Six Mainstage productions were announced this weekend at Parkway Playhouse’s 2015 End-of-Season Celebration. Included in this announcement were also new plans for the popular Parkway Playhouse Junior program, that reaches hundreds of families in the region with its exciting performing arts production camps for students under age eighteen.
In the Spring of 2015, Parkway Playhouse Junior students will perform Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS as well as an abridged version of the American Musical Comedy classic, The Music Man, by Meredith Wilson. Parkway Playhouse Junior’s advanced teen students will also present their first non-musical comedy; Fools by Neil Simon in May of 2016.
Parkway Playhouse Performing Arts Summer Camp students will collaborate on a production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr., in addition to camps and workshops to be announced.
In the fall session, students will present Disney’s Aladdin KIDS for ages 4-13 and James and the Giant Peach in a production that will travel to the 2017 National Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Parkway Playhouse students will also have the opportunity to take classes in acting, improvisation and technical theatre in 2016.
The six productions planned for the 2016 Mainstage season will be produced on the historic Parkway Playhouse stage between May and October.
Opening on Mother’s Day weekend will be Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias; set in a Louisana Beauty parlor this popular play promises lots of hilarity, hair, and heart.
A new collaboration with New York Times bestselling author, Sharyn McCrumb was announced as an adaptation of her novel The Ballad of Frankie Silver will have its world premiere at Parkway Playhouse in 2016.
The sci-fi musical-comedy spoof Little Shop of Horrors by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman will return to Parkway Playhouse this summer.
Patrick Cronin, who won critical praise this past season in Parkway Playhouse’s production of Red, will headline a cast of the classic American comedy, You Can’t Take it With You.
Parkway Playhouse’s Mainstage season will conclude with the North Carolina premiere of Simon Levy’s electrifying adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby.
Also announced was a production of the classic blockbuster musical West Side Story, which will run during the summer. This is the first time in, its entire history, that Parkway Playhouse has produced this beloved musical about star-crossed lovers by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Parkway Playhouse will also be producing a series of live music, improv comedy, classes, and a holiday production in the fall of 2016.
Season tickets, performance, audition information, and class registration details will be made available on Parkway Playhouse’s website, www.parkwayplayhouse.com in October.