Parkway Playhouse Junior Triumphs at JTF

On Friday, January 18th, the cast of Mary Poppins Jr, four members of the creative team, and about a dozen chaperones/parents headed to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2019 Junior Theater Festival.

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The kids, as well as the adults, had a marvelous weekend, jam packed with wonderful concerts, workshops, and other various theatrical events. Those in attendance were treated to live performances by Broadway performers such as : Cynthia Erivo, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Robert Lopez, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Cassie Levy, Ryan McCarten, Taylor Iman Jones, Luca Padovan, and Isabella Russo.

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A large part of the Junior Theater Festival is the adjudication of each group in attendance. Every theater group/troupe who takes part in JTF bring 15 minutes of a junior show they have produced within the year, and performs the selection in front of a panel of judges. The groups are graded on music, acting, dancing, ensemble, and many other categories. Parkway Playhouse Junior took 15 minutes of Mary Poppins Jr. which was performed at Parkway Playhouse last November.

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At the Freddie G. Award Ceremony, Parkway Playhouse Junior received the “Excellence in Music” award (for the first time in Parkway’s history), and also received the award for “Best Individual Performance by a Male” for Aaron Neighbors, who played the Chairman.

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The weekend could not have been more successful! The students, directors, and even the parents have been raving about the trip. We are very excited to attend once again in 2020.

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A Killer Investment (Murder Mystery)

You received a cryptic message from your financial adviser, Felix Venture, inviting you to a special investors’ dinner at the Nu Wray Inn. His invitation said that he’d reveal the most amazing opportunity that he’s ever seen in all his years of investing. Of course you were interested, because you’ve got a lot of money tied up with Felix. At the dinner, what Felix had to say was truly incredible. So incredible, it got someone killed! Now time is running out for you and the other guests to decipher interactive clues and solve puzzles to catch the killer and discover a valuable treasure.

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If this sounds a bit like a Murder Mystery Escape room, you’ve already figured out the first clue. “Kristen and I realized that you can’t have an escape room with 30 or 40-odd people at the same time,”  said creator Graham Livengood.  “But you can use elements from an escape room in a guided murder mystery environment, which is what we’re trying. This murder mystery will utilize the sequential puzzle style of escape rooms while the actors will heighten the tension by establishing and reinforcing a deadline.”

So, even if you’ve done a murder mystery dinner at the Nu Wray before, this one is a different story!

Some of the details remain the same, though:

  • You must have tickets IN ADVANCE
  • To get tickets call the Nu Wray Inn at (828) 682-2329
  • Also the NuWray Inn has a special overnight package for those traveling from out of town (or for those in town who want to make a special evening out of the event)… $250 plus tax which includes 1 night overnight accommodations, 2 tickets to the Murder Mystery Dinner, one bottle of wine, 2 NuWray Inn wine glasses, and 1 NuWray Inn postcard.

 


If you’re looking for a good Valentine’s Day gift you can easily purchase right now with just a few clicks of your mouse, consider giving future dates with a 2019 Season Flex Pass.

Also — 2019 Mainstage Season Auditions are coming up on February 16 & 17.

JTF 2019 Checklist!

The 2019 Junior Theater Festival is quickly approaching! The festival will take place January 18th-20th, and will showcase the efforts of various theatre groups across the world. Parkway Playhouse Junior will be taking 15 minutes of Mary Poppins Jr. To make sure everyone has everything in order, we created a JTF Checklist for all of the students (and parents) who will be attending!

  • Download the JTF app! It is currently live and contains your group’s schedules and all information regarding JTF at your fingertips!

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  • Attend the Pasek and Paul concert on Sunday at 8pm! This will be an amazing evening with even better music! 

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  • Familiarize yourself with the Cobb Galleria Centre and the Waverly Renaissance Hotel when you arrive.

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  • Organize an “in case of emergency” meet up location and share that location with everyone in your group. Make sure that the emergency contacts you provided are always available by cell phone.

  • Wear shoes at ALL times! Shoes must be worn during your adjudicated performance as well as before, and after you perform.

  • Drink lots of water! It is very important to stay hydrated throughout the weekend!

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  • Wear all black pants, all black, flat, comfortable shoes, and either your production t-shirt (for adjudication) or your official Junior Theater Festival t-shirt (all times except adjudication).

  • Have a nice clean face for adjudication. Wear only natural makeup (if you wish).

  • Make sure hair is out of your face and secure so it will not go crazy during adjudication performance.

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  • Be a respectful audience member! Focus on the performance, and react appropriately. Applaud after each group has finished!

 

  • Treat the other groups as friends. Let them know what you enjoyed about their performance in an appropriate manner.

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  • Listen to the adjudicator’s advice, and take in all of the information you can. Their tips are very useful!

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  • Have a blast!

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For more information on all things JTF, visit http://juniortheaterfestival.com/

Auditions for 2019 – Feb 16 & 17

Parkway Playhouse is a community theatre PLUS. We welcome semi-professional and professional actors of all ages. Also, we encourage the talents of those who use theatre as an outlet for creative energies.

Parkway Playhouse will be holding auditions for the 2019 Mainstage stage season February 16th (10:00am-4pm) and Febrary 17th 1:00pm-5:00pm) on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be held at the Mountain Heritage Center (113 Green Mountain Drive, across from Parkway Playhouse theatre building).

More general information can be found on OUR AUDITION WEBPAGE.  Below you can find a brief listing of what we’re casting this summer.

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Performances Dates: May 4-18  —-  First Rehearsal: April 7

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS:  5 men, 4 women, and young cloggers

Bascom Lamar Lunsford: late sixties, musician, lawyer, storyteller
Ethan: 16, a young man in search of music
Nancy: a middle-aged musician/singer and likely a distant relative
Alma: (middle age) a singer/musician and long-time family friend
Worley: (middle age) a singer/musician – married to Alma
Sarah: 17, a pretty brunette
Lynetta: 17, a golden haired girl with a voice to match
Anthony: a musician
Kenny: Fiddle Player
Young Cloggers: (kids to teens)

AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and have a  headshot/resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script. An actor able to play an instrument (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo), should bring it and be prepared to play. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE.

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Performance Date: June 1-15 — First Rehearsal: May 5

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS:  5 women

Sheree: the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader
Dinah: the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. Her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life.
Lexie: pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again.
Vernadette: self-deprecating and acerbic, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos.
Jeri Neal: sweet, eager-to-please, experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise.

AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and have a headshot & resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE.

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Performance Dates: June 29-July 13 — First Rehearsal: May 19

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 5 men, 6 women

Montague “Monty” Navarro (male) Handsome, clever, charismatic, vulnerable and endearing. Discovers he is in line to become the Earl of Highhurst, and intends to kill off the family that stands in his way.

Miss Shingle (female) Monty’s unexpected visitor.

Sibella Hallward (female) The girl Monty loves.

Phoebe D’Ysquith (female) Monty’s cousin.

The D’Ysquith Family (male)
*Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr., a dandy
*Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Eighth Earl of Highhurst
*Reverend Lord Ezekiel D’Ysquith, a clergyman
*Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Sr., an elderly banker
*Henry D’Ysquith, a country squire
*Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith, a benefactress
*Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith, a bodybuilder
*Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey, an actress
*Chauncey D’Ysquith, a janitor
* These roles all played by one actor

WOMAN #1 Mourner; Tour Guide; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Pub Owner’s Wife; Mrs. Pebworth; Phoebe’s Maid; 3rd Newsboy; Tailor; Selina Chard (Servant); Flower Girl

WOMAN #2 Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Bridesmaid; Mrs. Hetherington; 4th Newsboy; Tailor; Lady Eugenia D’Qsquith; Flower Girl

WOMAN #3 Mourner; Sibella’s Maid; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Miss Evangeline Barley; Bridesmaid; Miss Hayes; Tailor; Hilda (Servant); Flower Girl

MAN #1 Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 2nd Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Tom Copley; Dr. Brownlee; 1st Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 3rd Actor; Ancestral Bust; Walter (Servant); Dr. Pettibone (Medical Examiner); Prison Guard

MAN #2 Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; 1st Clerk; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Owner; Mr. Cross; 2nd Newsboy; Weight Lifter; 1st Actor; Lord Asquith’s Physician; Ancestral Bust; Mr. Waters (Servant); Chief Inspector Pinckney

MAN #3 Mourner; Tourist; Ancestral Portrait; Skater; Tailor; Groomsman; Pub Patron; Henry’s Employee; Mr. Goodsall; 2nd Actor; Alfred Gorby (Butler); Lord High Steward (voiceover); Magistrate

AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and 16-bars of a song and have a headshot/resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script and participate in a dance audition. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE.

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Performance Dates: July 27 – August 12 — First Rehearsal: June 17

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS:  7 men, 5 women, 1 girl

YOUNG AMÉLIE POULAIN – 8 or 9; highly imaginative; sees her way through most difficulties; independent-minded in childhood and beyond.

RAPHAEL POULAIN – Amélie’s father, a clinical Army physicial; orderly, sees the worst in things; finds his daughter incomprehensible.

AMANDINE POULAIN – Amélie’s mother, a neurotic teacher, sees eye to eye with her husband.

FLUFFY POULAIN – a goldfish; Young Amélie’s best friend.

BELGIAN TOURIST

AMÉLIE POULAIN
– early 20’s; still imaginative, still sees the best in things, still independent, but her independence might be growing into a more permanent state of isolation.

BLIND BEGGAR – dyspeptic.

SUZANNE SACRIPANT – owner of Two Windmills Café, one leg shorter than the other.

GINA WELLS – waitress at Two Windmills; a young widow.

GEORGETTE CORNUEL – hypochondriacal taboccanist at Two Windmills.

PHILOMENE de NOIRPOIS – airline hostess, a habitué of Two Windmills, frequently away.

HIPOLITO JEUNET – unpublished writer, habitué of Two Windmills.

JOSEPH COTTARD – Gina’s misogynistic ex-lover, a plumber, habitué of Two Windmills.

LUCIEN VILLEPARISIS – a child-like employee of the local grocery.

COLLIGNON – local grocer.

NINO QUINCAMPOIX – a loner and artist; unconventional good looks; independent, private.

COLLIGNON’S MOTHER

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JULIEN DUFAYEL – elderly recluse with degenerative bone disease.

BRETODEAU – middle-aged man with regrets.

ELTON JOHN – super star.

GARDEN GNOME – cast in plaster, knee-high, heavy.

SYLVIE LEGRANDIN – sex shop worker.

ADRIEN WELLS – Gina’s dead husband.

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ENSEMBLE – PARISIANS, PEDDLERS, CUSTOMERS AT THE TWO WINDMILLS CAFÉ, CUSTOMERS AT THE SEX SHOP, NEWS ANCHORS, REPORTERS etc.

AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and 16-bars of a song and have a headshot/resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script and participate in a dance audition. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE.

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Performance Dates: August 24 – September 7 — First Rehearsal: July 28

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS:  2 men, 4 women

Erik Blake: sixty. A middle class Irish Catholic, practical to a fault and very set in his ways. He has sacrificed a great deal over the years in order to provide a good life for his family, but his recent confession has upset the comfortable world he knows. He is trying desperately to reconnect with his wife and cling to his increasingly distant daughters.

Deirdre Blake: sixty-one. Erik’s loyal wife, devoted mother to Brigid and Aimee. With silent strength, she clings wholeheartedly to traditions, familial duty, and the Catholic faith. The institution of marriage is sacred to her; she very much wishes her family shared this sentiment.

Aimee Blake: thirty-four. Erik and Deirdre’s eldest daughter. Both self-conscious and self-deprecating, her career as a lawyer once held great promise. Now, her physical and emotional health both suffer. She is deeply, quietly sad and in intense pain following a breakup from her long-term girlfriend.

Brigid Blake: twenty-six. The younger daughter of the Blake clan, well-meaning but often impractical and dreamy. She has recently moved in with Richard and turned her back on Catholicism, much to the chagrin of her parents. She is half-heartedly pursuing a career in music and attempting to live out her perception of a sophisticated adult  lifestyle.

“Momo” Blake: seventy-nine. Erik’s mother, grandmother to Brigid and Aimee. Has been afflicted with dementia. For the most part, she remains passive and disconnected but has episodes where she becomes manic and aggressive.

Richard Saad: Brigid’s boyfriend, thirty-eight. A worldly wise graduate student, Richard comes from a wealthy family and has never wanted for anything. Despite their age difference, he truly loves Brigid and yearns to be accepted by her family.

AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and have a headshot & resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE.

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Performance Dates: September 21-October 5 — First Rehearsal: August 25

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS: 14 men, 11 women

John: Witch Boy (age range: 18-30) in love with Barbara Allen, a human. He should be able to play 18 years old. The role is very physical and actor should be able to portray differences in mortality and immortality through physical movement. Sort of an Appalachian “Edward” from the Twilight series.

Conjur Man: (age range: 30-102) He is an old mountain man who lives in both the mortal and immortal worlds. He is strange and wise; the role can be funny as well as haunting. A country-Yoda so to speak.

Dark Witch: (age range: 18-30) one of the witches that make up John’s “family.” Should be able to move well! Animal/surreal-like movements will be choreographed to suggest “otherworldly-ness.”

Fair Witch: (age range: 18-30) one of the witches that make up John’s “family.” Should be able to move well! Animal/surreal-like movements will be choreographed to suggest “otherworldly-ness.”

Conjur Woman: (age range 30-102) a female counterpart to the Conjur Man, earthy and homespun, but a little more mischievous and wicked. She walks more on the side of “black magic.”

Hank Gudger: (age range: 18-25) Actor must be able to play at least 18. He is an innocent youth in town who has a secret romance. He should be simple, likeable and genuine.

Edna Summey: (age range: 18-30) Actress must be able to portray 18. She would be a bully if anyone actually paid her any attention. She is the bitter rival of Barbara Allen. Even though she is very judgmental of Barbara’s less than stellar morality, it turns out her moral compass is also off.

Mr. Summey: (age range: 40+) Father to Edna, Barbara Allen’s rival, and married to Mrs. Summey, the local midwife. He is also the owner of the General Store. His family is sort of always in competition with the Allen’s, but in a way the relationship reminds us of the Olsen’s and the Ingalls’ in “Little House of the Prairie.” Mr. Summey, much like Mr. Olsen,
is not immune to a healthy competition but often embarrassed by his wife and daughter’s overt distaste of the Allen family.

Mrs. Summey: (age range: 40+) She is the local midwife, mother to Edna, Barbara Allen’s rival, and married to Mr. Summey, the owner of the local grocery store. Her family is sort of always in competition with the Allen’s, but in a way the relationship reminds me of the Olsens and the Ingalls in “Little House of the Prairie.” With Mrs. Summey, much like
Mrs. Olsen, often going out of her way to be ‘above’ fighting with the Allen family, though one senses that the “lady doth protest too much.”

Miss Metcalf: (age 30+) She is the local spinster. She is described as pretty. And while the script doesn’t specify her profession, one pictures her as the local school teacher or librarian. She is a romantic, blushes easily (mainly because it is proper) but enjoys the attention she receives from the local single gentlemen.

Mr. Atkins:
(any age) A member of Uncle Smelicue’s band that plays most, if not all, of the music in the show. He sings some and preferably plays banjo or fiddle. This could be adjusted to guitar depending on the versatility of the other musicians.

Mr. Jenkins: (any age) Another member of Uncle Smelicue’s band that plays most, if not all, of the music in the show. He sings some and preferably plays banjo or fiddle. This could be adjusted to guitar depending on the versatility of the other musicians.

Uncle Smelicue: (age range: 40+) Everybody in town refers to him as “Uncle” which means it is more than likely a nickname. He is jovial and fun. Likes to tease and flirt. He is a master showman, and can entertain at the town dance as well as spin a ghost story for the locals. The script calls for him to play guitar.

Floyd Allen: (age range: 16-20) Actor must be able to play younger (supposed to be 15) than Barbara Allen. He is her younger brother. He is comical and a pest as most brothers are. He moves from being the sort of stock type of a younger brother to becoming a boy terrified of the curse that his sister is bringing on the family.

Mr. Bergen: (age range: 40+) He is the hen-pecked and much-put-upon husband of Mrs. Bergen, the town busybody and father to Ella.

Mrs. Bergen: (age range: 40+) She is the bossy town busybody, married to Mr. Bergen, and mother to Ella.

Burt Dinwitty: (age range: 16-25) Actor must be able to play young. He is a champion of Marvin and friend of Hank, so he can be either a young man who looks up to Marvin or one of his bully peers.

Greeny Gorman: (age 50) A Townsperson.

Hattie Heffner:
(any age) A Townsperson.

Marvin Hudgens:
(age range: 18-30) A mortal boy who is desperately in love with Barbara Allen. He is quite possibly a humorless version of the sinister “Gaston” in “Beauty and the Beast.” He’s muscular and brutish, referred to as the “strongest man in the county.” Marvin is also clever and manipulative. In his simplified thinking, he devises a disastrous way to ensure that Barbara and John’s relationship will be a rocky one.

Barbara Allen:
(age range: 18-30) must be able to portray 18. She is a naïve, lusty young woman who falls madly in love with John. Must be comfortable with the very ADULT situations that happen to her during the course of the play. She is both proud and haughty and very vulnerable. The character goes through a huge roller coaster of  motional pain and physical attacks.

Mrs. Allen:
(age range: 40+) Barbara Allen’s mother. She is a woman of God, a hard working, no-nonsense woman of the mountains. She is as loving to her family as a woman of her background could allow herself to be. She does have moments of fun and whimsy, but catches herself and makes the choice to be mindful of her place and station. She is very concerned about her daughter’s opportunities to be married and Barbara’s less than perfect morality.

Mr. Allen:
(age range: 40+) Barbara Allen’s father. He begins as a fun, caring, parent, almost like a TV sitcom dad, but is finally pushed into the role of desperate father. He begins an impenetrable force.

Ella Bergen: (age 16- 25) A young girl in town.

Preacher Haggler: (age range: 40+) He is the local preacher. Rustic and comical, but also able to conjure up fire and brimstone and make his congregation quake with fear of hell and damnation. His blind faith is manipulated and used against him as he becomes truly blind in his lack of compassion and blurs the line between right and wrong.
AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and have a headshot & resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE.

 

PRODUCTION DATES:
● Downtown Pocket Park, Spruce Pine – June 8, 2019 11am
● Rhododendron Festival, Bakersville – June 15, 2019 11am
● PATH Sizzlin Summer, Burnsville – June 22, 2019 10am
● AMY libraries –
○ Spruce Pine Library June 24, 2019 11am
○ Yancey Co Library June 26, 2019 11am
○ Avery Co Library June 27, 2019 11am
● The Orchard at Altapass, Spruce Pine – June 29, 2019 11am
● Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair, Burnsville – August 3, 2019 (time TBD)

CHARACTERS/CASTING NEEDS:

Cha (male)
Age: 16+up
The oldest of the three little pigs. Popular, athletic, sometimes arrogant. Does not always think things
through. Also voices bird puppet.

Siu (female)
Age: 16+up
The middle of the three little pigs, and the only girl. Feisty, energetic and passionate about
environmental issues. Often annoyed by her brothers. Also voices bird puppet.

Bao (male)
Age: 16+up
The youngest of the three little pigs. Much more brainy than brawny; an avid reader and studier, but not
very athletic. Loves his family and wants them to be together. Clever and resourceful.

Mother Pig (female)
Age: 16+up
The Pigs’ mother. Loves her children very much, but also wants them to be responsible in the real world.
Doubles as merchant.

Big Bad Wolf (male)
Age: 16+up
A cocky, ravenous, Wolf with a taste for pig. Believes himself to be misunderstood.

Twit/Twoo
Two owls who sing backup for the Big Bad Wolf. Puppets voiced by actors playing Cha & Siu.

Merchant
Sells straws, sticks and bricks. Doubles as mother pig.

AUDITION PROCEDURES:
Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and 16-bars of a song and have a
headshot/resume that details their credentials. All actors should be prepared to read from the script
and participate in a dance audition. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion
of the director.

If you’re considering auditioning, see additional information HERE

There are lots of roles for many types!  Find what you like and come on out and audition.

Matching Gift Programs

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Make your gift go further with Matching Gift Programs
Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees?  Some companies will even match gifts from spouses and retirees!  By simply completing a matching gift form, you may be able to double, or even triple, the impact of your gift!
To find out if your company has a matching gift program, please contact your employer’s Human Resources or community giving department or go to the search field on https://www.matchinggifts.com/unh/ to see if your employer participates in a matching gift program.  Not all companies are registered here, so please check with your HR department if you don’t see your company listed.
  • Our full, legal name is Parkway Playhouse of Burnsville, Inc.
  • Parkway Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) organization as designated by the IRS.
  • Our Tax-ID/EIN is 56-0858217.
  • Our mailing address is:

Parkway Playhouse
PO Box 1432
Burnsville, North Carolina 28714

For questions regarding your company’s program policies, please contact your employer’s HR department.  The information may also be available on your company intranet.

For questions regarding obtaining a tax receipt, submitting and verifying a matching gift request or a volunteer grant please email Jeff Bachar at jbachar@parkwayplayhouse.com or call 828-682-4285.

Great Weekend for a Day Trip

If you need a beautiful way to usher in the season, we’d love to suggest a trip to Yancey and Mitchell Counties this weekend. No shopping-feeding-frenzy, but a soul-feeding over-the-river-and-through-the-woods kind of day.

First, it’s the annual Toe River Arts Holiday Studio Tour. For a complete list of participating artists, visit their website. Or check out their Facebook page which features fantastic photos and videos of the many artists. (Nice work, Mea.)

A self-guided tour, this adventure will lead you to some unique places situated between Mt. Mitchell and Roan Mountain. Visitors travel through valleys, past streams, across rivers, over hilltops, and experience breathtaking mountain vistas as they those many out-of-the-way studios. Meet the artists, see where they create and where they live.

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We’ve got a lot of unique little coffee shops (Rescue Dog Cafe or App Java), eateries (Garden Deli, Ye Olde Country Store, or Rad Dawgz) and even our own brewery in the area, but honestly, the artists themselves often make cookies and nibblies they have sitting about at their studios.

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Second, pick up a tree while you’re up in the mountains, too!  It’s one of our specialties.  Whether you get one along the road for $20 or visit one of the great choose-your-own farms (complete with hot chocolate and hay rides, like at Snow Creek Christmas Trees), you’re sure to make memories that will last longer than the needles will stay on the tree!

Third, well, we’ve got a show! Featuring our conservatory classes and other local talent, this variety show is sure to be a lot of fun.  Besides, it’s only $5 a person.

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We’ve even got a few gift suggestions for you:

The notecards can be purchased at the box office or at Something Special Gift Shop in downtown Burnsville and the Flex-Passes can also be purchased at the box office this weekend.  Check out the great season coming next year!

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May your December be Merry & Bright!

 

Actor Spotlight: Leif Cedergren

Leif Cedergren shines as the jack of all trades, Bert, in Mary Poppins Jr. 

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PP: What has been the most exciting part about portraying such a beloved character?

 

Leif: The character in itself doesn’t seem too hard to portray– he is cheery, a jack-of-all trades and a friend of Mary’s. But when Dick Van Dyke came along he gave Bert such an outrageously intricate and iconic personality that makes the character really fun to play. Though incredibly hard to recreate, it’s been a lot of fun watching and learning from Van Dyke’s genius.

 

PP: Which of Bert’s many jobs do you think you would enjoy the most?

 

Leif: Well, real chimney sweeps in the 1910s had pretty poor lives due to sickness and living in poverty. It doesn’t appear in the Jr. version of the show, but I always liked the idea of being a street performer. The scene in the movie where Bert is on the street banging on all the drums, bells and whistles strapped to his body while doing a song and dance number is one of my favorites.

 

PP: Did you know Mary Poppins before this process? Have you seen the film, or the musical before?

 

Leif: Yes, while I haven’t heard much about the broadway version, I am a huge fan of the movie. I love how timeless it is. I envy the people who got to see it when it came out in 1964. Walt Disney used all the tricks up his sleeve on this film including actors interacting with animations and stop motion. In fact, the bird that is on Mary’s finger in “ Spoonful of Sugar” in an animatronic. It all would have been even more magical!

 

Don’t miss your chance to see the magic of Mary Poppins Jr!

 

Tickets are available at the door. $12 for adults, $10 for members, and $6 for students.
November 16th and 17th at 6:30pm
November 18th at 3pm