meet the cast
Paige is always thrilled to appear on the Encore stage. Last seen onstage in Follies, some favorite credits include August: Osage County (Karen), Vanya, Sonya, Masha, and Spike (Masha), Dixie Swim Club (Lexie), Crimes of the Heart (Meg), Steel Magnolias (Truvy), as well as roles in The Best Man, Les Miserables, Love, Loss, and What I Wore, Hairspray, and Sunday in the Park with George, among others. She enjoys working with Encore's Young Stars productions, and is honored to be a member of Encore's Company. Much appreciation to our stage manager, cast mates and everyone involved in the production. Paige would like to extend immense gratitude to Micah-Shane Brewer and Sheryl Lawrence Howard for their patience, direction, and confidence, as well as her husband Rus, who has steadfastly and tirelessly encouraged, loved, and supported her through this production. Rus and Paige have three wonderful sons-Braxton, Owen, and Josh, who have all her love and bring her joy every day.
Drew is excited to be returning to the Encore stage after a two year hiatus. Some of his favorite productions include Next to Normal, Into the Woods, The Full Monty, Chicago, and The Last Five Years. In real life, he is the executive director of the Rose Center Council for the Arts, the managing director of Encore Theatrical Company, and the father of Tucker.
Jim returns to Encore after making his debut as Buddy Plummer in last season’s Follies. A graduate of UT’s Theatre Department, Jim has performed in more than 120 productions over the past (insert impossible number of years). Thanks, Micah-Shane and Sheryl!
Cooper in the 8th grade and this is her 9th play with Encore! Favorite roles have been Little Cosette (Les Miserables) and Young Fiona/Baby Bear (Shrek, The Musical). Cooper loves the theatre and being a part of these shows is an honor. Encore has given her a chance to act, sing, and dance, right here in Morristown. She appreciates your donations and ticket purchase which allows Encore to continue to provide these opportunities for those who come to watch a show, work backstage or perform on the stage. We ALL sincerely thank you for your support! Without you, this would not be possible :)
Brant is thrilled to be making another Encore mainstage appearance! You could last see Brant tapping down Cherry Tree Lane in Encore’s Mary Poppins. When he isn’t acting, you can find Brant hanging with his friends, scrolling through Twitter, or making some hot tea.
Amy Nichols Eanes
Some of Amy’s favorite roles onstage include dancing as a leg lamp in A Christmas Story: The Musical, Mama Bear in Shrek: The Musical!, and Pam Lukowski in The Full Monty. Her favorite behind the scenes roles include Stage Manager for Les Misérables, Noises Off, Legally Blonde, One Man, Two Guvnors, Mary Poppins and The City of Conversation. As an Encore Company member, she has taken on additional roles-from props to spot op in numerous productions. "I am so very excited about this show-thanks to MSB and Sheryl for allowing me to sing this beautiful music. Also, thanks to the production team, cast, and crew for all you do to help make dreams a reality!"
Frank is a Founding Company Member of Encore. He has appeared on stage most recently in Spamalot and The Best Man, and has directed nine Encore Main Stage Shows and one School Touring production. Frank serves as set builder for all of Encore’s Main Stage and Young Stars Productions. He and his wife Debra have four dogs, Bernadette, Charlie, Mason & Hamilton.
Kylie holds a theatre degree from Milligan College and is thrilled to be sharing the Encore stage for the first time, and in this bucket-list role! Previous stage credits include: Kathy Selden in Jonesborough Repertory Theatre's Singin in the Rain, Cosette in Theatre Bristol's Les Miserables, Jo March in Milligan College's Little Women: The Musical, and roles with various acting companies across central Virginia, her home state. Thanks to Micah-Shane and Sheryl for their commitment to excellence, the company of Bridges for making the drive from Kingsport so completely worth it, and her Andrew for the million miles we've gone, and the million miles to go.
State Fair Singer, Chiara, Ensemble
Amie is from Johnson City, TN and is a recent graduate from Carson-Newman University. She was recently seen on Encore’s stage in Follies as Young Sally. Some of her favorite past roles include: Little Red in Into the Woods, Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Eve in Children of Eden, and Adelaide in Guys and Dolls. Amie would like to thank her friends and family for their love and support!
Jonathan returns for Bridges of Madison County to continue his Encore Theatrical Career. Jonathan has previously played in Into the Woods as Steward and Wolf and assisted with visuals in Monty Python's Spamalot. Jonathan is excited to assist with projection designs for Bridges of Madison County and also play in the chorus. Look up and notice that Walters State's theater is equipped with a professional sound system. Jonathan is employed by M3 Technology Group which installs and maintains professional systems like these all over middle and eastern Tennessee. The cast, crew and technicians hope you enjoy your journey to Madison County, Iowa!
This is Andrew's first ever Encore Production and he's really excited. He's also a freshman at Walters State this year. Not only does he love to act, but he has grown to love the cast he works with.
Donna has been involved in theatre and music her whole life. From growing up singing in church to majoring in Theatre to teaching/directing in public schools. She has performed in many main stage productions which included: Noises Off, Agnes of God, Come Blow Your Horn, South Pacific, Our Town, and many more. She has performed with Encore in shows such as - Love, Loss, and What I Wore, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Shrek, Christmas Carol, and most recently as Justice Charlier in Rock of Ages. She has also worked behind the scenes for multiple Encore shows stage managing, doing props, fabrications, and specialty painting. She is very proud to be an Encore Company Member.
Store Clerk, Ensemble
Susan has been performing on area stages for about 27 years. She was most recently seen in the role of Sally in Follies, Encore’s USO Radio Show and as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Other roles include Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables, Sonia in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Ivy in August: Osage County, Hold Me Touch Me in The Producers, Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George, Sarah in Company, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, and in the ensemble of Merrily We Roll Along. She is a founding company member of Encore Theatrical Company, and the 2014 inductee into the Encore Hall of Fame.
Molly is so excited to be in her first show with Encore! Her past performances include Regina in Rock of Ages and Charlotte in 13, The Musical. She is very excited to sing more beautiful music by Jason Robert Brown and be able to make this beautiful story come to life. Molly wants to thank Micah-Shane for this opportunity and can’t wait for the next one. She also wants to thank Sheryl, Debra and her fellow cast and crew for all the hard work and amazing experience! See y’all in Iowa.
Lindsey is super happy to be joining the Encore company for this show and meeting all the hard-working and very talented people involved. She would like to thank Micah-Shane, Debra and Sheryl for the opportunity to be in this beautiful show.
The Bridges of Madison County is Michael's fourth endeavor with Encore having last been seen in Rock of Ages. The experience has, as always, been extraordinarily fun and inspiring. The story you are about to see showcases the situations we find ourselves in throughout life, and does what theatre should strive for. It presents ideas and stories that provoke our emotions and thoughts while entertaining. Enjoy the show and remember that our decisions are bridges that allow us to travel from one experience to the next. Will you cross the next bridge that presents itself?
Matthew is happy to be back on stage in this beautiful production. Previous roles with Encore include Young Ben (Follies), Rapunzel's Prince (Into the Woods), William Barfee (25th...Spelling Bee), Emmett (Legally Blonde), Franz (Sunday in the Park with George), and various ensemble roles in Chicago, Hairspray, Singin' In the Rain, White Christmas, 9 to 5, Shrek, and Big. Matt acted as music director for Encore's productions of The Full Monty and The Little Mermaid, Jr. and assistant stage manager for Noises Off and Dixie Swim Club. He holds a music degree with a minor in theatre from Carson-Newman University, where he was seen on stage as Horton (Seussical the Musical), Trevor Graydon III (Thoroghly Modern Millie), Freddy Eynsford-Hill (My Fair Lady), and Ben (The Secret Garden).
Stephen is a life-long resident of Morristown. His first role with Encore was as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol: The Musical. He has since been in One Man, Two Guvnors, A Christmas Story: The Musical, and most recently in the ensemble of Mary Poppins. In addition to this, he has enjoyed working with the crew on several other Encore shows. He appreciates the opportunity to participate in this moving story and the relationships that grow from being in such a cast as this.
Chris returns to Encore, following his debut in Mary Poppins in December. From 1986 to 1996, he appeared in and worked with numerous Morristown Theatre Guild shows. “I want to say thank you to MSB for giving me another opportunity, to my mom for her support, and to those past driveways I've pulled into!"