POINT PLEASANT — Many know the story of the Mothman and the strange events from many years ago, but another story has recently surfaced and will play out in front of an live audience.
Theater students from Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School (PPJSHS) will be presenting “Mothman: The Untold Story” at 7:30 p.m. on April 18-20, in the Lillian and Paul Wedge Auditorium. Tickets will be $5 and will be available at the door.
This original play, written by PPJSHS theater teacher Kitti Kaylor, begins with recalling the mysterious events from the TNT area in 1966-67, and then travels into 2008 when a new batch of kids witness the return of the Mothman and attempt to convince others around town that the creature is back. In the midst of their pursuits, the FBI gets involved, claiming the Mothman hasn’t returned and the town bands together to solve the mystery of the recent Mothman sightings.
Kaylor has written many original plays for PPJSHS students over the years, saying she wrote this particular play in 2008, and first produced and directed it in 2009. With the story of the Mothman being a local favorite and a constant source of mystery, Kaylor chose to do the play again and said it may even be produced again in another four or five years.
Students in grades 7-12 are involved in the production and include cast members Ben Luckeydoo, Alan Jones, Charles Adkins, Nicole Williams, Dakota Jeffers, Clarissa Alabi-Isama, Ayla Edwards, Avery Daugherty, Shayne Ward, Mary Grace Workman, Richard Haller, Bree McCullough, Douglas Workman, Brianna Shobe, Jacob Fultz, Samantha Machir, Jacob Farley, Chris Luckeydoo, Andrew Flowers, and Greg Monette.
Also serving in the crew in various aspects are Aubrey Lewis, Amanda Musgrave, Darrien Denais, Marissa Rymer, Michaela Wamsley, Taylor Kinnaird, Marli Johnson, Hunter Bellamy, Zach Canterbury, Larry Luckeydoo, Robbie Brotherton, Travis Leonard, Justin Hall, Nicki Russell, April McHenry, Michaela Miller, Jack Kaylor and his art students, Parry Casto, Rodney Parsons, Ayla Edwards, Bree McCullough, Charles Adkins, Avery Daughtery, and Phillip Long.
Kaylor said the play is a comedy and contains many local references and colloquialisms, or regional dialects and expressions and she and the students have been in rehearsals since February. Kaylor said this current production also features two of the original actors, Bree McCullough and Charles Adkins, who were in seventh grade when the play was first produced and are now in juniors.
The play will last approximately an hour and a half and will include a 10 minute intermission.