Actor Spotlight: Amy Weinmeister

Amy Weinmeister has worn a myriad of hats at Parkway Playhouse (lead teacher, stage manager, board member, actor, chaperone, stage-mom, costumer, choreographer,  closet-cleaner-outter and fill-in director of education). She’s also appeared in numerous roles on stage over the years. Catching up with her, as you can imagine, was a bit like jumping on to an already spinning merry-go-round: tons of fun once you made the leap!
Amy will play Ethel McCormack, Ren’s mom, in Footloose which opens this weekend with performances on Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3pm.
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Amy in the 2016 production of Grease (photo by Rob Storrs)

PP:  You’re just coming off of 2 weeks of teaching/directing the Peter Pan, Jr. Production Camp with fifty-some campers! What’s more intense, camp or tech week? 

CAMP! Honestly, our directors and production manager for Footloose are so well-organized and focused, they make the rehearsal process really fun. They set us up for success.
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Amy stealing the scene in You Can’t Take It With You performed at Parkway Playhouse in 2016.

PP:  How does the teaching/directing while rehearsing as a performer feed each task or does it present more of a challenge?

It can delay the character work required. But for me, I study music, lines, choreography as soon as I get my script. Likewise, I plan ahead for camp way ahead of time too. However, general mental processing can get clogged while switching between camp and rehearsal. There are many balls in the air. Ha!
You have to be very committed, organized, and flexible to do both, keep your sense of humor, work well with colleagues/cast members, parents and students, and make healthy nutrition and sleep choices.
Seeing it all come together successfully is the greatest reward. 

You too will want to see how it all comes together! So get your tickets in advance… If Amy can make time in her schedule, so can you.

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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