FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE 2013 SEASON
PLAYHOUSE MAINSTAGE: 2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731
December 4-22, 2013: A Christmas Story
Flat Rock Playhouse presents the classic holiday film live on stage, A Christmas Story, from December 4 – 22 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. A Christmas Story is written by Philip Grecian and based on the motion picture A Christmas Story and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark.
The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the Christmas tree is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range mold BB rifle with a compass in the stock. He doesn’t simply want it – he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. But before he can hope to receive his Christmas wish, Ralphie must deal with concerned mothers, unsympathetic teachers, bundled-up brothers, major “fra-gee-lay” awards, frozen flagpoles, Bumpus hounds, unsavory soap, a terrifying Macy’s Santa and the even more terrifying Scut Farkus. Based upon the classic 1983 motion picture, this play is a hilarious and heartwarming holiday treat anyone will enjoy…as long as they don’t shoot their eye out!
The show is directed by Playhouse Associate Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. Bryant recently directed Cats at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown and The Three Musketeers on the Mainstage. Ralpie is played by Clarke MacDonald who was last seen playing Gavroche in the Flat Rock Playhouse blockbuster summer production of Les Miserables. Cast members are Leslie Collins, Erin Mosher, Scott Treadway, Gordon McConnell, Clarke MacDonald, Andrew Starr, Rohan Myers, Isabella Rundell, Marie Danos, Trey Shirlin, Ben Bryner, Gracie Mayer, Nathan Rhodes and Evan Simpson.
PLAYHOUSE DOWNTOWN: 125 S. Main, Hendersonville, NC 28729
December 12-22, 2013: O Holy Night
Based on the gospels of Luke and Matthew, this is a new musical adaptation of the classic Nativity Story told through traditional and modern Christmas music. Four powerful singers are joined by a choir and a live band to present new arrangements of beloved songs and carols. This is a Christmas event that will celebrate the “reason for the season” and is a must-see for anyone who loves the story and music of Christmas.
A Look Back at the 2013 Season
March 7-17, 2013: The Little Prince
The first production of the Mainstage season is Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, presented by the YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse. The Little Prince is a story of enduring charm and innocence and tells the tale of an amusing, challenging and odd adventure. In a world moving so fast that an entire month may be lived within a single day, this classic all-ages tale of imagination, whimsy and unrequited love reminds us that - “what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
April 3-21, 2013: The Odd Couple
Opening the Flat Rock Playhouse 2013 Professional season is the comedy tour-de-force, The Odd Couple. Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn-McIver star as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Neil Simon’s classic, and award winning play about “the neat freak” and “the slob” who end up rooming together in a small apartment in New York. The show will also feature Dave Hart, Bill Muñoz, Preston Dyar and Damian Duke Domingue.
May 8-26, 2013: Songs My Mother Taught Me
. In this affectionate new musical, Lorna Luft pays tribute to her incomparable mother with riveting interpretations of Judy Garland’s most memorable songs including, “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby (With a Dixie Melody),” “Chicago,” “The Man That Got Away” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.” There is even a duet, a passionate medley in which mother and daughter join voices on “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” and “Through the Years.” Songs My Mother Taught Me comes to Flat Rock Playhouse before its planned limited run on Broadway.
June 5-30, 2013: Evita
The life and legacy of Argentina's controversial First Lady, Eva Peron is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at twenty-two, the president's mistress at twenty-four, his wife at twenty-seven; and just as quick, her life was over at thirty-three. Her exploits come to life through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences. Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.
July 10-August 18, 2013: Les Misérables
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences for a generation, and now for the first time, will be on the Flat Rock stage. This all-new production will feature a cast of thirty performers, thirteen musicians and a new production design that will make Les Misérables a “can’t-miss” summer event!
August 22-September 15, 2013: Deathtrap
Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has left him with a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college – a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney’s plan, which he devises with his wife’s help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter, suspense mounts steadily as Sidney’s intentions are revealed and the plot begins to twist and turn with such an abundance of thrills and laughter that audiences will be enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
October 2-November 3, 2013: Hank Williams: Lost Highway
The third big musical of the season is the spectacular musical biography of a legendary singer-songwriter who is frequently mentioned alongside Armstrong, Ellington, Presley and Dylan as being one of the great innovators of American popular music. Hank Williams: Lost Highway by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik follows Williams' rise from his beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride, to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry, to his eventual self-destruction at twenty-nine. Along the way, we are treated to indelible songs like “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Move It On Over” and “Hey, Good Lookin’.” If you liked The Buddy Holly Story, you’ll love Lost Highway!
November 7-24, 2013: The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers adapted by Ken Ludwig is based on the timeless swashbuckling story by Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers is a humorous tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. The story, set in 1625, begins with d'Artagnan who sets off for Paris in search of adventure. Along with d'Artagnan goes Sabine, his sister, who poses as a young man and quickly becomes entangled in her brother's escapades. Soon after reaching Paris, d'Artagnan encounters the greatest heroes of the day, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous Musketeers and they joins forces to defend the honor of the Queen of France. The Three Musketeers is an exciting and daring adventure for the whole family.