BECKLEY, W.Va. — Although the schedule is a bit different than originally planned, Theatre West Virginia Act II is officially alive, with 17 scheduled showings of “Hatfields and McCoys.”
The curtain will rise for its 54th season on July 11, and Manager Scott Hill said these 17 shows will be produced with the same quality theater patrons have come to know and love over the years.
The theater closed in September after a run of more than five decades, with popular productions including the historic play “Honey in the Rock” and the later addition of “Hatfields and McCoys.” TWV also celebrated some of the best of Broadway and staged a number of productions aimed at children, many of whom got their introduction to live stage-acting by attending Theatre West Virginia.
The state Legislature set aside $125,000 for Theatre West Virginia earlier this year.
That was significantly less than the $230,000 in state funding originally planned for the theater, but organizers say it was welcome nonetheless.
And while last year’s budget was $900,000, organizers are looking to raise enough extra money to come up with a funding total of $450,000 for this year.
Sen. Mike Green, D-Raleigh, said the amount might be less than in the past, but should help with the struggle to survive…