Actor Spotlight: Victoria Russell

Victoria is in TWO shows, at. the. same. time. at Parkway Playhouse this summer:  Oliver! and Reading Is Alive’s Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And what a week it’s been for her–  three Goldilocks performances followed by the final two shows of Oliver!

thumbnail_image1PP: Your style of singing in these shows is much different than your usual technique. How has that aspect affected you and your performance?

Victoria:  It is! Well, actually, Oliver! is pretty normal for my singing style, but Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been a little more challenging. My go-to style of singing has always been belt, it just comes easier to me than legit or a mixed voice. With Goldilocks, I’m finding that I have to mix a lot of my notes for the sake of the music. It’s been good for me, actually, because this is a style of singing that I’ve been trying to improve on for the last few years. However, there is one song, called “Porridge” where I get to really rock out and have fun with it.

PP: How has your first Mainstage experience at Parkway Playhouse been? What has been your favorite part so far?

Victoria:  It’s been great! I have honestly loved working with the children– they are too cute. For some of them, it’s their first time being onstage/ first time being a part of the Parkway Mainstage shows. Not all of them were exactly ecstatic from the start of the production, but the time that opening night rolled around, each and every one of them were so excited to be a part of the show. They bring a whole new energy to the experience. There will be days when I’m coming into shows after a shift at work or after a run of Goldilocks, and I’ll be wishing that I was home in bed rather than driving to a show. That feeling doesn’t last for very long, because the moment I walk through the door, at least one of the children will come up to me and start talking about how eager they are to do the show that night. I’ve realized that none of these kids have gotten to the age where they’re wanting to perform for attention or validation, they’re doing it because they genuinely just have fun doing it. It makes me remember why I started acting in the first place.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the infectious energy in these two shows.

To purchase tickets, click HERE or call (828) 682-4285

oliver june 30 through july 14

Friday, July 13 at 7:30pm
Saturday, July 14 at 7:30pm

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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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