The 2010 season

Christopher Dwyer in the 2006 Parkway Playhouse production of OUR TOWN

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

June 4-12

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.

ANNIE

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

August 13-22

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.

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Andrew Gall

I made some lifelong friends when I was a teenager and had many adult role models who demonstrated how to live a good life. I had no idea how good I had it as a 10 year old kid. Later, I got a lot out of high school and college as I was more curious about the world and my place in it than my teenage social life (which you can deduce as being prettty unexciting). I started two successful theatre companies. I toured the nation. I endured crushing heartbreak when my Mom died shortly after I turned 27. I had a disasterous first marriage -that ended in deep acrimony; and I am raising my two children (from the first marriage)- that now live with me and are on their way to being pretty cool in their own right. I teach for a nationally ranked 2-year college. I run one of the most energetic theatre companies in the state of North Carolina, and just this year- I married the person I have been waiting for my whole life. we are looking forward to the arrival of our first child together this coming Spring.

2 thoughts on “The 2010 season”

  1. looks good. but are you going to be on suicide watch? Directing two musicals at the same time… Annie will be singing about craps games….
    let me know what’s up and what’s interesting….

  2. It is a lot of work, but I will actually have MORE time – including time in the theatre to work on both of those shows. So I wont actually be rehearsing both shows at the same time and both shows have a different music director and choreographer. It might be the sanest season at Parkway for me yet.

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