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n 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. 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. 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 Studio 52; 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.

Flat Rock Playhouse Presents Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka

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The whimsical, world-famous candy man himself is back, this time in the mountains of Western North Carolina, as he takes the stage at Flat Rock Playhouse in their Studio 52 Family Series production of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka.  Opening March 24th through April 2nd at the Flat Rock Playhouse Main Stage, this timeless family favorite will sport a "delicious stage full of amazing characters, singing, dancing and acting for the inner child in all of us, with perhaps a few parenting lessons along the way," says Director Dave Hart.

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Flat Rock Playhouse To Present: The Importance Of Being Earnest

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Flat Rock Playhouse Presents The Music Of Billy Joel And Elton John

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The Flat Rock Playhouse 2016 season will continue with the return of Music on the Rock legend Dustin Brayley and Flat Rock newcomer Kyle T. Martin performing the hits of Billy Joel and Elton John. The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John will run from June 9th through June 19th at The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown on Main Street in Hendersonville.

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Flat Rock Playhouse Resumes Music On The Rock With The Music of The Eagles

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Flat Rock Playhouse will resume its 2016 Music on the Rock concert series with The Music of The Eagles on May 12th at the Playhouse Downtown.  This highly requested tribute will feature such hits as Hotel California, Witchy Woman, Take It to the Limit, Desperado and many others.

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Flat Rock Playhouse Kicks Off 2016 Music On The Rock Series

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Flat Rock Playhouse will launch its 2016 Music on the Rock concert series with “The Music of Barry Manilow” on February 11th at the Playhouse Downtown.  This highly requested tribute will feature such hits as Mandy, Copacabana, I Write the Songs, Looks Like We Made It and Can’t Smile Without You.

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