Walking Across Egypt Actor Spotlight – Alesa Bryant as Mattie Rigsby


Q: What shows might people have seen you in before (and not just at Parkway)?

AB: Big River, Oklahoma, Morning’s at Seven, and Steel Magnolias

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

AB: Teach at Mountain Heritage, rehearsal, and WORK OUTSIDE.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

AB: Crack jokes.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

AB: “I’m the by God Hostess delivery man”- Finner

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage? What do you think will surprise them?

AB: My students at MHHS. It will surprise them that their teacher has a life outside the classroom.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

AB: When I was a junior in high school, we did The Crucible. That’s when I was  smitten with the stage.

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

AB: People should see this show because Mattie Rigsby demonstrates the concept that we should find the good people that have bad pasts and learn to forgive.



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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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