Easy Answers for that Hard-To-Shop-For Friend

We’ll help you avoid the headache – including easy to follow links!  Don’t know what to gift to buy? or Don’t know what to put on your own suggestion list?

In our 2014 Mainstage Season, three of our shows were actually books first, so we’d suggest a book or two or three!  (Those of you in book clubs might also consider putting these on your to-read list.)


Be sure to check your local booksellers like Malaprop’s in Asheville, Off the Beaten Path in Burnsville–even The Market on Oak in Spruce Pine carries most of Sharyn McCrumb’s novels.
Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton (a North Carolina writer)  This book would be a great one for church/youth groups to discuss, too.
She had as much business keeping a stray dog as she had walking across Egypt–which not so incidentally is the title of her favorite hymn. She’s Mattie Rigsbee, an independent, strong-minded senior citizen, who at 78, might be slowing down just a bit. When young, delinquent Wesley Benfield drops in on her life, he is even less likely a companion than the stray dog. But, of course, the dog never tasted her mouth-watering pound cake….Wise witty, down-home and real, WALKING ACROSS EGYPT is a book for everyone.
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (This is a classic piece of literature that everyone should read.  Consider getting an abridged version for kids.  A simpler version will help build a framework for kids so they can understand what they will see on stage.  The ability to compare and contrast two forms of the same story is a skill valued in the new standards of learning.)
A heady tale of a treasure map, a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure as seen through the eyes of cabin boy Jim Hawkins. An action-packed adventure story that will hypnotize young readers and entertain older ones.
You can even download Treasure Island free for you e-reader from Project Gutenberg!
Ghost Riders by Sharyn McCrumb (McCrumb is known for her literature that highlights life in the Appalachian mountains.  This is the book for any Civil War buffs in the family.)
The latest ballad novel from Sharyn McCrumb tells the true story of the Civil War in the Appalachians, where neighbors became enemies, and the half-life of violence keeps soldiers’ ghosts abroad in the modern wilderness. For frontier lawyer Zeb Vance, the war was an odyssey that leads to the Governor’s mansion. Malinda Blalock, who followed her young husband into battle, becomes a Union bushwhacker, making war against confederate sympathizers in the mountains.
ALSO, we know that many people are downsizing or it feels like they already have everything they need–and if there’s a lesson in A Christmas Carol it’s that material possessions are not the purpose in life–so, we suggest the gift of season tickets.  Give them an experience, a memory Even a gift of the 4-Show Flex Pass would allow recipients a lot of flexibility to attend shows (take friends) when they’re in town.  All you have to do is print and fill out this gift form.  (And send it in, of course.)
Or, you can even give them the early gift of tickets to see A Christmas Carol this year — December 13-15.  Purchase tickets online here or call our box office at (828) 682-4285.

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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.

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