Update 1/6/19: Added info about Mamie after being contacted by playwright Joyce Robertson.

New year, new shows! The excitement of the New Year continues with many local theatres announcing their 2019 show line ups.

The Aracoma Story, Inc., based out of Logan, WV, just announced their full 2019 line up. Love Letters, The Savannah Sipping Society, Deadly Divide: The Hatfield & McCoy Story, Mamma Mia!, Disney The Lion King JR., Mamie and Elf: The Musical Jr will all be part of this upcoming season. Performance and audition dates have not been announced yet, but The Aracoma Story, Inc. says details will be released soon.

Love Letters: A Play by A.R. Gurney, tells the story of two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, as they read various love letters, cards and notes from the past 50 years while sitting next to each other at a table. A unique story detailing life, love, hopes and defeats, the show was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama.

The Savannah Sipping Society is a fast-paced comedy focused on the lives of four southern women all bored by their monotonous life routines. To fight their boredom and elicit change in their lives, the women begin to meet up for happy hour together. Over the course of six months the women learn how to be proud of their unique identities, deal with their past struggles and learn how to make their lives fulfilling once more.

Deadly Divide: The Hatfield & McCoy Story tells the full story of the infamous feud in a crowd-pleasing way, using extensive research to give audiences an entertaining and informative view of the story that aims to both excite and entertain. Love, Humor, Violence and history merge to tell an unforgettable true story set among the Appalachian hills.


Mamma Mia! is a crowd favorite, based on the unforgettable songs of Abba. This humorous musical first hit the Broadway stage in 2001, where it played for 5,773 performances, becoming the longest running jukebox musical in Broadway history. The show was made into a movie in 2008 where it achieved an even higher level of success than the Broadway show, spawning a sequel and renewed interest in the musical.

Disney the Lion King Jr. is the children's version of the beloved Disney classic, which covers the events of the first film while infusing songs from the second film into the narrative. The story follows Simba, the son of the King Mufasa, as he learns what it takes to become a leader.

Elf: The Musical Jr tells the hilarious story of Buddy the Elf, adopted by Santa as a young child, who lives among the elves at Santa's workshop. Upon learning that he is human, Buddy sets off to find his real father and enters the world of New York. Despite New York being rough and rude, it proves to be no match for Buddy's spirit.

Mamie (This description is taken directly from playwright Joyce Robertson who can summarize the play much better than I could):

"Inspired by true events, "MAMIE" is a two-act drama about Mamie Thurman - a thirty-one year old attractive woman who was brutally murdered in 1932 in Logan, West Virginia, and whose body was found in the weeds beside the road on Trace Mountain. A respectable lady by day and a "party girl" by night, she was married to a Logan town policeman and was the mistress of her landlord, the Logan City Commission President and married bookkeeper Harry Robertson. Harry Robertson's handyman, Clarence Robertson, was a black man of small stature with no money, several physical disabilities and no motive, yet he was found guilty of her murder and sent to the West Virginia State Prison. Local folklore declares that he was not the real murderer, and because of this, she "haunts" the area to this day."

Richard Allen is a freelance writer for various publications. He can be reached via email at or at

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