“What part of JTF ’16 are you looking forward to the most?”

Aaron Neighbors (5)

I am looking forward to getting feedback from adjudicators. I think it’s really cool to see how we compare to their standards, being from such a small, rural community. ~Samarie

Aaron Neighbors (3)

I’m really excited to see other groups perform! ~Turner

Aaron Neighbors (2)

Receiving feedback for industry professionals! The workshops are really my favorite part… They provide wonderful opportunities to learn new skills! ~Olivia

Aaron Neighbors (11)

JTF in general is so fun! That’s all… ~Natalie

Aaron Neighbors (4)

Working with New York professionals again. I had such a blast last year! ~Levi

Aaron Neighbors (9)

I like the dance party a lot and meeting people from around the country! I like dressing up for the red carpet event and how students perform on the JTF stage… I just like it all really! ~Liza

Aaron Neighbors (8)

Every time we walk into the big room with thousands of other students from all over the country, it’s amazing! And the adjudication is really fun. I enjoy getting feedback from the adjudicators! It’s very helpful. ~Olivia

Aaron Neighbors (7)

In truth, I’m really looking forward to just being able to have the experience of seeing the other groups from all over the world. ~Gabe

Aaron Neighbors (10)

I’m really excited to go with my friends to the festival again this year! Plus the dance party was awesome last year… ~Maggie

Aaron Neighbors (1)

I’m most excited about the surprise appearances and watching other groups perform! ~Izzy

Aaron Neighbors

The adjudicators constructive feedback. The workshops are also really fun! ~Aaron

Aaron Neighbors (14)

I’ve heard awesome things about the dance party. ~Sherri

Aaron Neighbors (6)

I just love being with a bunch of other theatre nerds! And seeing other groups perform, that’s always really fun. ~Hana

Aaron Neighbors (13)
Parkway Playhouse Junior’s 2016 JTF Group (minus about 11 students).

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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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