By LOGAN DARNELL
For Coal Valley News
LOGAN - Five Boone County residents are currently taking the stage for The Aracoma Story Inc.'s new play, "Deadly Divide: The Hatfield & McCoy Story."
The play chronicles the infamous Hatfield-McCoy feud that took place along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River in the late 1800s. The play, written by Geoff Allen and directed by Bill France, provides a balanced portrayal of the West Virginia and Kentucky families during the bloody ordeal. "Deadly Divide" is the third original production for the theater organization, joining its long-running "The Aracoma Story" and 2015's "Mamie."
Boone County performers are no strangers to collaboration with TAS. "Deadly Divide" features actors from five counties and one actual member of the McCoy family. These actors from all around southern West Virginia are working together to make a memorable start for the new play.
Robin Bunch Bailey, who plays Vicey Hatfield, is no stranger to the stage. The Rock Creek resident has directed and performed in numerous productions for years, many with The Aracoma Story Inc. Her favorite roles include the titular Princess Aracoma from "The Aracoma Story" and Annelle in "Steel Magnolias." An active member of the community, she is music teacher and band director at Chapmanville Regional High School. Additionally, she is a founding member and musical director for STAGE in Boone County, a decades-running theater group that has produced popular shows such as "Grease," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Mary Poppins." Previous TAS productions in which Bailey participated include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The Music Man," "Sweet Charity," "Beauty and the Beast," "Hairspray" and "Mamma Mia!"
LeRoy Mullins, who plays a celebrant, is another returning actor with TAS. The Bigston resident has performed in "The Aracoma Story" and "The Addams Family."
Emma Parsons of Six Mile, who appears as a friend of the character Claire, is in her first performance. In the past, she has worked in the crew for STAGE in their shows "The Little Mermaid" and "Annie."
Kimberlyn Kirk plays Mary McCoy, her second role for TAS after acting in their production of "Frozen." She has acted in STAGE's "The Little Mermaid" and "Annie." Kirk lives in Big Ugly.
Tammi Kirk, another celebrant, makes her debut in "Deadly Divide." She is also a resident of Big Ugly.
"Deadly Divide: The Hatfield & McCoy Story" is on its final weekend, playing at 8:30 p.m. July 25-28 at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater at Chief Logan State Park.