Why YOU should get a Season Pass!

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Walking Across Egypt – May 10th – May 24th

Ghost Riders – June 7th – June 21st

Forever Plaid – June 28th – July 12th

The King & I – July 26th – August 9th

Treasure Island – August 23rd – September 6th

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – September 20th – September 28th

The Parkway Playhouse 2014 Season will feature a North Carolina Premiere based on a Clyde Edgerton novel, a World Premiere based on a Sharyn McCrumb novel, a goofy musical revue featuring songs from the 1950s, a timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, a swashbuckling pirate adventure, and one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

This season, we are offering three different season passes:
6-Show Season Subscription: one ticket to each of the six shows of the Mainstage Season
6-Show Flex Pass: six tickets that can be used for any show during the Mainstage Season
4-Show Flex Pass: four tickets that can be used for any show during the Mainstage Season

Benefits of purchasing a season pass:
1. Get the seats you want – Season pass holders can make seat reservations before the general public
2. It’s convenient, without the fee – Avoid the hassle of incurring $3.50 credit card fees on every ticket purchase
3. Pay less taxes – Cheaper ticket prices means paying less tax
4. Extra tickets at unbeatable prices – Any tickets purchased after your season passes have been used, are just $12 (plus tax) each

Click here to purchase your season pass today!

Audition for Parkway Playhouse’s 2014 Mainstage Season

The Parkway Playhouse will get a new roof in 2010


Where: Mountain Heritage Center
(113 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville)
Dates: March 1st & 15th
Times: 10:00am – 2:00pm

What to Prepare: Actors interested in having a speaking or supporting role will be asked to read selected scenes; those auditioning for roles in Forever Plaid or The King & I should prepare a song (no more than 16 bars) and should expect to participate in a dance audition.

Parkway Playhouse casts actors that range from experienced professionals (union and non-union), pre-professionals and students, and members of the community who share an interest in theatre.  No experience necessary, however auditions are competitive and not all who audition may be selected for inclusion in a production.

Actors who define themselves as professional or semi-professional are expected to have considerable experience on stage and/or training in theater from a college theater program.  An actor in this category is expected to present a professional audition – a prepared monologue (not necessarily from the show being cast), sheet music for an accompanist (if auditioning for a musical), and an 8×10 photo with attached resume.  Actors who do not meet this criteria will not be considered professional actors.  For those wishing to audition as a professional/semi-professional actor, please contact casting@parkwayplayhouse.com to schedule an audition.

The Parkway Playhouse is attending the WNC Unifieds in Asheville, NC on February 22nd.   All open auditions will be in Burnsville on March 1st & 15th from 10:00am-2:00pm.  To audition as a professional/semi-professional actor, please email casting@parkwayplayhouse.com to schedule an audition.

For more information, visit our auditions page on the website, call 828-682-4285 or send an email to casting@parkwayplayhouse.com.

Walking Across Egypt

Based on the novel by Clyde Edgerton
Adapted by Catherine Bush
Directed by Steven Grindstaff
Rehearsals begin in April
Performances: May 10th-24th
Casting: 8-10 Men/Women aged 16 and up (some roles have been cast)

When 78 year old Mattie Rigsbee discovers a stray dog on her back porch, she calls the dogcatcher.  Little does she know that Lamar Benfield will open her eyes to a world she never knew existed; a world that includes car theft, prison breaks and a juvenile delinquent named Wesley, who is as desperate for family as she is.  Armed with only her mouthwatering cornbread and a deep abiding faith in the Almighty, Mattie is determined to woo Wesley to the side of God and good manners.


Based on the novel by Sharyn McCrumb
Adapted by Andrew Gall
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin in May
Performances: June 7th-21st
Casting: Various Men/Women aged 16 and up (some roles have been cast)

Malinda Blalock, a young mountain woman whose husband was forced to enlist in the Confederate army, disguised herself as a boy and went with him.  Discharged soon afterwards, it isn’t long before the Confederacy wants Keith to take up arms again, and he does, only this time it is as a bushwhacker for the Union.  With not many people left to trust in a war that has pitted brother against brother, the couple head for high ground to avoid the county militia, and soon become hard-riding, deadly outlaws who avenge the deaths of their kin and neighbors at the hands of the Rebels

Forever Plaid

By Stuart Ross
Directed by Kristen Donelle Livengood
Rehearsals begin in late May
Performances: June 28th-July 12th
Casting: 4 Men aged 18-30, all must be able to sing tight 4-part harmony and move well

This deliciously goofy revue centers on four young, eager male singers killed in a car crash in the 1950’s on the way to their first big concert, and now miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the show that never was.  Featuring songs from the 50’s such as: Three Coins in the Fountain, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Chain Gang, Catch a Falling Star and more.

The King & I

Music by Richard Rodgers
Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin in late June
Performances: July 26th-August 9th
Casting: 20-25 Men/Women aged 8 up to adult

The King & I is a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination.  It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives.  The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West, and he seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image, if not his ways.  With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually respect one another, in a truly unique love story.

Treasure Island

Based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Adapted by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin July 27th
Performances: August 23rd-September 6th
Casting: 10-15 Men/Women aged 13 and up (Long John Silver has been cast)

This swashbuckling and wild yarn about piracy on the high seas centers on Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is at once good and evil, perhaps the most famous pirate of all time.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin August 24th
Performances: September 20th-28th
Casting: 10-15 Men/Women of various ages

Fall under the spell of Shakespeare’s most joyful and popular comedy.  Filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle, the merriment unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams.  With a magic potion that grants love at first sight, anything can, and does, happen!

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Andrew Gall
Rehearsals begin in November
Performances: December TBD

A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Future. Through a restless night, the spirits show him happy memories from his past, cruel realities from the present and the grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.

Parkway Playhouse Junior Shines at 2014 Junior Theater Festival


Twenty-eight students from Parkway Playhouse Junior returned from the 2014 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia with much to celebrate.  Along with 93 other groups (totaling over 4,000 avid musical theater lovers, ages 8-18) from around the country, they performed selections from their production of Disney’s Mulan, Jr.  for a panel of adjudicators, which included Derek Bowley (a DC-based theatre and music educator), Karen Sharp (the Education Director for Seattle Children’s Theatre) and none other than Andy Jones (Prince Topher in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway).

The cast list of Parkway Playhouse Junior students who performed at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival: Hannah Barilovits, Lily Bartleson, Elijah Briggs, Logan Bryant, Natalie Calkins, Corey Chandler, Jonathan Chandler, Sophia Coren, Lexi Cranor, Izzy Davis, Gavin Henry, Kade Hoilman, Isabelle Hughes, Olivia Hughes, Taylor Hutchison, Amira Malas, Zachariah Malas, Laura Oosterloo, Liza Patrick, Paige Rizzuto, Emily Sigmon, Paloma Soto, Hana Stella, Tanner Townsend, Tristi Townsend, Logan Walden, Asya Williams, and Samarie Wilson.

Lily Bartleson and Elijah Briggs were selected as the JTF “All-Stars” of Parkway Playhouse Junior and joined 184 other select actresses and actors to perform in front of the 5,000 plus screaming peers and event attendees.  Elijah Briggs was one of the lucky few who were hand selected to have a small featured part during the performance.


Lily Bartleson, a senior at Mountain Heritage High School,  was presented with Excellent Individual Performance by a Female for her fabulous rendition of Mulan. This award was given to only a dozen female actors from the entire festival and is a wonderful send off for Lily’s final performance with Parkway Playhouse Junior.


Corey Chandler, a senior at Mountain Heritage High School, was one of four presented with the Freddie G Inspiration Award for his personal story on the whys, whats and hows of his decision to join Parkway Playhouse Junior. After the performance, the adjudicators asked him (as an aside) how and why he chose to be a part of Parkway Playhouse Junior. “My brother Jonathan has been my inspiration since he signed up for Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. and people at his school started bullying him about it,” responded Chandler, “and after attending the 2013 Junior Theater Festival, which I loved, I signed up for Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr. and went on to sign up for Disney’s Mulan, Jr.  Thanks to my brother, I’ve discovered something new that I love.” His response made its way up the Junior Theater Festival food chain and eventually to his award.

IMG_3739After the awards ceremony, six Parkway Playhouse Junior students, Lily Bartleson, Logan Bryant, Kade Hoilman, Taylor Hutchison, Emily Sigmon, and Logan Walden, along with 54 other students performed “This Is Our Story” from Shrek The Musical, Jr. for the 5,000 plus attendees.  Lily Bartleson and Logan Walden were selected to wear microphones and were assigned spoken lines.

In addition to their performance, students from Parkway Playhouse Junior viewed the performances of other students, attended workshops, went to panel discussions led by seasoned professionals, enjoyed a performance of Broadway and Beyond: An Evening With the Stars of Broadway, and went to a huge dance party thrown by Disney for the students.

IMG_3721Parkway Playhouse’s Director of Education, Mary Katherine Smith-Gall was selected as one of eight theatre educators from the festival to participate in the “Freddie G Experience.”  Beginning in 2010, The Junior Theater Festival renamed its annual awards “The Freddie G’s,” in honor of Freddie Gershon, Music Theatre International chairman and Broadway Junior founder.

Mary Katherine Smith-Gall will receive a fully funded weekend in New York City complete with performances, celebrations, and workshops.  The weekend includes master classes with award-winning Broadway professionals including song writers, directors, choreographers and lighting designers.  She will also attend a Broadway show, likely see a pilot workshop of an upcoming JR. production and receive a tour of Music Theatre International, iTheatrics and other festival sponsored venues and theatres.

“The weekend will fully immerse the teachers in the Broadway world and provide one-of-a-kind learning opportunities for the teachers to take back to their schools, students and communities,” Gershon said in a statement.  “These teachers do inspiring work with limited financial resources.  We want to give them the opportunity to live the Broadway experience and interact with top professionals to reward them for all they do to introduce the next generations to Broadway and musical theatre.”

In addition to the extensive training Mary Katherine Smith-Gall will receive, Parkway Playhouse Junior will also receive $5,000 for programming.

Parkway Playhouse started Parkway Playhouse Junior as an educational after-school program in the fall of 2010.  Since then, the program has grown to produce summer camps, after-school classes, and will be producing 5 shows in 2014.  In 2011, the program initiated an apprentice program that provides high school students seriously interested in learning about theatre and the performing arts the opportunity to be deeply involved in working on productions at Parkway Playhouse.  The High School Apprentices make significant backstage and on stage contributions to Parkway Playhouse.

IMG_3729Haven Jenkins, a previous High School Apprentice for Parkway Playhouse went on to be a College Intern during the 2013 Parkway Playhouse Mainstage Season.  She was also one of six college students selected for a 2014 Junior Theater Festival student internship.  Interns provide general festival assistance throughout the weekend and attend a special master class with members of the Junior Theater Festival staff.  This internship began in 2013 for former students who have shown maturity, leadership skills, and a desire to learn about all aspects of theater.


For more information about Parkway Playhouse Junior programming, please call 828.682.4285 or visit http://www.parkwayplayhouse.com.

Parkway Playhouse Junior Is Preparing For Competition!

logo_200x200_000275From January 17-19, twenty-eight students from Parkway Playhouse Junior’s Production of Mulan Jr will be competing at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta Georgia.

We’re excited to announce that six of our students will be highlighted at the festival this year.  At the end of the Sunday Afternoon Awards Ceremony, six students from ten different groups are chosen to perform a number together.  For the 2014 big festival finale, six students from Parkway Playhouse Junior were chosen and will be singing “This Is Our Story” from Shrek Jr.

Those students featured are: Lily Bartleson, Logan Bryant, Kade Hoilman, Taylor Hutchison, Emily Sigmon and Logan Walden.


We are proud to announce that former Parkway Playhouse Junior student, Haven Jenkins, will be traveling to the Junior Theater Festival again, this time as an intern.

Only a select few are chosen from over a hundred college student applicants from across the country, who have previously attended the Junior Theater Festival.

Interns provide general festival assistance throughout the weekend and attend a special master class with members of the Junior Theater Festival staff.

The Junior Theater Festival began this internship in 2013 for former students who have shown maturity, leadership skills, and a desire to learn about all aspects of theater.

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The Parkway Playhouse 2014 Season will feature a North Carolina premiere based on a Clyde Edgerton novel, a world premiere based on a Sharyn McCrumb novel, a goofy musical revue featuring songs from the 1950s, a timeless Rogers and Hammerstein musical, a swashbuckling pirate adventure, and one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.

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ImageOur goal is to reach 100 members by January 1.

Will you help us reach that goal?

There are some amazing benefits to becoming a member aside from being able to put your name on an arts organization that has been operating in Burnsville for 68 years, has a nationally recognized theatre education program that readies local students for college and beyond, encourages local playwrights, and creates jobs in Yancey County.
Check out the benefits and the various Membership Levels below.

The Membership Levels


  • Complimentary subscription to From The Wings, the Parkway Playhouse member newsletter published quarterly and filled with behind-the-scenes stories and member news.

  • Two free concessions coupons for use during any mainstage show (excludes wine).

  • Special discounts for receptions and events throughout the season.

  • Name recognition in playbills.


  • All benefits listed above, plus:

  • Member pricing for season subscriptions and flex passes.

  • Name recognition in the Annual Report.


  • All benefits listed above, plus:

  • VIP backstage tour.


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  • Ticket processing fees waived.

  • Exclusive, intimate “Meet the Artist” post-show reception on the stage set.

  • VIP reception and recognition at the Spring Gala.

To become a member, fill out this form and return it to us!

Local Orgs Looking for a Scrooge

At the end of the play, Scrooge makes some generous donations to the welfare of those his community.  In that spirit, here are local organizations that give assistance to those in need in our own community–and could use your assistance.  To quote the play, “How much should we put you down for?”

MY Meds – an outreach that helps uninsured individuals in Mitchell, Yancey, and Avery Counties secure prescribed medications that keep them healthy, employed, and out of the hospital.

Family Violence Coalition  – a non-profit organization providing services and support to victims of domestic violence.

Reconciliation House –  a Christian, ecumenical, outreach ministry serving Yancey County in Western North Carolina.  Our main purpose is to provide physical assistance to families in a crisis situation, in many cases, long-term suffering and financial poverty. Reconciliation House has become a “haven of refuge” to families suffering from hunger and the elements.

Graham’s Chidren’s Heath Services – a community based, community led, volunteer coalition with the vision that every child in the Toe River Area should have the opportunity and the access to achieve the best possible health.

Grandfather Home For Children –  a Christian ministry providing love and healing for more than 500 children each year.
ImageHabitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.
Centro de Enlace – Centro de Enlace empowers Yancey County Latinos to successfully seize the full range of opportunities available to them through communication, advocacy, education, and community organization. We envision a county where the impacts of poverty and marginalization no longer obstruct the ability of individuals and families to sustain themselves and contribute their talents.  The center strives to implement programs that bring Latinos into full participation in the county’s social, political and economic life, and to promote unity and understanding of our different cultures.
Feed-A-Child – We provide healthy snacks to kids who are on free or reduced lunches during the school week but then have little or nothing to eat over the weekends. We package the snacks in grocery-type bags and then deliver them to the schools in the county who have identified the kids. The schools then make sure the kids have the bags before they leave for home before they leave school on Fridays.
Dig In Garden – In our first year we delivered over 2000 lbs of fresh vegetables to soup kitchens and other agencies in Yancey County. The 2012 growing season put us over the 9000 lb. mark. As community involvement grows, so will our production.
Meds For Kids (through My Heath-e-Schools) – MY Health-e-Schools has a continuous fundraising campaign that allows us pay for medications and medical services for uninsured and under-insured children that are seen by our telemedicine program.


Imagination Library through M-Y Partnership for Children – In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.
There are others, so if one comes to mind, please list it in the comments and provide a link if you are able!
“It is a [strange person] indeed who does not follow one act of kindness with another act of kindness.”