Meet The Directors

Cristalyn Stokes, Director (2015 to Present)

 

Ever since learning about Entertainment Revue, Cristalyn Stokes dreamed of one day becoming the Director. She spent seven years as a cast member, during which time she served as Assistant Director with Cynthia Stevens Nekvasil, Founder of Entertainment Revue. After graduating from the group, Cristalyn went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Public and Cultural Communication from the University of South Florida. She has taught voice, tap, and jazz for over 10 years with Judy Bernard Dancers. She also directed three full length off-Broadway musicals with Applause Performance Company that toured professionally throughout Florida (High School Musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Annie). Cristalyn is thrilled to have finally found her performance home back with Entertainment Revue and carry on its legacy as Director, providing talented young performers the same incredible experiences that helped mold her into the woman she is today.

 

 

Cynthia Stevens Nekvasil, Founder/Director (1989 to 2015)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia Stevens Nekvasil is the founder of Entertainment Revue, and served as its artistic director and choreographer for 26 years until retiring in 2015.

Cynthia was a sophomore studying political science at the University of Tampa when she was offered a position as an “after school” music instructor at a small local elementary school. That opportunity led to a summer music camp, which she directed, and Entertainment Revue was born. During those final years in college, Cynthia developed a presence for the group in the community by becoming active in the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, the Tampa Visitors Association, and successfully secured a corporate sponsorship by Pepin Distributing Company. In a few short years, Entertainment Revue became a well-known group in the Tampa bay area and began building a repertoire to fulfill the demands of their new corporate clients.

In 1992, Cynthia formed a non-profit organization and set up an educational scholarship fund. Cynthia’s intention was to provide “need-based” tuition grants, as well as establish a college scholarship fund for cast members. To date, Entertainment Revue has awarded over $500,000 in educational scholarships, which have been paid out to girls in universities all over the country.

Over the years, Cynthia has used her talents to develop television and music projects. In 1997, Cynthia wrote and directed a pilot for a childrens' television show “DIVAS.” The show was optioned by FOX network for development and Cynthia worked alongside with the network developing scripts. When the show failed to be picked up, the plan was to resubmit to other networks, but the Teen Pop music scene had taken over and Cynthia instead focused her attention on developing music projects. Her first act “PYT” was picked up by Epic Records, and within months the quartet were touring as an opening act for N'SYNC and Brittney Spears. Cynthia followed up with the development of 12 year old singing sensation Chloe Lowery, who was signed by RCA records. In those three short years, eight of the ER girls signed major record deals and Cynthia split her time traveling with her musical artists and directing the Entertainment Revue back home.

In December of 1999, Cynthia and her husband Bob adopted Zoe from China. That next year, Cynthia made the decision to end her traveling and her work in the music industry to spend more time with Zoe and refocus on her first love — Entertainment Revue.

Over the years, the group has grown in size and popularity, and has been honored to have performed for three Presidents, at national conventions, charity events, professional sporting events, and maintained a strong presence in the community. It has been excited to see our girls featured on shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Voice, etc. 2013 was an exciting year as three of our ER girls landed leading roles in Broadway productions.

2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of Entertainment Revue. Holding her Final Curtain performance in May 2015 featuring notable ER alumni and current casts, Cynthia took her final bow as Director. She remains connected to the group and spearheads the alumni network of former ER girls.

Cynthia is now remarried and enjoying new adventures in her retirement. She loves her life in St. Pete/Cape Cod and enjoys a rich network of friends, boating, entertaining, and spending time with her lifelong friends made through ER.