Parkway Playhouse Family “The Smith-Galls”

Technically this family would be the “Gall, Smith-Gall, Smiths”… but it’s really not as complicated as all that.  Mary Katherine and Sarahanne are sisters and Andrew and Mary Katherine are married.  Only Sarahanne appears on stage, but what you see on stage couldn’t happen without the direction and choreography of Andrew and Mary Katherine


Sarahanne, what is your favorite part of the play?

I love learning the harmonies to all the well known Christmas carols.  Good harmonies are on e of my top ten favorite things in life.

Why on earth would you act in a play your brother-in-law was directing and your sister choreographed?

I must be absolutely insane.  No.  But really, it isn’t THAT bad.  The three of us are quite some team.  Plus, singing kind of runs in the family, so I always enjoy a good musical.

Mary Katherine, do you dance in your seat when you watch a number you’ve choreographed?

As my dance teachers an trainers before me, I do dance in my seat as I watch my dances on stage. To the untrained eye, it may look like squirming but it is in fact dancing as though to telepathically transfer moves, energy, and emotion onto the stage from my seat.

[Our next viral video in the making!]

Andrew, every year is different, what is different this year that you are enjoying?

I think it becomes more meaningful every year.  This year, because the cast is large enough, I was finally able to add the two scenes I’d originally written but had to cut out in previous years.  I think those scenes add a lot.  Every year it snowballs and gets bigger.

To buy tickets for the show CLICK HERE.  December 13 is opening night — and we’ve got something special planned: a photo shoot of audience members in attendance.  Professional photographer Brian P. Streett will be on hand to take pictures for us to use in our 2014 media publications.  Your picture may be used in our advertising (website, blog, facebook, 2014 season brochure, postcards, or playbill).  So bring you smiles along with you to opening night!  (Check back for more details coming soon.)


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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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