Director Spotlight: Tabitha Judy

Thank goodness Tabitha Judy has a sense of humor! We’re thrilled she’s taken a “stab” at directing at Parkway Playhouse this season.  

AirBrush_20180609174616PP:  As a director do you have to push these actors, or is it more like reining them in… What’s it been like working with Strother, Dwight, and Graham?

Tabitha:  Reining in, definitely. And it’s like herding cats, and don’t mistake me I love cats and they are so fun… But these three could go down a comedy wormhole at any moment.

PP:  This is the first show you’ve directed here, isn’t it? How has that experience been?

Tabitha:  Yes! And it’s been fabulous. I’m used to having to organize and produce everything in my program at school, so just asking and receiving has been like heaven!

PP:  What made you interested in directing this show?

Tabitha:  I reread the script and saw guys I knew having a blast doing it!

PP:  What are some of the other shows you’ve been involved with recently and how does this compare with them?

Tabitha:  I usually direct students [at Pisgah High School] (who can also be like cats, but in a less productive manner). My most recent acting gigs were in some dark places. One as a mother who traumatizes her daughters because she was damaged as a young woman and the other as a mother who has no choices in her life and can only do her best to protect her children. This show is a very welcome change of pace.

PP:  What do you think audiences will like about the show?

Tabitha:  Hopefully, lots. There is something in there to make everyone laugh, so I think it might be different depending on the person and their familiarity with Shakespeare. Plus there are so many subtle things the boys are doing all the time. I still catch new things every night.

PP:  Do you have a favorite scene in the show?

Tabitha:  Ophelia’s deaths is definitely one of them. But there are many others
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PP:  Hey!  That’s you at the actual Globe Theatre!  Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play? or line? or soliloquy? 

Tabitha:  I’ve taught too much Shakespeare to have a single favorite anymore. It depends on my mood as to what speaks to me.

PP:  Favorite rehearsal moment?

Tabitha:  It was all so much fun! These guys are too funny!

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Get TICKETS by calling the box office at 828.682.4285 or purchasing ONLINE.

Friday, September 28 at 7:30
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30
Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 (followed by back-talking actors)
Friday, October 5 at 7:30
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30

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Chocolate Sensation: A Season Celebration


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Our 72nd Parkway Playhouse season has almost ended and it’s time to celebrate!

Gala Dancing 1Kick up your heels, get ready to party, and bring your sweet tooth to our 2nd Annual Chocolate Sensation and Season Celebration on Friday, October 12 from 6:30 to 8:30.

We invite you to spend a decadent evening with staff and board members.  The evening will feature entertainment by the young, up and coming Mary Poppins, Jr actors, the announcement of our 2019 Season, silent & live auctions, and dancing to music by The Bob Early Band.


Gala SteveRaise your glass to the arts!
 Join us in recognizing the benefit the arts play in entertaining our community, educating our youth, and providing rewarding theatre opportunities for all ages.  Mostly, though, kick up your heels and have some fun dancing in Burnsville!

RSVP if you plan to attend, so we’re sure to have enough food and drink for everyone.  Just click here and then click Yes, call (828) 682-4285 or email rsvp@parkwayplayhouse.com to let us know you’re coming.

Suggested $25 donation per person. We will accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards at the Welcome Table on the evening of the event.

THANKS TO:

Gala Bob Early BandAppalachian Java
The Bob Early Band (pictured)
The Burnsville Town Center
Burnsville Donut Company
Carolina Mountain Realty
Edward Jones
Flowers by Vance
Fox Hill Meadery
Garden Deli & Snap Dragon
Go Grocery Outlet
Ingles Supermarket
Jill’s Hairport
Main Street Shoes
Meandering Photography
Mountain Community Health Partnership
Pig & Grits
Something Special & Monkey Business
White Falls Catering

And thanks to all our supporters—actors, volunteers, donors, families, friends…and our community.

We wouldn’t have been here for seven decades without your help.

Gala Folks


Upcoming Parkway Playhouse Events:

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Get TICKETS by calling the box office at 828.682.4285 or purchasing ONLINE.

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 (followed by the usual Opening Night reception)
Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 (followed by an actor talk-back)
Friday, September 28 at 7:30
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30
Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 (followed by back-talking actors)
Friday, October 5 at 7:30
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30

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Actor Spotlight: Strother Stingley

Strother Stingley makes his second Mainstage appearance this season! And we get sense from this cast they’re each trying out out-funny the next…strother punch

PP:  You each have to play countless roles in this play, but you also have a character “type” if you will… What is your stage character like?

Strother: Awkward but enthusiastic

PP:  What is your favorite Shakespeare play?

Strother:  CATS

PP:  What is your dream Shakespeare role?

Strother:  Falstaff, if I’m being honest

PP:  What color tights do you wear?

Strother:  Mustard.

PP:  We understand there is a fair amount of improv in the show?  Is that a stretch for you or is it in your wheelhouse?

Strother:  Given a framework to to operate in, but creative license to improvise, is one of my favorite places to be.

PP:  Do you think this play makes Shakespeare roll over in his grave?

Strother:  I bet he, given an understanding of modern times and his works’ impact on society, would ******* love it (when done well).

PP:  We suspect that watching rehearsals (and “outtakes”) might be as entertaining as the final product. Are you able keep straight faces?

Strother: We crack during rehearsals so that we don’t during performances.
                                In theory.

PP:  Best rehearsal moment? 

Strother:  When the director actually laughs (tough crowd… fair, but tough)

PP:  Which Shakespeare play do you think gets mocked the most in the show?

Strother:  Die Hard

PP:  Do you have a favorite prop?

Strother:  Yes.

PP:  I guess we’ll just have to see the show to see if we can tell which is your favorite.  One more question: After Dial M for Murder  and now The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised], back-to-back Parkway Playhouse performances, will you experience Burnsville withdrawal?

Strother:  I always do. Since playing Marcellus in The Music Man all those years ago.  And Lazar Wolf in Fiddler, Marasczek in She Loves Me, Alfie Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Friar Tuck in Robin Hood.
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Don’t you miss the chance to see the always-funny and charming Strother!

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Get TICKETS by calling the box office at 828.682.4285 or purchasing ONLINE.

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 (followed by the usual Opening Night reception)
Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 (followed by an actor talk-back)
Friday, September 28 at 7:30
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30
Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 (followed by back-talking actors)
Friday, October 5 at 7:30
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30

 

Upcoming Parkway Playhouse Events:

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GTH Oct 2018 FB Event

2018 Murder Mystery Moonshine square

 

Actor Spotlight: Graham Livengood

If ever there was an actor to answer the spotlight questions unpredictably… it’s Graham.

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PP:  We suspect that watching rehearsals (and “outtakes”) might be as entertaining as the final product. Are you able keep straight faces?

Graham: No, not even a little bit. It’s been so much fun working with two really funny guys and a very funny director. We’ve been able to play a lot with this show, so straight faces lets you know your scene needs more work.

PP:  Best rehearsal moment?

Graham:  See above. We didn’t have a single rehearsal that wasn’t stopped for some giggles.

PP:  You have to play countless roles in this play, but you also have a character “type” if you will… What is your stage character like?

Graham:  A friend who has done this show a few times broke down the three characters: the one who knows Shakespeare, the one that dies, and the one who wears all the dresses. I’m the one who dies. And my character is excited, but clueless.

PP:  What is your dream Shakespeare role?

Graham: Audience member. Unless it’s translated into contemporary English–them words is hard.

PP:  Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play?

Graham:  My favorite would be Twelfth Night. I think it’s one of the few comedies that’s actually funny and it’s made for some really great adaptations. Seriously, “She’s the Man” is way better than you think.

PP:  So, how would you characterize your “relationship” with Shakespeare?

Graham:  I’d say my relationship with Shakespeare is complicated. I still love him, but we’ve really grown apart as time has gone on.

PP:  What color tights do you wear? Did you get to pick them yourself? Any codpieces?

Graham:  I’m in blue shorts and green tights. Fun fact about cod pieces (which had just fallen out fashion as Shakespeare became known): the stuffing that went into a codpiece was called bombast.

PP:  We understand there is a fair amount of improv in the show?  Is that a stretch for you?

Graham:  I may or may not have done some improv before. A little bit.

PP:  Do you think this play makes Shakespeare roll over in his grave?

This question assumes that Shakespeare is, in fact, dead. I think that’s just a little bit presumptuous.

PP:  Do you have a favorite prop?

Graham:  My hat for the nurse in Romeo and Juliet is very close to my heart. It reminds me of a favorite movie from my childhood. See if you can figure out which one when you see the show.

PP:  You’ve gotten a new job (in Yancey County!) and had a kid (!) since the last time you appeared on stage here… How have those changes affected rehearsals?

Graham:  I also bought a house. Adulting is hard. But somehow I have time to write and direct “Murder in the Moonshine” a murder mystery experience to benefit Parkway Playhouse at the NuWray Inn. Get tickets from the Nu Wray for late October, we’ve sold out for the past two years. 2018 Murder Mystery Moonshine square

See you at a Parkway Playhouse event soon!

Upcoming Events at Parkway Playhouse:

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Get TICKETS by calling the box office at 828.682.4285 or purchasing ONLINE.

Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 (followed by the usual Opening Night reception)
Sunday, September 23 at 3:00 (followed by an actor talk-back)
Friday, September 28 at 7:30
Saturday, September 29 at 7:30
Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 (followed by back-talking actors)
Friday, October 5 at 7:30
Saturday, October 6 at 7:30

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GTH Oct 2018 FB Event

2018 Murder Mystery Moonshine square

 

 

 

Seek & Find

Study these pictures carefully and look for the hidden costs of running an educational theater.  Every season, Parkway Playhouse provides the community with engaging theatrical productions and young people receive life-changing educational experiences. There are several ways that the cost to provide these experiences are met since memberships and ticket prices do not cover all of our expenses.  Please seek and find some of these additional costs and consider making a donation this summer to support our work.  We will put it to good use for the items below and many more in the season to come.

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A – Cool air and hot stage lights: the air conditioning units are fantastic.They make being in and watching a play much more comfortable. We have older stage lights which generating a great deal of heat. Combined we often have power bills around $600 per month.

B – Assistant in the scene shop: on-going, skilled scene shop help is critical. Right now, there are many weeks where the great Bruce Chuvala is on his own. $5,000 per season.

C – Director of outreach and education: with the conservatory program, Parkway Players, touring productions and other outreach, we are in need of someone to provide skilled guidance throughout the year. This will allow us to reach more people, young and old, and provide the actors with a trained mentor. $10,000 per year.

D – Royalties for all plays: we have to pay for the rights to perform the plays for each season as well as for our camps and conservatory productions.  $28,000 per year.

E – Set construction materials for one play: $500.

F – Intern/Apprentice program: instructional costs for the training the next generation of theater artists and technicians or just building self-esteem and team building skills: $6,000 per year

These are just some of the hidden costs that need your support. Recurring donations are a great way to support our work. Follow the link to learn how to create a recurring donation or simply email me and I will help you set it up: Jeff at jbachar@parkwayplayhouse.com

Personally, I’ve found monthly donations to be an affordable way to give to organizations while staying within my budget. Monthly donations are helpful to Parkway Playhouse as well, since they provide a consistent source of income throughout the year and we can be more efficient with our resources. Checks are also welcome.  

Whatever method of giving is most convenient for you is what matters. Your summer support is greatly appreciated and I hope to see you at the theater soon for Dial M For Murder and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised].   

Sincerely,
      Jeff Bachar, Executive Director

Actor Spotlight: Luke Haynes

You will soon think of him as the notorious Tony Wendice.

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PP:  Your last Parkway show was the musical Bonnie & Clyde… Which do you prefer? Musicals or straight plays?

Luke:  I love singing. Its a huge passion of mine, but there is something about diving into a straight play and playing with a real meaty subject. It gets me excited about tone, story telling, and overall feel. So, I would say I prefer musicals but I am fascinated by this show and my character.  

PP: Tell us a little bit about your character. What about them captures your attention? or What about them do you find a challenge to portray?

Luke:  Tony Wendice is driven and cunning but also obsessive and manipulative. Every detail mapped out, and every move calculated. The challenge is that Tony has an agenda to push, and what decisions and reveals does he make to the other characters force that narrative on them. This challenge has been a great deal of fun to play around with.

PP:  Do you have a favorite scene in this show? Why is it your favorite?

Luke:  Scene 2. It allows me, as an actor, to really stretch the proverbial acting muscle and I believe that Mike Yow and I get to play this really fun game of cat and mouse.

dial m promo photo1PP:  How have Michael’s directorial prompting brought new energy to the show?

Luke:  Discoveries all the time. Every rehearsal, I am learning new motivations and adding new variables.

So, be a part of new variables by being an audience member opening weekend… and watch the motivations unravel before your eyes.


You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

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Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm

What Audiences Are Saying…

about Dial M for Murder after opening weekend…

“The buildup was wonderful and the 2nd Act was just amazing to pull off!  The Inspector was outstanding… with intrigue.”    ~ Gay Teel

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“I thought it was done very well.  Everything flowed very nicely.”  ~Anon

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“I think the natural organic interaction between the characters was very well done.”  ~ Jennifer Williams

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You can purchase tickets online HERE, or by calling the Box Office at 828.682.4285

 

dial M for wkyk
Saturday, August 25 at 7:30pm  (opening night party)
Sunday, August 26 at 3:00pm (plus Q&A after the show)
      Friday, August 31 at 7:30pm
      Saturday, September 1 at 7:30pm
      Sunday, September 2 at 3:00pm  (plus Q&A after the show)
Friday, September 7 at 7:30pm
Saturday, September 8 at 7:30pm