Treasure Island Actor Spotlight – Kristen Donelle Livengood as Anne Bonny/Jim’s Mother

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Q: Why did you audition for Treasure Island?

KDL: Treasure Island is a very different show from any I’ve been involved with before.  I have a knack for comedy, and thought it’d be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone to do something a little bit darker – and to be honest, this is my favorite project that I’ve ever worked on.

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

KDL:  Earlier this season I was a wife and dancer (Small House of Uncle Thomas Ballet) in The King & I and I also directed Forever Plaid.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

KDL: No day of mine is typical.  I do spend a lot of time working in Parkway Playhouse’s administrative office and then attend various rehearsals.  Once Treasure Island opens, I’ll be in rehearsals for Parkway Playhouse Junior’s productions of Guys & Dolls, Jr. as the stage manager and Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs Before Dark, KIDS as the music director.  When not at Parkway Playhouse, I’m off on various adventures.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

KDL: I have met quite a few people in the cast.  I’ve also had the joy of spending more time with people I already knew, and we have become better friends through this process.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

KDL: Rehearsals are so much fun that it’s hard to pick a favorite moment.  I really enjoy the moments when other actors are trying new things and I have to figure out how my character would react – one of my favorite hobbies is improv, so I get really excited about thinking on my feet.

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

KDL:  In high school I always performed in our spring musical, but it wasn’t until I was an undeclared Sophomore in college that I knew I had a passion for it.  I was taking a random drama class for an arts credit and we were required to see shows on campus.  I saw a production of The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and was so blown away by the entire experience that I was immediately addicted.

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

KDL: Not only do I believe that people should come see it to support the local economy, but also because this show is something special.  It’s a live-action adventure with a great story and lots of sword fights!

Q: What is your favorite pirate movie?

KDL: The Goonies! After I saw this movie when I was a kid, I went into my attic in search of treasure or a map and found a sack full of silver dollars – I totally freaked out.

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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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