WANT TO GO?
"The Wind in the Willows"
WHERE: Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
TICKETS: Adults $15, seniors and children $10
INFO: 304-721-8896 or www.albanartscenter.comNOTE: Limited seating; reservations suggested.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Alban Arts Center isn't the biggest theater space in the county. In fact, Alban Arts Center director Adam Bryan figures it's one of the smallest.
He said, "We probably have the least amount of space [of any local theater group]. We have the least amount of wing space, the least amount of space for equipment."
And with a production like "The Wind in the Willows," which continues this weekend at the Alban and features a cast of 45, the actors really need to have some room to move.
"Not having enough space forced me to get creative, to think outside the box a little bit," Bryan said. "I didn't have enough space, so I just built more stage."
The theater group added space along the right and left walls.
Bryan said the play, based on the classic children's book by Kenneth Grahame, didn't specifically call for the extra staging. He just felt the theater needed it to complete his vision of the play.
Adding more stage to the theater was a huge undertaking, more than he was prepared to take on alone. So, he asked his friend, Tom Wasilewski, to come lend a hand.
"He's my best friend from high school," Bryan said. "We spent the weekend just building the set. It was a good time, like when we were teenagers."
The director said he and Wasilewski just sat down and hashed out what Bryant wanted to do informally.