When I began thinking about the upcoming Parkway Playhouse 2010 season, as always it started with small ideas. As in, what would be fun do to, fun to see. But as I, and others began reading and thinking, the theme of the season began to gravitate towards the idea of change. All of our plays this season are dedicated to the notion of change and personal transformation.
The characters you will meet (or be reintroduced to) are people who have brought about or inspired powerful transformation in themselves as well as altering their immediate sphere of influence. In bannering all of these plays under the theme of change I hope we can look past the obvious entertainment and diversion that these plays offer us but also take the message of change that the experience of each of these shows offers to heart. I hope that this season, our 64th will be fun for you and your family. I also hope that it inspires conversation on this blog, on our Facebook page, in the lobby, in the car ride home, and in your own hearts and minds. I hope that the lasting impression of each of the productions we are on cusp of sharing with you is one of inspiration.
The schedule of shows is below. If you are interested in auditioning, interning, or working at the Parkway Playhouse this summer you should look at the TENTATIVE audition information that follows.
Leaving Iowa (NC Premiere)
By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
Remember those childhood family vacations you tried to forget? Those memories will come flooding back with Leaving Iowa. This comedy is a nostalgic ode to being trapped in the family station wagon. When a Boston journalist returns home he is confronted with the memories of the summer vacations cooked up by his late father. Told in a series of uproariously funny flashbacks of being en route to uninteresting historical sites with well-meaning but naïve parents and a bickering sibling the journalist comes to a new appreciation of the time spent with his father. With a generous dollop of humor and a heart as big as the Midwest, Leaving Iowa shows us that the journey really is as important as the destination.
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Based on the Tribune Media Service Comic Strip, Little Orphan Annie
Directed by Andrew Gall
June 25-July 10
The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find her parents, who abandoned her on the doorstep of a New York City orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and finds a new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
GUYS AND DOLLS
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Music by Frank Loesser
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Based on The Idyll of Sarah Brown and characters by Damon Runyon
Directed by Andrew Gall
July 23- August7
How could a bunch of rough and tumble gangsters end up singing about “the boat to heaven” in a Times Square mission? Anything’s possible when love is on the line, and never more so than in Guys and Dolls, one of the greatest American musicals of all time. Based on Damon Runyon’s gritty tales of the 1930s NYC underworld, bursting with colorful characters, and with a score that features iconic hits like “Luck Be a Lady” and “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” Guys and Dolls promises to light up the night.
THE BALLAD OF TOM DOOLEY (World Premiere)
Book by Ken Stone and Brenda Lilly
Music by Jan Powell
Directed by Michael Lilly
At the end of the civil war, and set against the backdrop of rural North Carolina, Tom Dooley returns to his hometown bitter but determined to put the catastrophic war behind him. He becomes involved in a love triangle and is framed heinous murder that threatens to divide the town along Blue and Grey lines. Torn by his sense of justice, the love of a mysterious woman, and his principals Tom Dooley makes the only choice he can to save all that he holds dear.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Adapted by Jon Jory
From the Novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Andrew Gall
August 27- September 4
All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense — but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING:
You should watch the blog, our website, and Facebook page for audition information including details on how to prepare, cast breakdowns, etc.
The Parkway Playhouse will have a representative at both dates of the WNC Unified Theatre Auditions at AB Tech’s Campus on February 19 & 20. This is a cattle call audition and we will be seeing actors present a 90 second singing/acting audition. This is the only open cattle call the Parkway Playhouse will be attending. (We will not be at UPTA’s or Spring SETC).
The Parkway Playhouse will also be holding open auditions in Burnsville on March 6, 20 (children only), and 27. More information will be made available soon!
Let me know what you think…. send a reply.