Actor Spotlight: Ashley Huber as Ariel


Parkway Playhouse is delighted to have Ashley Huber join us this summer! She is a self described military brat who was born in New Bern, NC, but primarily grew up in Yuma, AZ and Emerald Isle, NC. Growing up, Ashley was always singing. She was a part of Arizona Western College’s Community Children’s Choir, and has participated in over 20 talent shows and cabarets. Her first musical was in 3rd grade, but didn’t start regularly performing until her sophomore year at Croatan High School. Ashley played soccer for four years throughout middle school and high school, and ran cross country for two years in high school.  However, decided she wanted to be a professional actress after performing the roles of Judy in White Christmas, Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and finally Rusty in Footloose during her years at CHS. 

ashley huberSince then Ashley went on study Musical Theatre at Western Carolina University and plans to graduate with her BFA in May.  Before college, Ashley never had a legitimate voice lesson but she now studies with the world’s greatest voice teacher, Kristen Hedberg. Her dance professors range from Tricia Renshaw to Ashlee Wasmund. Ashley has received training in tap, ballet, jazz, and a tad of modern.  Ashley plans to move to Atlanta after graduation where she will immerse herself into the film and theatre community, hopefully book a national tour, and then move to New York City in the not so distant future.

PP:  Do you have a favorite scene or song in this show? Why is it your favorite?

Ashley:  My favorite song in the show is “Holding Out for a Hero” because it’s the one moment in the show where Ariel gets to let down her guard and be over dramatic and ridiculous. I don’t quite relate to the song itself because I’m a fairly independent person, but I love the opportunity to be unconventional onstage. It’s just a bunch of strong, needy females belting their faces off on stage–definitely what I would call a good time. ren and ariel web

PP:  What do you think audiences will enjoy about the musical?

PP:  The energy. The energy of this show pours into the house and plasters smiles on people’s faces. Everyone–no matter what their age–has such young spirits and they are all excited to tell the story and bring it to life. Another important thing about this show is while it is primarily upbeat, it does explore the highs and lows of life and loss and moving on without it being a drama or a tragedy. The audience will get to fall in love with the characters and maybe even strongly dislike them at times. Kristen has done an amazing job of encouraging personal character development in both the principle characters and the ensemble. This show is dynamic in every possible way, which will impact the audience with a range of emotions. I’m very excited to hear feedback and get to know the audience members.


Tickets are available by calling (828) 682-4285 or purchasing them online HERE.

Please note, if you are coming OPENING NIGHT, the Mt. Mitchell Craft Fair will make it difficult to get to the theatre.  Check out these alternate routes to make your life easier.





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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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