Spring 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.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Mountain Heritage Center
Performances: April 7 and 8, 2017 at 6pm
Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin' musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes must rally their fellow animals into battle and restore peace throughout the jungle.
Direction: Kristen Livengood
Musical Direction: Summer Kiesel
Choreography: Amy Weinmeister
Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended. The deadline for enrollment is Friday, January 27th.
Into the Woods, JR
Ages: 10 to 18
Auditions: Sunday, January 29, 2017, 2pm - 5pm at the Mountain Heritage Center - across from Parkway Playhouse
Students auditioning for any Jr. production should prepare a brief 60-90 second monologue from a play as well as 16-32 bars of a song of their choice. Please come with monologue memorized and ready to perform at auditions if you desire a lead role in the production. Auditions will also include reading sides from the script and dance audition in groups.
Classes Start: February 2, 2016
Class Days / Times:
Sundays: 2-4:30pm, Blue Ridge Fitness CenterMondays: 5-6:30pm, Mountain Heritage CenterThursdays: 5-6:30pm, St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Performances: April 28th and 29th, 6pm and April 30th 3pm
Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale comes to life in this adaptation of their groundbreaking, Tony Award-winning musical. Into the Woods JR. features all of your favorite characters – Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and the Witch in this lyrically rich retelling of classic Brothers Grimm fables.
The musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.
Direction & Choreography: Chelsea Wilson Thayer
Musical Direction: Sarah Fowler
Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.
Ages: 12 to 18
Classes Start: March 1, 2017
Class Days / Times: Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
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 Troupe, Get the Hook.
Please be aware that space is limited, so early registration is highly recommended. The deadline for enrollment is Friday, February 27th.