• Footlights Productions has a mission:  As a non-profit organization, we strive to raise money for other non-profit organizations through Theatrical and Musical Entertainment.  We produce Musical Events, Theatrical Events, Silent Auctions, Bachelor Auctions, Art Shows and Auctions -- and many more events.  

     

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    William C. Walker, Chairman:  Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Dr. Mark S. Cotter:  TRiO Student Support Services at Pellissippi State Community College

    James F. Fisher:  Actor's Co-Op

    DeWayne Kirchner:  Designs by DeWayne

    Briscoe Kuhlman:  United States Air Force

    Sharon White:  Whisper Room, Inc.

     

    ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

    James Fisher, Director

    James is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville, with degrees in Theater and History. Having previously earned a degree in Computer Science, he spent fifteen years writing programs for the hospitality industry before pursuing his career in Theater. When asked, “Why Theater?”, he responded, “ I want a career in something I love, and History and Theater have always consumed my passion”.

     

    Though an accomplished Actor, James has earned rave reviews for his insightful techniques in Directing.  To view James’ extensive resume, please click here.

     

     

    DeWayne Kirchner, Costumer/Designer

    De Wayne Kirchner, a Missouri native, began his career at Drury University, the college from which he hales, as a professor teaching design to many of his classmates. Needing a summer job, he applied at the prestigious Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Camp for children in upstate New York. For thirteen summers he returned to the Catskill Mountains as lead designer, working with (then) current performers Mandy Moore, Natalie Portman, and Bryce Howard. Kirchner’s success at Stagedoor carried him to New York City where he designed at Radio City Music Hall, MTV Music Awards show, Disney, countless Broadway and Off Broadway productions, as well as designs for Marylyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., and Diahann Carroll. Kirchner’s last production in New York was the traveling production of “Tommy.” At the request of Dollywood, he made the journey to Pigeon Forge, designing park productions for four years, including designs for Dolly Parton when she visited the park.

    Kirchner garnered outstanding reviews and constant notice for his work as designer and costumer at the Oak Ridge Playhouse before turning his talents to those of resident designer at the prestigious Designs by De Wayne in Knoxville. Costume design naturally bleeds into Interior Design and Wedding Planning. “It’s in the genes,” Kirchner said. Designing beautiful interiors with a fresh new approach is his passion. De Wayne says, “It is important as a designer, to grasp the client’s vision and help them see it come to life with a fresh new approach to old techniques.”  To view De Wayne’s extensive resume, please click here.

     

     

    Tracy Walker, Producer/Director

    A graduate of Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, Tracy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Theater Production and Design, and has recently completed her Master’s Degree through Middle Tennessee State University in Professional Studies with a concentration in Strategic Leadership.  Tracy has directed a number of shows in Wisconsin, and made her Tennessee directorial debut with the Tony Award winning Musical, RENT, by Jonathan Larson.


    A talented musician, Tracy currently performs as a vocalist, trumpeter and auxiliary percussionist with Soul Candy & the Traffic Jam (Rock & Soul, Rhythm & Blues Band), as well as on trumpet with Ensemble Swing Time.  An accomplished actress, Tracy has appeared in films, commercials and television (most recently in the TV series, “Nashville”) but admits that her first love is that of live theater:  “There’s absolutely no feeling in the world like that of performing before an audience – it’s incredible and unquestionably exhilarating!”  To view Tracy’s extensive resume, please click here.

     

    We also understand and promote the importance of education, and are in the midst of organizing scholarship opportunities for high school students who wish to pursue a college education involving the arts.  Please "stay tuned" for more information!

     

     In the meantime, why not read a little bit about some of our featured Musical Groups we work with:

    What do you get when you mix one smokin' hot horn section, a hard drivin' funky rhythm section and 3 talented and energetic female singers with musical theater experience?  You get Knoxville’s own:  Soul Candy & The Traffic Jam!  Formed in 2010, The Traffic Jam is comprised of twelve incredibly talented and entertaining musicians – many of which come to us from other successful entertainment venues including Wayne Cochran & The CC Riders, The Atomic Horns, The Homewreckers, KnoxVegas, The Red Hot Horn Dawgs, and major hit musical theatrical productions. The Traffic Jam is sure to please just about every crowd with their wide variety of music.  With musical influences of some of the greatest performers such as Adele, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Aretha Franklin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Delbert McClinton, Roomful of Blues, The Doobie Brothers, Cee Lo Green, Deana Carter, Ray LaMontagne, Joe Cocker, Reel Big Fish, Dolly Parton, Linda Eder, Wilson Pickett, Katrina & the Waves, The Radiators, Christina Aguilera, Stevie Wonder, Pat Benatar, Trapeze, The Pretenders, Amy Winehouse, The Rolling Stones, Commander Cody, Rufus & Chaka Khan, George Clinton – and the list goes on and on.  A true show band, Soul Candy & The Traffic Jam not only performs -- they entertain!

     

     

    The Red Hot Horn Dawgs is Madison, Wisconsin's Party Band! A nine piece band with a full horn section and loaded with extroverted showmen who can be annoying at cocktail parties and other social gatherings, but who work perfectly when they're out in front of a crowd.

    With a library spanning the best years of American popular music, from Otis Redding and Elvis Presley to Billy Joel, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Kid Rock and Toby Keith, the tunes they play are designed to be music everybody knows (the crowd often sings along at a volume they can hear onstage above their monitors!) They design the song list to build momentum throughout a set, getting people out on the dance floor and keeping them there until the end!

    What sets them above other bands? Their dedication to pushing beyond simply playing a bunch of songs to creating an entertaining show. They have run limbo contests under the slide of a rusty trombone, sent a trumpet player prancing (yes, “prancing”) through the crowd beating on a cowbell. They have played a “toga” party in bedsheets and dressed their members up in drag. Whatever it takes to add pizazz to a show!

     

    In the spring of 2011 Evan Riley was laid off from his job. With a new house and baby on the way things were stressful and uncertain. To help cope, Evan did what he always did during difficult times; he turned to his guitar for solace and clarity. Taping into influences such as Martin Sexton, Eddie Vedder, and Glen Hansard, Evan found songwriting to be a natural outlet. Says Evan, “I’ve never been able to write songs as easily as this. It is like I’ve been called back by some greater force”.

    With lots of new tunes polished and ready to be heard Evan hit the recording studio. The result is Evan’s debut CD entitled “RELEASE”. This dynamic debut blends well crafted songwriting, catchy melodies, and thought provoking lyrics into a string of 11 original and heartfelt songs . “RELEASE”, at its core, is about letting go in a world of constant worry and change.