World Premiere of Ghost Riders at Parkway Playhouse 6/7
Parkway Playhouse will present the world-premiere of Ghost Riders, a new play based on the novel (of the same name) by New York Times Bestselling Author, Sharyn McCrumb continuing through June 21 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday June 15 at 3:00pm. All performances will be held in the historic Parkway Playhouse theatre located at 202 Green Mountain Drive in Burnsville, NC.
Tickets for Ghost Riders are $20 for adults, $18 for Senior/Military/Student, and $10 for children (under 18). Advance tickets may be purchased at Parkway Playhouse’s secure website at
www.parkwayplayhouse.com, or through Parkway Playhouse’s Box Office Thursdays
through Saturdays from 1:00-5:00pm and one hour prior to performances (828.682.4285). Tickets will also be available at the door.
There will be a complimentary reception at the theatre following the opening night performance on June 7.
In addition to the performance, a book-signing event with Sharyn McCrumb will be held at the Market on Oak, located at 262 Oak Street, in Spruce Pine, NC on Thursday June 5 from from 5:00- 7:00pm.
Ms. McCrumb will also be making an appearance at the Zebulon Vance Birthplace, located at 911 Rheems Creek Road in Weaverville, NC.
Malinda Blalock, a young mountain woman whose husband, Keith, 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.
Over a hundred years later, in Eastern Tennessee a local Civil War re-enactors' group is planning a mock battle. Most of the local men who participate in the re-enactments prefer to fight on the Confederate side, and most of them are unaware that in all likelihood their mountain ancestors may have favored the Union. Rattler, an old mountain root doctor who has the Sight speaks for the present, fearing that the zeal of the re-enactors will awaken the restless spirits of soldiers still wandering the mountains and still fighting the war.
The production is being directed by Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director, Andrew Gall, who also adapted the play from the novel. The cast includes a number of Western North Carolina theatre veterans, including Trinity Smith, appearing as Malinda Blalock; Scott Keel , appearing as Keith Blalock; Michael Lilly, appearing as Rattler; and Jennifer Russ as Nora Bonesteel, a popular character who appears in several of McCrumb’s novels. The cast also includes Rose Ray, Frances Davis, Logan Bryant, Logan Walden, Jered Shults, Levi Bradford, Adam McCoury, Ryan Robertson, Will Storrs, Legend McCoury, and Izzy Davis. Parkway Playhouse staples Rob Storrs, Bruce Chuvala, and Jenny Martin appear in supporting roles.
Parkway Playhouse’s production of Ghost Riders is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and is being sponsored by Sunset Gatherings. Additional support for Parkway Playhouse’s 2014 season comes from WKYK/WTOE, the Blumenthal Foundation, and the Mountain Air Community Residents Fund.
For more information about tickets, performances, classes, camps, auditions, and volunteer opportunities; please contact Parkway Playhouse at 828-682-4285 or visit www.parkwayplayhouse.com.