Patton, 21, of
Playing Roseanne is a long-time dream for Patton, who has been attending Theatre West Virginia performances since she was a girl.
Every summer when Patton would visit her grandparents, they would attend a live performance together, and when she was old enough, she decided to audition.
"I auditioned and I've been doing it ever since," Patton said with a smile.
"It's very exciting, especially to be playing Roseanne. I've grown up and done the historicals and always watched the Roseannes go through, so it's exciting to finally be playing her. It's kind of surreal."
Although this is Patton's biggest role to date, she's no stranger to the stage -- this year marks her seventh year at TWV. She has played
Patton is attending school in
"Every summer you get a cast of people who are just fun-loving. It's like a big family and it's always hard to leave at the end of the summer."
She said when she heard about Theatre West Virginia closing, she was heartbroken because of her lifelong personal connection to the theater.
"It's such a great opportunity for actors to come here and even for local children who would be involved in the shows. It was heartbreaking at first when I heard, but I'm glad they're trying to get it back up and going. I definitely think it's a big part of the community."
Patton is quite familiar with the
Stoll is attending
His professor connected him with the casting director and the musical director, he submitted his resume and audition material and they soon offered him the part.
Stoll said he had never heard of Theatre West Virginia before, but coming to the area and meeting the cast and crew has been fantastic.
"I'm having a blast. The other actors are so skilled and there's a strong sense of community that I've felt since the first orientation day. It's nice to be starting to fit in with that."
Stoll's past theater experience includes children's theater at
Patton encourages everyone to come to see the production, even if you've seen it before -- "With the direction
She said it's a different show with a new cast, and many of the new aspects of the show are a lot of fun.
And Stoll adds -- there's no better form of entertainment than live theater.
"Story has been such a huge part of my life since. I love reading and I love watching plays and performing and movies... but theater for me is one of the most real-time impactful methods of telling a story."
He said not only is "Hatfields and McCoys" full of local history that's exciting for everyone to learn more about, but "it's that beautiful method of telling a story that people can really get into."
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.theatrewestvirginia.com or call 304-256-6800.
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