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Colonial Arts Center to host BCT’s 50th Anniversary Show

Buckhannon, W.Va. — Members of Buckhannon Community Theatre, both current and alumni, are returning to the Colonial Arts Center Main Hall to showcase their 50th Anniversary Show. This variety show will include songs from past decades and characters of all ages and settings.    

With pieces ranging from Annie Get Your Gun, The King and I, Frozen Jr, Shrek the Musical, and many more, the audience will get to experience a range of musical talents while possibly spotting some familiar faces. The show is directed by Risë Straight Hanifan, produced by Erika Kolenich, with technical direction by Jakob Spruce. This production has been sponsored by WVU Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital.

“We’re thrilled to host this production, especially since it will be a unique, one-of-a-kind show!” said Anne Wilson, Manager of the Colonial Arts Center. “After the success of their most recent production, Clue on Stage, we’ve modified our seating with better risers and more chairs to accommodate what we hope to be another sold-out audience!”

Emcees Jerry Leigh and Jamie O’Brien, both BCT alumni, will host the show and discuss details in between each performance, as well as the announcements of their 2023 season. The recipient of the Jim Knorr Award will be announced during the opening night, as well.

Performances are Saturday, December 10 at 7 PM and Sunday, December 11 at 2 PM. Doors will open 45 minutes prior.

The show does not have a fee for tickets, however donations in the amount of $50 to celebrate the 50 years of theatre will be greatly appreciated by BCT and will go to the Colonial Arts Center for the lobby and box office which will be named after Jim Knorr. There will also be a limited-edition t-shirt available for $25.

“We are so grateful for the support of the surrounding communities over the past 5 decades,” said Risë Straight Hanifan, director. “We look forward to celebrating this major milestone. We are excited to have so many talented performers, and even more excited to share their gifts with everyone!”

The Colonial Arts Center and Buckhannon Community Theatre will continue to work together on productions for many years to come.

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