The Rocket Boys are back in West Virginia for a good cause
BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – West Virginia claims fame in several different ways, but nothing quite like the Rocket Boys of Coalwood, West Virginia. A truly inspiring story of good ol ‘West Virginia boys making a name for themselves in a way that even blows their minds away.
On Monday, October 25, 2021, Homer Hickam and Roy Lee Cooke returned to their roots with the help of Rhayne Thomas to put together a 90 minute mini musical, “Homer, Elsie and Sonny” in Tamarack.
“We created this wonderful musical and we started at the Theater of West Virginia first and we went to Atlanta and we did a few venues in New York and we are really very happy to be back here at the Theater of West Virginia for do it all over again, ”Hickam said.
Hickam and Cooke both have a love for West Virginia theater and have used their fame and history for years to secure funding to ensure the theater will exist for years to come. The mini musical starring Rhayne Thomas playing Hickam’s mother is sure to delight audiences as well as providing factual information and information about previously unknown historical events. Something Thomas was excited to bring to the stage.
“Here I play his mother and read all the books and see the movie and every day I’m still blown away by the information I found about them that I haven’t seen, heard or known. It’s a huge honor for me, I feel so blessed to be here and to do this, I can’t wait, ”said actress Rhayne Thomas.
The trio of friends, between laughs and stories, are delighted to bring this next chapter home for a great cause. A story Cooke says he never tires of telling like the Rocket Boys did, and continues to inspire generation after generation.
“This rocket theme has stuck with me all my life. I can’t tell you how many countries I spoke to people, who could barely understand my speech from southern West Virginia, about what we were doing as boys building rockets. Then all of a sudden it shows up in an article and a book and a movie and yes my heart leaps, ”Cooke said.
Theater West Virginia hopes the fundraising will help them continue to bring fun and entertainment to people in our area. To learn more about upcoming Theater West Virginia events, visit their Facebook page here.