Leetsdale man, friend merge talents for Sewickley area theater company
David Ford's dream of running a theater company is becoming a reality.
The Leetsdale native, along with his friend Jeff Way, are seeking to bring live musical productions to the area through their group, the Sewickley Area Theatre Company.
“Since we're both passionate about theater, we thought, ‘Why don't we try doing our own company?” Ford, 26, said.
The Sewickley area lacks a live theater group, he said.
“There's so many talented people here,” Ford said. “There's no reason why we can't do professional-caliber shows for a fraction of the cost.”
So Ford, Way and a group of others dedicated to performing arts are moving forward with plans to offer live theater in the Sewickley Valley.
The group's full-scale production debut target is next summer, Ford said.
The group will kick off fundraising efforts with a launch party planned for 2 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Sewickley Speakeasy.
For Way, who lives in Sewickley but originally is from Elizabeth, the time was right to build on a local theater company.
“We've talked about it a long time,” Way, 26, said.
Way and Ford have performed in theater companies around the region, including the Washington Community Theatre.
The pair said they have experience in different parts of theater production — Way with a background in music, and both having worked on sets and costume design for shows.
The group plans to seek locations for shows and will license productions based on what the community wants and available theater space, Ford said.
“This isn't a pipe dream anymore, and now it's our responsibility to take these donations and turn it into something special.”
Bobby Cherry is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or email@example.com.
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