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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: Playhouse fetes patrons at Backstage Ball

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The Flat Rock Playhouse hosted the Backstage Ball gala Monday night at the Blue Ridge Conference Hall at BRCC featuring entertainer Nat Zegree, Playhouse stars and apprentices and appeals to theater patrons to continuing their support of live performances.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'All Shook Up' shines (despite cast missing bus opening night)

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A small, Midwest town in the 1950s is abruptly transformed for the better in the Flat Rock Playhouse’ fresh production “All Shook Up.”   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Ask Matt ... how actors see in the dark

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Flat Rock Life

Veteran cast of 'Separate Beds' like 'family coming home'

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Flat Rock Playhouse is cooling off this summer with Separate Beds, a playful romantic comedy.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Singers, ensemble nail a Broadway classic

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Household names since the ’40s for anyone who loves Broadway, musicals and theater in general, Rodgers and Hammerstein produced some of the most well-known plays to this day — “Oklahoma!” and “The Sound of Music” remaining two of their most famous. Premiering on Broadway in 1949, “South Pacific” was no less popular. Theater patrons filled the seats for all 1,925 performances.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Proposals' gives patrons enjoyable Poconos vacation

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A fiancé, an ex-wife and a deserted housekeeper are each given the chance to change their circumstances in “Proposals,” the latest production by the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Mozart to Pop Chart' showcases Nat Zegree's virtuosity and fun

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The question arises, when it comes to the show "From Mozart to Pop Chart," Is it more Mozart or Pop Chart?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LOCAL BRIEFS: 'Looking at Appalachia,' new Playhouse seats, Stand TALL

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Speaker will be 'Looking at Appalachia'   Roger May, whose photographic portraits of Appalachia and its people have been featured in national and international media, will display some of his work and discuss the issues involved in depicting Appalachia, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. The program is free and open to everyone.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas opens

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Henderson County News

Playhouse announces 2019 season

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FLAT ROCK — While they didn’t have to make a big production out of it, they decided to make a big production out of it.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

⚡️ REVIEW: They're pickin' and the audience is a'grinnin'

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Glass Menagerie' is filling fall fare

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"The Glass Menagerie" is Tennessee Williams’ thinly veiled autobiographical play about the everlasting damage family members can inflict on one another even while proclaiming the noblest motives.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Closing downtown stage, Playhouse touts Mainstage improvements

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced Friday that it is closing the Playhouse downtown and moving smaller productions and the Music on the Rock shows it has staged there for seven years to the Mainstage in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse, Arts Council receive state grants

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Flat Rock Business

‘Mamma Mia!’ and magic parking at Playhouse

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On opening night of “Mamma Mia!” last month, I spotted Bill McKibbin striding toward the Lowndes house on the great flat rock.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Abba Dabba Doo! 'Mamma Mia' rocks Playhouse stage

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Contrary to the typical destination wedding where a group of friends join the bride and groom on the shimmering sandy beach of a Greek isle, “Mamma Mia,” the latest high energy Flat Rock Playhouse musical, is organized around a wedding where the Greek Isle in question is home.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

'Mamma Mia' a box office smash before it opens

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When it opened the season, the Flat Rock Playhouse schedule had a fill-in-the-blank for what it teased would be a "blockbuster summer musical." The marketers turned out to be right. "Mamma Mia" has already sold out its four opening weekend performances and tickets are going fast for the entire four-week run.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse, and its leader, fight back and survive

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Dreamcoat' is a dazzling explosion of color

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Flat Rock Life

Go tail it on the mountain: Dogs coming to Playhouse

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Henderson County News

Playhouse treats firefighters to free show

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Firefighters don’t need to travel back to 1830s London to appreciate a wood fire. They’ve lived it for the past month fighting the wildfire that consumed more than 7,000 acres in the Lake Lure and Gerton area. But firefighters can get two free tickets to the Flat Rock Playhouse production of “A Christmas Carol” by calling the box office.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Annie,' 'Joseph Dreamcoat,' 'Tuna Christmas' headline '17 Playhouse lineup

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"Annie," "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and the popular "Tuna Christmas" headline the 2017 season of the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Vintage Hitchcock' opens at Playhouse Downtown

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Calling all blondes, saboteurs, spies and everyone else that enjoys a good “whodunit!”   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

County native comes home to direct 'Music Man'

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The Music Man, starring Brian Robinson as Harold Hill and Erin Rubico as Marian Paroo, opens Thursday on the Main Stage of the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Million Dollar Quartet' plays the hits and the drama

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Million Dollar Quartet details the chance meeting of four young stars at Sun Recording Studios in Memphis in 1956 – and more than just great songs, it touches on themes of jealousy, loyalty and greed.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

In ‘Chasing Rainbows,’ creators shoot for Broadway

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FLAT ROCK — Looking for a theater to launch “Chasing Rainbows,” the story of Judy Garland’s rise to fame as a young actress, Tina Marie Casamento Libby had something specific in mind.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Local kids are cast in 'Chasing Rainbows'

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Flat Rock Playhouse, the developmental house for Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz, announced the casting for the world premiere that chronicles the life of a young Judy Garland. The cast includes 20 local kids.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Playhouse progress more than make-believe

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With the summer season in the books and 2016 season ticket sales off to a record start, things are looking up at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Patron-picked lineup propels Playhouse sales

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A lineup of plays heavily influenced by patrons’ input, deeper discounting and a broad-based marketing campaign helped drive the Flat Rock Playhouse to record opening day ticket sales.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

‘Fly’ taps into Tuskegee story

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“Fly,” the story of the Tuskegee airmen, would have been worth a $40 ticket if it had ended after four minutes.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Fly' ready for takeoff at Playhouse

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HonorAir, retired Brig. Gen. Frank Blazey and the Carl Sandburg Home park ranger who was formerly posted at the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site are teaming up to support the Flat Rock Playhouse production of “Fly,” the story of Tuskegee airmen.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

2016 Playhouse ticket sales off to fast start

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Ticket sales for the newly announced 2016 Flat Rock Playhouse season got off to a roaring start today, with the box office selling more than $20,000 in the first two hours.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Crimes' has plenty of heart

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A story involving three sisters, their mother’s suicide, their grandfather’s mortal illness, a second attempted suicide, infidelity, a scandalous affair, sibling rivalry, an annoying busybody cousin, old wounds, new wounds and the despair of turning 30 with no husband is ripe for comedy, right?   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Bryant steps back onto center stage

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FLAT ROCK — Lisa K. Bryant is sitting at a picnic table holding a script for “Crimes of the Heart,” in which she plays Meg Magrath, one of three sisters, a wild child amid an emotional reunion of a family in the Deep South.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Longtime Playhouse designer dies at age 60

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Bruce R. Bailey, a longtime set designer who managed theater productions at the Flat Rock Playhouse and in Southwest Florida for more than 30 years, died suddenly at his home in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday at age 60. Friends said the cause of death was heart failure.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Box office sales surge for James Taylor-Carole King tribute

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Big box office sales prompted the Flat Rock Playhouse to extend the Music on the Rock tribute to James Taylor and Carole King for a second week.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

WEEKEND TIPOFF: Music, Dark Night Studio

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Here are the weekend events:   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse seeks young actors for world premiere musical

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Henderson County News

‘Gypsy’ opens at Playhouse

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The Tony award-winning and critically acclaimed musical Gypsy opens this week at the Clyde & Nina Allen Mainstage of the Flat Rock Playhouse and runs through Aug. 16.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Box office sales up at Playhouse

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The Flat Rock Playhouse has staged plenty of smash hits and logged successful seasons throughout its 52-year-history.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Over the River' opens downtown on Thursday

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Flat Rock Playhouse 2015 season will continue with the hit comedy "Over the River and Through the Woods," opening Thursday and running through June 21 at the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

20 young actors to be cast in Broadway-bound 'Oz' show

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Twenty young actors will have the chance to audition later this year for a Broadway-bound prodction that will have its world premiere at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse announces new board members

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Trustees on Monday.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Bryant's new role is 'how to succeed in business'

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Lisa K. Bryant, actress, dancer, schoolteacher and director, has plunged into the role of a lifetime — making sure that the Flat Rock Playhouse survives.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse opens music season saluting seminal rock acts

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The Flat Rock Playhouse opens its Music on the Rock series and Mainstage season this week with tribute shows of two rock 'n' roll legends.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Young actors shine in 'Oz'

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There's no place like home – the play's mantra is true enough. And for a little over an hour, the Flat Rock Playhouse Young Performers made us all feel that we were at home with their snappy production of Frank Baum's beloved fantasy classic, The Wizard Of Oz.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse to fix air quality problem in old buildings

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is temporarily shutting down its oldest buildings for cleanup and repairs after an environmental assessment found poor air quality in them, the theater announced on Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Young actors eager for Mainstage debut

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When they were cast for the Mainstage production of "A Christmas Carol," 23 young actors had no idea that the acting gig required study about 19th century England, standing around a bonfire and drinking tea like high-tone ladies.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Funny Thing' lights up the Playhouse stage

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What catches the eye from the start of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" is the way designer Stephen Terry has bathed the stage in light.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse returns to classics in 2015 lineup

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"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," "Gypsy" and the classic musical "Oliver!" highlight the 2015 Flat Rock Playhouse season that returns to familiar classics.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Public invited to toast Marini Sunday at Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse will host a farewell celebration honoring departing Flat Rock Playhouse director Vincent Marini's artistic leadership and achievements on Sunday  at 8 p.m. at the Mainstage.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Miss Saigon' dares to dream

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"Miss Saigon" opens in the Dreamland nightclub, the first of many sets by designer Dennis Maulden.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse plans 'unforgettable' Dark Night Revue

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A gourmet picnic, live and silent auctions and a one-night-only performance by Playhouse apprentices, visiting artists and resident favorites highlight the annual Dark Night Revue Monday, Aug. 4.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Vietnam chopper provides visual cue of story on stage

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When a photographer asked Jerry Seago and Larry Pigg to smile like they'd made it home from Vietnam, they kept their somber looks and gazed back at the lens.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Vietnam vets offered half-price seats for 'Miss Saigon'

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is thanking and honoring veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice by offering the veterans and their families half-price tickets the first week of Miss Saigon, July 24-26.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Turbulence works in 'Boeing Boeing'

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Carried skyward by a refreshing mix of familiar faces and newcomers, "Boeing Boeing" brightens the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown even as the Mainstage goes dark in the run-up to "Miss Saigon."     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: House cheers for 'My Fair Lady'

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Let's see here. The first note I jotted down says "DM made stage simple & deep & cloaked in purple haze." Fear not. That's no cultural reference.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

'Sip 'n' Stroll' garden tour precedes 'My Fair Lady' opening

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse will kick off its preview opening of My Fair Lady tonight with the annual "Sip 'n Stroll" event starting on the porch of the historic Lowndes House at the Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Sandburg tributes return for the 40th season

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FLAT ROCK — The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site will host the 40th summer of live stage productions of Sandburg's works. These free shows began running at the Sandburg Home in the summer of 1974 and have been an important part of the summer visitor experience. They're made possible through the support of the park's bookstore and the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Focus on Playhouse future

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Now that Vincent Marini has announced his resignation as creative director of the Flat Rock Playhouse, maybe the community can finally focus on the theater's future without rancor and ill will.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Marini resigns as Playhouse director

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The Flat Rock Playhouse announced today that producing artistic director Vincent Marini will step down on May 31 to pursue new opportunities. Lisa K. Bryant, currently Flat Rock Playhouse associate artistic director, has been named interim artistic director.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Vagabonds back in 'Vanya and Sonia'

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First things first. How do you pronounce the name of this play, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike"?   Read Story »

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

County Commission Dct. 4: Should county contribute to the Flat Rock Playhouse?

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Asked of District 4 candidates Tommy Thompson and Tim Griffin: Should the Henderson County Board of Commissioners support the Flat Rock Playhouse?   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Long-playing 'Fantasticks' is a fresh treat

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The first conspicuous thing about "The Fantasticks" is the set, which has transformed the Playhouse Downtown into a new space.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'Fantasticks' opens as first theater-in-the-round show

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"The Fantasticks," the world's longest running musical, opens Thursday and runs through May 11 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Santa-Maria a gale force in 'Laughter'

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A year ago I walked into "The Odd Couple," the spring opener for the Flat Rock Playhouse, expecting to spend two hours wracked by gales of laughter. The show was kind of a dud.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: YouTheatre's 'Charlotte's Web' opens Friday

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Flat Rock Playhouse's YouTheatre will premiere its production of "Charlotte's Web" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

LIGHTNING PHOTOS: 24-hour Play Festival

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Twenty-seven high school actors teamed with mentors from the Flat Rock Playhouse on Saturday to write and perform original plays in the second annual 24-hour Play Festival.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

Moss column: The case for Playhouse support

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  If Henderson County faced the opportunity to land a corporation that promised to bring thousands of tourists to town, would it jump at the chance?   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Q&A: 'Christmas Story' star has gift for stage

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When his older brother, Morgan, played in the YouTheatre production of Schoolhouse Rock, Clarke MacDonald learned the play, too.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Yule favorite comes alive in 'Christmas Story'

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It's one thing to schedule A Christmas Story a year ago. It's another thing to pull it off.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

'O, Holy Night' portrays nativity story through music

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Flat Rock Playhouse presents the traditional holiday show O Holy Night Dec. 12-22 at the Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Apprentice alums add energy to 'Musketeers'

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  FLAT ROCK — When Jeff Sundheim auditioned for an apprentice job at the Flat Rock Playhouse in 2012, he knew little about the regional theater.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Musketeers' is sword-fighting fun

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In the fading light of fall, a swash-buckling adventure livens up the stage at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Singer survives opening week crisis to star as Hank

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A friend drove Andy Christopher to Lubbock to try out for "The Buddy Holly Story," although why either thought he'd have a shot at a national touring production role is a bit of a mystery.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse eyes budget cuts to close gap

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse is making budget cuts and widening its fundraising reach to shore up finances in a second straight challenging year.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

'Les Miz' lead enjoyed Flat Rock run

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Rob Evan, the "Les Miserables" lead who has played the role before thousands on Broadway and beyond, says the size of the theater stage and the intimate family atmosphere made the Flat Rock Playhouse experience memorable. "It was different and wonderful and interesting and it was great," he said in an interview.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Race to the fee line to see 'Cats'

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Here is what I say about "Cats."   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Viral video vaults vocalist to key singing role in 'Cats'

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Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, at 21 a two-year veteran of a national touring show, "The Rocky Horror Show" at Flat Rock Playhouse and New York club singing, owes her discovery to a YouTube video of her stunning performance in a high school play.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Playhouse announces 2014 lineup

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The show must go on, and even the announcement of the show must go on. So when the air conditioning goes kaput, well, announce away.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

'You'll shoot your eye out': Playhouse seeks 'Ralphie'

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Flat Rock Playhouse is holding auditions for children's roles for two upcoming productions, "Disney's Mulan Jr." and "A Christmas Story," including the classic role of Ralphie, the 10-year-old who dreams of owning an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle."   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Summer musicals boost box office at Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK — Placed on deathwatch by critics a year ago, the Flat Rock Playhouse emerged from its pivotal 10-week run of big-stage musicals with strong ticket sales and momentum for the last third of the season, theater officials said.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Deathtrap' keeps audience guessing

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"Deathtrap" is tense from the start.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

'CATS' will surround audience in downtown show

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Flat Rock Playhouse is preparing to surround the theater audience with the action in CATS, the long-running Broadway musical based on T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats" and featuring a musical score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

'Deathtrap' opens Thursday at Playhouse

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Deathtrap, which holds the record for the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play, opens Thursday at the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Playhouse narrowly in the black so far

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse managing director Hillary Hart told the Flat Rock Village Council on Thursday she projects the theater will finish with a $19,000 budget surplus.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Memories of Robroy: Playhouse founder set a high standard

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The elaborate production of "Les Miserables" on the main stage of the Flat Rock Playhouse is a long way from the summer stock that Alan Sader remembers from 50 years ago.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Michael Jackson tribute opens at Playhouse Downtown

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"A Tribute to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5" opened a two-week run Wednesday at the Playhouse Downtown.Starring Los Angeles performer Alfred Jackson, the Music on the Rock tribute features the singer and dancer who became the dominant voice and focus of The Jackson 5 and went on to a sensational solo career.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Playhouse lives large with 'Les Miserables'

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When the Flat Rock Playhouse announced its ambitious 2013 lineup last summer, some of us wondered how the theater would manage to stage "Les Miserables."   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Big Bang' delivers big fun

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They start at the very beginning, a very good place to start, to borrow from a higher minded musical.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

LIGHTNING EXCLUSIVE: Treadway interview on 'Big Bang'

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Julian Brightman, who has been an actor in New York for 20 years, knew of the Flat Rock Playhouse before he arrived to perform in the comedy "The Big Bang."   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

YouTheatre kids taste the bigtime in 'Evita'

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YouTheatre kids from 8 to 18 are getting a taste of Broadway and contributing to the music and drama of Evita, the hit musical on stage through June 30 at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Treadway reprising 'Big Bang' role downtown

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Flat Rock Playhouse will present the musical comedy The Big Bang starring Scott Treadway and Julian Brightman starting June 27.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

A Hart for the theater: Playhouse finance chief watches budget

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Hillary Hart was the rare high school student who knew her heart and her limitations at the same time.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Evita' a visual and vocal feast

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In the dazzling "Evita," the Flat Rock Playhouse opens the heart of its summer season on the Main Stage. A bold leap from the high dive, the show makes a helluva splash.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

'Evita' opens at Flat Rock Playhouse

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A Broadway actress who has recently performed in a national tour of "Wicked" plays Eva Peron in the Flat Rock Playhouse production of "Evita" now playing on the Mainstage in Flat Rock.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Symphony, Playhouse celebrate 'Great Places to Retire' feature

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Friends and supporters of the Flat Rock Playhouse and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra are celebrating Hendersonville's inclusion in a USA Today feature on "5 Great (Unknown) Places to Retire." Why? The writeup lists both  as reasons for the area's appeal.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

Lawmakers delete Playhouse from potential bed tax hike

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The state Legislature has granted the Henderson County Board of Commissioners the authority to raise the lodging tax without directing the proceeds to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Life

Peter, Paul and Mary tribute opens June 12

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Flat Rock Playhouse is proud to announce the next 'Music on the Rock" series concert: "A Tribute to Peter, Paul and Mary" opening on June 12.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Business

Playhouse touts TripAdvisor endorsement

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The Flat Rock Playhouse has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, a designation that the theater says enhances its appeal as a travel designation.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse announces lead of 'Evita'

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A Broadway actress who has recently performed in a national tour of Wicked will play Eva Peron in the Flat Rock Playhouse production of Evita.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

'Music on the Rock' pays tribute to Sting

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Music on the Rock will feature A Tribute to Sting and The Police on May 23 at the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Spirit moves 'Cotton Patch Gospel'

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Outside felt more like a rainy night in Georgia. Inside, Jesus was in the process of being born, living his short life, preaching, getting condemned and strung up and coming back to life, all to the twang of bluegrass strings and three-part harmony in 1 hour and 58 minutes.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse casts leads for big summer musicals

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Flat Rock Playhouse has announced the casting for their upcoming musicals Evita and Les Miserables, which will feature Rob Evan and Anna Eilinsfeld.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Life

Mackel scores with music of 'Billy. Goat. Gruff.'

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A 2000 graduate of Hendersonville High School and Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre alumnus has added a notch on his Broadway resume this month.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Big gifts helped Playhouse finish 2012 in the black

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FLAT ROCK — Boosted by donations from private organizations, individuals and the public, Flat Rock Playhouse finished 2012 in the black by $65,000, the theater's financial statements show.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Illness causes Playhouse to cancel Luft show this season

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Flat Rock Playhouse has canceled "Songs My Mother Taught Me" with Lorna Luft for this season because the singer announced that she is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Loyal patrons appreciate predictable 'Odd Couple'

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Given the quality of the stars that played the role before them on stage, film and television — Walter Matthau and Jack Klugman as Oscar, Jack Lemmon and Tony Randall as Felix — Scott Treadway and Charlie Flynn-McIver face a high standard to match in "The Odd Couple," which opened Saturday night at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Vincent Marini | Hillary Hart

Hendersonville Life

Playhouse revives Creedence next week

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Flat Rock Playhouse will present "A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival," the next '"Music on the Rock" series concert, opening April 9 at the Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Playhouse offers discount for county residents

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Flat Rock Playhouse is offering local people a $5 discount to the first shows of the season — "The Odd Couple" on the Mainstage and "Cotton Patch Gospel" at Playhouse Downtown as a thank you their support over the past few months.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse updating facade, adding new roof

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse is updating the façade of the historic theater and reroofing the building, the Playhouse announced.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse holding auditions Monday for child actors

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse is holding auditions Monday for young people to fill select roles during the 2013 season.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse hires financial manager, fills other posts

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The Flat Rock Playhouse has hired a theater manager from Dallas as managing director of the Playhouse, giving her responsibility for budget development and administration, personnel, contract negotiations, marketing and strategic development.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | arts | YouTheatre | Vincent Marini | Bill McKibbin | theatre | Hillary Hart | Stephen Terry | Jason Ferguson

Flat Rock Life

Rock musical cast feasts on Playhouse hospitality

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FLAT ROCK — The Rock survived the cast of "American Idiot." The sweet tea did not.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | arts | YouTheatre | Turner Rouse Jr. | theatre

Flat Rock Life

Playhouse offers discounts for teachers, first responders

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The Flat Rock Playhouse is offering discounts to Henderson County law enforcement officers and emergency personnel and this weekend teachers get $5 off tickets to the YouTheatre production of "The Little Prince."   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

YouTheatre's 'Little Prince' opens next week

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The Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre brings to life the beloved children's book The Little Prince at Playhouse Downtown March 8-17.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

YouTheatre hosts event for young playwrights

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Flat Rock Playhouse's YouTheatre will host a playwriting workshop for middle and high school age students at the at the Playhouse Downtown from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | YouTheatre | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Playhouse Downtown

Henderson County News

Treadway, Munoz star in NC Stage comedy

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Flat Rock Playhouse veterans Scott Treadway and Neela Muñoz are featured in The Understudy, which opened Feb. 13 at NC Stage in downtown Asheville. In The Understudy, playwright Theresa Rebeck takes the audience behind the scenes to explore the ridiculousness and brilliance of the business of theatre, film and acting.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Neela Munoz | NC Stage Co.

Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Five things to watch in 2013

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Five things to watch in 2013:   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Mills River | Fletcher | Sierra Nevada | Hendersonville Lightning | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | parks and recreation

Flat Rock News

Dolly Parton tribute opens 2013 Music on the Rock season

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The Flat Rock Playhouse Music on the Rock concert series returns to Playhouse Downtown on Feb. 6 with A Tribute to Dolly Parton.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Students bridge divisions in cross-county collaboration

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Eleanor Palmer knew nothing about the three other students who sat in the room with her. She had met one of them briefly at the North Carolina Theatre Conference, but aside from that brief encounter, they were all strangers to one another.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

YouTheatre, high schools to collaborate in 24-hour sprint

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The Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre and Henderson County high school theatre programs will partner on a first-of-its-kind project this weekend to write and perform short plays in a 24-hour stretch.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Playhouse funding survives in 3-2 vote

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The second half of Henderson County's $100,000 commitment to the Flat Rock Playhouse survived in a 3-2 vote Monday night after commissioners heard from supporters and opponents of the funding.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Historic Flat Rock Inc. donates $5,000 to Playhouse

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FLAT ROCK —The board of Historic Flat Rock Inc. voted during its December meeting to give the Flat Rock Playhouse $5,000.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Munoz, Stokes resign from Playhouse

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Two more longtime Flat Rock Playhouse employees have resigned as the organization continued to experience turmoil even as its financial situation improved.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Tourism agency buys $25,000 worth of Playhouse tickets

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Reversing a decision in November, the Henderson County Tourism Development Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to buy $25,000 worth of Playhouse tickets and use them to promote extended stays in county hotel rooms.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Finance officer will report to board through treasurer, Playhouse president says

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FLAT ROCK — A managing director-controller that the Flat Rock Playhouse plans to hire next year will report independently to the Playhouse Board of Trustees, Playhouse president Bill McKibbin said Saturday.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Vagabonds put on show 'For the Rock'

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FLAT ROCK — Vagabonds past and present poked fun at themselves and at the politics surrounding the financial crisis that threatened the Playhouse's future.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Playhouse gets new $100,000 challenge grant

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On the heels of its announcement that it had met a $250,000 fundraising goal, the Flat Rock Playhouse received a new challenge grant for an additional $100,000, producing director Vincent Marini said.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

PLAYHOUSE SURVIVES

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse survived.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Family 'can't imagine' YouTheatre going under

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FLAT ROCK — Evelyn Umphlett and her husband, Carl, may have more reason than the average couple to cherish their children. They worked so hard to have them.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | YouTheatre

Flat Rock Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Saving Playhouse is the pro-business move

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It turns out the grownups in the room weren't in the room at all.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

A Vagabond's appeal: Hold your fire

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May I say first that Robin was one of the great loves of my life and a dear, dear friend, and along with his father, responsible for much of my passion and 40-year career.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Barbara Bradshaw

Hendersonville Life

HHS theater class holds Playhouse benefit

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Hendersonville High School's advanced theatre class is holding a benefit performance tonight to raise money for the Flat Rock Playhouse and its YouTheatre.     Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse announces acts and auction items for benefit

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Vagabonds through the years will celebrate past hits in an evening that includes some of the craziest and most talented people in show biz. Admission to the show and benefit auction is a minimum donation of $25. It's at 7 p.m. Tuesday.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Village to vote on $100,000 Playhouse donation

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse officials faced three hours of tough questions today but with the backing of a new group of influential and connected business leaders left with a proposal on the table for a $100,000 donation from the Flat Rock Village Council.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Chase Brock's 'Nutcracker' is new and fun

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I think it's safe to say that no other regional theater in America would be lucky enough to stage a version of the classic ballet "The Nutcracker" adapted to its own town.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Treadway, Posey sign up for Playhouse benefit show

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Former Flat Rock Playhouse administrators Scott Treadway and Paige Posey are among the singers and actors who have signed on to perform in "For the Rock," a Dec. 11 benefit that's part of a $250,000 fundraising blitz to save the Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Local leaders hatch Playhouse rescue plan

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Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young, local business leaders and past and present Playhouse leaders met Thursday morning to try to work out a financial rescue of the financially imperiled theater.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

In reversal, commissioners postpone Playhouse discussion

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In a reversal from their stated intention to discuss the Flat Rock Playhouse and potentially withdraw financial support at their next meeting, Henderson County commissioners have postponed the discussion until January.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Tourism board weakens Playhouse support statement

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The body responsible for promoting tourism in Henderson County adopted a watered-down statement of support for the Flat Rock Playhouse on Tuesday after rejecting a monetary grant.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

'Wonderful Life' plays out at the Playhouse

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We may be seeing the last days of the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse announces $200,000 bequest

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Although it won't help the immediate financial shortfall, a bequest of $200,000 could help the Flat Rock Playhouse in the future.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Flat Rock to Broadway, Playhouse supporters set fundraisers

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Flat Rock Playhouse has set a number of fundraisers to try to raise money. Here are details:   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Seeking support, Playhouse instead takes beating from board

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Hoping for a sign of support from the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, the Flat Rock Playhouse instead took a public beating and lost a 4-1 vote in the Historic Courthouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock News

Technicality spares county Playhouse funding, for now

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Henderson County commissioners voted 4-1 to block a $25,000 payment to the Flat Rock Playhouse in January but a technicality requiring a unanimous vote on the motion meant the Playhouse was spared, at least for now. For coverage of today's meeting go to the MossBlog: http://www.hendersonvillelightning.com/blog/2012/uncategorized/commissioners-take-up-flat-rock-playhouse   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Chase Brock's 'Nutcracker' a 'love letter' to his hometown

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FLAT ROCK — The music stops and Chase Brock leaps to his feet again, to coach, instruct and demonstrate.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse appeal gains momentum on line

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse supporters continued a social media campaign to save the financially imperiled theatre, scheduling a benefit concert for Dec. 11 and urging actors, musicians and other support personnel who have been touched by the organization to donate money.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse appeals for help as cash crisis worsens

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FLAT ROCK —  Flat Rock Playhouse faces a financial crisis that caused the theater's leaders this week to appeal for help meeting the bills for the remainder of the year and staying alive for next season.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | tourism | Vincent Marini | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Bill McKibbin

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Young actors shine in demanding 'Butterfly'

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EAST FLAT ROCK — Hundreds of paper butterflies provide the only color on the heavy and dark wooden stage for YouTheatre's performance of "I Never Saw Another Butterfly."   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

YouTheatre presents 'Butterfly' at Armory

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Agudas Israel Synagogue is partnering with YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse to commemorate the Holocaust with the presentation of, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," which opened Thursday night and continues Friday night and Saturday afternoon at the National Guard Armory.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Acting triumphs in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

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FLAT ROCK — Excusing my departure from a social gathering Saturday evening, I mentioned that I was headed to "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Former Playhouse manager talks about theater's changes

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Dale Bartlett, the last of the leadership team that bridged the gap between the death of Robin Farquhar and the arrival of Vincent Marini, has left the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | Vincent Marini | Henderson County Tourism Development Authority | Dale Bartlett

Hendersonville Life

HHS graduate on world tour with theater hit

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Turner Rouse Jr. had to learn patience at the young age of 22.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

PRINT EXCLUSIVE: Playhouse manager talks about changes

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Dale Bartlett, the last of the leadership team that bridged the gap between the death of Robin Farquhar and the arrival of Vincent Marini, talks about his tenure at the Flat Rock Playhouse in a Hendersonville Lightning exclusive.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Vincent Marini | Dale Bartlett

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Love's labors win in 'Almost, Maine'

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What is love? How do you find love? When do you know when to grab love and hold on? When do you know when love's not worth keeping?   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Jesse Siak | Neela Munoz

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Cast shines in enjoyable train wreck

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When the curtain opens on "Noises Off," the rowdy farce at the Flat Rock Playhouse, the potential is plain to see.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Commissioners punt on Playhouse tax

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The showdown didn't happen.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Playhouse pokes fun at political fuss

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FLAT ROCK — The Flat Rock Playhouse actors poked fun at the politics swirling around the theater Monday night during the annual Dark Night Revue fundraiser.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Our destructive county commissioners

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Has there ever been a time when the county's elected leaders did more damage to the best interests of their constituents than the current Henderson County Board of Commissioners is doing?   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTING REVIEW: 'Guys and Dolls' brings Broadway to Flat Rock

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FLAT ROCK — "Guys and Dolls" grabs the viewer first thing. You notice.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse beach proposal draws fire from critics

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse administrators have been negotiating with businessmen in North Myrtle Beach a plan to bring shows to the beach but have no plans to own a theater there, the Playhouse director and a chamber executive at the beach say.   Read Story »

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Henderson County Politics

They said what?!! (the Flat Rock Playhouse transcript)

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Here are excerpts from public debate, comments and interviews by the Hendersonville Lightning about the Flat Rock Playhouse and proposed occupancy tax.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Proof' maintains madness on Main

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Maybe they should install a mental health clinic next to the Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

Commissioners get personal during Playhouse debate

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The Flat Rock Playhouse tax survived to fight — and be fought over — another day.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

10 reasons to support the Playhouse tax

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Ten reasons why the Henderson County Board of Commissioners should raise the occupancy tax and direct the money to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Hendersonville Business

THORNS & ROSES: Let's not stop the music

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Thorn — To the Hendersonville City Council, for traveling down a risky road that could set back impressive progress toward downtown vitality.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Boys & Girls Club | tourism | Hendersonville City Council | Historic Downtown Hendersonville | Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young

Flat Rock Business

Facing questions, Playhouse leaders defend funding request

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FLAT ROCK — Facing hostile fire from a Henderson County commissioner and questions from the public, Flat Rock Playhouse leaders are defending the hotel tax funding that the organization could receive if the Board of Commissioners goes along.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Commissioners | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | 2012 occupancy tax increase

Flat Rock Business

Playhouse extends blitz for two weeks

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Still $75,000 shorts of its goal, the Flat Rock Playhouse has extended the deadline of its 30-day blitz with a fundraising goal of $240,000.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Strong cast tees up 'Fairway' hilarity

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Sometimes in the past the Flat Rock Playhouse has staged comedies where the show was fine despite a weak role or two.   Read Story »

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Henderson County News

T&T board chairman opposes hotel tax increase

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The chairman of the Henderson County Travel and Tourism board and a board member who operates an inn expressed strong opposition Thursday to the 1-cent increase in the county's hotel tax, saying it could hurt tourism. Board members also expressed opposition to sending the money to the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Henderson County Travel and Tourism board | County Commissioner Larry Young

Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Red' gets dramatic about art

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In "Red," the artist Mark Rothko and his assistant, Ken, are free-associating about the color red.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Duke Domingue marks 100th show as Rothko in 'Red'

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FLAT ROCK — Stage manager Andrea Berkey keeps busting Damian Duke Domingue about articles.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: 'Spitfire Grill' good for the soul

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I had the South in mind the minute I heard the name "Spitfire Grill," the new musical that opened Saturday night at the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Raise tourism tax for Playhouse

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners, the county's tourism arm and the Hendersonville City Council should endorse a proposal to direct hotel tax money to support the Flat Rock Playhouse.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Citing 'urgent cash need,' Playhouse launches fundraising blitz

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FLAT ROCK — Citing an "an urgent need for cash to support its operations," the Flat Rock Playhouse has launched a 30-day fundraising blitz to raise $300,000.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Playhouse defends economic impact figures

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse officials are defending the economic impact data they have been using in their appeal to local governments for funding in the upcoming budget year.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Business

Young rejects hotel tax for Playhouse

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Henderson County Commissioner Larry Young, who also chairs the county Travel and Tourism agency, opposes adding a penny to the county's current 5 percent hotel tax.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Death stings not singing nuns

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One might surmise that the deaths of 52 nuns to food poisoning and the burial of 48, leaving four in the freezer to be deep-sixed when the order raises the money, would be an impossible setup for a grin-inducing musical comedy.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

LIGHTNING REVIEW: Treadway lights up 'Show of Shows'

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Go see "Our Show of Shows," and you just have to applaud. No, really, you have to applaud because you, the spectator in the seat, are a part of the show. You have to laugh, too.   Read Story »

Tags: Flat Rock Playhouse | Scott Treadway | Vincent Marini

Flat Rock Life

YouTheatre Spring Festival fun for family

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The YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse will host its Annual Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, on the grounds of the YouTheatre Education Center.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

'Say Goodnight, Gracie' at Playhouse Downtown

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FLAT ROCK — Renowned Broadway actor Joel Rooks is reprising his critically acclaimed role of the lovable George Burns in the Tony-nominated Best Play, "Say Goodnight, Gracie," at Playhouse Downtown.   Read Story »

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Flat Rock Life

Scott Treadway back in 'Our Show of Shows'

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FLAT ROCK — Flat Rock Playhouse brings an early television comedy hit to the stage with the opening of "Your Show of Shows" this week starring longtime Playhouse favorite Scott Treadway.   Read Story »

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