Five Tips From a Parkway Playhouse Junior Student On How To Have A Wonderful Time At The Junior Theater Festival

Picture from the 2014 Burnsville Performance of Guys and Dolls, Jr. where Taylor played the role of Adelaide. Photo by Rob Storrs.
Picture from the 2014 Burnsville Performance of Guys and Dolls, Jr. where Taylor played the role of Adelaide. Photo by Rob Storrs.

Hi, my name is Taylor Hutchison and I am a current Parkway Playhouse Junior Student, Parkway Playhouse High School Apprentice, and a Senior at Mountain Heritage High School. This year will be my 4th and last time attending the Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, GA. I understand that this festival can seem kind of intimidating at first, but that’s why I’m here, to help lighten the jitters and nerves!

So, here are 5 ways to have a wonderful time at the Junior Theater Festival:

  1. Bring your own water bottle.

I can’t stress this one enough! After four years of participating in this festival, I’ve learned that water is essential if you want to get the most out of the day. You’re going to be working hard, so you’re going to need to re-hydrate as often as you can.

  1. Look at everything as an opportunity to learn.

There’s an opportunity to learn at this festival everywhere you look. My personal favorite is when we get to watch the performances of other students. I like to see how different they approach their work. Also, the classes that you get to take are so chocked full of information, that it would be crazy not to learn something!

  1. Get a lot of rest.

This is also very important. Staying up until 1:00 in the morning definitely isn’t advisable. Oh, and be sure to get as much rest as you can before the night of your performance. You want to bring your absolute best for the adjudication.

  1. Be respectful of every performer.

This is vital if you want to survive JTF. Over 4,000 students are coming to this festival with the same intention that you: to learn and grow. Take this opportunity to make friends!

  1. Have fun!

This is such an amazing opportunity to be a part of, so enjoy it! You know, really only 10% of JTF is your adjudication and the rest is your opportunity to grow as an artist and goof off a little. Don’t worry about anything and just have fun! Plus, Megan Hilty is going to be there, so you should be very excited!


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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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