Production Classes

Since 1947, Parkway Playhouse has been involved in providing educational and cultural opportunities in the mountains. Whether it has been in the form of providing a launching pad for early career artists to build up their resume, or lifelong learners trying something new, or for a student opening a door to personal creativity Parkway Playhouse has a long track record of being a dynamic proving ground for seventy years; the better part of a century.

This spring Parkway Playhouse’s acclaimed education program for students will offer the following classes in the performing arts.
  • For students aged 12 and up there is a class in Improv Comedy, that will provide students with a great opportunity to hone their wit, creativity, as well as comic timing.
  • A specialized class of students who are 12 and up will work with Penland affiliated artists to create the monstrous plant­ from­ space, Audrey II; the evil plant at the center of the musical Little Shop of Horrors, which will run this summer at Parkway Playhouse.  Students in the class will design and build the puppets which play a major role in this musical.
  • For students aged 11 and up who are interested in the backstage work, Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director Andrew Gall will be leading a Design and Production Workshop.  Students in this workshop will work with Gall and other members of Parkway Playhouse’s professional production staff to create scenery, props, sound and lighting effects, as well as some of the costume pieces for student performances of Winnie The Pooh KIDS and Music Man Jr.
Tuition ranges from $150 to $220 for each class.  Discounts for multiple and sibling enrollments are available.  A $50 deposit is required to register.


Parkway Playhouse Junior students will also present their first non­-musical comedy; Fools by Neil Simon in May of 2016. This will be an invitation / audition only class.



SPRING 2016 CLASSES



Disney's Winnie The Pooh KIDS 

Ages: 4 to 10
Tuition: $180
Class Dates: February 1 - April 13, 2016
Class Days / Times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4pm - 5pm

Performances: April 15th and 16th at 6pm

A delightful new show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and the 2011 Disney animated feature film. Featuring favorite songs from the film as well as new hits by the Academy Award-winning Robert and Kristen Lopez (Frozen), this honey-filled delight is as sweet as it is fun.
 
Welcome to the Hundred Acre Wood, where Winnie the Pooh is once again in search of honey. Along the way, he meets his pals Tigger, Piglet, Rabbit, and Owl but soon discovers that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson! As they prepare for a rescue operation, the animals learn about teamwork, friendship, and sharing snacks.

Direction and Choreography by Mary Katherine Smith-Gall.

Fill out and send in the registration form (at the bottom of this page) along with your deposit.

Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.



The Music Man, Jr.
 

Ages: 10 to 18
Tuition: $220
Class Dates: January 31 - April 28, 2016
Class Days / Times: Mondays and Thursdays from 5 pm - 6:30pm and Sundays from 2pm - 5pm

Performances: April 29th and 30th at 7:30pm and April 30th at 3pm

Master showman Harold Hill is in town, and he's got "seventy-six trombones" in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? Based on the timeless Broadway classic, The Music Man JR. adapts this masterful musical for young performers. 

The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold's powers just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.

Direction by Kristen Livengood
Music Direction by Roberta Whiteside
Choreography by Amy Weinmeister

Fill out and send in the registration form (at the bottom of this page) along with your deposit.

Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.



Youth Improv

Ages: 12 to 18
Tuition: $120
Class Dates: February 17 - April 6, 2016
Class Days / Times: Wednesdays from 5 pm - 7:00pm

Explore the fundamentals of comedy improvisation: team-building, self confidence, trust, speed, active listening, agreement, and a respect for other performers and their creativity. This eight week intensive introduces the basics of improv to develop characters, environment and relationships. This class culminates in a performance of high energy short form games for friends and family.
Taught by Kristen Livengood who currently oversees Parkway Playhouse’s increasingly popular Improv performances.

Fill out and send in the registration form (at the bottom of this page) along with your deposit.

Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.



Little Shop of Horrors Creature Creation Workshop

Ages: 12 to 18
Tuition: $125
Class Dates: February 9 - April 5, 2016
Class Days / Times: Tuesdays from 4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Have you ever wondered what it would take to conquer the world? Well, that is exactly what the plant-from-outer-space at the center of Parkway Playhouse's upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors wants to do. Named Audrey II, this plant grows from potted plant to a carnivorous beast that dominates the stage and consumes one character after another! Students in this exciting class will be responsible for the design, building, and operation of these larger than life puppets that will be used in the production.

Led by Penland based teaching artists Kerstin Davis and Stacey Lane, this is a unique opportunity to create an incredible character!

Fill out and send in the registration form (at the bottom of this page) along with your deposit.

Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.



Design & Production Workshop

Ages: 11 to 18
Tuition: $150
Class Dates: February - April 2016
Class Days/Times: Pending show assignment

Ever wonder what it takes to put on a show?  Students in this class will help design and produce either Winnie the Pooh KIDS or The Music Man, Jr.

Led by Parkway Playhouse Artistic Director, Andrew Gall.

Fill out and send in the registration form (at the bottom of this page) along with your deposit.

Please be aware that only a few students will be chosen for this creative team workshop, so early registration is highly recommended.

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