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News Release

For immediate use 

May 27, 2005 -- No. 262

N.C.’s 11 outdoor dramas
tell tales of piracy, history

CHAPEL HILL – Below is an alphabetical list of North Carolina's outdoor dramas for this summer, with plots, places, dates and contact information. The 11 theater companies will present 10 historical and three Shakespeare plays.

Nationwide, 113 theaters in 37 states will stage 172 plays. For locations, descriptions, contact information and photos of the productions, visit the World Wide Web site of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

"Amistad Saga: Reflections," African American Cultural Complex, Raleigh. Ann Hunt Smith, playwright. A mutiny aboard a slave ship marked the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States and led to a U.S. Supreme Court case, with speeches, song and dance. Thursdays-Sundays, July 21-31. 919-250-9336, 119 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh NC 27610.

"Blackbeard: Knight of the Black Flag," Ormond Amphitheater, Bath. Stuart Aronson, playwright. Tales of the notorious outlaw of the early 1700s, who commanded more than 300 pirates and four sailing vessels. Organizers in Bath, Blackbeard’s home port, are reviving the play for the first time since 1987 as part of the town’s tricentennial this year. The tale profiles the ferocious pirate, whose real name was Edward Teach, as seen through the eyes of his wife, Mary Ormond. She also perceives a sensitive and compassionate side of his character. Thursdays-Sundays, June 30-Aug. 13, 252-923-4171, 3536 N.C. 92 East, Bath NC 27808; info@ormondamphitheatre.com

"First for Freedom," Joseph Montford Amphitheatre, Halifax. Max Williams, playwright. Events leading to the signing on April 12, 1776, of the Halifax Resolves, the first formal declaration of independence from Great Britain by an American colony. July 1-4, 252-583-2261, Eastern Stage Inc., 14511 Highway 903, Halifax NC 27839.

"From This Day Forward," Old Colony Amphitheatre, Valdese. Fred Cranford, playwright. Story of the Waldenses, a religious sect in southeast France in the 1100s. After struggling to survive persecution in their homeland, they fled to North Carolina and established a colony in 1893 at Valdese. Includes music and dance. Fridays-Saturdays, July 8-Aug. 13, 828-874-0176. Old Colony Players, P.O. Box 112, Valdese NC 28690.

"Horn in the West," Hickory Ridge Homestead, Boone. Kermit Hunter, playwright; Peter MacBeth, composer. In North Carolina's Appalachian mountains during the American Revolution, frontiersman Daniel Boone and his settlers struggle against the British militia. Museum and homestead on site. Tuesdays-Sundays, June 17-Aug. 13. Box office, 1-888-825-6747; management, 828-264-2120. Southern Appalachian Historical Association, P.O. Box 295, Boone NC 28607.

"Listen and Remember," Waxhaw Amphitheater, Waxhaw. Belva Dare Steele, playwright. Tales of the pioneers who settled this Union County region, home of the Waxhaw Indians, and the early days of future U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Besides the play, the site features the Andrew Jackson Memorial Museum of the Waxhaws, with Indian artifacts, swords and a uniform from the Revolutionary War, and more. A new building added to the site during a two-year renovation (2002-2003), and opened last year, offers more restroom space, modernized concession booths and improved technical and lighting equipment. The volunteer crew member who operates a manual spotlight now works inside the building’s top floor instead of on a rooftop as in years past. Fridays-Saturdays, June 3-July 2. 704-764-7159. Waxhaw Historical Festival and Drama Association, 3115 Little Tom Starnes Road, Monroe NC 28112.

"The Lost Colony," Waterside Theatre, Manteo. Paul Green, playwright. The symphonic drama profiles the first English colony to settle in America, from its arrival on Roanoke Island in 1587 through its mysterious disappearance. Mondays-Saturdays, June 3-Aug. 19. Box office 800-488-5012, management 252-473-2127. Roanoke Island Historical Association Inc., 1409 National Park Road, Manteo NC 27954.

Montford Park Players, Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, Asheville, Fridays-Sundays. "Henry V," a history play, June 3-26; "The Comedy of Errors," a comedy, July 8-31; 828-254-4540. Montford Park Players, 246 Cumberland Ave., Asheville NC 28801.

Shakespeare on the Green, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Wilmington. "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Fridays-Sundays, June 3-26. 919-762-6393, 08 N. 17th Street, Wilmington NC 28401.

"The Sword of Peace," "Pathway to Freedom," "Fiddler On The Roof," "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Snow Camp Historic Amphitheatre, Snow Camp. "Sword," William Hardy, playwright: During the Revolution, Cane Creek Society of Friends defends belief in non-violence; "Pathway," Mark Sumner, playwright. Slavery opponents and free blacks help hundreds of escaped slaves flee north before the Civil War. The two plays alternate nights Thursdays-Saturdays, July 1 -Aug. 14. The musical "Fiddler On The Roof" will be performed nightly Aug. 23-27. All night shows will start at 8 p.m. A children’s show, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," will play at 10 a.m. Saturdays July 9-Aug. 27. "Ye Old Country Kitchen," on the grounds, opens middays and 5-9 p.m., Wednesdays-Sundays. Box office, 800-726-5115; management, 336-376-6948. Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, P.O. Box 535, Snow Camp NC 27349-0535.

"Unto These Hills," Mountainside Theatre, Cherokee. Kermit Hunter, playwright; Jack F. Kilpatrick and McCrae Hardy, composers. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee from arrival of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto in 1540 to removal to Oklahoma on the tragic trail of tears. Cherokee leaders Junaluska, Tsali and Sequoyah fight for the tribe's survival. Mondays-Saturdays, June 9-Aug. 20. Box office: toll-free, 1-866-554-4557; management: 828-497-2111. Cherokee Historical Association, P.O. Box 398, Cherokee NC 28719.


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Note: For companion Outdoor Drama release see:

Outdoor Drama contact: Scott Parker, 919-962-1328,

News Services contacts: Print, L.J. Toler, 919-962-8589; broadcast, Karen Moon, 919-962-8595