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2018 Company

Artistic & Fight Direction

CALEB RYAN SIGMON

 

Production Design

SIGMON THEATRICAL

 

Production Stage Manager

JESSICA BOHLER

 

Assistant Stage Manager

JAYCEE SANDERS

 

Music Director

J. KYLE COLEMAN

 

Sound Design

MATTHEW LUCAS

Production Team

Biographies

Costume Design

KATY SIGMON

 

Wardrobe Supervisor

ABIGAIL COLEMAN

 

Fight Captain

WILLIAM KNIGHT

 

Weapons Supervisor

ALLISON COLLINS

 

Company Manager

ASHLEY MARIE DEMAR

 

Dialect Coach

JILL BLOEDE

General Manager

JIM CHAMPION

JEREMY TRENT HOMESLEY (Silas Martin) is excited to be returning for his fifth season! Having originated the role of Major Patrick Ferguson in the 2014 premiere, Jeremy reprised the role in 2015 and 2017; and appeared as Silas Martin in the 2016 season. Most recently, Jeremy completed a hike of nearly 1,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, building a geographical connection from his family farm in Cherryville, North Carolina to his new home in Sackets Harbor, New York. Visit our website for Jeremy’s full biography.

 

ASHLEY MARIE DEMAR (Priscilla Martin / Company Manager / Artistic Associate) is thrilled to be returning to Liberty Mountain as Priscilla Martin, in addition to holding the positions of Artistic Associate and Company Manager. Hailing from New York, Ashley's most recent credits include Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve (Eve), Robin Hood (Maid Marian), South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), Barnum (Jenny Lind), three touring productions with Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre and two consecutive seasons with Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama. A graduate of Niagara University, Ashley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance with a double major in English. NU credits include: Into the Woods (Cinderella), Damn Yankees (Lola), Bat Boy: The Musical (Meredith), Curtains (Georgia), Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes) and The Pirates of Penzance (Daughter). NU directing credits include the world premiere of Snapshot. While participating in the NU Study Abroad program, Ashley toured Twelfth Night (Viola) with Live Literature Co. in London and to the West Coast of England. Following graduation, Ashley returned to London where she held an internship in the study of Applied Drama. Favorite credits include: Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), Little Women: The Musical (Jo March), Hamlet (Ophelia), Twelfth Night (Olivia) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia).

 

JACKSON GEMBORYS (Joseph Martin) is a rising Junior Acting Major at Greensboro College. This will be his first adventure with the team of Liberty Mountain and is thrilled to be here. Past performances include: Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Milt Fields (Laughter on the 23rd Floor), and as Tony Delvecchio in (Disaster! The Musical).

 

ADAM PHILLIPS (Caleb Martin) is excited to bring Caleb Martin to life again for this exciting season of Liberty Mountain. Adam has been a part of Liberty Mountain all five seasons, and this will be his fourth season as Caleb. Adam is from Kings Mountain and will attend 7th grade at Kings Mountain Middle School this fall. He is a member of the band and enjoys playing several sports. In his free time, Adam enjoys hunting, skeet shooting, and storytelling. Adam has developed a love for all things Revolutionary through being a part of Liberty Mountain. He loves to visit Revolutionary War sites, learn facts about the war, and has written his own story about the Battle of Kings Mountain. Adam is extremely grateful for the world of opportunities that have opened up for him through his experiences with Liberty Mountain.

 

CAILYN KRATZER (Sally Martin) is a rising 7th grader at Crest Middle School in Shelby, NC. She loves to sing, dance, and act. Her favorite roles have been Earthworm in James and the Giant Peach and Annie in The Knight at Dawn. Cailyn also loves being involved with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. With Broadway Dreams, Cailyn has had the opportunity to work with stars like Tyler Haynes, Christopher Hanke, Florian Voss, Mimi Scardulla, and Sarah Jean Ford. Cailyn is very excited and thankful to be a part of this show.

 

MATTHEW LUCAS (Reverend McKenzie / Sound Design) is thankful to be returning for his third season at Liberty Mountain. After two seasons of portraying King George III, he is abdicating his throne and switching sides to play Reverend Walter Mackenzie. In addition to his onstage role, Matthew also serves as the show’s Sound Designer, working alongside the director to create a unified musical and aural identity for the show. In addition to his design work here, he has also provided sound designs for Wait Until Dark and Cyrano at the Old Post Office Playhouse in Newton. He has appeared in such productions as William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Woman of Setzuan, two different productions of A Christmas Carol (playing Fred, Young Scrooge, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come), as well as musical productions such as Hello, Dolly! and Children of Eden. He also appeared as Sundance the cowboy at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock, NC, for 9 seasons from 2007-2015. An award-winning writer and professional film critic for nearly 15 years at the Lexington Dispatch, Matthew has also written plays of his own; his original play, At Rise, was recently performed at Appalachian State University’s New Play Festival. He also publishes regular film writing, essays, and criticism at his website, www.fromthefrontrow.net. Matthew resides in Boone, North Carolina with his wife, Anna, and their three cats, Butch, Dahlia, and Ada.

 

NICK HOWELL (Col. James Williams) is thrilled to be returning for his 5th season!  In addition to Liberty Mountain, a few of his favorite roles include the Cat in the Hat (Seussical), Chad (All Shook Up), Le Bret (Cyrano), Jack (Into the Woods), Bert (Mary Poppins), and Gaston (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast).  Other credits include the Carolina Renaissance Festival and the Kings Mountain Revolutionary Ghost Tour. He is currently working on an Associates in Arts Degree at Cleveland Community College. Afterwards, he plans to transfer to a university to study Theatre Arts!

 

WILLIAM KNIGHT (Benjamin McQueen / Fight Captain) is a resident of Lenoir, NC, and is employed by the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir and Appalachian State University in various capacities. He has been involved with community theatre in the Lenoir area for 15 years, including several seasons in the outdoor drama From This Day Forward in Valdese, and his most recent appearance as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank with Foothills Performing Arts. He has been involved with Liberty Mountain as a fight choreographer several times and is excited to finally embark upon his first season as an official member of the production. He thanks his bosses and coworkers for allowing him the scheduling flexibility to able to perform, his fellow cast and crew for their passion and hard work, and YOU for supporting live, local theatre.

 

MARY GRACE KELLER (Elizabeth McQueen) is excited to be returning to Liberty Mountain for the fifth time. As a Kings Mountain resident, this show holds a special place in her heart and she is happy to be celebrating the 5th anniversary of Liberty Mountain. Mary Grace has a BFA in Theatre Performance from Adelphi University and a Masters in Accounting from UNC Charlotte. She spends her days as a CPA in a firm here in Kings Mountain that she owns with her father. When not working, Mary Grace is still passionate about being involved in Theatre in any capacity. She has most recently been seen in Lying in State (Edna) and Divorce: Southern Style (Eleanor) with the Kings Mountain Little Theatre and Robin Hood (Lady Merle) at the Lincoln Theatre Guild. Mary Grace would like to thank the cast, crew, director, and steering committee for a fantastic fifth season!

 

DEVANNA FERRIS (Franklin McQueen) is a rising 8th grader that lives in Wilmington, NC.  This is her first professional acting role in her quest for stardom!  Devanna enjoys acting, writing plays and short stories, spending time at the beach and, of course, playing video games.  Devanna is the granddaughter of playwright Robert Inman.

 

PASCAL DIBETTA (Maj. Patrick Ferguson) is an 19 year old actor from Chapel Hill, NC. Pascal got his start with performance art as a child magician, mentored by Joshua Lozoff, a local magician. Joshua's wife, Melissa Lozoff was an actress, and after taking classes with her began to turn his focus towards performance theater. In 2017 Pascal was accepted to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School program from which he was then accepted into the SUNY Purchase School of Drama. Past roles include the Duke of Gloucester (Richard III), Chris Keller (All My Sons), Manolo Costazuela (The Odd Couple) and Spike (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike). Pascal would like to thank his family for supporting his choice to follow a theatrical path and Melissa Lozoff and Kelly Maxner for all of the knowledge they have shared.

 

JOHN DAVID WELCH (King George III) is an actor, musician, and teacher from West Tennessee. He received a Bachelors of Music in Voice Performance from Middle Tennessee State University and did graduate studies in opera and musical theatre at the Manhattan School of Music. This is his first season onstage with Liberty Mountain but was featured in the 2017 season as a vocalist on the company's Fire and Sword album. Recent credits include St. Aphrodisius in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Horton in Seussical, Dennis in All Shook Up, Ligniere in Cyrano, and Tony in West Side Story. John David is excited to be making his Liberty Mountain debut as one of history's most notorious rulers.

 

JARED WACHSMUTH (Dragging Canoe / “Bloody” Bill Cunningham) is honored to be a part of this historical show for his second time! Last season, he played Joseph Martin in the show. His most recent credits include Seussical, Sweeney Todd, and As You Like It at The Green Room in Newton. Jared enjoys drawing, singing, ballet, and writing poetry.

 

JANA PHYLISE SALES (Nancy Ward) is excited to be back in her second season with Liberty Mountain. Jana, of Claremont, North Carolina, is a rising Sophomore at UNC Greensboro, where she is working toward her BFA in Acting. Jana is the current reigning Miss Reunion of Newton. Her recent credits include Duenna in (Cyrano), Ti Moune (Once on this Island), and Consuela (West Side Story).

 

CONNOR LEWIS (John Sevier) is a recent graduate of UNC School of the Arts High School and is thrilled to be a part of the Liberty Mountain team.  His favorite roles include Albert (Bye Bye Birdie), Robbie (The Wedding Singer), Father (Violet), and J Pierrepont Finch (How to Succeed in Business...). In August, Connor will be continuing his training at Texas State University as a member of their BFA Musical Theatre class of 2022. Thanks so much to Caleb for this opportunity and to his family and girlfriend for their love and support.

 

NOAH HUNT (Isaac Shelby) is a Junior BFA Theatre Major from Shorter University in Rome, GA. Noah has played a variety of roles throughout his acting career ranging from whimsical villains such as the Man in the Yellow suit (Tuck Everlasting) and Amos Callaway (Big Fish) to Shakespearean heroes like Hamlet and Orlando. Aside from acting, Noah recently backed AM Radio Show on rhythm guitar at the Rome Shakespeare festival in early June in their folk ensemble Celtic Crew. A lover of both history and drama, Noah is extremely excited to take part in bringing Liberty Mountain to life! Enjoy the show and God bless!

 

JOSEPH KYLE COLEMAN (Music Director / Lord Germaine) is an Alumnus of Shorter University, in Rome, GA, receiving B.M.s in Piano Pedagogy and Piano Performance, and is currently the Staff Accompanist at the school. At the university, he studied piano under Dr. Jerico Vasquez, Dr. Lynn Worcester, and Dr. Rebekah Jordan-Miller. Mr. Coleman has performed a variety of genres as a soloist, accompanist, collaborative artist, guest conductor, and in ensembles across the southeast, and internationally. He has taught piano privately, written and arranged commissioned works for various occasions, guest conducted the Shorter Chorale and has piano-conducted for various companies, including Rome Little Theatre, and the Shorter Theatre Department. In the summer of 2016, he performed as a pit musician with the Peach State Summer Theatre company at Valdosta State University, the works of Disney’s classic, Beauty And The Beast, the story of Johnny Cash, Ring Of Fire, and an homage to the works of George and Ira Gershwin, Nice Work If You Can Get It! Coleman’s time with the Shorter Chorale has included an international tour to London, England and Cape Town, South Africa, as well as regional tours of the Southeastern United States, and a recent collaborative performance as piano primo along with the Shorter University Choral Division, Dr. Jerico Vasquez (piano secundo), and Dr. Aaron M. Rice (conductor), of Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutch Requiem, one of the pinnacles of Western art music. Recent Operatic collaborations and performances include Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, and Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief, in addition to excerpts of works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Copeland. Coleman has accompanied many musicals with the Shorter Theatre Department, and was recently Assistant Music Director of Showboat (2016), Music Director of Spitfire Grill (2016) and will music direct You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, in the Fall of 2018. He has recently begun an affiliation with Rome’s Clocktower Jazz Ensemble, preparing and performing various jazz standards as well as new arrangements. Recent acting credits include George Deever in the Arthur Miller tragic staple All My Sons (2015), and Beralde in Moliere’s absurdist comedie-ballet The Imaginary Invalid (2016). Kyle is married to the love of his life, Abigail (Wardrobe Supervisor). They live and work together in Rome, GA, where Kyle is also the pianist at First Presbyterian Church and Abigail sings in the choir. His hobbies include a gratuitous love of coffee, writing music, closely following football and basketball, traveling, and reading National Geographic.

 

COREY MANSFIELD (Capt. DePeyster) is 18 years old and is performing in his third season with Liberty Mountain. He is a freshman at The South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University where he will pursue an art and design degree. Past favorite onstage roles include: General Schmitz (Seussical the Musical), Pinocchio (Shrek the Musical), Algernon Moncrieff (The Importance of Being Earnest), and Frank Butler (Annie Get Your Gun). When not performing onstage, Corey loves to help behind the scenes with theatre set work and actively participate with his church’s youth group. He would like to thank God for His many blessings, his family for their continued support, and Liberty Mountain for this opportunity. 2 Corinthians 4:7

 

CALEB ROLLINS (Patrick Henry) Bio coming soon.

 

ANDREW HATLEY (Joseph Galloway) is a recent graduate of Bandys high school and plans to attend UNCG this fall perusing a degree in theatre arts education. Andrew has been involved in theater his whole life. He grew up performing at Horn in the West and can’t wait to continue his acting career at Liberty Mountain.  

 

DOUG BELL (Ensemble) has been participating in historical reenactments for more than 30 years. He began his journey in 1985 when North Carolina celebrated the founding of the colony on Roanoke. He has volunteered with The North Carolina 6th Regiment, the Back Country Farm at the Schiele Museum, Brattonsville Historic District and was an extra in the feature film The Patriot. This is Doug’s fourth season with the company of Liberty Mountain, including the inaugural season.

 

CAREY BLACKBURN (Ensemble / Swing) is thrilled to be making her Liberty Mountaindebut! She is excited to return to her home state after spending a year as a resident Acting Apprentice at Florida Studio Theatre. Recent productions include Robin Hood (Maid Marian), Wednesday's Child (Becca), The Lost Colony (Pavanne Dancer/Eleanor Dare u/s), Closer (Alice), and Once (Ex-Girlfriend u/s). BFA Musical Theatre from East Carolina University. www.careyblackburn.com

 

SETH CHAPPELL (Ensemble) is 16 years old and honored to be back for his fifth season of Liberty Mountain.  Seth is currently working on his associate's degree in business at ICC through the dual enrollment program. Recently, he has been seen onstage in The Homecoming (Birdshot) and The Importance of Being Ernest (Ernest). He was in his first play at the age of 5 but became more involved when he turned 11.  Seth says, “The theater has really helped me develop myself into a more outgoing person which in turn has helped with my shyness. I think everyone should do at least one play in their life just for the experience.”

 

ABIGAIL COLEMAN (Ensemble) serves as the Costume Designer and Shop Manager at her alma mater, Shorter University, in Rome GA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre, and while she loves performing, Abigail cultivated a love for costuming at the age of 16. While an undergrad, she worked in the Shorter University costume shop constructing and creating costumes used in all theatre productions, operas, and student-directed one acts. This will be her third year working with Liberty Mountainand she is excited to be back and bring her husband Kyle along for the summer. Abigail has designed for productions of Tuck Everlasting, The Musical (2018 KCATCF Faculty Costume Design Nomination); Exit the King (2017 KCATCF Faculty Costume Design nomination); Children of Eden; Into the Woods; Annie Get Your Gun; Shrek: The Musical; and Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. Some of her favorite performing roles have been Jennyanydots (Cats), Joanne (Godspell), Mary Tilford (The Children’s Hour), and Purgon (The Imaginary Invalid). She has worked on shows with Rome Shakespeare Festival, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Gaston School of the Arts, Encore Theatre Guild, and The Abbey Players. Abigail likes to drink coffee, cook, sing in the Shorter Chorale, read, and travel. She and her husband, Kyle, who also works at Shorter, live in Rome.

 

JAMES ELLISON (Ensemble) Bio coming soon.

 

ANNA GREEN (Ensemble) has just graduated from North Lincoln High School where she performed in many dramas with roles such as Frenchy in Grease and Mary Warren in The Crucible. She also performs with the Lincoln Theatre Guild in Lincolnton, NC and has appeared in many shows there including Rock of Ages as Regina. Most recently, she participated in the choir of The Green Room's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She will begin working towards a BFA in Musical Theatre at Catawba College in the fall. This is her first season with Liberty Mountain.

 

CORA HATLEY (Ensemble) is excited to be joining her brother and mother in the cast of Liberty Mountain this season. This rising 6th grader has grown up on the stage. She has performed in Horn In The West in Boone, Treasure Island, As You Like It, and God's Not Dead, with credits also including The Carolina Renaissance Festival. Cora also enjoys barrel racing, volleyball, and playing the piano.

 

SHANNON HATLEY (Ensemble) is joining the cast of Liberty Mountain for the first time and excited to share the stage with her son and daughter. She is a pre-k teacher at Balls Creek Elementary in Newton. Shannon has been part of many productions with Studio K Dance Workshop in Boone, NC. She has also performed in Horn in The West, The Carolina Renaissance Festival, As You Like It, Journey Through Bethlehem, and most recently has been the costumer for Lincoln Theatre Guild's productions of Treasure Island and Thunder Over Carolina.

 

SHELBY RAY (Ensemble) could not be more excited to “Join The Revolution” for her first summer with Liberty Mountain. She is a graduate from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) where she earned her BFA in Theatre For Youth – Performance. She currently works at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte where she just finished touring with the Resident Touring Company. During that time, the group performed Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Imaginators. Her other credits include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All,  A Christmas Carol, and The Hobbit. Shelby also works in the CTC education department as a Teaching Artist and works with the front of house staff during school shows. She would like to thank her family and friends for being so awesome and supportive!!

 

DAVID ROLLINS (Ensemble) Bio coming soon.

 

KATIE STONE (Ensemble) is a Gastonia, North Carolina native and is excited to take on her fourth summer of Liberty Mountain - The Revolutionary Drama! A recent high school graduate, Katie hopes to finish out her Associate in Arts at Cleveland Community College and pursue a career in Portrait Photography. Other theatre credits include Leading Ladies (Audrey), The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (Susan Pevensie), and Charlotte’s Web (Mrs. Arable).

 

CHEYENNE VEACH (Ensemble) has recently graduated from The Visual and Performing Arts Center in Statesville. She plans to attend North Greenville University in the fall to pursue a degree in Musical Theatre and Theatrical Design. She will also be traveling with the North Greenville  theatre group, Act 2, in the fall to further her experience. Past roles include Gertrude Mcfuzz (Seussical the Musical), Natalie Haller (All Shook Up), Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), and Ensemble (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). She is honored to be working with this wonderful cast and crew.

 

JESSICA BOHLER (Production Stage Manager) is a senior musical theatre major from Shorter University. Her past positions include deck stage manager at Horn in the West, stage manager for Big Fish, The Imaginary Invalid, and An Actor's Nightmare, and assistant stage manager for The Spitfire Grill and Death takes a Holiday. When not assisting backstage, Jessica loves to take a turn in the spotlight with some of her favorite roles including Ophelia (Hamlet), Peter Pan (Disney's Peter Pan), and Winnie Foster (Tuck Everlasting). She would love to give an enormous thank you to Liberty Mountain for entrusting her with this position, her parents for their support and believing she could truck it across 1 1/2 states without them, her Lord and Savior for allowing this opportunity to fall into His plan for her, and each one of you for taking the time to enter into her world for a few hours and experience an incomparable glimpse into our Nation's history.

 

JAYCEE SANDERS (Assistant Stage Manager) is a junior Art Education major at Anderson University but is originally from Sprott, Alabama. She enjoys drawing, painting, and gardening with her family. This production is her introduction into the world of theatre, and she is excited to participate in bringing the past to life for each of you. She’d like to thank her family, friends, and the Christ Jesus for all their love and encouragement through the years to get her here.

 

JILL BLOEDE (Dialect Coach) has been working in Professional, Community, and Academic Theatre for close to 25 years. After earning 3 degrees in Theatre, Jill served on the Faculty at UNC-Charlotte before accepting the position of Artistic Associate at The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for 17 years. Presently, Jill is a tenured Associate Professor at Belmont Abbey where she teaches Acting and Directing. Her last production was the terrifyingly good Wait Until Dark. Audiences from Charlotte may remember Jill from Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike (Actor’s Theatre), Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest) and Penny Sycamore (You Can’t Take it With You) both for Theatre Charlotte. She just finished directing You Can’t Take it With You at Old Courthouse Theatre, and will direct Robin Hood and the Merry Thieves for her favorite summer theatre camp: Creative Kids at Providence Day School this month! Jill has served as a Dialect Coach for productions with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, UNC-Charlotte and several high schools, and for television: Shots Fired, Homeland, Banshee, and Outcast.

 

ALLISON COLLINS (Weapons Supervisor) is proud to be the armorer for Liberty Mountain. She is in charge of maintaining all weapons so as to keep the actors safe. Allison has been a member of the Society of American Fight Directors for seven years. She had been the fight director for several plays, such as A Comedy of Errors with Shakespeare on the Green in Charlotte, as well as The Two Musketeers and Gone Astray with the Bunbury Theatre in Louisville KY.

 

SAVANNAH WILLIS (Wardrobe Intern) is a Kings Mountain High School rising senior and is super excited to be working for Liberty Mountainfor the first time. Savannah is highly involved with her school’s theater and community theater. She loves to do wigs/hair and makeup for shows, as well as stage managing. Savannah has plans to go to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for wig and makeup.

 

FAITH CUSTAR (Technical Intern) is a recent Kings Mountain High School graduate. She has been heavily involved in her school’s theatre department since the spring of her freshman year. Since getting involved, she has participated in more than 25 shows and has been a part of her school’s advanced theatre class as well as participated in the last three years of the North Carolina Theatre Conference. Faith plans to go to college for a BFA in Theatre Education with a technical theatre minor! She is excited to grow more in the world of theatre and work alongside fellow creators!