BECKLEY, W.Va. – Threatre West Virginia is turning the stage lights off for good.
According to a news release from the group, the theatre is ceasing operations after 53 seasons of performances.
The decision was made unanimously due to continuing financial difficulties .
In the release, General Manager Gayle Bowling stated that it was a tough decision but the theatre has struggled financially for the past several years.
“A very wet summer, coupled with funding reductions has left us with obligations we can’t meet at this time,” said Bowling in the release. “Our plan is to begin liquidating assets to satisfy our creditors and conduct the process in an orderly fashion.”
Theatre officials laid off employees Thursday morning. Two are donating their time with the closing process.
The Educational Touring Company had been preparing for school performances across the state scheduled for the fall and winter. Those performances are now being canceled.
According to the release, officials learned last week that anticipated funding to support the touring company would not be coming.
“It’s a sad day for Southern West Virginia,” Bowling stated. “Theatre West Virginia has been a huge part of my life for 23 years, and my hope is that, at some point in the future, it can be resurrected in a different way.”
The release states that Bowling is working on a volunteer basis through the closure.