Parkway Playhouse Family “The Malas Martins”

After a week of technical rehearsals for Mulan Jr. and performances on Friday and Saturday nights, the Malas kids (Zach and Amira) showed up with their mom (Amanda Martin) in tow for Suday’s A Christmas Carol‘s rehearsal.  No rest for dedicated actors!


So, what’s it like having your mom as a member of the cast?

ZACK:  I think it’s really fun–

AMIRA:  (interruptingFun?!?

ZACK:  Yeah.  What’s good is when we go home, if there’s anything we’re supposed to be working on, we don’t have to explain it to her.  She can help us with whatever it is.

AMIRA: Yes, that is helpful.  But the con.. the con is… it’s like “Sit still.  Sit still.” all the time. *

And what is it like being in a cast with your kids?  

AMANDA:  I like it.  It’s a unique extra-curricular activity because I can actually be a part of it with my kids, you know?  I can’t be on their basketball team or take dance class with them.

It certainly is amusing to imagine that, though!

In case you missed Mulan Jr. and wondered how it went…Image

Break legs down in Atlanta, Parkway Playhouse Junior!

* No children were harmed as a result of this interview.


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

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