Storm Damage Tears Through a Local Theater


One of the areas hit hard by the storm was the outdoor amphitheater for Theater West Virginia.

Nathan Dunn is the Technical Director for the Addams Family performance and says Wednesday morning (6/22), he walked into a disaster.

“Eight feet walls that were just knocked down and blown on top of other platforms,” says Dunn.

Crews have been working since the early hours of the morning (6/22) to clean up the mess.

“It was pretty mind blowing, everything that happened. We had pieces of wood that were drilled together, 150 pounds a piece, They were just ripped up and thrown around like a pillow. It was pretty crazy coming out here and seeing the damage that the storm done,” says JonPaul Kessinger.

It hasn’t been an easy cleanup either. High winds and heavy rain powered through the theater making everything one big disaster. 

“We had to take everything apart because several pieces were broken, so after we take it all apart and figure out what’s good and what’s bad and put it back together,” says JonPaul Kessinger

Crews say they are working to prevent situations like this from happening again.

“We are storm proofing everything, we have set all the set pieces together and pushed them close together so if there is a big gust of wind, they all hold each other up,” says Dunn.

Dunn also says the show must go on, rain or shine.

“As far as I’ve heard, we are going no matter what.”

The theater did say, if thunder and lightning do get severe then they will have to call the performance off.

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