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Thi hits it i Mai of Friday july 3, 2015 one of two a a earliest general managers reflects on a Honey in the Rock by Wendy Moldren of Gist Rhi Rai u of Porter tonight Mark the final performance in the 55th season of Quot Honey in the Rock at theatre West Virgin in Vor those 55 Yea the the civil War drama that illustrates the birth of went Virginia has grown near and dear to the hearts of Many theater Lover Arni history Huff alike but without the guid a Nee of the dedicated Board members the i i Helen efforts of the general manager and f he count less hours volunteered by theater supporters the show simply he Able to go on Norman Pagan one of tin theater a first goner Al managers know All the be things first hand. Pagan joined the Crew in 1961, the theater second year and the second Ammer for a Honey a a Friend who was doing National promotion for the theater recommended Fagan look into the Job to he hew into the Mountain state to Nee what ii bad to offer Pagan met with Mere Ber of the Board of directors Man y of whom had in Een working for years to put the theater together. Little did be know at Fiat time Fie was in the presence of a former governor and a future governor key i Patteson and Inlet c. Smith respectively after seeing All the Beckley business leaders and other Fri Wuerful pen David Selby who is originally from Morgantown and Best known for his role As Quentin Collins on the to series a dark shadows performed at 7wv during fagans tenure As Well As Chris Sarandon originally from Beckley who played Prince Humperdinck in a the Princess Bride and vowed Jack Skellington in a the Nightmare before Christmas. A a a a a a lot of Fine theatre Folk Carne through honest Norman Fagan said. Pie on the Board Pagan said that he knew the theater would succeed a i had never been in went Virginia before except for Wheeling after meeting with the Board they asked me if Xvi is interested in the Job i thought it would is something interesting and new Quot he laughed softly and said a it took me about two weeks until i fill in love with West Virginia j in fell in love with i Fie state and with the the Ater but mostly with the people a retired school teacher invited him to stay the summer at their House near Virginia Street just off Harper Road and As a Bachelor he haul he was spoiled with dinner invitations from neighbors and local churches. Pagan said he behave food could taste that a a his first year at the theater did no to come without its challenges though. Money was Light but they managed to survive and the Board asked him to continue working As general manager with the theater. The upcoming year 1963, marked West Virginia s Centennial so Fagan and the Hoard knew a a a Foney in the Rock would is a major component of the states Celebration. He said that year set a precedent for Grant opportunities for the arts As several governmental departments excitedly set aside funding for the outdoor drama. The Celebration was highly successful and Pagan said that a Honey in the Rock a von landed an excellent review in the new York times. A we had people coming from All and to change things up a bit after the Celebration Pagan said he dead cd to take a monday of for a Hootenanny where he invited traditional singers from All Over the state to perform. His Friend Billy add Wheeler who wrote the Gramsey award winning Johnny Cash song son a came to Grandview i see the show and of Baad Davis test of Gist s of raid actors perform a scene during theatre West Virginia s production of a Honey in the Rock Quot june 19 at Grandview Park s Cliffside amphitheatre the final a Honey in the Rock Quot performance for the season will begin at 8 . For More information or to Purchase tickets Call 304-256-6800 or visit org course they made him perform As Well. A that kicked it off and Billy fell in love with the theater Wheeler soon had a Brilliant idea a what about the hat Fields and Mccoy a he and Peel Cornett got together and wrote the play which became a Long running favorite for theatre West Virginia. Pagan said he can re member hav Fig Johnse Hatfield at the theater for opening night. A the was 89 years old and when the show started Devil Arist came out and i look re Over at Johnse and he had a tear in his Eye a a a a Fagan stayed at the theater through 1966, and had the pleasure of working with some great folks along the Way. David Selby who is originally from Morgantown and bes known for his role As Quentin Collins on the to series a dark shadows a performed at two during pagans tenure As Well As Chris Sarandon originally from Beckley who played Prince Humperdinck in a the Princess Bride and voiced Jack Skellington in a the Nightmare before Christmas Quot a a lot of Fine theater Folk came through a Honey a a Pagan said and because of the theater Beckley began to grow Pagan said the exhibition Coal mine soon opened As Well As a string of hotels and businesses. After Honey a Pagan worked with the Kennedy Center in Washington As the director of education and became the first commissioner at the West Virginia division of culture and history. Pagan is also credited with founding the Vandalia gathering and was instrumental in the creation of the Cul Ture Cente r in Charles ton. He said he a glad to see a a Honey still going Strong despite the couple of rough years. A the fact that it has survived god bless the folks who Are putting it on a the spirit of the pres ent Hoard of directors Pagan said reminds him of the spirit of the original Hoard. A they did no to have a lot of resources at that time and Beckley Only had a population of about 7,000 or 8,000 people at that time but they had a belief and they knew they could do a a the final a Honey in the Rock performance for the season will begin at 8 . Por More information or to Purchase tickets Call 304-266 6800 or visit . K mud a Holtgren Ltd it Register Herald it to it Mon on twitter wend Holdren

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