Moments of this drama played out under the summer sky are a part of the childhood and adult recollections of nearly six million people. Opening originally on July 1, 1950, the interpretation of the story has been rewritten 2006, 2007 and 2008 and this years current production, I am happy to report, the story has gone back to its roots.
The cast is largely made up of Cherokee indians, the director is Cherokee making the telling and heart of this story extremely personal.
The defining moment is the forced removal of the Cherokee Indians from the mountains of Western North Carolina and their journey along the tragic and infamous Trail of Tears. Beginning with the Indian Removal Act of 1830 the Cherokee Indians became the fifth major tribe to experience the forced relocation to Indian Territory-Now Oklahoma. Nearly 4,000 Cherokees died of starvation, exposure or disease and to this day this action remains a black mark on American history.
Turn off the cell phones, disconnect the laptops and I-Pad and see some live theater. I know that the story will seek your heart. Many of our guests take a day drive to Cherokee and experience this drama under the stars. Without exception, they felt it worthwhile and haunting.
Patti and Gary Wiles