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WVPT Prepares for Farcical "Forum"

A funny thing happens when a farce set in ancient Rome mashes up with musical theater—the result is the Tony Award winning "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," being presented by West Virginia Public Theatre July 1-10 at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown.

"It's a big, broad musical comedy full of song and dance, showgirls, pratfalls and romance," said Lee Blair, co-artistic director for West Virginia Public Theatre and the production director for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."

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"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" Opens Its Run Today

FAIRMONT —  The West Virginia Public Theatre kicks off its presentation today of the production titled “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Multiple showings of the play are scheduled to take place at the Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown. These showings will kick off the theatre’s 32nd summer season.

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WVPT Hosts Seis de Mayo Benefit

MORGANTOWN — The New West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT), as it has been rebranded, is on firm financial ground and hosting a fundraiser this week to support a scaled-down 2016 summer season.

The “Seis de Mayo” fundraising event will be at 6 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Lakeview Golf Resort and Spa. It will include a Mexican-themed dinner, cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, live performance and DJ. Tickets to the event are $100 per couple.

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West Virginia Public Theatre to Present Two Shows this Summer in Revamped Season

MORGANTOWN — Audiences can laugh along with a musical comedy and tear up with a Shakespearean tragedy this summer when West Virginia Public Theatre presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

The season has been halved from last summer’s four shows and other changes also have taken place, including an alliance with West Virginia University’s College of Creative Arts, in an effort to get the struggling theater company back on its feet.

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WV Public Theatre Partners with WVU

West Virginia Public Theatre is partnering with West Virginia University to produce two shows this summer. 

WV Public Theatre has experienced financial troubles over the last few years, but new Board President Paul Kreider, the dean of WVU's College of Creative Arts, said WVU has secured funds to help pay off some of the theatre’s debt.

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WVPT Cancels Holiday Show

West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT) has released its paid staff and cancelled its 21st annual holiday show for financial reasons.

“James and the Giant Peach” was slated to run Saturday, Nov. 28-Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street.

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Big crowd for WVPT season closer

The West Virginia Public Theatre (WVPT) presented a tale as old as time, Disney’s classic version of “Beauty and the Beast,” on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015.

Families began to line up inside the lobby of the Metropolitan Theatre on High Street an hour early in anticipation for the event. The audience was expected to be the largest turnout of the summer, according to WVPT executive director Larry Mabrey.

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