Flat Rock Playhouse Presents BUBBLEGUM POP

Flat Rock Playhouse Presents BUBBLEGUM POPThe Flat Rock Playhouse Music on the Rock Concert Series continues with the premier production Bubblegum Pop! On this trip down memory lane, audiences will relive the good old days with classic teeny bopper hits from the late 60's to the 90's. With lighthearted, catchy tunes such as, "Sugar Sugar", "I Think I Love You", and "Yummy Yummy Yummy", Music on the Rock fans and first time Flat Rock Playhouse guests alike will feel like "A Teenager In Love!" Featuring more recent pop hits like, "Mmmmm Bop", "I Want it That Way", "Build Me Up Buttercup", this multi-generational concert will have the whole family singing and dancing together. Running one weekend only, May 17th - May 20th at the Playhouse Downtown in Hendersonville.

Bubblegum Pop features Jason Wooten (Vocals), Ryan Dunn (Vocals), Annalyse McCoy (Vocals) with Paul Babelay (Drums), Bill Altman (Lead Guitar), George Wilkins (Music Director/Keys 1), Andrew Rogelberg (Keys 2), and Daniel Iannucci (Bass). Jason Wooten previously appeared on the Rock in The Music of The Bee Gees as well as The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and on Broadway in Grease, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar and more. Vocalists Ryan Dunn and Annalyse McCoy, returning Music on the Rock favorites, previously appeared in the concert series with The Music of the Beatles and The Queens of Country Music respectively.

Bubblegum Pop is made possible by Downtown Series Sponsor Rug and Home.

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE

Bubblegum Pop will run Thursday through Sunday from May 17th to May 20th at the Playhouse Downtown in Hendersonville. Performances on Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday at 8:00 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 828-693-0731, toll-free at 866-732-8008 or online at www.flatrockplayhouse.org.

The Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown is located in Hendersonville at 125 S. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.

FLAT ROCK PLAYHOUSE

In 1937, a group of struggling performers, led by Robroy Farquhar, organized themselves as the Vagabond Players. The Vagabonds worked in a variety of places over the course of three years, and in 1940 found themselves in the Blue Ridge region of Western North Carolina. The local and tourist community welcomed them with open arms when they presented their first summer season of plays in a 150-year-old grist mill they converted into The Old Mill Playhouse at Highland Lake. So successful was that summer, they returned in 1941. After WWII, the Vagabond Players reorganized, came back to the region and opened a playhouse in nearby Lake Summit. The Lake Summit Playhouse thrived during the post war years and soon the Vagabond Players were looking for a larger and permanent home. In 1952, the troupe of performers, and a newly formed board of directors, made an offer to buy an 8-acre lot in the Village of Flat Rock. This new home made the Vagabonds "locals" and a rented big top gave birth to Flat Rock Playhouse. As the beautiful Western Carolina region continued to grow, so did the Playhouse and in 1961, by Act of the North Carolina General Assembly, Flat Rock Playhouse was officially designated The State Theatre of North Carolina. What began as a few weeks of summer performances in 1940 is now a nine-month season of plays including Broadway musicals, comedy, drama, and theatre for young audiences. The Playhouse's dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; and Studio 52, year-round classes and workshops in theatre and film for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 100,000 patrons annually and is a significant contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

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