Jenny Wiley Theatre continues its tradition of bringing quality theatre to the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Since 1964 audiences have enjoyed Jenny Wiley Theatre's staging of classic Broadway musicals featuring a live orchestra. JWT has a new indoor Mainstage theatre in Pikeville and an amphitheatre located in Prestonsburg, KY, nestled in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. JWT remains one of the nation’s leading regional theatres.
What to Expect
JWT's summer season is “front loaded” with four weeks of intense rehearsals/performances followed by eight weeks of production run.
Summer shows are presented in rotating repertory, six-seven shows per week (Tuesday through Sunday) and Monday is typically dark. The fast-paced May/June is rewarded with free time in July and August to enjoy the amenities of Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and the surrounding area.
JWT is committed to the highest standards of excellence in all areas of theatrical production.
To name a few:
Wireless body mics
State-of-the-art lighting and sound capabilities
Fully realized scenic, lighting, and costume design by leading designers
Fully staffed technical crew
Spacious, air-conditioned rehearsal space
JWT casts performers from regional combined auditions such as UPTA and SETC, and holds its own auditions in New York City and in East Kentucky. This intriguing mix of talent makes for a dynamic and memorable experience. Directors, Choreographers, Designers and (of course) other Performers at JWT typically work at many other theatres throughout the year, therefore, creating numerous networking opportunities, possibly leading to further work.
JWT audiences are typically a 50/50 split between locals and tourists. Each summer season, JWT sees an average of 10K patrons during the 8-week performance run and about 25K, during the fall, winter and spring season. Audiences appreciate seeing the onstage performers in different roles, and are always forthcoming with their appreciation.
Lodging is provided to JWT performers, technicians, staff, and musicians. The cabins are actually three buildings with four three-person suites each. Each suite has three private sleeping rooms and a bathroom. No renovated barn or converted YMCA, the cabins were constructed in 2001 at an expense of $250,000 and feature clean, quiet, air-conditioned rooms. A full kitchen complete with appliances and a large common area add to the community atmosphere.
Make no mistake, JWT is located in a very rural area. Prestonsburg is a town of around 4,000 people. The pace is quite slow in comparison to major cities but provides a welcome tranquil break from the hectic pace of urban life. The community is quite supportive of the Theatre, and welcomes the performers and staff each summer as “this year’s guests”. Adequate shopping (Wal-Mart, supermarkets, etc.) is available as well as typical fast food and other specialty dining establishments. After the build, many JWT employees plan day trips to Lexington (2hrs), Louisville, or Cincinnati (3hrs) to get their “city fix”.
High quality of shows
Family, community-type atmosphere
Helpful, friendly and appreciative staff