September 28, 2012
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Last Friday night my wife and I went to see the outdoor drama Tecumseh! If you like live productions, you'll love this show! If you like history, you'll love this show! And if you enjoy learning about the heritage of our own region, you'll love this show!
Tecumseh! has a little something for everyone: action, adventure, betrayal, and even romance!
With outdoor dramas, you're at the mercy of the weather. Extreme heat, cold, rain, etc., can affect your enjoyment of the show (or even if there is a show!). But thankfully, after an extremely hot 90+ degree day, a storm-front seemed to be moving in late Friday afternoon. We were blessed not to have to endure a storm though. We just simply enjoyed the benefits of the winds cooling down the temperature and making for a great evening!
This year's performance of Tecumseh! commemorates the 200th anniversary of Tecumseh's death.
Tecumseh was a Shawnee Indian warrior who spend much of his time on lands near the Scioto River in modern-day Chillicothe, OH. He was a leader amoung his people. Though he strove for peace, he wanted back the land that had been taken away from them.
Tecumseh! features several other key historical figures including Simon Kenton and Gen. William Henry Harrison. Tecumseh is played by Stevyn Carmona. Kenton is played by Raymond Speakman, a 31 year veteran of the drama! Matt Baldoni plays Harrison.
Several West Virginia and Ohio natives also are part of the show, including Susan Leist from Huntington!
Tecumseh! is in its 41st year at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre just north of Chillicothe. Since the show opened in 1973, more than 2.5 million visitors have attended the performances! The play was written by legendary author Allan W. Eckert.
My wife and loved the show! The story itself is very interesting. The music, lighting, set, and, of course, the acting were all superb!
We stayed at the Christopher Inn & Suites in Chillicothe and prior to the show ate at a unique local restaurant called Sumburger. The next day we took our time coming home and went through Hocking Hills State Park and visited Old Man's Cave!
I recommend this as a great getaway for couples or families. Lots of fun!
Watch a Discover Ohio video about Tecumseh! below!