South Pacific (2013)

Music Director
Dr. Angela Batey
Dr. Angela L. Batey is Associate Dean in the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences. She is also Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Music, as well as Director of Choral Activities. Dr. Batey is recognized as a prominent conductor, clinician, adjudicator and teacher whose wide variety of experience encompasses professional, university, high school, community and church choruses. She conducts the UT Chamber Singers, and teaches conducting courses at the graduate level. Additionally, she is Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church. In June of 2007, she made her conducting debut at Carnegie Hall to a rare standing ovation. In July 2012, she took the UT Chamber Singers on an invited Cathedral Choral Residency to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, and in 2015 did the same in London and Canterbury, England. In May, 2017 the Chamber Singers sang an invited Choral Evensong at Washington National Cathedral. Next month she and the Chamber Singers will return to Ireland for a two-week tour. Dr. Batey holds two degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in music education and musical theatre; a master's degree from The Florida State University in music education and the doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of South Carolina.
Staged and Directed
Edmund Bolt
Edmund Bolt is directing his twenty-fifth musical for Tennessee Valley Players with Anything Goes. He is especially honored to be working once again with Dr. Angela Batey, Musical Director, for the fourteenth terrific summer. This super cast of thirty-six talented singers and actors brings this Cole Porter show to life once again. Edmund has appeared in Clarence Brown Theatre and other area productions since 1972. He is proud to be one of the original founders of Tennessee Valley Players in 1980, where he has produced shows, built sets, coordinated props and costumes as well as performed and directed. For many years, he has served on the UT School of Music's Board of Advisors, whose purpose is raise funds for scholarships for UT School of Music students. He is fortunate to be doing what he loves to do, sharing live theatre with the Knoxville community. He is grateful to be able to share his love of theatre with his wonderfully supportive family.
Primary Accompanist
Tami Newsom
Tami Newsom is an accomplished musician and choral director and is proficient on a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, flute, and mountain dulcimer. She is a Past-Dean of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She first began her musical career at the age of 6, learning to play piano. At age 13, under the guidance and tutelage of her music instructors, Robbie Roseberry and Peter Picerno, she began playing the organ at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Memphis, where she remained for 25 years. As an accomplished singer, Ms. Newsom was a member of a Memphis-based auditioned ensemble, The Wolf River Singers. Simultaneously, she was part of their elite Ensemble Singer program. She has sat in as a juried member in the euphonium section of many music students' final exams. She is Associate Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church and pursuing her second career as a double major in sacred music and religious studies at the University of Tennessee.
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.

CAST MEMBERS

Liat
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.
Cpl. Hamilton Steeves, USMC
Trenton Berry
Trenton Berry is excited to be joining the Tennessee Valley Players this season. A 2013 graduate of Lenoir City High School, he was actively involved in the choir program and attended the All-East Tennessee Honor Choir all four years of high school. Also, he was a member of the Honor's band program at LCHS, playing various instruments. In the roles of the Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz) and Kenickie (Grease), Trenton participated in Lenoir City High School's musical theatre program. He will be attending the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota to pursue a degree in music education.
Bloody Mary
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!
Ensign Sue Yaeger
Gloria Borum
Gloria Borum is very excited to be back with the Tennessee Valley Players again this summer. She played Ensign Sue Yeager in last year's production of South Pacific. She was a member of the Knoxville Choral Society (KCS) for many years and sang yearly at the Clayton Holiday Concerts. Gloria toured Central Europe in 2002 with the KCS, singing in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. She has sung solos and in small ensembles at her hometown church. Gloria has participated in Christmas and Easter concerts with the Farragut Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and UT Chamber Singers. A University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in English, she is a technical writer for a software company in Knoxville.
Lt. Joseph Cable
William Brimer
William Brimer has lived his entire life in East Tennessee. Born in the middle of five musical and often quite dramatic children, he is excited to be back on stage. William has performed in community and school productions of The Complete History of America (Abridged), Godspell, Oliver, Kiss Me, Kate, and many more. He has just completed his masters of music in music education at the University of Tennessee and hopes to continue to live and teach in the area. Lastly, William would like to thank his family and housemates for their support!
Richard West, seabee
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.
Ensign Janet MacGregor
Roxanne Cabrera
Roxanne Cabrera is thrilled to be a part of another Tennessee Valley Players production. She received her bachelor degree in vocal Music Education and master's degree in choral conducting from the UT School of Music, where she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Previous TVP credits include Erma in Anything Goes, Edith in Pirates of Penzance, Eponine in Les Miserables, Anita in West Side Story, and Nurse Janet in South Pacific. She is the Director of Choral Activities at Whittle Springs Middle School and Director of Music at Luminary United Methodist Church. Thank you to all my family and friends for your support and love.
Ensign Dinah Murphy
Erin Carter
Erin Carter is delighted to make her debut with the Tennessee Valley Players. She completed a bachelor of arts in music at Maryville College in 2012. Erin was a member of the Concert Choir and MC Jazz Band. While at Maryville College she also sang with the Chamber Choir at New Providence Presbyterian Church and is now a cantor and member of the choir at Sacred Heart Cathedral. She is thrilled and honored to be a part of this wonderful production!
Professor
Cody Galyon
Cody Galyon is excited to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players this season for the first time. Cody is a senior at the University of Tennessee and is pursuing degrees in vocal performance and music education. A Seymour, Tennessee native, Cody has performed the roles of Parpignol (La Boheme) and Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre, traveled with the UT Chamber Singers through Ireland and singing in some of the country's most famous churches. Cody has also been a featured guest soloist of many congregations in the area, including St. Johns Episcopal Church and Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church.
Ensign Maria Lynne
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.
Yeoman Herbert Quale
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.
Sgt. Kenneth Johnson, USMC
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.
Tom O'Brien, sailor
Kayne Johnson
Kayne Johnson is a freshman at Karns High School and honored to be a part of the Tennessee Valley Players. He recently performed in Hello, Dolly! for the KHS musical theatre group. During his freshman year he was involved in honors chorus and musical theater. While at Karns Middle School he was a member of the Encore Honors Chorus and Knox County Honors Chorus. During his eighth grade year, he played the part of Rooster in Annie Jr.
Ensign Pamela Whitmore
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.
Lead Nurse Lt. Genevieve Marshall
Cara Kitchens
Cara Kitchens is thrilled to be back this summer in her fourth production with the Tennessee Valley Players. Playing the role of Eponine has been a dream since 6th grade when she saw the professional stage production for the first time. Cara is thankful to her husband, family, and friends for their love and support and ultimately the Lord for the many musical opportunities! A few credits include Maria in TVP's West Side Story, Fruma-Sarah in Fiddler on the Roof, and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Jerome
Nathaniel Allen Korniyenko
Nathaniel Allen Korniyenko is a Knoxville native and a proud member of Sound Company, The Children's Performing Choir of Oak Ridge. He has appeared with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra at the Clayton Performing Arts Center, and in 2009, appeared in The Nutcracker in Oak Ridge. Nathaniel is homeschooled. He took a brief break in his acting career to play flag football through Upward Sports. His current project, in addition to his work in South Pacific is in the film industry. Nathaniel has enjoyed working with the Tennessee Valley Players in their production of this wonderful musical!
Ensign Bessie Noonan
Madeline Mancebo
Madeline Mancebo is delighted to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players for the second time. Originally from Knoxville, she is a rising senior at Belmont University, majoring in music business. She has performed with the Tennessee All -State Choir as well as the Belmont University Women's Choir. Madeline has been seen in productions including The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as TVP's production of South Pacific. She also recently appeared as a swing dancer in a music video by The Time Jumpers, with Vince Gill in their Grammy-nominated song 'On the Outskirts of Town'. Madeline wishes to thank her friends and family for all of their love and support.
Emile de Becque
John Maples
John Maples is thrilled to be on the stage once again with the Tennessee Valley Players! He has been seen in previous TVP musicals as Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate), Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls). Most recently, Mr. Maples played the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at South-Doyle High School, where he has been the Director of Choral Activities for 29 years. He also serves as the Director of Music at Lake Forest Presbyterian Church. Mr. Maples holds a bachelor of music education degree with a voice concentration from the University of Tennessee, a master of church music degree in conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an educational specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.
Morton Wise, seabee
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.
Ensign Cora MacRae
Laura McFee-Adams
Laura McFee-Adams is pleased to be performing with Tennessee Valley Players in the current production of South Pacific. Ms. McFee-Adams is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in advertising. She is a member of the Chancel Choir of Farragut Presbyterian Church, and has performed with the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers in Carnegie Hall, on a two-week choral residency program last summer in Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Radio Operator Bob McCaffrey
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.
Lt. Buzz Adams
Matt Parks
Matt Parks is appearing in his third Tennessee Valley Players production after performing as Riff in West Side Story in 2014 and Lt. Buzz Adams in South Pacific in 2013. He completed his masters degree in choral conducting at the University of Tennessee in May. Matt is now looking for work, and if anyone needs a house sitter or plant waterer this summer, please give him a call! He would like to thank professors, friends, and family for all of their support, especially his sweet Momma who flew in from Texas to see the show!
Shore Patrolman
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.
Ensign Pearl Randle
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.
Capt. George Bracket
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).
Henry
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.
Cmdr. William Harbison
David Raulston
David Raulston is excited to be in yet another Tennessee Valley Players production. He was last seen in TVP's production of My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. David has enjoyed many roles over the years starting with Uncle Sam in preschool to most recently Melchoir (Two From Galilee), Smee (Peter Pan), Mr. Marks (The Producers), The King (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella), as well as a non-speaking role in Angel Street. He also lent his voice and musical talent to Norris Little Theatre's production of A Grand Night For Singing. He has enjoyed working backstage as well on productions of My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark, The 39 Steps, Hairspray and On Golden Pond. David would like to thank the cast and crew for a wonderful experience and his family and friends for all their love and support.
James Hayes, sailor
Andrew Reddick
Andrew Reddick will be a senior this next fall at Karns High School. Last summer he performed with Tennessee Valley Players in the production of South Pacific as a sailor. He is very excited to back this summer. Andrew enjoyed working with all the performers and maintained his new friendships. In the Spring of 2013 he performed in Karns High School production of Hello Dolly, and was cast as Ralph Sheldrake in the production of White Christmas in the fall of 2013. Andrew would like to thank his family and friends for their constant love and support.
Luther Billis
Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson is ecstatic to be back in the Carousel Theatre, having performed there many times back when dinosaurs ruled the earth. An alumnus of UT's theatre department, he has appeared in over 115 area productions that encompass musicals, Neil Simon comedies, and even Shakespeare. Besides wetting his toes in directing, Jim has a string of screen appearances to his credit that run the gamut from commercials to a segment of Unsolved Mysteries to a blink-and-you'll-miss-me role in the movie Box of Moonlight. Sailor hats off to Angie Batey, the Bolts, and the cast for the camaraderie!
Ensign Marta Smith
Marissa Stiles
Marissa Stiles is thrilled to be performing with the Tennessee Valley Players for the first time. She is studying at the University of Tennessee majoring in vocal performance and is a member of the University of Tennessee Chamber Singers. She participated in All-East Tennessee Choir for four years, All-State for two years, and also attended Governors School for the Arts. Marissa has been previously seen on the stage in three musical productions as Patty Simcox (Grease), Nellie Forbush (South Pacific), and Maria Rainer (The Sound of Music).
Ensign Nellie Forbush
Deanna Surber
Deanna Surber is very happy to be singing this very well-known beautiful score and to be performing once again with the Tennessee Valley Players. Favorite roles include Lilly/Kate (Kiss Me, Kate), Reno (Anything Goes), Sister Mary Amnesia (and Sister Hubert!) in several versions of (Nunsense), and Edwin Drood (The Mystery of Edwin Drood). Having once enjoyed a professional career in theatre, living and studying in New York, she was part of a National Tour playing Laurey in Oklahoma! After many years performing, Deanna is now creating a career of teaching both private voice using the Somatic Voicework (sm) The LoVetri Method with a focus on Musical Theatre style as well as Performing Power, a technique designed for opera and musical theatre students. Deanna has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Tennessee in theatre as well as an master of fine arts degree from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Many thanks for this opportunity and support from family, Deanna would like to dedicate the joy of performing this role to the memory of both of her grandmothers who loved to say, 'Deanna, get up and sing!'
Stewpot
Jimmy Tucker
Jimmy Tucker, a Knoxville native, is proud to be joining the Tennessee Valley Players. He has appeared in numerous theatrical productions throughout East Tennessee. He was last seen in A Grand Night for Singing at the Little Norris Theater, in Norris, Tennessee. Other credits include: Charles (Pippin), Sonny (Grease), Tin Man (Wizard of Oz), Gad (Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Dancer (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Jamie (My Fair Lady), Lionel understudy (Cinderella), Ghost of Christmas Present (A Christmas Carol), Charles Lightoller (Titanic the Musical), and Bert Healy (Annie). Jimmy has also been the mascot for the Knoxville Ice Bears (Chilly) for numerous years. He is also a proud member of the Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus, as well as many other groups in the area. He would like to thank everyone in the cast for such a great time on the island.
Ensign Connie Walewska
Robyn VanLeigh
Robyn VanLeigh is super pumped to be in her third show with the Tennessee Valley Players. A native of Lenoir City, Robyn has a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee.. Recent roles include Rosalia, West Side Story; Cassandra, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike; and most recently Petra in A Little Night Music. This fall, VanLeigh will begin her Master of Music degree at the University of Utah. This is for you Aunt Christy.
Ngana
Kimmie Wise
Kimmie Grace Wise is thrilled to be in her first production. Originally from Dumaguete, Philippines, Kimmie came to America when she was two years old. She is now twelve years old and in the sixth grade at NorthWest Middle School where she will be a cheerleader next year. She is also an ice skater, skating pairs with her 16-year-old brother Arman, for the Ice Chalet. Kimmie also loves to sing and draw and would like to also begin a modeling career. She goes to Fellowship Church. Kimmie wants everyone to know that she has the most outstanding family and that she has loved meeting everyone in the show.
Staff Sgt. Thomas Hassinger, USMC
Dzmitry Yuran
Dzmitry Yuran is very excited to join the Tennessee Valley Players again this year after a great time in last year's production of South Pacific. A native of Belarus, Dzmitry received his bachelor's degree in communications from the Belarusian State University. He is currently a Ph.D. student and a graduate teaching associate at UT's College of Communication and Information. While teaching journalism classes, he researches mass media and mass communication in various political regimes.

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

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.
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.
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.
Wigs
Sandra Herrera
Set and Properties
Carol Idol
Carol Idol has been involved with Tennessee Valley Players for many years as a back stage assistant, dresser, and stage manager. She also has had memorable roles as a walk-on in a variety of roles: stage manager, cleaning lady, waitress, congressman, Supreme Court Justice have been high points. A devoted lover of community theatre, Carol is much beloved for her positive outlook and giving spirit. There is no doubt that many TVP casts and crews benefited from her work. Thank you, Carol. We love you!
Set and Properties
John Maples
John Maples is thrilled to be on the stage once again with the Tennessee Valley Players! He has been seen in previous TVP musicals as Fred Graham/Petruchio (Kiss Me, Kate), Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and Nathan Detroit (Guys and Dolls). Most recently, Mr. Maples played the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof at South-Doyle High School, where he has been the Director of Choral Activities for 29 years. He also serves as the Director of Music at Lake Forest Presbyterian Church. Mr. Maples holds a bachelor of music education degree with a voice concentration from the University of Tennessee, a master of church music degree in conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an educational specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.
Publicity
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.
Set and Properties
Sarah Miracle
Set and Properties
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!
Costumes
David Raulston
David Raulston is excited to be in yet another Tennessee Valley Players production. He was last seen in TVP's production of My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra. David has enjoyed many roles over the years starting with Uncle Sam in preschool to most recently Melchoir (Two From Galilee), Smee (Peter Pan), Mr. Marks (The Producers), The King (Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella), as well as a non-speaking role in Angel Street. He also lent his voice and musical talent to Norris Little Theatre's production of A Grand Night For Singing. He has enjoyed working backstage as well on productions of My Fair Lady, Wait Until Dark, The 39 Steps, Hairspray and On Golden Pond. David would like to thank the cast and crew for a wonderful experience and his family and friends for all their love and support.
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.
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