Whitesburg KY

Successful drama receives $15,000 grant for theatre improvements

The Little Shepherd Amphitheatre has received a $15,000 grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation. The grant applies to improvements to the amphitheatre such as a deck for the actors, lights, sound, costumes and props. This news comes just after the beginning of the sixth season of the play Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come that began June 28. The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come is an adaptation of the John Fox Jr. novel of the same name.

Set in the 1800’s, the story follows a young orphan named Chad as he finds a family within the Appalachian Mountains. The story follows Chad through his life and into adulthood as he witnesses the heavy impact of the Civil War on both his life and the region.

“We’ve had visitors from all over this year,” said Don Amburgey, executive director of the amphitheatre. Amburgey added that visitors from as far away as North Carolina and California visited the amphitheatre in the past month.

“ This season the cast is more together than it has ever been,” said David Tipton, production manager. “ The cast has bent over backward to make this the best season yet.” Tipton also added that the actors and crew have worked tirelessly in preparation for this season’s play.

“We’ve really been able to focus on the performance,” said Amburgey. “ The City of Jenkins has really saved our necks this year.” Earlier this year, the amphitheatre faced serious financial issues until Amburgey approached Mayor G.C. Kincer and made an agreement to keep the amphitheatre open.

“We have saved our theater in town, our cultural value that we are so proud of,” said Mayor Kincer when he addressed the Jenkins City Council at the April 17 meeting. “It’s a win, win, win, win in my opinion.”

“With that help we have a new life in our performance,” said Amburgey. “It really rejuvenated us.” He added that this year’s cast and crew’s enthusiasm translated into a much more solid performance than ever before.

“All of our people are volunteers and we work hard to keep the costumes and setting as genuine as possible,” said Tipton. He added that the costumes and props for the play used authentic period materials.

Performances for Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come run through August 30. The Little Shepherd Amphitheatre is located just off Hwy 3086 near the Jenkins exit from US 23/US 119 exit to downtown Jenkins.

The play runs every Saturday with gates opening at 7 p.m. and performances begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for youth, and admission is free for children under six years old. Advance tickets are $1 off admission price, group rates are also available upon request. Contact 606-832-1453 or email littleshepherd@windstream.net for advanced ticket information.

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