Frog and Toad in YOUR Back Yard!

“Mom, I’m BORED,” are the words you won’t have to hear this summer!

Parkway Playhouse Frog and ToadReading is Alive, a new theatre outreach program created through Parkway Playhouse, kicks off in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties in June. The family friendly musical, A Year with Frog and Toad will tour local venues, parks, and libraries bringing the cultural experience of theatre to children and families throughout the mountains.

Collaborating with AMY Regional Library, PATH’s Sizzlin’ Summer Series, and Penland School of Crafts, Reading is Alive offers an entertaining and educational experience for the entire family. Along with the live musical, children will have a chance to create a one-of- a-kind craft with a Penland teaching artist, sign up for the summer reading program through the library, and receive a free book.

The ultimate goal of the program is to encourage summer reading while connecting literacy and the arts and giving children of our rural community the cultural experience of live theatre. The dates and locations of each performance are as follows:

June 3rd : The Orchard at Altapass, Spruce Pine @ 11:30am

June 10th : Lower Street Downtown Park, Spruce Pine @ 10am

June 17th : Bakersville Creek Walk, Rhododendron Festival, 11am

June 24th : Burnsville Town Square, 10am

July 10th : Yancey Library @11am

July 12th : Avery County Library @11am

July 13th : Spruce Pine Library @11am

Parkway Playhouse is grateful to The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and The Yancey Fund for making this outreach program a reality.

Look for our bookmarks at the libraries or in the lobby of the theatre! All the performance dates are on the back.

Chelsea Wilson Thayer, Director of Education and Outreach at Parkway Playhouse, created this program in hopes of serving the families that call these beautiful mountains home. For more information regarding “Reading is Alive” and how you/your business can be a part of supporting future programming please contact

For more information about Parkway Playhouse, performances, volunteer opportunities, classes, auditions, and more please visit our website.


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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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