Horn in The West
Horn in The West • Over 1.4 million people have seen Horn in the West since it opened in 1952. Loved by young and old, the Horn in the West drama, written by Dr. Kermit Hunter, is located in the heart of Boone, North Carolina in one of the most beautiful outdoor theatres in the country. This adventure, from our nation’s heritage, has offered thrilling outdoor entertainment to generations of Americans since it premiered in 1952. Horn in the West 2012 performances take place every day between Tuesday & Sunday, from Friday, June 15, 2012, through Saturday, August 11, 2012. Doors open at 7:30PM, and Performance begins at 8:00PM • Order Tickets • The Horn in The West Special at The Mast Farm Inn
Built in just 3 months and designed by John Lippard and 4 students from the NC State School of Design, the 2,500-seat Daniel Boone Theatre has been described as the best outdoor theatre in the East. These students took 35 acres of rugged Watauga County terrain, including a tree-covered ravine and molded a beautiful outdoor theatre into the natural surroundings.
Horn In The West • "Horn in the West," the nation’s oldest Revolutionary War drama, brings to life the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and the hearty mountain settlers in their struggle to preserve their freedom during the turbulent years of the War for Independence. The drama highlights those settlers who came to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking freedom and escape from British tyranny. Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a prominent British physician, comes to the Colony of Carolina to study the dreaded disease smallpox, bringing his wife, Martha, and their teenage son, Jack. In May of 1771, a band of colonists who call themselves "Regulators" take up arms against the British authorities.
The Daniel Boone Theatre • The Daniel Boone Theatre and Horn in the West grounds serve the High country in various ways. Southern Appalachian Historical Association, Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum, Powderhorn Theatre, The Watauga County Farmers Market, and Halloween "Haunted Horn" now call Horn in the West home.
Dr. Kermit Hunter • Dr. Hunter wrote the script for "Horn in the West" as well as forty other historical productions. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he wrote "Unto These Hills" as his Master’s Thesis under Dr. Paul Greene. Dr. Hunter was an eloquent spokesman for the outdoor drama art form. He was an accomplished musician who attended the Julliard School of Music and often composed the scores for his shows. He was also an accomplished indoor theatre playwright and poet.
Glenn Causey • Glenn began performing in the Drama on its opening night in 1952. From 1956 until 1996 he played the character of Daniel Boone without missing a single performance. His image became the basis for many depictions of Daniel Boone still seen in the area today, including the painting displayed in the Daniel Boone exhibit in the museum at Grandfather Mountain.
The Daniel Boone Native Gardens • The Daniel Boone Native Gardens are also on the Horn in the West Grounds because of the care used in preserving the natural plant life. The Gardens are an impressive display of the native flora of the Appalachian region and provide a must see collection of mature regional plants and landscaping
The Powderhorn Theatre • Across from the Hickory Ridge Homestead Museum, Powderhorn Theatre has seating for 75 people. Historically, the Powderhorn Theatre was a laboratory theatre reserved for the company members of "Horn." The purpose of the theatre was to give performers a stage with which they could build credentials as well as stretch themselves professionally. Powderhorn Theatre now provides visitors with a variety of experiences. Performances are planned for weekday and Saturday morning. "Horn" Company Members will perform plays from serious drama to comedy, new works, and classics. For more information on shows and show times, call (828) 264-2120
Hickory Ridge Living History Museum • The Mountains of North Carolina are rich in history. The Cherokee Indians, Daniel Boone and other early explorers and settlers are an important part of the history of our country. At the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum you can learn what life was like in the 1700s as our country was formed and expanded. Hickory Ridge Living History Museum is located on the grounds of Horn in the West and was created in 1980 to foster a better understanding of the life of the settlers in the Horn in the West outdoor drama.
The Watauga County Farmer’s Market • Delicious local produce, vegetables, and crafts abound at the Watauga County Farmer’s Market which is located on the grounds and operates every Saturdays, May thru October morning to noon, and Wednesdays mid-June thru mid-September morning to noon, starting the first Saturday in May.
The Southern Appalachian Historical Association • Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Living History Museum are productions of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association Inc. (S.A.H.A.). It is supported by the town of Boone and over 1,000 local business in various ways. S.A.H.A is responsible for the continuation of the Horn in the West, Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, and related productions and events .
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Phone • 828.264.2120
Hickory Ridge Homestead • www.themastfarminn.com/hickoryridgemuseum
Cast & Crew • www.horninthewest.com/crew.htm
History • www.horninthewest.com/history.htm
Circle of Friends • www.horninthewest.com/friends.htm
Powderhorn Theatre • www.horninthewest.com/theatre.htm
Southern Appalachian Historical Association • www.horninthewest.com/saha.htm
Membership • www.horninthewest.com/membership.htm