LOGAN, W.Va. — Logan’s most beloved romantic legends will make its way back to the stage later this month as “The Aracoma Story” returns to Chief Logan State Park.
The shows title also serves as the namesake of its parent organization. The Aracoma Story Inc. brought in record crowds to The Liz Spurlock Amphitheater last month with its summer musical, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”. This month, the organization brings the historical drama to the local stage.
Logan County lays claim to what has been described as one of America’s most romantic legends, the story of Princess Aracoma and British soldier Boling Baker, who was captured by Aracoma’s father Shawnee Chief Cornstalk. The story asserts that Princess Aracoma and Baker moved into the valley sometime close to the year 1760 and lived in peace on the island (today’s City of Logan) until 1780.
Based on historical facts and local legend, the drama unfolds as a wise old mountain man weaves the tragic tale of Aracoma. Chief Logan himself figures into the classic story. The story was absent last summer as the organization presented “Mamie”, a play about another local legend, Mamie Thurman.
This year’s performance will be directed by Bruce Baisden, who has directed and performed in the show multiple times over the years.
“The Aracoma Story” will be presented July 19-23 and 26-30. Each performance starts at 8:30 p.m.
Advance tickets can now be purchased in advance from Gatti’s at the Fountain Place Mall, Chief Logan Conference Center, Aracoma Drug in Chapmanville, Pic Pac at Man and Apex Printing in Logan. Tickets will also be sold at the gate. For more information, call 304-752-0253 or visit www.thearacomastory.com.