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Ratings
Artistic production value of shows
9
Company management
6
Accessibility to basics
Groceries, drug store, restaurants
7
Surrounding nightlife activity
5
Housing
6
Quality of theater building
7
Overall experience
7

This theater provides...

  • Car? No
  • Single-room occupancy? No
  • Shared kitchen? No
  • Shared bathroom? No
  • Laundry? No
  • Gym membership? No
  • Meals? No

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  • I worked for the old as well as the new management and I agree 100% with the comments below. Get everything in writing. It's very pretty and there are a lot of good times but they've taken quite a step backward. The old managment was top notch.
  • Tim you are right, it is truly an amazing place and anyone with the opportunity to go there would be crazy not to go based on what you might read here. I was trying to explain why some people appear to be critical of management. They are a new group and though there were bumps in the road the Playhouse can weather this. Give them time. The Flat Rock Playhouse is a rare place and I would go back anytime any day.
  • Some of the comments here are out of line in relation to what is being "reviewed." Flat Rock is an amazing place to work. Once you are there and you witness the camaraderie that is up in those mountains, you'll never find another place like it. As far as the financial problems... Who doesn't have them? They are still going strong with strong productions filled with strong happy actors. And with a few changes on the technical side, I think they are better now then when I was there. And the property is wonderful with almost all amenities you may need. And Paige & Dale are fantastic people. Flat Rock is an amazing place to work.
  • Velmawants, Scott and Paige are gone and FRP is a very different Playhouse than it was when Robin F. was alive. A lot of the people who worked under him have recently resigned. It was a complete revolt which may explain some of the recent managerial criticisms from other posters. The new Playhouse is focused on huge Vegas-like shows and to create new works that might potentially go to Broadway which is somewhat admirable, if not a bit over-reaching. Vincent Marini is the new head cook and he's very ambitious. The problem is, this new plan has nearly sunk them, as it has other theaters with the same ambition in the past. They almost went under last year (2012) and have amassed a very large and dangerous debt (would NEVER have happened under Robin's watch). They got bailed out and this season seems to be doing very well (maybe because they have returned to the format more like Robin's Playhouse, titles with a broader audience appeal). The old Playhouse did fantastic work as well, but it was a quieter, slower and more romantic time cast with burgeoning talent vs. talent with Broadway credits. Maybe those days are gone forever and it's too bad. I respect some things about the new Playhouse but will miss the old one. Progress can sometimes look like progress on the outside but not so much on the inside. From what I understand, the former staff really got raped and mistreated by the B.O.D. who is now driving the ship which probably explains why they are in financial trouble. Time will tell if they can weather the new approach. Seems a bit foolhardy in an economy like this. But if you have the chance to go, you should experience the Playhouse. It's an actor's paradise in many ways but unlike the past, you may be housed in some board members home several miles away and have to share a car. Skip the meal plan unless you like a lot of fried food.
  • ...I would also like to add the artistic value of the productions are a 10.
  • The owner of the Mill House Lodge (which was very nice by the way) needs to either get laid or something. Dude, you can't fill up an entire hotel with working actors and make them pay for internet which does not work then get all nasty about it because you are too cheap to update your system. Also, if you work there, make sure to go to INGLES supermarket and get the gorgenzola potato salad.
  • Well I don't know about some of the other comments about management problems but I had a very positive experience. Page and Scott are hilarious and treated me very well. In fact it was one of the most enjoyable audition experiences I've ever had (they were cutting up and made me very comfortable). The technical guys and designers were very impressive and the audiences were enthusiastic and supportive. I would go back in a heartbeat. By the way there is fantastic hiking and other outdoor activities. It's a gorgeous part of the country.
  • the area is gorgeous & quality of productions is high. accommodations are pretty basic, nothing to write home about. as others have mentioned, management can be pretty spotty but overall a good place to work and pay is relatively high.
  • My experience in 2011 was pleasant. It's a case of the haves and have nots, but I suppose that's somewhat normal. The actors love working there, as well they should, it's fairly eutopic - pay is good, production values impressive and housing is comfortable. I met the Producing Artistic Director once and I don't even think he saw our show. He watched a run through and spent the entire time playing on his ipad. Communication was very sloppy. Non actors don't seem to be treated well and most complained nonstop about the management. Bottom line, let your agent do the negotiating, get everything in writing and you'll probably have a very nice time. I predict they'll be looking at new management fairly soon, however.
  • Last employed by this theatre in July 2010, and made roughly 750/week
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    FRP is a magical theatre that produces great shows. If you're there over the summer, the theatre campus is covered with college aged apprentices who work their butts off! The theatre really tries to make you feel like you are part of a family. The pay is decent and the housing is adequate. Basically a room with a bed mini fridge and microwave and a shower an toilet. You are in the middle of some beautiful country with to a of hiking and out doors adventures around. If you don't like the wilderness, your experience might not be that great. There are fire pits every night and a "midnight studio" every Friday after the show for the apprentices to showcase their talents. They may or may not ask you to mentor them for their studio performances and you can also perform. I had an incredible experience and would LOVE to go back, but I also love hiking and the outdoors and the south.
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