What’s Happening

What’s happening at Flat Rock Playhouse in 2021?


We want to update you on the outlook for returning to live performances at Flat Rock Playhouse. We’ve heard from many of you that you are anxious to get back to the theatre and want to know our plans. We also want to give you information you can share with your friends when you get questions.

The good news is that we will be ready to get back on stage as soon as it is safe and state mandates allow us to do it responsibly. Right now, the gathering and spacing limits make it financially infeasible to reopen. Under current guidelines, we can seat only about 130 people (30% of the house). We need to be able to fill at least 230 seats to make a show financially feasible. We’re staying close to state health officials and when the guidelines change, we’ll be ready to get back into the theatre.

Please continue to check the website for updated information.  Meanwhile please Click Here for information on Studio 52 classes and Click Here for information on Rock Solid, A Campaign for Flat Rock Playhouse.

When will Flat Rock Playhouse reopen?

This depends on several things, all of which are out of our control unfortunately. These are things like state limits on gathering size, social distancing requirements, and spread of the virus in our community as new variants arise.

What is the impact of the state guidelines?

The gathering and spacing limits are a particularly big deal. Under current guidelines, we can seat only about 130 people (30% of the house). We need to be able to fill at least 230 seats
to make a show financially feasible.

Why can other theatres like the Peace Center do indoor
shows and you can’t.

The gathering and social distancing guidelines in some states, including South Carolina, are less strict than those in North Carolina. Most theatres we’re talking to around the country, including Broadway, are looking at reopening sometime in
the fall.

How will I find out what the Playhouse is going to do?

We hope to have news to share sometime in June and we’ll be ready to shout it out. We’ll be sending messages to patrons, and getting the word out through the "Rock Out" Newsletter, the papers and radio. Click Here to subscribe to Newsletter 

What are you doing to get ready to reopen?

We’ve got a lot going on…planning the shows, preparing our facilities with things like HVAC upgrades, and getting staffing lined up to get back to live performances.

What else is happening at FRP?

Studio 52 programming for kids and adults is going strong under the leadership of new Director of Education Anna Kimmell. We’ve offered 27 different online classes so far this year, along with some fabulous workshops with Broadway stars like Fergie Philippe from the cast of Hamilton. In total, over 300 students from 15 states have joined in, and registration for summer camps is now open. Plus, we have just announced Rising Stars: A Virtual Benefit Cabaret on June 10 and 11 celebrating the talents of over 100 young artists. This is a “donate what you can” event with all proceeds benefiting Studio 52 education programs. People can register for Summer Camps and the Virtual Benefit Cabaret at frpstudio52.org.

Who can I call at the Playhouse?

Watch the website for an announcement on when the Box Office will reopen full time. In the meantime, …

How can I find out what’s happening at the Playhouse?

We’re sending out the “Rock Out" Newsletter every Friday that includes updates on all things FRP. We’ll also stay active on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube) and on the FRP website flatrockplayhouse.orgTo subscribe for our Newsletter, Click Here or visit our website and scroll to the very bottom of our homepage. In yellow, you will see the words, “Subscribe to our Newsletter” that will take you directly to the sign up.

Where is Flat Rock Playhouse?

  • Our 500 seat Mainstage is located at 2661 Greenville Highway in Flat Rock, NC.  Flat Rock Playhouse is located about half an hour south of Asheville, 30 minutes north of Greenville.

What are your Box Office Hours?

  • During the season, our Box Office is open Monday – Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM. On performance days, the Box Office will open 2 hours before curtain. Effective 2021, our Box Office is open Monday – Thursday from 10 AM – 5 PM until further notice. For more information, please email us at Info@flatrockplayhouse.org. 

Are all of your shows family friendly?

  • We bring a wide variety of exciting and magical productions to the stage for you here at the Playhouse. The themes and age appropriateness of each one varies by production. For specific information regarding the content of a given production, please call our Box Office at 828-693-0731.

 Are discounts available?

  • Yes! We offer discounts for groups, students and children. For more information about these or other special packages we offer, please contact the Box office at 828-693-0731.

Can my tickets be refunded?

  • No, all sales are final. If you cannot attend a performance
    and wish to donate your tickets back to the theatre, please call the box office at 828-693-0731 in advance of your performance date. You don't even have to bring the tickets
    to us! We will happily accept the tickets for resale and give you a tax receipt and our heartfelt thanks for your donation.

Does Flat Rock Playhouse offer any hearing aid options?

  • We certainly do!  We are proud to be able to offer a state-of-the-art system where people with hearing loss can enjoy
    their theatre experience as clearly as anyone else. Our Hearing Loop system provides wireless hearing aids, delivering clear, customized sound from inside your ears.
    We offer this service free of charge for our patrons. 
    For more information Click Here.

Are there dining facilities at Flat Rock Playhouse?

  • Yes, there are! Located in the Otto Courtyard we have a full concession shop which serves snacks, refreshments and alcoholic beverages. For full sit-down meals, check out the excellent options in downtown Flat Rock, just a few minutes’ walk from the theatre!

Is there parking at Flat Rock Playhouse?

  • We have lots of parking right at the theatre that we offer to our patrons for free! Upon entering the theatre grounds for a show, you will be greeted and directed by our dedicated team of parking staff. Handicapped and VIP parking is available for patrons with appropriate passes. All parking areas are first come, first serve, so we recommend arriving early to secure a prime spot.

What is the dress code for Flat Rock Playhouse?

  • We welcome a range of attire choices. Dress is generally casual but feel free to dress up fancy if you feel inclined! You certainly won’t be the only one. We recommend bringing a sweater or a jacket as we keep the theater cool for the comfort of all present.

Can I purchase tickets online?

  • Yes, individual tickets can be purchased for all of our shows, Click Here. For large group tickets, season subscriptions, flex packages or special events, please contact our Box Office at 828-693-0731.

Where can I locate a seating chart?

  • Our mainstage theatre seating chart is provided for you, 
    Click Here for easy reference.

How will I get the tickets I purchased?

  • After purchasing your tickets, they will be reserved for you under your last name at the Box Office. You are able to pick them up from any time prior to the show during regular Box Office hours. If you’d like us to mail your tickets to you, we are happy to do so for a small fee. Please let us know at the time of purchase and we will arrange the delivery.

How might one apply for job at Flat Rock Playhouse?

  • Actors: Flat Rock Playhouse operates under an Actors’ Equity Association C.O.R.S.T. – Z contract. Annual auditions are held in New York, the South Eastern Theatre Conference, and the Western Carolina Theatre League Unified auditions. Submit headshot and resume Casting@Flatrockplayhouse.org.

  • Local Actors: Will be seen in Flat Rock typically in January or February. Contact Casting@Flatrockplayhouse.org for more information and stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for details and opportunities.

  • Directors/Choreographers:  Artistic positions are filled appropriate to the needs of each season.  Submit headshot and resume electronically to Lisa K. Bryant, Artistic Director.  Lisa@Flatrockplayhouse.org 

  • Designers/Technicians:  Design and technical positions are advertised through ArtSearch, Off Stage Jobs and other Internet based sites. Seasonal, year round and intern positions are posted as openings occur in the scenic, lighting, sound, costume and properties departments. Contracts range from single show job-in to partial or full season. Send your information electronically to Adam Goodrum, Production Manager.  Adam@Flatrockplayhouse.org

  • Administrative positions: Posted on an as needed basis.

How does one become a volunteer for Flat Rock Playhouse?

  • We love volunteers and are blessed with an amazing group who support us and the arts community year after year! If you are interested in working with our Master Gardeners, please email Tamsin Alpress at Tallpress@Tamsinandcooke.com. If you are interested in working with our volunteer guild, Supporting Players, please email Karolyn Killian volunteer@flatrockplayhouse.org.