steel magnolias by Robert Harling (2015)
Director – Jeremiah Wampler
Assistant Director – Jennifer Wampler
Amy Akins is a Lenoir City native who has been active in theater since her college days. She has appeared in productions of “Once Upon a Mattress”, “The Apple Tree”, “Smoke on the Mountain”, “M*A*S*H”, and “Scrooge”. She has also stage managed for “The Children's Hour” and “Cinderella”. She spends her days tutoring English and her nights studying acting. Most recently, she directed “The Glass Menagerie” with the Lyric Theatre Company.
Kayce Bailey, while new to the stage herself making her theatre debut as “Truvy”, is no stranger to theatre. A Lenoir City native, she proudly plays the role of “theatre mom” as three of her boys have been involved in numerous local theatre productions including the first Lyric Theatre Company’s production “Our Town” where they acted alongside their father, her husband, Jason. Kayce is a stay-at-home, homeschooling, adoptive mother to five sons and one daughter. She enjoys date nights with Jason, advocating for children in foster care and making people laugh!
Robin Cook is a native of Greenback, TN (Ms. GHS 1977). She now resides in Louisville, TN. She is a school nurse for Blount County Schools. She enjoys Community Theater and has recently played the role of Mur Ruth in “The Fair” written by local playwright, Mike Everett and Venus in “Crackadoris” written by local playwright, Don Kapa. She also played the part of Lurlene in “Daddy’s Dying, Who’s Got the Will”. She is very excited to perform for the first time at the Lyric Theater. She is an avid bicyclist, mother of 4 adult children and the very proud grandmother of 2. She wants to thank all of her family and friends who support, love, and encourage her. You know who you are.
Megan Jones is excited to be working with Lyric again after performing in “The Foreigner”. She recently appeared in Tiger Lily’s “Night of Shorts” and Tennessee Stage Company’s “New Play Festival”. She has had many wonderful experiences with the local art scene. She enjoys painting, books and teacup collecting.
Stacy Littleton is a Loudon County native and avid theatre fan. She previously performed with the Lyric Theatre Company in “You Can’t Take it With You”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “Soldier, Come Home”, and most recently as Laura in “The Glass Menagerie”. She is grateful to be a part of such a wonderful theatre group.
Julie Tilley, who spends her time at work as North Middle’s school counselor keeping the drama to a minimum, is delighted to be playing it up on the Lyric stage. She is so excited to be performing in “Steel Magnolias” with such an amazing group of ladies. Julie lives in Lenoir City with her two sons, Nicolas and Noah, and looks forward to more adventures with the Lyric Theater.
Jennifer Wampler is no stranger to the stage. She appeared in high school, college, and church productions. Jennifer and husband, Harry, are extremely civic minded and actively involved in our community. She is a constant figure at LCHS functions, especially football games where her son Joseph plays. She recently performed alongside her son, Jeremiah, in “The Glass Menagerie”.
Jeremiah Wampler has literally been in theatre since birth, as his first role was that of the Baby Jesus in a local church performance. After that he appeared in numerous plays throughout middle and high school. After graduation, he was awarded a drama scholarship from Hiawassee College. He most recently performed with the Lyric Theatre Company as Tom in “The Glass Menagerie”.