Logan’s beloved romantic will make its way back to the stage next week as this year’s performances of The Aracoma Story will begin Tues., July 15, at 8:30 p.m.
Legend has it that Logan County lays claim to what has been described as one of America’s most romantic legends, the story of Princess Aracoma and British soldier Boling Baker, who was captured by Aracoma’s father Shawnee Chief Cornstalk. The story asserts that Princess Aracoma and Baker moved into the valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island (today’s City of Logan) until 1780.
Based on historical facts and local legend, the drama unfolds as a wise old mountain man weaves the tragic tale of Aracoma.
This year’s performance will be directed by Stephanie Richards. Richards is executive director of ACT Theatre and the Pike County Extension Agent for Fine Arts. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts degree in Directing from the Chicago School of Performing Arts.
Other summer staff for The Aracoma Story Inc. is Stevie Brigode of Cross Lanes as Technical Director. Brigode has performed technical services in dozens of productions in the Charleston area in the past few decades. Rebecca Huguet is costumer. Huguet, a resident of Albany, Ga., has performed costume design in dozens of productions including many for The Aracoma Story over the past several years. Ellen Woods Ramey is Musical Director. Ramey, a resident of Nitro, has performed musical direction and choreography in several productions including The Aracoma Story.
This year’s cast list is Aracoma: Act One — Taylor Cline, Act Two — Crystal Cline; Boling Baker: Act One — Adam Terry, Act Two — Bruce Baisden. Mountain man is played by Roger Burdett; Ronnie is played by Donnie Pritchard; Martha Jane is played by Selicity Baisden; Jenny Marie is played by Amber Richards; Elly is played by Sarah Rose, and Lizzy is played by Nikki Ellis.
Playing Oceana in Act one is Allex Wooten and Act 2 is Kennedy Miller; Medicine man is played by Leroy Mullins; Dreamteller is played by Cindi Armstrong; Cornstalk is played by Steve Bozak; Gibson, Tater, and Lt. Chapman is played by Bob Fields; Logan is played by Mike Mills; George is played by Brian Bowen; Kathyrn is played by Krista Ellis; James is played by Joey Rainwater; Daws is played by Dustin Brown; Crazy Wolf is played by Scott Pritchard; Amanda is played by Keira Bowen; Peter is played by Blake Bowen; Ruby is played by Pam Ellis; Rebecca is played by Judy Wooten; Big Bear is played byWes Nelson; Mary Louise is played by Katlyn McCloud; Jessie is played by Camron Paynter; Rain Drop is played by Alex Browning; Indians are played by Ronda Farley, Lexi Meade, Kaya Morgan, and the Indian girl is played by Lacy Rainwater.
Ticket prices are: $12 at the Gate and $11 in advance for Adults; $10 at the Gate and $9 in advance for Seniors; and $8 at the Gate and $7 advance for Children (3 - 12 years). Advanced tickets can be purchased at Pic-Pac Supermarket in Man, Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville and The UPS Store at The Oaks Plaza. Phone orders are also taken by calling TAS’ office Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 304-752-0253
The Aracoma Story will run through July 26.
— Photo courtesy of Montana Baisden Photography