Hook & Smee: The Murphy Siblings

Ellie (Smee) and Brooks (Captain Hook) are no strangers to the Parkway Playhouse stage, but (sadly) this will be their last performance before they move to California. Trust us, you want to see these two perform!

Brooks and Ellie

Brooks, a rising 9th grader, has primarily been a part of Get the Hook, an improv comedy troupe led by Kristen Livengood. But this spring, he auditioned for a role in Into the Woods, Jr. and was cast as Rapunzel’s Prince. His favorite/only role.

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The princes in “Agony.”   (photo by Cassie Floan)

“I’ve been in ten plays!” Ellie pipes up. It’s true, Ellie has been cast in many comedic roles including Lefou (Gaston’s partner) in Beauty in the Best, Jr. Her favorite role, though, was as the Genie in Aladdin, KIDS.  She loved the physical comedy, the one-liners,  the singing and getting to “do it all” with that character.

You might think it’s pretty remarkable they were cast as the Hook & Smee duo, but “I called it!” says Brooks. “I wanted the role.”

“We both wanted it,” Ellie clarifies.

Brooks has most enjoyed “learning the songs” at Production Camp, while Ellie struggles to find one part she loves about camp more than another. “I know what I didn’t like, though,” she says with a wry smile, “Getting kicked and poked in the face.”

“By accident!” Brooks jumps in, reminding her he apologized and made sure she was ok. She laughs and lets him off the hook.

Both are of the opinion that you should come see the show.  “It’ll be funny,” Brooks says. Ellie agrees, “It looks Ah-May-Zing and Ms. Angie has done a fabulous job!”

So, see you tonight or tomorrow at 6pm! And to Brooks and Ellie, BREAK LEGS both in the performances this weekend and with the new chapter in your lives. We are grateful to have had you as a part of our Parkway Playhouse Junior family and will miss you terribly. We have every confidence in your continued star-power– Keep Adventuring!

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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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