"The definition of success--To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Payonk...has the rarest of rare theatrical gifts: presence. He simply has to stand and sing, and we are at his command. He uses his gifts well!"
~Mike Isaacson, St. Louis Riverfront Times