When she heard about TWV's closure and the end of the professional training academy,
Her 7-year-old son, Thomas, encouraged the endeavor, saying, "Mom, why don't we do our own show?"
"I didn't know what to do or what to call it," Oaks said of the concept for a theater group.
She decided on
"It's absolutely free. If they show up and they want a part, they have a role."
The kids put on the entire production -- sound, lights, acting and everything in-between. They even select the play for the performance.
Approximately 20 students signed up for
So when she heard a few months later that
"I called Scott and I said there is a huge conflict here. Half of my cast will come back to Theatre West Virginia."
Hill, though, told her he had a plan and hoped they could collaborate.
He asked Oaks to become the production stage manager for Act II, and she decided to host the
She said she's happy to be a part of TWV's rebirth, while still offering a chance for children from all backgrounds to be a part of the theater community with
"Some kids are involved in theater year-round now," Oaks said of the rotating theater schedule.
Opening night of Theatre West Virginia's production of "Hatfields and McCoys" will be
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. theatrewestvirginia.com.
An open casting call for students K-12 for
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