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History and Repertory

West Virginia Public Theatre began its first year in a tent on the parking lot behind Sheraton Lakeview Resort. Broadway star, Carol Lawrence, showed up with a broken leg. Dean Jones prayed for the rain to stop, and when it did, a vivid rainbow appeared. Finally, Judy Norton Taylor (oldest daughter on The Waltons) showed up. That is how we started.

Since then:

  • We have performed for over 1 million patrons
  • We have performed for over 150,000 school students who would have not otherwise had the opportunity to see a live theatrical experience
  • We have presented over 190 Broadway quality productions featuring talent from all across North America including those with extensive experience on Broadway, television and film. 

Our future is bright and the Board of Directors, now in partnership with the College of Creative Arts at WVU, are working hard to ensure quality educational and entertainment programs for years to come. We hope you have had enjoyed the past 30 wonderful seasons.  We want to bring you many more seasons of exciting theatrical experiences.  

Repertory

1776 - 2000

42nd Street - 1988, 1998, 2004, 2010

9 to 5 - 2012

A

A Chorus Line - 1986, 1990, 1994, 2007

A Christmas Carol - 1995, 1998, 2001, 2009, 2016, 2017

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - 2016

A Grand Night for Singing - 2015

A Hatful of Rain  - 2018

A Streetcar Named Desire - 2008

AIDA - 2007

Ain't Misbehavin' - 2003

All Shook Up - 2012

Always - 1997

Always, Patsy Cline - 1998, 2003, 2010

Annie - 1995, 2001, 2002, 2010

Annie Get Your Gun - 1997, 2004

Anything Goes - 1989, 2001, 2012

B

Beehive - 1997

Big River - 1995

Bye, Bye Birdie - 1997

C

Cabaret - 1993, 1999

Camelot - 1993, 2001

Carol Lawrence Revue - 1985

Carousel - 1991, 2001, 2010

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 2006

Cats - 2006, 2009, 2011

Chicago - 2002, 2011

Cinderella - 1997, 2000, 2004

Company - 1988

Crazy for You - 1996

D

Dames at Sea - 2014

Damn Yankees - 1995

Dean Jones Revue - 1985

Death of a Salesman - 2005

Disney's Aladdin - 2012

Disney's Beaty and the Beast - 2005, 2006, 2015

Disney's High School Musical - 2009

Doubt - 2009

Dreamgirls - 2008

E

Evita - 1994, 2006

F

Fiddler on the Roof - 1988, 1993, 2001, 2009

Footloose - 2002, 2015

Forever Plaid - 1995, 2002, 2008

Funny Girl - 1988, 1996, 2007

G

George M! - 1989

Godspell - 1987, 2002, 2012

Grease - 1992, 2000, 2001

Guys and Dolls - 1992, 2003

Gypsy - 1991, 2001

H

Hairspray - 2010

Hank Williams: Lost Highway - 2014

Happy Days: A New Musical - 2013

Harvey - 1989

Hello Dolly! - 1992, 2000, 2006

I

I Do! I Do! - 1986

J

Jekyll & Hyde - 2002

Jesus Christ, Superstar - 1995, 2003

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor D reamcoat - 1996, 1999, 2004, 2010

Judy Norton-Taylor Revue - 1985

K

Kiss Me, Kate - 1998

L

Les Miserables - 2013

Little Shop of Horrors - 1995, 2009

Lost in Yonkers - 1996

Love Letters - 1994, 2016

M

Mame - 1989, 2005

Ma of La Mancha - 1990, 1999

Mary Poppins - 2014

Miss Saigon - 2005

My Fair Lady - 1992, 2002, 2009

My One and Only - 1987

My Way - 2003

N

No, No, Nanette - 1987, 2003

Nunsense - 1994, 2011

Nunsense II - 1996, 2013

O

Oklahoma! - 1990, 1999, 2004

Oliver! - 1994, 2003, 2011

Our Town - 2004

P

Always...Patsy Cline - 1997

Peter and the Starcatcher - 2018

Peter Pan - 1993, 1996, 1999, 2007

Phantom (Yeston) - 1997

Phyllis Revue - 1986

Pump Boys and Dinettes - 2006 

R

Ring of Fire - 2012

Romeo and Juliet - 2016

S

Same Time Next Year - 1987

Scrooge, The Musical - 2003

Seussical - 2005, 2011

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - 1998

She Loves Me - 2000

Shenandoah - 1998

Show Boat - 1999

Singin' in the Rain - 1998, 2005

Smoke on the Mountain - 2015

Smokey Joe's Café - 2002

South Pacific - 1993, 2001, 2014

Stand by Your Man - 2005, 2012

Streets of Gold - 1993, 1996, 2000

Sugar Babies- 1997

Sweet Charity - 1987, 2007

Sylvia - 2017

T

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee - 2011

The Fantasticks - 2013

The Full Monty - 2007, 2010

The Honky Tonk Angels - 1999, 2011

The King and I - 1994, 2004

The Marvelous Wonderettes - 2012

The Most Happy Fella - 2000

The Music Man - 1991, 2002, 2007

The Producers - 2008

The Secret Garden - 2000

The Sound of Music - 1990, 2000, 2006

The Unsinkable Molly Brown - 1999

The Wedding Singer - 2009

The Who's Tommy - 2014

The Wizard of Oz - 2002, 2008, 2013

Thoroughly Modern Millie - 2006

U

Urban Cowboy - 2008

W

West Side Story - 1986, 1991, 2000, 2008

Will Rogers Follies - 1996, 2003, 2010

Y

Young Frankenstein - 2017

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown - 2017

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