Meet the new Executive Director Jeff Bachar

(pronounced ba-HAR)

You may have already had a chance to meet Jeff at a Parkway Playhouse event, but in case you haven’t… here’s a first introduction to him and his new role.

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PP:  What role do you believe theatre plays in a community?

Jeff: A theatre should bring people together; people from all parts of the community. Its a place where people, young and old, can safely challenge themselves to learn new skills and build self-confidence. A theatre welcomes people from all walks of life and has a way of helping people who are feeling a little lost to find their way.  A good theatre will have a mix of plays and musicals: some that just make you laugh out loud, others that challenge the way we see the world, and some that make us cry and there are those plays that do all of that at once.  Experiencing those moments together, as an audience, is important for a community. That actually builds community.

For Parkway Playhouse the role of the junior program, the conservatory, is very powerful and exceptional for a community this size.  Whether a young person dreams of performing on Broadway or their parents want them to gain confidence for a job interview, or they just want to have fun singing and dancing, the junior program provides that opportunity.  Lifelong, positive memories are created there.

PP: Your last job was working for another non-profit in Asheville (Western NC AIDS Project) What was it that appealed to you about a theatre job?

Jeff: It feels like I’m going back to my roots.   I’ve always been a part of a theatre, at least since high school.  My undergraduate degree is in theatre and I’ve worked professionally as a director and an actor.  I’ve built scenery, run lights and sound, designed sets (not very well), been a stage manager.   This is a dream job for me that combines my theatre knowledge with extensive management experience.

PP: What is your primary role at Parkway Playhouse as Executive Director? 

Jeff: As Executive Director I have a wide range of duties.   One of the most important roles is to represent the organization in the community, with local government officials, tourism and development offices, other non-profits.   To do this well, I need to be able to share our vision for the future as an organization so the board and staff will be creating a strategic plan that looks ahead.  We will spend some time listening to community members regarding how they see Parkway Playhouse growing over time.  I will be facilitating this process.  By mid-December we want to be done and have the finished product.  That may seem like a long way off but since the process requires in-person meetings and conversations with very busy people its going to take some time. And of course we have all of our daily work to do in addition to the strategic planning work.  But its very exciting and will be worth the effort. The plan will guide our work for some years to come.  I don’t see myself acting or directing here anytime soon; there just isn’t time right now.

PP: What excites you the most about your new position?

Jeff: I’ve been welcomed by and am getting a huge amount of support from community members and staff here.  That’s a great feeling. Its thrilling to join a group of people who are creative, energetic and passionate about teaching, learning and entertaining.

PP:  What’s the Holiday show this year?

Jeff: Stay tuned to our Facebook page.  We will be announcing that in the coming weeks.

PP: When will we find out what the 2018 shows are?  

Jeff: You’ll have to come the end of the year party on October 21st to find that out!

PP: What do you envision for Parkway Playhouse in five years?

Jeff: Even sooner than five years I’d like Parkway Playhouse to host more bluegrass concerts, show some movies now and then, and do other things beyond traditional main stage productions.  We’ll keep those going strong of course; just add a few new things.  Who knows what will happen, but maybe we will develop a larger rehearsal space and office space. Why not throw in a cafe while we are at it?!   I’m just dreaming now.  If we have the space I’d love to have visiting playwrights work on developing new works with local and national actors during the summer.

 

So, be on the lookout for Jeff at the next show (opening this weekend) and be sure to give him a warm welcome.

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For tickets call 828.682.4285 or purchase them online.

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Mountain Air Country Club to Sponsor Parkway Playhouse Golf Tournament

Burnsville’s Mountain Air Country Club continues to live up to their philanthropic reputation by partnering with the historic Parkway Playhouse to hold a Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 29, 2017.  Registration will start at 11:00 am followed by a 12:00 pm shotgun start.

The Golf Tournament

Mountain Air Country Club has been described by Links magazine as “one of the most dramatic and naturally conceived courses in the country”.   This unique Scott Pool designed 18 hole course spans 6400 yards.  It is located at 4600 feet above sea level and features stunning views and, over the course of play, 900 feet of elevation change.

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Golfers can register as a team or as an individual (who will be put onto a team) by contacting the Mountain Air Country Club Pro Shop at 828-682-4600 or by downloading, filling in and then mailing the form available here before April 22nd.

The entry fee is $125 per player and includes golf, cart rental, mulligans, and a “goodie bag”.

The proceeds from the tournament will benefit Parkway Playhouse, the 71-year-old Theatre Company located in Burnsville.

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. Email  for more information.


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Parkway Playhouse has also partnered with the Nu Wray Inn to offer weekend packages for golfers who would like to make a weekend of the event. 

The Nu Wray Inn is an historic Bed and Breakfast Inn located on Burnsville’s Town Square. Accommodations include spacious rooms, multiple dining options, as well as walking distance to restaurants and shops in Burnsville’s downtown area.

Stay at the historic Nu Wray Inn on the Square in downtown Burnsville

  • Lodging for either Friday night, April 28th or Saturday night, April 29th.
  • A flight of beer at the Blind Squirrel Brewery (Burnsville)
  • Continental Breakfast for two the next morning
  • Two Flex Passes good for admission to a 2017 mainstage show.
    We recommend The Fox on the Fairway that runs September 2 – 16.
  • $129 plus tax for one person / $136 plus tax for two people (one room)

The “Stay” portion of these Packages can be booked by contacting the Nu Wray Inn at 828-682-2329.

Remember to also call Mountain Air Country Club Pro Shop at 828-682-4600 to register for “Play”.


Parkway Playhouse’s 2017 Season is made possible by support from WTOE/WKYK, the Yancey Fund, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, the Mountain Air Residents Community Foundation, the City of Burnsville, Yancey County, and our generous donors.

FOX FAIRWAY BANNERFor more information about Parkway Playhouse’s performances and education programs please call 828-682-4285 or visit parkwayplayhouse.com.

 

 

PARKWAY PLAYHOUSE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  TO INCLUDE PRODUCTION WORKSHOP HOURS ON TUESDAY EVENINGS AS WELLAS MORE USHER CLASSES

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Parkway Playhouse is preparing for the opening of their 2016 Season, which will mark the award-winning theatre company’s  70th anniversary.  With over 50 performances and special events scheduled to take place, the theatre’s staff is looking for volunteers who wish to get involved.

With many volunteer opportunities already in place, Parkway Playhouse has added a weekly workshop for volunteers who want to work behind the scenes.  Starting on Tuesday, April 19 and continuing weekly through October 4,  Parkway Playhouse will be open for volunteers aged 12 and over, who would like to work on various projects related to productions including set construction as well as working on projects related to maintaining the theatre’s extensive collection of costumes, props, and scenery. These work calls will be led by members of  Parkway Playhouse’s artistic staff.  There is no need for previous experience or to sign up in advance. Participants should be prepared to  lift up to 50lbs, bring a pair of work gloves (if they like), as well as work clothing.  Participants will be credited in the Playbill for productions that they have contributed to, and will have the opportunity to earn complimentary tickets to performances. All volunteers who participate in the 2016 will be invited to the theatre’s year-end season party.  

Additional opportunities include ushering at performances. Ushers assist with greeting and seating patrons, serving concessions, and answering questions for patrons.  Ushers also may earn complimentary tickets to performances.   Ushers must attend an annual orientation class (even if they have ushered for Parkway Playhouse in the past).  The next usher orientation session is:

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Tuesday April 19 at 7:00pm, Parkway Playhouse will offer an Usher Training Class.  The class 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-in as ushers for the 2016 Season, and attend performances for free, when they are volunteering. (Please note that if you were an usher in 2015, you need to take the class each year to stay up to date.)   Ushers need to be at least 16 years of age.

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Mountain Air Country Club to Sponsor Parkway Playhouse Golf Tournament

Burnsville’s Mountain Air Country Club continues to live up to their philanthropic reputation by partnering with the historic Parkway Playhouse to hold a Golf Tournament on Saturday April 30, 2016.  Registration will start at 11:00am followed by a 12:00pm shotgun start.

The Golf Tournament

Mountain Air Country Club has been described by Links magazine as “one of the most dramatic and naturally conceived courses in the country”.   This unique Scott Pool designed 18 hole course spans 6400 yards.  It is located at 4600 feet above sea level and features stunning views and, over the course of play, 900 feet of elevation change.

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Golfers can register as a team or as an individual (who will be put onto a team) by contacting the Mountain Air Country Club Pro Shop at 828-682-4600 or by downloading, filling in and then mailing the form available here before April 23rd.  

The entry fee is $100 per player and includes golf and a “goodie bag”.  

The proceeds from the tournament will benefit Parkway Playhouse, the 70 -year-old Theatre Company located in Burnsville.  

Hole sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. Email info@parkwayplayhouse.com for more information.

Play and StayNu Wray

Parkway Playhouse has also partnered with the Nu Wray Inn to offer weekend packages for golfers who would like to make a weekend of the event.  Continue reading Mountain Air Country Club to Sponsor Parkway Playhouse Golf Tournament

Get the Hook is traveling to Chapel Hill, NC for the NC Comedy Arts Festival

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Parkway Playhouse’s Teen Improv Troupe, Get the Hook is traveling to Chapel Hill, NC for the NC Comedy Arts Festival as we are sitting here reading this blog post.  The high-school aged performers will attend workshops with nationally known Improv-Comedy writers and performers and will have the opportunity to perform.

Break-a-leg Spencer, Levi, Hana, Paloma, Olivia, and Aneka!

For more information, click the image below to listen to Get the Hook on NPR’s program “The State of Things” earlier this week:

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To visit our website, click the image of Callie, the regular kitty attendant at the Playhouse, posing with her ticket to the September performance of Get the Hook:

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2016 Flex Passes are on sale!

IMG_1684What’s a Flex Pass?

It’s like a Season Ticket – Only Better!  When you purchase a 2016 Flex Pass, you will receive either four or six admissions to any fully priced ticketed performance.

How much do they cost?

6-Show Flex Pass: $90 ($96.08 with tax)
4-Show Flex Pass: $60 ($64.05 with tax)

How do I use them?

You may use your flex passes in any combination you wish. For example, you may use your 6-Show Flex Pass to see each 2016 mainstage show once, or for you and five of your friends to see one show together. It’s all up to you!

A 4-Show Flex Pass can make such a great gift (for Valentin’s Day, Mother’s Day, or maybe Graduation).  It would allow the recipient to attend four shows during the season OR it would allow them to take a friend to two shows.  The recipient could even take three friends to one show.  If you are buying them as a gift, call the box office at 828-682-4285 and we’ll help you out.FLEX summer of fun

How do I buy them?
Just click on “Buy Flex Passes” OR go to our Buy Tickets web page OR call the box office at 828-682-4285 and we’ll answer any questions you have an help you make your purchase. Continue reading 2016 Flex Passes are on sale!

Why become a Parkway Playhouse Member?

2014 tshirt webYou mean aside from being able to put your name on an arts organization that has been operating in Burnsville since 1947, has a nationally recognized theatre education program that readies local students for college and beyond, encourages local playwrights, brings in tourists, and creates jobs in our community?

Just check out the benefits and the various Membership Levels below. Continue reading Why become a Parkway Playhouse Member?