Q: Why did you audition for A Midsummer Night’s Dream?
HJ: I auditioned for A Midsummer Night’s Dream because I absolutely love Shakespeare plays. The text is so beautifully written, yet, extremely tricky to perform. Half of the fun for me is evaluating the text and deciding how to deliver the complex structure and vocabulary with clarity and intent. It is immensely challenging by very exhilarating!
Q: What shows and roles might people have seen you in before?
HJ: Since 2010, I have been acting in several Parkway Playhouse productions. Some of the roles that you might remember me playing are Mrs. Cractchit in A Christmas Carol, Ursula in The Little Mermaid Jr., Mrs. Hudson in Sherlock Holmes Returns, and Peter in Romeo and Juliet.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
HJ: A typical day for me usually consists of both school and work. I am a student at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC where I am currently earning my Associate of Arts degree. As for employment, I am currently the Properties Master for Parkway Playhouse. I love my job as a Properties Master because I get to constantly use both my imagination and glitter… and lets just face it, life is a lot more fun when there is glitter involved!
Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?
HJ: I have worked with many of the cast members in different shows prior to this production. However, a lovely woman named Alison Young is an exception to this. I met Alison during this show’s first read-thru and we became friends right away! It has been such a pleasure to get to know her and to get to see some of my old friends again! As far as hanging out, I and the other cast members hang out together all the time. One of our very favorite things to do is gather together for a movie night. The next thing that we are watching together is Henry V.
Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsal?
HJ: Gosh, we have had so many wonderful moments together that it seems almost impossible to choose. However, if I had to pick one, I think that it would be the time that Steve Elderbrock had to model his costume dress for the costumer and cast during a designer costume parade. It was so funny! Even Steve couldn’t help but laugh when he came onstage wearing this long, bright yellow dress. Needless to say, he rocked the costume!
Q: What is your favorite line from the show?
HJ: Basically every single word that comes out of the mechanicals mouths. Those guys are just too funny!
Q: Why should people see this show?
HJ: People should see the show because it is hilarious! When I think of Shakespeare, “funny” is not always the first word that pops into my mind. However, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is truly an exception to this thought. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perhaps one of the most humorous and light-hearted literary works ever created. No matter if you are 12 or 112, there is something funny and heartwarming in it for everyone.