Gayle Greene joins Southern Kids in Theatre

Southern Kids in Theatre Performing Arts School (SKIT) welcomes Gayle Greene as assistant director and choreographer.

Greene comes to SKIT with an extensive background in theatre and dance. She is a much sought-after choreographer, having choreographed for UT Opera Theatre, Knoxville Museum of Art, Oak Ridge Playhouse, Tennessee Valley Players, Akima Caberet, Perspectives in Modern Dance, Farragut Performing Arts Theatre and Webb and Farragut High Schools, among others. She was the resident choreographer for Farragut High School’s Musical Theatre program for six years, the artistic director for the Farragut Homeschool of the Arts, and served on the Oak Ridge Jr. Playhouse Committee for two years. Many may remember her as the host of “The Gayle Greene Show” that aired on Charter Mainstreet several years ago.

Director and founder of SKIT, Debra Lonsdale, is elated to have her close friend Gayle as her new assistant. Lonsdale and Greene are planning to bring many wonderful musicals to Maryville and the surrounding areas, including touring to several other cities. “We are working on future plans to bring community theatre to the city of Maryville, and with Gayle’s experience and expertise, I feel that we are on our way to a very successful future,” said Lonsdale.

Last year SKIT had 46 members and currently they have close to 100 members and a waiting list for 2008. SKIT is preparing for their big production of the Broadway musical “Annie,” which will take place at Pellissippi Performing Arts Center in Knoxville on December 7 at 7 p.m. and on December 8 at 2 and 7 p.m. A Production Company from New York is planning to come observe the performances.

For tickets or more information visit www.skitproductions.net or contact Lonsdale at 865-982-0600 or 865-621-0216. SKIT’s new studio is located at 507 Ellis Avenue in Maryville.

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