Flat Rock Playhouse Kicks off its 2015 Season

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FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE TO PRESENT THE WIZARD OF OZ –

YOUNG PERFORMERS EDITION

Opening Friday, March 13 and running through Sunday, March 29, the greatest family musical of all time The Wizard of Oz – Young Performers Edition kicks off the Flat Rock Playhouse 2015 season, and Beverly-Hanks Client Connect members can see the show for half price!
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TICKETS AND SCHEDULE:

Show will run March 13 – 29 at the Playhouse Downtown. Performances will be Friday & Saturday at 7:00pm; matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm.

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Tickets are $10 for students and $18 for adults and can be purchased  at the  Playhouse box office. The Flat Rock Playhouse downtown is located at 125 South Main Street in Hendersonville, NC. Contact Info  828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008.
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Whether from the classic L. Frank Baum novel or the iconic 1939 MGM movie that catapulted the career of a young Judy Garland, families will be swept away as they travel off to the Merry Old Land of Oz with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and, yes, Toto too. This lavish production features thirty nine local youth as they skip down the Yellow Brick Road to such classics as “Over the Rainbow,” “If I Only Had a Brain,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard,” and more. Director Dave Hart says,

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“Since I was a very young boy, glued to my little chair in front of the television waiting for the yearly showing of The Wizard of Oz, I have cherished this classic story and fell in love with it over and over again.” He continues, “Now as I face directing this show for the stage with my young cast, I want to bring to them all the joy, magic and meaning the movie held for me.”

 

A LITTLE ABOUT THE 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.
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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.
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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; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops 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.

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