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.
Kreider added that new directors of operations and marketing development will step into their roles next week.
He believes the theater’s success is vital to Morgantown’s arts community.
“It’s been a long standing cultural tradition in this area for three decades, and we want to see it survive," Kreider said. "It’s important to the community, and it’s important to our academic programs that it does survive.”
Show dates are set for July, and tickets go on sale in April. Productions include "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and "Romeo and Juliet." Find more details on the theatre's website.
Audition dates for the summer shows will be announced in the coming weeks. Kreider said the theatre will hold auditions for equity actors in Morgantown, Pittsburgh, New York and other cities.
He added that the theater intends to bring back its holiday show in December.