Cindy & Ella - Cast and Crew

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Bonny Baker Pendleton (Momma Gourd), graduated from UT with a degree in theater.  She appeared at UT’s Hunter Hills and Clarence Brown Theaters.  She has acted with the Hattiesburg Mississippi Community Theater (Harvey, Death Trap, The Miracle Worker), Theatre Knoxville Downtown, The Word Players, the Foothills Community Players and the Powell Playhouse. Last seen in A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody, Bonny’s favorite acting roles so far are Nat in Rabbit Hole and Peg in The Outgoing Tide.  When Bonny is not acting, she spends her time doing an endless list of home projects. Much love to my husband who continues to support me in doing what I love most in life and to Kenny, Leilani and Baby David for forgiving Nana for missing family time for rehearsals!

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Raine Palmer (Ella Gourd), is a local actor who has been performing in and around the Knoxville area for over eight years.  Some of her most recent acting credits include Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Plug in Found Objects, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.  She would like to thank her infinitely wonderful family and friends for their support.

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Maria Kauffman (Cindy Wicket), a native of Knoxville, is excited to make her debut with the Knoxville Theatre Club!  She previously appeared in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of The Crucible as Betty Parris. Most recently, she has performed as Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice at the Knoxville Children’s Theatre, other performances there include: Sleeping Beauty and the Seven Sisters, The Three Little Pigs, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sara Crewe, Bambi, and Harriet the Spy.  Maria is a ninth grader at Bearden High School. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing short stories, and acting. Maria would like to thank Dennis E. Perkins and Zack Allen for their instruction and encouragement, and her parents and sister for all of their love and support.

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Chad Wood (Mr. Price), is thrilled to be a part of this talented cast. He has been working in Knoxville and regional theatre for the last several years. Recently he's had the pleasure of taking on Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Tennessee Stage Company), King Arthur for the Tennessee Medieval Faire, Duffy in Posthumous!, and Claudius in Tiger Lilly Theatre's Hamlet. Chad would like to thank his friends and family for their love and support.  Special thanks goes out to his partner in crime Debi who is awesome beyond compare. 


Jade Hurst (Stage Manager), has been working in theatre tech for seven years. For the past year, she has worked exclusively in Knoxville, stage managing The Moving Theatre's The Office, TKD's Greater Tuna, 70/30 Creatives' A Midsummer Night's Dream and a few others. She proudly claims to have worked every element of theatre except the fly rail.

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David Silverthorn (Master Carpenter)  has been building scenery for 30 years. He worked at Nickelodeon Studios in Florida on many shows including Guts and Legends of the Hidden Temple.  He has been Technical Director, Set Designer and Master Carpenter for various theatres in south and central Florida.  He has worked locally for Tennessee Stage Company, River & Rail Theatre, The Jewelry Channel, and is the Master Carpenter for the University of Tennessee Opera Theatre.

David is also an actor and a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA.  He has appeared in many bad TV shows, movies-of-the-week and some rather good films and national commercials. Locally, he has appeared in Dial M for Murder at Theatre Knoxville Downtown and One Man, Two Guvnors at Encore Theatrical. Most recently he appeared as Fagin in Oliver! with Roane State Community College.  He is also an acting coach & professional headshot photographer. (

He lives in the beautiful 4th & Gill neighborhood with his wife, Kaye Graybeal & their kitty, Lilcifer.

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Sara Gaddis & JP Schuffman (Co-Authors and Directors) have been making theatre together and separately for over a decade in NYC, Nashville, Dallas, and Knoxville. Cindy & Ella marks the first full length production of the Knoxville Theatre Club, and they can't wait to share the work of these tallented artists and technicians with you! For more information about these two click here