Pirates of Penzance (2016)

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.
Assistant Stage Director
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.
Staged and Directed
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
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.
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

Ensemble
Chris Alleman
Chris Alleman is excited to perform in his first show with Tennessee Valley Players. He has participated in the musicals Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, and 42nd Street. He is a graduate of Central High School and is now attending the University of Tennessee as a Kinesiology major pursuing a career in physical therapy. Chris would like to thank his directors and family for the wonderful opportunities they have given him.
Ensemble
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.
Major-General Stanley
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.
Ruth
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!
Ensemble
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.
Mabel
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
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.
Ensemble
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.
Edith
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!
Ensemble
Maurice Chunn
Maurice Antonio Chunn II is a junior at Central High School, where he is a member of The National Achievers Society, All State Choir, Bobcat Company/ Bel Canto and the Track Team. He is a member of Freedom Fellowship Christian Church where he serves in the choir. Maurice's accomplishments include the opening solo in The Mighty Musical Monday at the Tennessee Theater, Tennessee Governors School of the Arts, 2nd place National Orpheus Music Competition and acceptance into Schmidt Vocal institute in Oxford, Ohio for the summer. Upon graduating Maurice plans to major in vocal performance with a minor in musical theater.
Ensemble
Ryan Colbert
Ryan Colbert has been praised for 'rendering text with a touching tenderness' (Berkshire Fine Arts) and making 'a feast of quirky dramatic contrasts...while smoothing it with a velvety vocal line' (ArtsKnoxville). Last summer, she made her New York City debut with OperaRox Productions at the historic Stonewall Inn as Mrs. Webster in Griffin Candey's Sweets by Kate; a role she also performed with Marble City Opera and in the world premiere at the Midwest Institute of Opera. Other credits include Lady with a Cake Box (Postcard from Morocco) with Marble City Opera; Alcina (Alcina) with the Classics at Cokesbury Festival; Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) with the Oak Ridge Philharmonia; Sarah Good (The Crucible), Fortuna (Ulysses), and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflote) with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre. She recently graduated with her bachelors degree in vocal performance at the University of Tennessee, where she was a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers. In the fall, Ryan will attend the University of Delaware to pursue a masters degree in vocal performance and will serve as the graduate assistant for opera theatre.
Ensemble
Paul Davis
Paul Davis III is excited to perform in his third Tennessee Valley Players production. Previous credits include Captain's Purser in Anything Goes and as a bumbling policeman in TVP's 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance. Paul is a junior at the University of Tennessee pursuing a degree in vocal music education. He is a proud member of the UT Chamber Singers and UT Singers. Paul would like to thank his family and friends for always being there and helping him achieve his goals.
Sergeant of Police
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.
Frederic
Jack Francis
Jack Francis is excited to perform in his fourth Tennessee Valley Players production. Jack is a senior at the University of Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in vocal music education. He has been a member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers, and performed in TVP's production of West Side Story as a Jet, Pirates of Penzance as Frederic and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. He has also performed in several University of Tennessee Opera Theater productions including Don Giovanni, Medea, and The Magic Flute, as well as Ezekiel Cheever in UTOT's production of The Crucible. Jack would like to thank his friends, family, and colleagues for all of their support.
Ensemble
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!
Ensemble
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.
Ensemble
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.
Samuel
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.
Ensemble
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.
Ensemble
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.
Ensemble
Arthur McAfee
Arthur McAfee is elated to be a part of his first Tennessee Valley Players Production. His musical credits include: 42nd Street, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and The Wiz. This past season he was featured in several Knoxville Opera productions including, Mefistofeles and Tosca. Arthur is a student of Cecily Nall. He will continue working on his bachelor's degree in music education (vocal emphasis) at The University of Tennessee this coming fall. Arthur would like to thank his family and friends for the generous amounts of encouragement and support, and most importantly the man above for blessing him with the opportunity.
Ensemble
Terrance McBride
Terrance McBride is excited to perform in his third show with Tennessee Valley Players. He participated in the TVP musicals West Side Story and Pirates of Penzance. His most recent shows include Phantom of the Opera (Phantom) and Sweeney Todd. Terrance attended Tennessee Governors School for the Arts in June 2015 and studied opera in England in July 2016. He is a graduate of Farragut High School and will be attending Maryville College in the fall as a vocal performance major. Terrance would like to thank his directors, teachers, family, and friends for their love and support.
Ensemble
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.
The Pirate King
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
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.
Ensemble
Nicholas Pitarro
Nicholas Pitarro has returned for his second Tennessee Valley Players performance. He has participated in the musicals Little Women and The Music Man, and most recently Tennessee Valley Players 2016 production of Pirates of Penzance. Nicholas graduated from Karns High School in May 2016, and is looking forward to starting his first semester of college in this fall. He would like to thank hisfriends, family, directors, and Mrs. Marlowe for always pushing him to be the best he could be.
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!
Kate
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).
Ensemble
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!
Isabel
Emily Weaver
Emily Weaver is a rising sophomore at Bearden High School and is very excited to be in her first production with the Tennessee Valley Players. She has been in past productions of Cinderella, The Music Man, and The Phantom Tollbooth. Emily has also participated in choirs such as SDACDA, Knoxville Honors Choir, All East, and the WVMS ensemble. Next year, she will be in musical theatre, advanced acting, and Bearden Singers, all at BHS. She would like to thank her friends, family, and teachers for helping her prepare for the show.

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!
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.
Box Office
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.
Box Office
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!
Lighting Designer and Operator
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.
Stage Manager
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
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. She is the former Dean of Mathematics at Pellissippi State Community College and QEP Director for the college. Pevey is President of the TVP Board of Directors.
Bassist
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.
Costume Coordinator
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.