
Stacy Murray is a music teacher at New Hopewell Elementary School. She is the mother of Ariel Murray, and this is the first show they have done together. Stacey appeared last year in the Tennessee Valley Players production of Girl Crazy. Stacey has performed with the UT Opera Theatre in Cosi Fan Tutte, Suor Angelica, and Mikado. She has also performed with the UT Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Stacey also toured with Concert Choir to England for the International Cathedral Music Festival. She would like to thank her parents, Joe and Phyllis Murray for encouraging her love of music. Also to thank her many teachers that have helped her along the way, Deanna Dunlap, Jerry Lee, Martin Paschall, Keith McClleland, and Dr. Angela Batey. Enjoy the show!
French Ambassardor
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.
Ensemble
John Pevey
John Pevey is excited to be in his second musical with the Tennessee Valley Players, following his debut last summer as a Supreme Court justice/Reporter in TVP's production of Of Thee I Sing. John is a graduate student in the nuclear engineering department at UT. John would also like to thank the rest of the cast and crew for another great show and hopes you have fun!
Ensemble
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.
Senator Jones
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).
Senator Lyons
Kris Phillips
Kris Phillips is thrilled to be working with Tennessee Valley Players again; some of his recent roles have been Henri in South Pacific, Senator Lyons in Of Thee I Sing, and The Dropper in the Ladder Plays. He was also recently given the opportunity to direct The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at KHS. Kris is currently attending Pellissippi State Community College and his favorite activities are movie watching, movie reviewing, and movie movieing. He would like to thank his family and friends that have supported him over the years and to those who didn't he'd like to say... Actually, nevermind, that's a story for another day.
Senate Clerk
George Rouvelas
George Rouvelas a native of Manchester, Tennessee is delighted to be in his third show with the Tennessee Valley Players. His past theatrical experience includes Anything Goes (Purser, 2008), and Girl Crazy (Eagle Rock, 2011) both with TVP. He also sings tenor in the Knoxville Opera Chorus and has appeared in La Traviata (2011) and Otello (2012). He is also a soloist in the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers and Farragut Presbyterian Chancel Choir since 2005. George is pursuing his MS degree in physical chemistry with a minor in computational science. He is a student of John Z. Larese.
Jenkins
George Rouvelas
George Rouvelas a native of Manchester, Tennessee is delighted to be in his third show with the Tennessee Valley Players. His past theatrical experience includes Anything Goes (Purser, 2008), and Girl Crazy (Eagle Rock, 2011) both with TVP. He also sings tenor in the Knoxville Opera Chorus and has appeared in La Traviata (2011) and Otello (2012). He is also a soloist in the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers and Farragut Presbyterian Chancel Choir since 2005. George is pursuing his MS degree in physical chemistry with a minor in computational science. He is a student of John Z. Larese.
Fulton
Gordon Sisk
Gordon McBride Sisk III began his career as a high school junior with set design. From there it was only out front. His senior year saw a turn as Albert Peterson in Bye Bye, Birdie. After college it was years of community theater with roles as Abner in Lil' Abner, Mr. Dussell in Diary of Anne Frank, Grandpa Vanderhof in You Can't Take it With You, Snoopy in Snoopy, and Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple. This marks his return to the stage after a twenty-eight year hiatus. I am thrilled to be back on the boards with this fabulous cast!
Ensemble
Penny Skeen
Penny Skeen from Oak Ridge, has been involved in music since junior high where she was in the choir and school dramatic productions. Penny took modern, jazz and tap dance for ten years and was in her college dance club. She has sung on the praise team at church for seventeen years, and has choreographed church productions. Last summer Penny played an extra in a Christian movie, Laughing at the Moon. She also has had her own band, Full Circle by Grace. Penny has sung with a Tennessee Prison for Women ministry and led worship for evangelists in her home.
Ensemble
Casey Smith
Casey D. Smith is happy to participate in her first production with Tennessee Valley Players. Casey has been involved in many productions locally. Some of her favorites are: Hamlet (Ophelia), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), and A Midsummer Nights Dream (Snug) with the Tennessee Stage Company; Pippin (The Leading Player), The Sound of Music (Maria), Big River (Mary Jane), The Rocky Horror Show (Trixie), Scrooge (Isabelle), and Serpent's Reign.? She is really thrilled to be doing another show with her better half, Levi E. Krevinghaus and is happy Mary Puppins could come along with this adventure. Cheers to working with an amazingly sweet group of people that have filled each rehearsal with fun, and joy! Enjoy the show!
Ensemble
Courtney Wheeler
Courtney Wheeler is a sophomore majoring in psychology at Lincoln Memorial University. Although this is her first show with the Tennessee Valley Players, she has done three other shows., two with Karns High School, one in which she played Millie in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and one with Railsplitter Playhouse on Lincoln Memorial campus. In addition to shows, she has had eleven years of dance experience at A Step Above Dance Studio and one year of private voice lessons with Caryn Marlowe. Courtney looks forward to doing more shows with the Tennessee Valley Players in the future.
Ensemble
Amber Rose WIlson
Amber Rose Wilson is overjoyed to be a part of this production! This is her fifth show with the Tennessee Valley Players and definitely her favorite so far. A graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Amber is a rising sophomore at the University of Tennessee studying communications. Recently you may have seen her as Meg in the Clarence Brown production of Wrens. Her shows with TVP include Kiss Me Kate, Curtains, Girl Crazy, and Of Thee I Sing. Amber wishes to thank her family and friends for always supporting her and Edmund and Dr. Batey for working around her busy schedule.
Lippman
Rick WIlson
Rick Wilson is excited to be back onstage with old friends and new ones with the Tennessee Valley Players. Previously, Rick portrayed Sam Mason in TVP's production of Girl Crazy and Louis Lippman in Of Thee I Sing. In addition to dabbling in theatre: Sins & Secrets - Carthage. When not dabbling in theatre or TV, Rick is the QA and Product Test Manager for FLIR Detection in Oak Ridge and is thankful for the support of his wife Andrea and their three children: Amber Rose, Spencer, and Faith.
Ensemble
Chad Wood
Chad Wood is honored to be working with Dr. Batey, Edmund, and the entire cast and crew of Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing! This is Chad's first time working with the Tennessee Valley Players. He would like to thank his family and friends for their love and undying support. Chasing a dream and moving right along. Thanks to all those who support the arts!

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Lighting Designer and Operator
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
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.
Dance Captain
Mariana Garciagodoy
Mariana Garciagodoy is currently in the graduate choral conducting program at the University of Tennessee, under the tutelage of Dr. Angela Batey. Originally from Mexico City, Mariana demonstrated early in life a passion for dance and music. Her conducting draws on these two passions and shows the ways in which music and movement are interconnected. Mariana studied under Dr. Emilie Amrein at Lake Forest College, IL. There she served as the Assistant Conductor for the Lake Forest College Choirs. Additionally, she works with the Soundcompany children's choir and is the happy director of the Junior group. Mariana is very interested in different cultures, and loves the ways in which music overcomes barriers and brings people together, no matter how different their backgrounds are.
Stage Manager
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.
Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Miracle
Backstage Assistant
Misty Price
Bass
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.