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Flat Rock Playhouse Announces 2018 Season!



From the classic Hasbro game live on stage to an Internationally known Broadway blockbuster (the #1 most requested title of which we’ll be able to officially announce in the Spring)… come join us for a season of original works, classic Broadway moments and sidesplitting comedies.

Note: The Plan A package consists of NINE shows on the Mainstage for 2018. The Flex Plan consists of EIGHT tickets for you to use however you want. Call the Box Office for more information and pricing.

Clue:  If you loved the movie, are an aficionado of the board game, or if you just enjoy the unfurling of a great whodunit – you’ll kill to be among the first to see the official stage adaptation of this pop culture favorite before it embarks on a national tour. Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie adaptation and the classic Hasbro board game, CLUE is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. A zany evening of slapstick, slamming doors and some of the funniest one-liners in movie history, CLUE will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches.

The Love List:  A comedy by Norm Foster (The Affections of May). In this side-splitting and thought-provoking new comedy, Leon and Bill concoct a list of attributes of the ideal woman – the top ten best qualities in a mate. When this allegedly “Ideal Woman” actually arrives on the scene the men quickly learn that their list could use a few revisions. Be careful what you wish for – especially in choosing a mate. This old adage leads to hilarious results in Foster’s sparkling com—ic hit.

Broadway on the Rock:  You liked last year’s hit production of Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Music of the Night? You’ll love this celebration of top Broadway Blockbusters fromLes Miserables, Miss Saigon, Wicked, Newsies as well as classic hits from the Golden Age of the Great White Way.

Blockbuster Musical TBA:  This summer Flat Rock Playhouse will be presenting an international phenomenon – a feel good dancing-in-the-aisles musical that electrified Broadway audiences for nearly 15 years!  Since then it has played in more than 50 countries, in all 6 continents, and will be gracing the Flat Rock Playhouse stage for the very first time. Due to our licensing agreement, we are not allowed to divulge the title until April 2018, but we are sure you’re going to love this high-energy musical romp, fun for the whole family!

Always a Bridesmaid: From the writing team behind last year’s smash sensation The Dixie Swim Club. In this rollicking comedy, four friends have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their Senior Prom: to be in each other’s weddings, and hilarity ensues. If you’ve ever elbowed a stranger to catch a bride’s bouquet or have been forced to wear the world’s ugliest bridesmaid dress, this deliriously funny play by Jones Hope Wooten is definitely for you…and your dearly beloved.

The Glass Menagerie:  25 years ago, Flat Rock Playhouse debuted an exciting new program, Project Playhouse, with specially priced matinees for local students as well as regular evening performances for our patrons. The play was Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, a drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty and one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.

Pickin’ and a Grinnin’: A musical romp through the cornfields with a jug of moonshine in hand. Taking inspiration from classic variety shows of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, this original production will feature some of our favorite Flat Rock Playhouse singer/musicians and is guaranteed to be a foot stomping, hand clapping good time for the whole family. Howdyyyy!

The Hound of the Baskervilles:  This adaptation of the classic crime novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring the detective Sherlock Holmes is a fast paced, wild ride through the fog-shrouded moors of England.  Three actors portray over fifteen characters with lightning fast precision in this highly praised thriller.

Classic Nashville Christmas:  It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Country Music Style! Jason Petty and his Classic Nashville Roadshow cast bring you the greatest collection of country Christmas songs and the stories behind them. Featuring classic holiday hits recorded by Gene Autry, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee and Elvis Presley.



Back by popular demand, we’re thrilled to bring back Mutts Gone Nuts and Donny Edwards as Elvis to the Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage. PLUS after their sold out tribute to Neil Diamond in 2017,  the return of the Cherry Cherry Band with their tribute to Bob Seger. Throw in some traditional Irish folk music and dance and the hilarious antics of 3 Redneck Tenors, and we’ve got something for everyone!

The Young Irelanders:  Each and ever year the Irish Cultural Academy brings together some of its finest exponents of Irish traditional music, song and dance as part of one terrific group known as The Young Irelanders. These performers have Irish traditional music, song & dance running through their veins and although still in their 20’s and 30’s, they are unique amongst their peers in Ireland.  If you want to see and hear what Ireland’s traditions of music, song & dance look and sound like like in the hands of some of the most talented young performers in the world then don’t miss the opportunity to get to see this sensational act.

Mutts Gone Nuts:  Back by popular demand! Mutts Gone Nuts is a comedy dog thrill show that promotes the adoption of rescue animals. Expect the unexpected, as canines and comedy collide in a smash hit performance, that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4 legged performers. Deemed “A Must See” by the Washington Post, the dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then your shoes!

The Music of Bob Seger:  Steve Kelly and the Cherry Cherry Band rocked the Rock last year with this sensational Neil Diamond tribute. This year, we are thrilled to have him return with his tribute to Bob Seger featuring such songs as Night Moves, We’ve Got Tonight, Old Time Rock and Roll, Against the Wind and more!

Donny Edwards, A Heart and Soul Tribute to the King:  Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has NOT left the building. For the fourth year in a row, Donny Edwards returns to Flat Rock Playhouse for one weekend only with in his tribute to the King of Rock n Roll, Elvis Presley.

Chimney Rock Park Status

The Park plans to partially reopen starting Friday, Nov. 10 after a retain wall in the upper parking lot had collapsed on October 23 after heavy rain . This will give visitors access to the Four Seasons trail, Hickory Nut Falls trail, the Great Woodland Adventure trail and the Animal Discovery Den. Guests can also enjoy a variety of special programs during our partial opening. At 11 a.m. daily, a Park naturalist will lead a 2.2-mile roundtrip, guided hike on the Four Seasons and Hickory Nut Falls trails to the base of the Park’s 404-foot waterfall.  Here you’ll be able to see some of the last of the fall color still visible in the understory. The hike is included with admission and will last approximately 1 hour and thirty minutes. The upper part of the Park will continue to be closed.
Guests with younger children can take the Great Woodland Adventure, which features hands-on interactive stations with large animal sculptures. Be sure to pick up a Track Trail brochure before you head out on the trail. On Saturdays and Sundays, naturalist will lead Family Animal  Encounter programs at 2 p.m. at the Animal Discovery Den featuring some of  the Park’s animal educators.
Admission to the Park during the partial opening will be $6 per adult and $3 per youth (ages 5-15).

Fall Peak Colors, 10/17/2017 Update


2017 Peak Color Prediction

70th Anniversary: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

October 20 – 22, 2017: Approaching its 70th year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will return to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, craftspeople who are masters in their media will be exhibiting. The variety of craft that will be on display ranges from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. After a curation process of two juries, nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highland Craft Guild will carry on the legacy of these Fairs.


Fall Colors 2017 Update (October 9)

2017 Peak Color Prediction

Congratulations to Kim and Ted

Fall Colors Update (10/1/2017)


Update October 1, 2017

October First Week: Above 5,000 feet elevation. The leaves in the highest mountains north of Asheville turn first, especially on the Parkway north of Craggy Gardens and Beech Mountain. South on the Parkway, head to Waterrock Knob and Black Balsam areas. Hike & picnic atop both Max Patch and Roan Mountain on the AT.
October Second Week: 4,000-5,000 feet elevation. Best colors really pick up steam, including Mount Pisgah and Devil’s Courthouse areas south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountains surrounding Waynesville and Cashiers peak, including Whiteside Mountain with the Shadow of the Bear. Also, see colorful highest ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and drive the Cherohala Skyway. Camp at Lake Santeetlah.
October Third Week: 3,000-4,000 feet elevation. The ultimate week for the most color including large sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This also includes much of Pisgah National Forest. Drive the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Top hikes there include Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry. North of Asheville, best color will be Banner Elk and hikes to Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain at Linville Gorge. West of Asheville, head to Maggie Valley, Cherokee and Bryson City.
October Last Week: 2,000-3,000 feet elevation. The city of Asheville, French Broad River and Biltmore Estate show their best color, along with many of our small towns including Sylva and Saluda. It’s a great time for a waterfall hike in DuPont State Forest or a stroll at the NC Arboretum.
November First Week: 1,000-2,000 feet elevation. Color fills the lush Hickory Nut Gorge at Chimney Rock. See the fall reflections on Lake Lure. Also hike and camp at Lake James and South Mountains State Parks east of Asheville. The leaf progression concludes in the foothills around Marion, Rutherfordton and Tryon Foothills Wine Country.

The Weekend of the Queens

The Melange is honored to host three beautiful queens on the same weekend who are in Hendersonville for a reunion and for pampering:

Miss Hendersonville, Apple Queen and Miss Western North Carolina.

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