The tradition continues with A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas, A Virtual Production, running from Nov. 30 through Dec. 20.
For the past four years, the Playhouse has been able to celebrate the holidays with our community and beloved patrons through their Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas productions.
This year, we are all celebrating the holidays a little differently, so the Playhouse is bringing the Christmas show to your home. Experience the magic and merriment with your favorite Vagabonds on stage and around town. Featuring holiday favorites old and new like “White Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Carol of the Bells,” “This Christmas,” and many more.
Artistic Associate and Hendersonville local, Matthew Glover, began this holiday tradition in 2017. Though the Playhouse had to close its doors in May due to the pandemic, with special planning and adjustments, the beloved production continues virtually in 2020
“We had to get very creative with the show this year,” said Glover. “With the advice of health officials and guidelines, we were able to bring a small ensemble of Vagabonds to the theatre in early October. After a two-week quarantine period, we rehearsed for a week and then filmed on the Mainstage as well as on location. It felt incredible to work with these beloved entertainers again, and A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas was a cherished and welcomed mini-reunion for all of us amidst this difficult year.”
The virtual concert will feature classic Christmas tunes, more contemporary holiday selections and was created with the cameras in mind.
“We didn’t want to just film a static production on stage. We wanted to use the technology we have available to create something truly unique,” said Glover. “We take you all around town — Main Street, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Kanuga Conference Center, and of course, the Rock. There’s as much of the usual dazzling sparkle as there is a homespun warmth and coziness.”
Families can purchase one viewing link for their household for $50 — less than the price of a night out at the movies and relished from the comfort of their own homes.
“We want to share this unique holiday treat not only with our local community but also with our patrons all across the country, and even the world, who haven’t been able to visit the Rock this year,” said Artistic Director Lisa K. Bryant. “Now the Playhouse can come directly to your house for the whole family to enjoy together. Pj’s and hot chocolate encouraged.”
When purchasing their ticket link, audiences will select the date when they would like to view the production. They will be emailed the morning of their viewing date with the link to the production and a unique passcode. On your selected viewing date, A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas will be available on demand between 10 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Featured performers include an all-star cast from all over the USA, The Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, Flat Rock Playhouse Youth Ensemble, and Dancers from Pat’s School of Dance. The adult ensemble will include Scott Treadway, Linda Edwards, Nat Zegree, Alfred Jackson, Maddie Franke, Ethan Andersen, Jason Watson, Kathleen Watson, Matthew Glover, Anna Kimmell, Blair Ely, Nathan Fister, Paul Babelay, and Ryan Guerra.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit FlatRockPlayhouse.org/Stream . Tickets available for purchase by calling the Playhouse box office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-737-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.