Spotlight on Jenny Martin as Muriel

I’m sure Ms. Jenny would agree that we’ve saved the best actor profile for last.

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PP:  Tell us a little bit about the character you’re playing. What’s her romantic story?

Jenny:  I’m playing Muriel.  She is Henry Bingham’s (Jeff Messer’s), domineering wife whom he refers to as Lady Voldemort–enough said.  I also have an unrequited love for Dickie (Graham Livengood).  You’ll have to watch the play to see if its “requited.”  

PP: Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that’s your favorite? Why?  

Jenny:  My absolute favorite is when Justin (Jered Shultz) comes out in his brand new golf attire.  No matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old.  Jered and I have a long history of inside jokes/playful banter/making fun of each other, so it makes it even funnier.
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PP:  You teach middle school drama, and also for the Parkway Playhouse Junior program… What do you want your students to notice about the performance?  

Jenny:  There are a lot of excellent reactions from cast members to things going on around them, without anyone saying a word.  Honest reactions are so important to good acting.  It keeps the audience engaged in the play–if you’re reacting, they’re reacting.
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PP: We understand that you’re the very first cast to use the newly remodeled dressing rooms.  So…. what do you think?

Jenny:  They are AMAZING. I have been working at Parkway on and off since 1997, and they are the best addition that has happened (besides air conditioning)!  The counters are so pristine I didn’t want my makeup to touch them!
Only two more chances to see this hilarious show (Friday and Saturday)… and who doesn’t need a good belly-laugh by the end of the week?

For tickets call 828.682.4285 or purchase them online.


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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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