Guys & Dolls, Jr Actor Spotlight – Natalie Calkins as Lieutenant Brannigan

DSCF1031Q: What has been your favorite part of being in this cast?

NC: Choreography for Luck Be A Lady.

Q: Who is your favorite character in Guys & Dolls?

NC: I really like Sky Masterson.

Q: Have you made any new friends in this cast?

NC: I already knew everyone who is in the cast.

Q: How many shows have you been cast in to date?

NC: 7. A Christmas Carol (2012), The Little Mermaid, Jr., Peter Pan, Mulan Jr., A Christmas Carol (2013), Willy Wonka Jr., and Guys & Dolls.

Q: What other shows might people recognize you from?

NC: The Little Mermaid or Peter Pan.

Q: What do you have in common with your character? What makes you different from your character?

NC: Me and Brannigan both like candy and running, but Brannigan is a cop.

Q: What have you learned about yourself since participating in the Parkway Playhouse Junior program?

NC: I really like to dance, and people say I’m good so I keep doing it.

Q: What is your favorite play and/or musical?

NC: I like Wicked because the music is awesome and I went to go and see it March 31, 2013, it was awesome.

Q: What is it like working with the Parkway Playhouse Junior instructors, directors and/or staff?

NC: It’s fun to learn new stuff, you’d think it’s easy but it’s really not. It’s fun.

Q: How has this show been different from previous theatrical experiences you’ve had?

NC: I don’t get to sing as much as I did in other shows I’ve done, but in Peter Pan, I didn’t get to sing at all.

Q: Do you have people in your life who have never seen you perform before?

NC: My grandparents, some of my cousins, and some of my friends at school.

Q: Do you think there will be some people in your life who are surprised to see you on stage?

NC: No, I’m very dramatic.

Q: What are some of your favorite aspects of participating in theater?

NC: Dancing, singing, acting just being on stage.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge so far while rehearsing this show?

NC: Figuring out the perfect character for Lt. Brannigan.

Q: Why do you think folks should come and see this production of Guys and Dolls, Jr.?

NC: The characters are thought through very well and the dancing is awesome.

Q: Are you excited about the 2015 Junior Theater Festival?

NC: YEAH!!!! I went last year and it was super cool and… super cool.

Q: How old were you when you first decided you wanted to perform?

NC: I was ten, my mom just walked in to my room one day and said “Hey, do you want to audition for A Christmas Carol?” and I said “Okay.”

Q: What is your favorite song, dance number, or scene from the show?

NC: Luck Be A Lady.

Q: Is there anything else you think people should know about Parkway Playhouse Junior or Guys and Dolls, Jr.?

NC: All that needs to be said is “It’s awesome.”

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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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