Trip to a magical world: Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre

Su Clawson-Wicker

What is a German theater doing in the middle of Wytheville’s commercial district? If you’re visiting Southwest Virginia and enjoy musicals, good food, and promising young thespians, put a visit to the handsome timber-frame Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre on your itinerary.

In addition to four-course meals served by actors, the theater offers fabulous costumes, rousing singing, and dancing guaranteed to put pep in your own step — a true escape to a magical world.

This is exactly what owner Peggy Sutphin had in mind when she founded the theater in 1998. A local, Sutphin had season tickets to all playhouses within 100 miles. When the fast-growing pharmaceutical company where she was vice president went public, Sutphin realized her dream of bringing live professional theatre to Wytheville.  

“We’re all musicals, all the time,” says the theater’s Shane Terry.

Wohlfahrt typically produces six musicals that range from contemporary musicals, like the upcoming Motown Sound, to classics and original revues such as the theater’s annual Christmas spectacular, which starts Oct. 27. The show is performed by an outstanding regional cast, some of whom show up on television or in New York theaters within a few years.16-10 Wythe Wolfhart

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