Her friend and fellow classmate, Jeff Pike, was to act alongside her as Freddy Eynsford-Hill. Much like Reeves-Gilmer, Pike had a strong musical upbringing. His mother, an exceptional musician, introduced Pike to music at an early age.
"I've always wanted to be a musician and I knew I was going to be one when I grew up,” he
Pike pursued a Bachelor's degree in Voice with a minor in Theatre. He began his college journey at Shorter College, but transferred to Clayton State to live closer to home. He immediately fell in love with the professors and curriculum.
"They furthered my interest in music and in theatre, too, which further cemented what I was going to do with the rest of my life," Pike states.
Clayton State's “My Fair Lady” was an instant success. Each evening's performance began with a full audience and concluded with a standing ovation.
Additionally, the cast and crew became more like family than peers and Reeves-Gilmer and Pike remain friends to this day.
"It was the comradery that I really enjoyed," Reeves-Gilmer states while smiling, "That was really nice."
After college, both Reeves-Gilmer and Pike established full time music careers.
Reeves-Gilmer is the lead singer of her band Snowwolfstix and started her own record label. She has written over 400 songs and has worked with musicians across the world, including renowned Italian pianist, Paolo Negri.
Pike is the founder and lead vocalist/guitarist for the A1A band. He has recorded seven albums of original music and has produced albums for Atlanta artists. He's been involved in many musical productions, including touring alongside country music singer, Jimmy Buffett.
Still, when they look back on the old-school newspaper clip documenting their performance in “My Fair Lady,” they cannot help but remember, with joy, their time at Clayton State.
"I had a great time at Clayton State," Pike says. "It was a wonderful time in my life.”