Parkway Playhouse Auditions Announced!!!!

The Parkway Playhouse will present its 64th Season in 2010, with performances beginning in June and ending in September.    The theatre is seeking performers for the casts of 5 productions- 3 musicals, 2 plays. Scripts will be available for review at the Parkway Playhouse offices AND at the TRAC galleries in Spruce Pine and Burnsville.

Jacob Stephen, who captivated audiences with his menacing portrayal of Jud Fry in the Parkway Playhouse 2009 production of OKLAHOMA won this leading role after attending an open audition.

The Parkway Playhouse is a “teaching theatre” that uses a small company of professional actors, pre-professional college students, as well as people from the WNC community with a passion for theatre.

For information on Audition and production dates, casting requirements, and roles available please read all the instructions carefully.  Actors should bring a copy of their headshot and resume if they have one. (If you don’t have one, its fine.)

The Parkway Playhouse is attending the WNC Unifieds in Asheville, NC on February 19th and 20th.   All other auditions will be in Burnsville on the dates indicated below.

Call 828-682-4285 or send an email to for further information.

Leaving Iowa

an  side-splitting family comedy

By Tim Clue and Spike Manton

Directed by Kristen Pallotta

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.

First Rehearsal:         May 15

Rehearsal Times: DAYS/EVENINGS TBD

Performances: June 4-13

Casting For: 3 men aged 30-55/3 women 20-55 (1 man and 1 woman play multiple roles)


Sunday March  28, 2010 2pm-8pm

(cold readings from script, some improv)


the timeless musical sensation

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

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.

First Rehearsal:         May 22

Rehearsal Times;       Evenings/Weekends TBD

Performances: June 25-July 10

Casting for: 25 men/women/children aged 8+


Saturday March 13 10am-3pm Adults 15+ only

(Singing/Dancing/Reading from script)

March 20 10am-3pm Children 7-14 ONLY**

(singing/Dancing/Reading from script)

**Children interested in major roles should learn the song “Tomorrow” before auditions.


a musical-comedy classic

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

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.

First Rehearsal:  July 26

Rehearsals: Evenings/Afternoons/Weekends TBD

Performances: July 23-August 7

Casting for: 25 men/women ages 16+  (all must sing/dance/read from script)

GUYS AND DOLLS   Open Auditions:

Saturday March 13 10am-3pm Adults 15+ only

(Singing/Dancing/Reading from script)

The Ballad of


A world-premiere bluegrass musical

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 principles Tom Dooley makes  the only choice he can to save all that he holds dear.

First Rehearsal: June 12

Rehearsals: Evenings/Afternoons/Weekends TBD

Performances: August 13-22

Casting: TBD


Saturday March 13 10am-3pm Adults 15+ only

(Singing/Dancing/Reading from script)


Adapted by Jon Jory

From the Novel by Jane Austen

Directed by Andrew Gall

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?

First Rehearsal: July 31

Rehearsal Times: DAYS/EVENINGS TBD

Performances:  August 27-September 4

Casting For:  8 women aged 15-65/6 men aged 20-65 (many actors will double)


Sunday March  28, 2010 2pm-8pm

(cold readings from script)


The Playhouse will notify actors who are cast ASAP, but no later than April 15.  Please do not call the theatre for casting information.  Actors who are not cast will be notified by email only.


Each production will rehearse for 3-4 weeks and at a variety of locations in the Burnsville area. Actors who accept a role are required to be at rehearsals and calls as required. This is major time commitment and actors who have excessive conflicts with the schedule or who do not demonstrate reasonable attendance of rehearsals will be replaced.  Rehearsals may be 3-4 hours in length and will be held 6 days a week.  Most rehearsals involving the full cast(s) will be in the evenings and weekend afternoons.  A detailed rehearsal schedule will be put together AFTER the productions have been cast.

The Parkway Playhouse holds performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm.  There will be one performance on Sunday (time TBA).


The Parkway Playhouse utilizes a mixture of professional artists and volunteers to produce its theatre season. The Parkway Playhouse hires a full-time company of professional actors, designers, and technicians each season.  This company includes participants in the intern/apprentice program as well. Members of the professional company are generally trained actors/technicians/musicians, and sometimes are members of Actors Equity Association (professional union for actors and stage managers). Persons in these positions will be expected to be available on a full time basis. Out of town artists are housed by the theatre.


If you have questions please feel free to ask a stage manager at the auditions or call 828-682-4285 before the audition date or email


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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

One thought on “Parkway Playhouse Auditions Announced!!!!”

  1. Hey Andrew,

    I have marked my calendar to audition for Leaving Iowa March 28th. I also would like to audition for Pride & Prejudice and Guys and Dolls, so I’ll plan on the 13th, too.

    Do I request a time (and if so, from whom?), or just show up?



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