After a very successful run last season, the modernized presentation of the historical drama is back on stage once again.
In the 2009 production, former cast members of The Aracoma Story, Bill France and Geoff Allen, collaborated to rewrite the show that has been presented in various forms since 1976 into a modern presentation that includes new characters, new laughs and several new surprises, a press release from the production company said.
This season also brings several new faces along with some very familiar names to the stage.
For the first time, the coveted role of Princess Aracoma will be played by Laura Hatfield of Chapmanville. This will be Hatfield’s first season as Aracoma, though she has spent several seasons during her teen years playing the role of Oceana.
Hatfield has grown up performing in several The Aracoma Story, Inc., shows over the years. She is the daughter of Sharon Hatfield and Mike & Sherri Smith.
A 2008 graduate of Chapmanville High School, Hatfield is now a Marshall University Student majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theater; serving as the News Anchor for WMUL at Marshall. This summer she is working as an Intern at WSAZ NewsChannel 3.
In his first season on the T.A.S.I. stage, Shaun Adkins will play the role of Boling Baker. He is a 1989 graduate of Logan High School and lives at Midelburg in Logan. Adkins served four years in the US Marine Corps, serving his country in the 1st Gulf War. He is the son of Dennis Adkins and Robin (Vance) Stidham.
The entire cast of The Aracoma Story – Spirits & Legends includes more than 60 people including Hatfield (Princess Aracoma), Adkins (Boling Baker), Jason Grimes (The Man), Carmen Cochran (Greeter), David Burgess (Jamie), Alexis Morgan (Liz), Logan Grimes (Josh), Gillian Cochran (Elly), Rielly Lucas (M.J.), Michael Tomblin (York/Big Bear/Fish Hunter), Dennie Carver (Monroe/James), Aaron Stone (Elijah/Gibson), Scott Light (Dawes), Joe Grimes (Lt. Chapman), Danny Young (Medicine Man), Dustin Blankenship (Cornstalk), Carol Cole (Dream Teller), Dominque Rodighiero (Crazy Wolf), Kirsten Doty (Oceana), Dakota Browning (Lone Tree/Waulalisippi), Jeremy Gibson (White Horse), Nancy Kirkendall (Legend), Amber Richards (Anna), Carter Ferrell (Infant Waulalisippi), Hali Akers (Kathryn), Keith Muncey (Chief Logan), Mary Muncey (Nonhelema), Melinda Brumfield (Ruth Galloway), Kim Kimler (Rebecca Smith), Addison Watts (Ruby), Trevon McNeely (Peter), Shayla McNeely (Jessica), Cailen Ferrell (Mary), Summer Jewell (Amanda), Morgan Stollings (Nancy), Elizabeth Light (Snow Lilly), Madeleine Noe (Raindrop), Ian Sexton (Little Black Bear), Dillan Sexton (Running Deer), Grace Kimler (Blue Feather), Rashanna Grimes (Josh’s Mom), Paige Ferrell (Flower Petal); with Lexi Brumfield, Gail Kinser, Shea Pridemore, and David Brumfield as Settlers; Lee Gore, Bridgett Gore, Sharon Runion, Autumn Blankenship, Micaha Kinser, Danielle Booth, Jahavalin Hopson, Jayla Gore, Steven Botsch, Greg Workman, Jake McCoy, JeanAnn McCoy, Travis Spaulding as Indians.
Opening Night of The Aracoma Story - Spirits & Legends will be presented at the Liz Spurlock Ampitheatre in Chief Logan State Park on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. The show will run Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 20-August 7. All performances start at 8:30 p.m. nightly. Advance ticket discounts are available at The UPS Store in Logan, Necessary Things in Logan, Pic-Pac in Man and Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville. Tickets can be purchased by phone including group discounted Tickets using Visa or MasterCard by calling The Aracoma Story, Inc. office at (304) 752-0253. For more information about this summer production visit www.loganshows.com.