Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 1, 2014

Outdoor dramas

ASHLAND — As the weather heats up, so does the outdoor theater season.

Here are a few relatively close options for drama in the great wide open.

Jenny Wiley Theater

For more than 45 years, Jenny Wiley Theater has offered a variety of stage shows and remains one of the longest-running outdoor theaters in the country and the only professional theater east of Interstate 75 offering year-round performances.

The amphitheater is in Prestonsburg and the studio theater and indoor theater are in Pikeville.

Shows this season will be:

‰May 29 through July 18  —  “A Second Helping: Church Basement Ladies Sequel.”

Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.; doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. with doors opening at 1:15 p.m. Sunday matinee will be at 3 p.m.; doors will open at 2:15 p.m.

‰June 12 through Aug. 2 — “Peter Pan.”

Evening performances begin at 8:15 p.m., with doors open at 7:30 p.m.

‰June 26 through Aug. 1 — “South Pacific,” a tale of love and loss on a tropical naval base during World War II by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Music includes “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’I,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

Evening performances will  begin at 8:15 p.m. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

‰Aug. 21 through Sept. 19 — “Feud Part 1: The story of Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy” explores the forbidden love story between Johnse and Roseanna.  Set in 1881 in Pike County, Kentucky, Johnse, Roseanna, and Paris McCoy have one fateful night to tell their stories.  As the night progresses, truths are revealed and the legend begins.

Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.  Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday matinees will begin at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m.

‰Aug. 28 through Sept. 20 — “Feud Part 2: Firebrand — The untold story of Tolbert McCoy” continues to story of the Hatfields and McCoys.

Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday matinee will begin at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m.

‰Oct. 9 through Nov. 1 — “Sleep in Safety — The death of Octavia Hatcher” is based on the true story of a mistaken burial in the spring of 1891.

Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday matinee will begin at 2 p.m.   Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday matinee will begin at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m.

‰Nov. 20 through Dec. 20 — “White Christmas.”

Evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Saturday matinee will begin at 2 p.m.  Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Sunday matinee will be at 3:00 p.m. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m.

Pioneer Playhouse

Pioneer Playhouse in Danville is Kentucky’s oldest theater, with performances Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. with the performance at 8:30 p.m. Shows run June 8 through Aug. 18, changing every two weeks.

‰June 6 through 21 — “Whodunnit, Darling?” This fast-paced mystery-comedy is set in a 1930s dude ranch in the Sierra Nevadas and features a a quirky cast of characters.

‰June 24 through July 5 — “Is He Dead?” This new farce shows what happens when a starving artists finds a way to avoid debt and get the girl of his dreams.

‰July 8 through July 19 — “The Wonder Team.” This new play is about how a brave gang of gridiron leatherheads from Centre College in Danville beat the odds and captured the hearts and headlines of the nation in a 1921 game that is still considered “the biggest upset in college football history.”

‰July 22 through Aug. 2 — “Walking Across Egypt.” Written by by Catherine Bush and adapted from a novel by Clyde Edgerton, the story is about a grandma, a stray dog, a mysterious dog catcher and a smart-mouthed juvenile delinquent.

‰Aug. 5 through 16 — “A Visit from Scarface.” This new, locally written comedy takes the world of gangster movies a step farther.

In addition to these stage shows, comedian Etta May is set to return for shows Aug. 21 through 23. Dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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The playhouse is at 840 Stanford Road in Danville.

For more information, call (866) KYplays or visit pioneerplayhouse.com.

‘Tecumseh!’

The life story of Shawnee leader Tecumseh from the late 1700s is the focus of this show, presented at Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre in Chillicothe, Ohio.

In the huge, outdoor theater, the audience is amid the action, surrounded by gallopping horses, live military cannons and vibrant battle scenes.

The show will open June 6 and runs Monday through Saturday until Aug. 30. Show time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $24.25 for adult and $17.25 for children 10 and younger.

In addition, behind-the-scenes tours are available at 4 and 5 p.m. for $4 for adults and $3.50 for children. There also is a terrace buffet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cost is $13.75 per adult and $7.95 per child. Reservations are recommended.

Tickets are $22.95 and $15.95. To order tickets, call (866) 775-0700. For more information, visit tecumsehdrama.com.

Theater West Virginia

The shows “Honey in the Rock” and “Hatfields and McCoys” have been entertainment mainstays in West Virginia for decades — five, in fact.

“Hatfields and McCoys” will be offered 17 times, opening July 11 and closing Aug. 2. Dates are July 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 and Aug. 1 and 2.

The troupe also will present “Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids,” “Rocket Boys,” “Wizard of Oz” and “All Shook Up.”

Also, Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform Aug. 16.

Because the shows rotate on an uneven basis, theater-goers should refer to a schedule online to plan to see a show.

For more information or tickets, visit theaterwv.com or call Cliffside Amphitheatre at Grandview at (304) 256-6800 or (800) 666-9142.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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