Actor Spotlight: Karen Covington-Yow (with a cameo by Mike)
Karen is yet another major contributor to the talented vocal abilities of the cast of Bonnie & Clyde. You may remember her from Little Shop of Horrors last summer, but might not have realized it was her playing Clyde’s mother thanks to the powers of transformation given to costuming and make-up.
PP: Do you have a favorite scene or song in this show?
Karen: My favorite song/scene in the show is when we get to sing “God’s Arms Are Always Open.” It’s my favorite because we really take the audience to church. I love looking out into the audience and seeing their faces during that scene, and even hear a few Amens at the end! And, of course, it’s always a challenge when the audience tries to clap along because a lot of people clap on 1 and 3 instead of 2 and 4 (and our Music Director Sarah Fowler has been known to kill people for that)! And I get to hear my hubby, Mike Yow, wail up there as the preacher (with a little James Brown thrown in). How can I not love that?
PP: What is your favorite prop?
My favorite prop is the chicken that Young Clyde shoots during the prologue. I have named her Priscilla, and she looks like she’s seen better days! I feel a little sorry for her that she has such a short life.
PP: We often ask the Parkway Playhouse Junior performers if they’ve made any new friends during rehearsals, but the same would go for you–especially in a large-cast musical. So, have you made any new friends?
Karen: Of course I have made new friends! That is definitely the best part of theatre! I truly cherish every friendship I have made through the theatre, and since I have moved a lot in my life, it has proven to be a quick way to get a whole new group of friends. That’s how I met my husband Mike! I am also grateful that I got to work with old friends in this show both onstage and behind the scenes, including Annelise, Trissa, Dwight, Sarah, Luke, Misty, Sandy, Jessica, Dakota, Levi, and Bruce.
PP: Got anything else to add, Mike?
My favorite musical number is also Gods Arms Always Open, mainly because I get to sing pretty at first and get all “soul-ful” at the end. And I usually don’t like my own musical numbers as much as everyone else’s, so this may be saying a lot. Also, I’ve not worked with many of the cast-members of this show prior, so it’s been great making new friends and contacts. Furthermore, I’m getting to share the stage with my sweet and talented spouse, Karen.
As a couple, Karen and Mike also have a notorious reputation for being in great theatre productions! Make it your mission to hunt them down.
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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.
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