Circle Players Proudly Presents

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Book by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Based on the Latent Image/Specific Films Motion Picture
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc

Circle Players Inc.
In association with nullarbor productions
And in association with MGM on stage

Musical arrangements and orchesrations by stephen 'spud' murphy
developed for the stage and originally directed by simon phillips

October 1-17, 2021
Looby theatre

 Cast

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Shane Patrick Hoffmann

Tick/Mitzi

Fresh from Seattle, Washington, Shane is excited to make his Nashville debut with Circle Players! Favorite past roles include Frank in The Rocky Horror Show (Burien Actors Theatre), Roger Debris in The Producers (Seattle Musical Theatre), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre), Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz (Bainbridge Performing Arts) and Jason in Bare: A Pop Opera (Western Washington University). Shane would like to thank their family and friends for supporting his move and love of performing. Most importantly thanks to their partner, Jordan. They couldn’t have done this without the endless love and encouragement to be proud, visible, and authentically themselves.

Macon Kimbrough

Macon Kimbrough

Bernadette

Macon is excited to be in another Circle Players production.  Previous roles in Circle shows include George in La Cage Aux Folles, Mr. Ismay in Titanic! The Musical, Mr. Bumble in Oliver! and Dr. Livesay in Treasure Island. Other Roles include Harold in The Boys in the Band, Roy Cohn in Angels in America: Perestroika, Brian in The Shadow Box, and Wardell in Sordid Lives. Macon also directed Circle’s Mame and designed the set for The Wedding Singer.

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Nickie Page

Adam

Nickie Page is so excited to share this work of fun-filled entertainment with you and welcomes you to our Queendom. Nickie’s favorite past show credits in Nashville include Cabaret, The Wedding Singer, and Hair. Nickie has also enjoyed working with bands, short-films and commercials. Many thanks to the cast and crew. To Jim and Circle: thank you for an opportunity to bring light in this space when there has been so much darkness this past year. Thank you to my loved ones for filling my well with love and support.

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Salvador Miranda

Ensemble/Bob

Salvador Miranda is excited to be part of his first production with Circle Players as a member of the Ensemble and as Bob. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, he has been living in Nashville since completing his time at Vanderbilt University where he studied Performance and Culture with an emphasis in Voice. There he performed with Vanderbilt Off-Broadway, Vanderbilt’s Original Cast, and toured/recorded with the Vanderbilt Chorale. Most recent roles include Gerard in American Idiot and Waiter in First Date. He is thrilled to be a part of this cast and hopes you enjoy the hard work the whole cast and crew have put in!

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Veronika Electronika

Miss Understanding

Veronika Electronika (aka Steven James Raimo) was born and raised in New York City before moving to Nashville in the Summer of 2000.  In 2002, Veronika began her career as a drag performer and has never met a stage that she couldn't tackle.  She has performed in multiple stage productions, most notably Torch Song Trilogy, Sitcom: Thank you for Sisters, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom and  The Laramie Project  just to name a few. You can find Veronika on stage performing, hosting and storytelling all throughout the Mid-South, but her favorite place to be, as a former Miss TN Continental, is right here in Music City. Find Veronika at: VEdrag.com

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Tammy Sims

Diva

Tammy Sims has only been in Nashville since January 2021, after leaving her home in Louisiana to follow her best friend to Tennessee. Although Tammy is brand new to Nashville and loving the Nashville life, she is certainly not brand new to the stage. This year marks 35 years of acting, singing, and dancing on stages in Louisiana, Colorado, and now...Tennessee.  She can't wait to show off her inner and (let's face it) her outer Diva. Besides her BFF, Mindy, she brought her brother, Frank, along on this adventure.  Her daughter, Stephanie stayed back in Louisiana, along with her hubby, Scott, and Dalmatians, Gracie & Brees.

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Mary-Molly Storey

Diva

Mary-Molly Storey is so excited to be back on stage with Circle Players channeling her inner diva! A native of Nashville and musical theatre graduate of AMDA in NYC, she recently moved back after studying and working in New York for the last seven years. Before Priscilla, she just wrapped up playing Shelby in Steel Magnolias with Playhouse 615. She is eternally grateful to her friends and family for their love and support and would like to thank all of those involved in Priscilla for making the return to live theatre so wonderful. A special shout out to her best four-legged pal Dewey for understanding her role requires her to sing around the house...a lot. Love and light.

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Chelseai Cunningham

Diva

Chelseai Cunningham arrived in Nashville to attend the illustrious Fisk University in 2016. During her freshman year she auditioned for the world-renowned ensemble, The Fisk Jubilee Singers. That year she made the group as an apprentice, but after re-auditioning her sophomore year, she spent the rest of her college career as a traveling singer. During her time at Fisk, she also starred in several theatrical productions, including Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, The Wiz, and The Colored Museum.  She finished her undergraduate education with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance in December, 2020. Chelsea is currently teaching preschool with plans of getting her master’s degree in the spring.

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Jodie Mowrey

Marion

Jodie Mowrey has been dancing her whole life and singing for half of it. She started with Evansville Dance Theatre's pre-professional company in Indiana, where she performed multiple roles including the Snow Queen in the Nutcracker. From there she went on to study dance at Interlochen Arts Academy, a boarding high school for the arts in northern Michigan. There she choreographed for and performed in multiple ballet, modern and jazz productions.  Graduating with the Young Artist Award in Dance and honorable mentions in modern dance and choreography in the national A.R.T.S. competition, she went on to The Ohio State University.  After one year as a modern dance major, she took a long hiatus from dance, began studying voice and built a career in digital marketing. After earning an MBA from Columbia Business School and receiving their top marketing award, she worked in advertising agencies in New York, Indiana and Nashville. Once established in her new career, she was able to add teaching dance, choreography and theater performance back into her life. She has been a church soloist in both Indiana and Nashville, choreographed multiple high school and community musicals, directed dance ensembles, and taught ballet and modern dance. She continues to coach seasoned dancers in perfecting their art and performs regularly with The Dancer Project. In Nashville she has choreographed for Circle Players, Act 1, and her own group of dancers.

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Cary Foust Street

Ensemble/Shirley

Cary Foust Street is thrilled to be back on Circle’s stage!  Cary has been performing for more years than she cares to admit!  Favorite stage roles include Phyllis Dale (42nd Street), Judy Turner (A Chorus Line), Bombalurina (CATS), Vera Charles (Mame), and Doc (West Side Story).  Cary also had the honor of performing with Dr. Ming Wang for the Society of Professional Journalists’ Gridiron Show.  Cary works in the field of communication and teaches dance.  Thanks to her family for all their support! Merde!!

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Bria Huckaby

Ensemble/Jimmie

Bria Huckaby is fortunate to be making her debut at Circle Players. She’s a graduate from Texas Wesleyan University with a BA in Theatre. At Wesleyan her credits include, The Hostage (Meg Dillion), Oklahoma: The Musical (Gertie), The Important Hats of the 20th Century (Bev), and Blithe Spirit (Mrs. Bradman). She also starred in To Be Young Gifted and Black (Pale Hecate) at the Jubliee Theatre, Kentucky (Bridesmaid) at the Imprint Theatre, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Eloise) at Theatre Arlington, ‪Neil Simon‬’s Female Odd Couple (Vera) and Baby the musical (Pam) at the MPM Studio Theatre.

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Riley Tench

Ensemble/Dance Captain

Riley tench is a native to Nashville, TN, and is proud to be working with director Jim Manning again and joining the Circle Players family! Her passion has always been dance. She participated on a competition dance team and several concert dance studios. As of right now she is training under Tosha Marie and plans to persue a career as a professional dancer. In pursuit of her dance career she will also be attending Nashville State and studying pre-physical therapy. She is so excited to share the magic of this show with you !

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Chloe LaMar

Ensemble/Cynthia

Chloe LaMar  is so excited to play this wacky role in the iconic show. She has played a wide array of roles including Peggy in the always amazing show Godspell, Poly in the world premiere of the musical Sayre, Adriana and MC Hendleberg in a hilarious production of Bombitty of Errors, Herb in Godspell (1 of 2 shows nominated to perform at 2014 TN Thespian Convention), and 15 different roles in the four man production of The 39 Steps. In her spare time, Chloe is a partner in Romantribe fashion brand in LA, a musician, avid writer, and passionate animal caregiver.  In 2018, she spent a year pursuing her acting career in LA with a focus in improv. She plans to continue to pursue her career to be an actress on Broadway and voice actress in children's movies. She would like to thank her fond family and fantastic friends for their constant love and support. She also has immense gratitude for the fiercely talented cast and crew that have made this project such a fun and inspiring experience. 

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Sawyer Latham

Ensemble

Sawyer Latham is an actor based in Nashville, TN, and he is excited to be joining circle players once again! He was previously Morris in Newsies with Circle, directed by the one and only Jim Manning. He has also made appearances across town with Nashville Shakespeare Festival in Pericles and The Tempest! If acting doesn’t work out he plans on stealing a boat, going to the Bahamas, and becoming a pirate.

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Luke McGuire

Ensemble

Luke McGuire recently graduated MTSU in May with a major in theatre performance for young audiences. You may have seen him in Little Thistle’s Fallen Angels (Willy), MTSU’s  Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), Six Degrees of Separation (Trent) or Alpha Psi Omega productions of As you Dyke It (Couch puppeteer), The Earthling (Daryl) and The Adding Machine (Young Man). He is excited to be a part of this extraordinary production and would like to thank the cast, crew, and friends for this opportunity. He’s really excited to be a part of Priscilla Queen of the Desert because it’s his first show with Circle Players.

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Averi Thompson

Ensemble

Avery is excited to join Circle Players in this fun production. She has been performing since the age of three in dance classes and community theaters in her home state of Georgia. She graduated from Tennessee State University in May, 2021, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors and listening to true crime podcasts.

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Sadie Sims

Benji (Oct 1-10)

Sadie is excited to join this super-talented cast for her first appearance on the Circle Players stage. Previously, you may have seen her at The Theater Bug in her favorite role, Tree Hugger, in The Paper Bag Princess or in Secondhand Wings as Young Robby. Additionally, she has appeared in Selfie the Musical and the Winter Concert at the Bug. When she’s not onstage she loves playing softball, jumping on the trampoline, and visiting Disney World every chance she gets. 

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Alex Hillaker

Benji (Oct 14-17)

Alex is thrilled to make his stage debut alongside some of Nashville's finest performers in Priscilla. A second grader at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Alex has a love of music and all things theatrical, enjoys nature hikes and traveling with family, and knows the word to every Alice Cooper song by heart. He thanks Jim and Jodie for this opportunity and sends a shout out to his besties Lucia and Julian, his siblings Nick and Morgan, his Circle Players extended family (Tim, LaTonya, Amber, Josh, Tonya), mom and dad, and all those who have collectively encouraged him to shine his creative light. 

Production Team
And Crew

Director: 
Jim Manning     

Music Director:
Noah rice     

Producer:
Brian Jones 
   
stage manager: 
Ryleigh Thor   
 
Set Designer:
Jim Manning
   
audio Designer: 
Cameron Cleland

Lighting Designer: 
Daryl Ritchie

Prop designer: 
Janet Kleinfelter

Fight Choreographer: 
Clay Hillwig

Dialect Coach: 
Mark Lyons

Choreographers:
Caitlin Del Casino
Caren Lyons
Tosha Marie
Jodie Mowrey

Emma Williams

Costume Designers:
Cat Arnold
Lynda Cameron Bayer
Caitlin Del Casino
Priscilla Eaton
Denese Kelley
Macon Kimbrough
LT Kirk
Jennifer Kleine
Jim Manning
Jodie Mowrie

Jocelyn Melechinsky
Renee Sola
Natalie Stone
Natasha Tibbott