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The WordPlayers Presents "Souvenir," a Play About Florence Foster Jenkins


Melony Dodson talks with Director, Ethan Graham Roeder, and actors, Sheryl Howard and Matthew Mimbs

Florence Foster Jenkins, a wealthy and eccentric socialite who lived from 1868 to 1944, believed herself to be a great coloratura soprano. In reality, she struggled to match pitch and maintain a steady tempo. Cosme McMoon, a composer of songs no one wanted to sing, was broke. He needed the money as Mrs. Jenkins' pianist. In the end, the relationship between the two grew into a truly supportive friendship, bound by the love and passion for music. Souvenir, by Stephen Temperley, tells the story of this friendship, through the eyes of McMoon, as told through vignettes and "snapshots" of their time together. Actress, Sheryl Howard, plays the role of Florence Foster Jenkins, while Matthew Mimbs will play the role of Cosme McMoon.

Directed by Ethan Graham Roeder, this hilarious and poignant comedy will be presented at Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, located at 200 Lockett Rd. Performances are October 6, 7, 13, and 14 at 7:30pm and October 9 and 16 at 2:30pm. Thursdays are "pay what you wish" nights and seating is general admission. Tickets and additional information online at https://wordplayers.org/current-season/mainstage-shows/souvenir-fall-2022/

And for a short sneak peek: https://youtu.be/B_sUSJKw-JM

Melony calls the beautiful mountains of Boone, N.C., home, although she was born near Greensboro, N.C. There’s just something about those Blue Ridge Mountains that got in her blood and never left after she moved there to attend Appalachian State University (ASU). While at ASU, she majored in piano performance and music therapy and began to cultivate a love for accompanying and for collaborating with other musicians. This soon led her to earn a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Tennessee, which she attended from 2006-2008.