After spending the day hiking through the Monongahela National Forest or taking in the sights aboard an excursion train, visitors to Elkins can check out two popular venues for top-notch musical entertainment. The Gandy Dancer on the Beverly Five-lane and the American Mountain Theater in the downtown railroad offer high-quality performances.
The Gandy Dancer Theatre & Conference Center is in its second season, offering shows on Fridays and Saturdays and featuring the Mountain Memories Band. The band plays several genres of music, including classic country, 1950s-era bluegrass, gospel, Motown, old-time rock 'n' roll and comedy. The performance also includes the Gandy Dancers, a lively group of dancers that complement the songs.
"It's extremely high energy," said G'na Stephens, CEO of direct marketing sales. "We have music going from the 1950s all the way up to the 1990s."
Photo courtesy of the Gandy Dancer Theatre
Nina Sharp performs as part of the Mountain Memories Band.
The performances also include dinner, and the show starts afterward. The state-of-the-art theater features a high-quality sound system and flat-screen, closed-circuit television monitors, making it possible for everyone to have a front-row seat, no matter where they are seated in the auditorium. The facility has balconies on three sides.
The center recently expanded to include a full-service travel agency. In addition to the new travel service, it specializes in weddings, receptions, meetings and special events.
The Gandy Dancer Theatre and Conference Center is located on the Beverly Five-lane beside The Steer Steakhouse. For reservations, anyone interested can call 304-636-4935 or 1-855-GANDYWV.
Meanwhile, The American Mountain Theater features a unique two-hour "Branson-style" show. The AMT's two-hour premier show features a full cast of characters that entertain audiences with country, gospel, bluegrass and pop music. Comedy skits throughout the show keep the laughs coming.
The two-hour show is offered regularly Wednesdays through Saturdays, with a few exceptions for other special performances, throughout the summer.
Also featured during the summer months is the "History of American Music Matinee Show." The show focuses on popular music from each decade, beginning with the 1900s. The show is offered on different dates throughout the summer and is scheduled for large groups, but is open to general audiences.
The Southern Gospel Concert series features several concerts throughout the summer at 3 p.m. on Sundays.
American Mountain Theater also offers vacation packages that include excursions on the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad and dinner at local restaurants.
The American Mountain Theater is located in the historic railyard on Martin Street in downtown Elkins.
The box office is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on show days, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on off days. It can be reached at 304-630-3040 or 800-943-3670.