HCAC's Theatre Arm

The Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) was formed in late 2014 to explore opportunities for community theater in Hampshire County. In 2015 and again in 2016, the HAMS presented performances of Dr. Seuss classics to area schools and libraries.

On November 11, 2015, they assisted the City of Romney-sponsored Veteran's Day Celebration at The Bottling Works and on November 14, HAMS presented the play "Soldier Come Home" by Frank Wickes as a salute to local veterans.

In March 2016 the troupe took Dr. Seuss to all the county's elementary schools.

For more information on HAMS, Contact Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 Or send email to performances e-mail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theatrical Presentations

Women's Voices Project Returns

In celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, The Women's Voices Project returns with a reprise of Speaking Our Experience. This project of the Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) and the Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), debuted in 2016 with the script written by the director Dale Brady from a collection of writings gathered mostly by fellow theatre students at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee NC where she earned a BFA in Theatre. Books, plays, poems and miscellaneous sources by, for and about women were the inspiration. The stories shared will bring laughter and tears and will inspire and challenge. There may be updates based on current events and new writings.

The cast of readers include Dottie Eddis, Jean Shoemaker, Nancy Judd, Patricia Taylor, Susan Feller, Johanna Murray and Dale Brady. Enthusiastic audience response has encouraged the Project to make plans for future readings and theatre performances about women's experience.

Join us Saturday March 18, 2017 at 7:30 pm at The Bottling Works 426 East Main Street Romney WV. Tickets are $5 and the doors will open at 7 pm. Coffee and conversation to follow.

For information on upcoming productions, call Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or email theater at Hampshire Arts email address

Trilogy Production in the Works

The Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) are excited to announce that they will be producing the Sanders Family Trilogy over the next year starting in May. This is a rollicking series of musicals that take place in a church in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina from 1938 to 1945. With old-timey songs, the Sanders Family tells their serious and funny stories in the context of a church service in each play. If you have ever wanted to get up on stage and tell a story with your music, this is the perfect opportunity.

Auditions for the first of the Sanders Family Trilogy - Smoke on the Mountain will be and Saturday March 11 at 1 pm or Tuesday March 14 at 7 pm at the First Baptist Church 325 E. Main Romney WV. Actor/Musicians are invited to bring their acoustic guitars, banjos and bass Male and female roles for musician singers (except for one female role). See cast description below. Be prepared to sing old-time hymns or folk ballads.

Smoke on The Mountain (takes place in June 1938) is scheduled for May 19, 20 and 21, followed by Sanders Family Christmas (takes place in December 1941) in December and Smoke on The Mountain Homecoming (takes place in October 1945) during the spring of 2017.

Smoke on the Mountain

by Connie Ray and Alan Bailey
Synopsis, Cast and song list

MERVIN OGLETHORPE - Pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, late 20s – does he play piano and accordion? Can be flexible here.

BURL SANDERS - father, 40s – plays guitar

VERA SANDERS - mother, 40s – plays piano

STANLEY SANDERS - uncle, late 40s – guitar and bass

DENNIS Sanders – twin, 17 (Note – they don't have to be twins -

DENISE SANDERS - twin, 17 just sort of look alike)

JUNE SANDERS - sister, 23 – plays percussion instruments and signs

Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains. (It is a Saturday night in June, 1938.) The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" - telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true -- and hilariously imperfect - natures. By the evening's end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.

Rock of Ages
The Church in the Wildwood
A Wonderful Time Up There
Build on The Rock
Meet Mother in the Skies
No Tears in Heaven
Christian Cowboy
The Filling Station
I'll Never Die (I'll Just Change My Address)
Jesus is Mine
Blood Medley – Nothing But The Blood, Are You Washed in The Blood?, There Is Power In The Blood, There is A Fountain Filled With Blood
I'll Live A Million Years
I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now
Everyone Home But Me
I Wouldn't Take Nothing For My Journey Now (more here)
Angel Band
Bringing in The Sheaves
Whispering Hope
Transportation Medley – Inching Along, I'm Using My Bible for A Roadmap, I'll Walk Every Step of The Way, I'm Taking a Flight, Life's Railway to Heaven
Smoke on the Mountain
I'll Fly Away
When the Roll is Called UP Yonder

The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all of its events and activities. To request accessibility services to participate, please contact any HCAC director in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-834-8369

Contact Dale Brady at 304-834-8369
Or send email to:performances e-mail