Dinner and a SHOW! The Burnsville dining scene in the Summer of 2018.

We’re still the same lovely mountain town you remember from last year.  However, if  you’re headed in for the weekend to see a show, here’s what’s new in food for this season.


The NuWray Inn isn’t exactly new, as it was built in 1833, but it is doing something new and exciting which just happens to be coinciding with OPENING NIGHT (May 5th) of our season.  Along with White Falls Catering, they are offering two seatings for a Ramp Dinner; one at 5pm and one at 7pm.  So, if you want to see Blithe Spirit on opening night, make dinner reservations for the 5pm seating.  If they’re already booked, and you simply must try the wild Appalachian specialty of ramps prepared the traditional way at 7pm, you should probably just book a room so you can catch the matinee of Blithe Spirit on Sunday at 3pm.

snapRight across the square, one of Burnsville’s best known and loved combos Garden Deli and Snap Dragon have something up their sleeves, too! There are always weekend specials, but ALSO, to complement each show of the 2018 season, the bartenders at Snap Dragon will be creating a specialty cocktail based on the play or musical! (Blithe Spirit should be a breeze, right? Though, you may want to exercise caution when the play is Dial M for Murder!)


New Restaurants:


Mountain Chef Bistro is probably the most recent addition on Main Street–owned by Chef Bill Konyok and Debbie Phillips (who has been on stage at Parkway Playhouse many times, most recently at one of our fundraising galas). Worth noting, aside from their delicious menu, is that they are open from 11-3 on Sundays.  (If this seems too fancy for your whole crew, don’t hesitate to send the antsy ones just across the street to Rad Dawgz Hotdog and Taco Joint and Cool Catz Candy and Ice Cream to eat and play games while you enjoy your dinner!)  The Bistro is located in the same space Blind Squirrel was last summer.

yummi.jpgYummi America Cafe probably opened just as the 2017 season was winding down, but as it’s located close to the High School, you may not have noticed it. It is a Latin Fusion restaurant serving fresh made food from real and whole ingredients. Tortillas are made in-house, traditional pozole served on the weekends, and tasty breakfasts, too!


homeplace beer co. also opened in the middle of last season, but now they’ve settled into their groove (trivia, local non-profit nights, live music, small batch beers). They don’t really serve food, but have begun great partnerships with folks who do: Hog’s Hollow Pizza Truck  is usually there on Friday nights, and Pig & Grits  will occasionally have bbq, wings, or nacho nights! Also, patrons can always call Yummi’s for delivery. (Open Sundays until 7pm.) It’s worth noting several eateries around town serve homeplace beer… especially, Garden Deli, which has a brew the two owners created just for them, cleverly named Second Home.


The Burnsville Pizza Shop 
has now relocated just down the hill from the theatre on East Main Street.  They also serve wings and Phillies.

Rescue Dog Cafe Ad web size.jpgAlso close to the theatre is Rescue Dog Cafe. They’re not really new, either, but their extended hours, expansive deck, beer/wine offerings and small plates are.  They’re one of the also open on Sunday afternoons! (The Burnsville Donut Company truck parked right next door is usually sold out by any afternoon, though.)

Hawtree’s Pub and Grill at Mount Mitchell Golf Course opens for the summer on May 1 with a fresh new look and Stuart Jensen at the helm.

Anchors Away Cafe was unable to renew their Burnsville building lease, but are celebrating 10 years in the restaurant business at their new location in Spruce Pine (163 Skyview Circle).

Pig & Grits which was mentioned previously, also adds Tuesday/Thursday evening hours this week! Plus, if you’re staying overnight and want a hearty breakfast, this is the place.

Other solid breakfasts and good coffee can be found at Appalachian Java. (You might even catch some live bluegrass if you’re here on a Monday night.) And have you seen the interior re-design and their pastry case?!? (With gluten-free cupcakes!) It’s worth checking out. (Visit out their website for a hint.)

Though if you’re staying over to spend a little more time out in nature,  we recommend  Ye Olde Country Store to pack a brown bag lunch to take on your hike.

Honestly, there are so many things to do in the area, that it’s worth an extended stay to really relax and reconnect with the earth (or sky), yourself, your family, your artistic and theatre sides… (OK. That’s clearly another blog post we need to write…) You may even want to consider weekending at The Switzerland Inn & Chalet for their spectacular views and spa!


For an extended list of places to stay and other eateries in the area, visit the Yancey or Mitchell Counties Chambers of Commerce.

We’ll see you at the shows! (And then catch up with you later at one of the local restaurants.)

2018 Playbill Cover

We have done our best to include the changes we are aware of while giving a nod to our sponsors and those who advertise in our playbill. Feel free to add your personal recommendations for what to order at the establishments or for other restaurants in the area 


Actor Spotlight – Jacee Williams

Jacee Williams is cast as Bielke, one of the younger daughters of Tevye and Golde

jaceeWhat made you decide to audition for Fiddler on the Roof, JR?
Because I love theatre and I thought it would be a fun show!

Tell us a little bit about your character(s).
I am Bielke and she is one of Tevye and Goldes youngest daughters. She is very playful. I am also Mordcha and he is the innkeeper.

What challenges have you encountered with this play?How has that helped your grow as an actor?
Some of the dancing has been very fast, and my facial expressions. It’s helped me express what my character is feeling so the audience stays engaged.

daisy.gifWhat have you enjoyed most about working on Fiddler on the Roof JR?
I’ve enjoyed making new friends, getting to work with new teachers and just about all of it!

fiddler april 20 through 22

Actor Spotlight – Maggie Howell

Maggie Howell is cast as the oldest daughter Tzietel.


What made you decide to audition for Fiddler on the Roof JR?
I auditioned for Fiddler on the Roof Jr because I have been acting at Parkway Playhouse  for 5 years and I love theatre.

Tell us a little bit about your character.
I play Tzeitel and she is the oldest daughter of Tevye and Golde, and the matchmaker is searching for a husband for her, but she’s not really in favor of the matchmaker finding her a husband because she has already fallen in love with someone else.

What do you think the audience will like about Fiddler on the Roof JR?
Although, this is a serious show I think that the audience will like the little bit of humor in Fiddler on the Roof Jr.

What challenges have you encountered with this play?How has that helped your grow as an actor?
When I’m in a show, I am usually singing the lower part in the songs, but in Fiddler I have been put on the higher part which has really been challenging me, but it’s also helping me expand my vocal range a little bit more.

maggie 2What have you enjoyed most about working on Fiddler on the Roof JR?
I’ve really enjoyed the rehearsals and putting the show all together, and hanging out with the cast has been really fun too.

Come see Maggie perform this weekend!

fiddler april 20 through 22

Actor Spotlight – Lizzie Bingham

Though she is no stranger here, Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. is Lizzie Bingham’s first Junior performance. She is cast as Golde, wife of Tevye and mother of 5 daughters.

LizziePPJR:  Tell us a little bit about your character.
Lizzie: Golde is a sassy, authoritative mother and wife who wants the best for her family.

PPJR:  What challenges have you encountered with this play? How has that helped your grow as an actor?
Lizzie:  I have never had a lead in a musical before so this play has challenged me to become more confident in my singing abilities and to listen to musical cues since I have many solos and can’t rely on other singers to carry me.

PPJR:  Without spoiling any surprises, do you have a particular scene that is your favorite?
Lizzie:  One of my favorite scenes is when Tevye and Golde have a very sweet moment and realize their feelings for each other after twenty five years of marriage.

PPJR:  What have you enjoyed most about working on Fiddler on the Roof JR?
Lizzie:  I have enjoyed working with the other actors immensely and getting to see all of us grow as actors. Fiddler on the Roof is a challenging play to act as well as musically challenging so we’ve all had to work hard and mature as actors.


fiddler april 20 through 22

Get the Hook Improv Comedy Troupe – Meet the Members

Meet Jack Weinmeister, Improv Comedy Troup Member.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of Get the Hook?
I enjoy being with some of my closest friend and being able to make people laugh.

What is the most challenging thing about improv comedy?
We are not allowed to say NO. It makes some of our jokes a little bit harder to work around.

We’ve heard that your Troupe has created a new improv game. Can you tell us about it?
The name of the game is “The baby’s name is Heffington.” This came about because of our own decision on our teacher’s baby’s name. It is a long form game in which we receive one suggestion from the audience and then offer some stories to base our next skits off of.

Get the Hook Improv Comedy Troupe – Meet the Members

Meet MJ Bellington, Get the Hook Improv Comedy Troupe Member.

What do you enjoy most about being a member of Get the Hook?
“I’ve always really enjoyed making people laugh, so being able to work together with friends to make a crowd laugh is hecka fun.”

What is the most challenging thing about improv comedy?
“Letting go of the fear of being judged. Like. Yes, sometimes you gonna act ridiculous or you’re gonna tell a joke that doesn’t land, but if you can lose that fear, it makes you so much better at it and have way more fun with it.”

We’ve heard that your Troupe has created a new improv game. Can you tell us about it?
“It’s a story telling based game, we tell some stories, and preform a skit involving the stories we just told. I’ve been home schooled for the majority of my life and never travel, so my stories are usually AGGRESSIVELY uneventful.”

Meet Our 2018 College Interns!

Meet our new college intern, Megan Townsend.

What school are you currently attending?
“I attend Marymount Manhattan College and I am working towards a BA in Theatre Arts, with a double major in Theatre History and Performance Texts & Theatre and New Media.”

Why did you choose to apply for the Parkway Playhouse college internship?
“I have always admired the high quality of the shows, and how everyone seems to be having so much fun. Parkway Playhouse always puts on a great show, and I am very excited to become part of this team.”

What is your favorite show/musical of all time?
“My favorite musical is Finding Neverland. It was the first Broadway show I ever saw, and it was absolutely stunning. The music, the book, the dancing, everything was perfect. It’s what inspired me to move to New York, because it made me realize I need to be as close to Broadway as possible.”

What Parkway Playhouse show are you most excited to work in/see this season?
“I am very excited for Oliver! I love this show and the music, and I am very excited to see it come to life. It has a wide range of ages, and I love watching so many different people work together to make something amazing.”

What’s happening this month at Parkway Playhouse?