Summer Theater at the Hayes Performing Arts Center

The Hayes Performing Arts Center and Blowing Rock Stage Company have lots to offer young and old here in the High Country this summer. Check out the Stage Company’s summer shows below.  Some are appropriate for kids, and some would be better for an adult night out!  We all need those, right?

Honestly, I totally want to audition for Bye Bye Birdie, but I can’t even keep up with my schedule as it is!

June 10-28

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America’s longest-running play is a you-choose-Whodunit! by the Blowing Rock Stage Company
Discover why more than 8 million people around the world have seen Shear Madness, an uproarious salon-set whodunit where the audience gets to solve the crime. A mixture of improvisation and up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor, the play, which Time magazine calls “one of the best-kept successes in show business,” incorporates the latest media scandals and local news items. Plus, since the audience plays sleuth, Shear Madness is delightfully different every time you see it. This production is by the creators of the shows in Washington D.C., Boston, Las Vegas and Charlotte. Produced in collaboration with the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (Charlotte, NC). “A hair-raising hit.” –Newsweek
July 3-12
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Two Divas, two egos…and one suite. by the Blowing Rock Stage Company
It’s 1942, and the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel is under siege as two of Hollywood’s biggest divas vie for the same suite. The hotel staff and the stars’ secretaries do all they can to keep Hollywood legends Claudia McFadden and Athena Sinclair from killing each other. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and one pampered lap dog all crash together in Florida playwright Michael McKeever’s show-business valentine to those hysterical old farces of the 30’s and 40’s.  Great fun for the whole family. “Buckle up for a funny ride.” – Caldwell Theatre Company
July 17-August 2
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An All-American Rock & Roll Musical. by the Blowing Rock Stage Company
This Tony Award winner for Best Musical made its Broadway debut in 1960 with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera and Charles Nelson Reilly. Now this tuneful, toe-tapping musical comedy inspired by Elvis Presley comes to Blowing Rock. The affectionate tale follows rock and roll superstar Conrad Birdie and the antics that precede a publicity stunt on The Ed Sullivan Show in which Conrad will kiss one lucky girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, before being drafted into the Army. “The score still sends us out of the theatre humming.” –
August 7-16
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Where Love Becomes a Stranglehold. by the Blowing Rock Stage Company
One of the longest-running non-musicals in Broadway history, this Victorian England-set psychological thriller spawned a new generation of stage thrillers and led to the 1944 Oscar-winning film Gaslight, starring Ingrid Bergman. Patrick Hamilton’s white-knuckle-inducing tale, which follows a sensitive woman whose husband has just about convinced her that her sanity is disintegrating, is the stuff of great dramatic literature. Prepare to be glued to the edge of your seat. And don’t forget to breathe. “A dynamite thriller.” –
August 21 – September 6
Hank Williams: Lost Highway
Musical Portrait of a Country Legend. by the Blowing Rock Stage Company
This spectacular musical biography is a tender ode to the brash, pio-neering country star who stands among the greatest innovators of American popular music. The musical documents the singer-songwriter’s rise from obscure hillbilly to Country-Western super-stardom to his early demise at age 29. An unforgettable tribute, Lost Highway highlights Williams’ unique magic as a performer and the unbreakable spell of his haunting songs. “Exhilarating! A rare achievement in musical theatre!” —Rolling Stone magazine
All shows will be performed at the Hayes Performing Arts Center, 152 Jamie Fort Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. For tickets or more information please call the box office at 828-295-9627 or visit the website at



  1. I wish you would have auditioned for Birdie!! We could have been in a show together!!

    My hubby had to go to Charlotte yesterday and got to see the production of Shear Madness that will be here in a few short week and thought it was HYSTERICAL!! I can not wait to see it!