Actor Spotlight: Jake Deyton

Prepare to see the theatre transformed… a train, a car, an eerie shadowed street at night, a countryside bleeting in foggy sheep, an airplane chase… Film noir transformed into comedy.  The actors also transform themselves for Opening Night. So, let’s catch up with Jake Deyton before he becomes Mr. Hannay.

mapPP: Local audiences will remember you from your many performances at Mitchell High School. What acting have you done since graduating? 

Jake:  Yes! I have been enrolled at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts pursuing a BFA in acting. There I have been in a few plays and short films. Last summer I was in Mitchell County Community Theatre’s production of Catch Me if You Can.


PP:  This is your first time on the Parkway Playhouse stage, isn’t it?  How does it feel to follow in your little brother’s footsteps?

It is! And yes, my 5 year old brother, Ben, made his Parkway debut earlier this year in The Jungle Book, KIDS. I think he warmed the production team up for me. Everyone here seemed to enjoy working with him!

handcuffedPP:  Do you have a favorite scene in this show? Why is it your favorite?

Jake: There’s a scene where Myra and I have to get over a fence while attached by a set of handcuffs. It’s pretty hilarious. At one point Myra’s face hits my backside several times. During the rehearsal process I said something about having a very bony butt and before I could finish speaking Myra said, “Yes, I know!”

mr hannay

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A big thank you from all of us here to those who are bringing the hors d’oeuvres for Saturday Night’s Opening Night Party after the show.  Yet another reason to visit Parkway Playhouse!


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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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