Rockford Files Duo Perform Above the Flood Waters

A performance of On Golden Pond that won't soon be forgotten.

It’s not every day that a local theater group posts the following status on their Facebook page:

If you have access to laundry facilities, please stop by and pick up a load of laundry!

But that was the case June 28 for the Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, W. Va. A day later, Bill Lynch, an entertainment writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, was informing readers of some additional, ironic details:

Thursday night [June 23], when the rains started in Lewisburg, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre was just beginning their second weekend of the theater company’s production of On Golden Pond, starring Rockford Files actors Stuart Margolin and Gretchen Corbett.

While the cast was telling the golden years drama, the theater company’s basement slowly began to turn into a lake.

Initially, the Greenbrier Valley Theatre staff wasn’t especially concerned…

Theater staff moved out of the basement anything that was a foot or less above the floor. Unfortunately, the amount of rain and a subsequent power outage, which took out the theater’s sump pump, allowed waters to rise to a level of around five feet.

Friday’s performance of On Golden Pond was canceled, and following the matinee and evening shows Saturday, staff spent all day Sunday retrieving soggy costumes and props from the basement. Per Lynch, many artists involved with previous Greenbrier shows helped out with the Sunday effort.

The damage was extensive and a donations page has been set up. However, in the grand scheme of things, as GVT publicity director Valerie Pritt was quick to acknowledge, these flood-related problems are minor compared to what many other patrons are dealing with.

H/T: Marty Chase; images via: gvtheatre.org