'Aesop's Fables' at Daniel Boone Gardens
On July 9, 16, 23, 30 and Aug. 6, Daniel Boone Native Gardens will be full of foxes, sheep, wolves and lions.
These well-trained animals, as part of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association's Children's Theater, will be bringing you "Aesop's Fables," the millennia-old collection of tales that carry profound meanings far beyond their simple story.
Furthermore, these fables, adapted by "Horn in the West" alumni Thomas Fuller, have a fresh feel, as they are augmented with extensive musical instrumentation. The cast plays five different instruments for high-energy musical numbers and a lively storytelling environment. These fables are appropriate for children as young as 3, and could interest those as old as 10. The seven stories include "The Lion and His Three Counselors" and "The Fox Who Lost His Tail."
The animals in "Aesop's Fables" will be played by "Horn in the West" actors and crew, and the play is directed by "Horn" prop master Adam Johnson.
Johnson has directed several plays, "Paranormal People," "Islands" and "Suburbia," and has extensive writing credit to his name.
Others actors in the performance are Timothy Cobb, Grace Varland and Chris Simpson, technical crew at "Horn," as well as "Horn" performers Suzanna Ziko, who plays Cherokee leader Nancy Ward, and Matthew Schmidt, a chorus member.
These plays will take place on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. The stage, located inside the Daniel Boone Gardens, will be set up with a number of chairs and blankets on the ground near the stage for children to fully relax.
As an added bonus, balloon animals will be available.
There are about 50 seats for these performances. Tickets are $3 for children, $5 for adults, and the purchase of two children's tickets gets one free adult ticket. The play will last for approximately an hour.
With this attraction, Saturday mornings at "Horn in the West" offers an even wider range of entertainment options. The Watauga County Farmers' Market is open in the morning, the Daniel Boone Gardens offers 8 acres of lush vegetation ($2 without a ticket to the play), and the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, a collection of restored 18th and 19th century cabins staffed with historical interpreters, will be open.
Nearby are playgrounds, restaurants and everything downtown Boone has to offer.
For more information on the Children's Theater, "Horn in the West" or the Hickory Ridge Museum, call (828) 264-2120 or visit http://www.horninthewest.com.