Actor Spotlight: Aaron Neighbors

image1.pngAaron Neighbors (a 7th grader at East Yancey Middle School) plays Jack in Into the Woods, Jr. the last weekend in April at Parkway Playhouse.  Parkway Playhouse Junior, a theatre education program, has been providing acting opportunities for area students for the last seven years and Aaron has been there from the beginning.  Since 2010 he has been in 16 different productions with more to follow!
PPJR: How has this production been different than any of the many previous ones?
Aaron:  This show differs from my previous shows for many reasons. First of all, certain roles have understudies. Cast members with understudies have enjoyed developing their character together and teaching the understudies more about theatre in general. Secondly, the humor of the show is off the charts, but some seriousness still remains.
Lastly, the set for this show is very elaborate and I believe the audience will love it!
Come to the show!
PPJR: What’s it been like to have an understudy? That’s new for a Junior show, isn’t it…
Aaron: I have enjoyed having an understudy as it has helped me/us with character development. Seeing how the character will be slightly different when he plays Jack versus when I play Jack has been fun. My understudy is Caleb Roy; he is an awesome actor and good friend. Overall, I believe this show, Into The Woods, will be amazing!
Be sure to make plans to see it! The understudies will have their chance to shine on the Sunday 3pm performance… so you may want to make plans to see it TWICE.
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Tickets available at the door.
$11 for Adults; $9 for Members; $5.50 for Students 17 and under

Parkway Playhouse Guild


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And just in case you wanted the song stuck in your head…

Parkway Playhouse would not exist as it is today without volunteer involvement. You are an absolute essential component of our theater. Our shows transport our patrons to another world, offering them an escape from their everyday life, but we cannot create these magical productions without your help.

Parkway has a dedicated staff, small in number but awesome in ability, who will provide the guidance we need for the Guild. Countless volunteer opportunities are available: Ushers, concessions, production support for opening night and dress rehearsals, transportation, grounds maintenance, set construction, costumes, props, sewing, technology, and Parkway Playhouse Junior support, just to name a few. Whether you have just two hours or fifty hours during our season, we need you as a member! You choose how much time you have to spend.

By becoming a member of the Guild you make the continued success of the Playhouse a reality, but you also get great incentives! The biggest bonus is the family you will be joining and the fun and satisfaction you will get working with your new friends.

We will send out more information soon, in the meantime could you please respond by email to, guild@parkwayplayhouse.comYes I want to help, or Yes I want to help and I would like to help doing…, or Yes I want to help but I have some questions. Once we have an email list of interested members we will follow up with each of you. We appreciate in advance your willingness to help create the Magic at Parkway Playhouse!

Doug Shaw & Deena Bingham
Directors of Parkway Playhouse Volunteer Guild


Actor Spotlight: Hana Stella


As you can see, Hana Stella has played many roles at Parkway Playhouse and elsewhere. From her role as brainy cheerleader in Aliens vs. Cheerleaders, to an honest-to-goodness member of the varsity cross country and soccer teams at Mountain Heritage High School, she constantly transforms herself. Perhaps her most dramatic transformation, though, was from her fall role in James & the Giant Peach, Jr. as the worm… to Cinderella in the upcoming Into the Woods, Jr.

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Hana Stella (sophomore)

“The role of Cinderella has been a challenge. The music that I have had to learn for this character is particularly difficult, and I’ve certainly worked on it much harder than with other shows. Luckily enough, Cinderella’s physical characteristics have been easy… I base her clumsiness off of myself!”image1 (1)
You don’t want to miss it, especially the clumsy bits!
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Burnsville: Where you want to be Mother’s Day Weekend

We are turning up the dial on Mother’s Day weekend, so if you need a get-away for the whole family, this is the time to plan your trip to Burnsville. (And did you see Country Living has us in the TOP 20 Mountain Towns to visit!?!)  If you’re lucky enough to live close, we recommend putting those chores on the back burner. We’ve got fun events going on for everyone.

16665241_1194357587350482_5818680807950549054_o.jpgThe Burnsville Fit Families 5k (sponsored by PATH) begins the morning with 8 am race-day registration and a 9 am start. This event is inclusive of the whole family – runners under 18 race FREE and plenty of people walk the course… all in an effort to be more fit. Pre-register by April 28 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. (Parkway Playhouse will have a water station waiting for you just before you reach mile 3.)


Also starting at 8 am (and continuing until 5 pm), the Toe River Arts Council and the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild are sponsoring the Plein Air Paint Out. … an event for artists of all ages to set up their easels around Burnsville depict what they see.

Then, from 11 am to 5 pm the Town of Burnsville and the Parks and Recreation Department are having a celebration at Cane River Park.

CRP LogoIf you’ve not been to Cane River Park, be sure to check out their facebook page to see what a beautiful place it is. On the 13th, though, it will be extra fun because they’ll have inflatables, fishing, games, free food, softball, soccer and baseball.

And then… THEN…

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So… if you don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet, consider getting her tickets to the show on Saturday or Sunday. Better yet, get her a Flex-Pass so she can see several shows this season. Perhaps… take the whole family out for the weekend.

There are plenty of great places to stay in Burnsville and several new restaurants. Check both the Explore Burnsville website and the Yancey Chamber of Commerce for recommendations.

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.


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



Actor Spotlight: Luke Fox

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Luke Fox, right, sings in the opening number of Jungle Book KIDS

With opening night in the books, you’ve only got one more chance to see Luke Fox in his 3rd Parkway Playhouse Junior production as Monkey, Elephant, and Thistle.

PPJR:  Have you made some new friends during rehearsals?
Luke: Yes, I’ve made friends. Kai helps me know when I am supposed to go on stage. She is really nice, helpful, and funny.
PPJR: Who do you hope comes to see Jungle Book KIDS?
Luke: I really hope Mrs. B comes to the show. She is my teacher at school.
PPJR: Do you have a favorite number?
Luke: My favorite part of the show is the Jungle Prologue because I get to do cartwheels! I like to dance and jump and do flips a lot!
PPJR:  How do you think you’ve improved as an actor these past few months?
Luke: I think I have become a better performer because at first I was really nervous and now I am excited and feel good about doing the show.
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Luke says he likes all his characters because they are silly like him, so you can see what a great job acting he’s doing here with that serious face!


Rebecca (Luke’s mother) says, “It is always exciting to see your child’s hard work pay off in the end. The staff at Parkway Playhouse are amazing. This is Luke’s third show and every single one has been a fantastic experience for our whole family. We are so fortunate to have them in our community.”


We’d also like to thank all the parents for driving kids to and from rehearsals, running lines and choreography with them at home, and providing support in a variety of ways. We couldn’t do it without such fabulous parents!

Don’t miss your chance to see Luke cartwheeling across the stage. The final performance of Jungle Book KIDS is tonight at 6 pm at Parkway Playhouse. Tickets available at the door.


Actor Spotlight: Daisy Pred

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Daisy (far left) in her role as Wolf

Meet Daisy Pred (Grumpy Monkey, Wolf, Elephant)

PPJR:  Have you made any new friends?

Daisy:  I made a lot of friends! There is a girl named Hazel, a girl named Lexi, and a boy named David. They’re really nice, and they help me sometimes, and I help them.

PPJR:  How have you become a better performer during rehearsals?

Daisy:  I’ve been working in groups a lot, and sometimes helping the people in my group and sometimes letting them help me. I know that they’re with me and I’m not alone. It feels like the group works better together on the stage that way.
Read that again.
That’s a girl who gets what theatre is all about.  Brava!
Come see what friends helping friends looks like.