Audition for Parkway Playhouse’s 2014 Mainstage Season

The Parkway Playhouse will get a new roof in 2010


Where: Mountain Heritage Center
(113 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville)
Dates: March 1st & 15th
Times: 10:00am – 2:00pm

What to Prepare: Actors interested in having a speaking or supporting role will be asked to read selected scenes; those auditioning for roles in Forever Plaid or The King & I should prepare a song (no more than 16 bars) and should expect to participate in a dance audition.

Parkway Playhouse casts actors that range from experienced professionals (union and non-union), pre-professionals and students, and members of the community who share an interest in theatre.  No experience necessary, however auditions are competitive and not all who audition may be selected for inclusion in a production.

Actors who define themselves as professional or semi-professional are expected to have considerable experience on stage and/or training in theater from a college theater program.  An actor in this category is expected to present a professional audition – a prepared monologue (not necessarily from the show being cast), sheet music for an accompanist (if auditioning for a musical), and an 8×10 photo with attached resume.  Actors who do not meet this criteria will not be considered professional actors.  For those wishing to audition as a professional/semi-professional actor, please contact to schedule an audition.

The Parkway Playhouse is attending the WNC Unifieds in Asheville, NC on February 22nd.   All open auditions will be in Burnsville on March 1st & 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm.  To audition as a professional/semi-professional actor, please email to schedule an audition.

For more information, visit our auditions page on the website, call 828-682-4285 or send an email to

Walking Across Egypt

Based on the novel by Clyde Edgerton
Adapted by Catherine Bush
Directed by Steven Grindstaff
Rehearsals begin in April
Performances: May 10th-24th
Casting: 8-10 Men/Women aged 16 and up (some roles have been cast)

When 78 year old Mattie Rigsbee discovers a stray dog on her back porch, she calls the dogcatcher.  Little does she know that Lamar Benfield will open her eyes to a world she never knew existed; a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a juvenile delinquent named Wesley, who is as desperate for family as she is.  Armed with only her mouthwatering cornbread and a deep abiding faith in the Almighty, Mattie is determined to woo Wesley to the side of God and good manners.


Based on the novel by Sharyn McCrumb
Adapted by Andrew Gall
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin in May
Performances: June 7th-21st
Casting: Various Men/Women aged 16 and up (some roles have been cast)

Malinda Blalock, a young mountain woman whose husband was forced to enlist in the Confederate army, disguised herself as a boy and went with him.  Discharged soon afterwards, it isn’t long before the Confederacy wants Keith to take up arms again, and he does, only this time it is as a bushwhacker for the Union.  With not many people left to trust in a war that has pitted brother against brother, the couple head for high ground to avoid the county militia, and soon become hard-riding, deadly outlaws who avenge the deaths of their kin and neighbors at the hands of the Rebels

Forever Plaid

By Stuart Ross
Directed by Kristen Donelle Livengood
Rehearsals begin in late May
Performances: June 28th-July 12th
Casting: 4 Men aged 18-30, all must be able to sing tight 4-part harmony and move well

This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950’s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.  Featuring songs from the 50’s such as: Three Coins in the Fountain, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Chain Gang, Catch a Falling Star and more.

The King & I

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin in late June
Performances: July 26th-August 9th
Casting: 20-25 Men/Women aged 8 up to adult

The King & I is a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination.  It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives.  The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways.  With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

Treasure Island

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin July 27th
Performances: August 23rd-September 6th
Casting: 10-15 Men/Women aged 13 and up (Long John Silver has been cast)

This swashbuckling and wild yarn about piracy on the high seas centers on Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is at once good and evil, perhaps the most famous pirate of all time.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin August 24th
Performances: September 20th-28th
Casting: 10-15 Men/Women of various ages

Fall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most joyful and popular comedy.  Filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle, the merriment unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams.  With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can, and does, happen!

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin in November
Performances: December TBD

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.


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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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