Ghost Riders Actor Spotlight – Michael Lilly as Rattler


pictured left to right – Michael Lilly as Rattler, Scott Keel as Keith, Trinity Smith as Malinda
(photo by Rob Storrs)

Q: Why did you audition for Ghost Riders?

ML: I liked the book.

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

ML: Been in 1776 (Franklin) and Big River (Pap Finn).

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

ML: I get up in the morning and put my pants on one leg at a time like everybody else, then I make Award Winning Theatre.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

ML: Favorite rehearsal moment has been when Maggie Raincrow (Jenny Martin) asks me to pee in a jar! Yeah, that’s what I said!

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

ML: I’m so old EVERYONE has seen me onstage! Even naked in one show directed by Andrew Gall!

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

ML: My first acting experience was in Jr. HS in Raleigh. I was in a play called The Inexperienced Ghost with Randy Jones, the Original Cowboy in the Village People. We both forgot our lines and kept repeating, “My God, you are cold as Death”, over and over again until the Director yelled the right line from the audience. Randy said, “Yes, we know the line….who says it?”

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

ML: Ghost Riders is a new work and that is the future of theatre.

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

ML: If I could appear onstage with any actor or actress it would be Penelope Cruz….in that play where I was naked!

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

ML: I have worked on over 100 new works mostly as a Director. It is thrilling to be acting in Ghost Riders.




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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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