Summer Activities guide

"Tecumseh!" Draws Audiences Into Performance

By
Amanda Plotts - Athens Messenger contributor

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Updated Wed, Jun 18, 2014 10:23 am

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This week’s feature listing is the long-running outdoor drama, Tecumseh! in Chillicothe, which can be found by traveling west from Athens County on Route 50.

Nestled away in the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater in Chillicothe, visitors can find a captivating performance of Tecumseh!, the story of the legendary Shawnee leader who defends his Ohio homeland during the 1700s.

This year marks the 42nd production season of Tecumseh! As a resident of Pickaway County, this was my first time attending the show.

It wasn't long into the performance that horses were running up the mountain beside me, and I was surrounded by Native Americans engaged in a fight. By that time, I knew I was in for a first-rate performance, and I was not disappointed by what came to follow.

Some of the highlights you will see during the performance are the special effects. During the show, there are military battles with cannons and gun fights that make you feel like you are in the middle of the battle. The weaponry and stunt work will leave you on the edge on your seat.

I also enjoyed the authenticity of the actors' costumes and props. The costumes and makeup are beautifully designed. From the Native American bead work to the soldiers' uniforms, it is like taking a step back in time.

The music is also an integral part of the performance. A Native American musical score, during which the actors participate in a traditional dance, will leave you mesmerized.

The outdoor amphitheater adds to the ambiance of the show, and being under the moon only enhances the experience. I especially enjoyed how the stage surrounds the audience and blends into the natural surrounding of the mountains.

No matter where you sit, you will be surrounded by action as horses run past and cannon fire comes from behind.

Tecumseh! will run each day Monday through Saturday until Aug. 30. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 for adults and $17.95 for children 10 and younger. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tecumsehdrama.com or by calling 866-775-0700.

In addition to the show, there are tours available. The behind-the-scenes tours are offered at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. The living history tour is offered on Saturdays at 3 p.m. Cost for each tour is $4.50 for an adult and $3.50 for children 10 and younger.

Tecumseh! is not recommended for children age 6 and younger due to some violent content and loud battle scenes.

Photos by Nancy Radcliff

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