Oglebay Institute Marking Its 80th

WHEELING – A group of youngsters took a special field trip to the Towngate Theatre in Center Wheeling Thursday as part of Oglebay Institute’s 80th anniversary celebration.

Paula Calvert, manager of the Centre Market, said the field trip to the theater is just one of many activities that children participating in the Kids Fun Day program have enjoyed since the weekly Centre Market program first began.

“We try to get kids interested in learning and reading and also the social interaction between other children to help the development for when they go to school,” Calvert said.

“Today … Kids Fun Day is going to be centered around the the arts and culture at Towngate,” Calvert said.

After a brief stroll to the theater, located less than a block from the market houses, a small group of children along with parents were introduced to Katie Crosbie, director of performing arts for Towngate. The group then gathered in the theater parlor, and sat comfortably in a circle while Crosbie read “Angelina’s Birthday” to the children.

Crosbie then gave the group a brief tour of the dressing room area, which drew a huge smile from at least one youngster while she tried on a colorful hat and scarf.

The group then climbed the stairwell and entered the theater. Crosbie, along with Tim Thompson, the youth theater director, and P.D. Gregg, technical director, spoke to the children about the different aspects of theater, including acting and stage creation.

“It was so fun. It was really interesting too. … I learned a lot of things,” said Wave Humway of Bethlehem who took the tour with her 4-year-old daughter Chloe. “Chloe is really interested in acting. She does a lot of acting at home, putting on shows for me and my husband. She has a costume box at home. … She comes out with all kinds of hats and scarfs … She loves to play dress-up.”

Oglebay Institute Marking Its 80th

WHEELING – A group of youngsters took a special field trip to the Towngate Theatre in Center Wheeling Thursday as part of Oglebay Institute’s 80th anniversary celebration.

Paula Calvert, manager of the Centre Market, said the field trip to the theater is just one of many activities that children participating in the Kids Fun Day program have enjoyed since the weekly Centre Market program first began.

“We try to get kids interested in learning and reading and also the social interaction between other children to help the development for when they go to school,” Calvert said.

“Today … Kids Fun Day is going to be centered around the the arts and culture at Towngate,” Calvert said.

After a brief stroll to the theater, located less than a block from the market houses, a small group of children along with parents were introduced to Katie Crosbie, director of performing arts for Towngate. The group then gathered in the theater parlor, and sat comfortably in a circle while Crosbie read “Angelina’s Birthday” to the children.

Crosbie then gave the group a brief tour of the dressing room area, which drew a huge smile from at least one youngster while she tried on a colorful hat and scarf.

The group then climbed the stairwell and entered the theater. Crosbie, along with Tim Thompson, the youth theater director, and P.D. Gregg, technical director, spoke to the children about the different aspects of theater, including acting and stage creation.

“It was so fun. It was really interesting too. … I learned a lot of things,” said Wave Humway of Bethlehem who took the tour with her 4-year-old daughter Chloe. “Chloe is really interested in acting. She does a lot of acting at home, putting on shows for me and my husband. She has a costume box at home. … She comes out with all kinds of hats and scarfs … She loves to play dress-up.”