Tri-State Theater

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Busy Weekend for Shows

As more proof of the busy theatre weekend ahead, here's a story from today's Herald-Dispatch:
The gossip-filled beauty parlor is open for business as the Fifth Avenue Theatre Company and the City of Huntington Foundation, Inc., continues its production of Steel Magnolias at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, as well as 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, in the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in City Hall, located at 800 5th Ave., Huntington.

Directed by Zach Davis, Steel Magnolias costs $10 and $8 for children 12 and under. Call 304-696-5522 for more info or go online at www.cityofhuntingtonfoundation.com/pages/theater.htm.

That show is just one of many theater productions set for this next weekend in the Tri-State.

Here's a look at some other shows.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: Directed by Clara Adkins and Todd Preston, "Spelling Bee" is the inaugural show for the new Pullman Plaza Playhouse at the Pullman Plaza Hotel. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, as well as 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. The show also runs Oct. 1-3. Tickets are $33 for dinner and the show or $18 for show only. Go online at www.pullmanplayhouse.webs.com.

James and the Giant Peach: The play James and the Giant Peach, which is based on the classic children's book, will be presented by First Stage Theatre Company at the Renaissance Center (the former Huntington High School) at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. It will also be Oct. 1-3 as well. Directed by Jon Joy, the show includes a cast of 30 young actors from around the Tri-State. Tickets are $10 and $8 for children 12 and under. Call 304-416-KIDS (304-416-5437) or visit www.FirstStageTheatre.org.

The Needle's Eye: Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will hold its annual weekend honoring Kentucky writer Jesse Stuart. The weekend will feature The Needle's Eye, a dramatic production with music taken from Stuart's book about his experience as an educator "The Thread That Runs So True." Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. Both shows will be at the Greenbo Lake Amphitheater. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors and students. Preschoolers are free. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets with you.

The Johnny Cash Story: Carter Caves State Resort Park will host The Johnny Cash Story Dinner Show with the band 6 Feet High & Rising at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 24-25. The buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m. Come out and hear the costumed band sing such hits such as "Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues" plus a video salute to local veterans during "Johnny's" rendition of "Ragged Old Flag." Cost for dinner and the show is $34.95 plus tax per person and $29 plus tax for children 12 and under. A lodging package that includes a one night stay, dinner and show for two is $149.95 plus tax. For more information about 6 Feet High & Rising, visit www.jctribute.com. For more information, call 606-286-441 ext. 2543.

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