Editor’s Note: As part of our year-long celebration of our 100th Year Anniversary (1922-2022), we’ll post a Throwback Thursday edition of our Alleghany Rattler Newspaper to give you a peek into life at camp across those 100 summers!
Trip to Tent Theater, August 12, 1966
Written by Meg Lines
On Thursday, July 28, Junior and Senior campers and counselors saw a special matinee of “The Curious Savage” at the Greenbrier Repertory Theatre.
This professional company is new to Greenbrier County. The producer is John Benjamin, who has roots in the Greenbrier area, but the actors are New York based. The company is presenting five plays in this first season. We have been lucky in their location: the red-and-white tent theatre stands (in a borrowed field) just a little over a mile down the road from Alleghany.
We donned our blues and whites on Thursday, ate an early lunch, and crossed the river on the ferry. Singing all the way, we hiked down to the tent: all plays are presented here in the round. The director welcomed us to the theatre, told us something about theatre in the round, and explained the lighting, props, and plot.
The Curious Savage” is a comedy about a kind, rather eccentric, and very wealthy lady who has been taken to a home for the mentally ill by her greedy children who want to get hold of her fortune. There she learns her purpose in life and, with the help of the other patients, foils the plot against her.
During intermission we enjoyed buying cokes, and after the play was over we walked back to camp. The play was very humorous, and also full of meaning. Wee wish the Greenbrier Repertory Theatre great success in their new venture: our theatre afternoon was fun for all.