Actor Spotlight: Mike Yow as Reverend Shaw Moore

Reverand Shaw Moore, though he may be easily pegged as the antagonist, is played by a favorite on the Parkway Playhouse stage: Mike Yow.

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PP: What do you think audiences will most like about this production of Footloose?

Mike:  In general, I expect that all audiences will love the choreography, the high energy, and even the heartfelt story behind the production. However, to those audience members who remembers the 80s in their roaring youth (like Yours Truly), this show will be a fun little trip down memory lane.

PP:  What do you relate to in your character?

Mike:  As someone who was very much like Ren in the 80s – I went dancing at least three nights a week for about four to five hours at a time – I can relate to Reverend Shaw Moore as the antagonist of what I once, more or less, stood for: freedom and artistic expression. Fortunately, as an actor, I’m truly blessed to be able to do that quite often. More on point, Reverend Shaw has some of my own beliefs and qualities, including the occasional desire to direct and help people, even if that might sometimes be unnecessary or unfounded. And I had some practice at being a preacher during Bonnie & Clyde too.
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Reverend Shaw (Mike Yow) and Vi (Roberta Whiteside) share a touching moment of forgiveness  in Footloose. 

PP:  You’re a professional actor, so do this all the time…. but did you learn anything about yourself as a performer during the rehearsal process?

Mike: I’ve learned more about my own methodology and techniques when preparing for a role, especially when going from the zany, quick-change farce that is The 39 Steps, then onto the soulfulness of a musical role in Bonnie & Clyde, and now with a deeper, more iconic role as Reverend Shaw in Footloose. I’ve made a semi-living off of having wide range as a thespian, but this summer has certainly furthered that notion for me. As such, I’m extremely grateful to Parkway Playhouse and my awesome cast-mates from these amazing productions.
And what an amazing production it is! You don’t want to miss it.

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


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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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