The Ballad of Frankie Silver Actor Spotlight: Randal Garland (Nelse Miller)

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Q – Why did you decide to audition for The Ballad of Frankie Silver at Parkway Playhouse this season? Does this show mean anything special to you personally?

A – This story is intriguing and sort of personal. Where this story takes place is where my family was raised. My grandparents are buried in the same cemetery as well as other kinsfolk of mine as Charlie Silver. I have heard this story since I was little. Also I lived in Morganton for a while and I know some of the places mentioned there.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before (and not just at Parkway)?

A – I have been fortunate to be in “A Christmas Carol”, “1776”, A Few Good Men” and “Momma Won’t Fly” to name a few.

Q – Describe a day in the life of YOU? Do you go to school? Have a job? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A – During the day I go to work as a “Quality Tear down Technician”. Ask me if you want to know what that is. After that is usually home life, unless I’m in a play.

Q – What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

A – Getting to know and work with new people and renew older friendships.

Q – What is your favorite line from the show?  Why?

A – When young Spencer asks which grave is Charlie’s and Nelse gets to say, “All of them”

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

A – With other productions you know what’s coming and you can be ready for it. With this original adaptation you never really know what Andrew is going to change or do. This can be exciting and it keeps you on your toes.

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

A – A great story line, a great cast and local history coming to life. That’s more than one, isn’t it. I couldn’t name just one.

Q – Anything else that you’d like people to know?

A – I want to say thanks to my wonderful family, Kim, Gabriel and Caleb for letting me be a part of this incredible production. Ya’ll are awesome.

Come see Randal and the rest of the cast of The Ballad of Frankie Silver as part of Parkway Playhouse’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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