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On The Coast: Chincoteague Island Gets Very First Theater Company

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The cast of "Arsenic and Old Lace." 
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The cast of "Arsenic and Old Lace." 

Lexi Hubb grew up in York County, Pa., where she participated in theater and the arts from a young age. Like so many aspiring theater kids, she studied her craft through college and eventually moved to New York City to do “the directing thing.” But her career took a sudden turn when she decided on a whim to relocate to Chincoteague Island, Va.

Chincoteague Island is most famous for the wild ponies immortalized in the famous 1947 children’s book "Misty Of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry.

However, there was one big problem when Hubb arrived on the island: there was no theater company in Chincoteague.

So Hubb teamed up with Chincoteague Cultural Alliance (the island’s lone cultural organization) and started Chincoteague Island Theatre Company, often turning to the island’s retired residents to fill roles.

“There are many challenges,” explains Hubb. “One was that there are lots of older retirees here. So if I need adult actors, that’s great, and I’ve actually conformed some plays, with permission from playwrights, to make them, you know, fit this senior generation."

“I'm pretty certain I'm not the only one who started a community theater in a town that hasn't had one, so… when I look at what [other companies are] doing, like on Facebook, I'm like, 'Oh, look at what they're doing, their shows, they have money to do shows, and they look so good.’ So I get self-conscious about that and then I take a step back and realize I’m younger than everybody’s kids, and to convince them that I knew what I was talking about, it took time.”

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