Parkway Playhouse Family: “The Wahlers”

The 4th in this series features only a part of the talented Wahler family — Dan and Danny.  Yes, they’re playing cards at an early rehearsal waiting for their entrances. (Shhh!)


So, Dan, what made you audition to be in A Christmas Carol?

Actually, my daughter talked me into auditioning for A Few Good Men.  My daughter’s a Theatre Art and English Major at App State.*  She’s the one who got me into it.  Then Danny and I decided to do this one.  It’s another way to be involved with your kids.

You play several different roles in A Christmas Carol… Do you have a favorite?

I think the Business man, because he’s a little more crotchety.

Danny, do you give your dad any acting advice?

I actually gave him some tips on his Toper scene… you’ll see them in rehearsal today!

Do you like being in the cast with your dad?

It’s just really a lot of fun.  We get to joke around and talk about it later.

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You may notice a theme emerging through this family series: you can see how much the theatre brings families together (both kids and parents say so).  Being in a cast together gives them something in common to talk about and makes lasting positive memories of being/working together.  Bravo!  (You may also note that attending theatre productions together as a family is yet another way to accomplish the same ends. Tickets here.)

* Courtney Wahlers is the daughter Dan mentions above — who has been in many Parkway Playhouse shows over the years.  You may remember her as the flashlight-wielding female lead in the 2013 world premiere of Spirited Recollections:  A Personal History of Burnsville.


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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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