1. The first time I came to see Shakespeare at the Ruins in 1991, I remember bringing along a picnic and some friends and enjoying a beautiful outdoor performance of Taming of the Shrew.





  1. In 1998 my husband, Marc, and our daughter Miranda joined the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Lydia Horan. Marc played Theseus and Miranda was one of the fairies. I spent many evenings while they rehearsed hanging out with two-year-old Anna Grey and the other fairy parents. In her twenties, Miranda has returned to Four County as a stage manager and actor, joining the cast of Moon Over Buffalo.






  1. In 2009, my family returned to 4cp when  Anna Grey played Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Since then, she’s appeared in three other summer musicals in Barboursville, including Godspell and SHREK: The Musical.

Huck finn

  1. I joined the theater’s board of directors in 2013 and found a wonderful new family! I’ve produced two summer musicals, including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and serve as the secretary.

It’s tough to distill my best Four County moments down to just four. I had to leave out so much — like the time I laughed so hard at Michael Horan in How the Grinch Stole Christmas or the time just this year when my youngest daughter, Cordelia, bravely got on stage to give the membership speech with about thirty seconds notice.

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