Thoroughly Modern Millie (2007)

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.
Choreography
Gayle Greene
Primary Accompanist
Tami Newsom
Tami Newsom is an accomplished musician and choral director and is proficient on a variety of instruments including the piano, organ, flute, and mountain dulcimer. She is a Past-Dean of the Knoxville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. She first began her musical career at the age of 6, learning to play piano. At age 13, under the guidance and tutelage of her music instructors, Robbie Roseberry and Peter Picerno, she began playing the organ at First Cumberland Presbyterian in Memphis, where she remained for 25 years. As an accomplished singer, Ms. Newsom was a member of a Memphis-based auditioned ensemble, The Wolf River Singers. Simultaneously, she was part of their elite Ensemble Singer program. She has sat in as a juried member in the euphonium section of many music students' final exams. She is Associate Director of Music at Farragut Presbyterian Church and pursuing her second career as a double major in sacred music and religious studies at the University of Tennessee.

CAST MEMBERS

One of Muzzys boys
Mike Arwood
Mrs. Meers
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!
Gloria
Alex Bryant
Lucille
Laura Cate
Dishwasher
Laura Cate
Jimmy Smith
Kevin Crowe
Cora
Brooke Cunningham
George Gershwin
Elliot DeVore
One of Muzzys boys
Elliot Devore
Ira Gershwin
Dustin Gibson
One of Muzzys boys
Dustin Gibson
One of Muzzys boys
Josh Ginsburg
Bun Foo
Bobby Gintz
Bobby Gintz is delighted to be appearing again with Tennessee Valley Players. He has performed in three other TVP productions - as Harry The Horse in Guys and Dolls, Bun Foo in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Captain in Anything Goes. Bobby has also appeared as The Baker in SKIT's production of Into The Woods. He is honored to be a part of this production and wants to thank the cast for their youthful enthusiasm, dedication and incredible talent. He also wants to thank Edmund Bolt, Dr. Angie Batey, Tami Newsom and Nicole Jackson for their untiring professionalism and commitment to getting these hoodlums in line! West Side Story is particularly meaningful to Bobby. As a young child, he clearly remembers Bernstein and Sondheim's powerful score coming from the phonograph, filling the house with beautiful sound while his parents relived their own Broadway experience of the show. This experience kindled in him a lifelong love of musical theatre that has brought incredible joy over the years.
Rita
Becky Hatmaker
Miss Flannery
Julie Howard
Julie Howard is happy to be back on stage with the Tennessee Valley Players in this fabulous show. She has appeared in numerous TVP productions over the years - Cole, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Curtains, Jerry's Girls, Les Mis to name a few. She has especially enjoyed her many performances in various Nunsense productions, appearing as Sister Leo and more recently as Sister Amnesia. Retired from life as a trial attorney, Julie finds her days full of many different adventures, none of them occurring in the woods! Thanks to Angie, Kate and this wonderful cast for making this time together so fun. Special thanks to the Royal Wanna-Be Family members - Wade, Rachel and Laura!
Daphne
Kristin Loy
Muzzy van Hossmere
Allyson Lynch
Kenneth
Matt Lyscas
One of Muzzys boys
Matt Lyscas
Mr. Trevor Graydon
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.
Ethel Peas
Megan McElmurray
Mathilde
Megan McElmurray
Policeman
Mike McElmurray
Dexter
Mike McElmurray
The Pearl Lady
Amy McKinney
Amy McKinney is a graduate of Lee University with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology. While a student at Lee, she sang with both the Evangelistic Singers and Choral Union and also performed in five other shows with the Tennessee Valley Players, including Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls (her favorite) and last year's Curtains! Amy is excited to be working with the Tennessee Valley Players as choreographer this summer! This is her first experience choreographing a full musical production, but has had a blast working with the cast. She just moved to Kansas City to pursue graduate studies in professional counseling, and wants to thank the cast for being so wonderful and learning the choreography in such a short time! You are all amazing and the show would not be the same without each of you dancing so beautifully!
Miss Dorothy Brown
Natalee McReynolds
One of Muzzys boys
Will Parker
Rodney
Will Parker
The Lerch
Will Parker
Ruth
Margaret Patton
Ensemble
Brittany Rinehart
Brittany Rinehart is entering her third year as a graduate student in the clinical doctorate program of audiology at the University of Tennessee. She is a former Knoxville Icebears dancer and has also performed for the UT dance company. She has been dancing since she was three years old and enjoys performing. She has enjoyed performing in the Tennessee Valley Player's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and Curtains. This is her fourth musical with TVP and she is honored to have the opportunity to choreograph this year's performance. It has been such a rewarding experience and hopefully it will not be the last. Brittany is so thankful to have this experience to share with her sisters. A special thanks goes out to Terry and Monica Rinehart for always supporting her in every 'task' and 'project' she takes on.
Ensemble
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.
Muquin
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.
Dorothy Parker
Carol Shelton
Ching Ho
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'.
Ensemble
Savannah Squires
Millie Dillmount
Christine Tankersley
Ensemble
Jennifer Tatum
Jennifer Tatum is happy to be back on the Tennessee Valley Players stage! She received her BFA in Directing/Musical Theatre Performance from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Previous favorite roles include Enid in Legally Blonde, the Musical. Countless thanks to Edmund, Dr. Batey, Tami, Carol, our talented cast and crew, and of course her Savior.
Dishwasher
Jennifer Tatum
Jennifer Tatum is happy to be back on the Tennessee Valley Players stage! She received her BFA in Directing/Musical Theatre Performance from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Previous favorite roles include Enid in Legally Blonde, the Musical. Countless thanks to Edmund, Dr. Batey, Tami, Carol, our talented cast and crew, and of course her Savior.
Alice
Jennifer White
New Modern
Jennifer Leigh White

PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Lighing Desiger & Supertitles
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
Stage Manager
Allison Crye
Light Board Operator
Bobby Crye
Percussionist
Deric Dickens
Backstage Assistant
Marla Hensley
Backstage Assistant
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
Eric D. Merickel
Follow Spot
Connie Miller
French Horn
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.
Bass
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).
Follow Spot
Jackie WIlson