Wedgewood Dinner Theatre (Toano, Va.)
The Wedgewood Dinner Theatre was a dinner theatre located in Toano, Virginia where customers would be treated to a meal and a performance of a play. The theatre was created in 1963 and continued to hold productions until 1973. The Wedgewood Playhouse was a 300 seat, pay for performance theater that was remodeled from an abandoned tomato canning factory, which as of 2013 was operating as Charlie's Antiques. Over its ten years, the company presented over 70 theatrical productions including Spoon River Anthology, Diary of Anne Frank, Mary Mary, Gigi, Miracle Worker, and Fantastics.
The original producer/managers were Paul Iddings, Claudine Carew, Sandra Wade, Carolee Silcox and Charles Eugene Bush. They had previously worked together at the Barksdale Theatre, a dinner theater company located in Richmond, Virginia. After Wedgewood opened up, the list of producer/managers expanded to include Frank Staroba, director of the William and Mary Theatre. Wedgewood Playhouse was staffed over the years with local actors, New York City hires and other artistic personnel.
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