The Ballad of Frankie Silver


Written by Sharyn McCrumb, Adapted by Andrew Gall 

Based on actual events and  NY Times Bestselling Author Sharyn McCrumb’s breathtaking novel, delve into the intrigue surrounding the sensational trial of teenage mountain-bride, Frankie Silver, who, in 1832 was tried for the brutal murder of her nineteen-year old husband in Morganton, NC. 

The case and story of Frankie Silver has loomed large in the folklore and history of the Appalachians.  To this day, the events surrounding the murder of Charlie Silver and the innocence or guilt of his young bride, Frankie, are still debated. 

Cast and Creative Team

Directed by Andrew Gall 

 Frankie Silver /
 Emily Stanton
 Sheby Ashley
 Spencer Arrowood  Rob Storrs
 Fate Harkryder  Steve Grindstaff 
 Burgess Gaither  Evin McQusition
 Judge Donnell  Bruce Chuvala
 Doctor Banner  Jon Goldman
 Charlie SIlver / Young Fate  Caleb Grindstaff
 Dep. Arrowood  Jered Shults
 Col. Stanton / Isaiah  Doug Shaw
 Nelse   Randal Garland
 Wilson   Michael Lilly
 Woodfin  Nathaniel Couper
 Collis  Logan Bryant
 Ensemble  Levi Bradford
 Blackston   Austin Dakota Whitehead
 Ensemble   Elijah Briggs
 Margaret Silver  Alyssa Taylor
 Elizabeth   Izsie Hilbert
 Ensemble  Rose Ray
 Helen Honeycutt  Haven Jenkins
 Mary Erwin  Kristen Livengood
 Ensemble   Olivia Hughes
 Martha   Kristy Sutton
 Nora Bonesteel   Courtney Malone
 Pauline / Presnell  Anna Brown
 Nancy Wilson  Olivia Morgan


The adaptation of The Ballad of Frankie Silver in progress.

New York Times Bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb's The Ballad of Frankie Silver has been adapted by Parkway Playhouse into an epic production that delves into the mysteries surrounding the infamous 1830's ax murder that led to the conviction of the young mountain girl, Frankie Silver. 
Sharyn McCrumb will be appearing at the Arts Resource Center, located at 269 Oak Street in Spruce Pine on June 3 from 7pm-8:30pm as well as attending the June 4 world-premiere of the performance of The Ballad of Frankie Silver.

Roan Mountain Native, Shelby Ashley, makes her Parkway Playhouse debut as the title character in Parkway Playhouse's world-premiere adaptation of Sharyn McCrumb's critically acclaimed hostorical-novel, The Ballad of Frankie Silver.

Evin McQuistion (l) and Shelby Ashley (r) lead a cast of thirty in Parkway Playhouse's sweeping epic The Ballad of Frankie Silver; which is adapted from the novel by acclaimed novelist Sharyn McCrumb. Based on an infamous murder that took place in Mitchell County.


Saturday, June 4th, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 5th, 3:00pm

Friday, June 10th, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 11th, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 12th, 3:00pm

Friday, June 17th, 7:30pm
Saturday, June 18th, 7:30pm

Tickets and Information

Ticket Prices:
  • $20 for Adults
  • $18 for Seniors (60+), Students (18+ with ID), or Military (active or retired)
  • $10 for Children (under 17)
Special Events:

"See Where it Happened" with best selling author Sharyn McCrumb:
Saturday, June 4th, 11:00am
We're sorry - this event has sold out.
Friday, June 3rd, 7:00 - 8:30pm
TRAC - Arts Resource Center
269 Oak Street
Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Blog Posts

Actor Spotlight: Kristy Sutton (Martha)

Actor Spotlight: Rob Storrs (Spencer Arrowood)

Actor Spotlight: Anna Brown (Pauline / Presnell / Ensemble)

Actor Spotlight: Randal Garland (Nelse Miller)

Actor Spotlight: Jon Goldman (Dr.Banner)