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We Are in This Together!

Chief Theatre has reopened with a commitment to the health and safety of our patrons and volunteers following the requirements of the State of Florida and recommendations from the CDC. We thank you for your support of the arts through the years. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Our Mission

Suwannee Valley Players is the oldest community theater serving Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties (Florida, USA), providing a variety of live theatrical productions for our audiences and participants for over 37 years.

The mission of the Suwannee Valley Players is twofold:

To Bring Quality Live Entertainment to the Tri-County Area

We are committed to providing our community with cultural opportunities. With plays like 1776, Annie, and Oklahoma!, we learn more about our country's history. Plays such as The Wizard of Oz, Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible, Little Women, and The Secret Garden explore great works of literature.

To Educate the Community in the Area of the Fine Arts of the Theatre

We teach many aspects of theatre craft and welcome any member of the community to join, learn and help in our shows. Over the years, we have watched "our kids" develop confidence, poise, and social skills even beyond those of their peers.

Members of the Board

M. Lanette Six, President

Lanette has enjoyed being involved the last few years with SVP and brings much knowledge with a BFA and many years of experience in musical theater. She was last seen as Dotty/Mrs. Clackett in Noise’s Off and then as Vera in Nana’s Naughty Knickers. She has done a great job as the director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Much Ado about Nothing and the popular musical 9 to 5. She and her family have brought a tremendous talent to our stage — physically the stage! — and performance onstage and broadened our perspective on what is possible at SVP! We look forward to this season under Lanette’ s faithful leadership as President!

Angie Acevedo, Vice President

Beginning as an ancestor in The Addams Family, Angie was last seen as Dracula's bride in Dracula. Recently, she has become an important part of our leadership on the Executive Board and in directing the classic Anne of Green Gables and hilarious comedy Game of Tiaras. She and her family have been a valuable addition to our SVP Family onstage as well as behind the scenes. We look forward to many more years as part of SVP's family!

Hailey Horrigan, Secretary

Hailey first started at SVP as the stage manager for the Addams Family Musical. She has also helped backstage for Anne of Green Gables, Much Ado about Nothing, and Dracula. She has continued to develop her leadership skills as assistant director for A Charlie Brown Christmas and Nana’s Naughty Knickers. She also took to our stage as an elf in A Charlie Brown Christmas and narrator 2 in Game of Tiaras. This season she is part of our leadership as a Board member and as director of Robin Hood in early Summer 2020.

Monieka Walbaum, Treasurer

Monieka began onstage with our production of The Addams Family and then multiple roles including Violet in 9 to 5. (personal note). Monieka and her family have become an integral part of our SVP family. We are looking forward to another great year with the Walbaum Family!

Melisa Asbell, Board Member

Beginning with her son Jackson’s involvement in The Addams Family, Melisa has been behind the scenes for several years offering outstanding, picturesque scenic painting for such shows as Rednecks Bite Back, Oliver and A Charlie Brown Christmas. She also transformed the front of our theatre building with her artistic style and talent! After joining the Board, she took on the task of season sponsorships and fundraising, streamlining theatre marketing/promotions and took on our Save The Chief Campaign during the pandemic. There is no lengths she won't go to promote the theatre and the positive experiences it offers to all.

Stephanie Bender, Board Member

From being a stage mom, spotlighting, and an elf and assistant director while cheering for her son’s first major role at the Chief Theatre as Charlie Brown, Stephanie decided to take a turn on the main stage as Bridget in Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Since then, she has become a valuable member of our Board!

Elizabeth Phillips, Board Member

Elizabeth has served as photographer and archivist for several years as well as a member of the Executive Board. She began with SVP in The Sound of Music in 1989 and has enjoyed being involved in many shows since then including her favorite productions Godspell and The Fiddler on the Roof. She has also ventured into administrative matters including assistant/music director with Godspell and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and even directing with the beloved classic Little Women and high-energy favorite musical Grease.

Becky Gill, Emeritus Board Member

We are saddened by the passing of our beloved supporter and friend. Becky was a retired Navy physician. Since Becky adopted the Chief Theatre as her family, our theatre group has never been the same. She was our greatest fan and supporter, even joining us onstage as Kirby Plank in The Night We Knocked the Critic Dead, the Scarecrow in A Murder of Scarecrows, Queen Victoria in Annie Get Your Gun! and her final performance as Billie Grant in our original Jack & Grace. When you see the extraordinary renovations at the Chief Theatre, know that you are welcome to sit back and enjoy our shows in Becky’s House.

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