The King & I Actor Spotlight – Lily Bartleson

IMG_20140711_180915Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

LB: I auditioned for The King & I, because I used to watch it a lot when I was a little girl. It’s like reliving my childhood, but I’m not a child and I’m in the story this time.

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

LB: The shows people might have seen before vary from 9 to 5 and Outlander to Peter Pan and Forever Plaid.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

LB: During the school year, I attended Mountain Heritage High School. I graduated this year and will be attending Brevard College in the fall, with the expected major of Theater Studies. I am an Intern this summer with Parkway Playhouse.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast? Do you do things together outside of rehearsals?

LB: I have met new friends in this cast, but for the most part I have worked with these cast members in past shows.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

LB: My favorite moment during rehearsals is when everyone is off script and the actors begin to focus on the character they’re portraying and not just the lines and cues. Another favorite moment of mine is when we’re on a break and I get to learn and hang out with coworkers.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

LB: “It is a FALSE LIE!” That is definitely one of my favorite lines of this show. The king tries very hard to get his point across and he does a good job, but how he uses his words sometimes is funny.

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

LB: My family knows I sing, act, and dance. People have seen me on stage before. Maybe the surprise will be that it’ll be the same ole me.

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

LB: I auditioned for The Music Man (Parkway Playhouse) when I was 10 years old. I was destined to be in theater ever since then.

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

LB: One reason you should see this show is that you get to see all age groups, that share the same love and passion, come together and portray a beautiful story.

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

LB:  If I could appear on stage with any actor, it would have to be Jim Carrey. The type of character and personality that he is, draws me towards him. He is one of the funniest actors I have watched in movies.

Q: What is it like to work on a Rogers and Hammerstein production?

LB: I have never been involved in a Rodgers & Hammerstein… It’s definitely different.

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

LB: I was recently in Mulan Jr., and I can’t wait to be in a show this large, again. I love having a large cast to work with!





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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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