AW: I love musicals. Period.
JW: Forced family fun.
TW: My mom wanted me to.
Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?
AW: At Parkway, I’ve appeared in 9-5, Peter Pan, and Sherlock Holmes: The Curse of the Bloody Heart. I’ve also danced with High Country Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker for the past three years.
JW: Alice in Wonderland, I Never Saw Another Butterfly
TW: The Nutcracker, Christmas pageants, and Alice in Wonderland
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
AW: I work as environmental educator part-time at the Orchard at Altapass. I also volunteer in Yancy County schools and serve on various non-profit boards, including Parkway Playhouse.
JW: I go to school at East Yancey Middle.
TW: I usually go to school, play with friends, or just chill.
Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?
AW: I am always thrilled to meet new folks in the cast, some who live in town and some I keep track of through Facebook.
JW: I have seen older friends, but not met new ones.
TW: I’ve met new friends, but I haven’t done anything with them in the outside world.
Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?
AW: Learning choreography is usually my favorite. I have yet to watch my sons in their roles.
JW: Getting to have fun with the cast.
TW: Meeting new people.
Q: What is your favorite line or song from the show?
AW: When Tuptim pronounces “O-hi-o” (the state) as “Oh-hee-oh” as she retells Uncle Tom’s Cabin is my favorite line, because it’s clearly a laugh/gaff line underscoring how we all convolute one another’s languages and cultures.
JW: The line I like most is when the King continues to say “Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.”
TW: I Whistle a Happy Tune, because it’s such a fun song to sing.
Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage? What do you think will surprise them?
AW: Possibly, yes, I’m sure. Nothing would surprise them though.
JW: I think the people who haven’t seen me on stage will be very surprised by the mood of the play.
TW: Yes, and I think they have never seen me do a big act like this.
Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?
AW: Freshman year in high school, although we’d (my friends, sisters, and I) been putting on “summer stock” neighborhood plays throughout my childhood.
JW: I was about 9 when I first wanted to start acting.
TW: I think it was 6.
Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?
AW: The folks at Parkway excel at big musical productions. They’re always fun!
JW: It is a funny and eventful play.
TW: Everyone has worked so hard, and they would love the play.
Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?
AW: Sir Ian McKellen is just an amazing actor, multifaceted, rich. I also am a Meryl Streep fan because she can play anyone.
JW: I would like to work with Harrison Ford because I’ve been watching his movies since I was little.
TW: Harrison Ford, because he is an AWESOME actor and he would be a lot of fun to work with.
Q: What is it like to work on a Rodgers and Hammerstein production?
AW: R&H make profound commentary on social, cultural, and race/gender issues while completely entertaining the audience.
JW: It’s pretty hard but still fun all the same.
TW: It’s great! Challenging, but GREAT!
Q: Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?
AW: I met Bono in 1987. I’d just been in a car accident, and my face was all cut up. When I told him I was in a “wreck” (because he asked what happened to my face), he asked “What’s a wreck?” I taught Bono a new word.
JW: No, not really.
TW: No thank you!