By Mary Karr

We have in the midst of our local art world a jewel that is just waiting to be explored and appreciated.  The Flat Rock Playhouse is officially designated as The State Theater of North Carolina.  I can attest personally to it merits having enjoyed over one hundred of its productions in the past several years.  It is located in the quaint village of Flat Rock about a forty-five minute drive from Lake Lure.  It began in 1940 with a few weeks of summer performances and now is an eight month season of plays, Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theater.  The Playhouse’s dual mission is to produce performing arts and provide education in the performing arts.  This includes a ten show professional series, a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program, a cabaret series by the You Theater and year-around classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults.

The auditorium, a barn-like appearing main stage facility, seats 506 patrons in air-conditioned comfort and hosts over 80,000 patrons annually.  The new downtown Hendersonville satellite theater, “Playhouse Downtown”, is located at 125 South Main Street just steps away from downtown restaurants, bars, and retail stores.

As an added attraction to its many attributes the Flat Rock Playhouse is proud to present Studio 52, an educational programming platform.  They will be presenting an array of classes in Theater, Music Theater, and Film, as well as a series of Saturday Morning Snapshots and Master Camps.  No prior film experience is necessary for the Flat Rock Playhouse Academy. Just have a desire to learn.

The summer session has just begun and here are a few of the up-coming attractions:
July 9-26 – Driving Miss Daisy
July 23-August 16 – Gypsy
August 20-Sept. 6 – Crimes of the Heart
Sept. 10- 27 – Fly
Oct. 1-25 – Pump Boys and Dinettes
Oct. 29-Nov. 15 – Catfish Moon (downtown)

The Flat Rock Playhouse is located next to Connemara, the Carl Sandburg Home, a National Historic Site.  This is another wonderful place to explore, especially for young families.  These are just a few of the places nearby that are all about using arts to cultivate young lives through the power of learning to connect to the world and people around them through telling drama and music.

Our Lake Lure Artists invite you to explore and enjoy their exhibitions in our local library, studios, shops ,restaurants, and the gallery.  We welcome newcomers to join us for our twice monthly meetings.