Cherokee Heritage Itinerary -- Stop 4 Unto These Hills
Nearly every night during the summer months, Cherokee’s Mountainside Theater is host to one of North Carolina’s longest-running outdoor dramas. “Unto These Hills” tells the story, through music and dance, of Cherokee history, from early days to the Trail of Tears catastrophe to the tribe’s resurgence and vitality today. 2009 will mark the 60th season of “Unto These Hills,” but the play, originally written by Kermit Hunter, has recently been updated and transformed to reflect even more closely the values and cultural richness of modern Cherokee life. Kiowa playwright Hanay Geiogomah, founder of the American Indian Dance Theater, is the author of the innovative new production of “Unto These Hills --a Retelling,” which he wrote in close consultation with members of the Eastern Band, and many of the actors are local members of the tribe.
The Mountainside Theater is located off of Highway 441-N in Cherokee. The 2006 season runs through August 19th, with performances held nightly except for Sundays. Pre-show entertainment begins at 8:00, and the drama starts at 8:30. Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by calling 1-866-554-4557.
Photo: Soco Gap; photo by Sarah Bryan.
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