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Parkway Playhouse Junior students will present their production of Annie Jr. with performances at 7:30pm on Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23.  There is a matinee performance on May 23 at 3:00 pm.  This production of the classic Broadway musical will be  performed by students in the Parkway Playhouse Junior spring production class, performers are between the ages of 8 and 18 and have been rehearsing since January.

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Performances will be held at the historic Parkway Playhouse theatre located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville.  Tickets for the performances range  from $5.50 to $11. All tickets are general admission with no reserved seating and will be available exclusively at the door.

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Kristen Livengood, Parkway Playhouse’s General Manager, directs a cast of 20-some students   in the classic rags-to-riches story about an orphan girl with a big heart and dreams of a family of her own touches and transforms everyone around her in her quest to find her family.  An abridged version of the Tony-Award winning musical classic, the production features an inspiring score including the infectious Easy Street, You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, and the famously anthemic Tomorrow.  Mary Katherine Smith-Gall, who serves as Parkway Playhouse’s Director of Education has choreographed the production and Andrea Bailey, a long-serving Teaching Artist with Parkway Playhouse Junior provides music direction.

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Parkway Playhouse Junior is a theatre arts education program for preschool through high school students. At Parkway Playhouse Junior, students work together creatively to make compelling and imaginative choices both on stage and behind the scenes. Instructors encourage budding performers to reflect on the world in inventive ways through movement, song, props, and all aspects of theatre. Students form lasting friendships, learn well-rounded technique, and develop a deep appreciation for the performing arts in a fun, nurturing environment. The award-winning program and nationally recognized instruction serves to prepare students for the future by developing collaboration skills, confidence, and creativity.  The program was established in 2010 by Parkway Playhouse, an award-winning theatre company located in Burnsville, NC.

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Parkway Playhouse Junior Students are also preparing an all student production of the Broadway Musical Annie Jr. which will be performed at Parkway Playhouse in May.  This summer local students will have the opportunity to be a part of Parkway Playhouse’s The Lion King Experience summer camp.  Students who register for this unique production camp will explore storytelling and stagecraft techniques using licensed materials from the global blockbuster The Lion King.

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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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