March 27 & April 7

Become a member of the Parkway Playhouse Volunteer Guild. Volunteer to usher, bake a cake, cook a casserole, lend a truck or your muscles. However you want to plug in, we would welcome your help. By becoming a member of the Guild you not only make the continued success of Parkway Playhouse and Parkway Playhouse Junior a reality, but you also get great incentives. You can earn a free ticket for every nine hours you volunteer. The biggest bonus is the family you will be joining and the fun and satisfaction you will get working with your new friends.

Visit our website at, or send us an email for information on how you can get involved at

On Tuesday, March 27 at 6:30pm, Parkway Playhouse will hold its first Usher Orientation. The event is free, and approximately 60 minutes in length and participants will learn about Parkway Playhouse’s season as well as how performances work. Participants who complete the course will be able to sign up as ushers for the 2018 Season and attend performances for free when they are volunteering, as well as acquire additional complimentary tickets to other Parkway Playhouse performances.

*Please note that if you were an usher in 2017, you still need to take the class each year to stay up to date. Ushers need to be at least 16 years of age.


On April 7, from 10am-2pm,
Parkway Playhouse will have its Annual Spring Work Day. During the course of the event, volunteers will work with Parkway Playhouse staff and board to open up the theatre building after being shuttered for the winter. Activities for the day range from landscaping and yard work, to maintenance and repairs throughout the building. It is a great way to explore and learn about one of Burnsville’s most iconic landmarks and cultural attractions, as volunteers will be working in every area of the building inside and out. Participants who work for four hours will receive a complimentary ticket
to a 2018 Parkway Playhouse Mainstage performance. All are encouraged to wear “work clothes” and bring a pair of work gloves. This activity is suitable for kids aged 12 and up.

For more information about Parkway Playhouse, including performances, classes, and volunteer opportunities, please call 828-682-4285 or visit the Parkway Playhouse website at


Madagascar Jr. Summer Camp!

REGISTRATION opens March 1, 2018!

(registration will be available online)

CAMP DATES:  July 9 – 21

PERFORMANCES:   July 20 – 21 @ 6:00pm

AGES:  4 – 18


  • Half Day: 9am-12pm (recommended for ages 4 – 10)
  • Full Day: 9am-3pm (recommended for ages 10 – 18)
    Parents probably know best whether their 10 year old is ready for a full day of camp or would do better with a half-day.


  • Half day: $175
  • Full day: $225


  • Directed by Angie Holtzclaw
  • Music Direction by Roberta Whiteside
  • Choreography by Collin Eten


Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends – Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo – have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape – with the help of some prodigious penguins – to explore the world.

Musical Theatre International’s page for Madagascar Jr. has a wealth of information about the show, including casting details and music clips!

For more information about any of the above or other Parkway Playhouse Jr. programs, please email out Education Coordinator, Mea Johnson, or call 828-682-4285.

One More Musical to Audition For: Goldilocks & the Three Bears

goldilocksThis year’s Reading Is ALIVE program (click to learn more about our outreach program) will be a production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Auditions for this show will also be on Feb 17 (10-4) and Feb 18 (1-5) at the Mountain Heritage Center. Here are the particulars…


Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Music by George Stiles, Books and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe

Company Meeting/1st Rehearsal: May TBD
Performance Dates:  Approximately 8 performances throughout June/July


Goldilocks, on a trip into the forest, ventures into a seemingly uninhabited house. In the process of making herself feel at home, she turns the place into a gigantic mess! Little does she know that the house belongs to a family of three bears… who will not be too pleased to witness her handiwork.


Reading Is Alive is a theatre outreach project created through Parkway Playhouse that will support the North Carolina Summer Reading Program in Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties.  Working alongside AMY Regional libraries, Reading is Alive is designed to provide the cultural experience of live theatre performances to audiences that would otherwise not have the means nor access to this cultural experience.

AUDITOR(S): Jeff Bachar (Director)


Father Bear (male) Age: 16+

The father in a family of bears that has no worries and cares. Suspicious of humans and very loving towards his family.

 Mother Bear (female) Age: 16+

The mother of the Bear family. Excellent porridge maker and reassuring presence. Can also be tough when she needs to be.

Baby Bear (male) Age: 16+

The baby of the Bear family. Curious about the world and unfamiliar with humans. Likes to sneak honey from the pot when his parents are not looking.

Mr. Locks (male) Age: 16+

A lumberjack who is building a road through the woods. Cares deeply for his daughter, afraid of bears. Good at his job.

Goldilocks (female) Age: 16+

Mr. Locks’ daughter. An inquisitive, feisty girl who carries around a Teddy bear. Lover of animals.


Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and 16-bars of a song and have a headshot/resume that details their credentials.   All actors should be prepared to read from the script and participate in a dance audition.  Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.


Rehearsals will be held at the Mountain Heritage Center located at 113 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville and at Parkway Playhouse, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive.  Performances will tour all libraries within Avery, Mitchell and Yancey Counties as well as offer select park/outdoor productions.   Any/all known conflicts should be disclosed prior to or at auditions and confirmed at the first company meeting. Additional calls for the purposes of costume fittings, research, PR, and other issues pertaining to production will be scheduled as needed by the Production Manager/Stage Management.

COMPENSATION: Actors who present a professional audition and meet the associated criteria will be paid a modest stipend.

NOTIFICATION: ASAP via email or phone call no later March 31. Due to time constraints the theatre will only notify those persons we intend to cast. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

2018 Mainstage Audition Information

Here’s some basic information that applies to all shows, then the specifics for each. We are so looking forward to seeing you!

Open​ ​Auditions:​ ​ ​Feb 17 10am-4pm & Feb 18 1-5pm at the Mountain Heritage Center

AUDITION​ ​PROCEDURES: Professional actors should be prepared to present a monologue and have a headshot/resume that details their credentials (plus 16-bars of a song if auditioning for a musical). All actors should be prepared to read from the script. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

REHEARSAL​ ​AND​ ​PERFORMANCE​ ​LOCATIONS: Rehearsals will be held at the Mountain Heritage Center located at 113 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville and at Parkway Playhouse, located at 202 Green Mountain Drive. Performances will be at Parkway Playhouse. Any/all known conflicts should be disclosed prior to or at auditions and confirmed at the first company meeting. Additional calls for the purposes of costume fittings, research, PR, and other issues pertaining to production will be scheduled as needed by the Production Manager/Stage Management.

COMPENSATION: Actors who present a professional audition and meet the associated criteria will be paid a modest stipend.

NOTIFICATION: ASAP via email or phone call no later March 31. Due to time constraints the theatre will only notify those persons we intend to cast. Actors may be asked to attend a callback audition at the discretion of the director.

Blithe Spirit Slide with credit

Company​ ​Meeting/1​st​​ ​Rehearsal​: April 9, 2018
First​ ​Tech:​ April 29, 2018
Performance​ ​Dates:​ May 5-19, 2018 (weekends only)

SUMMARY​ ​OF​ ​SHOW: Skeptical novelist Charles Condomine invites self-proclaimed medium Madame Arcati to his home for a séance, hoping to gather material for a new book. When the hapless psychic accidentally summons the spirit of Condomine’s late wife, Elvira, his home and life are quickly turned into shambles as his wife’s ghost torments both himself and his new bride, Ruth.

AUDITOR(S):​ Jenny Martin (Director)


Charles​ ​Condomine:​ ​ ​In his forties, Charles is an intelligent and urbane English novelist. Charles is the husband of Ruth Condomine and deceased first wife, Elvira. Charles is bright, sophisticated, articulate, and debonair but somewhat at the mercy of his wives, past and present. His interest in spiritualism as a subject for a novel leads Charles to ask Madame Arcati to dinner and a seance. He is skeptical but becomes a believe when the ghost of his first wife appears – and stays.

Ruth​ ​Condomine:​ ​A smart looking woman in her mid-thirties, Ruth is the wife of Charles. She is a bit jealous of Charles’s relationship with his first wife. Like her husband, Ruth is witty and sophisticated, and she is quite the society matron. Ruth is a bit stuffy and a little predictable. She is convinced that Charles has lost his mind when Elvira appears. Ruth acts as a concerned wife, trying to restore Charles to normalcy.

Dr.​ ​Bradman:​ ​A pleasant-looking middle-aged man, Dr. Bradman is a friend of the Condomines who is invited to dinner and the seance. He is entirely skeptical of anything to do with the occult but tries his utmost to go along with the proceedings for the sake of Charles’ research.

Mrs.​ ​Bradman:​ ​The wife of Dr. Bradman, Mrs. Bradman is middle-aged and a bit faded. Simple and naive, she is quite excited about being in the presence of the medium, whom she finds fascinating. Madame​ ​Arcati:​ ​A middle-aged spiritualist, Madame Arcati is a striking woman. She is not too extravagant but has a definite bias toward the barbaric. Elderly but spry, Madame Arcati comes into the play talking to an eight-year-old contact on the other side. She truly is in contact with the other world and inadvertently is the “medium” through which Elvira is called back to this one. She is eccentric, effusive and boisterous.

Elvira:​ ​Charles Condomine’s deceased first wife, Elvira returns as a ghost with a goal. In the process, she makes Charles’s and Ruth’s lives very complicated. Only Charles can see or hear her. In life, Elvira was spirited, outgoing, wild, and carefree. In death, she is no different; she socializes with Genghis Khan. She does love Charles, if somewhat casually, and is jealous of Ruth.

Edith:​ The Condomine’s maid, Edith is always in a hurry. She is nervous and tears around at breakneck speed trying to do things right and make a good impression.

Boeing Boeing Slide with credit

Company​ ​Meeting/1​st​​ ​Rehearsal​: May 6, 2018
First​ ​Tech:​ May 27, 2018
Performance​ ​Dates:​ June 2-16, 2018 (weekends only)

SUMMARY​ ​OF​ ​SHOW: This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each a beautiful airline hostess with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down, and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris, and Bernard’s apartment, at the same time.

AUDITOR(S):​ Dwight Chiles (Director)


Bernard:​ ​An American playboy living in Paris, Bernard is happily engaged to three different women, none of whom know about the others.

Gloria:​ ​An American airline stewardess from NYC, Gloria is engaged to Bernard. She is a go-getter and sexy.

Bertha:​ ​Bernard’s housekeeper. Bertha is always exhausted and exasperated.
Robert:​ ​An old time friend of Bernard’s, Robert shows up unexpectedly at Bernard’s Paris home.

Gabriella:​ ​An Italian airline stewardess, Gabriella is also engaged to Bernard. She is passionate and feisty.

Gretchen:​ ​A German airline stewardess, Gretchen is also engaged to Bernard. She is strong and beautiful.Oliver Slide with credits

Company​ ​Meeting/1​st​​ ​Rehearsal​: May 20, 2018
First​ ​Tech:​ June 24, 2018
Performance​ ​Dates:​ June 30-July 14, 2018 (weekends only)

SUMMARY​ ​OF​ ​SHOW: The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomesthe neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that
he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

​ Erika Tyner (Director); Courtney Malone (Music Director); Julie Becton Gillum (Choreographer)

CHARACTERS/CASTING​ ​NEEDS: 7 men, 6 women, 3 boys, 1 girl, and ensemble

Oliver​ ​Twist​ (male) Age: 8 to 12
Vocal Range: A2-G4
A workhouse boy about 11 years of age.

Fagin​ (male) Age: 50 to 70
Vocal Range: C2-F3
An elderly receiver – runs training academy for young pickpockets.

The​ ​Artful​ ​Dodger​ (male) Age: 14 to 18
Vocal Range: A2-D4
Fagin’s brightest pupil – an undersized 16.

Bill​ ​Sikes​ (male) Age: 30 to 45
Vocal Range: A1-D3
A villain in his prime.

Nancy​ ​(female) Age: 20-25
Vocal Range: F2-E4
23 years old – a graduate of Fagin’s academy, and Bill’s doxy.

Bet​ (female) Age: 14 to 18
Vocal Range: A2-E4
A 15 year old lass in Fagin’s establishment – idolises Nancy.

Mr.​ ​Bumble​ (male) Age: 35 to 60
Vocal Range: C2-A3
A large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse.

Mrs.​ ​Corney​ (female) Age: 40 to 55
Vocal Range: C3-G4
A sharp-tongued, domineering widow – the Workhouse Mistress.

Mr.​ ​Brownlow​ (male) Age: 55 to 70
An old gentleman of wealth and breeding.

Mr.​ ​Sowerberry​ (male) Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: C2-E3
The Undertaker.

Mrs.​ ​Sowerberry​ (female) Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: C3-G4
Mr. Sowerberry’s wife and his overseer.

Charlotte​ ​(female) Age 18 to 25
The Sowerberry’s sluttish young daughter.

Noah​ ​Claypole​ (male) Age: 18 to 25
Mr. Sowerberry’s pimply apprentice.

Mr.​ ​Grimwig​ (male) Age: 30 to 50
A Doctor.

Mrs.​ ​Bedwin​ ​(female) Age: 45 to 60
Vocal Range: C3-B3
The Brownlow’s Housekeeper.

Old​ ​Sally​ (female) Age: 50 to 70
A Pauper.

Charley​ ​Bates Age: 10 to 18
A boy in Fagin’s establishment.

Ensemble: workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow street-runners, street vendors and crowd, etc.

Godspell slide with credits

Company​ ​Meeting/1​st​​ ​Rehearsal​: June 18, 2018
First​ ​Tech:​ July 22, 2018
Performance​ ​Dates:​ July 28-August 11, 2018 (weekends only)

SUMMARY​ ​OF​ ​SHOW: A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus’ life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’ messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life.

AUDITOR(S):​ Dwight Chiles (Director); Sarah Fowler (Music Director); Tina Pisano-Foor (choreographer)


Jesus(male) Must be the most charismatic individual in the cast. High energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength. He is the sort of person others instinctively follow.

John​ ​the​ ​Baptist/Judas​ ​(male) He has attributes of both Biblical figures: He is both Jesus’ lieutenant and most ardent disciple and the doubter who begins to question and rebel. Like Jesus, he is also charismatic, but in more of an overt revolutionary way. Usually played by someone handsome and masculine, with an undertone of sexuality. He is the most “serious” and intellectual of the group, though as with all the actors, he must still possess a good sense of physical comedy.

Nick​ (male) Very high energy. Impish and playful. In the original, he played several musical instruments, including concertina, recorder and guitar.

Telly​ ​(male) Not the brightest in the bunch, he is a little slow on the uptake. But there is a great sweetness and innocence about him. Because he sings “All Good Gifts” he must be a very good singer.

George​ (male) The comedian, the class clown. The guy who can do a hundred voices and imitations.

Anna​ ​Maria​ (female) A bit of a tomboy, but basically open and sweet. Perhaps the youngest of the group. She is the first of the group to commit to following Jesus in the song “Day by Day.”

Lindsay​ (female) The confident one, the show-off. The first one to volunteer, sometimes she jumps in before she really understands what’s going on.

Uzo​ (female) The shy one. Sometimes a little slow to get things, but when she does, she commits all the way. Has an “earth mother” kind of warmth to her.

Morgan​ (female) Sassy and slightly cynical, the most urban of the group. Also the “sexy” one, but her sexiness contains a large element of put-on, in the manner of Mae West or Madonna (who in fact once played this role).

Celisse​ (female) The female equivalent of the class clown. Goofy and a cut-up. In the 2012 Broadway revival, she played several instruments, including conga, ukulele and guitar.Dial M Slide with credit

Company​ ​Meeting/1​st​​ ​Rehearsal​: July 29, 2018
First​ ​Tech:​ August 19, 2018
Performance​ ​Dates:​ August 25-September 8, 2018 (weekends only)

SUMMARY​ ​OF​ ​SHOW: Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry, and Margot stays alive. Now Wendice must frantically scheme to outwit the police and avoid having his plot detected.

AUDITOR(S):​ Michael Lilly (Director)


Margot​ ​Wendice:​ ​The charming, naive, and wealthy wife of Tony, Margot has no idea that Tony knows of her past affair with Max, nor does she suspect that Tony is planning to murder her.

Max​ ​Halliday:​ ​An American murder mystery writer, Tony had an affair with Margot during the time Tony was playing professional tennis tournaments in America. He is still in love with Margot and comes to visit the couple in London.

Tony​ ​Wendice:​ ​Margot’s husband, Tony is a former professional tennis player who married Margot for her money. He is selfish and arrogant and has an elaborate scheme to murder Margot because of jealousy over a past affair between Margot and Max.

Captain​ ​Lesgate:​ ​An old schoolmate of Tony’s and a convicted criminal, Lesgate is now being blackmailed by Tony into murdering Margot. He seems willing to do anything for money.

Inspector​ ​Hubbard:​ ​A British Inspector of Police, Hubbard is a bit eccentric, but thoughtful and thorough.

Thompson:​ ​A police officer.

Complete Works Slide with credits

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised] has already been cast.

Good luck to you all! 

Conservatory Classes

With only 13 days until Christmas, the pressure is on to find that perfect last minute gift, but your search may finally be over!

We have spaces available in our Junior Conservatory Classes. The classes that we offer include:

  • Creative Drama (ages 4 – 7)
  • Playmakers (ages 8 – 12)
  • Stagemasters (ages 13 – 18)
  • Improv for Teens (ages 12 – 18)
  • Musical Theatre (ages 8 – 18)

(Click here for more information about the Conservatory classes offered at Parkway Playhouse and how to register)

There is no better gift you can give, than the gift of theatre! I mean, look at how much fun the students in Creative Drama are having, learning about stage directions while acting like robots!



The Gift of Experiences

You’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? or maybe, just a gift, any gift, they don’t already have… Or perhaps you’re in that tricky spot of wanting to give a meaningful gift for someone who doesn’t want any more stuff

600 flex passesWe have the answer. Let us walk you through how giving a Flex Pass is one of the best Christmas gifts you could buy.

First, happy people spend money on experiences, not things. (So says Forbes magazine and a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology.) Theatre is experience, and the gift of tickets will foster anticipation and happiness far beyond the Christmas season.

sneak peak at Fox webSecondly, you are giving the gift of shared time. Time spent with friends and building relationships is valued beyond a price tag…  Think creatively and give a double date or a family night out— one “4-Show Flex Pass” can actually be used for 4 people to attend one show.

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Lastly, you’re supporting a local, made-in-America arts organization/business, that works diligently to educate and entertain. You can certainly feel good about your dollars being put to good use in our community!

3 Ways to Purchase Flex Passes as a gift:

  • Online
  • By calling our offices at (828) 682-4285
  • Visiting our Box Offices during one of our December Shows*

Then, once you have made the purchase, you can print out this handy gift-certificate.

* December Shows



Get the Hook Improv Comedy Troupe Performing this Weekend!

Olivia Hughes (pictured: right) is a Get the Hook troupe member and she is getting excited about this weekend’s performance!

How do you use Improv in your everyday life?

“I use it in awkward situations. I’m able to think more quickly. I enjoy coming [to practice] every Tuesday, and putting everything else away, and just be funny.”


How do you Improvise now compared to how you used to?

“I’m a lot more confident. It’s become easier to drive a scene. Like, if it’s dying, I’m not afraid that all my ideas are going to be stupid because I have more confidence in my abilities. You just get used to it. Some scenes aren’t going to be funny, but after so many practices and performances, you just say ‘It’s okay if a scene doesn’t get a big laugh because you can just do another one, and the audience will forget about it.”


What has been your favorite part about being a member of Get the Hook?

“I love performing. I love acting, theatre, singing, and dance because it’s a safe-haven. When I come [to practice], I forget about school and stress. I like improv because it’s a place to laugh and be funny. It’s also been a confidence booster. I feel like Improv has helped me in theatre, and I want to keep doing theatre in college, so I feel like I’m going to be glad that I did it during my high school career. And I get to see my friends when I come to practices, so that’s pretty cool.”


What do you enjoy most about performing improv?

“Getting laughs. It feels good after practicing so much to have an audience.”


Why should people come to the Get the Hook performances, Dec 1 – 3?

“Because we are hilarious! It’s convenient because you don’t have to drive all the way to Asheville to see a comedy show that might not be as funny as ours. Improv is fun, comedy is fun. And you can interact with us while we are performing. You get to have that human interaction during the show, instead of just going to a movie or something. Plus we are pretty good.”


How would you describe the show to someone who has never seen a Get the Hook show?

“Energetic! We do have to involve the audience some because we have to ask for suggestions, so you guys to think quickly too and help us out. It’s just a fun night overall. I love watching different troupes perform because it’s so different from seeing any other kind of performance. Comedy is completely different from anything you will ever experience. So you should give it a chance and come see us!”