Veteran performer Keith Butcher will be returning to Cliffside Amphitheater at Grandview State Park for the Summer 2019 Season, appearing in the roles of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks in Annie and Preacher Anse Hatfield in Hatfields and McCoys.
Butcher, formerly of Summersville, now resides in Houston, Texas, where he is an assistant professor at the University of Houston. Keith is a 2016 inductee into the Theater West Virginia Hall of Fame, during which time he was appearing as Ran’l McCoy in Hatfields and McCoys.
During the summer of 1963, Keith’s parents took the family to a TWV performance of Honey in the Rock. Following the performance, Keith remembers telling his parents that one day he would be doing “that” show on “that” stage.
After earning a music education degree in voice from Concord University, Keith performed for several summers at Cliffside Amphitheater in Honey in the Rock, as well as Hatfields and McCoys and appeared in a variety of other TWV productions.
In addition to his work with TWV, Keith performed the West Virginia Symphony Chorus and West Virginia Opera Chorus, appearing in such operas as Madame Butterfly, Foust, and Carmen.
Keith was also active in local theater productions, appearing in the Richwood Mill Whistle Player productions of Best of Hillbilly and Bury Me By Nancy Hart, and in the Summersville Off Main Street Players productions of Gad, Oklahoma, Plaza Suite, and Hello Dolly. Keith is also a collector and performer of Appalachian folk music and dance.
A career educator, Keith earned a master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Marshall University.
In West Virginia, Keith served as an elementary school teacher, elementary principal, executive director of the Regional Educational Service Agency in Beckley, and as executive director of Instructional Services for the West Virginia Department of Education, before serving as Superintendent of Schools in Fayette County and later in Nicholas County. He is currently a clinical assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Houston.
Keith credits TWV for inspiring a life time of music and theater experiences, stating, “Sometimes, it only takes one experience to plant a dream in a child’s heart and mind.” He enjoys the performing arts of the greater Houston area and is a staff singer at the First Methodist Church of Houston.
For additional information about the 2019 TWV summer schedule and tickets, visit theatrewestvirginia.org.