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.

Bye Bye Birdie

Book by Michael Stewart; Music by Charles Strouse; Lyrics by Lee Adams

All Shook

It is 1960, and a chorus of young girls energetically sings the praises of rock & roll idol Conrad Birdie. However, when Conrad is drafted into the Army, his fans are devastated, but none more than struggling songwriter Albert Peterson, whose song Birdie was just about to record. Albert’s longtime girlfriend, Rosie, pushes him to write a new tune that Birdie will perform on television to a fan selected in a contest. The scheme works, with young Ohio teenager Kim McAfee declared the winner, but no one has counted on the jealous wrath of her boyfriend. Songs include "The Telephone Hour", "Put on a Happy Face", "Kids", "Spanish Rose" and "Lot of Livin’ to Do."

Bye Bye Birdie is presented through special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc. New York, NY

July 6, 14, 20, 28 • August 3, 11 at 8:30 pm

Why Do Fools Fall in Love?

Written and created by Roger Bean

The Odd Couple

Millie’s getting married! At her impromptu bachelorette party, Millie and her best friends dive into age-old questions about love, marriage, and the overwhelming dating game. Featuring smash pop-hits from the 1960s such as "My Boy Lollipop", "I Will Follow Him", " You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me" and "Hey There Lonely Boy" this uplifting show reaffirms that during life’s struggles, true friendship will unveil its everlasting strength—and often with a real rockin’ beat!

Performance rights are handled exclusively by Steele Springs Stage Rights

July 19 • August 2 at 8:30 P.M.
In the 125-seat Amphitheatre Pavilion

Life Could Be a Dream

Written and created by Roger Bean

The Rat Pack Lounge

SH-BOOM! Take another trip to Springfield and meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! The ‘60s hits say it all: "Fools Fall in Love", "Tears on My Pillow", "Runaround Sue", "Earth Angel", "Stay", "Unchained Melody", "Lonely Teardrops", and "The Glory of Love". Winner of the Angeles Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Life Could Be a Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering—let’s hear it for the boys!

Performance rights are handled exclusively by Steele Springs Stage Rights

July 26 • August 9 at 8:30 P.M.
In the 125-seat Amphitheatre Pavilion

Dorothy Meets Alice

By Joseph Robinette; Based on the musical by Joseph Robinette and Karl Jurman

Dorothy Meets Alice

This new play version of the delightful meeting of two of literature’s most famous young ladies unfolds when a young man puts off a book report till the last minute, then suddenly finds himself in a strange place somewhere between Oz and Wonderland. It then becomes his responsibility to unscramble the stories and steer the familiar characters—the Cowardly Lion, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow and the White Rabbit, among others—to their ultimate destinations while avoiding the Wicked Witch and the Red Queen. This hilarious, adventuresome romp is filled with laughter and surprises at every turn, and a couple of lessons emerge along the way as well.

Dorothy Meets Alice is presented by special arrangement Dramatic Publishing

August 1, 8 • 6:00 pm


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 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8:00 P.M.
In the Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre

Trumpet in the Land These Flags Dracula