Gig&Tell: Flat Rock Playhouse

  • Flat Rock Playhouse - An Unforgettable Experience <3    
    02/08/2017  9:57pm

    I had the pleasure of working as a Performance Apprentice here 2 summers in a row, and I can say Flat Rock Playhouse 100% changed my life for the better. The environment is unlike any other. You are surrounded by creativity and love at all times. Everyone on lot grows to know each other very well and it feels like family. The staff & all those who work behind the scenes, in the shop and in administration, are the kindest, most genuine, most hardworking people I know. There is a spirit of teamwork, positivity, and hope. You create beautiful work on stage and off. And Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the opportunity to live at! Nature hikes, waterfalls, gorgeous sunsets, lakes, and more. And the greatest bakery you will ever find just a 5 minute walk away. The patrons truly appreciate the theater and are loyal to the arts. Such a great experience & I would be blessed to go back again.

  • Hands down best place I've ever worked    
    01/23/2017  10:33am

    I was part of the AEA company last summer
    -shows: high quality, great sets, lighting and costumes. Costumer even looked me up on Facebook in advance to see what colors I wore mostly and used them in most of my costumes. It's a slip stage which can malfunction at times but every place has technical difficulties at times. The audiences are very appreciative and for AEA company the dressing rooms are comfortable and clean. Stage managers are fantastic.
    -housing. It's like summer camp. AEA housing is kind of like a motel in the woods. Clean, comfortable with own bathroom and mini kitchen. (Sink, microwave and mini fridge). It can be pretty damp there but you control your AC and they have dehumidifier in rooms. Also there are company cars for AEA company.
    -food. This summer they had a new chef take over the food and it was great. Small cost for AEA company. Food is on a weekly rotation of homemade soup/sandwiches for lunch and 3 week rotation for dinner. Always a salad bar. They can accommodate vegetarians/vegans and gluten free diets. If you are there for more than one show you might get sick of the rotation but for the cost you can't complain. Meals are Tuesday-Sunday.
    -people. The best people. So kind and considerate. It is obvious to me that they want good people there. They are very fast at dealing with any problems. They are the utmost professionals but also know how to have fun.

    Apprentice company: the apprentices from last summer are some of the hardest working college students I have ever met. They have a lot to do, from childrens theater to being main stages, to working crew and helping direct traffic in the parking lot before shows. All for EMC points a small stipend and room/board. If you are willing to work hard and have an open mind it can be transformative. They are given master classes by AEA company and staff on everything from dance to improv to audition skills and finances. And each week two are challenged to push themselves out of their comfort zones at a cabaret/open mic for the company. More than one of them left me in tears with their vulnerability, talent and fearlessness.

    All said and done, audition for flatrock and if you are lucky enough to work there you will become a vagabond for life.

    I had the pleasure of working as a Performance Apprentice here 2 summers in a row, and I can say Flat Rock Playhouse 100% changed my life for the better. The environment is unlike any other. You are surrounded by creativity and love at all times. Everyone on lot grows to know each other very well and it feels like family. The staff & all those who work behind the scenes, in the shop and in administration, are the kindest, most genuine, most hardworking people I know. There is a spirit of teamwork, positivity, and hope. You create beautiful work on stage and off. And Western North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places I've ever had the opportunity to live at! Nature hikes, waterfalls, gorgeous sunsets, lakes, and more. And the greatest bakery you will ever find just a 5 minute walk away. The patrons truly appreciate the theater and are loyal to the arts. Such a great experience & I would be blessed to go back again.

    02/08/2017  9:56pm
  • Flat Rock is great!    
    02/25/2013  8:28pm

    I was a summer apprentice and my experience was fantastic! You get to work with some extremely talented and experienced people. The production value is through the roof, and they really make the shows clean and amazing in the rehearsal process. It doesn't get five stars though, just because of the food. Dinner is pretty good. Lunch though...

    Do the Apprentices get paid a stipend at all?

    01/30/2014  11:47am

    A local chef, the owner of Just Vino, took over the food. MUCH BETTER! He's still cooking for 30 or so people at a time so not everyone is going to have their favorite all the time, but they always have a salad bar and the chef is very open to taking requests.

    12/03/2014  1:05am
  • Summer Mountain Oasis    
    07/17/2014  1:26pm

    I had a blast there. I did not stay in tradition actor housing, they put me up elsewhere. Great pilates studio on the corner, check to see if they have a groupon out. The company is really cool and chill and proud of their theatre. I would go back in a heartbeat

  • Vagabonds unite!    
    12/08/2012  5:59pm

    I had the recent pleasure of being involved in the resident Fall Acting Company of this wonderful theater company. Many wonderful, talented people working here and an incredibly stimulating environment made for a terrific experience! The company is currently struggling financially! Go to their website and make a donation if you feel so inclined! It's a great theater company and I'd hate to see it lose funding. If you're in North Carolina, be sure to check out the Flat Rock Playhouse whenever you get the chance!

    Does anyone know if the Apprenticeship Company is paying/offers housing for the summer? Thanks so much!

    02/08/2013  1:03pm

    Apprentices are given free room and board. They live in a big log cabin type house directly in front of the children's theatre building. Apprentices pile up in rooms with twin beds. Laundry is downstairs in the basement, and there is a nice spacious living room and a kitchen (but no oven). They provide food in a cafeteria Tuesday-Sunday though, so there isn't much need to cook. It's really a great set up. You just have to do a bit of walking everyday, but it's beautiful there, so who's complaining?

    03/04/2013  3:27pm