Tickets now on sale

Advance tickets for the Smiles and Frowns Playhouse production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are available at Edward's Pharmacy in Ayden and Artisans and Body Bliss Salon and Spa in Greenville. They will be on sale until Wednesday November 10th for $5 a ticket. The tickets are good for either performance, Friday, November 12th at 7pm or Saturday, November 13th at 2pm. All patrons, no matter their age, will need a ticket for the show. Masks will be required for all audience members. Tickets will also be available for sale at the door for $7. The doors to the auditorium will open for general seating at 6:30pm on Friday and 1:30pm on Saturday. We look forward to seeing you at the show!!

Support Smiles and Frowns Playhouse, Buy an Ad!

We love to have people watching our shows and we also love having lots of information for them to look at in the playbill before the show starts. Consider showcasing your business with our audience by putting an ad in the playbill. Prices start as low as $60. We usually have between 400 and 500 tickets sold for our production and sometimes even more!

The deadline for submission is Friday, October 15th. All the info is on the ad form. All proceeds are used to support our theater productions and our mission of engaging children in all aspects of theater. Thank you for your support!

How do you illustrate Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?

We are looking for an illustration for our production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! The basic rules:
1. Drawn with black pen or very dark pencil on white unlined paper no larger in size than 8.5 x 11 inches.
2. Do not include the name of the show.
3. Do include the artist's name.
4. All artists must be young people, aged 18 and younger.
5. Deadline: October 9th

The artist of the chosen illustration will receive two free tickets for the show and their artwork will be used on the playbill, all advertisements for the show, and on the show t-shirts. The artwork will also be hung in the hallway outside the theater along with the illustrations from our 35 years of productions and included on the webpage for the show. To see previous selections of artwork, visit the webpages for each show located here on our website:

All submissions can be hand delivered to Susan McCrea at rehearsal Monday through Thursday from 4:30-6pm at the theater at the Ayden Arts and Recreation Building on Lee Street, submitted digitally to, or mailed to P.O. Box 1945 Greenville NC 27835.

Introducing the Cast!

Thank you SO much to everyone who auditioned for this show. I am looking forward to working with a very talented group of young people.

Parents: Please be watching your email for the link to accept the role. It should arrive within the next 12 hours. The email will also contain information about upcoming important dates. The official rehearsal calendar will be posted by the middle of the week.

Parents New to Smiles and Frowns Playhouse: There will be a new parent orientation Zoom meeting on Thursday at 7pm. Please watch for an email on Wednesday with the meeting number and password. Please plan to attend. It's a great chance to learn about our production schedule and expectations.


Thanks for auditioning!

We had a great time the last two days! Now it's time for casting. Please read the attached information about what happens next.

Time to sign up for Auditions!!

We are so excited to welcome everyone back to Smiles and Frowns Playhouse!

Please use the link below to sign up for an audition block and be certain to read all about this new audition process, along with all the other information in the documents posted under the Cast/Crew tab. Also don't forget to complete the paperwork--3 forms for actors; 1 form for tech crew. We look for to seeing you next week!

Copy this link into your search bar or (if it works right) click this link to access the audition sign-up:

See you soon!

Time for Auditions!!

The time is nearly here! And we've certainly waited long enough.

Auditions will be September 7th and 8th from 5 to 7pm

Please review the files attached to this post for lots of information about responsibilities and expectations and the three forms for actors and one for tech crew members that need to be completed and brought to one of the audition dates.

We will also be running auditions slightly differently because of COVID precautions. Basically, we are asking for everyone coming into the building to wear a mask and practice social distancing and will be using scheduled audition times. The details on how we intend to facilitate this are outlined in the document SOCIALLY-DISTANCED AUDITIONS included below and under the Cast/Crew tab

Please try to bring completed paperwork with you to auditions. If this is not possible, plan to arrive 15 minutes before your child's scheduled audition time and request the forms from the volunteer at the front door and return to your car to complete them.

Also, please remember to bring a small head and shoulders picture of your child to the auditions. If this presents a difficulty, please take a picture with your phone of your child holding a paper with their name and email it to The photo will be printed and added to your child's audition packet.

We are looking forward to an exciting time, as we return to rehearsal and production. Please help us make this as smooth a restart as possible.

It's time for AUDITIONS!!

It's been a long time and we are so excited to be returning to the stage.
Make plans today to join us for auditions, September 7th or 8th from 5-7pm at the Arts and Recreation Building, 4354 Lee St in Ayden.
We are looking forward to staging Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with rehearsals starting September 20th, performances November 12th and 13th.
Please check the FAQ tab for details about the process and the Cast/Crew tab for the necessary paperwork to complete (after August 31st).
We request that everyone be masked while they are inside the building because social distancing will be difficult.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!

It's time to sign up

The time has come to sign up the the Smiles and Frowns Clubhouse workshops. Please follow or copy this link:

All of the necessary paperwork is now available under the cast/crew tab at the top of this page.

We are looking forward to having some fun on stage this spring. Thanks for joining us!

Come Join Us at Smiles and Frowns Clubhouse!!

After a year of no performances at the Doug Mitchell Auditorium in Ayden, Smiles and Frowns Playhouse is excited to announce we are following up last fall's PopUp Playhouse with a series of acting workshops we're collectively calling Smiles and Frowns Clubhouse! There will be three different workshops-one for each age group--5-8 years, 9-12 years, and 13-18 years with different topics for each. Depending on interest, other workshops may be offered in upcoming months.

March 27th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm--ages 13-18
Powerful Pauses--Exercises in dramatic and comedic timing

April 10th from 1pm to 4pm--ages 5-8 years
A is for Animal--Using simple puppetry and movement to tell the story of “The Elephant’s Child”

April 24th from 12:30pm to 4:30pm--ages 9-12 years
Beyond “The Lion King”--Creating a character and scene for the less familiar animals in Simba’s story.

Workshops will be in the auditorium at the Ayden Arts and Recreation building (4354 Lee St) We are limiting actors to ten per workshop session. The cost of each workshop is $10. Scholarships are available for those who need them. A link for the sign up will be posted here and on our Facebook page at 12 noon on Wednesday March 10th. More specific details and other important information will be available at the same time.

We are eager to get our actors back on stage and can't wait to see everyone!