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