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FLAT ROCK, N.C. ― Flat Rock Playhouse is thrilled to announce individual tickets sales to go on sale Monday, January 9th for the 80th Anniversary of the Vagabond Players. The highly anticipated 2017 season consists of over 25 productions that make up Flat Rock’s Mainstage, Studio 52 Family Series, and the popular Music on the Rock concerts.“Box office returns have reached record numbers for the second consecutive season, and it has been a truly humbling experience to continue a legacy that was established exactly eighty years ago, today,” says Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. “As we celebrate this momentous anniversary, I am incredibly proud of the work we do as Vagabonds, onstage and off, and the profound impact of our artistic endeavors as we welcome a growing community to the Flat Rock Playhouse family.”“With more shows and a fabulous variety, we know that our patrons will be thrilled to see all of their top picks appearing in our next season” says Bryant. “We also have returning favorite Nat Zegree, who enthralled audiences this summer with his portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, and local stars Scott Treadway and Preston Dyar, who are set to grace the Flat Rock stage again in 2017 amongst many, many other talented, and beloved actors who make up the extensive Vagabond family! Exciting additions to an already exciting year!”Subscriptions are on sale now, with individual tickets to go on sale January 9th, 2017 at 10:00 AM. The Playhouse is offering three different packages this season packed with benefits including discounts, VIP parking, and choice seating.“In an effort to best meet the preferences of our patrons, we have refined our subscriber packages to what we believe will offer our audiences the greatest savings, the easiest access, and enjoyable, exciting experiences at Flat Rock Playhouse,” says the Senior Director of Marketing and Development, Dane Whitlock. “Our Plan A Package will expand to offer one ticket to all eleven shows (up from nine the previous year) this season at double the savings for subscribers. We will also be returning to our traditional Flex Package, which will offer eight tickets to subscribers to use in any way they prefer. We believe that these two packages, in combination with our popular Music on the Rock Package (one ticket to all eight 2017 Music on the Rock concerts), will greatly serve our Vagabond community by offering upwards of 20% savings on standard Box Office prices to see our wonderfully, jam-packed 2017 season!”The musicals & plays in Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2017 Mainstage Season include:
All of the plays and musicals in the 2017 Mainstage Season will be performed on the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage in the Village of Flat Rock.The musicals and plays slated for Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2017 Family Series:
All of the musicals and plays in the 2017 Studio 52 & Family Series will be performed at the Playhouse Downtown, with the exception of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka which will be performed on the Mainstage.The Music on the Rock concert series includes:
All Music on the Rock concerts will take place at the Playhouse Downtown.
Flat Rock Playhouse Special Events:
All packages must be purchased by calling the Box Office at 828.693.0731 or by visiting the Mainstage Box Office at 2661 Greenville Highway in the Village of Flat Rock. Individual tickets may also be purchased online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
About Flat Rock Playhouse:In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds “locals” and a rented big top gave birth to Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; and Studio 52, year-round classes and workshops in theatre and film for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 98,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.
Dane Whitlockdane@flatrockplayhouse.org 917.370.7175
Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
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