Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Little Late But Nonetheless

There is a lot going on in Wheeling these days. This past week alone, I had the opportunity to take in a couple of delightful theatrical performances.

Friday night, Towngate Theatre's production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead opened. With Jeremy Richter and Vincent Marshall in the title roles, the show soared. Its expert pacing and wonderful supporting cast provided an entertaining evening worth seeing. The run continues through Saturday, May 7. Tickets are $12.50 and are available at the door or in advance by calling 304.242.7700.

Tuesday evening, Wheeling Park High School's Park Players presented the first of their two musicals this season: Little Shop of Horrors. The students put on a charming show and received a standing ovation from the audience for their efforts. The show continues through Friday, May 6, at the high school's Phyllis A. Beneke Theater at 7 pm each evening. Tickets are available at the door or in advance by calling 304.243.0417. Advance tickets are just $8.

The second musical of the Park Players season, Working, will be presented on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, at 7 pm at the Phyllis A. Beneke Theater. According to this Wikipedia article, "The musical is based on the Studs Terkel book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (1974), which has interviews with people from different regions and occupations."

May 20 also brings the final Wheeling Symphony Orchestra performance of the 2010-2011 season. This Masterworks IV program will feature soprano Lianne Coble singing Strauss's Vier Letzte Lieder, as well as Jean Sibelius' The Swan of Tuonela and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Mahler's death. The concert will be held in Wheeling's historic Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available through the WSO office at 304.232.6191.

The Wheeling Symphony recently won a $25,000 grant through Chase Community Giving on Facebook! Exciting things are happening!