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Bad weather gives Theatre West Virginia a rough season

GRANDVIEW, W.Va. -- It's been a rough season for Theatre West Virginia.

The Raleigh County theater canceled a dozen performances of its outdoor dramas because of weather. Nine shows were lost to power outages following a severe windstorm in late June. Rain forced the cancellation of another three shows.

Theatre West Virginia's productions include the long-running "Hatfields & McCoys" and "Honey in the Rock" and the newest addition, "Rocket Boys."

General manager Gayle Bowling said it was the most difficult summer she has seen in 23 years with Theatre West Virginia - but that it could have been worse.

The theater's 52nd season almost didn't happen. Theatre West Virginia shut down late last year after struggling for several years because of funding cuts. The state provided an additional $210,000.

Bowling said the theater will have to step up fundraising efforts, seek more grants and reduce costs.

She expects the 2013 season to be better as West Virginia celebrates its sesquicentennial.


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