Actor Spotlight: Kai’ana Stella

Kai’anna Stella makes her MainStage debut starring as Young Amélie in Amélie!


PPH: For those who may not know you, tell us a bit about yourself!

Kai: My name is Kai’ana Stella and I am 10 years old. I will be in the 5th grade at Spruce Pine Montessori School. I have been acting at Parkway Playhouse since I was very young and Amélie will be my 15th production. Some of my favorite roles were Private the penguin in Madagascar Jr., Chenille in Junie B. Jones Jr., and The Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland Jr. I play soccer, dance, and play piano. I also have two hermit crabs named Cheeto and Little Bit who have helped though the process (even though they can’t talk). 

PPH: What has been your favorite part of rehearsal?

Kai: My favorite part of the rehearsal has been learning about Amélie (I had no idea what it was about before I started the show) and seeing it come to life. It has been magical to be in this play and so much fun.  

PPH: What do you like about acting at Parkway Playhouse?

Kai: It was very fun to make so many new friends during this show because I barely knew anyone at the beginning of rehearsal. Everyone has been so nice to me during rehearsals. 

PPH: This is your first mainstage show! What are some of the largest differences between rehearsing and performing in a junior show versus a mainstage production?

Kai: The biggest differences between mainstage and Junior (to me) are that mainstage has a lot more show dates and rehearsals are almost every day. Junior also does not go as late each night and it has fewer practices each week.


Catch Kai, and the rest of the talented cast and crew, in Amélie, which runs July 27th-August 10th. Tickets are available through our box office (828-682-4285) which is open Thursdays-Saturdays, or 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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