BOONE — The longest running Revolutionary War outdoor drama in the nation returns to the stage for the summer starting Friday, June 21, with the gates scheduled to open for new pre-show activities starting at 7:30 p.m.
Boone’s celebrated outdoor drama “Horn in the West” brings history to life on stage, telling the story of famed frontiersman Daniel Boone. The story follows Boone and other colonists as they push for their freedom in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
The drama, produced by the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, features 37 professional and university actors, including singers, dancers, stage combatants, designers and technicians from Boone and the southeastern region, along with local children and teens.
“This show has formed a special bond among all who are a part of it,” said Jenna Foley, Horn in the West public relations manager.
Britton Corry, director of the production, said that there are some new additions to the drama this year. In the past, all musical numbers in the show were performed a cappella. This year, Corry worked to include some instrumentation to give the production more elements of musical theater.
“I think that’s going to be a really great addition to the production values of the shows this year,” Corry said.
This season will also introduce a new pre-show concert by the Horn in the West Quartet, concluded with a brief speech by either the director or general manager of the production. Before the start of each show, a gift will be presented to the most senior member of the audience.
Corry expressed hopes for an increase in the production’s attendance this year, saying that despite a good show last year, attendance was “pretty poor.”
“We’ve made more of a concerted effort this year to get the word out,” Corry said. “I’d really love to see it be revived and become a stable attraction for the community like it used it be.”
For those looking to learn more about the history of the colonists in North Carolina, Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, located on the grounds of Horn in the West, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Special tours begin at 5:30 p.m. each night before the start of the show.
The production is scheduled to run through the summer until Aug. 10. For ticket sales and information about special discount nights, visit www.horninthewest.com.