Annelise Henry returns to the Parkway Playhouse stage for the first time in two years in Amélie!
PPH: You are no stranger to the Parkway Playhouse stage, but for those who might not be familiar with your work, tell us a bit about yourself!
Annelise: My name is Annelise, and I am a recent BFA Musical Theatre graduate of the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University! I have been dancing since my parents put me in my first ballet class at the age of five, and I found my passion for singing and acting when I auditioned for my first ever musical, Annie, at the age of six (fun fact: I actually didn’t get cast at all, but that obviously didn’t stop me)! I also am an avid health and wellness guru and am working on becoming a certified group fitness teacher. You may have seen me as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie & Clyde two years ago, which was my first time performing at Parkway and I loved every second of it. There is something so special about performing at Parkway and in these beautiful mountains that always leaves my heart full to the brim! I also have performed at Connecticut Repertory Theatre in Jesus Christ Superstar, Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in their productions of The Bridges of Madison County, Legally Blonde, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as many collegiate productions such as Beauty and the Beast, Spring Awakening, Company, Hair, and Cabaret.
PPH: Are you acting with any old pals (or new acquaintances)? How has that been?
Annelise: I am acting in this show with SO many old pals that are so near and dear to my heart. That is a large part of why I have enjoyed this process so much! This is my fourth show with Dwight and Christine, and it is always a joy and privilege to be working with their talent and brilliance. I also am working with some friends from school, Hunter and Dylan, who are always a ton of fun! I also have become great friends with Burnsville’s choreographer extraordinaire, Collin Eten, who is just SO much fun and a joy to work with (This is also a formal and public apology to Dwight and Shari for us laughing and joking during 97% of the time during rehearsals). Those are just a few specific names, but truly everyone in this cast is SO much fun and their talent blows me away. I always leave at the end of the night so amazed at what this ensemble brings to the table and how I get to be even just a small part of it.
Annelise: I play Georgette, Sylvie, and Colignon’s Mother and all three of them are SO different. It’s so much fun to play all of them and switch between their different personalities so quickly on and off the stage. The majority of the play, I am Georgette, who is definitely my kindred spirit deep down. She is spastic, random, silly, but so lovable and sweet. Her intentions always come from a heart of gold, and is just the sweetest gal you’ll ever meet. She’s like your crazy cousin that you only see on holidays but can’t help but love so much. Also, her costume is the BEST (specifically the fanny pack). Sylvie, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. She is grounded and doesn’t care about a single thing. She is laid back, cool, and collected- the complete opposite of me! My favorite part about playing her is definitely the sunglasses I get to wear. Colignon’s Mother I only play for a moment, but she is just the funniest old lady you’ll ever met. I love playing her, even if it is only shortly!