Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Tech Student Spotlight: Vaughn Smoker

Vaughn “on book” for actors in Disney’s The Lion King Jr. Production Camp!

Q – How does it feel to be Parkway Playhouse Junior’s very first official “Tech” Student?

A – It kind of feels cool because no one else has really asked for it except for me because everyone else wants to be in the plays.

Working in the shop during Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Production Camp!

Q – What has been your most challenging project as Tech Student for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Production Camp?

A – All the lights because you have to figure out which cables work and you have to hang them on the bars.

Working on masks for Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Production Camp!

Q – What has been your favorite thing about being a Tech Student with Parkway Playhouse Junior these past two weeks?

A – My favorite thing has been running the light and sound boards because that’s what I’ve always wanted to learn at Parkway Playhouse.

Props and a hat Vaughn collaborated with Miss Lily and Miss Haven on designing and then created!

Q – What would you say to other students who might be interested in doing some Technical Theatre work to inspire them to sign up with Parkway Playhouse Junior?

A – You can help make the sets and help make decisions of what to do and maybe learn to run the light and sound board and it’s just really fun! And you get to work with really awesome teachers like Miss Haven and Miss Lily.

Come see Vaughn’s “Tech” skills in action, along with the cast of Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. July 17&18 at 6pm and July 18 at 3pm!

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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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