The Play’s the Thing

Tennessee Repertory Theatre, the Nashville area’s resident professional theatre company, recently announced its 2009-2010 season. Marking its 25th anniversary, Tennessee Rep begins the season on October 3 with Steel Magnolias.

We’ve been season subscribers for a while, but there is a bonus of a Hickman County connection this year as high school theatre teacher Mary Jane Harvill has a major role. Producing Artistic Director Rene’ Copeland commented:

But mostly I’m looking forward to being a part of the pairing of Marin Miller and her mother—Mary Jane Harvill—on stage together for the first time. Mary Jane and her husband, the late Myke Mueller, were legendary and integral parts of Tennessee Rep in its founding days, and of course Marin has been acting on the Tennessee Rep stage in recent years—our first second-generation professional actor. In getting to know and love Marin, l have loved hearing stories of her memories of her childhood in the Tennessee Rep family, and tales of her mom and dad. Naturally, it occurred to me that putting them together would be such a fitting tribute to Tennessee Rep’s history. When they agreed to play Shelby and M’Lynn to kick off the anniversary season, it just seemed so right.

For more information on Steel Magnolias and the rest of the Tennessee Rep season, check out the Tennessee Rep website.

About Daryl Phillips, CEcD

I am a professional economic developer. I presently work for communities and companies in developing and implementing workforce and economic development solutions as CEO of Phillips Economic Development Solutions (Phi EDS). Prior to September 2017, I was the economic development professional who served a community team of elected officials, business people, community leaders and dedicated stakeholders for economic development in Cheatham County, Tennessee (pop. 39,880) and its four towns. During my five-year tenure, I served the team as Cheatham County grew over 1,700 jobs, turned around population declines at the start of this decade into healthy population growth, increased tourism expenditures 20.3% and local tax revenue from tourism 25.4%, grew sales tax revenue 36%, focused on developing the local workforce and was recognized by SmartAsset as having the 9th highest Incoming Investment Index of all the 95 counties in Tennessee. I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers. I have earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council and hold a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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