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Theatre West Virginia has infamous feud onstage

By Staff reports

BEAVER, W.Va. -- The famous feud that is now getting Hollywood treatment has been staged for more than 40 years -- as it will again this year -- with the opening of Theatre West Virginia's summer season at Cliffside Amphitheatre in Grandview State Park.

The season begins June 12 with "Honey in the Rock," the story of West Virginia's statehood. On June 13, "Hatfields & McCoys" opens. The historical dramas will run in rotating repertory through July 27.

As is the tradition, there is no admission charge for the opening nights of both plays to anyone who brings a staple food item (one item per person), with all donations being distributed to local charities.

"Rocket Boys: The Musical," which premiered last year at Theatre West Virginia, will run Aug 1-16.

"Honey in the Rock" was the theater's first production, in 1961. The historical saga was written by Kermit Hunter, with music and lyrics by Ewel Cornett and Jack Kilpatrick.

In 1970, Billy Edd Wheeler's interpretation of "Hatfields & McCoys" joined the theater's lineup, with music also by Cornett.

"Rocket Boys: The Musical" is based on the memoir by West Virginia native and NASA engineer Homer Hickam Jr. (also immortalized in the 1999 film "October Sky").

Concerts are also scheduled this summer at the theater. The Embers will perform their soulful beach music June 22, and Phil Dirt and the Dozers will perform rock 'n' roll classics Aug. 17. The concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are fundraisers for Theatre West Virginia.

Tickets for the productions are on sale now; call 304-256-6800 or 800-666-9142 or visit www.theatrewestvirginia.com. Ticket prices range from $7 to $19 for all theatrical performances. All concert tickets are $22. Call for information regarding tickets, group rates and sponsorship nights.


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