Hatty King is so excited to be a part of her first show with Circle Players, and honored to perform with such an incredible cast. She is a student at Lipscomb Academy. Some of her favorite past roles include Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and Judy in White Christmas. She wants to thank Brittany and Alexis for giving her this incredible opportunity; her teachers and mentors at Lipscomb for helping her to grow, not only as a performer but also as a person; and her mom for all of the love and encouragement- "Olive you."
Cameron Gilliam (Prince Eric)
Cameron is excited to make his Circle Players debut as Prince Eric with such an incredible team! Cameron didn’t know the performing arts were his heart and future until after graduating valedictorian at Lipscomb University with a degree in Molecular Biology. After giving up his plans to attend med-school in 2014, he began performing and teaching full time. Recent credits include Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof, which he also choreographed and directed; Moonface Martin in Anything Goes; Elvis for a 4-month production in Germany; choreographer, dancer, and actor for music videos for Hunter Hayes and Britt Nicole; and Discovery Channel guest star for Homicide Hunter. Cameron has taught dance and acting for more than 20 studios and universities, including Belmont and Lipscomb. He now teaches at Act Too Players and DanceWorld. He co-created and operates an entertainment company (dancepance.com) and writes and records music under his artist name Cam Tru. Cameron dreams of creating and telling stories that inspire people to live and love well! @camerongilliam @camtrumusic
Shelby Jones (Flounder)
Shelby Jones is making her Circle Players debut and could not be more excited! She is a attends middle school in Murfreesboro. Her recent credits include Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz), Wednesday (The Addams Family), Little Red (Into the Woods), JoJo (Seussical) and Violet Beauregarde (Willie Wonka). She is so thankful to the awesome people at the Murfreesboro Center of the Arts for teaching her so much and always believing in her! She also wants to thank her family for driving her all over middle Tennessee so she can do what she loves. Shelby hopes you all enjoy going under the sea with this amazing cast as much as she has!
AnnaLaura Lyon (Flounder)
Annalaura is thrilled to perform in her first Circle Players show. She is 10 years old, homeschooled and enjoys dancing, musical theater and piano. She has enjoyed performing in musicals since the age of five, through the Commercial Entertainment Program at Columbia State in Franklin, including Mr. Magical’s Toy Shop, Cindy’s Magic Snowglobe and Once Upon a Christmas. She has also had the honor of playing the lead role of Cindy in Swirl the Musical for the last two years. Annalaura wants to thank God, her family and teachers for loving her and supporting her. "Thank you to everyone involved in this Circle Players' show for making this production a memorable and fun experience!"
Justin Boyd (Sebastian)
Justin is thrilled to once again perform with Circle Players in another incredible production! He is a Native Nashvillian and an alumnus of Tennessee State University. A few past theatrical credits include: Johnny (American Idiot), Donkey (Shrek the Musical), El Gallo (The Fantasticks), The Cat In The Hat (Seussical The Musical), Van (Dog Sees God), The Voice of Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors), and Joe Gillis (Sunset Boulevard). This will be Justin’s final show in the Nashville area, as he will soon move to New York as part of the inaugural class of a new actor’s training program: The Institute Of American Musical Theatre. Justin says he couldn’t have picked a better show to mark his departure from Nashville! He would like to thank Brittany, Kelsi, Alexis and Bakari for giving him the opportunity to play the iconic role of Horatio Thelonius Ignatius Crustaceus Sebastian (Or just Sebastian for short). Enjoy the show!
Brian Best (Scuttle)
Brian is "positoovily" excited to fly back onstage with Circle and looking forward to playing Scuttle onstage after being the voice of Scuttle in MTI's Soundtrack Recording of The Little Mermaid. A graduate of Belmont University, Brian is a Dove Award nominee for his children's musical PROMISE 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 Kids Gig (www.bbangelo.com). Brian performs with the 40's swing trio, Two Tall Divas and a Tip Top Daddy. Recent roles with Circle: Joey in Sister Act, Gomez in The Addams Family and Henry Ford in Ragtime the Musical. Other roles include: Mr. Collins/Memphis (Street), Max/Maxine Andrews in The Andrews Brothers, Jerry Schiff/Barbra's Wedding (Gaslight), Nathan Detroit/Guys & Dolls, Marcellus/The Music Man and Cecil B DeMille/Sunset Boulevard(Larry Keeton Theatre).
Elliott Robinson (King Triton)
I am tremendously excited to be a part of this, my eighth Circle Players production. I joined the Circle family in 2010, playing Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of appearing in Jekyll & Hyde, the Musical (John Utterson), A Raisin in the Sun (Joseph Asagai), Willy Wonka, the Musical (Willy Wonka), The Color Purple (Pa/African Chief), The Piano Lesson (Wining Boy), and DREAMGIRLS (Marty). The roles of Willy Wonka and Wining Boy earned me Circle’s “Best Male Vocalist” Award for 2011-12 and 2012-13, respectively, and for my portrayal of Marty, I was awarded the “Best Featured Actor” award for 2013-14. I am very proud and grateful to be a part of the Circle family; I hope you enjoy tonight’s presentation! Special dedication to my family, and to the late, great: Maurice White; David Bowie; Phife Dawg; Prince; Pearl Washington, and Harper Lee.
Chuck Brown (Grimsby)
Chuck is excited to be a part of the cast of THE LITTLE MERMAID! Chuck found Circle Players when he auditioned for RAGTIME in 2014, and has enjoyed the Circle theatre family ever since. Chuck is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Circle Players this year and was recently the producer for this season's CHILDREN OF EDEN. Chuck is Director of Choral Activities at East Nashville Magnet High School, as well as a baritone Staff Singer at St. George's Episcopal Church. Chuck is thankful for all the performance opportunities offered by Circle Players, and is thankful to everyone that supports community theatre!
Katharine Boettcher (Ursula)
Katharine Boettcher’s career has spanned from television and musical theater to concert and oratorio. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Vocal Performance and a minor in theatre. While living in New York, she studied with Metropolitan Opera renowned soprano, Suzanne Marsee. Katharine has had the privilege of singing in concert throughout Europe with many world-class musicians and orchestras. She also enjoys an extensive career as a musical theatre performer, choreographer and director here in Nashville. Some of her favorite roles Anita (West Side Story), Mrs. Lovetts (Sweeney Todd), The Witch (Into the Woods), Lady Thiang (The King and I) and most recently, Sister Hubert(Nunsense). In her spare time, Katharine owns and operates a thriving voice and acting studio in Mount Juliet where she lives with her husband, Dr. John Ray. A&F.
Easton Curtis (Flotsam)
Easton has performed with several area theatre companies including Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, Lakewood Theatre, Actors Point Theatre Company and the Music City Theatre Collective. Favorite past roles include Donkey (Shrek the Musical), Marius (Les Miserables), Linus (You're A Good Man Charlie Brown) and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast Jr). Easton has done studio work with award-winning producer Dan Rudin, recording demo tracks for MTI-licensed musicals. He has sung the part of Mike in A Chorus Line: School Edition, as well as Javert in Les Miserables: School Edition. He was most recently seen as the tailor Motel Kamzoil in Fiddler on the Roof at APTC. This is his first show with Circle and he wishes to thank the production team for the opportunity, as well as his friends and family for their love and support.
Dwayne Benn (Jetsam)
Dwayne Benn is from Knoxville and recently moved to Nashville after graduating from Carson-Newman University with a BM in Music Education. In college is where his passion for theatre began and further developed through Encore Theatrical Company in Morristown, TN. He made his Nashville debut as Mrs. Taylor in Bat Boy the Musical with Street Theatre Company. He has also worked with Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro as Jack in Into the Woods and Wayne in Dreamgirls. This is his second production with Circle Players, after recently closing Children of Eden as a Featured Soloist. Other roles including Ching-Ho in Thoroughly Modern Millie; Carl in Story: An Original Musical; and Jim in Big River. Dwayne would like to thank his director, cast, and crew for making this an incredible experience. Thank you for supporting live theatre.
Joshua Waldrep (Chef Louis)
Joshua Waldrep has long declared The Little Mermaid as his favorite Disney movie, so he's thrilled to witness it on the stage. He recently directed Children of Eden this season and previously directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dreamgirls with Circle Players and Nunsense with The Larry Keeton Theatre. Though Josh enjoys directing, it's on stage where he feels most at home. He was last seen on stage as Tatah in Ragtime the Musical. Other notable roles include Amos Hart in Chicago, Max Bialystock in The Producers, Barrett in Titanic the Musical and John Thomas in Miss Saigon. Joshua thanks you for your support of Circle Players and the local theatre arts in Nashville, and to his friends ands family for their love.
Callie Altepeter is a 17-year-old junior at Beech High School. Her recent credits include: Cosette in Les Misérables at HPAC; Ariel in The Little Mermaid at Smartt Steps; and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof at Actors Point. She is the voice of Eponine in the licensing recording of Les Misérables for Music Theatre International (MTI). Callie has recorded many demos for TSAI and she has won first place in the Crystal Classic solo competition in Fairfield, Ohio, as well as the Belmont solo competition in Nashville. She hopes to continue performing and pursue her dreams of being on Broadway.
Evie Herndon (Andrina)
Evie is so thankful to be a part of Circle Players production of The Little Mermaid. Evie is a sophomore in high school and loves the art of theatre. She has performed in several community theatres around the Nashville area bin such shows as Suessical the Musical (Mayzie), The Giver (Rosemary), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Sally), Into The Woods (Witch), and many others. She would like to thank the cast and crew for being the best, and her family for also being the best. Evie hopes to continue making people happy through the gift of theatre.
Lily Grace Lewis (Arista)
Lily Grace Lewis is thrilled to make her Circle Players' debut as Arista! Lily Grace has been performing since she was 4 and her love of the stage has only grown. Recent theatrical credits include: Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), and Rapunzel (Into the Woods). Lily Grace would like to thank Brittany, Alexis, her mother, Marmee, and Ian, for sitting with her at callbacks. "Do it for Jerry."
Hilarie Spangler (Atina)
Hilarie is thrilled to join Circle Players for the first time. She is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre with a double minor in Studio Art and Performing Arts Administration at Western Kentucky University. Some of her theatre credits include Rosie Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie, "nnie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, and Rene in The Odd Couple. She couldn't be more excited to be part of her favorite childhood story and she couldn't thank Circle Players more for welcoming her with open arms into their wonderful group.
Jehieli Martinez (Adella)
Jehieli Martinez, who plays mersister Adella, is excited to perform in her first theatre production. She is a Clarksville native who owns a character rentals business called Royal Entertainment, known mostly for princess rentals. The Little Mermaid is her favorite movie and she feels honored to be a part of this production. Jehieli is to graduate from Austin Peay State University in December with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Upon graduating, she aspires to continue pursuing her passion for performance. Jejieli wishes to thank her fiancé, Hector De Jesus, for always supporting her dream to perform. The couple will wed on July 2nd. Meanwhile, Jehieli is living out her dream to do what she loves on stage and is grateful to finally be part of that world.
Santayana Harris (Allana)
Santayana Harris is elated to be make her second appearance on The Circle Player’s stage! She is an alumnus of TSU where she was active in the Music Department. Her credits include shows Memphis, Ragtime the Musical, Violet, Ain't Misbehavin' and Seussical. Santayana also has recorded a song (“The Ballad of Birmingham") that was implemented in Tennessee State University’s Service Learning program. Santayana loves her family and appreciates them for ALL their support. Lastly, she would like to express her gratitude to Brittany Andersen and Alexis Lherisson for giving her the opportunity to be in such a magical show such as The Little Mermaid! "Everyone enjoy the show!"
Chris Cavin (Pilot)
Chris Cavin is thrilled to make his debut with Circle Players. Chris is from Memphis, where he performed with Opera Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Chorus. Recent roles include Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Simon Stride in Jekyll & Hyde, Jud Fry in Theatre Memphis' Oklahoma!, Tom Watson in Parade, and Colline in La Boheme. Chris is proud to be part of such a talented cast and crew, and wants to thank his family for their continued support and encouragement in all his endeavors.
Sumner McMurtry (Leeward)
Sumner is an 19-year-old student at Volunteer State Community College. This is his debut with Circle Players. But for more than 9 years, he has performed on the stage of various theatre companies in the Nashville area, primarily the Hendersonville Performing Arts Company where he's participated in 17 different productions since 2007. Some of his favorite roles at HPAC include: Alfred Temple in Tom Sawyer; Phineous Trout in Willy Wonka and I.Q in Hairspray. Sumner says his first experience working with Circle has been absolutely wonderful. He has felt welcomed with open arms from the beginning and looks forward to auditioning for future productions. He also hopes that you have as much fun in the audience watching as he as had on the stage performing.
Sheldon McMurtry (Windward)
Sheldon is a 16-year-old Sophomore at Aaron Academy who first participated in the arts in 2009. In the years since, he has performed at many venues around Middle Tennessee. This is his first show with Circle Players. Much like his brother, Sumner, much of his theatre experience has been with the Hendersonville Performing Arts Company, having done 17 shows with the company since 2009. Some of his favorite roles on the HPAC stage include: Mike Teavee in Willy Wonka, Sid Sawyer in Tom Sawyer, Dill in To Kill A Mockingbird and most recently Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown with Brazel Dazzle Studios. Sheldon loves his cast dearly and thanks everyone involved for their many hours of hard work. Enjoy the show!
Olivia Bradford (Princess #1/Chef/Ensemble)
Olivia is returning to the stage after almost a 10-year hiatus and could not be more thrilled that her first performance is with Circle Players’ production of The Little Mermaid. Upon graduating from Auburn University, Olivia was a featured Character Performer at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, performing the roles of Snow White, Rafiki, Eeyore, Pluto and parade entertainer. With her love for music, Disney and people, Olivia is so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an incredibly talented cast bringing to life one of the greatest stories Disney has told about finding yourself, your passions and following your dreams. Olivia would like to send a huge shout out to her husband for helping her follow her heart to a new adventure, and a sincere thank you to all the friends and family who have supported her along the way!
Kamryn Boyd (Princess #2/Seagull/Chef/Ensemble)
This is Kamryn’s first performance with The Circle Players and she is honored to be a cast member. Kamryn is a native Nasvhillian and has performed in theatre since 5th Grade. She recently won a prestigious spot with a NYC Theater Company where she trained with Tony Award-winning actors. Kamryn is also a Children’s Concert Choir Member at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She has performed in the Legendary Roger Waters US Premier Opera, Ca Ira with the Nashville Symphony as well as a masterful production of Britten’s Epic War Requiem. Kamryn’s other passion is film. She has been cast in several film and television productions. In June she will attend a four-week Summer Intensive Training Program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. After high school, Kamryn plans to further her education in performing arts.
Maggie Wood (Princess #3/Seagull/Chef Ensemble)
The Little Mermaid is Maggie’s first production with Circle Players. Recently, she performed in The Wizard of Oz (ensemble) with Hendersonville Performing Arts Center. Previously, she was involved in the Hendersonville High School Theatre Department as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, Rusty in Footloose and featured dancer in Anything Goes. Also, she was a member of the school Select Chamber Choir for three years and performed in various competitions and recitals.Maggie has been a dancer most of her life. She was in an audition company team at Smartt Steps Dance Studio for several years after taking dance since she was four. She is currently studying for a degree in Theatre Arts at Volunteer State Community College. Maggie is thrilled to be part of this production and blessed to be surrounded by all the talented people.
Tucky Myhre (Princess #4/Seagull//Maid/Ensemble)
Tucky Myhre is a professional dancer and actress in the Nashville Area. She has been involved in the performing arts since she was 5 years old, and began her professional career in 2014. She is COO of dancepance, an entertainment and production company designed to tell good stories. She currently teaches Ballroom Dance at Dance World in Nashville. Tucky recently performed as Tzeitel in Fiddler On The Roof with Actors Point Theatre and Mary Hatch in It’s a Wonderful Life. Telling good stories that invite all people into the best story—love—is the passion driving her life.
Dallas Brown (Princess #5/Seagull/Chef/Ensemble)
Dallas has been traveling the world representing the United States as a Cultural Ambassador through Country Music for the past 3 years as a vocalist in Blended 328. She moved to Nashville from Portland, Oregon, as a pop country singer/songwriter and leads her own band, The Dallas Brown Band. She carries her passion for music through her occupation as a radio tour manager at the record label In2une Music. She is involved in NECAT (Nashville, Education, Community and Arts Television), the local public access station where she produces her own show. Dallas fell in love with musical theatre when she was cast as Sandy in Grease in Mt. Shasta, CA. Ten years later, she has finally made it back to the stage for The Little Mermaid and is excited to reignite her passion through Circle Players!
Brittanie Graham (Princess #6/Chef/Ensemble)
Brittanie Graham is thrilled to perform in another Circle Players' production after making her Circle debut as the bitter but still lovable "Aysha" in Children of Eden. Some of her favorite roles include Cinderella (Cinderella), Marty (Grease), and Pitti Sing (The Mikado). Brittanie would like to give a huge thank you to the production/creative team of The Little Mermaid for their hard work and vision; her parents for their unconditional love and support; her ASCAP family (Bridget loves you guys); and her friends old and new for being the beautiful people they are.
Maya Ruchman (Maid #1/Ensemble)
Maya is thrilled to make her Circle Players debut! Most recently, she performed in her school’s production of Aida. She has also performed in shows such as Ring of Fire and Anything Goes at her high school. She made her community theatre debut last summer in All Shook Up (Chaffin’s Barn). Maya would like to send a huge thank you to the director, stage manager, producers and all other crew members of this show for all their hard work. She is grateful to work with such an extremely talented cast, who made her feel welcome since day one. Maya also thanks her mom, dad, and brother Ari for being her biggest fans!
Lakendra Moore (Maid #2/Seagull/Ensemble)
LaKendra Moore enjoys singing, expressive dancing, dressing in costume, and acting. She has been performing since age of 3. Her acting credits include a commercial for the Dave Ramsey show; a children’s television show with Mother Goose Club Playhouse Productions; Circle Players productions of Ragtime the Musical (Hattian Immigrant/Harlem Ensemble) and Children of Eden (Ensemble). On weekend, LaKendra enjoys devoting her time as co- captain of the Praise Team at her church, assisting with choreography, helping the younger dancers, and preforming. LaKendra continues to thrive in her preforming arts and has no plans of stopping.
Caitlin Hemmer (Maid #3/Seagull/Ensemble)
Caitlin Hemmer is beyond excited to be a part of such a magical show! This Florida native and graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy spent the past year touring the U.S. with The National Theatre of the Deaf. Other credits: Rainbow Magic Live! regional tour(Sunny), A Christmas Carol (Belle), Finding NEMA-celebrating new voices in Musical Theatre. Caitlin would like to thank Circle Players for this wonderful opportunity, as well as her loving family for their endless love and support.
Jessica Boyer (Maid #4/Ensemble)
Jessica is very excited to make her first appearance on the Circle Players' stage. She was recently seen in Sunset Boulevard (ensemble), The Music Man (Ethel Toffelmier) and Fiddler on the Roof (Shprintze). Since moving here from Seattle two years ago, Jessica has been welcomed by her theatre family. She sends a great thank you to all her friends and family for their support; the director, cast and crew; and of course the audience, for making this awesome show under the sea, possible. Enjoy!