LOGAN – Community theater relies on the community. No paid actors, no big budgets. Yet The Aracoma Story, Inc., is blessed with hard-working and talented people who will surprise you with their gifts by bringing a story to life.
The story of Mamie Thurman is not new. Almost everyone from this area has heard or read something about her, her death or her ghost. Since the age of the internet, people that are not from Southern W.Va. are now somewhat familiar with the legend.
Mamie is based on the true story of Mamie Thurman. It introduces you to her husband, her lover and maybe her killer. There are as many threads to this story as there are possible suspects to her murder. A man was arrested, tried and found guilty. But was he the right man or woman?
Beautiful Laura Hatfield plays Mamie Thurman and she does the vamp quite well. Steven Botsch, who plays Jack Thurman, Mamie’s husband, can show emotions that run from level one to level ten. Jason McCloud, as Harry Robertson, uses his extensive experience in theater to bring the banker to his breaking point. Judy Wooten plays Louise Robertson, the wife of Harry, with 1930’s style. Clarence Stephenson is portrayed by theater newcomer Kerry Walker who acts so well you would never know that this is his first performance. Roger Bryant, West Virginia’s 2014 Vandalia winner, has written and performed along with Russell Stewart, several original songs for the play including “The Vixen of Stratton Street.”
Performances of “Mamie” will be staged June 19-22, 25-28, 30 and July 1-3 at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater in Chief Logan State Park. Many improvements have been made to the theater for your comfort. Shows start at dusk and tickets may be purchased at the gate. You may call the Aracoma Story office at 304-752-0253 or visit the Website at thearacomastory.com for more information or tickets. Group rates are available and on June 25, all veterans and members of the armed services will be offered half-price admission.