Jeni Lamm

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That play is so timely!

Featured, Touring Wing | on February, 16, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

The WordPlayers has been touring a Black History play each February since 2007. These plays are about American History, really, and they are about freedom and justice for all. And every year we hear: “That play is so timely!” It’s kind of sad when we do a play about our past — plays about discrimination […]

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The WordPlayers Kicks Off Season with Charming, Nostalgic Romance

Featured, MainStage Wing | on August, 31, 2016 | by | 0 Comments

The first offering in The WordPlayers’ 2016-2017 season will be Last Train to Nibroc by Arlene Hutton. This play explores the new relationship of two young people who meet in 1940 under the shadow of the threat of war. May and Raleigh grew up just a few miles from each other in Kentucky, but meet […]

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Cast and Production Team members’ thoughts on “The Spitfire Grill”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 26, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

What do you like most about this production? “I love the vision our director has for the show. Matthew Lloyd is pulling every nuance out of us, making our performances multi-faceted and strong. Even the smaller roles, like mine, which could be played cartoon-like and comic-relief, have found depth and growth.” – Elizabeth Eaker, Actor […]

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Artists’ Comments on “The Spitfire Grill”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 19, 2015 | by | 1 Comments

We have been in rehearsal for The Spitfire Grill for a few weeks now. Here’s what the artists are saying: What do you like most about this show? I love the story. I’m realizing that one of the things I love most about theater is telling stories, and this is such a rewarding one to […]

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Fired up about Spitfire!

Featured, MainStage Wing | on April, 24, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

We are happy to announce that we will be returning to The Bijou Theatre after the success of The Secret Garden last summer. This July, we will present The Spitfire Grill – an intimate and heartening musical. The cast and crew is very excited! Here’s what a few of them have to say: I’m a […]

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Another Secret Garden (by Cheryl Masur)

Featured, MainStage Wing | on July, 10, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

When Sheryl Lawrence Howard is on stage for the upcoming performances of The Secret Garden, she may be drawing a little inspiration from a “secret garden” that is dear to her. Tucked quietly in the back of her parent’s West Knoxville home is garden blooming with tranquility. Marilyn and Peter Lawrence fell in love with gardening when […]

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Interview with MARTHA from “The Secret Garden”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 27, 2014 | by | 2 Comments

Sheryl Howard will play MARTHA in The Secret Garden. Sheryl is a triple threat…Actor, Singer, and … Musician! You thought I was going to say Dancer, didn’t you? Well, she actually held her own in that department in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. She’s amazingly talented. Sheryl played Emma Goldman in our production of […]

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Interview with LILY from “The Secret Garden”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 20, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

In our production of The Secret Garden, the role of LILY will be played by Natalee Louise McReynolds. Natallee has her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Otterbein  University (2011) and her M. M. in Vocal Performance from the U.T. (2013). Role  credits include: She (Will You Marry Me?),  Musetta (La Boheme), Susanna (Le nozze di figaro), Monica (The Medium), […]

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Reflections from a cast member

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 13, 2014 | by | 1 Comments

John Cherry will play Dr. Neville Craven in our upcoming production of The Secret Garden. Audiences may remember him from our production of Ragtime in 2012. 1. Please tell us a little about your background and experience in theatre. Academically, I got my degree from UT in Theatre. Practically, I have been in more than […]

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Meet the director of “The Secret Garden”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 06, 2014 | by | 1 Comments

LEANN DICKSON Leann has been a  drama teacher for 28 years, 18 of which have been at Bearden High School where  she has been a two time recipient of the Teacher of the Year awards. If you have seen any of the musical theatre productions at BHS, you know how fabulous she is as a director! She […]

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