How many of us knew that the Daniel Boon Theatre has been described as the best outdoor theatre in the East? Probably not a lot of us, but the amphitheatre was built to accomodate The Horn in the West, the longest running outdoor Revolutionary War Drama in the United States.
Excitement is in the air as Boone prepares for the 66th season of Horn in the West. The production will run June 23 – August 5th with shows Tuesday through Sunday at 8:00 P.M. Six days out of the week, actors stride across the expansive stage in articulate costumes, transporting the audience members back to the 1700s with gun fights, Indians, romantic drama and a story that tells the history of our nation.
“Horn in the West is a local tradition,” said Steve Canipe, a member of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association’s board. “There are families that have been coming to see the show for generations. We love it when we see folks bringing their kids and their parents.”
The cast and crew began arriving in Boone in early June. More than 50 theatre professionals including actors, dancers, choreographers and production crew come from across the country to bring the epic tale of Daniel Boone and the hardy band of Appalachian settlers to life.
“We love hosting the cast crew here in Boone,” said Carson Sailor, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association, the parent organization of Horn in the West. “For 66 years we have been producing this drama and we are proud to continue this tradition.”
Throughout the production Hickory Ridge Living History Museum will open at 5:30 P.M. Historical interpreters will welcome guests into the turbulent days before the Revolutionary war by interpreting life in the museum’s cabins. Concessions and seating will open at 7:30 P.M. and the show will begin at 8:00 P.M. The show runs approximately two hours with a fifteen-minute intermission.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, audience members can come early and eat a homestyle dinner, catered by Dan’l Boone Inn, that Daniel Boone himself would have thoroughly enjoyed.
With the actors bringing Daniel Boone and his cohorts to life, and the natural setting that the amphitheatre adds, it may just feel like you, too, are part of the community that is fighting for its freedom.
The Southern Appalachian Historical Association oversees both Horn in the West and the Hickory Ridge Living History museum. The association keeps the history of the High Country alive with accurate representations of 18th century Appalachia. The Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday with tours at 10:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Horn in the West runs from June 23 – August 5. The show runs every night except Monday. For ticket information visit www.horninthewest.com or call (828) 264-2120.