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Jenny Wiley Theater holds opening night

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

Saturday night was opening night at Jenny Wiley, and it was a sold out show.

It is officially Summer at the Jenny Wiley State Park, the sounds of the Jenny Wiley Theater were loud and clear Saturday night during its opening night.

“This is the night that people from every business and corporations all of our friends and individual donors come out to celebrate the arts,” said Executive Director, Marty Childers.

More than 200 people filled the sold out theater and enjoyed a reception dinner, silent auction and live music before the play even began.

And officials say the night's success is just the beginning.

“It's going to be a pretty amazing season this year ticket sales are up way up and that way we know we've chosen what the audience wants to see,” said Childers.

"Church Basement Ladies" is the season's first musical and is one that is expected to entertain everyone at the theater.

Patrons of the theater say it's safe to say this is a staple of the community because actors from across the nation have been gracing the stage here at Jenny Wiley for 49 years.

“Jenny Wiley Theater means different things to different people, but it's probably the strongest cultural venue we have in eastern Kentucky,” said Theatre Board member, Carrie Cinnamond Rose.

And this venue will continue to shine throughout the summer with several different productions.

“These are great shows, and we will fill the skies with music this summer because they are fabulous,” said Rose.

So for one night this audience laughed along with the church basement ladies.

"Church Basement Ladies” will run until the first week of August.

The theater will also show “The Sound of Music” and “Oklahoma.”

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