Teacher Spotlight: Courtney Malone

Registration is now open for our 2022/2023 Junior Classes! We reached out to Rising Stars teacher Courtney Malone to find out more about her and what students will learn in this class! 

What will students walk away from this class knowing?

In Rising Stars, students will know basic stage directions and theater “lingo.”  They will work on becoming comfortable and confident with movement and sound and bring out all their inner creativity.

What’s your favorite thing about working with Parkway Playhouse?

I love the atmosphere of the Playhouse.  It is such a beautiful building filled with life and energy.  I love watching kids learn and grow and fall in love with theater. 

What’s so special about this class? 

Our little rising starts will get a chance to start their theater experience early and learn about all the aspects of theater life preparing them for classes and shows at Parkway.

What should students expect to do in this class?  

Students will explore the theater and play games to learn all the terminology used when in a production.  There will be a lot of movement and activities to keep them engaged and interested.  Students should wear comfortable clothing and bring water.  

Tell us about yourself!

I first stepped onto a stage for the first when I was 13 years old.  I was cast as Charlie Brown in the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  I have a degree in Music performance and education and I have been teaching for 25 years.  In 2004, I took a break from teaching in the public school system and opened a private music school, teaching piano, voice, cello and violin.  In 2009, I built a studio and and outdoor stage and opened a children’s theater and summer camp.  I spent the next 10 years directing, producing and choreographing musical theater with children aged 4 to 18. In 2014, I closed down my theater in Florida and moved with my daughter to Burnsville, NC.  I am currently the middle school chorus teacher in Yancey County.  I was the musical director for “Oliver!” at Parkway a few years ago and recently, I was the musical director of “Addams Family, Jr.” 

My acting credits include, Guinevere in CAMELOT, Evie, Anya, Isle, and Ginnie, in STOP THE WORLD, a wicked step sister in CINDERELLA and ensemble in Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Her directing credits include, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, How to Eat Like a Child, Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, Peter Pan, Grease, and Addams Family, Jr. I have tons of energy and I put all of it into my teaching.  I cannot think of anything better than spending my days singing and acting with children.

Our youngest group of actors will spend time learning the best way they know how–through play in our Rising Stars class! Students will work on basic stage terminology, confidence, teamwork, and creative movement through games and activities. Find out more and register here: https://parkwayplayhouse.com/education/parkway-playhouse-junior/ 


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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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