Burnsville’s legendary Parkway Playhouse’s 68th Season is a lineup of plays and musicals that include classics, comedies, premieres of NC classics, and a wild swashbuckling adventure; all to take place in the the historic Parkway Playhouse theatre building located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville. Artistic Director, Andrew Gall, announced six productions, two of which are new works with strong regional connections and locally written.
“When Parkway Playhouse was established raised the curtain on its first productions in 1947, the intention was to create a body of work that would contribute to the cultural landscape of Western North Carolina, provide opportunities for theatre artists at all levels of experience, and inspire a new audience comprised of residents and visitors in the mountains”, remarked Gall. “Nearly seventy years later we are still committed to those same founding principles and our upcoming season has an array of work that includes the new and familiar across a wide range of genres and styles. Above all it is work that is the result of regionally-based performers, designers, writers who are handcrafting stories specifically for our audience.”
Season Tickets to Parkway Playhouse’s season are now on sale and the Box Office is set to open on April 11. For a limited time, Season Ticket holders will have the first choice of seating at all performances before tickets go on sale to the general public. Visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com or call 828-682-4285 for more information.
The season opens with the NC Premiere of Catherine Bush’s adaptation of Clyde Edgerton’s much-loved book about new beginnings and unlikely friendships; Walking Across Egypt, opening on May 10 in a production directed by Steven Grindstaff. Following this on June 7, is the world-premiere of Ghost Riders which is adapted from the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author, Sharyn McCrumb. This supernatural ballad-esque story is set at the height of the Civil War and is at once a haunting romance and chilling ghost story. Opening on June 28 is the goofy revue Forever Plaid, by Stuart Ross; which features a host of popular music from the 1950’s courtesy of a hilariously and divinely inspired reunion of a singing group who never had their big break. Opening July 26 is the musical jewel The King & I which features a sumptuous score by Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers and battle of wills between a headstrong English School Teacher and the ambitious and charismatic King of Siam. The season continues with the epic pirate adventure Treasure Island on August 24; a stirring story of courage centers on a young man who faces down the devious one-legged pirate, Long John Silver. The mainstage season concludes with an uproarious comedic romp in an enchanted forest with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, starting on September 20, and featuring mismatched lovers, dueling fairies, a royal wedding, and the most fearsome portrayal of a lion ever seen on stage.
Parkway Playhouse’s season is made possible by generous support from WKYK/WTOE, The Mountain Air Residents Community Foundation, the Blumenthal Foundation, and the North Carolina Arts Council.
For more information about Parkway Playhouse’s performances or education programs please call 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.