Don't miss Broadway and Beyond at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Waller Auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-concert entertainment. Admission at the door is $7.

The show is produced and directed by Carolyn Crossland, LCC music faculty member, and Crossland and Rick Vernon will co-host the event. For more information, contact Crossland at 252 527-6223, ext. 919 or ccrossland@lenoircc.edu.
Mary Walters Carawan

Mary Walters Carawan will make her second performing appearance in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

She will be performing the role of Glinda singing “For Good” from the Broadway hit, Wicked. She was a member of her high school choir and attended many state competitions for vocal and piano solo.  She graduated valediction of her high school class and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Lenoir Community College where she holds a 4.0 grade point average. She is a tutor and plans to pursue an associate degree in nursing with plans to attend medical school. She is a volunteer and sings regularly at Charity Baptist Church of Ayden where her father, Osborne Phillips Walters III, is a minister. “My goals are to use my musical talents to witness for Christ.” 

Married to William Robert Caraway, she and her husband are in their first year at LCC pursuing nursing. They are expecting their first child in July.

Tyler Griffin

 Actor, singer, pianist, music director, composer/lyricist Tyler Griffin will perform in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

This will be Tyler’s fourth appearance in Broadway and Beyond.  He will be performing “To Excess” and “Timeless To Me” from Hairspray.

Tyler has performed and studied all over the world. He attended East Carolina University in Greenville from August 2007- December 2011 where he received his B.F.A Theatre Arts- Musical Theatre. While at ECU, he performed in numerous productions such as Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing, Lerner and Loewe’s Brigadoon, and Ruhl’s Eurydice. He served as musical director and pianist for ECU Storybook Theatre/Family Fare series, whose season also includes acts such as Ben Vereen, Marvin Hamlisch, The Reduced Shakespeare Company, as well as shows produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Some of his most recent credits include Flaherty and Ahren’s Seussical, and Newley and Bricusse’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

 Tyler is currently serving as the assistant music director/show supervisor at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. Their current season includes the shows “Rockin’ The Point”, “Tropical Heat - Island Beat”, as well “Grand Ole Country.”

He has also performed and studied in other parts of the world.  In July 2010, Los Labradores Opera House in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico hired Tyler as music director/pianist for Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. In 2011, he went to Europe to study the origins and music of European theatre with an emphasis on traditional Greek theatre.

 Tyler is also a composer/lyricist. He has recently composed Last Call with his writing partner, Ian Meeks. They work-shopped the production in October 2010 and are now working to create a cast album in hopes to further the musical’s development in a full production. He also adapted and composed Greg Mortenson’s Listen to the Wind with Patch Clark.  It was premiered for the humanitarian in March 2010. He also wrote the vocal arrangements for Patch Clark and Dr. Linda High’s All Aboard America.

Tyler has also performed in numerous concerts and cabarets as a singer/pianist.

He has studied acting with Michael Tahaney (Musical Theatre Technique), John Shearin, Robert Caprio, Tracy Donohue, and Patch Clark. He studied speech with Natalie Stewart and voice with Mollye Otis and Lisa Grant. Tyler has also studied Jazz, Tap, and Ballet with Tommi Overcash Galaska, Clarine Powell, and Teal Darkenwald.  He has also taken master classes under Ben Vereen, Norm Lewis, Michael Rupert, and Lauren Kennedy.

Meme Simmons


Some Credits Include:
Off Off Broadway: Loving Molly Jones-Lashayla
New York Theatre: The Colored Museum-LaWanda, Blackgirl-Norma, Before It Hits Home-Reba
National Tours:  Good Ol’ Girls-Principal, Ain’t Misbehavin’-Armelia, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas-Jewel, You Don’t Know Me-Mrs. Washington
Regional Theatre:  Little Shop of Horrors-Audrey 2, Mame-Ensemble, My Favorite Year-Ensemble/Alice Understudy, Pippin-Grandma Bertha, Fiddler on the Roof-Golde, State Fair-Melissa

Owner of Debbie’s Angels Productions LLC, a theatre company in Jacksonville, NC

Creator of Broadway Bound Performing Arts Program for Jacksonville City Parks and Recreations

Some Directing Credits Include:
The Last Supper (SRMBC)
Misconceptions  (SRMBC)
Church Ladies 1 and 2 (SRMBC)
Weed and Seed Spring Showcase (Jacksonville City Parks and Recreations)
Weed and Seed Winter Showcase (Jacksonville City Parks and Recreations)
Little Shop of Horrors (Assistant Director-Southwest High School)
Broadway After Dark (Jacksonville City Parks and Recreations)
The Musical Misfits (Zeca)
The Enormous Nose (Zeca)
The Big Bad Musical (Jacksonville City Parks and Recreations)
Zombie Prom (Southwest High School)

Thanks to all my family and friends who continue to support me!
Lindsay Walters

Lindsay Walters will make her first performing appearance in Lenoir Community College’s 15th annual Broadway and Beyond.

The show is produced and directed by Carolyn Crossland, LCC music faculty member, and Crossland and Rick Vernon will co-host the event.

She will be performing the role of Elphaba in “For Good” from Wicked. A 2005 graduate of Bethel Christian Academy, Walters participated in choir and piano competitions. She is currently the pianist at Charity Baptist Church of Ayden and she sings for the services. She is currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Lenoir Community College and serves as the president of the program club, the Nightingales. Walters has participated in the annual LCC of Messiah

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