Conservatory Classes

Introducing the NEW Parkway Playhouse Junior! We are excited to be moving to process-based, conservatory style classes with the 2017-2018 school year. At Parkway Playhouse, we believe building a well-rounded foundation in theatre arts is crucial to creating successful productions and, more importantly, setting our students up for lifelong success!

Conservatory classes will run September-May and culminate with the inspiring Parkway Junior Showcase, a recital-style event that allows each student to share the knowledge and skills they’ve gained throughout the year. Classes will be taught by teachers who have college degrees in their designated field, experience in the arts, and a passion to share it with our students!

Students enrolled in a Parkway Junior Conservatory class can opt to audition for Fall and Spring Junior productions. There will be no cost to participate in Junior productions however, they will be audition-only and limited to a select number of students showing dedication and growth in their conservatory classes.

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NOTE: Conservatory Classes will be held at the Mountain Heritage Center in Burnsville at 113 Green Mountain Drive across from Parkway Playhouse or at the Arts Resource Center in Spruce Pine at 269 Oak Avenue, above the TRAC gallery. Be sure to read all the policies and procedures before registering and remember to fill out the health form completely and bring it with you on the first day of class.


Classes last one hour and will meet once a week from September through May of 2018 in both Burnsville and Spruce Pine.

The  Conservatory Showcase (a recital-like performance by all the classes) will be held May 25 & 26 at 6:00pm and May 27 at 3:00pm

(ages 4-7)

Mon 4:00-5:00pm
Erika Tyner
Spruce Pine:
Tues 3:30-4:30pm
Chelsea Wilson Thayer

Designed with younger students in mind this class explores the exciting world of creative dramatics. Students will focus on story drama activities, expressive movement, beginning character development, ensemble building, pantomime and improvisation, puppetry, mask making, and much more! (Maximum class size: 12)

(ages 8-12)

Tues 4:00-5:00pm
Erika Tyner
Jenny Martin
(alternating weeks)

Building on the foundation of voice, movement, character development, and storytelling, students will begin learning specific styles in acting. They will prepare and perform comedic and dramatic scenes, developing character monologues, and scoring scripts. (Maximum class size: 20)

(ages 13-18)

Mon 5:00-6:00pm
Jenny Martin

This advanced theatre class will explore methods and styles of acting, allowing students to hone their craft. Method acting vs. Meisner will be a piece of cake for students after taking this course. Students will engage in both contemporary and classical texts through prepping and performing scenes and monologues. Preparing audition pieces for college auditions or Mainstage productions will be a focus in this class as well. (Maximum class size: 20)

(ages 12-18)

Thurs 4:00-5:00pm
Kristen Livengood

The perfect opportunity to take improvisational theatre ALL YEAR LONG! This course will train students to be “in the moment” and spontaneous in the responses as it relates to improvisation. A key to good acting is really listening and reacting truthfully. There’s no better place to hone that skill than our weekly improv classes. This course is a prerequisite to be selected for Parkway’s invitation only improv troupe, “Get the Hook.” (Maximum class size: 20)

(ages 8-18)

Thurs 5:00-6:00pm
Roberta Whiteside
Amy Weinmeister

For all the Broadway hopefuls, this class focuses solely on the art of musical theatre. Classes alternate each week between learning music and vocal coaching to learning dance basics and choreography. Students will be doing jazz squares in their sleep with this valuable and engaging course. (Maximum class size: 20)

Students must be enrolled in a class to audition for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.  Please remember auditioning does not guarantee a student a role (but most likely those auditioning would be cast in the ensemble)


Parkway Playhouse Junior Conservatory Classes are new for this year. We want to make certain everyone knows how they are structured. Please go to policies and procedures to read complete guidelines.


1 hour/week: $40/month
2 hours/week: $65/month
3 hours/week: $85/month
Unlimited Classes: $100/month



Need based scholarships available. Please fill out the Scholarship Application Form and return to the Education Coordinator.
Sibling discounts of 25% off each additional student. Apprentices receive a 50% discount.



Register for any of the above classes online. Also, please complete the student health form and return it on the first day of class.



AND NOW you can pay your registration fee and tuition online! Don’t want to go that route? Then please refer to the Payment Procedures section in policies and procedures.



If there is insufficient enrollment, a class may be canceled at the sole discretion of Parkway Playhouse. Tuition received for classes canceled by PPH will be refunded in full.

No refunds will be given past the registration deadline for each class.


Please contact our Education Coordinator, Mea Johnson, or call 828.682.4285.