2011 has been a great year for the theatre in so many ways. The theatre was the 2011 Recipient of the 2011 George A. Parides Award by the North Carolina Theatre Conference, our 2011 production of ROBIN HOOD: THE LEGEND OF SHERWOOD got top honors in the locally written production category along with 2010’s THE BALLAD OF TOM DOOLEY; the theatre had its longest season ever with great productions going from May through October and we are getting ready to start rehearsals for our holiday production very soon.
….and we have a great new season to announce. In many ways it is a signature Parkway Playhouse season with big musicals, a classic of the world stage, an entertaining look at a critical person from our region’s history, and the return of a holiday favorite. There are new plays from local writers (6 NC Playwrights will have their work performed at the Parkway Playhouse in 2012)- the Parkway Playhouse has made a unique committment and indeed some of our most exciting productions have come from the imaginative minds of people right in our backyard.
There are also some special events that we cannot announce yet because we are still working on them.
We don’t have audition information or season ticket information up here or on the website YET…. but it will get there. In the meantime, I get to enjoy sharing with you one of the most exciting times we have at the theatre…. which is getting telling you about where we are going next. Please share this blog and post comments. (It is always more exciting to write when you know people are reading….. unless of course you have nothing nice to say, then please do spare us…)
Here it is SEASON #66/The 2012 Parkway Playhouse Mainstage Season (dates/titles are subject to change but hopefully not)
OUTLANDER (World Premiere from an NC Playwright)
By Gary Carden
Set in the heart of Appalachia, this world premiere play chronicles the work of Horace Kephart: librarian, academic, author, outdoorsman, and founder of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Using storytelling, humor, and music, this play captures the essence of one of North Carolina’s most fascinating “adopted” sons.
ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
By Duke Ernsberger and Vrigina Cate (Both NC Playwrights)
May 26- June 9
It’s 1970 and Elvis Presley is missing. His manager, Colonel Tom Parker, needs his star for an extremely important live performance. (You see, he owes a certain mobster a bit of money). Oh, and the show is in 24 hours. When the search for the real Elvis proves fruitless, he looks for the next best thing – an Elvis impersonator. But where can he find one that he can pass off as the real Elvis? And what has the real Elvis been up to anyway? This riotously funny story will have you wanting more and keep you guessing until the end!
BIG RIVER: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN
By Roger Hauptman and Roger Williams
Based on the Novel By Mark Twain
June 23- July 7
Twain’s timeless classic sweeps us down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel-the Widow Douglas and her stern sister, Miss Watson; the uproarious King and Duke, who may or may not be as harmless as they seem; Huck’s partner in crime, Tom Sawyer, and their rowdy gang of pals; Huck’s drunken father, the sinister Pap Finn; the lovely Mary Jane Wilkes and her trusting family. Propelled by an award-winning score from Roger Miller, the king of country music, this jaunty journey provides a brilliantly theatrical celebration of pure Americana.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN
By Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields, and Irving Berlin
July 21- August 4
Annie Oakley is the best shot around, and she manages to support her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. It only takes one glance for her to fall head over heels for dashing shooting ace Frank Butler, who headlines the show. She soon eclipses Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. Butler hightails it off to join a rival show, his bruised male ego leading the way, but is ultimately pitted against Annie in a final shoot-out. The rousing, sure-fire finale hits the mark every time in a testament to the power of female ingenuity.
ROMEO & JULIET
By William Shakespeare
Bounding between festive celebrations and bloody duels to the death, battles of wit and soaring romanticism, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is the world’s greatest and most enduring love story. From their first shy glances to their last heartbreaking kiss, the star-crossed teenagers choose each other in spite of their feuding families’ ancient grudge, as their love races towards a final confrontation with fate.
EVERY SEASON (World Premiere from 2 NC Playwrights)
By Britt Kauffman and Stephanie Stark Poling
Set against the backdrop of their perennially dismal football team’s surprisingly successful season, three long-time friends reluctantly acknowledge the importance of their man-love for each other despite widely divergent lives.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted by Andrew Gall (An NC Playwright as well) from the Novella by Charles Dickens
Mountain Heritage High School
This family holiday classic combines the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his timely redemption by three ghostly visitors with some of the most beloved holiday music. Watch for tickets to go on sale in the fall of 2012.