Meet the Cast

Jason Effinger

Jason Effinger is happy to be returning to the stage after a long absence. Some of his favorite past roles include Emmett (Legally Blonde) and Galahad (Spamalot). He would like to thank Valerie and Paul for this opportunity to rekindle his love of theatre.”

Anthony David Ward

Anthony is from Niagara Falls, NY, and very excited to perform at Theatreworks for the second time this season! He was last seen on the Theatreworks stage as Mitch Mahoney in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Anthony’s favorite past roles include Dan Goodman in Next To Normal, Kadmos in The Bacchae of Euripides, Mr. Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors, and Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Anthony hopes to work with a professional Shakespeare Company in the near future; he’s also interested in applying for graduate programs in Acting and Direction.

Matthew Meadows

Matthew is so excited to be performing with Theatreworks of Southern Indiana for the first time! Some of his favorite past roles include Cain in Children of Eden, Barnaby Tucker in Hello, Dolly!, and Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. Matthew is currently a freshman at the University of Louisville and is studying Communications. Matthew wants to thank Valarie Canon for the opportunity to be a part of this incredible cast and show!

Carrie Chastain

Carrie is excited to be back for another cabaret at TheatreWorks!  She has also worked with Clarksville Little Theatre, As Yet Unnamed Theatre Company, Wayward Actors, and Mind's Eye Theatre Company.  Some of her favorite roles include Sara Jane Moore in Assassins, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Chris Gorman in Rumors, The Drowsy Chaperone in The Drowsy Chaperone, Agnes in The Shadow Box, and Miss Pennywise in Urinetown.  If she's not onstage she can sometimes be found fixing wigs or working in the light booth.  Much love to her husband, Jason.  For Bryce. 

Jess Harris Stiller

Jess Harris Stiller is so excited to be back onstage at TheatreWorks! Jess is a graduate of Campbellsville University where she double majored in the incredibly lucrative fields of Theatre and English. She was most recently onstage in Children of Eden having the time of her life as Eve and Mama Noah. Some of her other favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Veronica in Heathers, Vivienne in Legally Blonde, and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie. When not onstage Jess is the administrative assistant for a department related to athletic sporty things. She is managing despite her lack of sports ball knowledge. She and her husband, Paul (that handsome fella at the piano) also have a rambunctious toddler, so when not working or doing theatre they are mostly sleeping.  

Annette Robinson

Annette has been in many rock and country bands in her past but had not been in a Cabaret until the Halloween show at TheatreWorks. She enjoyed it so much she hoped it wouldn't be her last and it wasn't. She loves the fun and variety of the music and dance along with the friends she has made. Her past roles at TheatreWorks include Widow Douglas in Big River and the Mother in An Old-Fashioned Christmas. Some of her favorite past roles include the Narrator in Joseph, Marguerite in Dearly Departed, and the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. The fun she is having tonight is for her Dad, who was her biggest fan.

Sallie Proffitt

Sallie Proffitt is thrilled to be in her first show with TheatreWorks alongside such a wonderful cast and crew.  You may have seen her in the recent Children of Eden by Mind’s Eye Theatre, or in the continuing series Unhindered and Ungendered by Wayward Actors’ Company for Minor Characters, Major Songs and Unhindered and Ungendered: Once Upon a Spinning Wheel.  Sallie would like to thank the Louisville and Southern Indiana theatre community for helping her find a home in musical theatre.  She thanks everyone for coming and hopes you leave the show knowing you are not alone, and you too will be found.

Lori Covington

Lori is excited to perform in her second show of the season at TheatreWorks!  She was last seen onstage as Aphra/Snake/Storyteller in Mind's Eye Theatre's production of Children of Eden and was a Royal Court Singer in TheatreWorks' first Madrigal Feast & Celebration just before that.  When not onstage, Lori works full-time as a data/telecom project manager and part-time both for the Kentucky Center for the Arts' box office and as a choral section leader for St. Patrick Catholic Church. In what little spare time she has after that, she enjoys singing alto with Voces Novae, of which she has been a member for 10 years.

Kimberly Roeten

Kimberly is thrilled to be making her TheatreWorks debut! You may have seen her last as the Dove/Storyteller in Mind's Eye Theatre Company's "Children of Eden" and as Anna/Dance Captain in Studio Theatre's "Spring Awakening". She graduated from the University of Louisville last May having majored in Computer Information Systems and minored in Theatre Arts, and currently works full-time as a Junior Developer/Business Analyst at Churchill Downs Inc. She would like to extend her sincere gratitude and appreciation to her director Valerie for this wonderful opportunity and her family and friends for their endless love and support! Enjoy the show!

Cathy Butler-Weathersby

Cathy Butler-Weathersby is pleased to be cast in her third show with Theatreworks. Cathy has worked professionally for 6 1/2 years as a performer, assistant director, music director, and Company Manager with a touring children’s theatre company. She has also appeared in many community theatre roles around town. Some of her favorite roles have been Amalia in “She Loves Me”; Marvalyn, Rhonda, Marci, and Sandrine in “Almost, Maine”; Susan in [title of show]; Ado Annie in “Oklahoma!”; and Young Eva in “And Then They Came for Me”. She has also enjoyed being various fuzzy animals in children’s shows. Cathy has also been the music director for Stage One Family Theatre musical theatre camps, and teaches privately. 

Shannon Cunningham

Shannon Cunningham is thrilled to be a part of an amazing cast and crew for her debut show at Theatreworks! First and foremost, she would like to thank God, as well as her wonderful hubs, pup, family and friends! Shannon is no stranger to the stage; her favorite roles include Cat in the Hat in "Seussical the Musical" and Ginger Brooks in "1940s Radio Hour.” When not on (or back) stage, Shannon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at North Clark Medical Group, an avid reader, jet-skiier, outdoors lover, history nerd, shopaholic who practically lives at the YMCA! 

Emily Vergason

Emily Vergason is a recent graduate of the University Of Louisville Theatre Arts program. When she isn’t on stage belting her face off you can find her passing on her love of knowledge at her survival job as a teacher. Some of her favorite past roles include Yonah (Children of Eden), Ariel (The Little Mermaid), and Jo March (Little Women). She would like to thank all of her supportive friends and family for continually enabling this crazy passion! 

Taylor Clemons

Taylor Clemons is so proud and excited to be making his TheaterWorks debut. He’s performed with several other companies as well, including Mind’s Eye, Wayward Actors, and CenterStage at the JCC. Favorite past roles include Teddy (Peter and the Starcatcher), Mr. Cladwell (Urinetown), and Freddy (Carrie the Musical). He’s also a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld Louisville going on 3 years. He wants to give thanks to the wonderful team at TheaterWorks and the ever talented and amazing Valerie Canon for the continued collaboration and friendship.

Greg Collier

Greg is overjoyed to take his first steps onto the Theatreworks stage, to serve as your Emcee for the evening. Greg works on the Board of Wayward Actors' Company in Louisville, where he has performed in shows such as "Oh My Gods!" (St. Francis/Trichinosis), "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" (Harding), "Hand To God" (Pastor Greg), and "Carrie: The Musical" (Mr. Stephens). Other favorite recent regional roles include "The Drowsy Chaperone" (Man in Chair) at Clarksville Little Theatre, "A Tuna Christmas" (Half of the town's residents) at Little Colonel Playhouse, and "The 39 Steps" (Richard Hannay) at Leeds Theatre.
Enjoy the show, everyone!

David Neal

David, more commonly referred to as Mrs. Neal’s husband, is humbled to be on stage again at Theatreworks and to be a part of such a talented group of performers. He is especially grateful to Valerie and Paul for allowing him to do something he loves at a place he loves to do it. He has sang in various bands and worship teams throughout Southern Indiana since his teenage years. He and his wife of 26 years, the aforementioned Melissa, live in Floyds Knobs. They have 2 awesome kids, Emmalee, a senior in college and Nelson, a senior at Floyd Central. David has worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years. He currently underwrites high risk properties and liabilities.  He has no hobbies, Melissa’s Honey-Do list is far too large for that nonsense, but he does enjoy building things
and working with wood.

Valerie Canon

Mrs. Canon's directing credits include: Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, The Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, Children of Eden, Seussical the Musical, Once Upon a Mattress, Godspell, Heathers the Musical, Bat Boy the Musical. She has also conceived, written, and directed 4 musical reviews for Wayward Actor's Company in Louisville, KY. Valerie earned her BFA in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma and has taught throughout the United States. Valerie has choreographed musicals to include: The Music Man, Evil Dead the Musical, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Young Frankenstein, The Wedding Singer, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, and many others. She has performed in numerous productions such as: A Chorus Line, Man of La Mancha, Evil Dead the Musical, Gypsy, Bare, Into the Woods, Spamalot, and Little Shop of Horrors. Valerie is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the amazing folks at TheaterWorks.

Paul Stiller

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in Music, so as you can imagine, his relationship with music is probably somewhat unhealthy at best. Paul enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and fabulous daughter. They are a loud bundle of energy and joy. In the rare event of some free time, he also likes to attempt to play golf. In addition to music related activities, Paul will sometimes venture over into theatre productions. For example, this show you are at, and various other shows in the past with various local theatre companies. 

Kota Earnhardt

Kota is a graduate of Floyd Central High School where he was involved in all aspects of the technical theatre program.  He was part of the F.C. tech team that presented the feature mainstage production of the Drowsy Chaperone at the International Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He also contributed with set and sound design for Les Mis at F.C. as well as being involved with numerous other productions.  Kota attended the University of Louisville, majoring in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, and is currently employed as a certified technician at Five Star Technology Solutions. His role as Technical Director at TheatreWorks has been a rewarding challenge and he enjoys working alongside the directors, staff, and actors to make it all happen!