Locally Grown Community Gem
They call themselves “the locally grown Community Theater”, Burnsville residents call it a local gem. May 4th begins the annual season of the Parkway Playhouse, the oldest continually operating summer theater in North Carolina. In 1946 Professor William Raymond Taylor founded Burnsville Playhouse, Inc. and School of Dramatic Arts, the first of its kind in the South. As professor of English at the University of North Carolina (WCUNC) in Greensboro, he planned the courses of study for the new venture, as well as the plans for a complete conversion of the old Burnsville High School gymnasium into a well-equipped theatre. In the 1990s the Parkway Playhouse became an independent theater company, and is now operating as a small professional theater company serving the mountain region of Western North Carolina.
The Parkway Playhouse has always been a teaching theater, mentoring college students and incorporating local youth in their productions. Programs are available for college interns, high school apprentices and summer performing arts camps and classes for children, all of which provide enriching educational programs for local and summer resident youth.
For the past 66 years, this theater has provided productions of entertainment and fun evenings to thousands of local and summer residents, and for those of you who just pass through. We would like you to share our enjoyment of this local gem. Check out their diverse schedule of this season’s productions: Parkway Playhouse.
“Our work has its roots in this region and celebrates the diversity, history, and unique lifestyle that can only be found right here; much like our friends in New York LOVE plays and musicals that reflect the experience of being a New Yorker. Much of our work is created, conceived, and performed by regionally based artists; hence, our tag line of: Locally Grown North Carolina Theatre.” We look forward to each new season’s productions, we applaud and love the Parkway, you will too!
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