The Ballad of Frankie Silver Actor Spotlight: Steven Grindstaff (Fate Harkryder)

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Q – Why did you decide to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver at Parkway Playhouse this season? 
A – I decided to audition for this show because I have always been fascinated by this story. My father’s family is from the community in which the story took place.
Q – What shows might people have seen you in before?
A – I have been in several shows at Parkway including Guys and Dolls, A Few Good Men, and Mama Won’t Fly. I have also directed Walking Across Egypt and Beautiful Star.
Q – How would you describe a day in the life of Steven Grindstaff?
A – A typical day for me is working as a science teacher with 60 fourth graders! It is a blast to see the light bulbs go on as they learn! In my spare time, I enjoy time with my family, camping and acting at Parkway!
Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
A – I have really enjoyed working with my son Caleb during this show. I enjoy watching him grow as an actor!
Q – What is your favorite line from the show?
A – There are some interesting lines in the show but my favorite has to be when Charlie says “God bless the child!” Caleb plays Charlie and the way he delivers the line cracks us up.
Q – How does working on an original adaptation differ from other productions you’ve been apart of?
A – I enjoy working on an adaptation because I am able to see the script continue to grow and change as we rehearse. Not to mention it is pretty cool to be the first person to ever play a role based on that adaptation!
Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this production?
A – The story of Frankie and Charlie Silver is one that resonates so much with the communities around this area. People have always wondered what really happened. If you love mystery, history and unanswered questions surrounding murder, then this show is for you!!!
Q – Anything else that you’d like people to know?
A – I had a taco while I typed this.

Come see Steve and the rest of the cast of The Ballad of Frankie Silver as part of Parkway’s 70th Anniversary Season, June 4-18!

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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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