Touring the country & doing what she loves: UNCG grad a part of ‘Book of Mormon’ national touring production

By Nick Chester
Times-News correspondent 

   Being cast in the national touring production of “The Book of Mormon” is a dream come true for Stoney B. Mootoo.
Mootoo, a 2016 University of North Carolina at Greensboro graduate, said she’s excited about the opportunity to tour the country and do what she loves.
“‘The Book of Mormon’ is about two Mormon missionaries who go to change the world, but instead the world changes them,” she said in a recent phone interview.
She is part of the African tribe ensemble.
While Mootoo was in high school, her family relocated from New York to Holly Springs.
Her advice to high-schoolers and college students studying acting or musical theater is to “make a solid choice if this is what you want to do. It’s hard work and not instantly gratifying. Take in as much information as you can and be patient.”
Mootoo said the show is more on the PG-13 side but parents should make their own decision on letting children attend. The show was written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone were best-known for creating the TV show “South Park” and Lopez co-wrote the musical “Avenue Q.”
You can see Mootoo and the cast of “The Book of Mormon” beginning Aug. 7 at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), 123 Vivian St., Durham. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. August 7-9; 8 p.m. Aug. 10; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 11; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased online at www.dpacnc.com, in person at the box office or by phone at 919-680-2787.

Nick Chester is a rising freshman at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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