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Jenny Wiley Theatre (Prestonsburg, KY)

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(June 15 – August 11, 2012) This company was born in 1965 when a small group of performers from Paintsville, Kentucky presented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific in the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park amphitheater, which had been constructed as a home for historical dramas of the Big Sandy region (and, in particular, the legend of pioneer woman Jenny Wiley). Since then, JWT has tried to hold to the standards of this country’s best summer stock theaters while expanding to include year-round productions of musicals and plays, as well as tours, and educational programming. Now in its fifth decade, JWT is one of the longest-running outdoor summer musical theaters in the U.S. Among its notable alumni are Michael Cerveris, James Barbour, Sharon Lawrence, and Paige Davis. (MP)

Jenny Wiley Theatre Information

  • Public Transportation: Varies by venue
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
  • Performances/Programs: 5 shows per season with multiple performances of each
  • Ticket Prices: Advance Tickets (Adults $22; Seniors $20; Youth $13); At The Door Tickets (Adults $24; Seniors $22; Youth $15); Meal Shows ($42)
  • Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more
  • Subscriptions: 5-show subscription (Adults $90; Seniors $80; Youth $40)
  • Membership: Friends (up to $99); Supporters ($100–$249); Patrons ($250–$549); Benefactors ($550–$999); Founders ($1,000–$2,499); Producers ($2,500–$4,999); Sponsors ($5,000–$10,999); Leaders ($11,000–$99,000); Executive Producer ($100,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include a subscription to the newsletter; acknowledgement in the season playbill; preferred seating; and more.