Over the past six years, the American Mountain Theater has proven exceptionally successful at bringing people from around the country to see its world-class show. Now the talented cast will be taking its show into homes all across West Virginia.
Starting Saturday, AMT will broadcast weekly 30-minute shows on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Service.
Shows will air every Saturday at 6:30 p.m., a prime time slot on the network.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
The American Mountain Theater will begin airing 30-minute shows weekly on West Virginia PBS?this Saturday. The shows will air every Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Kenny Sexton, president and producer of the music and comedy variety show in Randolph County, said creating an AMT television show was a goal from the start.
"We're incredibly honored and blessed to have West Virginia PBS welcoming us into their lineup. We're excited to help West Virginians recognize what the American Mountain Theater and its talented cast offer right here in their home state," Sexton said in a press release. "We look forward to sharing our music and comedy statewide."
Coming on the heels of a successful year-long run on nationwide RFD-TV, AMT is looking forward to making their presence known statewide.
"We know the West Virginia PBS viewers will appreciate the quality of our production, and we look forward to showcasing all we have to offer," Sexton said.
"One problem with RFD-TV was that it is only available on a very limited basis in the state. WV PBS eliminates that problem, since the channel is available in every city and town in West Virginia," Sexton said.
As they did on RFD-TV, AMT will produce the show in-house with assistance from the West Virginia Film Industry Investment Act.
Sweet music, family-friendly jokes and first-class comic impersonations are just one aspect of AMT's offerings in a 525-seat theater in the heart of the beautiful Potomac Highlands.
AMT, known as "the Freshest Sound in the Mountains," has established itself as one of the state's top tourist attractions.
The West Virginia Division of Tourism has honored AMT's quality and contributions to the state in each of the past three years, with the Community Tourism Development Award for "imaginative and innovative development efforts" in 2011, and the coveted Mountain State Award for "excellence in programming, distinctiveness, marketing efforts and economic impact" in both 2010 and 2012.
The overall number of attendees has tripled from 2007 to a total of 32,000 in 2012, with many of those people spending time shopping, dining and taking scenic train rides during their stays.
Currently, about half of AMT's customers come from outside West Virginia, representing 45 states and 12 foreign countries.
In addition to its signature two-hour Premier Show, AMT offers a one-hour History of American Music Show, an amazing Christmas Spectacular and a Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Concert Series. Segments from all of these shows are utilized in the broadcasts.
"This state and its people have been great to us, and we want to use the broadcast as a showcase to help West Virginians get to know us better and invite them to visit us in Elkins," said Meggan Sexton, vice president of operations for the American Mountain Theater.
Additional information, tickets for all performances, and vacation package information are available on the website, www.americanmountaintheater.com, or by calling the box office at 1-800-943-3670.