Clarksville Players’ Bright Star cast is a family affair


Callum, Beckett and Kristen White, left, Mark and Jules Tillotson, seated, Kolby and Elijah Logue, right, Lucas, Georgene and Josh Glasscock, on steps. Not pictured, Carney family, Anderson White and Zachary Glasscock.

When the curtain rises at the Clarksville Fine Arts Center on April 20, multiple families will be sharing the spotlight. As the call for auditions went out, several families responded and were cast in the upcoming production of Bright Star. All have extensive theatre experience, which will contribute to the excellence of this production when it hits the stage in three weeks.

The Glasscock family is well-known among Clarksville theatre goers. Their mom, Georgene, has been involved with CCP since 1984 when she played her first bit part in a production of Man of La Mancha. Since then, she has been involved in multiple productions, both on stage and off. She served as Director of the Children’s Theatre Workshop (CTW) and Youth Theatre Workshop for 12 years. Her three sons, Joshua, Zachary, and Lucas, have also been involved in many stage productions with the Players, beginning in 2004 and continuing with Bright Star.

Josh Glasscock, who serves as VP of the Players, will be directing the musical, while his brother Zachary is in charge of costumes. Youngest brother, Lucas, is cast as Daddy Cane.

The White family of Clarksville has also become a familiar onstage sight with the Clarksville Community Players (CCP). Mom Kristen says the family’s involvement with theatre began in 2019 when Mary Poppins, Jr. was the selection for the CTW. Because her two oldest kids were in the age range, they auditioned with the understanding that it’s good to try new things and if it wasn’t for them, they didn’t have to do anything beyond that show. Now, five years and several shows later, with Kristen, sons, Beckett and Callum onstage and Anderson on lights, they are grateful for the opportunity to represent in the cast and crew.

Melissa Carney, center, shows ensemble women dance moves.

Elijah and Kolby Logue, husband and wife from Farmville, have been onstage with CCP productions Once on This Island and The Cover of Life. “Theatre has always been a huge part of our lives. We both started performing at a very young age and fell in love with it immediately.” Theatre quite literally changed their lives as they met when they were cast in a show together. Their relationship began backstage and they couldn’t be more grateful. They have been performing together nonstop for seven years and it’s become their favorite thing to do! They are on the stage more than they are in their own home and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mark and Jules Tillotson are a brother and sister team from Oxford, N.C., whose family got into performing through church. Mark started getting into theatre at school and around the community. He feels theatre comes with a community of its own and the amount of love and support you get from your theatre family is something magical. Soon, he began introducing his baby sister, Jules, to shows and songs they sang in the car together. As Jules got older, she began auditioning for shows on her own, taking theatre classes, and forming her own theatre families. In the past, when they’ve done shows together, Jules would be performing on stage and Mark would be working backstage. Recently they’ve had the opportunity to perform in a few shows together and have been so excited to have the opportunity again with Bright Star.

The Carney family started their illustrious participation in Clarksville in 2017. Marc joined CCP’s production of Beauty And The Beast as Lumiere, and his wife Melissa and daughter Emme were part of the ensemble. Since then, Emme has participated in every children’s or youth summer production at the Fine Arts Center. Many of the summer productions have been costumed by Melissa, who began her career as a professional ballet dancer and then moved into musical theatre. She currently serves as the artistic director of a ballet company in Washington, D.C. Marc and Emme also graced the Clarksville stage in last year’s spring musical, South Pacific. Melissa did costumes and directed choreography in that production, while some large prop builds were done by Marc. In Clarksville’s upcoming production of Bright Star, Melissa is once again directing choreography while Emme is on spotlight and Marc is assisting with prop builds. Come support your local theatre and watch the story about family unfold, presented by local families!

Bright Star showtimes: April 20 at 7:00 p.m., April 21 at 2:30 p.m., April 26 and April 27 at 7:00 p.m. and April 28 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available online $20.

Show ticket includes a half-hour live bluegrass concert before the show by Boone Mountain Bluegrass.

Bright Star is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Ave. of the Americas, Suite 640, NY, NY 100316.



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