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FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON SCHEDULE

 

Flat Rock Playhouse announced today the revised 2015 season lineup for both the Mainstage and Playhouse Downtown locations.  Previously announced titles The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edition, Always…Patsy Cline, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Driving Miss Daisy, Gypsy, Fly, Pump Boys and Dinettes, and Oliver!, as well as the Music on the Rock Series has been augmented by the addition of three new titles for the Playhouse Downtown:  Over The River and Through the Woods, Crimes of the Heart and Catfish Moon.

“The 2015 season is programmed with a variety of titles that will surely appeal to all,” says Flat Rock Playhouse Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. “Local youth will charm you as they whisk you over the rainbow in The Wizard of Oz while our country and blue grass roots will keep your toes tappin’ long after you leave the theatre with such shows as Always…Patsy Cline and Pump Boys and Dinettes.  Soar to new heights with the Tuskegee Airmen in Fly while Mama Rose encourages us all to ‘Sing out Louise!’ and poor orphaned Oliver heartbreakingly dares to ask for more.”

Bryant continues, “I’m also overjoyed to be adding these three new titles to the Playhouse Downtown lineup. Both Over the River and Through the Woods and Catfish Moon have played to packed houses here at Flat Rock Playhouse and at many regional theatres across the United States. AND this is the first time that we’ve ever produced the Pulitzer Prize winning hit Crimes of the Heart – a title that will surely garner much interest from our local community.”

THE WIZARD OF OZ – YOUNG PERFORMER’S EDITION Follow the yellow brick road for we’re off to see the Wizard this March as we kick off our 2015 season with The Wizard of Oz Young Performer’s Edi6on. Journey over the rainbow into the merry old land of Oz with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto too as they jitterbug through the haunted forest, tangle with winged monkeys and confront the Wicked Witch of the West. Together, we’ll share in the timeless message that “there’s no place like home.” Bring your family and friends and visit us in our home at the Playhouse Downtown. Ruby slippers not required for this journey. The Wizard of Oz is a one-hour adaption for Young Performers.

March 12 – 29, 2015 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE A country music superstar. A housewife from Houston. An unlikely and unforgettable bond. With such hits as Crazy, Walkin after Midnight, Sweet Dreams and I Fall to Pieces, Patsy Cline was the first country music singer to cross over to pop music, solidifying her position as a legendary icon for all time. But what you may not know is that she struck up a friendship with fan Louise Seger, with whom she corresponded until her untimely death in a plane crash at the age of 30. More than just a concert, Always...Patsy Cline is based on this true story of this relationship and features 27 of her hits. A heartwarming celebratioon of down home country humor, true emotion and timeless classics.

May 7 - 31 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS From the Tony Award winning Joe DiPietro, the author of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, All Shook Up and the smash musical Memphis, this uproarious family comedy centers around Nick Cristano and his Italian American grandparents, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma, as they scheme to thwart his upcoming move from Hoboken, New Jersey to Seattle. Faith, family and food are central themes in this long running Off Broadway hit which returns to Flat Rock Playhouse for the first time since it’s box office breaking run in 1999. Think you’ll find a more heart warming and hilarious show? Fuggedabout it.

June 4 – 21 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING A satire on office politics and corporate culture, H2$ will have you humming memorable songs such as I Believe In You and The Brotherhood of Man for days! Armed with his handy book entitled How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and unbridled charisma, Finch catapults from window washer to Chairman of the Board at the World Wide Wicket Company. However, when his ad campaign goes terribly awry, his job and new romance hang in the balance. Finch must rely on his own wits to save the day. This fun and hilarious musical is a story about the triumph of the common man.

June 18 – July 21 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

DRIVING MISS DAISY Both humorous and heartwarming, Driving Miss Daisy will leave you touched and wanting more. Atlanta, 1948. After demolishing yet another car, Daisy Werthan, a 72 year old, wealthy, Jewish woman is forced to rely on the services of a hired chauffer; a thoughtful and good-natured man named Hoke. Despite her rancor at the loss of her independence and initial prejudice toward her new driver, Daisy and Hoke develop a close, mutually dependent relationship spanning 25 years. Driving Miss Daisy is an evocative tribute to friendship and human dignity. Brilliantly absorbing and tender, this engaging and timeless story demonstrates the healing powers of love and friendship.

July 9 - 26 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

GYPSY Curtain up! Light the lights! Ready or not...here comes Mama! Often referred to as the greatest American Musical, Gypsy brings to life the memoirs of real life vaudevillian, Gypsy Rose Lee, and her ultimate stage mother, Mama Rose. Rose is wildly determined to turn her two young daughters, Dainty June and Louise, into stars – at all cost. Relive the unforgettable moments made famous by the incomparable Ethel Merman with such showstoppers as Let Me Entertain You, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Let Me Entertain You and the dazzling and dizzying Rose’s Turn. Returning Vagabond Klea Blackhurst stars as Mama Rose.

July 23 – August 16 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

CRIMES OF THE HEART Meet Meg, Babe and Lenny, the Magrath sisters. Just your typical southern sisters who reconvene in their hometown of Hazlehurst, Mississippi at the home of their Old Grandaddy. Oh, but this is not your typical family reunion. Babe has just shot her abusive husband. And their mother has hung herself...and the beloved family cat. What unfolds is a beautifully rendered, often heartbreaking, often hilarious story of love, compassion and sisterhood. Offered for the first time ever on the Flat Rock Playhouse stage, Pulitzer Prize winning Crimes of the Heart promises to be a huge hit that you will not want to miss.

August 20 – September 6 Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown

FLY An important and inspiring story about the experiences and challenges of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American flyers in the U.S. military during World War II. Hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa, and the Caribbean each arrive at boot camp with a dream to serve their country as combat fighter pilots. But they find that they must first combat racism and prejudice in the very military they have volunteered to serve. This raw tale of courage and triumph is brought to life through a powerful combination of speech, multi-media, and tap-dance. Revel in the accomplishments of these men and soar along with them as they achieve great heights of distinguished service and forged brotherhood.

September 10 – 27 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage

PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES Somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, North Carolina, way down on Highway 57, the Pump Boys sell high-octane gasoline, while the Dinettes serve up plenty of pie and sass at the Double Cupp diner next door. Come sit a spell as the Pump Boys and Dinettes share their stories of heartache and hilarity with songs, live-instruments, and even a kitchen utensil or two. Pump Boys and Dinettes is one of the most frequently requested shows by Flat Rock Playhouse audiences. It’s a countrified musical packed with original and highly entertaining, toe-tappin’ tunes, presented as a love song to family and friends, both old and new.

October 1 – 25 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage Presented by Morris Broadband

CATFISH MOON Skipping school, skinny dipping, kissing your first girl and, of course, fishing off the pier out on the end of Cypress Lake. Rites of passage for childhood best friends Curley, Gordon and Frog. But life happens and time has driven a wedge between these now, middle aged men who have come together for one last overnight fishing trip to patch old wounds brought about by anger, jealousy and betrayal. Penned by Laddy Sartin, who hails from Rock Hill, South Carolina, this bodacious southern fried bro-mance of a comedy is sure to delight.

October 29 – November 15 Playhouse Downtown

OLIVER! The Timeless and classic Dickensian tale of the poorhouse orphan boy who wanted more. Join us as we vividly bring to life the story of Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Fagin, Nancy and the menacing Bill Sykes in our holiday offering at the Flat Rock Playhouse. This performance will feature the talents of local youth working alongside our professional company. Filled with such memorable songs such as Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and the hit As Long as He Needs Me, Oliver! is sure to delight your whole family this holiday season.

November 27 – December 20 Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage Presented by Pardee Hospital

MUSIC ON THE ROCK SERIES

Flat Rock Playhouse ushers in the 6th season of Music on the Rock with the following musical celebrations.  All performances at the Playhouse Downtown.

The Music of ABBA February 12 – 15

The Music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons April 16 – 26

The Music of Carole King & James Taylor April 13 – 15

The Music of Chicago October 8 – 18

The Christmas Concert that Never Was – Barbra and Frank December 10 – 12

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE All subscriptions packages can be purchased by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008.  Individual ticket sales can be purchased online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org. 

Discounts are available for seniors, AAA members, military personnel, students and groups. The Flat Rock Playhouse downtown is located at 125 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

 

 

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