ORSINO – Duke of Illyria – MATTHEW BAXTER
SEBASTIAN – brother to Viola – TOBIAS J. TURNER
ANTONIO – a sea captain, friend to Sebastian – DAVE DAVIDSON
A Sea Captain, friend to Viola – MATT WILSON
VALENTINE – attendant to the Duke – RACHEAL DAUGHERTY
CURIO – attendant to the Duke – KEELY MCCOY
SIR TOBY BELCH – uncle to Olivia – STEVEN W. GWILT
SIR ANDREW AGUECHEEK – TRAVIS FLATT
MALVOLIO – steward to Olivia – JOSH WINSCOTT
FABIAN – MATT WILSON
FESTE a Clown – LUCAS FLATT
OLIVIA – ELENI FRAGOPOLIS
VIOLA – AMY BYRNE
MARIA – Olivia’s woman – MISTY BROWN
Priest – RACHEAL DAUGHERTY
Officer – KEELY MCCOY
Director – Mark Harry Creter
Assistant Director – Charles A. Long
Production Stage Manager – Mary Boring
Assistant Stage Manager – Merry Davis
Lighting Design & Engineer……Brandon Walls
Set Construction…….Chad McDonald,
Costumer – Jennifer Dotson-Creter
Assistant Costumer – Anthony Herd
Fight Choreographer – Aaron Piepmeier
Original Music/Music Director – Lucas Flatt
Original Lyrics – “Blind Willie” Shakespeare
Props – Mark H. Creter
Producers…….Chad McDonald, Steve Gwilt
Poster & Program & Artwork…….Wayne Hogan
Poster & Program layout……..Steve Gwilt
Presented by The Dept. of Leisure Services,
Cultural Arts Division & The Drama Center
***Please turn off all pagers, cell phones, and other infernal noisemakers***
TTU Backdoor Playhouse
The Cookeville Arts Council
Dave Johnson, TheJane Ellen Experience
Clear Channel Communications
Kathy Gilpatrick, Wesley Foundation Arena Theatre
Elizabeth Ayres, Herald Citizen
Matthew Baxter (Orsino) is a senior Literature major at TTU none too thrilled about the prospect of unemployment come January, but nonetheless finding a happy distraction appearing in this his second Shakespeare in the Park production following an appearance as Lucentio in last year’s Taming of the Shrew. Love and thanks to the usual suspects: the Fam, the Pillagers, the Franktown Tennies, and the You-Know-Who’s.
Tobias J. Turner (Sebastian) has missed his girlfriend during this busy month of June and he hopes Bubbish gets better very soon.
David Davidson (Antonio) was, in another life, a theater director. He has directed the plays Tooth of Crime, Curse of the Starving Class, The Birthday Party, Irish Coffee, The Sea Horse and numerous children’s plays. He has also worked as an assistant artistic director, lighting designer, stage manager, box office manager and ticket seller. On occasion he acts largely due to his ability to learn his lines and not run into the furniture. He has played such roles as Renfield in Dracula, Norfolk in Henry the VIII, and The Butler in Sherlock Holmes. Tonight he is reprising the role of Antonio which he played in graduate school at Purdue University almost 30 years ago. It is rumored that he was once put in charge of an entire squadron of flying monkeys. In his regular life he is the credit and collections manger for Flowserve Corporation here in Cookeville.
Racheal Daugherty (Valentine) is a senior Literature major at Tennessee Tech University. This is her first performance with Cookeville Drama Center’s Shakespeare Summer Series, but not her first stage performance. You last saw her onstage discussing attitudes and attire in The Vagina Monologues. Racheal would like to thank Mark Creter and Charles Long for their encouragement and the cast for their constant enthusiasm. She would also like thank her family, friends, and a pretty little fellow named Andrew Shepherd.
Keely McCoy (Curio) is excited that after watching Shakespeare in the Park for the past three years she finally gets to join this summer’s production. After getting involved in WCHS’s spring musicals, Keely took part in the student production of Les Misérables at CCP in 2005. She would like to thank everyone in the cast and crew of Twelfth Night for making this experience so much fun.
Steven W. Gwilt (Sir Toby Belch) – Steva (rhymes with ‘diva’)has been engaged in a few Shakespearean enterprises over a score of years; Richard III, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (x2), Hamlet, Loves Labour’s Lost, Romeo & Juliet, The 15 Minute Hamlet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (if that counts), and Taming of the Shrew (x2). He will be joining Mr. Creter in a revival of Greater Tuna as one of the Backstage performances at the Drama Center in August. He is supposed to play the skinny guy, but is having a hard time taking that seriously. Happy B-day to wife Amy!
Travis Flatt (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) delights in making a return to the Cookeville stage, for this, his first ever ‘Shakespeare in the Park’. Other recent theatre credits include roles in Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (Oberon), The Actor’s Nightmare (George), and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Ichabod Crane) in Knoxville, and The Wizard of Oz (Cowardly Lion) out at the Oak Ridge Playhouse. Currently, Travis is working on an MA in English lit, with a focus on Renaissance drama, and keeping busy with acting and directing whenever possible. He wishes to thank his wife Marcy (One Year, by the time you read this), his supporting family, and Mark Creter, for the opportunity to work with this hilarious, gifted cast and crew.
Joshua Winscott (Malvolio) – was last seen performing mediocre magic tricks as Drosselmeier in Cumberland Dance Academy’s The Nutcracker. He was absent from theater for three years prior to that. The director punished Josh by forcing Malvolio’s mantle on him. Most, however, believe he deserves it, especially his castmates. They giggle deviously at his humilitation.
Matt Wilson (Fabian) is really excited to get back into theater. This is his first Shakespeare in the Park performance and it has been a great experience. He would like to say thanks to Josh for encouraging him to audition in his own twisted way. He has been on sabbatical since graduating from CHS but his family encouraged him to return to the stage. He would like to say thank you to his wife, Katie, and his daughter, Anne, for your support – “I love you.”
Lucan Flatt (Feste) Is giving his first attempt at tackling the Bard. He has acted in several shows at TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse as well as composing and performing original music in their recent production of The Vagina Monologues. Last summer in Knoxville, Lucas shredded in the Actor’s Co-op production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He would like to thank his family, his friends, and his dog for their love and support, and his brother for all the guidance and this opportunity to share a stage.
Eleni Fragopoulos (Olivia)- is very happy to be on stage again, a once a year must. She would like to send out her love to the whole cast and to everyone who worked on the show for such a fun time. This is the one thing that keeps this working mom of two, Darius(9) and Hristina(5), sane. Lots of love to her family and special thanks to her mom, Peggy, for being in town at least one week this summer between Europe and China to run lines with her.
Amy Byrne (Viola) is appearing in her first Shakespeare in the Park. You may have seen her at TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse. She would like to thank Mark (as always), and all those close to her heart (you know who you are).
Misty Brown (Maria) is so happy to be in her first Shakespeare in the Park. She is not, however, quite so happy to be wearing the costume she’s wearing. Thanks to Damon for his constant love. Big shout out to April, back form the City of Angels to visit & see me ant in a show. Another shout to Tishie & Jamie (assuming they come).
Mark H. Creter is a Professor of Theatre at Tennessee Technological
University as well as the artistic director of TTU’s Backdoor Playhouse. This past year he directed successful productions of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and The Road to Rude by Lee Papa. This last show was performed in Calgary, Canada as part of the High Performance Rodeo Theatre Festival hosted by the One Yellow Rabbit Theatre. Last summer he directed Taming of the Shrew for the Third Annual Shakespeare in the Park at the Dogwood Performance Pavilion in Cookeville.
In the middle of rehearsals for this play, Mark skipped town to attend the Bonnaroo Music Festival. There he taught acting workshops for the Academy at Planet Roo, oversaw a scaled down performance of The Road to Rude with his hetero-soul mate and partner in crime Lee Papa and saw a lot of great music.
In addition to directing and teaching, Mark continues to tread the boards, most recently in the role of Lou in the Backstage Series production of Speed of Darkness by Steve Tesich for the Cookeville Drama Center and in Nashville last summer as the Ghost/Player King in Shakespeare’s Hamlet directed by Creter’s former student Matt Bassett. In August Mark is looking forward to sharing the stage once again with Steve Gwilt in the Cookeville revival of Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. Mark is fairly certain that he’s going to need a girdle to get back into those dresses.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatrical Production from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia and his Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After finishing his college training he spent a number of years performing professionally in regional theatres and dinner theatres from Greensboro, North Carolina to Omaha, Nebraska. Eventually he settled in Tennessee, first in Knoxville where he co-founded the Tennessee Stage Company and the East Tennessee Shakespeare Festival and now in Cookeville where he continues to get into all kinds of theatrical trouble.
He is professionally associated with the Tennessee Theatre Association, the South Eastern Theatre Conference, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the David Mamet Society.
He sends love and thanks to his beautiful wife Jennifer for her constant love, inspiration and support and to his fantastically awesome son Gus.