OVST’s Storied History

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Jean Gist Trepp spoke the first words on an OVST stage in Androcles and the Lionin 1951: “I won’t go another step!”


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Professor Emeritus of Theater, Bob Winters

Bob joined the Ohio University School of Theater faculty in 1962 and began working with OVST during the summer of 1963, first as a designer and later as primary director of summer productions.

Beginning the moment he joined the faculty of Ohio University's Theater and Speech department in 1962, Bob became the primary voice for theater (and later, all art) in Athens County. Bob served as Acting Director of the School of Theater from 1977-1978 and then Director from 1978-1986.

As part of his faculty assignment in the School of Theater, Bob held the position of OVST Managing Director from 1970-1987.

He first hit the OVST stage in 1969, when he danced the Tango under the assumed name of Luis de Inviernos (translation: Louis – his middle name) in The Boy Friend

The first major role (in which the community was able to see him) was when he was Fagin in Oliver -1982.

In 1987, the OVST board presented Bob with a special award recognizing his 25 years of service to OVST.

For the 1990 OVST production of Mama’s Mirror, widely known local musician Pat Light was strongly encouraged by Bob, for whose playwriting class she had done the original story.

In 2000, Bob was one of the first three persons inducted into the Ohio Community Theater Association’s newly established Hall of Fame.

Bob holds the distinction of being the most active director in OVST’s history. His contributions, and those of his family, were instrumental in establishing a rich OVST tradition.

Bob Directed the following shows with OVST:

Boy Friend-1969

Stop the World, I Want to Get Off -1969

Oklahoma -1970

Bye Bye Birdie -1971

The Odd Couple -1971

The Great White Hope -1972

Fiddler On the Roof -1972

Hello, Dolly! -1973

Appalachian Green Parks Project -1973-76

Brigadoon -1974

Naughty Marietta -1975

Gerswhin Tonight -1976

Rhythm Rhyme and Romance -1977

Love and Other Nonsense -1978

Anything Goes -1978

Richard Rogers Review -1980

Damn Yankees! -1980

30 Years 30! -1981

Murder a la Carte -1982

New Places or Faces -1983

Peter Pan -1984

Quilters -1987

Once Upon a Mattress -1989

Mama’s Mirror -1990

Brigadoon -1991

Oklahoma! -1992

Sweeney, Todd -1993

Man of La Mancha -1994

Fiddler on The Roof -1995

The Music Man -1996

West Side Story -1997

Huckleberry Finn -1998

Wizard of Oz -1999
Grease -2000

All that Glitters (50th Anniversary Musical review) 2001

Damn Yankees (female cast) 2002

Annie 2003

Annie Get your Gun 2004

Peter Pan 2006

Music Man 2007

Huck Finns’s Story (Special December show at Arts/West) 2007

The Secret Garden 2008