PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Some have said a rocky journey can pave the road to better days.
"It's slowly coming together and it will take a while, a long time," said Appalachian Center for the Arts Theatre Director Robin Irwin.
Irwin told WYMT she does not let the hard days destroy a bright future.
"Loving the people and believing in the mission is a no-brainer for me and the team," Irwin pointed out.
Formerly known as Jenny Wiley Theatre, the City of Pikeville cut ties with the production earlier this year after the theatre fell into nearly $1 million in debt.
"This is the Appalachian Center for the Arts and that's exactly what it's going to be," said Irwin.
Now, running under the Appalachian Wireless Arena, the theatre has plans for a packed summer for Eastern Kentucky.
"This summer is crazy. Like, it starts with Hamilton and we're off to the races," said Irwin with a smile on her face.
Alice in Wonderland, Million Dollar Quartet and Sally McCoy are just a few of the multiple productions planned.
Also, The Appalachian Masterclass Series will host Andy Tofa and Wonza Johnson from the Broadway National Tour of Hamilton.
$20 observation-only seats are sold out. However, if you would like to guarantee a seat, you can purchase a participation ticket. You may choose to not participate in the event.
"People like to say there's nothing to do here. But we're like, there are so many things to do here," Irwin insisted.
Officials with this community staple hope to help keep tourism in the mountains alive.
"We believe in the pride and heritage of home and we believe we can make a difference," explained Irwin.
Alice in Wonderland will begin this month on the 20th and run through the 22nd.
If you would like to purchase tickets for upcoming shows, you can stop by the Appalachian Center for the Arts box office from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.