Take a journey with a disgruntled aging couple revisiting their roots in Southern Appalachia in the new play, Milestones showing at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre June 9-19, 2022. Each twist and turn in the road leads this couple towards forgiveness and healing. Written by Gale Gooch Alexander, and set in the very mountains Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre calls home. We reached out to Milestones actor Jane Hallstrom to find out more about her and her experience working on this production.
What is your favorite line in this show and why?
"Nothing can be restored unless the old veneers are stripped away." This bit of wisdom reveals the necessity for honesty with myself and others if I want to improve or be restored to my true authentic self.
What do you love about working with SART?
The friendliness and the beauty of Mars Hill and the area.
Tell us about your character. What’s your favorite thing about them? What do you love about getting to portray them?
Roz takes what is, adds her creativity, and makes it new and better. I like playing a Kentucky gal. My mother was from a small town fifty miles west of Harlan, KY, where Roz lives. She had a lot of traits like Roz. She came from a poor background, but love and faith enabled her to dig deep and make life fun.
How did you get into theatre?
My parents both liked to act. I took drama classes starting at age 6. I attended NCSA for high school and majored in drama. I felt destined.
What’s your favorite thing to do in the area?
Watch the seasons change.
What about this production are you the most excited about?
Feeling the audience's reactions.
What’s your favorite part about performing?
Being someone else.
Experienced character actor Jane has for years captured audiences in roles ranging from Shakespeare tragedies and comedies, to musicals, contemporary
dramas, to farce. A beloved member of the Asheville, NC theater community she has in recent years expanded her talents and resume to include film and television. Formally trained at the North Carolina and the NYU Schools of the Arts, she keeps her skills current with workshops and classes. Her own parents honeymooned in Asheville in 1946 and Jane is thrilled to be making her SART debut in this heartwarming play about lasting commitment and the strength of family.
Milestones is showing at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre June 9-19, 2022. Grab your tickets here: https://www.sartplays.com/milestones