The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

August 16, 2013

Rocket Boys

The Register-Herald

— Nothing tells the early history of West Virginia quite like the “Honey in the Rock” and “Hatfields & McCoys” dramas at Theatre West Virginia, two distinct stories culled from the 19th century.

A tale about a group of boys with big dreams from a coal town in southern West Virginia in the 1950s has quickly become another highlight of the season at Cliffside Amphitheatre.

“Rocket Boys: The Musical” began its 2013 Theatre West Virginia 10-show run Thursday night.

Coalwood, W.Va. native Homer Hickam’s best-selling book “Rocket Boys” inspired the musical. Of course, it later was turned into a successful motion picture, titled “October Sky” in 1999.

That exposure gives the TWV production instant credibility with millions of movie-goers and readers across the nation, and even the world.

This drama has the potential to bring even more acclaim to TWV for many years to come.

Our hope is that “Rocket Boys: The Musical” joins “Honey in the Rock” and “Hatfields & McCoys” as staples on the TWV annual schedule.

We foresee many more generations becoming fascinated with our state’s rich history through the telling of all of these tales in an exciting, dramatic visual that TWV lends its productions.

West Virginians have much to be proud of.

That includes Theatre West Virginia, which has provided over 50 years of entertainment to tourists and state natives alike.

We encourage our readers to take in a show before the curtain closes on the 2013 season.


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