Mountain Theatres Are on Fire with World Premieres, Comedies

Greenville and Spartanburg Little Theatres wind down their hit plays “The 39 Steps” and “Of Mice and Men” today and tomorrow. And while college venues are blazing trails with aggressive programming over the next couple of weeks, many Upstate theatres are busy their holiday shows for an explosion of green and red stages the first week of December.

Currently there is hotbed of activity in our mountain theatres with two world premieres, a heap of comedies, a southern musical and even a couple of Christmas shows.

The Montford Park Players hold their 3rd Annual Masquerade Ball Saturday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway. Tickets are$45-100. Event website

One hot ticket is NC Stage Company‘s world premiere of “Someone Else” by  husband-and-wife team Jason Odell Williams and Charlotte Cohn in Asheville. READ OUR REVIEW

“Someone Else” continues Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Nov. 29 at NC Stage Company, 15 Stage Lane in Asheville. No show on THANKSGIVING! Tickets are $16-36. Call (828) 239-0263 or visit

Also fantastic is Attic Salt Theatre’s new production of Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. READ OUR REVIEW

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” will sell out so get your tickets today. Shows continue Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., through Nov. 22 at 35 Below, 35 East Walnut St. in Asheville. Tickets are $20. Call the Asheville Community Theatre box office at (828) 254-1320, or visit

Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective presents “The Boys Next Door” by Tom Griffin through November 21, Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. at The Be Be Theatre, 20 Commerce Street, Asheville NC 28801. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the Door.
Audience Talk Back sessions follow Friday and Saturday performances.

For more information about Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective and their beneficiary please visit and

Washington PlaceThe Magnetic Theatre presents the world premiere of David Brendan Hopes’ “Washington Place” throuigh Nov. 22 in Asheville.

Many have heard about the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on New York City’s Lower East Side in 1911, and about the important labor laws enacted in its deadly wake. But no one knows much, if anything, about the lives of the young women caught up in this tragedy. Now David Brendan Hopes beautifully imagines their lives for us, bringing us their passions, hopes, and dreams, as well as their songs and laughter, in an effervescent, moving world premiere presented by The Magnetic Theatre, produced and directed by the company’s artistic director, Steven Samuels.

The November 5-22, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. $18 in advance/$23 at the door at Magnetic 375, 375 Depot Street in Asheville. Call (828) 239-9250 or visit

Tryon Little Theater just opened the smash hit musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! and it will run through Nov. 22.

The show features vignettes of beloved scenes from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schultz, with family-friendly comedy and toe-tapping musical numbers.

Performances will be at the Tryon Little Theater Workshop at 516 S. Trade Street in Tryon, NC.  Shows will run 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday November 12th-22nd.

Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at 828-859-2466.

“Catfish Moon”
by Laddy Sartin, who is from Rock Hill, ends Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Flat Rock Downtown at 125 S. Main St, Hendersonville, NC. Box Office: (828) 693-0731 or
“Catfish Moon” is about three childhood best friends Curley, Gordon and Frog. Life happens and time has driven a wedge between these now, middle-aged men who have come together for one last overnight fishing trip to patch old wounds brought about by anger, jealousy and betrayal. This bodacious, southern fried bro-mance of a comedy is sure to delight.

Stay tuned for the Flat Rock Playhouse’s world premiere of “Chasing Rainbows” which follows a young Judy Garland’s life up to “The Wizard of Oz.” Previews begin Nov. 27.

Hendersonville Little Theatre wraps up its hit “The 39 Steps” Sunday, Nov. 15 as well.

greenville little theatre The 39 Steps
Based on the novel by John Buchan, this adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 film is fast, funny, filled with intrigue and a touch of romance.  The forces of “The 39 Steps” are out for Richard Hannay, the unsuspecting target of a ring of spies.  Hannay is forced to go on the run and encounters plane crashes, train chases, and romance, until finally he must save his own life. All 150 characters are played by 4 actors in a lightening-speed comedy that will leave you wanting more.
Through Nov .15 with shows on Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at 229 South Washington St. in Hendersonville. Call (828) 692-1082 or visit



Photo by Richard Abernethy c/o Little Theatre of Gastonia FB page
Photo by Richard Abernethy c/o Little Theatre of Gastonia FB page

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) at Little Theatre of Gastonia

By Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald & John K. Alvarez
Original music by Will Knapp

This holiday, come experience something magical that will create special memories. The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey — and just about every other holiday character — make an appearance in this hilarious yuletide mashup comedy that retells every Christmas story ever told in just 90 minutes. This fast-paced and funny romp features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, and all your holiday favorites. A perfect combination of laughter and good cheer–you’ll view this season in a whole new light! Directed by Jim Chandler.
Local community groups will also be entertaining at each show as the curtain warmers.

Shows are Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 7:30 with a 2:30 pm matinee on Sunday, Nov. 15 at the Little Theater of Gastonia – 238 S Clay St, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA
Tickets are $12-16. Call (704) 865-0160 or visit Event website.

Cast of A FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS at Kings Mountain Community Theatre.
Cast of A FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL at Kings Mountain Community Theatre.

A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol
Kings Mountain Community Theatre

Everyone’s favorite classic holiday tale gets the fractured fairy-tale treatment. All the famous fairy-tale characters take on all of the memorable roles of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. You’ll never know which fairy tale character will show up next to show Ebenezer Scrooge (played by the Big Bad Wolf) what the Christmas spirit is all about. This fun-filled adaptation stays true to the warmth and heart of the classic. Directed by Nicki Woods,

Nov. 6-7 & 13-14 @ 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8 and 15 @ 3 p.m.

Joy Performance Center
202 S Railroad Ave.
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 730-9408


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