The King & I Actor Spotlight – Liza Patrick

0201141400Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

LP: Because I enjoy acting and Haven (Jenkins) encouraged me to experience the excitement of the main stage!

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

LP: 101 Dalmatians, Mulan, Willy Wonka, Aristocats, and numerous Penland Theatre Camp plays and school plays.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

LP: I go to school at South Toe Elementary. I take voice lessons weekly, parkway playhouse rehearsals, and student council.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast? Do you do things outside of rehearsals?

LP: Yes, lots of new friends!!  No, not yet.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

LP: Singing, dancing and being with friends!

Q: What is you favorite song from the show?

LP: I Have Dreamed, Getting to Know You, and Hello Young Lovers.

Q: Are There People in Your Life Who Have Never Seen You on Stage?

LP: No

Q: At What Age Did You First Know You Wanted to Act?

LP: 8 years old

Q: What’s the Number One Reason Someone Should See This Show?

LP: It’s an exciting, romantic, and classical play.

Q: If You Could Appear on Stage with any Classical actor or actress who would it be and why?

LP: Marilyn Monroe, because I love her! She’s so amazing and classic!

Q: What is it like to work on a Rodger Hammerstein production? 

LP: It’s a wonderful and exciting experience!

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The King & I Actor Spotlight – Janice Powell

0717141333Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

JP: I have wanted to do community theater
for a while, so when my son needed to try out for a drama project, I took a chance and
auditioned as well.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

JP: The Seven Brides of Dracula, F.A.U.G.H., True Grits (an original play written by Robert Drake as a spoof/spiritual lesson of True Grit), also a performance of my own original monologue of the life of Rahab.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

JP: I am a stay at home mom of 3 wonderful (and rambunctious) boys, two of which are also in this play! I stay rather busy trying to keep the house intact and get them to their youth group meetings, camps, and sports activities as well as keeping up with their schoolwork (not necessarily in that order).

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

JP: I feel I am beginning to make some new friends. Hopefully we will become closer and hang out more after the play.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

JP: Seeing how much fun we can have while getting to know one another and still making sure the play is the best it can be. Multitasking at it’s best!

Q: What is your favorite song from the show?

JP: The Small House of Uncle Thomas, because the dance and song are so full of energy and fun. Also, Anna’s
“Shall I tell you what I think of you?” She does it so well and makes the humor come out to perfection.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

JP: Yes, my best friend Christina, but I don’t know that I could surprise her with anything, she knows me too well.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

JP: Very young, I’ve been full of drama since birth!

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

JP: It is always fun to see new “takes” on a classic. Andrew and Mary-Catherine have done a wonderful job of making it their own.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

JP: Katherine Hepburn, Her energy is so catching!

Q: What is it like to work on a Rogers and Hammerstein production?

JP: Amazing, and so much fun, I like being “on the inside”.

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The King & I Actor Spotlight – Jason Sterling as King

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Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

JS: I missed the stage.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

JS: Nothing in the past 12-13 years.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

JS: Every typical day is different.  I work at the Arthur Morgan School, a small farm and outdoor boarding school where staff and students have classes, repair buildings, cook, clean, garden and milk cows together.  Depending on the day, I might be teaching Algebra or English, shoveling mud out of ditches, or helping cook for several dozen people.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

JS: I’ve met a lot of wonderful people doing this show, and look forward to connecting with them more in the future.  I haven’t spent time outside of rehearsal with folks, which is more a consequence of busy schedules than anything else.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

JS: All of them.  This has been a wonderful cast and crew to work with.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

JS: I say, “Who? Who? Who?” a few times.  I cracks me up, because I have to be so serious, and I always feel like an barred owl.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

JS: Yes, many of my friends have never seen me perform.  I think their greatest surprise will be me on the stage at all.  I hope it’s a good one.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

JS: When I was in third grade, the school had one of those mandatory performances for all children.  That was my first relationship with theater, as Little Lord Fauntleroy, but it wasn’t until high school that the bug really bit me. 

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

JS: Because it’s The King and I and everyone is doing such strong work on this show.  It will be moving, fun and funny.  I think.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

JS: Is it cliche to say Shakespeare?  He was my focus in college, and I still drool over his skill with words.  I would love to learn how he wanted his work spoken.

Q: What is it like to work on a Rodgers and Hammerstein production?

JS: Big and busy.  Lots of choreography and music.  Fun.

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The King & I Actor Spotlight – Lily Bartleson

IMG_20140711_180915Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

LB: I auditioned for The King & I, because I used to watch it a lot when I was a little girl. It’s like reliving my childhood, but I’m not a child and I’m in the story this time.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

LB: The shows people might have seen before vary from 9 to 5 and Outlander to Peter Pan and Forever Plaid.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

LB: During the school year, I attended Mountain Heritage High School. I graduated this year and will be attending Brevard College in the fall, with the expected major of Theater Studies. I am an Intern this summer with Parkway Playhouse.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast? Do you do things together outside of rehearsals?

LB: I have met new friends in this cast, but for the most part I have worked with these cast members in past shows.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

LB: My favorite moment during rehearsals is when everyone is off script and the actors begin to focus on the character they’re portraying and not just the lines and cues. Another favorite moment of mine is when we’re on a break and I get to learn and hang out with coworkers.

Q: What is your favorite line from the show?

LB: “It is a FALSE LIE!” That is definitely one of my favorite lines of this show. The king tries very hard to get his point across and he does a good job, but how he uses his words sometimes is funny.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

LB: My family knows I sing, act, and dance. People have seen me on stage before. Maybe the surprise will be that it’ll be the same ole me.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

LB: I auditioned for The Music Man (Parkway Playhouse) when I was 10 years old. I was destined to be in theater ever since then.

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

LB: One reason you should see this show is that you get to see all age groups, that share the same love and passion, come together and portray a beautiful story.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

LB:  If I could appear on stage with any actor, it would have to be Jim Carrey. The type of character and personality that he is, draws me towards him. He is one of the funniest actors I have watched in movies.

Q: What is it like to work on a Rogers and Hammerstein production?

LB: I have never been involved in a Rodgers & Hammerstein… It’s definitely different.

Q: Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?

LB: I was recently in Mulan Jr., and I can’t wait to be in a show this large, again. I love having a large cast to work with!

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The King & I Actor Spotlight – Myra McCoury as Tuptim

photo (3)Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

MM: I auditioned for The King and I because I love the music. Any time there’s an opportunity to audition for a Rodgers and Hammerstein show, do it! The music is simply, and unbeatably classic.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

MM: Before The King and I, I have been seen as Peter in Parkway’s 2013 production of Peter Pan, as well as Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Aside from many other shows at the playhouse where I have participated as an ensemble member or dancer, I have been seen in the High Country Youth Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker countless times, playing Clara in the 2010 production, and the Dew Drop Fairy in the 2011 production.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

MM: During the school year I attend Appalachian State University where I’m double majoring in English, Secondary education, as well as Theater Education. This summer I spent most of my days in June taking summer classes until rehearsal for the King and I started.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

MM: I knew most everyone involved in the production prior to rehearsal having been in shows with many of them before. I am thrilled that I am able to work with many of these friends again that I don’t normally see during the Fall and Spring.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

MM: My favorite moment of rehearsal hasn’t occurred yet, but it will when we (the ensemble) successfully repeat the King during his chant at the end of Act One.

Q: What is your favorite line or song from the show?

MM: My favorite song from the show has always been Lady Thiang’s song, “Something Wonderful.” Before actually being in this show, one of my favorite songs to listen to on a reel was Julie Andrews singing “Something Wonderful.” It may be just an ad for the King in the context of the show, but it can’t be denied that it was very beautifully written.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

MM: Most everyone in my life has seen me on stage before; however, they are used to seeing me in more comedic or character roles. I am excited for them to see me in different role where I will be singing higher than I have ever sang in my entire life!

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

MM: I first knew I wanted to act when I was in Parkway’s 2005 production of Oliver! I was 10. I have always been found doing impressions and have loved mimicking others. When my mom decided to try out this new outlet for me, it was a definite fit.

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

MM: Families should come and see this show, not only because it’s a classic, but because it brings to Burnsville a drastically different culture, another age, a story where two worlds come together in the making of beautiful music, dance, romance, laughter, and the humbling of a King.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

MM: If I could appear on stage with any classic actor or actresses I would have to make it a three way tie between Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, and Carol Channing. Julie Andrews is basically the Queen of musical theatre, and the two Carols are two of my all time favorite comics, as well as women of Broadway.

Q: What is it like to work on a Rodgers and Hammerstein production?

MM: Rodgers and Hammerstein shows are, in a word, grand. They almost always require a large cast, crew, setting, and orchestra. With all of these aspects, as an actor, it makes me step up my game, challenge myself, and set many more goals to tell the story through the music, dance, and dialogue that was written.

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The King & I Actor Spotlight – Olivia Hughes

DSC_9087 - Version 2Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

OH: Well for one, it was the only show that had lots of kids! And also because I thought it would be really exciting to be a part of a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

OH: My first show was at Parkway, (as were most of the shows I’ve been in), and was The Miracle Worker in 2011. I have also been in Seussical, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol, A Beautiful Star, and 4 Parkway Playhouse junior productions.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

OH: I’m homeschooled so I do school whenever I can! I’m a High School Apprentice at Parkway and I take piano lessons plus I also act in shows here so I’m usually very busy.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

OH: I actually reconnected with a friend I was in Alice in Wonderland with in 2012! I’m very glad we’re in this show together.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

OH: I really enjoy hearing Clara (Anna) and Myra (Tuptim) singing. Their voices are reason enough to come see the show!

Q: What is your favorite line or song from the show?

OH: We Kiss in a Shadow, Hello Young Lovers, and Shall I Tell You What I Think of You. The first one is so beautiful and tragic and the second is hilarious. As for my favorite line, “Give us a kick if you would your majesty. Oh that was good your majesty!” Which is from Shall I Tell You What I Think of You.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

OH: I have an Aunt and Uncle who haven’t seem me act and I think they would be surprised cause I’m usually pretty quiet and reserved, but I really can’t be onstage!

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

OH: When I was 9 my oldest sister started doing things at Parkway. I wasn’t really interested but the next year I decided I would audition for Miracle Worker and I’m so glad I did!

Q: What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

OH: Because why would you pass up an opportunity to see a Rodgers and Hammerstein show? Especially one with this cast!

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

OH: Does Helena Bonham Carter count as a “Classic” actress?

Q: What is it like to work on a Rodgers and Hammerstein production?

OH: Much different from any show I’ve done before. This is probably the most sad play I’ve been in. All of the other shows I’ve done has been Christmas shows or Disney or Seuss, with the exception of Miracle Worker, so I’ve really enjoyed doing something I’m not used to.

Q: Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?

OH: I’m pretty shy! I usually don’t approach strangers myself, but if someone comes up to me, I really enjoy talking and getting to know them.

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The King & I Actor Spotlight – Kyler Honeycutt

photo (2)Q: Why did you audition for The King & I?

KH: I auditioned for The King and I because I was excited about all of the different kinds of music in the play.

Q: What shows might people have seen you in before?

KH: People might have seen me in a show called I Never Saw Another Butterfly directed by Jenny Martin. Which was a really fun play to be in.

Q: What is a typical day like for you?

KH: I really love to read. It’s one of my favorite thing to do and I do it almost on a daily basis. And I will be going to Mountain Heritage High.

Q: Have you met new friends in the cast?

KH: I have a lot of friends in this cast,  including Olivia Hughes, Isabelle Hughes, Jack Weinmeister, Turner Weinmeister and Olivia Morgan.

Q: What has been your favorite moment from rehearsals?

KH: Probably the whole time because we joked around every rehearsal. Sure we listened. But we joked to. There are so many good memories I can’t pick out Just one. Or even a few.

Q: What is your favorite song from the show?

KH: One of my favorite songs in this play is “Getting to Know You” it tells a lot about how Anna has a special bond or connection with the children.

Q: Are there people in your life who have never seen you on stage?

KH: I can’t think of anyone who has never been to one of my plays. But, one thing I think will surprise everyone is that I have never been in a musical before and I can’t dance. So I think my family will be pretty surprised to see me dance and sing on stage.

Q: At what age did you first know you wanted to act?

KH: When I first knew I wanted to act was right in the middle of I Never Saw Another Butterfly. I always knew I liked to act but that was when I became more serious about it.

Q:What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?

KH: The number one reason I think someone should see this production is because it’s very interesting and with some humor here and there.

Q: If you could appear onstage with any classic actor or actress, who would it be and why?

KH: One person that I would like to act with is Adam Sandler, because he is really funny and really well known.

Q: What is it like to work on a Rodgers and Hammerstein production?

KH:  It’s interesting. In a good way. A lot different than anything I’ve ever done before.

Q: Anything else that you’d like people to know about you?

KH:  Some people say I’m funny. But I don’t know. I love doing stuff outdoors such as riding motorcycles with my grandpa, kayaking, jet skiing, going to the lake with my family, swimming, riding four wheelers, and hanging out with my friends.

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