Forever Plaid Cast
James Cole (Jinx)
Impromptu Players welcomes James to the stage for his debut performance. James retired from the US Army after 26 years of active military service, which included five combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, six and a half years as a Vietnamese linguist working POW/MIA affairs throughout Southeast Asia, and six months in South America executing counter-narcotic operations. He learned how to sing in five languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Thai, Lao, and Khmer) during his career and expanded his vocabulary in those languages through music and karaoke. After retirement in 2014, he became an active member of St. Joseph’s choir in DeRidder, participating in several Christmas and Easter programs. He is married to Monica Cole and has three children with her, to include one LA Tech student, one future NSU student, and one DHS student.
Evan McAleer (Sparky)
Evan T. McAleer is an active performer, designer, and educator. Currently serving as the Band Director at DeRidder Junior High School, Evan has also assisted in directing the DeRidder High School musical theater productions for the past two years. In addition to his work in theater and education, Evan serves as a member of the Allumer Quartet of which he is a founding member, as well as a member of the Calcasieu British Brass Band. While at a young age, Evan was extremely fortunate to be a member of the Father Ryan High School Band Program as well as the Father Ryan High School Musical Theater productions, both of which helped foster a love of the performing arts.
Chris Huff (Smudge)
Chris graduated from DeRidder High School in 2001. He is an army veteran who served in Iraq in 2004-2005. He is also a veteran of Impromptu Players having performed in various productions in the early 2000’s including “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Arsenic & Old Lace”, “The Wizard of Oz” and “A Mid Summer’s Night Dream”. We are pleased that Chris has returned to Wooten Theater.
Scott Hollis (Frankie)
Scott Hollis holds a bachelor of vocal music education from Lamar University. Before switching to vocals, Scott traveled extensively as a saxophonist with several contemporary Christian music groups. He has served various area churches as music minister for over thirty years. In that role Scott has written, produced and directed numerous musicals. While this is his first involvement with Impromptu Players, he is hopeful of continued involvement. Scott has owned and operated a family business, Integrity Cleaning llc in SW Louisiana since 2008. Scott says his favorite role is the one at home, where he has been a husband to Angela Hollis for 32 years, a father of 8, and as of May, the grandfather of Benjamin Cavins.