On Stage this week

Show lineup for week beginning Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thanks to my friend Chuck Minsker for compiling this data.

For more information and discussion about theatre in our region, you can visit the Facebook group "Tri-State Theatre Talk" at


“The Full Monty” - The Charleston Light Opera Guild presents the musical comedy during FestivALL at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theatre on June 15, 16, 22, and 23 at 8 p.m. with matinees on June 17 and 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 each.

“Norman Rockwell’s An American Love Story” - The Contemporary Youth Arts Company presents the original Scarpelli-Kehde musical about the fictional account of two of the Rockwell’s favorite models as they find each other, fall in love and survive the trials of wartime separation. It will be presented on June 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. and June 17, 18, 23 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the CYAC Theatre at the Charleston Town Center (next to Buckles). Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children and senior citizens.

"Shrek the Musical” - HART in the Park presents the musical based on the animated film at the Ritter Park Amphitheatre on June 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, July 1, 6, 7 and 8. Gates open at 7 p.m., “Disney’s Lion King Kids” begins at 7:30 p.m., “Shrek” beings at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and senior citizens, groups of 10 or more are $10 each.

“Shrek the Musical” - The Aracoma Story Inc. will present the musical on June 14,15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30 and July 1 at 8:30 p.m. The show will be presented in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. Advance tickets are now available at

“Footloose the Musical” - Jenny Wiley Theatre presents the show based on the film on June 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, July 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 at 8:15 p.m. at the Jenny Wiley Theatre at 121 Theatre Court in Prestonsburg, Ky.

“Little Shop of Horrors” - Actor’s Guild of Parkersburg presents the musical at 724 Market Street in Parkersburg on June 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8 p.m., June 30 at 11:30 p.m., and June 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.

“Marriage is Murder” - Portsmouth Little Theatre presents the comedy about two murder mystery writers who get carried away with their work on June 15, 16 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. at 1117 Lawrence Street in Portsmouth. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children and senior citizens.

“Southern Fried Funeral” - Appalachian Community Theatre (ACT) presents the the big-hearted comedy about families and funerals. Written by Osborne and Eppler, the play will be presented at the Running Right Leadership Academy at 431 Running Right Way in Julian, W.Va. It will be staged June 15 and 16 at 7 p.m., and June 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, which includes a meal and the show. Dinner will be served one hour prior to each show. Purchase tickets using the event link or at Big Eagle Gun & Pawn in Danville, WV.

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“Twelfth Night” - The Marietta College Theatre Department present the Shakespeare comedy on June 21, 22 and 23 at 8:30 p.m. at Muskingum Park on Front Street in Marietta, Ohio. A pair of shipwrecked twins set into motion a tale of mistaken identity and unlikely love. Separated from her brother Sebastian and fearing him lost at sea, the quick-thinking Viola adopts a male disguise and enters the service of the handsome Duke Orsino—only to find herself at the center of an explosive love triangle in which identity, passion and gender all threaten to come undone. Admission is free!

“The Accidental Death of an Anarchist” - Kanawha Players presents the play by Dario Fo on June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at the Historic Labelle Theatre at 311 D Street in South Charleston. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children and senior citizens, and group rates of four tickets for $40. Call 304-343-PLAY.

“Oedipus: An Appalachian Tragedy” - The Alban Arts Center presents the world premiere of the play by A.E. Gill. It adapts the Greek tragedy and examines our responsibilities as citizens, the responsibility of ur elected officials and how our ethics can effect the prosperity of a community. The play will be presented June 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and June 24 and July 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 for adults.

“Disney’s High School Musical” - Children’s Theatre of Charleston present the musical on June 28, 29, 30 and July 1 at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences. To purchase tickets, call the Clay Center Box Office at 304-561-3570 or visit online at

“Guys and Dolls” - The Marietta College Theatre Department present the musical comedy on June 29 at 8 p.m., and June 30 and July 1 at 2:30 p.m. at the People’s Bank Theatre at 222 Putnam Street in Marietta, Ohio. Tickets are $30, $25 and $20.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” - Alchemy Theatre will present the play by William Shakespeare as part of the WV SHAKES festival on June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Barboursville Park Amphitheatre.

“Signing Off” - a live stage play by Lawrence Burgess, is set in a dystopian 2020 West Virginia. Combining thriller, dark comedy, and political satire, “Signing Off” was recognized by West Virginia Writers, Inc. (“Twelve,” Screenplay Category, 2011). Mature discretion advised. It will be presented at The Capitol Theater at Resurrection Church at 123 Summers Street in Charleston on Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m., Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 8 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All tickets: $10. Tickets available at


AUDITIONS FOR: "Blood Song: The Story of the Hatfields & the McCoys” - Open Call Auditions are being held for the 2018 season! No prior acting experience required so come on out and take part in Kentucky's OFFICIAL state play for The Feud! Parts for ALL ages available! Auditions will be held on THREE days and take place June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hatfield & McCoy Outdoor Theatre in McCarr, Ky., and June 15 ALL DAY at the Hatfield/McCoy Reunion Festival in downtown Matewan, W.Va.


Paramount Players - “Living Truthfully, the Practice Behind the Art.”
Art takes practice, and this class is designed to help students of all levels fine tune the art of acting. The class will have a heavy focus on acting schools of thought, various principles, character development, and exercises to hone acting to a sharper edge. Over the 8 week course students will learn how to connect with other actors on stage for a deeper and truer since of the character and story, as well as how to develop a sense for organic and natural acting. Being neither a beginner or advanced class, the goal will be to provide a safe environment to reach out and grasp new levels for all students. Come. Be relaxed. Learn along the way. Fridays - June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 27, August 10, 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. This class is offered free of charge.

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences - Performing Arts Camp: July 16 – July 20 (ages 10 – 18), Jr. Camp (ages 10 – 12), Sr. Camp (ages 13 – 18). Each of these Summer Camps is led by local, industry professionals. Students will develop, rehearse and perform Broadway style musical numbers, monologues and scenes as well as create prop and set pieces for a fun performance for family and friends in the Clay Center’s famous Maier Foundation Performance Hall! To reserve a spot call: 304-561-3570.

Alban Arts and Conference Center - Introduction to Playwriting with John Barton. This course will focus on teaching skills necessary to write a play: crafting a character, writing believable dialogue, creating conflict, and building a scene. There will be weekly assignments, in-class exercises, and some online discussion and support. Students will do script study, complete several writing exercises, and critique dialogue and scenes before writing their own original 10-minute play. Select plays will be read or performed at the end of the course. No experience necessary. Recommended ages 12 and up (Middle School / High School). Mondays 2 to 4 p.m. at the Alban. June 25 -August 13. Class costs $200 if preregistered and $225 if you sign up the day of class. Register for class at

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