Adult Prom 2019
Adult Prom is one of the newest events hosted by the Springfield Area Arts Council. Adult Prom is a creative, lighthearted and often theatrical fundraiser for the Arts Council. Every year, we select a theme for the event and members of the community compete for the royal crowns.
The 7th Annual Adult Prom will be held on May 31, 2019 upstairs at Arlington’s from 7 pm to 11 pm. This year’s theme is “Dizney.” Guests are encouraged (but not required) to dress according to the theme, as prizes will be given for “Best Costume.”
Tickets are available to purchase in advance online (see below) for $20 per person and you will be added to a Will Call list. Entry may also be purchased for $25 per person at the door.
Vote for your favorite couple(s) with your generous contributions as often as you like! Simply click on the photo of your favorite couple to make a donation. The couple at the end of the evening that raises the most money will leave with the much-coveted crowns and bragging rights! Money raised at Adult Prom supports the programs of the Springfield Area Arts Council throughout the coming year.
The 2019 Prom Court has been finalized and confirmed.
The royal couples are:
Kirk & Emily Donley
Kirk and Emily Donley are husband-wife but also double as a violin-guitar duo, The Dandelion Pickers. They met online but then quickly found out they had played with the same band in Minneapolis, just a year apart! They both started music as elementary school students. Art programs were so important to them as they developed as individuals and are how they connected so quickly as a couple. They’ve also seen how much programs such as Starter Strings and school music programs have benefited their music students. They hope all these programs are around for many years for future students and their children!
Julie Jacobs & Reier Deloney
Julie Jacobs is a morning show personality for WDBR. Originally from Panama Beach, Florida, there were not many artistic outlets in her hometown, so she’s very exciting to help the growing arts community in Springfield. Reier Deloney, who was born and bred in Springfield, was part of the local arts scene in high school, serving as the dance captain of the Southeast Spartan Sensations. He is an avid supporter of local bands in the area.
Betsy Buttell & Noah Herman
Betsy Buttell and Noah Herman live here in Springfield and are so excited to be on the 2019 SAAC Prom Court! They met 5 years ago and were married in February 2016 in the fabulous Las Vegas. The night they met, the stars aligned while they were enjoying a drink after dinner and started singing in harmony to “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. They have a blended family with three awesome kids, Darius, Cash, and Harper, a dog named Sage, and a cat named Dave. In her spare time, Betsy sings with the local 10 piece funk/soul band, Take 10 and gives private voice lessons to kids. She has also appeared in several area theater productions through the years. She has her BA in Theater from SIUC and credits her Lincoln high school teachers for fostering her love of performing. Noah first graced the stage in Rock of Ages for STC back in 2014 and has been involved either on stage or behind the scenes for other area productions ever since. He also spend some time singing with Take 10 and will hop on stage from time to time with them when asked. Betsy and Noah love music and spend a lot of their time singing and enjoying their cosmic kind of love. The summer is their favorite because they get to hang by the pool with their kids and friends and Noah grills like a champion. They are very excited to get to help raise money for such a pivotal organization in the artistically rich community here in Springfield.
Jasmine French & Alex Glover
Alex Glover is super excited to be teaming up with Jasmine, again, as they did when they first met in Sister Act as Deloris Van Cartier and Sweaty Eddie! By day, you can find Alex at Agapé Love Spa & Salon making people feel and look like their best version of themselves where he is a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician. Anything from natural hair care, to facial waxing are specialties of his. Giving back to the arts community is important to Alex because growing up it was the only place he felt that he was able to be his complete and truest self. Expression through art has kept him grounded and sane. The chance to share that with someone else is the real reward. For him, and many, theater is therapy.
Betsy O’Brien & Courtney Enlow
Courtney Enlow and Betsy O’Brien flew into each other’s lives (via umbrella, probably, though no confirmation exists at this time) in high school but it wasn’t until their decrepit 30s they reunited and became the best pair of nanny-and-chimney-sweep besties this town as ever seen. In addition to sweeping all the chimneys and generally chim-chereeing all over town, Courtney is the associate editor for SYFY WIRE FANGRRLS and a podcast host of Trends Like These and SYFY’s Strong Female Characters. Betsy never reveals personal information about herself, just appears in people’s homes sometimes to provide sagely life advice and cleaning tips. She possibly lives in a giant purse (it’s bigger on the inside like the TARDIS) but who can say for sure? They both care deeply about the arts and local creative community and are thrilled to raise money for this organization and everyone it impacts.
Adam & Amelia Bugos
Once upon a time there was a beauty named Amelia, she longed to find a man to call her husband. She found a Beast named Adam. The Beast treated Beauty with a lot of kindness. Beauty would sit near the fireplace and crochet while the Beast kept her company. At first, Beauty was afraid of the Beast but slowly, she began to like him. Some time later they had a baby Beauty named Hazel. She’s the most beautiful baby in all the land. A year later the Beast asked the Beauty to marry him. So they went to the mountaintop to wed. The beautiful Hazel slowly turned into the crazy 2 1/2 year old she is today.
Nancy Weichert & Arlin Peebles
Arlin Peebles and Nancy Weichert met in the Fall of 2002 while attending Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. After graduation the couple moved to Chicago where Nancy would pursue her master’s degree in Library Science. After grad school, Nancy got a position at the University of Illinois in Springfield. They relocated to the capital city and bought a home on Park Avenue. Their daughter Maizie was born just a few years later and has brought much joy to the couple. The family spends a lot of time together riding their bikes around the neighborhood or walking through Washington Park. They enjoy the variety of activities that the town has to offer and look forward to many more years of living in Springfield.
The couple is also a supporter of the arts and music scene in Springfield. Nancy received her undergraduate degree in Art History while Arlin studied Theater and Radio/Television. Arlin, a local musician himself who has performed in SAAC’s Artist on the Plaza series, is a co-host of The Studio Show, a web-series that promotes local artists, authors, comedians, and musicians. Each episode of the show features an interview with a local artist and closes with a live recording of a band or musician. The Studio Show is now in its third season and has been a fantastic platform for many local artists to be highlighted within the creative community.
Nicole Pittman & Reggie Guyton
Reggie Guyton and Nicole Pittman are longtime friends who met during a summer full of Muni Magic in 2011’s Hairspray. Some of their fondest memories include Muni’s RENT and Dreamgirls, ADHD’s Rocky Horror Show: Live!, and Civil War at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
A Chicagoland native, Reggie is involved heavily in Springfield’s theater scene. He lives his life by the mottos “Theater is therapy” and “The arts saved my life.” Reggie enjoys dance, photography, music, poetry, and writing. He has also had the distinct honor of working as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum’s first black Ghost of the Library. His most recent project takes him back to his alma mater: directing Brighton Beach Memoirs at Blackburn University.
Hailing from Motown, Nicole has always fostered a deep love for music and the arts. She has been performing in local shows since she was a teenager and went on to study Vocal Music Business at Millikin University. Nicole loves that she can put all that knowledge to use, most recently as a vocal director for ADHD and Muni productions. When she’s not crafting beautiful new rooms at La-Z-Boy Home Furnishings and Decor, she’s absorbing as much music as possible.
You can catch Reggie and Nicole in action in The Hoogland Center for the Arts upcoming production of Memphis: The Musical this August as Director and Vocal Director. Wakanda Forever!
Hanna Levin & Sophie Nuding
Meet Sophie Nuding and Hannah Levin! They met just a few short years ago when they both played chimney sweeps–Smiley and Smighty, respectively–in the Springfield Muni’s debut of the Disney classic, Mary Poppins. Since then, both ladies have had a blast performing in local theatre productions. Last year, Hannah played “Kate” and “Chutney” in Legally Blonde (Did you SEE her wig??) and Sophie played Scandinavian tourist, ”Cassi”, in Mamma Mia (Did you SEE her move that table??) all while working together as the Art and Dance teacher’s for Hope’s Theater Camp. When they’re not sharing the stage, you can catch them in the classroom. Both girls work as teachers at Riverton Elementary School. They also worked on staff for Riverton Middle School’s most recent production, Elf the Musical Jr. Sophie and Hannah spend their weekends bingeing YouTube videos, supporting fellow thespians at local shows, blaring Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande, quoting outdated Vines and memes, and crying about the 36 hours a week when they aren’t around each other. (Like, seriously, do these ladies EVER do anything without each other?!) Both ladies would like to thank their friends and family for constant love and support as well as the SAAC for giving them the opportunity to spread the love of the arts all around!
Matt Woodson & Olivia Huber
Olivia Huber and Matt Woodson are both pumped to be joining the SAAC Prom Court! After being in many musicals together over the years, they believe that their friendship and love for theater will help them fulfill their destiny to be King and Queen of the Springfield area. Most recently Matt and Olivia could be seen performing together in Summer of Love at the Legacy Theater, though they have also been in South Pacific and Legally Blonde together at the Springfield Muni. Olivia works as a minister at Lakeside Christian Church in Springfield and she loves being able to serve the community through development projects. She is very passionate about the usage of the Oxford Comma and incorporates it in every one of her bios. Olivia has no real standout talents to speak of, but Matt can do backflips, many backflips. While growing up, Matt trained in gymnastics as well as diving. Come see Hairspray at the Legacy Theatre this summer as he flips around the stage as Corny Collins! Matt is now a diving coach along side his sister. He also is the music teacher at Dubois Elementary school as well as the choir director at Parkway Christian Church and absolutely loves what he does! They both believe that involvement in local theater has given them a community and a family to belong to. They’re so excited to raise money for an organization that promotes programs like this in the community.
Kevin Kulavic & Casey Tester
Kevin Kulavic and Casey Tester first caught each other’s attention when they sat at opposite staff tables at the 2018 Muni auditions last year, when Kevin was the assistant director for Little Shop of Horrors and Casey was the choreographer for Annie. A few days later, they went on their first date, and eight months (and numerous productions) later, Kevin proposed, and Casey excitedly accepted!
By day, Kevin is the Deputy Director for the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. Casey is an English teacher at Riverton High School. Kevin has been involved in the Springfield theatre community in some capacity for the last sixteen years–as an actor, a stage manager, a builder, a crew member, or a part of the directing staff. Although Casey has only joined this scene over the past two, she has spent the last thirteen working as a high school director and choreographer.
When they are not working on a show, Kevin and Casey can be found watching movies, enjoying St. Louis sports, being the coolest uncle and aunt to their nieces and nephews, having a lovely dinner with a delicious bottle of dry red wine, or patronizing the arts. Kevin and Casey are thrilled to be a part of SAAC’s prom court and to help support the arts community they love and that brought them together!
Zoey & Emily Zara
The Zara girls are relatives by blood and the best of friends by choice. They spent every family gathering as kids (and who are we kidding… they TOTALLY still do this) making up dances and singing every song from musicals like Grease and Wicked. They have always shared a love of the fine arts. Zoey is a music teacher by day, and spends most of her free time participating in local theater. In recent years, she has transitioned from performing on stage to working more often behind the scenes. She has directed, assistant directed, vocal directed, and choreographed several shows for Riverton High School, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, STC, HCFTA, and The Muni. Emily works for LRS and graced the stages of Williamsville High School and Active and Creative Teen Theater productions back in the day. She went on to study music business at Belmont University. Since her return to Springfield, Emily has started to explore the world of backstage work and is thrilled to see where that journey takes her in the years to come. They are overjoyed by the opportunity to fundraise for the SAAC to keep the arts thriving in Springfield!