Chocolate Sensation: A Season Celebration

Final 2019 Gala Invitation

Our 73rd Parkway Playhouse season has almost ended and it’s time to celebrate!

Kick up your heels, get ready to party, and bring your sweet tooth to our 3rd Annual Chocolate Sensation and Season Celebration on Friday, October 11 from 6:30 to 9:00

Some of the chocolate from our 2018 Chocolate Sensation

We invite you to spend a decadent evening with staff and board members. 

The evening will feature Karaoke, Performances from Parkway Playhouse Jr., the announcement of our 2020 season, and Silent & Live Auctions.

This is sure to be a fun event for all!  Be sure to sign up to sing your favorite Broadway show tune – karaoke style!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you!


Raise your glass to the arts!  Join us in recognizing the benefit the arts play in entertaining our community, educating our youth, and providing rewarding theatre opportunities for all ages.  

RSVP if you plan to attend, so we’re sure to have enough food and drink for everyone.  Just click here and then click Yes, call (828) 682-4285 or email to let us know you’re coming.

Suggested donation of $25 per person or $50 per family. We will accept cash, checks, and credit/debit cards at the Welcome Table on the evening of the event.

A special thank you to our supporters and table sponsors:

Appalachian Java & Cafe
Carolina Mountain Realty
DJ StevieG
Edward Jones – Financial Advisor: Jim Gentry Jr
Flowers by Vance
Fox Hill Meadery
Garden Deli & Snap Dragon
Ingles Supermarket
Jill’s Hairport
Mountain Community Health Partnership
Pig & Grits
Something Special Gift Shop & Monkey Business Toy Shop
White Falls Catering

And thanks to all our supporters—actors, volunteers, donors, families, friends…and our community.

We wouldn’t have been here for seven decades without your help.


Our 2019 Parkway Playhouse Junior Line-Up

No less exciting than our 2019 Mainstage Season is our Parkway Playhouse Junior line-up for the year!

Spring of 2019

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Performances: April 12 & 13 at 6:30pm, April 14 at 3:00pm
Auditions: Sunday January 27th 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsals Begin: January 28th
Rehearsal Times: Sundays 2:30-4:30pm, Mondays & Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm

Directed by Kristen Livengood, Choreography by Collin Eten

Join Junie B. on her first day of first grade, where many changes are in store: Junie’s best friend Lucille has found new best friends – and Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. While in Mr. Scary’s class Junie has trouble reading the blackboard – and she may need glasses. Add in a friendly cafeteria lady, an intense kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.  (ages 8-18)


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Performances: July 19 & 20 at 6:30pm
Camp Times: July 8-19
—–4-10 years Mondays-Fridays 9:00-12:00pm
—–10-18 years Mondays-Fridays 9:00-3:00pm

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!


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Performances: December 6 & 7 at 6:30pm and December 8 at 3pm
Auditions: Sunday September 8 2:30-4:30pm
Rehearsals Begin: September 9th
Rehearsal Times: Sundays 2:30-4:30pm and Mondays & Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm

Directed by Kristen Livengood

Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.


We will also continue our slate of Conservatory Classes, evenings of Get the Hook (improv comedy), and our summer Reading is Alive programs.

Up Next at Parkway Playhouse:

GTH Oct 2018 FB Event

2018 Murder Mystery Moonshine square

Be sure to call the NuWray Inn for tickets (not Parkway Playhouse). (828) 682-2329

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Our 2019 Season Announcement

At our Season Celebration on Friday night, we had the excitement of playing a guessing game with each of the show images.  But for you, our online family and friends, we’ll just sum up the salient points –namely, we have some fantastically new and fabulous shows lined up — so put the following dates on your calendars:
Auditions: February 16 & 17 (specific casting info coming later)
College Interns Applications Due:  March 15
HS Apprentice Applications Due:  April 5
Season Opens: May 4

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May 4-18

When an aspiring musician Ethan happens into Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the “Minstrel of Appalachia,” he embarks on a musical and historical journey.  Along about sundown, several musicians meet up on Lunsford’s porch for story telling, and, more importantly, a chance to make music together. Lunsford’s life and songs inspire musicians and appreciators of Appalachian music everywhere. This original musical, written by two of Lunsford’s own grandnieces, is a charming work sure to leave audiences smiling and humming.

Rainbow Flip Flops

June 1-15

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Sheree, the spunky team captain, desperately tries to maintain her organized and “perfect” life, and continues to be the group’s leader. Dinah, the wisecracking overachiever, is a career dynamo. But her victories in the courtroom are in stark contrast to the frustrations of her personal life. Lexie, pampered and outspoken, is determined to hold on to her looks and youth as long as possible. She enjoys being married—over and over and over again. The self-deprecating and acerbic Vernadette, acutely aware of the dark cloud that hovers over her life, has decided to just give in and embrace the chaos. And sweet, eager-to-please Jeri Neal experiences a late entry into motherhood that takes them all by surprise. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of “teamwork,” rally ’round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction. THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB is the story of these five unforgettable women—a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever…

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The Broadway production won four Tonys at the 68th Tony Awards (you may have seen performances of a song if you tuned in) in June 2014, including Best Musical.

June 29-July 13

When Monty Navarro discovers he is the not-so-distant heir to the D’Ysquith family fortune, he decides to jump the line of succession using a good bit of charm…and a little bit of murder. Along the journey of knocking off his eight unsuspecting relatives, Monty must juggle both matters of the heart and not landing behind bars.

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NEW NEW NEW:  The musical premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2015. The musical opened on Broadway in March 2017 and closed on May 21, 2017. And it will be HERE at Parkway Playhouse in the summer of 2019!

July 27-August 10

Amélie is an extraordinary young woman who lives quietly in the world but loudly in her mind. She covertly improvises small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy and mayhem. But when a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to risk everything and say what’s in her heart. Be inspired by this imaginative dreamer who finds her voice, discovers the power of connection, and sees possibility around every corner.

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The Humans was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.

August 24-September 7

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.

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September 21- October 5

This perennial favorite is based on the haunting folk ballad of “Barbara Allen.” Set in the Smoky Mountains, it recounts the story of John, a strange “witch boy” who upon first beholding the beautiful Barbara Allen immediately falls in love. He is given human form to woo and marry her on the condition that she remain true to him.

Aren’t you excited?  We are!

Check back soon to see our Parkway Playhouse Junior season line-up…

We may be done with our 2018 Mainstage Season, but we’ve still got things going on!

GTH Oct 2018 FB Event

2018 Murder Mystery Moonshine square

Be sure to call the NuWray Inn for tickets (not Parkway Playhouse). (828) 682-2329

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