Q – Why did you decide to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver at Parkway Playhouse this season?
A – The show really interested me, and I had actually been told her story when I was younger. So I had a little bit of a background in knowing about Frankie and diving into her story more through Parkway has been great.
Q – What shows might people have seen you in before?
A – This is my first show with Parkway, every other show that I have been in has been with my former high school, Cloudland, in Roan Mountain TN. A couple of shows have been in were The Little Mermaid, and The Wizard of Oz.
Q – How would you describe a day in the life of Shelby Ashley?
A – My day usually consists of going to college at Northeast State in Blountville TN. However, for the summer I am a college intern here at Parkway Playhouse, and I get to help make props and I have a lot of hands on work. In some spare time I really like to paint. It’s my second love, after acting.
Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
A – Favorite part so far is definitely the fight choreography. I never thought I would enjoy punching someone in the face, the stage way, as much as I have.
Q – What is your favorite line from the show?
A – My favorite line is from one of the many monologues from Burgess Gaither. “Mary is a strong minded woman with more opinions than God gave congress.” I love the fact that we have headstrong woman in the 1830s and the fact that she is very opinionated makes me happy.
Q – How does working on an original adaptation differ from other productions you’ve been apart of?