Rachel Schlafer-Parton, A multi-instrumentalist, Rachel is best known, perhaps, for her performance on the syringe on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. She has performed at such venues as the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Music Center, Bonnaroo, and the Bluebird Café. Locally she has performed with Farr Horizons, Knoxville Early Music Project, InterAct Children’s Theatre for the Deaf, Hudson K, and The Band of Humans. In addition to being a musician/music director for the last two productions of A Christmas Carol, she also played and directed music for The Story of Opal. Previously she was involved with student productions of The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck). Rachel is a certified sign language interpreter and has often interpreted for productions at the Clarence Brown Theatre. In her other life, she occasionally levitates as a magician’s assistant.