Kelly and Dennis Strom have had the good fortune to make their living with theater for many years.
To do that, the couple has been enterprising and willing to patch together a number of projects. Their business, Strom Studios, includes an actors workshop where they teach acting. Kelly finds local actors to portray patients in medical settings. Dennis produces videos and makes films. He teaches theater at West Virginia State University.
Now Strom Studios has another project - its own theater company.
"Our goal is to produce quality theater in a fun learning environment," Kelly said. "Part of what we do is we teach as we go."
The new venture isn't non-profit, though the Stroms acknowledge it isn't likely to make them rich, either.
"We want to have a self-sustaining company," Kelly said. Already they have assembled some sponsors. They plan to sell advertising in their programs and make enough with ticket sales for shows to pay other expenses.
The Stroms already have mapped out their first season, timing shows so as not to compete with other theater organizations in the valley.
First up is a pre-season collaboration with the Alban Arts Center. The comedy "Greater Tuna" will run 8 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20; 2 p.m. Oct. 21; 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27; and 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in St. Albans.
Auditions are scheduled this weekend for the December performance of "The Nutcracker Story," an original play written by Dennis. That show will be produced at Capitol Center Theater.