By Jessica Isaacs
Locals and visitors alike are savoring every last drop of summertime as the season draws to an end in the High Country. Round up your family and friends and make time to enjoy the area’s longest standing attraction before it, too, closes for the season this weekend.
Boone is home to Horn in the West, the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama, which celebrated its 64th season of outdoor summer theater this year. Only a few more shows remain before the program closes until next year, so don’t miss your chance to see it this week.
You can see the show at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A cast and crew of more than 50 talented people, some as young as 7 years old, brought some changes to the show this year, including top-notch singing, dancing and acting and a few new twists in the script.
Director Teresa Lee said it’s been a great year for the show and that the performers have done an amazing job.
“Obviously it’s bittersweet. We’re celebrating the fact that we’ve had such a wonderful, successful summer together,” she said. “The cast and crew that bring Horn in the West to life every night have been fantastic this year and we have had really great responses from the audience.”
Because members of the cast and crew come from all over the country to perform at Horn in the West, Lee said this year’s team shares a lot of mixed emotions during the last week of the show.
“The cast has bonded. We house the cast all together so many of them live and work together, and so obviously they’ve become one big family,” Lee said. “Emotions run high when they’re approaching the end because they know they will have to part ways. They all now share an unbreakable bond having done summer theater here in the High Country.”
If years have passed since you last saw the show, or if you’ve never seen the show before, there’s no time like the present.
Wednesday night will be your last chance to enjoy the Friends and Neighbors Nigh Discount, which allows $12 admission for all ages with proof of residency for Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell and Avery counties in North Carolina and Johnson County, Tennessee.
On Friday and Saturday, enjoy $3 off of each adult ticket and $2 off of each children’s ticket.
Lee and the folks behind the production will enjoy a brief moment of respite after the summer’s final performance on Saturday, but will soon get back to work in preparing for the 2016 season.
“We’ll take a few days off to catch our breath, but we start pretty quickly back into getting ready for next year,” Lee said. “One of the first things we’ll do is start accumulating the numbers and seeing where we land with audience attendance and revenue.
“We’re a self-supporting entity, by and large. Having said that, we really need people to come out and support this local attraction because it’s great for the local economy.”
If you made it to the show this summer, Lee said she’s thankful for your support. If you haven’t seen it yet, she hopes to see you this week!
“To the folks who came to see us this summer, I want to express our appreciation for coming and supporting this High Country tradition,” she said. “To the folks that have not come yet, you have five more nights, so come on out! Get some friends and family members together and make night of it.
“If people want Horn in the West to be here and be successful, the thing to do is come out and support it.”
Visit Horn in the West online for more information and tickets.