Shelby Tyler makes her Parkway Playhouse acting debut in Amélie, one of her all time favorite musicals!
PPH: You have worked at Parkway Playhouse for several shows at this point, but for those who might not know you, tell us a bit about yourself!
Shelby: I am a rising sophomore at East Tennessee State University, studying for a BA in Theatre and a minor in Communications. I’ve been doing theatre for ten years now and have been involved with over 30+ shows in those years. I’m also a college intern here at Parkway Playhouse! I wouldn’t be here without the support from my friends and family, and I am incredibly grateful for them. Here are some fun facts: I love lasagna, blue is my favorite color, and I’ve made a viral video on Youtube!
PPH: What has been your favorite part of rehearsal?
Shelby: My favorite part of the rehearsal process has been being able to watch the show slowly become something magical. With every prop or set piece added, and every new song to get choreographed, it’s just all come together so well. We’re in tech week now as I’m writing this and we heard the music with the full band for the first time a couple days ago; it was absolutely amazing. Everyone has been so phenomenal.
PPH: What makes this particular experience unique?
Shelby: Amélie is actually my favorite musical, so being in the show is incredibly special to me. I’ve been able to see my castmates learn and fall in love with the show, and it means a lot to me. It just makes me ridiculously happy to come into Parkway and be able to tell this story. I’m really grateful for this experience, and thankful for everyone involved who has made the show come together. I cannot wait for people to actually see it and be moved in the same way I am every night!
PPH: You are one of our college interns this season. How has it been juggling acting in this show, stage managing our summer camp, and working the intern gig five days a week?
Shelby: It’s definitely been a bit overwhelming, but it’s been so much fun! You have to learn how to switch gears pretty quickly, especially going from stage managing, to interning, then to acting. I’m exhausted, but in a fulfilling way. I’ll sometimes be here from 9am to 10pm with lunch and dinner breaks, and I honestly love it. I love the people I work with and the things I get to create while I’m here. This is what I want to do with my life! Being able to just completely surround myself with theatre is absolutely insane. (Quick shoutout to my fellow 2019 interns who are working extremely hard: I love you! We’ve got this!)