Eleanor Aiken (Ensemble-New Rochelle) - This is Eleanor's first show with Circle Players. She is thrilled to finally have the opportunity to perform in one of her favorite musicals. Eleanor was most recently seen playing the roles of Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Catherine in TheForeigner, and Mrs. Sowerberry in Oliver. Eleanor would like to thank God for blessing her with so many amazing opportunities in the Nashville theater community. She would also like to thank Mr. Ledford for introducing her to this beautiful musical and her husband, Matt, for his patience, unconditional love and constant support. Enjoy the show.
Morgan Amond(Ensemble-Immigrant) Morgan is a 5th grader and is excited to be back on stage again for Ragtime. She has appeared in Titanic the Musical; Annie; and My Catskills Summer, and has also worked on several film projects and commercials. She loves horseback riding, singing in the chorus, learning Spanish and being the world’s best big sister.
Laura Amond(Kathleen, Ensemble-Immigrant; Dancer) A native of Pittsburgh, Laura grew up doing local theater. In Nashville, she has been seen in Jekyll & Hyde (Nellie),Titanic the Musical (Kate Mullins), Mame (Sally Cato), and Oliver! (Circle Players); The Producers and Titanic (Keeton Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Boiler Room Theatre). Of course, her favorite role in the world is mom to her three children, Nick, Morgan and Alex. Laura is grateful to help tell the story of Ragtime, which could quite easily be set in present day America.
David Arnold (Father) David is very excited to return to Circle Players as Father in Ragtime the Musical. He last appeared with Circle Players as Thomas Andrews in the 2012 production of TITANIC the Musical. Some of David’s favorite roles include Shrek the Musical (Shrek); in Kiss Me Kate (Fred Graham); Annie Get Your Gun (Frank Butler); The Sound of Music (Captain von Trapp); Evita (Juan Peron); Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), CATS (Old Deuteronomy), Annie (Rooster), Legally Blonde the Musical (Callahan) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Aldolfo). David would like to thank Tim and the entire team for the opportunity to be a part of this amazingly talented cast. He dedicates his performance to his family, especially his wife, Cat, for her love and support.
Brian Best ( Henry Ford, Reporter, Fireman, Whitman, New Rochelle and Immigrant)Brian started singing to a crowd at Shakey’s Pizza Parlor when hewas two-years-old and hasn’t stopped since. In high school, he toured with Wisconsin’s musical ambassadors, Kids From Wisconsin. A graduate of Belmont University with a degree in Commercial Music, Brian performed at Opryland for two seasons. Brian can be heard or seen on recordings and videos for artists such as Sandi Patty, Carman, Reba McEntire and The Judds. He is a Dove Award nominee for his children’s musicalPromise U! and his national touring children’s ministry, BB Angelo, has ministered to crowds from 50 to 15,000 at events including The Billy Graham Kidz Gig in Nashville (www.bbangelo.com). Brian sings with the 40’s Swing trio, Two Tall Divas and a Tip Top Daddy.
Chuch Brown (New Rochelle, Immigrant, Baron's Assistant, Town Hall Bureaucrat, Fireman, Stanford White) This is Chuck’s first production with Circle Players. He is a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in Music Education. Chuck currently teaches at Hunters Lane High School where he is director of Choral Activities, Piano Studies, and IB Music for the International Baccalaureate Programme. He has also been a baritone staff singer at St. George’s Episcopal since 2000. Though it has been a while since Chuck has performed in a stage production, his past credits include My Fair Lady, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Music Man, and Sweeney Todd. At the school where he teaches, Chuck has directed Wizard of Oz, The 25th Annual Putnam Co. Spelling Bee and Dreamgirls. He is excited and honored to be a part of this production of Ragtime!
Amber Boyer (New Rochelle, Immigrant, Jury Foreman: Dancer, Second Bureacrat)Amber is thrilled to be part of this EPIC production of Ragtime! She was most recently seen on the Larry Keeton Theater stage as Mama Peterson in Bye, Bye Birdie, and as a Wickersham Brother in Seussical, the Musical. With a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Converse College, Amber has been involved in theatre both on stage and back stage since the age of 7. Her favorite Circle Players’ stage credits include: Kate Murphy in Titanic the Musical, Elizabeth Sandry The Grapes of Wrath and Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island. Amber would like to dedicate this performance to her wonderful little sister and thank her amazing friends, cast mates and directors for their awesomeness and love! Enjoy the show, everyone!!
Tim Bush (Willie Conklin, Harry K. Thaw)Tim is best known to Circle audiences for his portrayal of Captain EJ Smith in TITANICthe Musical, including the 100th anniversary production at TPAC in 2012. For RAGTIME, Tim has challenged himself to portray the role of Willy Conklin in a way that will resonate with audiences and bring awareness of attitudes and behaviors that he personally detests. This character represents a real and factual although dark and shameful element of America’s past and a continued threat to its future. Please accept Tim’s performance in the spirit of enlightenment and tolerance for all people.
Donald Carter III (Ensemble –Harlem &Haitian Immigrant;, Black Lawyer; Coalhouse's Gang; Coalhouse Follower; Adult Coalhouse’s Son) Donald hails from Fort Smith, AR. A Fisk University graduate, Donald majored in music under the guidance of Valija Bumbulis and, under the leadership of Dr. Paul T. Kwami, Donald performed with the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Raised within a musically-inclined family, Donald’s early years were spent singing in church and on the road with his mother as she toured with local groups around the country. Donald has performed background vocals for several recording artists’ projects including Johnny Lang’s Grammy Nominated recording of I Believe. Although he has performed on many stages and at venues throughout the country including Carnegie Hall, The White House and on American Idol, Donald continues to work toward enhancing his craft. He hopes to study dance and acting in the future and is grateful for the opportunity to perform in his first play under the direction of Tim Larson.
Lauren Case (Ensemble-New Rochelle) Lauren is thrilled to be part of Circle Players’ production of RAGTIME. Previous roles include Laurey (Oklahoma), Mayzie (Seussical), Ursula (TheLittle Mermaid), Sharpay (HighSchool Musical) and ensemble roles in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Anything Goes, Thirteen, Grease, Shrek, and TheWizard of Oz. Lauren would like to thank Tim and the wonderful cast and crew for making this a great experience.
Dominic DeAnglo Davidson II(Ensemble-Harlem & Haitian Immigrant; Harlem Man; Coalhouse's Gang)Dominic Davidson is excited to be in Circle Players' production of Ragtime. To be exact, this is his first show with Circle Players. His favorite roles include Travis in Footloose, andthe Sound Engineer in Singing In The Rain. He graduated from Hendersonville High School and is currently a freshman at Volunteer State Community College. Dominic plans to continue his education at TSU in Fall of 2015.
Brooke Davis (Sarah’s Friend; Ensemble-Harlem & Haitian Immigrant) Brooke’s passion is music and she is no stranger to the stage. Brooke is a classically-trained singer but is known as a singer not bound by genre who loves to sing good music of any kind. Ms. Davis recently appeared in her second concert at Unity of Nashville in November 2014. After a two-year break from musical theatre, Brooke is thrilled to be back on stage. Ms. Davis' last main stage adventure was the 2012 production Caroline, or Change (appearing as the title role) at Street Theatre Company. Brooke is also a chorus member of the Nashville Opera. Next up this year is Brooke’s third concert entitled Journeys: Lessons Learned.
Timothy Finch (Ensemble-New Rochelle, Fireman, Man) Timothy is thrilled to perform with old friends and some new ones at Circle Players. He was last seen with Circle Players as 2nd Officer Lightoller in TITANIC the Musical at TPAC Polk Theater in 2012. Timothy was most recently seen as the Priest/ensemble in City of Light at Boiler Room Theater and featured ensemble in LaBOHEME with Nashville Opera. Timothy would like to thank LaTonya and Tim for the honor of being included in the cast of Ragtime. “Thanks so much to Mr. Crimm for his humor and patience while teaching us this beautiful score; thanks to Jacob and Katie for keeping us organized; and special thanks to Tosha for making dance rehearsal so much fun. Lastly, and most important, a huge thanks to the energetic cast of Ragtime. It's been a joy working with such talented people.”
Joesn Fisher (Little Coalhouse) Joesn is a 3-year-old student at an early learning center in Nashville. He makes his community theatre debut in Circle’s production of RAGTIME. Joesn enjoys music and began playing the drums at the ripe age of eight months old! When he was one years old, he performed in his first skit during vacation bible school in the role of a little drummer boy. Joesn has also performed solos at church.
Ben Gregory (J. P. Morgan; Admiral Peary; Policeman; Fireman; Ensemble-New Rochelle)
Ben is grateful to work with Circle Players again. Previous productions with Circle include: TITANIC the Musical (Jim Farrell) and Jekyll and Hyde (Jekyll/Hyde u/s, Lord Savage). Ben, a Nashville native, is a graduate of Yale University’s Theatre Studies program. He has performed in venues from L.A. to Germany, Puerto Rico to Canada. Theatre credits include: Oklahoma! (Will Parker); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Freddy Benson); Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere); Sweeney Todd (Anthony); White Christmas (Bob Wallace). He would like to thank Tim and LaTonya for allowing him the experience of performing in Ragtime.
George Hardimon IV (Ensemble -Harlem & Haitian Immigrant; Coalhouse's Gang) George Hardimon (Ensemble -Harlem & Haitian Immigrant; Coalhouse's Gang) George started singing when he was 5 years old. Over the years, he has sung in the Youth Choir at Greater Bethel A.M.E Church and been a student of piano at W.O. SmithMusic School in Nashville. George was also in the Hillsboro High School Sophisticats Choir and performed in the school’s production of Rent, where he played the role of Tom Collins. George now attends TennesseeState University as a vocal music major. This is George's first time on the Circle Players’ stage, and he is very blessed to be a part of this fantastic musical. He would also like to thank his father, George Hardimon III, for introducing him to music.
Santayana Harris (Ensemble-Harlem & Haitian Immigrant) Santayana is elated to make her first appearance on the Circle Players stage in such an epic and dynamic musical as RAGTIME! She is an alumnus of TSU, where she was active in the Music Department. Her other credits include VIOLET (Music Hall Singer/Mabel), THE MIKADO (Katisha), and SEUSSICAL (Sour Kangaroo). Santayana loves the Lord and getting pedicures with her eleven year old sister! She would like to thank Tim Larson, William Crimm, and LaTonya Turner for this awe-inspiring opportunity! Enjoy the Show!
Janet Holeman (Mother) Janet is thrilled to be part of the story of Ragtime and its’ wonderful cast and production team at Circle! Because the power of this music is transformative and inspirational, playing “Mother” has been an incredibly exciting and humbling experience for Janet. In recent years, she has been on the educational and production side of music and arts. Janet is an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University teaching private voice, various courses, and directing vocals of Opera Workshop and main stage musicals. Show credits there include West Side Story, Les Miserables, Pajama Game, A Buddy Arnold Tribute, Hairspray, Ragtime and Guys and Dolls. Janet also maintains a home teaching studio. She has a Master’s degree in Music from the University of Alabama and her performance credits in Nashville and Alabama theaters include: Welcome to the Club, La Ciesca in Ghianni Schicchi, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, I Remember Mama, Plaza Suite, and Arsenic and Old Lace. “Many thanks to Tim, the great production team, and the nicest cast anyone could ever hope to be a part of! In addition to these wonderful relationships, I thank the treasures of my heart: Mark, Colleen and Casey Holeman.
LaDarra is so thankful and excited to work with Circle Players, and thrilled to be a part of this experience in Ragtime. She has a BA in Theater and Corporate Communications fromWestern Kentucky University. Some favorite credits include HAIR (Sheila), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Betty), Bloody Bloody AndrewJackson (Martin Van Buren) The Addams Family (Grandma), Closer Than Ever (Woman 1), 9 to 5 (Violet), The Spitfire Grill (Hannah), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Milly), and A Grand Night for Singing (Ensemble). She would like to thank Danny, Daisy, and Titan for always listening when she sings and watching when she dances. Many thanks to the cast & crew of this fantastic production.
Jennifer Jackson (Ensemble-Harlem & Haitian Immigrant; Harlem Woman)Jenn is thrilled to return to the stage and make her Circle Players debut. Credits include: JoAnne in Rent, Hattie in Kiss Me Kate, Zawadi in Festival of the Lion King Walt Disney World, and the tours of Ragtime and Hot Mikado. Many hugs to Bennett, Laura, Kelly and her whole surrogate family in the Gulch- thank you for making Nashville home!
Morgan Lamberth (Ensemble-New Rochelle; Dancer) This is Morgan's debut with Circle Players and she could not be happier to be cast in such a beautiful show! She was last seen in Street Theatre Company's production of Jesus Christ Superstar in September 2014. Morgan has a BS in Theatre and works as a drama instructor and teacher's assistant for an extended learning program in Hendersonville, TN. Other theatre credits include: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Storyteller); The 25th Annual..Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky); and Leaving Iowa (9 Char. Gal). "Thank you for supporting the arts and enjoy the show!"
Stella London (Ensemble-New Rochelle & Immigrant): Stella is thrilled to join another wonderful Circle cast for Ragtime! Recent roles include The Children’s Hour (Catherine) at Street Theatre; Little Women (Amy); Gypsy (Dainty June); Fame, Jr. (Carmen) at Mt Juliet Middle School. Stella made her professional debut in 2011 as ANNIE at Chaffin’s Barn; favorite castings include Circle Players ’13 The Musical and TITANIC the Musical. Stella is a 9th grade Honor Roll student at Mt. Juliet High, where she’s in choir, drama, and a Freshman Cheerleader.
Alexis Marks(Ensemble-Harlem & Haitian Immigrant) Alexis loves the performing arts. She started dancing at age 3 and was introduced to the world of musical theater when she was 9 years old. Alexis has performed in numerous musical theater productions including The Wiz, Your Arms Too Short to Box with God, Once on this Island, and Fame. She enjoys teaching dance and choreographing and has been recognized for her choreography. Alexis passes her love of the performing arts and dance to kids at her church. She is the choreographer for the Metropolitan Praise Dancers. Alexis is excited to be in the production of Ragtime with Circle Players.
Rachel Martz (Ensemble-Immigrant, Clerk; Dancer) Rachel grew up in Columbus, Georgia, and developed her love for acting and performing while at Brookstone High School, where she participated in One-Act play competitions, musicals, and competition choral groups. During her years at University of Georgia, Rachel studied the behind-the-scenes side of theatre while completing her degree in Public Relations with a minor in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to Nashville in December 2013 and decided to return to acting to make new friends and get involved in the performing arts scene of her new town! Ragtime is the first Nashville production in which Rachel has performed, and she looks forward to more opportunities to act in community theatre.
Rowan McCoy (Little Girl)Rowan is thrilled to be in her first Circle Players production and honored to work with such a talented cast! Rowan made her acting debut in Street Theater's Tommy as the 4-year-old Tommy. Since then she has appeared in numerous productions with Theatre Bug and Street Theater Class Act Dramatics. When not on stage, the 4th-grader enjoys playing the violin and pestering her little brother.
Rachel Mello (Ensemble-Immigrant) Rachel is thrilled to make her debut with Circle Players and honored to be part of such a talented cast! She holds a BA in Music from Western Kentucky University. Previously, she has participated in Actors, Models & Talents for Christ and performed on stage for the Music City Swing Show and The Storyteller at the SOZO Music & Arts Festival in Hungary. She recently performed in the Ensemble for Anything Goes with Town Centre Theatre. Rachel loves leading worship, karaoke singing along at McNamara’s Irish Pub, bowling, and cooking. Special thanks to her “sister”, Darci, for that push to get her on stage!
Phillip Miller(Booker T. Washington; Ensemble-Harlem) Phillip has been writing, singing and performing for more than a decade. Originally from Louisville, TN, he completed his BS in Education from Tennessee State University in 2008. Phillip began teaching in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School system and began working on his Master’s degree at Lipscomb University—all while continuing to perform. His love of music and performance has led him to travel throughout the United States, including a trip to Washington, D.C., to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony. Phillip performed in Circle’s production of Dreamgirls. Other theatre credits include The Color Purple; The Wiz; In the Beginning. Phillip’s proud parents are Ralph J. and Gloria Miller.
Lakendra Moore (Ensemble-Harlem, Haitian Immigrant)Kendra Moore enjoys singing, expressive dance, dressing in costume, and acting. She has been performing since she was 3 years old. Her acting credits include a commercial for the Dave Ramsey Show and a children’s television show with Mother Goose Club Playhouse Productions.
Corey Odems (Ensemble-Harlem & Haitian Immigrant; Coalhouse’s Gang) Corey is a Nashville native who has always enjoyed entertaining people. He has participated in numerous theatre productions as an actor including: Legally Blonde the Musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and many more. Corey is also beginning to perform in film and television and he hopes to do more of that work in the near future. "Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly." --Langston Hughes
Austin Olive (Houdini, Fierman, Ensemble-Immigrant) Austin is thrilled to perform in his first show with Circle Players. He is a recent graduate from Carson-Newman University with a degree in theatre. Some of his favorite past acting credits include The Diary of Anne Frank (Otto Frank); Big River (Tom Sawyer); Les Misérables (Jean Prouvaire); Leaving Iowa (Don Browning), Into the Woods (Wolf); Shakespeare's Tempest (Ferdinand) and Almost, Maine (Chad). He also recently directed a production of Twelve Angry Men at Carson-Newman. He would like to thank his families, both biological and theatrical, for always being there when he needs them; his friends for their constant support; and the wonderful cast and crew for allowing him to be a part of this production and making him feel so welcome. Enjoy the show!
Tyler Osborne (Younger Brother)Tyler recently graduated from Lipscomb University where he earned a degree in mathematics with minors in music and psychology. While at Lipscomb, Tyler participated in many student activities including Accapella Singers, LU Chamber Men, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Student Government. He also was honored and challenged with playing the role of Enjorlas in Lipscomb University Theatre's Production of Les Miserables. He is currently part of the Nashville Chamber Singers and hopes to be involved in acting and music in many different ways throughout his life. Tyler currently runs his own tutoring business, TO Tutoring, and is pursuing actuarial science as a career. He would like to thank Tim Larson and Circle Players for giving him the chance to be in his first post-grad production. Enjoy the show!
Erica Patterson (Sarah) Erica is a Theatre major at Tennessee State University. Ragtime is her fifth show with Circle Players, having previously performed in bare, A Pop Opera (Kyra); Dreamgirls (Charlene); The Color Purple (Ensemble); and The Addams Family (Ensemble). Erica has also performed in TSU Theatre productions of Trial by Jury (Angelina) and The Fantasticks (Luisa). "Endless gratitude to the production team for this incredible opportunity, It is always a pleasure working with Circle Players! To the cast and crew thank you for your hard work, I am honored to share this experience with you all. Special thanks to my family for your love and support."
Tonya Pewitt (Ensemble-New Rochelle & Immigrant; Welfare Official; Dancer) Tonya is thrilled to be part of this extremely talented cast. She has had the privilege of performing with different theatre companies around Nashville, including Circle Players. Favorite roles include Shrek the Musical (Princess Fiona); Chicago (Roxie Hart); Hairspray (Tracy Turnblad); Into the Woods (Rapunzel); Oklahoma (Ado Annie); White Christmas (Betty Haynes); 9 to 5 the Musical (Doralee Rhodes); The King and I (Anna Leonowens); a Puppeteer for The Schermerhorn Symphony Center . She would like to thank her family, friends, and YMCA family for their undying support. Enjoy the show!
Larry Rhodes (Grandfather) This is Larry's first role in local theatre in more than two years. His previous roles in Nashville productions include Fezziwig in AChristmas Carol, The Major in Titanic the Musical, Henry Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor, Cinderella's Father in Into the Woods, Maurice in Beauty And the Beast, and Grandpa George in Willy Wonka. For the latter role, he won the Circle Award for Best Featured Male Actor in 2011-2012 season. Larry recently retired from the Metro School System, where he taught English, Speech Arts, and Theatre Arts. "I want to thank all my theatre friends for encouraging me to return to community theatre," says Larry, "especially my Donelson YMCA co-worker, Tonya Pewitt. If feels great to be back!"
Connor Richardson (Edgar, the Little Boy) Connor is ecstatic to be in Circle Players' production of Ragtime! This is his first production with Circle Players. With credits from the Nashville Opera, Towne Centre Theatre, Centre Stage Productions, and Franklin Road Academy, Connor has done a wide variety of shows from La Bohème to Willy Wonka. Connor would like to thank his mom and dad, his
brother, Brennan, Baba, and everyone who made this fabulous show come to life. He has really
enjoyed the opportunity and is so excited to perform. He hopes you enjoy the show!
David Ridley (Coalhouse Walker, Jr.) David, a native of Nashville, has been a studio singer and back- ground vocalist touring and singing with entertainers such as Randy Owen, Michael McDonald, Pattie Labelle and Vince Gill amongst others. David is a graduate of Tennessee State University and has traveled the world performing on cruise ships and with groups such as Soul of Motown and Blue Magic. Having appeared in Circle’s production of Dreamgirls as James “Thunder” Early, David is excited about having the opportunity to be in another great show with Circle Players.
Maya Riley (Ensemble-Harlem & Immigrant; Wife of Coalhouse’s Son) Maya has performed musical theatre since age 9. Favorite roles include Fastrada in Pippen (USN Theatre Department); Laura in Band Geeks! (Circle Players) and Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Nashville Children’s Theater). Maya was selected to attend TN Governor’s School for the Arts and named a “Most Promising Young Artist” for the 2013 First Night Honors. Other theatre credits: Dreamgirls; The Color Purple; TITANIC the Musical; and 13 the Musical (Circle Players); Pippen; Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (USN Theatre). Vocal recording credits: Disney’s The Lion King Junior (Sarabi); Stevie Wonder’s Ten Billion Hearts (youth background vocals). Maya is a high school senior at University School of Nashville and will attend college in musical theatre. She is proud to be part of such a talented, diverse cast and to help tell the powerful story of Ragtime.
Tyler Samuel (Ensemble-Harlem & Immigrant) Tyler was raised in Nashville, a graduate of East Literature Magnet High School (2010) and a recent graduate of the University of Evansville (2014 B.M. Voice Performance). “I am very excited to perform in my third Circle production.” Tyler’s past credits with Circle Players include Fame Forever: Talent springs Eternal (Georgia Washington) and Aida (Mereb). “Ragtime is a Broadway classic and I am beyond thrilled to be a part of such an amazingly talented cast and crew that has created this production of be shared with Nashville!”
Taylor Simon (Emma Goldman)Taylor Simon is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to play Emma Goldman in her Circle Players debut! She graduated from Belmont University last year with her BBA in Marketing and a minor in Classical Vocal Performance. Her most recent performances include: The Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Rosie in Bye Bye Birdie, Woman 2 in Songs for a New World, Hata in The Bartered Bride, Dame Hannah in Ruddigore. Taylor has also performed in Belmont’s world renowned á cappella group, the Beltones. She would like to thank her incredibly supportive family and friends for their unwaivering love and encouragement. She would also like to thank her parents, who are cheering her on from heaven. “I’ll ‘sing pretty’ for you, Mommy!”
Howard Snyder (Ensemble-Immigrant; Doctor; Conductor; White Attorney) Howard is delighted to return to Circle Players, having previously appeared in Circle’s Hairspray (Mr. Pinky) and Oliver! (Mr. Sowerberry) among others. Howard most recently portrayed Hucklebee (the Boy’s Father) in The Fantasticks, Renaissance Players, Dickson, TN. Other recent credits: Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Street Theatre Company; Little Shop of Horrors (Mr. Mushnik), Roxy Regional Theatre and Pull-Tight Players; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben), Keeton Theatre. Originally from Philadelphia, Howard has lived in Nashville for 27 years and is proud father to Zach and Jacob.
Leslie Eller Thompson (Evelyn Nesbit) Leslie is so grateful to help tell the story of Ragtime in a "bucket list" performance with an incredible cast of friends. A graduate of Belmont University's Commercial Voice program, Leslie's favorite previous roles include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Snoopy in Snoopy!!!, Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Josephine March in Little Women. Her ability to participate in theater wouldn't be possible without the support of her little family made up of a precious "strongman" husband and two adorably disastrous pups. LeslieEilerThompson.com
Joshua Waldrep (Tateh) Josh is excited to be back at TSU-- this time on the stage. He directed last season’s Dreamgirls, another Circle Players/TSU collaboration and is thrilled to play the part of Tateh in Ragtime. The role is one of his "bucket-list" roles! Joshua was last seen on stage with Circle in The Addams Family (Mal Beineke) and Seussical the Musical (General) at Keeton Theatre. Some favorite roles are Titanic the Musical (Barrett); The Producers (Max Bialystock); Miss Saigon (John); Chicago (Amos Hart). Since he began performing locally in 2009, Josh has performed in numerous productions including Cats, Evita, Chess, Jekyll and Hyde, Tommy and Little Shop of Horrors. He also looks forward to directing again for the final show of Circle's season, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Joshua sends thanks and love to his family and friends for supporting him and his passion for theatre and the arts.
Cameron Keith Walls (Ensemble –Harlem; Henson; Coalhouse's Gang) Cameron is a non-traditional student at the Tennessee State University, on the path to a career in entertainment law and artist management. A singer, songwriter, actor and business administrator, Cameron has found a way to merge his passion for music and performance with working in industry leadership. Cameron is an accomplished Background Vocalist, having sung behind notable gospel and R&B artist. He most recently performed vocals for his own composition, Forever Loving You, a song that will be featured on the student compellation Music 101: In Session. Acting credits include several appearances as an extra on ABC’s Nashville and in Circle ‘s 2014 Production of Dreamgirls (C.C. White). A very active member of multiple colligate activities and organizations, most notably Phi Mu Alpha, Sinfonia Inc. fraternity and a cast member of WTST (The Blaze) hit morning radio show The Morning Wood.
Tosha Webb (Ensemble-Harlem) Tosha, a Louisville, KY, native, has been involved with stage and film for the past 12 years. Her credits include: It's a Wonderful Life, The Vagina Monologues and The Wizard of Oz. She's been an extra in the movies Elizabethtown and A Perfect Stranger. In addition to performing, Tosha has worked with the production of the reality TV singing competition show, American Idol. She is honored, again, to take the stage with singing contributions to this wonderful production of Ragtime.
Tamera Young (Ensemble-Immigrant; Dancer) Tamera is excited to be back on stage and make her Circle Players’ debut. Credits include: Jekyll and Hyde (Lucy); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator); Crazy for You (Polly); West Side Story (Anita) and the tours of Evita and Les Miserable. “Thank you to Circle Players for this opportunity and to my husband, Sheldon, and four kiddos: Carter, Braxton, Avery and London for being so supportive! I love you!”