Ghost Riders Actor Spotlight – Rose Ray

023Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

RR: A Christmas Carol in 2012 as Scavenger.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

RR: I am retired but am involved in a LOT of things. I am probably just as busy as when I was gainfully employed. I belong to a knitting club, a book club, am in charge of Christian Education at FPCB, sing in the choir, work with collegians at App State, am in charge of 50/50 raffle tickets for PP.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

RR: “I swear, girls play dress up when they are little, but boys wait until they are forty” – though I think this line is being cut. It shows how much some get involved in re-enactment and the authenticity of those really into historical re-enactment and differences between women and men.

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

RR: I have always enjoyed doing what I call “little ditties” in our church. So it was on my bucket list to be in a play. If I must give an age, I would say this desire to be in a play started around 40 though I never had time to really do anything about it until now.

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

RR: It really puts forth some of the thinking of this region still today about the feelings between the south and north within families as well as close neighbors. Everyone should support Parkway Playhouse no matter what show.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

RR: Audrey Hepburn because she was so classy in Moon River and Henry Fonda who was really ‘hot’ in Mr. Roberts.

Q: What is it like to work on a world premiere play?

RR: It is interesting to read the book and see the story line unfold in theater format.

Q: Anything else that you’d like people to know?

RR: I really feel honored to be a part of this cast. I have learned so much about the history of this area.  It is interesting to me to me see the training for using weapons and how to fall. I am in awe at how the ghosts are depicted…how the illusions work.  It is simply amazing to see it all come together.




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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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