PO Box 22
121 Theatre Court
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
Jenny Wiley Theatre is eastern Kentucky's only professional theatre offering year round productions at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheatre and venues throughout the region.
In the summer of 1965, a small group of local actors from Paintsville, Kentucky presented South Pacific, Jenny Wiley Theatre's first production. After the success of that first musical, this group was invited to present the show again at the amphitheatre in Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. Although the Jenny Wiley State Resort Park amphitheatre was constructed with the intent of presenting historical dramas about the Big Sandy region (and in particular, Jenny Wiley's legend), that first play proved to be prophetic, for it was in musical repertory that Jenny Wiley Theatre found its destiny.
Since that first season of performances, JWT has presented countless productions, holding to the standards of the best summer stock theaters, while expanding their mission to include year round productions, tours and educational programming. Each season an array of musical, comedy, children’s theatre and touring productions can be seen at the amphitheatre and other venues throughout the region. Now nearing five decades of continuous operation, Jenny Wiley Theatre is one of the longest-running outdoor theatres in the country.
From its inception, JWT’s mission has been to enhance the quality of life in eastern Kentucky by providing professional theater and exceptional educational opportunities in the performing arts. The Board, composed of citizens from all across the Big Sandy and surrounding region, is not only committed to excellence in the Theatre's now year-round productions, but also seeks to stimulate overall participation in the performing arts experience. The Theatre is particularly proud of its Educational Outreach which sponsors performance programs in schools across the state and theatre workshops for youth throughout the year.
Mountain Arts Center
50 Hal Rogers Drive
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
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In October 1996, the Mountain Arts Center hosted its grand opening and the cultural fabric of Eastern Kentucky has not been the same since. This beautiful facility, located within a stone's throw of U.S. 23 "Country Music Highway", houses a 1,050 seat theater, several large meeting rooms, a commercial recording/video editing studio, and an art gallery.
The Mountain Arts Center has established a reputation throughout a five-state area for presenting the best family entertainment north of Nashville. During its tenure, the MAC has hosted performances by major country and bluegrass stars (Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, Ralph Stanley, IIIrd Tyme Out, Merle Haggard), rock-and-roll groups (The Temptations, Percy Sledge, The Platters, The Drifters), gospel greats (The Kingsmen, The Bishops, John Hagee, Dottie Rambo, Steve Green), family theater (Always Patsy Cline, Annie, The King and I, Nutcracker, On Golden Pond), big bands (the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller Orchestras), and many other nationally acclaimed artists. The list seems endless!
With its state-of-the-art theater, large meeting rooms, expansive lobby and professional staff, the Mountain Arts Center is more than an entertainment venue. The Center has hosted conventions, large and small meetings, receptions, catered dinners, as well as interactive video conferencing to its many users. Moreover, the MAC's diverse educational programming has been attended by over 200,000 school children from throughout the region.