Peter and the Wolf Cast
Ainslee Davenport (Bird/Ensemble)
Ainslee Davenport (Bird/Ensemble) is excited to be a part of her first Pellissippi performance. She has been in several plays in high school, including Hank Cinque, The 42nd Annual Pie-Rating Convention, Channeling Grimm, and Robin Hood: Naught in Nottingham. She also worked on Here Be Dragons. As well as theatre, she also enjoys other art forms, including painting, drawing, and making stained glass pieces. Ainslee is currently a dual enrollment student with Tennessee Online Public School and Pellissippi State Community College and wants to major in Computer Science.
McKenzie Dawson (Cat/Ensemble)
McKenzie Dawson (Cat/Ensemble) Studying under the PSCC Theatre program, McKenzie is over the moon to be taking part in her first live Pellissippi production! With a lifelong fondness for Peter and the Wolf, she could not think of a more fitting way to combine the two and bring Prokofiev’s story to life. McKenzie has seen a handful of roles; Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Queen Alcyone in Metamorphoses, as well as various parts in both Shrek: the Musical! and PSCC’s radio production, Radio Noir: The Attitude Caper. She sends her best to all her family and friends!
Caden Elliott (Wolf/Ensemble/Wolf Puppet Designer)
Caden Elliott (Wolf/Ensemble/Wolf Puppet Designer) is proud to work with Pellissippi yet again. He has starred as Mack in Our Tempest and as the Prince in Little White Duck. In addition, he has had the opportunity to make several large-scale items from Pellissippi's courses including three feet tall paintings and a GIANT emu. He is very grateful for every opportunity Pellissippi has to offer and is very proud to be a part of Peter and the Wolf.
Isabella Ellis (Peter/Ensemble)
Isabella Ellis (Peter/Ensemble) is excited to be working with so many talented actors and producers on this production. In high school, she played Kaitlin in The Bold, The Young, and The Murdered, and Alyssa in Breaking the News. More recently, she was the light board operator for Pellissippi’s co-production of The Wolves with River & Rail Theatre Company. She also starred as Mrs. Steel in the Radio Noir: “The Attitude Caper”, a radio play by Dashiell Hammett. She wants to thank her friends, family, and boyfriend for their everlasting support.
Destiny Mone’e Eversley (Wolf/Ensemble)
Destiny Mone’e Eversley (Wolf/Ensemble) is so excited to be working on this production. This will be her first-ever performance with Pellissippi. She has starred in two shows at Hardin Valley Academy, where she played Kristine Lynn in the production A Doll’s House and Rhonda in the play Almost, Maine. She has also had the privilege of directing the play Swagger. She is excited for everyone to see the show. She says enjoy. She sends her love and appreciation to her family and friends.
Josh Leslie (Grandfather/Ensemble)
Josh Leslie (Grandfather/Ensemble) is a Technical Theatre Major at Pellissippi State Community College. He has worked on lots of shows inside of school and outside of school. Over the summer Josh was the Assistant Stage Manager for Footloose produced by The Wordplayers. He was most recently the Assistant Technical Director for A Case for The Existence of God produced by River and Rail Theatre Company. He plans to transfer to a four-year college where he will study all the different types of design in theatre. He is excited to continue his journey as a technical theatre major.
Logan Maples (Hunter/Ensemble)
Logan Maples (Hunter/Ensemble) is excited to work with Pellissippi for the first time. Logan has about two years of stage experience. In the past Logan has played Arthur Roeder in Radium Girls, Steve in Almost Maine, Daniel in Swagger, and Fred The Bartender/Ensemble in Anything Goes while in high school. He sends his love to his friends and family.
Dekan Mueller (Grandfather/Ensemble)
Dekan Mueller (Grandfather/Ensemble) is excited to be working at Pellissippi for the first time. Previous roles include Jafar in Aladdin, and Jo in Thistle Blossoms. He has also served as audio tech for talent shows and other performances, been a participant in maze competitions, as well as various Roane State productions. Dekan is intrigued by this new performance and excited to explore new ways to create theatre. He appreciates the opportunities given to him and the willingness to explore creativity.
Megan O’Neal (Wolf/Ensemble/Mask Designer/Wolf Artist)
Megan O’Neal (Wolf/Ensemble/Mask Designer/Wolf Artist) is excited for her first production with Pellissippi in Peter and the Wolf! She was previously involved in various shows at Bearden High School: in Metamorphoses, where she acted in several roles such as Aphrodite, Psyche, and Erysichthon’s mother, and was also in the costume crew. Also at Bearden, she was assistant director and costume head of Santa Claus is Not Coming to Town and assisted in stage tech in a few of their other productions. This is Megan’s second year at Pellissippi as a general art major, and she hopes to transfer with a major in interior design and a theatre minor with a design tech focus. She hopes you enjoy the show as much as she has enjoyed being a part of it!
Keleigh Plunkett (Duck/Ensemble)
Keleigh Plunkett (Duck/Ensemble) is a Pellissippi alum who is very excited to participate in the theatre program again. She was a maid/stagehand in PSTCC’s rendition of The Seagull back in 2018. More recently she has appeared multiple times in The Dinner Detective in downtown Knoxville, Dasher in Who Killed Santa Claus!?, and is currently working at Jewelry Television as an Assistant Stage Manager. Keleigh wants to thank her husband, her family, and her amazing work family for being her biggest supporters.
Jessica Ryion (Hunter/Ensemble)
Jessica Ryion (Hunter/Ensemble) is excited to be a part of this amazing opportunity. She has never been in a play before but she has been performing on stage for 12 years at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. She was a ballet dancer her whole life and loved being behind the spotlight. Now since she is in college and doesn’t have time for dance she still misses show business and that is why she is here in Theatre! She has been in many dances but her favorites are Harry Potter, Swan Lake, and Aladdin. The 2023 performance was Harry Potter interpreted as a ballet and she starred as Uncle Vernon and a Ravenclaw Student. Jessica is huge into movies and she collects DVDs from McKay’s and several thrift stores. Her favorite pastime is exploring new places and discovering new films and media.
Shon Seivers (Peter/Ensemble)
Shon Seivers (Peter/Ensemble) is a freshman at Pellissippi and excited to participate in his first college production. He is a performance major looking to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts at a four-year university after his time at Pellissippi. At Halls High School, Shon performed in Breaking the News (Todd), Clue (Wadsworth), Game of Tiaras (The King), and The Bold the Young and the Murdered (Morris Nyborg). Shon looks forward to furthering his craft as an actor and performing in more productions here at Pellissippi.
Florian Zunino (Hunter/Ensemble)
Florian Zunino (Hunter/Ensemble) is a first year student at Pellissippi. He acted as Captain Scott in Peter and the Starcatcher during his junior year of high school. He plans on transferring to UTK during the fall of 2024 and majoring in either theater or acting. He works at Tate’s Day Camp and his interests include being outside, playing sports, being around friends, and filming short skit videos. Florian aspires to become an actor and hopes to continue his journey at the Clarence Brown Theater.