PRESS

MRS. NOLAN

THE MEDIUM

"In a scaled-down work like this, with only a handful of characters, a single set, and relatively little grand spectacle to fall back on, it’s even more important than usual to have a solid cast to carry the weight of the drama, which was certainly the case for the Nashville Opera’s production. Joseph Mobley’s wordless performance as Toby made quite the impression, while Helen Zhibing Huang as Monica and Kaylee Nichols as Mrs. Nolan gave especially affecting performances."

MUSIC CITY REVIEW

MOTHER

AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS

"Kaylee Nichols as the mother wears her sadness, frustration, and desperation on her sleeve.  There’s no hiding how very close to having nothing they are and it’s by her choices that the story reaches its tumultuous conclusion."

OUT & ABOUT NASHVILLE

MRS. GROSE

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

 "...while Kaylee Nichols’s voice as Mrs. Grose filled the small theatre to overflowing with sound and clear diction. 

...Muttered tales of his felonious behavior (“Quint was free with everyone… with little master Miles… he liked them pretty and he had his will, morning and night”) set up an impactful full entrance of the character after the first sightings. The explosion of sound emanating from Mrs. Grose, wailing “Dear God” when The Governess first describes the face of the ghost, is a memory that will remain in the brains of the audience for no short amount of time."

MUSIC CITY REVIEW

"Rounding out the cast is Kaylee Nichols as Mrs. Grose, the housekeeper at Bly.  More than that, though, she is the keeper of secrets with full knowledge of what has happened in the house’s past.  It is Grose who is able to end the horrors that persist in the house and Nichols plays her with a guarded intensity.  She is afraid of what she knows, of what she has seen.  Nichols’ mezzo-soprano voice manages to pierce through in the larger group moments with contrapuntal musical lines coming from every direction.  It’s wonderful to see her versatility, having last played the Mother in Amahl at Christmas."

OUT & ABOUT NASHVILLE

JO MARCH

LITTLE WOMEN

"Gallagher [Nichols] gives a stellar performance, playing Jo—the most ambitious of the four sisters—with ease, giving a voice to both the trials and successes of herself and her sisters."

MCGILL TRIBUNE

"Featuring Kaylee Gallagher [Nichols] as Jo, she was energetic and tomboyish in a way that you would expect, and fulfilled what most would consider a demanding role, being onstage for almost the entire production."

MONTREAL RAMPAGNE