FROM THE ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES
When the Altamont Theatre opened in downtown Asheville in 2011, the idea was to produce a series of stage musicals in the space.
But after a few productions, the Altamont became a room featuring bands or solo musical acts. Now, Altamont will try theater again, this time in a partnership with Flat Rock Playhouse. The professional Flat Rock company will bring its Music on the Rock concerts to the Altamont starting next Thursday with a Dolly Parton tribute show.
Each of the Music on the Rock shows will first play at Flat Rock’s downtown Hendersonville space before heading to Asheville and the Altamont. “Our original goal was to bring more musical theater to Asheville, and we are still accomplishing that,” said Altamont owner Brian Lee. “These are still Flat Rock shows. They are producing (and selling tickets). We contribute the facility and the equipment (to perform).”
Depending on the response and the show, the Altamont might take on other small Flat Rock shows from the Hendersonville space, he said. “We are thinking in terms of (up to) four or five people in the cast,” he said. “We will see what works best.”
Meanwhile, the Altamont continues to bring in music. Upcoming dates include Erick Baker and Callaghan, Feb. 28; Karla Bonoff, March 1; Richard Schindel, March 2; Chuck Brodsky, March 8; and Jamie Laval, March 16-17.