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Stages of History stages success

Article Published: May. 27, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Stages of History stages success

Cast members from North Carolina outdoor dramas are caught in a standoff, fighting over which production should perform first at the May 15 Stages of History at Horn in the West in Boone.

Photo by Amy Snider

The Southern Appalachian Historical Association and the Institute of Outdoor Drama (IOD) in Chapel Hill presented Stages of History, an outdoor drama tribute to North Carolina.

Held on Saturday, May 15, in the Daniel Boone Amphitheatre in Boone, Stages of History featured scenes from outdoor dramas across North Carolina.

Drawing from eight different outdoor dramas, Stages of History featured scenes from Tom Dooley: A Wilkes County Legend, From This Day Forward, Blackbeard, Miracle on the Mountain, Montford Park Players: Romeo and Juliet, The Sword of Peace, Pathway to Freedom, and Horn in the West.

Despite the forecast of a brief mountain shower, the intimate audience was full of people supporting their local outdoor dramas, as well as those wanting to learn more about North Carolina's rich history.

"A production like this is a team effort combining our host theatre and staff, the other North Carolina outdoor dramas, and support from the Institute of Outdoor Drama," said Susan Phillips from IOD. "Our goal for this production was to bring our outdoor drama companies together to celebrate our art form and promote them as a vital part of the tourism industry in North Carolina. It was a great day for Outdoor Drama in North Carolina."

Virginia Roseman, director of public relations for the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, had the privilege to perform on stage, as well as help organize Stages of History.

"We were honored to be given the opportunity to show what wonderful talents are found across North Carolina and how rich our history is," Roseman said. "I am very proud of the production and how smoothly everything came together."

Stages of History proved to be an event full of pride and community support. Even after the first raindrops were felt in the amphitheater, the audience radiated enthusiasm and attention, she said.

"We are grateful for all of the support we received from the community, volunteers, Dan'l Boone Inn, Joe's Italian Kitchen, and each of the outdoor dramas that presented," Roseman said.

Finding her start in outdoor drama at Horn in the West, Phillips said, "It was somewhat like a dream being back on the Horn in the West stage. It brought back many wonderful memories of all the cast members and crew that I worked with in the late '70s. I will always consider Horn in the West my outdoor drama home and family. It was an honor to once again walk the ground where the history unfolded of the journey that was taken to settle the area."

Horn in the West, the nation's oldest Revolutionary War outdoor drama, runs June 18 through Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. An all-you-can-eat modified dinner catered by the local Dan'l Boone Inn is offered at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings by reservation only. "Watauga Nights" are June 18, 19 and 20, in which Watauga County residents can purchase tickets for only $6 each with no limits. To learn more and order tickets, call (828) 264-2120 or visit

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