CHIEF LOGAN STATE PARK — Auditions for this summer’s plays at Chief Logan State Park are just a week away.
The Aracoma Story Inc. will produce three shows this summer, including Ring Of Fire, The Aracoma Story and Disney’s Winnie The Poor.
All three plays will be performed at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Chief Logan State Park.
Auditions for Ring Of Fire will be conducted on Friday, May 11, from 4-7 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Logan High School Little Theatre.
Audition dates for The Aracoma Story are June 8-9 and auditions for Disney’s Winnie The Pooh will be held June 29-30.
The first summer show will be Ring Of Fire, which is based on the music of legendary country star Johnny Cash and the show features some of the singer’s best-known songs to describe the journey of a man in search of his soul.
“Through words and music, Ring Of Fire brings to life the stories made famous in Cash’s songs… songs about love and loss, success and failure, faith and redemption. Take a journey into the world of Johnny Cash with nearly 40 of the music legend’s tunes, including ‘Country Boy,’ ‘A Thing Called Love,’ ‘Five Feet High and Rising,’ ‘Daddy Sang Bass,’ ‘Ring of Fire,’ ‘I Walk the Line,’ ‘I’ve Been Everywhere’ and ‘Man in Black,’” a press release from The Aracoma Story Inc. said.
“This summer’s shows will bring something for everyone. Ring Of Fire is sure to be a crowd pleaser with a story and songs that everyone can relate to, just like Johnny Cash planned it,” The Aracoma Story Inc. President Jim Frye said. “We hope to showcase some of the best country singers in the area with this show. If you know a great male or female country singer, you should urge them to audition for this show.”
Ring Of Fire is a musical and requires four men and four women in the cast.
Directing Ring Of Fire will be Chris Blisset from Woodstock, Ill., who has also worked on plays in New York and Chicago. Blisset is a professional director, musical director, choreographer and performer.
Serving as the band for this show will be the Easy Street Band, which is a popular local band that is well known throughout the region for their performances at Pickin’ In The Park in Chief Logan State Park.
This year’s production of The Aracoma Story follows the conclusion of Ring Of Fire. This season, the historical drama will be directed by longtime Aracoma Story actor, Bruce Baisden, who portrayed one of the more popular versions of Boling Baker.
The final play of the season will be Disney’s Winnie The Pooh, which will be directed by TAS veteran Rachel Noe-Maynard, who has been a part of the summer productions since her childhood.
Maynard has recently directed several musical productions for the Appalachian Children’s Theatre including Charlotte’s Web, Schoolhouse Rock and Seussical, Junior.
Show dates for Ring Of Fire will be June 12 through July 1, then The Aracoma Story runs from July 17-29 and Disney’s Winnie The Pooh runs from July 30 to August 12. Rehearsals for each show will begin approximately four weeks prior to the show’s opening date.
All performances are at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Chief Logan State Park with all shows beginning at 8:30 p.m.
This is the 38th consecutive year of plays in Chief Logan State Park for the non-profit theater company.
For more information on shows, auditions or tickets, contact The Aracoma Story, Inc.’s office at 304-752-0253 or visit the website at www.loganshows.com.
To contact Staff Writer Michael Browning, call 304-752-6950, extension 309, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.