A Midsummer Night’s Dream Actor Spotlight – Will Storrs as Lysander

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Haven Jenkins as Puck & Will Storrs as Lysander. Photo by Rob Storrs.

Q: Why did you audition for A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

WS: Midsummer is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays.  I’ve very drawn to the humor and sometimes otherworldly qualities it has.

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

WS: I’ve done a few shows in Asheville with Montford Park Players such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Man and Superman. With Parkway I have done sever more like 1776, Music Man, and Sherlock Holmes: Curse of the Bloody Heart.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

WS: Right now I am currently employed at the Burnsville Town Center as an Assistant Events Manager. I set up for various events and concerts that come through the town. Otherwise I just write scripts or read Game of Thrones…

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

WS: I am quite familiar with most of the cast actually. I’ve done a few things outside of the rehearsal process with them, but it mostly involves more theatre…

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

WS: Mostly the shenanigans that we come up with and the comedic bits we do. It’s a clever and hilarious bunch of people.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

WS: “…reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.” – Bottom

I love his line simply because it is hilarious. For me, it perfectly describes the play in its entirety.

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

WS: Several I think. Mostly distant friends or relatives. I’m not sure what will surprise them, hopefully how witty, hilarious, funny, and humble I am.

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

WS: I knew early on I wanted to be an actor or somehow involved in the theatre or film. It’s what I grew up with. I’ve been to camps, classes, you name it, and it’s just fueled the desire to act.

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

WS: Definitely for the hilarious people in this show. It is well cast and it will certainly not leave a want for laughs. It’s fun and you’re guaranteed to have a great time.

Q: Do you have a favorite Shakespeare line?

WS: “Oh for a muse of fire to ascend the brightest heaven of invention…” Henry V

It is a great line. The poetry and sheer elegance of what it inspires is amazing. It is definitely one that inspires me.

Q: What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

WS: Macbeth. It is a fascinating play about power and lust. The supernatural is a great draw for me and this play is full of it.

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

WS:  The quickest way to a person’s heart… is through the rib cage.

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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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