Set in 1918, The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree is a musical adaptation from Gloria Houston’s popular book of the same title.
The story follows 7-year-old Ruthie Green, who is anticipating the Christmas Holiday with tremendous fervor. Her father is due to return from fighting World War I and their family has the honor of providing the community Christmas Tree for the intimate Appalachian community they live in. When her father is delayed, Ruthie’s vision of the perfect Christmas and the Perfect Christmas Tree is threatened. In a deeply felt and moving conclusion, Ruthie and her family experience a Christmas miracle that will bring the spirit of the season to life for all.
photo by Rob Storrs
Parkway Playhouse, located in the small Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent.
While people come to the mountains to escape, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect.
Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling.
By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining.
Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that will last far beyond the curtain call.
Support a non-profit arts organization that has been operating in Burnsville for 69 years and launched the careers of many notable artists working in North Carolina and nationwide. Your contribution will help create jobs in Yancey County: local playwrights, choreographers, actors, theatre educators and all those working to make each production a huge success. You also help support a nationally recognized theatre education program, Parkway Playhouse Junior, that provides quality educational experiences for our area’s youth in a safe and fun environment, encourages self expression while honing performance skills, and readies students for college and beyond.