Trumpet in the Land

Written by Paul Green / Music by Frank Lewin

Trumpet in the Land , Ohio's premier and longest running outdoor theatre production, brings to life the tragic but inspiring story of David Zeisberger and his Christian Indian followers as they struggled to preserve their peaceful settlement despite the growing violence of the Revolutionary War.

The story begins in 1772 in the heart of the Ohio wilderness. Ziesberger, a Moravian minister has just arrived in the Ohio valley with dreams of building the first settlement in the wilderness, Schoenbrunn. Meanwhile, tempers between the British and Americans flair, eventually leading to the start of the Revolutionary War.

When the Revolutionary War breaks out, Zeisberger and his followers find themselves caught between the British at Fort Detroit and the Americans at Fort Pitt. By refusing to take sides in the struggle, Zeisberger and his people incur the wrath of both warring parties, eventually leading to the brutal massacre of 96 Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten in 1782 by a band of American militiamen. President Teddy Roosevelt, a noted historian, called the event "a stain on the frontier character that time cannot wash away."

The performance is full of unforgettable historical characters including Simon Girty, a conniving border renegade who agitated for all-out war in the region; Captain Pipe, a young warrior chief whose hatred of all white men for the killing of his father added to the dangers facing the missionaries; and John Heckewelder, one of the first explorers of the "Ohio country."

Written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paul Green, Trumpet in the Land is set in the very hills once traveled by those portrayed in the show and handpicked by the author. Watch the warm summer nights come alive with beautiful horses, brilliant fire dances, authentic looking costumes, fiery battle pyrotechnics and a beautiful natural setting.

Alumni Performance

50th Anniversary Alumni Performance

On Friday, July 5 at 6:30 pm, a "different" Trumpet in the Land will be presented. In celebration of the drama's 50th Anniversary, alumni from all over the country will step back onto the amphitheatre stage to recreate the characters they once portrayed many years ago. Normal costumes and make-up will be limited due to the nature of the production. The event is open to the public for a free will offering.

Regular performances are held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8:30 pm. Special Alumni Performance July 5 at 6:30 pm

The Wizard of Oz

By L. Frank Baum With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

The Wizard of Oz

The beloved tale of a young Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home. Dorothy's house has landed on, and fatally stricken, the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine. The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister's shoes from Dorothy's feet, the Witch disappears in a cloud of smoke, vowing to return. Dorothy, seeking a way back home, is off to see the Wizard.

presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark

July 13, 19, 27 • August 2, 10 at 8:30 P.M.

Love Letters

Written by A. R. Gurney

Love Letters

Love Letters centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Melissa and Andrew sit side by side and read the notes, letters and cards in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments. Andy's last letter, written to Melissa's mother, makes it eloquently clear how much they really meant to each other over the years — physically apart, but spiritually as close as only true lovers can be.

Love Letters is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York

July 18, 25 at 8:30 P.M.
At the Pavilion Stage

8-Track: Sounds Of The 70s

Conceived by Rick Seeber

8-Track: Sounds of the 70s

With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, 8-Track is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. This Baby Boomers' dream come true features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, The Doobie Brothers, The Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band, and more!

Performance rights are handled exclusively by Steele Springs Stage Rights

August 1, 8 • 8:30 pm
Performed on the Reeves Stage in the Amphitheatre pavilion


By John Mattera


As day turns to night, the legendary vampire walks the hills of the Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre. Dracula will make your hair stand on end as you are enveloped by the ever-ominous darkness and listen to the children of the night in the open-air amphitheatre. Be enthralled by the mesmerizing story, but don’t be too quick to think that the person sitting next to you is just another audience miber. The startling double twist at the end of the show will have you looking over your shoulder until you are safe in your car.

Dracula is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc. Woodstock, IL

October 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8:00 P.M.
In the Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre

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