The Ballad of Frankie Silver Actor Spotlight: Kristy Sutton (Martha)

Kristy Suttonis Martha

Q – Why did you decide to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver at Parkway Playhouse this season?

A – I haven’t participated in theater since college. I loved acting, and really wanted to try to get back into it. There were so many amazing shows this year, I couldn’t resist. I wanted to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver in particular because it is based on a true story. It is a tragic, but interesting story.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before?

A – As I mentioned, I haven’t been involved in theater since college. If you happened to be in or around Savannah, Georgia in the early to late 90’s, you may have seen me in a few school productions or in Odyssey of the Mind competitions.

Q – How would you describe a day in the life of Kristy Sutton? 

A – During the day, I am the administrative assistant at Higgins Memorial United Methodist Church in Burnsville. In my free time, I volunteer with the Higgins Youth Group and YoungLife Burnsville. I also enjoy pretty much anything artistic – graphic design, baking, sewing, crafting, photography.

Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

A – My absolute favorite moment from rehearsals happened the second day. On the first day, we simply read through the play. I couldn’t fathom how it would all work together. On day two, Andrew Gall gave us a glimpse into his mind. When he started walking us through his vision for the stage, all I could think was, “This is going to be AMAZING!!!” I can’t even describe how it feels to watch everything come to life.


Q – How does working on an original adaptation differ from other productions you’ve been apart of?

A – Usually, productions have a set script. They’ve been done before… sometimes, they’ve been done several times before. This original adaptation is a work in progress. Although we are working from a script, there have been changes as we go along. Entire characters and scenes have been cut. And, the actors have been involved along the way. It’s a wonderful experience to be a part of the creative process and the birth of what I know will be an amazing show.

Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this production?

A – There are so many reasons that people should see The Ballad of Frankie Silver. It’s historical! You can drive a short distance from Burnsville and see where Charlie Silver was buried. You can literally become a part of history and not just by seeing the story acted out on stage. This is a brand new play, so that alone is history in the making! Also, it’s not your average production. There are some amazing special effects and merging of time and space. It is seriously cool. You don’t want to miss it. When your friends go, and they tell you about it after, there will be regret that you didn’t see it for yourself. I’m just warning you now. Seriously cool stuff… Come out and see it!!

Q – Anything else you’d like folks to know?

A – As one of the characters in the play mentions, “Everybody is kin to everybody in [North Carolina] if you go back far enough.” I have discovered, since we’ve been rehearsing, that Sheriff John Boone, who hung Frankie, was a distant relative of mine (2nd cousin, 6x removed). His grandfather, Israel Boone, was Daniel Boone’s brother. My 6th great-grandmother, Hannah, was their sister. This brings the story even closer to heart.

Come see Kristy and the rest of the cast of The Ballad of Frankie Silver as part of Parkway’s 70th Anniversary Season!

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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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