Department of Theatre Arts

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


Cast

Clarissa Miller Portrait

Marie Amat

Marie Amat is from Bordeaux, France, and is the French teaching assistant this year at Gardner-Webb University. She has performed in several high school and university plays in France, including Twelfth Night. This is her first time that she could get her hands on technicals, and she really enjoyed it. She would like to thank the director and all the crew members for this opportunity to participate.

 
RJ Thompson portrait

Rebekah Bass

Rebekah Bass is a freshman at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. Rebekah is from Boiling Springs and loves to perform with the orchestra and ballet programs at her school. She is excited to be in her first play as the Fox in The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe.

 

 
Sydney Phillips portrait

David Bell

David Bell is an adjunct professor at Gardner-Webb University, teaching Old and New Testament. He also serves as the Youth Minister at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Shelby. He is excited to once again take the stage, especially with such a phenomenal cast. He has previously portrayed characters such as John Brooke in Little Women and General Macarthur in Ten Little Indians. David would like to thank God, his fellow cast members and director for such a great opportunity, and his youth for keeping him grounded. He would especially like to thank his wife, Rachel, for constant support and encouragement, but especially for keeping him sane in the midst of the chaos!

 
Kelly-Bradley

Kelly Bradley

Kelly Bradley is a Junior from Oxford, Pennsylvania. She is an English and Theatre major here at Gardner-Webb University.  She studied dance for seven years before attending Gardner- Webb. She fell in love with the theatre her freshman year in college when she worked backstage for Burial at Thebes. She was cast in the Student One-Acts as Tonya in Sunday Cost Five Pesos and as Shelby in Steel Magnolias. She was also Stage Manager for Sylvia and Assistant Director for Urinetown her sophomore year. During her sophomore and junior years, Kelly has been involved in all of Gardner-Webb’s productions consisting of construction, make-up, sound, and lighting. Kelly hopes to one day be a Director, or a Drama critique for a paper, or magazine.

 
Tabitha Rachel Bragg

Tabitha Rachel
Bragg

Tabitha Rachel Bragg is a senior at Gardner-Webb University from Germanton, North Carolina. She has performed in many plays, including Christmas pageants, The Wind in the Willows in high school as Mole, and Gardner-Webb’s productions of Hansel and Gretel, The Tender Land, and The Burial at Thebes. Tabitha has also worked on props for Gardner-Webb’s production of the Sondheim Cabaret and makeup for Urinetown the Musical and Steel Magnolias, both also at Gardner-Webb. Tabitha would like to thank God for giving her this passion, her parents for their continuous support in her endeavors and encouraging her in her dreams, her family for their encouragement, and the theatre department for giving her this opportunity. It is a lifelong dream come true.

 
Danielle Burch

Danielle Burch

Danielle Burch, a Cleveland County Art Teacher, is excited to participate in her first Gardner-Webb Theatre production, after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. She would like to thank her employers, colleagues, and family for supporting her in this endeavor, and hopes everyone loves the show!

 
Harrison Burnette

Harrison Burnette

Harrison Burnette is a 5th grader from Shelby, NC. He is a student at Carolina Pines Academy and he loves the theatre. Harrison began his involvement in stage productions in 2012 with the role of Wally in Our Town, and later that year played the street boy in the Smoky Mountain Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. In 2013, he portrayed Mickey in the musical production of I’ll Be Home for Christmas, performed at the Don Gibson Theatre. Harrison would like to thank his director for giving him this opportunity, and to thank God for enabling him to perform. He wishes to dedicate this performance to his family and friends, who have been so encouraging and supportive of his acting pursuits.

 
Libby Davis

Libby Davis

Libby Davis is a freshman attending Gardner Webb from Sweetser, IN. Libby is currently studying Sport Management in hopes of becoming a sport agent. She is a theatrical person who has performed in many Christmas plays at her church. Libby would like to thank God, her family and friends for all the encouragement an support. Thanks for the cast and crew for making this a fun experience. Hope you all enjoy the show!

 
Jordan Denmark

Jordan Denmark

Jordan Denmark is a Senior at Gardner-Webb and majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Management and Performing Arts. He has been a 7-Semester member of the Gardner-Webb University Dean’s list with a cumulative GPA of 3.64. He is a 3-Time Division I All-Conference participant of the Men’s Swimming Team. He has been learning the art and science of Lighting design since high school and has been the Master Electrician and Lighting Designer of Burial at Thebes, The Tenderland, Sylvia, Rumors, and Steel Magnolias among others. In his spare time he likes to modify cars and listen to Synthetic Ambient Instrumental music. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe is a long-time, childhood favorite novel and being the lighting designer for the play is a dream come true.

 
Emily DeVries

Emily DeVries

Emily DeVries is a sophomore at Gardner-Webb University from Mooresville, NC. She is pursuing a communications major in Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. Her previous theatre experiences include Seussical, The Leader of the Pack, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, and Gardner-Webb’s production of Urinetown as Mrs. Millennium. She was thrilled to join the cast for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Working with the cast has been a truly rewarding experience. She would like to thank the director and the crew for all their hard work and dedication to this show. It would not have been possible otherwise. She would also like to thank her boyfriend, her family and her friends for their continual love, support and encouragement. Most of all, she would like to give glory to God, for it is only through Him that all things are possible.

 
Julia Belle Fair

Julia Belle Fair

Julia Belle Fair is a second grader at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and is originally from Tallahassee, Florida. She has performed at the Young Actors Theatre and the School of Arts and Science in Tallahassee and has been performing since she was three years old. Julia Belle has played roles such as the cat in the 101 Dalmatians, Granny and Little Red Riding Hood in two separate performances of Little Red Riding Hood and a firefighter in Safety in America. She has also done backstage work in the Gardner-Webb Theatre Arts productions of Doubt, Sylvia, Urinetown, Steel Magnolias, Rummaging for Will, Rumors and No Exit. Julia Belle would like to thank Dr. Nelson for giving her the opportunity to perform in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and her parents for helping her prepare for the role and drive her to rehearsals.

 
Leeanna Hames

Leeanna Hames

Leeanna Hames is an up and coming actress currently in the 6th grade from Blacksburg, SC. She is the oldest in her family with 4 younger brothers. Leeanna’s hobbies include reading any book she can get her hands on, and creating original artwork. Leeanna’s previous performances include Mock Turtle in Adventures in Wonderland and Kirstin in Home is Where the Heart is. Leeanna would like to thank God for blessing her with these abilities and her family for the support. She hopes you enjoy the performances.

 
Katherine Marie Harte

Katherine Marie Harte

Katherine Marie Harte graduated from Gardner-Webb University in December of 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Professional Education. She is currently a 4th grade teacher at Pinnacle Classical Academy in Shelby, NC, where she loves every minute she spends with her twenty-one handsome and beautiful students. This is her ninth production as an actress on the Gardner-Webb stage, but her first experience being an dark creature (which she loves, by the way). She wants to thank her wonderful PCA family and students for coming to see the show! Enjoy!

 
Lydia Hill

Lydia Hill

Lydia Hill is a sophomore at Gardner-Webb from Durham, North Carolina. She is studying Marketing and French, but has always had an interest in theater. This is her first time performing in a production for Gardner-Webb. Her previous experience includes several small roles in a school production of The Wizard of Oz as well as various roles in middle and high school theater classes. Lydia would like to thank her friends and roommates for encouraging her to pursue this opportunity as well as her family for their enthusiasm and support.

 
Marla Hoyle

Marla Hoyle

Marla Hoyle is a freshman here at Gardner-Webb. She plans to major in middle grades education and minor in theater. She has been involved in the theater by being a part of the paint/construction crew for GWU’s productions of Rumors, No Exit, and The Old Maid and the Thief. Marla would like to thank all the cool katz out there that support her.

 
Timothy Jacquez

Timothy Jacquez

Timothy Jacquez, currently a sophomore Biology Major at Gardner-Webb University, is from Statesville, NC where he attended West Iredell High School. While this is his first role in a theater production, Timmy has a love for the arts, as he participated in band throughout middle and high school. Timothy would like to thank his wonderful family and friends for the love and support through all his endeavors.

 
Marian Knotts

Marian Knotts

Marian Knotts is seventeen and a junior at Crest High School. She has performed in numerous music and theater performances throughout her elementary and middle school years. She has also acted and danced in the Charlotte Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, in 2007. In the summer of 2011 she attended a week-long workshop for acting at the Flatrock Playhouse Youtheater campus. At the end of her time spent there, she performed in a rendition of the Spoon River Anthologies. She is currently an avid member of the Crest High School Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, in which she holds a leadership position as clarinet section leader. She would especially like to thank her parents, Doug Knotts and Beth Senger-Knotts for their love and support in all that she endeavors to do.

 
Kristen Laney

Kristen Laney

Kristen Laney is a freshman at Gardner-Webb University and is originally from Maiden, NC. This is Kristen’s first acting experience with a play production and she looks forward to additional acting opportunities. Kristen would like to thank her parents and grandparents for their continued love, support, and encouragement throughout this journey as well as the director and all other cast members.

 
Marian Knotts

Marian Knotts

Marian Knotts is seventeen and a junior at Crest High School. She has performed in numerous music and theater performances throughout her elementary and middle school years. She has also acted and danced in the Charlotte Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, in 2007. In the summer of 2011 she attended a week-long workshop for acting at the Flatrock Playhouse Youtheater campus. At the end of her time spent there, she performed in a rendition of the Spoon River Anthologies. She is currently an avid member of the Crest High School Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, in which she holds a leadership position as clarinet section leader. She would especially like to thank her parents, Doug Knotts and Beth Senger-Knotts for their love and support in all that she endeavors to do.

 
Gabrielle Lindley

Gabrielle Lindley

Gabrielle Lindley is from Statesville, North Carolina and a freshman at Gardner-Webb University. She has been working for the theatre department since the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, serving as props mistress for Rumors, No Exit, and The Old Maid and the Thief. Gabrielle plans to major in nursing, with a minor in music, while continuing to work for the theatre. She is incredibly thankful to be a part of the theatre department and hopes to learn as much as possible through this experience.

 
Jocelyn Marker

Jocelyn Marker

Jocelyn Marker is from Maple Hill, North Carolina. She is a Senior Theatre Major at Gardner-Webb University. She has done both on stage and backstage work for the theatre department at Gardner-Webb. Her work includes My Sweet Charlie (Marlene), Steel Magnolias (Annelle), No Exit (Stage Manager), Burial of Thebes (Stage Manager), and Rumors (Sound Designer). Her off-campus works include a community production of Debbie’s Angels Production’s broadway review, Broadway After Dark as a soloist and Actor. She also recently professionally Co-Designed the set for The Circle Theatre’s production of Wizard of Oz. She would like to thank her friends and family for all the support they have given her.

 
Emily Qualls

Emily Qualls

Emily Qualls is a sophomore at Crest High School who resides in Mooresboro, NC. Emily’s acting debut began in 2nd grade with a monologue of Sleeping Beauty. Since then, she has held several roles in church and school plays, including Grace Ferrell in the musical Annie Jr., and she trained with the Broadway Junior program in Charlotte. Emily would like to thank the cast and director for this opportunity, as well as her family, friends and teachers who encouraged her to pursue acting.

 
Marian Knotts

Marian Knotts

Marian Knotts is seventeen and a junior at Crest High School. She has performed in numerous music and theater performances throughout her elementary and middle school years. She has also acted and danced in the Charlotte Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker, in 2007. In the summer of 2011 she attended a week-long workshop for acting at the Flatrock Playhouse Youtheater campus. At the end of her time spent there, she performed in a rendition of the Spoon River Anthologies. She is currently an avid member of the Crest High School Marching Band, Concert Band, and Jazz Band, in which she holds a leadership position as clarinet section leader. She would especially like to thank her parents, Doug Knotts and Beth Senger-Knotts for their love and support in all that she endeavors to do.

 
Rebekah Rhea

Rebekah Rhea

Rebekah Rhea is a freshman from Knoxville, TN. She is majoring in Theatre Arts and World Religions, aspiring to do mission work. She made her GWU debut as the Valet in No Exit. She has been involved in theatre since the 6th grade, her other most notable role being that of Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible. She has absolutely loved stage managing! Rebekah would like to thank Dr. Nelson for helping her grow theatrically and also her family and friends for their support and understanding. God is so good!

 
Hannah Rolen

Hannah Rolen

Hannah Rolen is a senior at Gardner-Webb University. In the past, she has been actively involved in productions such as Rumors, Doubt, Urinetown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Old Maid and The Thief opera, and Is He Dead. She has enjoyed the challenge and success of costuming the production. These past four years at Gardner-Webb have been wonderful and fulfilling. She would like to thank her friends, family and boyfriend for their love and support during these past school years. None of this could have been accomplished without the encouragement from such teachers as Sue Fair, Dr. Chris Nelson and Dean Jim Thomas. “I will not forget one line of this, not one day, I swear. I will always remember.”

 
Katelyn Shepard

Katelyn Shepard

Katelyn Shepard is a freshman from Winston-Salem, NC. She is studying Psychology at Gardner-Webb University with intentions of becoming a middle school counselor. She participated in several dinner theater productions in high school as well as GWU’s 24 hour play festival at the beginning of the 2014 spring semester. She would like to thank her director, Chris Nelson, for working with her. She would also like to thank her family and her church family for being so encouraging.

 
Annette Spurling

Annette Spurling

Annette Spurling is a full-time administrative assistant at Gardner-Webb University in the Social Sciences and Communication Studies Departments. She is from Mooresboro, NC, and is making her theatrical debut as Mrs. Macready in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. She is also the author of two novels, Triangle, and 400 Days and a Wake-Up, which can be found on Facebook through Margaret Falcon. Annette would like to thank her ever patient and supportive fiance’, Marty Pendergraft, the director, Dr. Chris Nelson, for making her first time theatrical experience enjoyable, and finally C.S. Lewis for introducing her to the world of Narnia when she was a child.

 
Carver Thompson

Carver Thompson

Carver Thompson is finishing his Sophomore year of high school. Home schooled since 1st grade, he is looking forward to enter CCC this fall as a dual-enrollment student. Carver has performed in several community theatre productions including Charlotte’s Web at KMLT and Beauty and the Beast, Jr, Cinderella Kids, The Little Mermaid and Junie B. Jones at Cherryville Little Theatre. Carver is also an active tap and swing student at APA in Shelby. Carver’s ambitions are to finish college and travel. He would like to thank Dr. Nelson for the opportunity to perform here at GWU.

 
Madison Wait

Madison Wait

Madison Wait is a freshman this year at Gardner-Webb University. She is from Candler, NC and has been dedicated to the performing arts since the 6th grade. Her most notable roles in high school included Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music, Grandma Georgina in Willy Wonka, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, and several other parts. Since arriving at Gardner-Webb, Madison has portrayed the role of Chris in the production of Rumors and is now proud to be a part of the cast of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Madison would like to thank her fellow cast and crew for all of their hard work, and her director for this opportunity. She would also like to extend a huge thank you to all of her friends and family, who have always encouraged her to pursue her love for the performing arts. Enjoy the show!

 
Casey Williams

Casey Williams

Casey Williams has been a part of over 20+ productions in several different theaters in Southern California over the past 12 years. Most notably were his performances of Harry the Horse in Guys & Dolls (ITL award winner for best supporting actor) Ralph in Cross and the Switchblade, and many various lead and supporting roles. Apart from the stage, Casey has been active in voice work while in California, contributing to multiple Lifehouse Theater on the Air Productions. Casey Williams is a Senior Business Administration major who is also an assistant coach on the Gardner-Webb football Team and looks forward to continuing in Grad School this fall. A very special thank you to Dr. Nelson for working so hard on this production, and also for allowing me to be on stage again. I had a blast working with you!

 
Aubrey Winum

Aubrey Winum

Aubrey Winum is a freshman from Luray, VA and is very excited to be in her first production at Gardner-Webb. She is majoring in Nursing and hopes to become a neonatal nurse. Previously, Aubrey has been part of Aladdin Jr. as well as multiple school and church productions. Aubrey would like to thank Dr. Nelson, Bekah Rhea, her family, her wonderful friends and cast mates for a great experience. Hope you enjoy the show!