AMT opens eighth season on April 4

One of West Virginia’s top attractions, the American Mountain Theater in Elkins, will be premiering the eighth season of its award-winning, music and comedy-variety show at 7:30 p.m. April 4.

The American Mountain Theater’s eighth season promises to bring an uplifting feeling to people who visit the theater by delivering the absolute best in entertainment, with amazing music and great comedy routines, like you might find in Branson, Mo., Pigeon Forge, Tenn. or Myrtle Beach, S.C.

In the past seven years, AMT’s exceptionally talented cast has brought home a total of four awards from the West Virginia Division of Tourism, and in 2013 AMT was awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on their site, making AMT one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

An entirely new “Premier 2-Hour Show” production will greet new and repeat customers alike when the cast begins on April 4, and the performances will run through the end of October.

Producer and co-owner Beverly Sexton said, “Putting a new show together is more challenging and more exciting every year as we all grow and stretch our abilities, but we want to go beyond just entertaining people to fully entertaining them.”

AMT features live music and comedy-variety shows that are “guaranteed to entertain guests of all ages while remaining entirely family friendly.”

“Many people think that we are a country music show,” said Meggan Sexton, vice president of operations, “and that couldn’t be further from the truth. We do some country music, but the reality is that this is a variety show, and we strive to entertain, no matter your musical tastes.”

The cast, which is renowned for its musical versatility, performs everything from Southern gospel to swing, pop and rock classics.

“If the question is ‘what do John Denver, James Taylor, Buck Owens and the Brian Setzer Orchestra have in common?,’ the answer is AMT’s 2014 show,” said Sexton.

AMT also offers a variety of vacation packages, from a “date-night” dinner and a show package, to exciting excursions that can fill a long weekend with scenic train rides, unique local dining and comfortable lodging.

Performances are every Friday and Saturday night in April, with the schedule increasing as they move through the season. Visit or call the box office at 1-800-943-3670 for the full schedule and to purchase tickets or get vacation package information.

The American Mountain Theater can also be seen each week on West Virginia PBS. The 30-minute television program airs at 6:30 p.m. every Saturday night, providing just a small sampling of what the live performances bring to audiences. Check your local listings for details.