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 run September-April 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 are 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 is no cost to participate in Junior productions for Conservatory students; however, they are audition-only and limited to a select number of students showing dedication and growth in their conservatory classes.

For Spring semester, we are offering the option for students not enrolled in classes to pay a one-time Junior Production Fee, after auditions and casting.  Please note that auditions are not a guarantee of casting, and parents should wait until casting is final to pay the fee.  All Conservatory Policies and Procedures apply.

Please review our COVID-19 Policies here before registering your child for classes, or the Junior Production Fee. All students are required to follow Parkway Playhouse procedures at all times, including mask-wearing during classes and rehearsals, and parents must sign the COVID Waiver (below) on the first day of class.


(Grades 3rd – 6th)

Monday 4:00-5:00pm

(Currently all spots are filled)

Instructor: Erika Tyner

In Playmakers, students will learn the basics of theater and acting in a fun and creative environment. We will concentrate on theater games, improvisation, character and scene work, and ensemble production. Confidence, collaboration skills, and communication skills will be developed throughout the year, culminating in a production that showcases the talents of the students and the skills learned during class.

(Grades 7th – 12th)

Thursday 4:00-5:00pm

(Maximum class size: 20)

Instructor: Jenny Martin

This advanced theatre class will explore methods and styles of acting, allowing students to hone their craft. Students will engage in advanced warm-up processes, theatre games, and work with their peers on contemporary plays and scenes, through preparing and performing scenes and monologues. Preparing audition pieces for college auditions or Mainstage productions will be a focus in this class as well.

(Grades 3rd – 12th)

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 20)

Instructors: Kyrstin Ezzell, Roberta Whiteside

This course is designed for students 3rd grade and up, who have a passion for singing, dancing, acting, and all aspects of musical theatre. Throughout the course, students will tackle several pieces that will expand their knowledge of musical theatre. Students will sing and dance their way to Broadway!

(Grades 7th – 12th)

2nd Saturday of the month 2:00-5:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 15)

Instructors: Abby Auman, Kyrstin Ezzell, Daniel Moore

If you have a student who is interested in backstage action, this is the class for you! Students will learn the design and construction process for lighting, sound, costumes, makeup, and sets, and help create and build the set for our Junior productions!

(Grades 7th – 12th)

Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm

(Maximum Class Size: 15)

Instructor: 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.”

(Grades 7th-12th)

1st and 4th Saturday of the month 2:00-4:00pm

(Maximum class size: 10)

Instructor: Jenny Martin

This course is for those students with a story in their heart, and a passion for writing. You will learn everything there is about constructing the plot, characters, and dialogue of a play! 


(Grades 8th – 12th)

Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm

(Class limit dependent on audition)

Instructor: Kristen Livengood

Get the Hook is Parkway Playhouse’s own professional improv comedy troupe. Students practice and perform year round, as well as attend improv festivals and advanced workshops with working improvisers from across the country. Students who have completed the Improv for Teens Conservatory class are invited to audition for Get the Hook. At this time, all current spots are filled.


Please review all policies and procedures before registering your student for classes


Parkway Playhouse Junior will follow all Covid-19 Procedures in accordance with the CDC and Yancey County Health Department recommendations, as well as requirements for schools per the NC Governor.

At this time, all students will be required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times during classes, rehearsals, and performances. All students are required to wear masks during Conservatory Classes, and rehearsals for junior productions.

Vaccinated students, who have a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination card on file with the Director of Education, may perform in junior productions. without a mask, if that is within their comfort level. Vaccinated students may remove their masks before entering the stage, but must replace their mask while in all backstage areas. We must have a copy of the student’s vaccination card to follow this procedure.



$50 registration fee per student. To waive registration fee on multiple classes, please email

1 class/week: $40/month ($160/semester)

2 classes/week: $65/month ($260/semester)

3 classes/week: $85/month ($340/semester)

Sibling Discount: 25% off each additional student.

Apprentice Discount: 50% off classes for Summer 2021 Apprentices.

NOTE: To receive a discount code for multiple classes, or to set up a payment plan, please email


NEW!  Students unable to attend classes may choose to pay a one-time Junior Production Fee of $225, after auditioning and being cast in a Junior Show! All Policies and Procedures apply.  Scholarships are not available for the Junior Production Fee.


The Addams Family, Young @ Part will run on May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22. Auditions for The Addams Family will be Saturday, February 5, 2022, from 2:00-4:30pm at the Mountain Heritage Center, across from Parkway Playhouse.  Students must be enrolled in a Conservatory Class, or pay a one-time Junior Production Fee after they are cast, to participate in the show. For casting information, Download Addams Family Young@Part Audition Information.


Scholarship applications are closed for the 2021-22 school year. 





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. Registration fees are non-refundable.

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



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