Actor Spotlight: Whitney Bates

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I love to perform in any capacity! Most of what I’ve done before this has been at ETSU–I had a large role in a straight play my first year there, and I was in the ensemble for their recent productions of Oklahoma! and RENT.  And if you’ve been around Johnson City during our summer festivals you might have seen me performing on silks with my amazing friends from Azure Aerial Arts Studio!
A day in my life would absolutely have to be busy. I love to have many different projects all going at the same time! I both work and go to school, majoring in Theatre and minoring in both Music and Dance. I make a point to make time to exercise in the gym and at my aerial studio. I just recently completed some teacher training at my studio, Azure Aerial Arts, so soon my schedule will include helping new students climb and dance and perform. I’m also working on an aerial dance based thesis project to complete my University Honors Scholars program at ETSU, and I plan to graduate in the spring. So deadlines are definitely fast approaching, but I’ll just keep on doing what I love as long as I can!
My favorite moments from this play happen on stage while I’m performing. I like to say that acting is like existing as someone else for a short period of time, so I love to live life as Sandy for a little while each night we perform. It’s a fun world, Rydell High, and it’s not every day you get to wear pleather and dance with a T-Bird.  I love coming out at the end and just sticking it to Danny, but loving him the whole time. “What’s it to ya, Zuko?” or “Tell me about it, Stud.” are two of the best moments for me.
Come to have fun. The music is classic, the costumes are iconic, and the characters are so full of life. It’s really just a fun show. Enjoy the show!

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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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