Welcome to McCoy's Grand Theatre and Museum!
The McCoy's Grand Theatre and Museum is a historical treasure located on North Main Street in Moorefield, W.Va. Formerly used as a movie house, the theater has been remodeled and now acts as a showcase for community theater productions. The theater also is available for rent and frequently hosts local events. Please click the appropriate tab above for more information on our upcoming shows, college scholarship, and more. We hope to see you soon at McCoy's Grand!
UPDATE: The final performance of "Honk!" at McCoy's Grand has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15th. All advance tickets that were sold for December 8th will be honored for the December 15th performance. There are plenty of tickets available for the show. The McCoy's Grand box office will open approximately 30 minutes before showtime.
Front row, left to right: Zeta Minor, Leah Swift, Rayne Metzer; Middle row, left to right: Adam Leatherman, Matthew Wright, Tommy Nester, Kelly Wingard, Muryssa George; Back row, left to right: Betsy Bellingham, Chelsey Morgan, Faye Sherman, Blake Shockey
McCoy’s Grand Theatre is showing that even a bird named Ugly has beauty with the family musical “Honk!” The final performance of "Honk!" at McCoy's Grand has been rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15th. All advance tickets that were sold for December 8th will be honored for the December 15th performance. There are plenty of tickets available for the show. The McCoy's Grand box office will open approximately 30 minutes before showtime. See photos from a recent rehearsal by clicking HERE.
“Honk!” is based on the timeless Hans Christian Andersen tale about the Ugly Duckling. When Ugly (Tommy Nester) is born into the farmyard, his odd appearance makes him the subject of ridicule by the other animals and even his own family. Ugly is eventually driven away from his loved ones and becomes the target of hungry and conniving Cat. The bird must try to make his way home, all while finding acceptance and learning the meaning of true beauty.
The show is based on a book by Anthony Drewe, with music by George Stiles and lyrics by Drewe. Music Theatre International describes “Honk!” as “witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving,” full of “equal amounts of laughter and tears."
“Its charm, humor, and message of tolerance is perfect for a family audience… and every audience,” MTI says.
Fresh off the spectacular sold-out run of “Annie,” Betty Stickley again settles into the director’s role with “Honk!”
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students and children. Advance ticket sales have ended. Tickets will be available at the box office, which opens approximately 30 minutes before the start of the show.
Stay tuned to mccoysgrand.com for updated ticket information!
AUDITIONS SCHEDULED FOR "WIT" AT McCOY'S GRAND!
Dates: Friday through Sunday, January 3-5, 2014
McCoy’s Grand Theatre will be holding auditions in January for its next production, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Wit” by Margaret Edson.
“Wit” is the story of Dr. Vivian Bearing, an English professor specializing in the works of John Donne. Her life is dramatically changed when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer. As she deals with the illness, Vivian begins to reassess her life and work with sobering honesty and humor.
The play won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was made into a successful HBO movie by director Mike Nichols and actress Emma Thompson. Recently it was revived on the New York stage with Cynthia Nixon portraying Vivian Bearing.
The Dramatists Play Service describes “Wit” as “a work that is as intellectually challenging as it is emotionally immediate.” The New York Times called it “a brutally human and beautifully layered new play … you feel both enlightened and, in a strange way, enormously comforted.” New York magazine praised it as “a dazzling and humane new play that you will remember till your dying day.”
Auditions will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 3 and 4, and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, at McCoy’s Grand Theatre at 121 North Main St. in Moorefield. The show is designed for an adult cast, so high school and college students and adults are encouraged to audition. Prepared monologues are suggested, but monologues also will be available at the theater.
Makayla Baker, a McCoy’s stage veteran and theater student at Eastern Mennonite University, is making her directing debut with “Wit.” She previously appeared in McCoy’s Grand’s productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Les Miserables.”
“It’s not surprising to me that a theater lover like Makayla has chosen a work with an intelligent, involving story that really showcases the wonder of acting on the stage,” said Derek Barr, a member of McCoy’s board of directors. “It’s an emotional and life-affirming work, and Makayla is perfectly suited to bring it to life at McCoy’s.”
The show will be presented in March. More information about the theater and upcoming shows is available on the web at mccoysgrand.com and on our McCoy’s Grand Facebook page.
Photo by Faber and Faber, Inc.
McCoy's Grand Accepting 2014 Scholarship Applications
"The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life.” – Arthur Miller
Few things can equal the thrill of participating in theatrical arts. The McCoy’s Grand Theatre Board of Directors is hoping to help a student pursue that thrill for a career.
The McCoy's Grand Theatre board of directors is now accepting 2014 scholarship applications. The McCoy’s Grand Theatre Scholarship is designed to recognize the talent and potential of area youth in theatrical arts by helping students financially with post-secondary education. Graduating seniors from local high schools may apply for the $1,000 scholarship.
“There are many potential careers in theatrical arts: acting, music, design, and arts education, to name a few,” said Derek Barr, a member of McCoy’s Grand Theatre’s board of directors. “For some, a life on the stage or in the theater might seem like a dream. We want the McCoy’s Grand scholarship to help a promising student turn that dream into reality.”
In May, Moorefield High's Brandon Shockey and Hampshire High's Bailey Coleman were awarded $1,000 scholarships. Brandon currently is attending the University of the Arts Undergraduate Program for Acting in Philadelphia, while Coleman is majoring in Music Education at Alderson-Broaddus University.
"We made an exception last year and awarded two scholarships instead of one," Derek said. "It's highly unusual that we would have two such qualified candidates in the same year."
You can view and print/download a copy of the 2014 scholarship application by clicking HERE. Scholarship guidelines and application forms also are available from guidance counselors at Moorefield and East Hardy high schools.
Eligible seniors must:
∙ Be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 grade point average;
∙ Submit an official high school transcript with GPA along with application;
∙ Major or minor in Theatrical Arts at an accredited college (major/minor may include, but is not limited to Music [instrumental or vocal]; Music Education; Music Performance; Musical Theatre; Design/Technical; Directing; Acting; Dance; Theatre; Theatre Arts Administration; and Theatre Education);
∙ Submit two letters of recommendation from members of the academic community or community/civic leaders. The letters of recommendation should be brief statements describing the student’s character and motivation toward success. McCoy’s Grand Theatre board members cannot be asked for recommendations.
Also, it is highly recommended that the applicant have been involved in at least one McCoy’s Grand Theatre-sponsored production (9th-12th grade), band, drama club, or some similar activity as pertains to desired field of study.
Applicants must also write an essay answering the following four questions:
∙ How has theatrical arts helped you grow as a person?
∙ What are your goals for continuing theatrical arts involvement?
∙ How will you use this scholarship to help you achieve these goals?
∙ Why are you pursuing a career in Theatrical Arts?
Essays should be typed, double-spaced and not exceed two pages.
Finalists may be called for an interview.
All application materials – applications, transcript, essay, and letters of recommendation – must be received by February 28, 2014. All materials should be sent to McCoy’s Grand Theatre Scholarship, P.O. Box 125, Moorefield, WV 26836.