Today we are speaking with Mathew Harper, who will be joining us for our upcoming production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
PPH: Do you relate to your character? Why or why not?
Mathew: Yes, of course. Ichabod switches from moments of complete confidence and control into periods of anxiety and paranoia. I think both of these qualities are relatable to anyone of a younger generation navigating the world and the current emotional climate we live in.
PPH: What’s your silliest fear?
Mathew: Losing my singing voice
PPH: What’s your favorite fall activity?
Mathew: Putting on hoodies and drinking a cup of hot black coffee.
PPH: Are you a pumpkin spice or an apple cider kind of person?
Mathew: Neither. Eggnog or bust.
PPH: What about this show are you most excited about?
Mathew: Finally being back on stage in a leading role after a year and a half of being at home during covid.
PPH: What’s your favorite activity to do in Burnsville?
Mathew: Enjoy the acting at Parkway Playhouse and meeting new people in the acting scene locally.
PPH: What’s your favorite thing about being a performer?
Mathew: Being able to tell a story, and tell parts of my own story through the visage of a classic character.
Mathew Harper is making his second appearance at Parkway Playhouse in the leading role of Ichabod Crane after performing in the ensemble of A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder which performed pre-covid in 2019. Other performing credits include; Princeton in Avenue Q at Asheville Community Theater, Patrick Dennis in MAME at HART, Riff Raff in Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Grey Eagle, Leo Bloom in the Producers at Asheville Community Theater, Reggie in First Date at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theater, and many others. Outside of the theater, Mathew is a sommelier and had ten years of experience as a botanist, however, he is currently pursuing a professional career in acting and is moving to New York City at the end of the year. To see upcoming productions that Mathew will be involved in please visit; Mathew Harper on Facebook, @matinee_sauvignon on Instagram, or visit his website at http://www.mathewharper.com for his full portfolio. He thanks everyone who supports the arts in Western North Carolina and enjoys theater in the region. During the pandemic we all suffered, especially the arts and by coming to see one of the first live performances of the season you are ensuring that we keep live theater alive in the region.
In the quaint village of Sleepy Hollow, stories of wonder and strangeness surround the legend of a mighty headless Hessian. When the humble schoolteacher Ichabod Crane vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the townsfolk might protest, but it is ultimately the Horseman who will decide his fate.
Showing October 9-23, 2021. Grab your tickets here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=125933