“You know what you should do…”

If you’ve ever said (or thought) You know what Parkway Playhouse should do… this post is for you. ‘Cuz we’re doing it!  We took those suggestions and we’re acting on them. And that’s why  there’s all the #pphrenobuzz

For those who haven’t heard what we’re up to as far as renovations go, here’s the skinny:

We’ve already made a couple of improvements using the Challenge Grant money we were awarded last winter.

  • The first was adding hot water to the patrons’ restrooms.
  • The second was installing new speakers to improve the sound system.
Now we’re turning our attention to the “back of the house!”

During the week of July 31, contractors will build a 10’x20′ costume closet in the green room (the basement space under the dressing rooms).  The new closet will even have a dehumidifier to keep everything nice and dry.

green room
Here’s the green room where the costume closet will go.
Look at the progress already!
The reason we’re building this closet is so we can move costumes currently stored in the dressing rooms out of the way.
dressing room storage
Seriously, look at all the costumes stored in the men’s dressing room!
Then, beginning the week of August 7th, contractors will start working on the dressing rooms.  Each dressing room will get:

  • new floors (you may have seen the Facebook photo of Kristen and Mary Beth looking at samples)
  • new laminate countertops
  • insulation in the exterior walls and ceilings
  • paneling on exposed studs
  • a mini-split unit (for A/C and heat)!
The Building and Grounds Committee is working closely with Playhouse staff and the contractors to make all this work happens with as little an impact as possible to show prep and rehearsal and with no impact to performances.

If all goes well, the cast of The Fox on the Fairway will be the first to use the updated dressing rooms!

This is Your Cue

We are asking for helpers to come out over the next three Saturdays.  Work days will start at 10am and end when the task for the day is completed (no later than 4pm).  Volunteers should wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toe shoes.  Volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket for each nine hours they work.  These work days are appropriate for folks 14 or 15 years of age and up.

The work on tap for each Saturday is as follows. (The hyperlink on the date will take you to the Facebook event for that day.)

  • July 29 – Clear space in the green room for the new costume closet.
    If we have enough people and one of our volunteers has a truck, we will also move furniture and other items we no longer need out of the “dungeon” and haul those items to the dump!
  • August 5 – Install costume hanging rods and shelves  in the new closet
  • August 12 – Move costumes from dressing rooms to costume closets

So, put your muscle where your mouth is and help improve this treasure to our community! Be a part of making those Before-After pictures spectacular!


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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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