Beginning on Thursday, October 5th and continuing through Sunday, October 29th, The Vintage Theatre Company will be holding 17 performances and events throughout the state of West Virginia.
Vintage Theatre’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young proudly introduces the company’s first ever statewide ArtoberFest.
“To be honest, we didn’t plan this,” said Young. “Luckily, our performance troupes are in high demand right now, and we got a lot of exciting bookings in October. So, we decided to make it a thing.”
VTC is structured much differently than most other theatres in West Virginia, whereas instead of hosting a season of plays or musicals at a home venue, they focus on creating groups of specific types of performers that they call troupes and then book performances of those troupes throughout the state of West Virginia.
“It’s a model we are basically creating as we go,” said Young. “But so far, all data points to success.”
VTC’s ArtoberFest kicks off on Thursday, October 5th at 8:00 p.m. with a performance of the company’s first troupe, The Fearless Fools, an improv comedy team, at The Lascaux MicroTheatre in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
The Fools will also present two versions of their “Halloween Spooktacular” on Friday, October 13th at The VTC Cabaret in Clarksburg, West Virginia and Saturday, October 14th at 7:00 p.m. at The Alban Arts Center in St. Albans, West Virginia.
“While it is not a performance, we are offering a free improv workshop at the end of the month as well,” said Young. “This is part of our new Improv(e) U program.”
The free adult community workshop led by Fool Craig Snider will take place on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m. at The VTC Academy in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
The Rustic Mechanicals, the company’s Shakespeare troupe, dominates much of the rest of the month with 12 public performances of their Forget & Forgive tour of King Lear.
King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his day without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgement, believing that he can relinquish the crown but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth, and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that have brought him to this point.
While on tour, the Mechanicals will play Beckley, Sutton, Morgantown, Elkins, Grafton, Glenville, Buckhannon, Fairmont, and Clarksburg.
“It’s a big tour and a lot of miles,” said Young. “But it’s worth it because I think we have a great accessible product that people are going to be happy they made the time to see.”
Not to be out done, the company’s newest troupe, Montani Cantanti, which focuses on the performance of opera and light opera works, is hosting an encore performance of their recent adult’s only cabaret, TABOO on Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 p.m. at The VTC Cabaret in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
“It’s very exciting that the first weekend of TABOO was so popular that we can do an encore performance like this,” said Young. “It’s even more exciting that the encore then means that Montani Cantanti is a part of this amazing month for the entire company.”
TABOO features the vocal talents of troupe founders Joshua Stubbs and Sarah Nale as well as Natalie Shaffer, Gigi Collett, Jeremiah Smallridge, and Dustin Jones. Tickets for the encore are $10 at the door, and audience members must be 18 years old to gain admission.
“If you are paying attention to this schedule, you will notice that we have three performances in three different regions of the state on the 14th,” said Young. “Shakespeare in Beckley, comedy in St. Albans, and musical theatre in Clarksburg. What a night, and what a month!”