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Flat Rock Playhouse Announces 2023 Season

Feb 21, 2023 10:46AM ● By WNC Business
FLAT ROCK – A South-Eastern Regional Premier and Shakespeare’s most wicked wonder join beloved Main Stage productions, Music on the Rock®, and Playhouse Jr. Family Programming to round out an inviting 2023 season.

The Main Stage curtain lifts later this month with Here Comes the Sun Band & Friends – Music of the Beatles and More!, the musically-authentic act that will rock-and-roll fans through a decade of The Beatles music. A crowd favorite, the Music on the Rock® series will also feature Rumours – The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show in March, followed by the bluesy swagger of the Rolling Stones.

The season's Main Stage series kicks off in April with Ring of Fire, a musical portrait of "The Man in Black,” Johnny Cash. Mother’s Day weekend brings the witty and hilarious Steel Magnolias. Children of all ages and the Vagabonds who never grew up will delight in a newly imagined Cinderella: Enchanted, a fresh take on a magical fairytale, followed by Broadway’s longest-running musical and infamous nine-time Tony Award-winner, A Chorus Line. And this summer, FRP is thrilled to present the South-Eastern Regional Premier of The Girl on the Train, a thrilling mystery based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins and DreamWorks film.

In time for the haunting season, William Shakespeare’s Macbeth tragedy will engage audiences in the terrifyingly prophetic tale of revenge, murder, and madness in a smaller, intimate setting as part of FRP’s new Black Box series.

Slowpoke!, The True Story of a Tortoise and Hare, an Appalachian retelling of Aesop's fable arrives in November, and the season concludes with the popular holiday must-see A Playhouse Christmas–the same festivity and excellence in an all new show!

Catch everything from the foot-stomping Music on the Rock® to Broadway energy to intimate Black Box performances with a season subscription, on sale Feb. 28. Single tickets for all remaining shows go on sale on March 8, 2023.

For a complete lineup with show descriptions and to purchase tickets, visit

This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Learn more at

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 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 eight-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.

Source: Flat Rock Playhouse