Auditions and Seasonal Staff for 70th Anniversary Season

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Photo by Rob Storrs. Copyright 2015 Rob Storrs.

Parkway Playhouse is seeking nearly 80 actors several staff members as well as college interns and high school apprentices for its 2016 Season.

Parkway Playhouse has announced job openings for seasonal staff in its production department as well as box office staff.   Production work includes opportunities for costume designers, scenic painters/carpenters, and stage management. 

Parkway Playhouse will be holding open auditions for its 2016 Mainstage Season in Burnsville on  Saturday March 5 from 10am to 4pm and Sunday March 6 from 1pm to 5pm at the Mountain Heritage Center.  The auditions are open to any actors and performers wishing to be considered for roles in the theatre’s upcoming mainstage season.

Parkway Playhouse  will also be seeing actors  at the Western  North Carolina Theatre League Auditions on February 27. (More information about these auditions can be found at  

The theatre is looking to fill nearly 80 roles in its 6 show mainstage season with actors aged 15 and up for a wide-ranging and season of plays.  The 2016 Season includes the Comedy/Drama Steel Magnolias; the world premiere of The Ballad Of Frankie Silver  a (non-musical) play that deals with a scandalous 1830’s Appalachian axe-murder case, Little Shop of Horrors a musical spoof of 1950’s era science-fiction;  West Side Story  a Broadway musical classic; You Can’t Take it With You a rollicking American comedy, and an adaptation of  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.


“We are a teaching theatre and we encourage anyone who is interested in being involved at Parkway Playhouse to participate in auditions” commented Artistic Director, Andrew Gall.  “Auditions, for our organization, are about getting people involved in ways that will be meaningful.  While we cannot cast everybody who might walk through the door, we cannot cast anyone who doesn’t participate in an audition.”

Auditions on March 5 and 6 will be held on a first-come first serve basis. Actors will be asked to read scenes from the various plays as well as sing and participate in a dance/movement audition, if they wish to be considered for one of the musicals.  (Professional actors are expected to have prepared material.) No previous experience is required. Auditionees are encouraged to read the scripts prior to auditioning and perusal copies are available at the check-out desk of the Yancey County Public Library. 

Parkway Playhouse will also be accepting applications for its College Intern Program and High School Apprentice Programs.  Interns and Apprentices who are selected will get hands on opportunities to learn about various aspects of producing theatre.  Apprentices and Interns will follow a curriculum that rotates them through all of the various production and administrative jobs, as well as involves them in the theatre’s performances.

For more information on 2016 auditions at Parkway Playhouse, click the image below of last years auditioning directors:
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Photo by Rob Storrs. Copyright 2015 Rob Storrs.

For information on other ways of volunteering for Parkway Playhouse this season, click the image below of Todd Gatts planting flowers outside the theatre:

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Photo by Rob Storrs. Copyright 2015 Rob Storrs.

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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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