Spirited Season

Spirited Season: Set the tone for the holidays with a new show from Flat Rock Playhouse
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In 2017, A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas broke box office records. The new 2018 production promises to be even bigger.

Imagine Radio City Music Hall taking its Christmas extravaganza to Branson, Missouri, and you have the chic, comfortable, all-new Christmas show coming to Flat Rock Playhouse this holiday season. Matthew Glover, Flat Rock company manager, wrote, choreographed, and directed A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas, as he did the record-setting Christmas show at the Playhouse last year. “It’s going to be huge,” he promises. “I made the show a lot bigger. ... There’s not a single song that you won’t know, everything from something that someone’s dad wants to hear to something that a five-year-old wants to hear.”

Some 60 performers will sing and dance throughout the show. The two-hour performance opens on a street corner in fashionable New York City, segues into a soft set of bluegrass music and moves on to a Rockette-style dance number by Pat’s School of Dance in Hendersonville.

Performers in A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas sing, dance, and bring cheer to the State Theater of North Carolina.

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas will swing with renditions of holiday standards that Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters made famous. It will also be nostalgic (what’s a Christmas show without “I’ll Be Home for Christmas?”). It will be glittery, flashy, fun, and familiar to anyone who saw the handsomely reviewed Christmas productions at the Playhouse last year. And just like last year’s gala, the show will end with a reverent rendition of “Oh Holy Night” and a dreamy arrangement of “White Christmas.”

The show is a family affair, top to bottom, featuring local children, the Flat Rock Playhouse Chorus, and, for various numbers, school choirs from Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, and Transylvania counties.

In a hilarious side project, Flat Rock Playhouse is also performing Junie B. in Jingle Bells Batman Smells! at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown in Hendersonville, December 6 to 16. The play, based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park and directed by Olivia Palmer, is about a first-grader whose Christmas cheer is threatened when she draws the name of her nemesis for the school’s Secret Santa gift exchange. No matter which production you attend, expect to leave with a heart full of holiday cheer and a renewed sense of goodwill to all. 

And to All, a Good Night - A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

November 29-December 22
Flat Rock Playhouse
2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock
(828) 693-0731

Photographs (2) by Treadshots