BOONE, NC (WBTV) - I'm expecting the phone call at any moment now. You know, the one from Broadway saying how much my talent is needed on stage! I'll be leaving soon, I'm sure, for the big lights of the Big Apple! After all, how could Broadway not come calling for me following my scintillating performance on stage this last weekend?
Hey…I can dream can't I?
But wow! What a rush it was to be on stage this weekend!
Yes, there I was in Boone among the wonderful cast of the outdoor drama Horn In The West. Horn is one of the oldest outdoor dramas in the United States, celebrating its 64th season this year, having debuted in 1951.
It's the story of Daniel Boone and settlers in the Watauga County area as they fight for their freedom in the time of the Revolutionary War.
The good folks at Horn invited me to take part in the play for one performance as part of its series of having "special" guest appearances. I had one line in the play, "Hey everybody, down by the spring there's a big black bear!" (You'll have to go see the play to understand what that line was all about.)
In addition to the scene where I said my line, I also got to be in a couple of other scenes. It was exhilarating! I love the theater and there's nothing like performing in front of a live audience.
This wasn't the first time I've ever been in a play but it was the first time I've been in one since graduating from Appalachian State University. I did a lot of theater while in school. One of my greatest thrills of all time was getting to play the role of Atticus Finch in the stage version of To Kill A Mockingbird.
But getting back to Horn In The West. Being a part of the play once again reminded me how powerful theater can be. The Horn In The West story is compelling and retells an important part of our nation's history. As far as I'm concerned, everyone in the Carolinas should see the play so they'll have a better understanding of how our country came to be and the sacrifices that were made.
But in addition to that, Horn is simply good theater. The production staff and cast are top notch. The actors are all paid professionals who come to Boone from across the United States…and they're really good! You will be drawn into the story through their compelling performances.
And there's only a short time left in this season for you to see them! Horn In The West is wrapping up its season this week with performances tonight (Tuesday, August 4) through this Saturday. You'll have a wonderful time.
I'd recommend going up early in the day so that you can enjoy the cooler mountain weather and take in a few sights. You might even want to consider going for the entire weekend! The folks at Horn would love your support.
For more information on Horn In The West and how you can get tickets, just go to: www.horninthewest.com.
- John Carter