The newly adapted story of our region's rich history, The Aracoma Story -- Spirits & Legends opens at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre in Chief Logan State Park.
After a very successful run last season, the modernized presentation of the classic tale is back on stage once again.
In 2009, former cast members of The Aracoma Story, Bill France and Geoff Allen, collaborated to adapt the show that has been presented in various forms since 1976 into a modern presentation that includes Ipods, cell phones, new characters, new laughs and several new surprises. This season also brings several new faces along with some very familiar names to the stage.
The role of Princess Aracoma will be played by Laura Hatfield of Chapmanville, W.Va.
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, a 2008 graduate of Chapmanville High School, performed in several shows through the years. She is now a Marshall University student majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in theatre.
In his first season on the The Aracoma Story, Inc., 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. Shaun served four years in the US Marine Corps, in the first Gulf War.
The entire cast of The Aracoma Story -- Spirits & Legends includes more than 60 people including Laura Hatfield (Princess Aracoma), Shaun 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),