PROM ROYALTY FUNDRAISER!
Circle Players is closing its 73rd season, by "Changing Lives" and minds, with the regional community theatre premiere of The Prom.
The cast and crew are feverishly working to produce a prom experience with sets and costumes that will not be forgotten. Like any prom, it comes with a huge price tag but you can help put the FUN in fundraising!
Esteemed members of our community have agreed to be part of the Prom Court with a goal to raise a minimum of $500 each to help fund the Prom. Our overall goal is $10,000!
Each Prom Court nominee has agreed to participate in the Prom Court and attend the "Prom" within THE PROM at the May 27th performance. During the extended intermission, the member of the Prom Court with the largest overall donations received will be crowned Prom Royalty.
And with your tax deductible donation, you are supporting one of the oldest community theatres in the country to bring timely theatre to our amazing community.
Your answer, YES!!
Click on the "Donate Now" for the Prom Court who you would like to be crowned Prom Royalty. You will be directed to their fundraising bucket on Circle's ticketing platform to make your tax deductible donation. We will keep a running tally daily so you can see how your favorite is doing. If (when) they reach their goal, they will be part of the crowning ceremony on May 27th.
Thank you for helping support Circle Players and the Regional premiere of this awesome show! Now "It's Time to Dance"
Progress towards $10,000 Goal:
Note: Totals are updated on a nightly basis. Your donation may not be reflected until the next day!
President, PFLAG of Franklin
Heather Bottoms is a lifetime lover of theatre as a director, producer, performer, and enthusiastic audience member. Heather is also the President of PFLAG Franklin, an organization of LGBTQ+ people, parents, families, and allies who work together to ensure LGBTQ people everywhere are safe, celebrated, empowered and loved (www.pflagfranklintn.org). She is beyond thrilled to combine her two great loves to support Circle Players as they present The Prom! This musical is an absolute joy to watch and creates empathy for a community that has been much misunderstood and misrepresented. She is delighted to be a Prom Court nominee.
Zach Young currently represents the Madison/Goodlettsville/Joelton communities on the Metro Council. Zach is also a Realtor with The Wilson Group. When Zach isn't telling "dad jokes" or drinking copious amounts of Diet Coke, you can find him volunteering with his local chambers of commerce or watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show on Hulu.
Brian is no stranger to Circle Players. Since 1992, Brian has graced the stage in Circle Productions from ensemble to lead character to Music Director to audience member. Favorite roles in Circle productions include Gomez (The Addams Family), Scuttle (The Little Mermaid) and Joey (Sister Act). For the past five years he has been a crowd favorite at The Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville, TN and most recently made his Nashville Repertory debut in Elf the Musical as Mr. Greenway. Brian can be heard as the voice of Scuttle in MTI's cast recording of The Little Mermaid. Other favorite roles include: Edna Turnblad (Hairspray), Caldwell B Cladwell (Urinetown) and Nathan Detroit (Guys & Dolls).
A graduate of Belmont University with a Bachelors of Music Commercial Performance, 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 (www.bbangelo.com). Brian jumps, jives and wails with the 40's swing trio, Two Tall Divas and a Tip Top Daddy.
Brian hoped to be part of this INCREDIBLE cast of The Prom because it is a “DREAM SHOW” for him. But, unfortunately, on the night of auditions, Brian suffered from an AAA Dissection, meaning his aorta separated from his heart and had to be replaced that evening. And no…it had nothing to do with the Dance Call choreographed by Dani List! He is thankful to be alive and looks forward to getting back onstage, Brian wishes the cast much success with their run and is grateful to be included on The Prom Court as well as the voice of The Monster Truck Rally Announcer. Always remember, this world would be a much better place if we would ALL follow the SECOND GREATEST commandment to “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR AS THYSELF”! You are LOVED!!!
Nashville Council At-Large
Olivia Hill was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. A product of Metro public schools, Olivia's roots are planted firmly in this city she loves. She has seen firsthand the kindness, strength, and creativity demonstrated by her fellow Nashvillians. She knows the vast potential
this city offers.
A Navy veteran, Olivia served in the engineering division for ten years, seeing combat in Desert Storm. While serving her country, Olivia gained unique expertise in electrical engineering, a set of skills she utilized to become the Senior Supervisor of the Vanderbilt University power plant, managing a 24/7 operation with a budget of over 100 million dollars. Along her path to that role, she held every position, from plumber/pipe fitter, diesel mechanic, and gas turbine specialist to a welder, high voltage electrician, and union shop steward. After accumulating 36 years of experience in the engineering industry, Olivia knows the value of getting her hands dirty and the hard work it takes to keep crucial systems functioning.
In recent years, Olivia has served as a community leader, educating the public about the difficulties faced by women and the LGBTQ+ community. She is frequently invited to speak to many of Nashville's premier organizations, including the Tennessee Bar Association, the Metro Nashville Police Academy, Vanderbilt University, the Nashville School of Law, local churches, and Metro Nashville Social Services, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Tennessee Pride Chamber. In 2019, Olivia received the Chancellor's Heart and Soul award from Vanderbilt University. She was chosen as the LGBTQ Advocate of the year in 2020 for her dedicated service to the community.
Real Estate Developer
Keith Samaroo has over 25 years in the real estate development industry specializing in complex waterfront rezoning and brownfield redevelopment. Keith has been involved in re-finance strategies and repositioning for various assets; Keith has development experience in a transit oriented multi-family development project in NY; and medical office building in New York and mix-use residential/retail Village in Madison, TN
Keith was a founding member of the US Green Building Council in New York’s local Chapter as well as serving on the board for Smart Growth Council Chapter in New York and has a BS in Physics from Fordham University, an Electrical Engineering equivalent from Manhattan College and an MBA in Finance from Dowling College, New York.
Laura Knotts is a Nashville native. She graduated from Hume-Fogg high school in downtown, where she was certainly not on the prom court. She then graduated from the University of Tennessee for undergrad and from the University of Louisiana Monroe for grad school. Three degrees, zero crowns.
Laura is the president of the Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Madison-Goodlettsville Rotary Club and King’s Daughters Child Development Center. She rolled off the Circle Players board last year after serving as President. She loves musicals almost as much as she loves crowns. Crown her!
Drag Queen Performer
Rita Room is the Bearded Beauty of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She is a current double titleholder, Indiana’s Bearded Queen 2023 and Bluegrass Bearded Queen 2022 and was named 2nd alternate at America’s Bearded Queen in November 2022 where she competed against 13 other bearded beauties. She is known for her commanding stage presence and bold, innovative approach to drag.
Rita Room has become a beloved drag performer in her community and beyond. Born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Rita Room discovered her love for performance at a young age. She honed her skills in local theater productions, but it wasn't until she moved from Alabama and discovered drag that she truly found her calling. Rita Room was drawn to the subversive, boundary-pushing nature of drag, and she quickly became one of the most sought-after performers in her region. Over the years, Rita Room has built a loyal fanbase thanks to her unforgettable performances, which blend elements of comedy, drama, and social commentary. Rita is currently serving as Kentuckiana’s Drag Ambassador for the national non-profit “Drag Out the Vote.”
Whether she's lip syncing to a classic musical theatre showstopper or delivering a powerful performance on the struggles of marginalized communities, Rita Room always brings her A-game. Despite facing some resistance early on due to her unconventional look, Rita Room has never been one to back down from a challenge. She's become a powerful advocate for the LGBTQ+ community, using her platform to raise awareness and fight for equal rights. Her fearlessness and determination have inspired countless others to embrace their true selves and pursue their dreams. With her fierce style and unapologetic attitude, Rita Room is a force to be reckoned with. Her bold creativity and unwavering commitment to authenticity have earned her a well-deserved place in the drag community.
Owner, Mac Productions / Community Advocate
Mac is a staple here in the LGBT Community being apart over the years of the Nashville Pride Board over 20 years, the First Black Vice President of Nashville Pride and now the First Black President of Nashville Pride. The First Chair of Nashville Pride Diversity and Inclusion Committee. One of Nashville Pride Grand Marshalls in the 2019 Parade. The Original and Current Coordinator of Nashville Pride Drag Stage. The Original and Current Coordinator of the Nashville Pride Pageant and Turnabout Event. Nashville Black Pride Board member for 20 years along with the Coordinator of Sister's United Now called BASU (part of Nashville Black Pride). Current MashUp Nashville Board Member, Launch Pad Board member, Nashville Big Brother Big Sister LGBTQ Advisory Council member, Grace and Gratitude Board member (organization that helps domestic violence victims). Bianca Paige Board members. Former Nashville LGBT Chamber Board Member and Program Committee Member, Former GSA–Off-Campus Advisor at TSU, Former HER Committee member with HRC.
Owner of Mac Productions that host two Pageantry Systems in Nashville. Celebrating 26 years of the Mr. Esquire Male Impersonator Pageant and 16 years of Ms. Tennessee Diamond Diva Pageant. Mac was the first Winner of the Bianca Paige Legacy Award, Winner of the Mark Middleton (Bianca Paige) Community Service Award, Featured in the book-100 Most Influential Gay Entertainers, Winner of the Out Central Autumn Award, Glamour City Pageantry Legend Award, Presented the Unity of America Pageantry System Eyes of Texas Humanitarian Award, named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Nashville, Two times Nominated as one of the Finalists for the Mark Lee Taylor Community Service Award given by the LGBT Chamber, and nominated for the Women Who Rock Community Service Award. Winner of the Duo of Distinction Resilience Award for keeping Pageantry Alive. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Shi Foundation in ATL for Motivation and Encouragement throughout the years. Winner of the Nashville LGBT Chamber President’s Award in 2022. Mac has appeared in numerous TV, Newspaper and magazine articles.