Parkway Playhouse Junior to Expand Opportunities THIS SPRING!

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Since 1947, Parkway Playhouse has been involved in providing educational and cultural opportunities in the mountains.  Whether it has been in the form of providing a launching pad for early career artists to build up their resume, or lifelong learners trying something new, or for a student opening a door to personal creativity Parkway Playhouse has a long track record of being a dynamic proving ground for seventy years; the better part of a century.

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This spring Parkway Playhouse’s acclaimed education program for students will offer expanded classes in the performing arts.  In addition to two Production Classes, the theatre will have a class in Improv Comedy, a Design & Production Lab, and a class that will build a specialized series of puppets that will be used in the theatre’s upcoming Mainstage production of Little Shop of Horrors.

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Students between the ages of 4 and 10 can register for the Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS  Production Class.  This class will be lead by Mary Katherine Smith-Gall on Mondays and Wednesdays in the evening, after school.

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Students 10 and up can participate in the Music Man Jr. Production Class. This class meets Mondays and Thursdays, and will be lead by Kristen Livengood, Roberta Whiteside, and Amy Weinmeister.  

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For students aged 12 and up there is a class in Improv Comedy, this class meets on Wednesdays, and will provide students with a great opportunity to hone their wit, creativity, as well as comic timing.  This class is being taught by Kristen Livengood, who currently oversees Parkway Playhouse’s increasingly popular Improv performances.  

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For students who are interested in the backstage work, Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director Andrew Gall will be leading a Design and Production Workshop.  Students in this workshop will work with Gall, and other members of Parkway Playhouse’s professional production staff to create scenery, props, sound and lighting effects, as well as some of the costume pieces for student performances of Disney’s Winnie The Pooh KIDS and Music Man, Jr.

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A specialized class of students who are 12 and up will work with Penland affiliated artists Stacey Lane and Kerstin Davis to create the monstrous plant-from-space, Audrey II; the evil plant at the center of the musical Little Shop Of Horrors, which will run this summer at Parkway Playhouse.  Students in the class will design and the puppets which play a major role in this musical.  

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Tuition ranges from $150 to $220 for each class.  Discounts for multiple and sibling enrollments are available.  A $50.00 deposit is required to register.  


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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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