Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Public Information Officer

Funding will upgrade sound system for amphitheatre

 FRANKFORT, Ky. — On behalf of Governor Ernie Fletcher, Deputy Chief of Staff Wes Fugate presented the Floyd County Fiscal Court with a $50,000 Local Government Economic Development Fund (LGEDF) grant Friday, June 29 at the Jenny Wiley Theatre in Prestonsburg before the opening night of Disney’s High School Musical. Fugate is a Floyd County native.

 “The Jenny Wiley Theatre has been a major part of the fabric of Floyd County and eastern Kentucky for decades, and it’s important that the theatre continue to bring culture and diversity to the area” said Governor Fletcher. “This funding will enhance the theatre experience, and will help the theatre continue its long-running success.” 

 The funding will help fund a major upgrade to the amphitheatre sound system. The amphitheatre seats 580 people, and has hosted a variety of stage productions from classic plays and musicals to first-run shows in its history. The theatre opened in 1962 and the first musical was performed there in 1965.

 “The Jenny Wiley Theatre has provided entertainment and opportunities for people in Eastern Kentucky for a long time and this funding can be a part of its future success,” said Sen. Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift).

 “Jenny Wiley Theatre is a shining example of cultural diversity in a rural setting. It’s important that we support the arts whenever possible,” said Rep. James Brandon Spencer (D-Prestonsburg.

 “An upgraded sound system only adds to the great entertainment provided by the theatre,” said Rep. Hubert Collins (D-Whitenville).

 The Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) is the agency responsible for administering LGEDF grants.