Stages of History set for Saturday

Article Published: May. 13, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Stages of History set for Saturday

Old Colony Players' director Vickie Hyde and Valdese representative Barbara Hefner were in Boone this week to promote Stages of History.

Photo by Lauren K. Ohnesorge

Horn in the West's neighbors in the south were on the mountain this week, making a final push to promote Saturday's Stages of History.

Meet Barbara Hefner. Don't let the apron and hat fool you. She's not here to churn butter. She's a Waldensian on a mission.

"We're trying to get as many of the outdoor dramas together as we can to entice people to come," she said.

She represents Valdese-based From This Day Forward, an outdoor drama put on by Old Colony Players that highlights the struggles of the Waldensian people as they settled in the foothills of North Carolina.

"It's a part of North Carolina's history and it's a great story," she said. "It's the story of strong faith, perseverance and triumph and settling in the foothills of North Carolina and founding the town of Valdese."

It's a story that even a modern audience can relate to.

"Everybody has a struggle in your life," Hefner said. "Whether it's being exiled from your homeland or losing a child or losing a child to something you never thought you would, those struggles are part of our lives. To see this story and see how their faith got them to the other side, I find it very uplifting."

Historically, Horn in the West and From This Day Forward have always had a close relationship. Casts from each show go on field trips to watch the dramas, and this year, that bond matters more than ever, as From This Day Forward will be one of the eight shows presenting a vignette at Stages of History in Boone Saturday.

The show, with scenes from outdoor dramas like Raleigh's The Armistad Saga: Reflections and Crossnore's Miracle on the Mountain, aims to promote the state's outdoor dramas. A ticket stub from Stages of History will get you a discount at each of the state's outdoor dramas, including Lost Colony and Unto These Hills.

For more information on From This Day Forward, check out
For more information on Stages, or to purchase tickets, go to or call (828) 264-2120. The show happens at the Horn in the West Amphitheatre, located on Horn Avenue in Boone.

In the event of rain, the show happens at the Harvest House Performing Arts Center, located at 247 Boone Heights Drive, next to the Boone Bowling Center.

Shows represented at the event include Raleigh's The Amistad Saga: Reflections, Crossnore's Miracle on the Mountain, Asheville's Montford Park Players' Romeo and Juliet, Valdese's From This Day Forward, Snow Camp's Sword of Peace, Boone's own Horn in the West, Bath's Blackbeard and North Wilkesboro's Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend.

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