Guys & Dolls Jr Actor Spotlight – Elijah Briggs as Nicely Nicely Johnson

photo by Rob Storrs
photo by Rob Storrs

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

EB: Creating the setting and developing my character – his mannerisms and how he would talk, walk or react.

Q: Who are your favorite characters in Guys & Dolls, Jr.?

EB: The hot box dancers, because they makes the scenes louder and more alive.

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

EB: Around 9 shows.

Q: What other shows might people recognize you from?

EB: Most recently I was Jim Hawkins in Parkway Playhouse’s Mainstage Production of Treasure Island, and I was Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka Jr. and Mushu, the dragon, in Mulan Jr.

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

EB: I love to act, and I enjoy being around funny & interesting people. Lots of those are at Parkway Junior.

Q: What is your favorite musical?

EB: Newsies. It’s so energetic. It makes you feel young and happy.

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

EB: I always feel supported at Parkway Playhouse. Every day, they teach me something new about my character and how I can improve.

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

EB: There’s more choreography, more songs, and more humor than any other play I’ve performed in.

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

EB: This is the first time I’ve had so many songs to perform, and I’ve really worked hard to get them right.

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

EB: Come on… gamblers, hot box dancers, comedy and singing? It’s gonna be fun.

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

EB: Yes, I’m super pumped!¬† My experience last year was phenomenal, and I had so many opportunities which came from it. Also, I really enjoy becoming closer with my cast and making new friends.

Q: What is your favorite song from the show?

EB: Adelaide’s Lament, because her thick New York accent makes me laugh.

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

EB: It’s always a fun experience. Every time.

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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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