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Horn in the West

Horn in the West is an outdoor drama produced every summer since 1952 in Boone, North Carolina, about the life and times of the early settlers of the mountains of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. It covers a time period during the American Revolution, between the Battle of Alamance in 1771 and the Battle of King's Mountain in 1780. The story follows the family of Dr. Geoffrey Stuart, a British loyalist, who is forced to flee the lower colony due to the actions of his son during the Battle of Alamance. Led into the mountain country by frontiersman Daniel Boone, Stuart must come to terms with his own loyalties, which are divided between his country and his son.

There have been hundreds, possibly thousands, of cast members in the show's long history, but the three roles most often noted are those of Dr. Stuart, Daniel Boone, and Rev. Isaiah Sims, a circuit-riding preacher who befriends Stuart during his time in the mountains. Dr. Stuart has been portrayed by a great many actors over the years, including most notably William Ross, who portrayed the role for over twenty years, Mark Allen Woodard, who portrayed Dr. Stuart from 2003 until 2007, and Andrew Dylan Ray, the most current performer in the role. The original performer cast as Daniel Boone in the show was Ned Austin, and he was followed by Charles Elledge; Glenn Causey, who donned the raccoon-skin cap of "Dan'l" for forty-one years until shortly before his death (and is still commonly associated with the role in the Boone area); and the current "Dan'l," Wesley Martin, who has assayed the role of the rugged frontiersman for the past eleven years. The role of Preacher Sims was written into the show in 1956 for Charles C. Elledge, an original cast member who went on to portray Rev. Sims until 1983. After Mr. Elledge left the role shortly before his death, the role went through a succession of actors. The current Rev. Sims, Darrell King, has been in the role since 1993.

Ned Austin met his wife, Roberta, in the first season of the show. She was in the cast of the 1952 production. The following year their son David joined the cast, aged three weeks. Ned passed away in February, 2007.

Horn in the West has become a summer tradition in the North Carolina Appalachian region. Julie A. Richardson, named Artistic Director in 2008, will return to direct the 2009 season.

Traditionally beginning in mid-June and ending in mid-August, the Horn will perform its 58th consecutive season in 2009.

Primary characters

Role Actor
Daniel Boone Wesley Yates Martin
Rev. Isaiah Sims Darrell King
Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Andrew Dylan Ray
Jack Stuart Chase Green
Martha Stuart Jen Mears
Widow Howard Jenny Cole
Mary Greene Abigail Clark
Capt. MacKenzie Tom Siegrist
Nancy Ward Tamilee Espinosa
Fire Dancer Joey Palazzolo
Medicine Man Peter Adams
Dragging Canoe Charlie Grimes
Governor Tryon/Cobbler Jeff Hatley

Understudies (2008)

Role Actor
Daniel Boone Peter Adams
Rev. Isaiah Sims Adam Johnson
Dr. Geoffrey Stuart Tom Siegrist
Jack Stuart Ben Melnyk
Martha Stuart Christen Orr
Widow Howard Sabrina Krichten
Mary Greene Brianna Case
Capt. MacKenzie Charlie Grimes
Nancy Ward Jennifer Powell
Fire Dancer Brianna Case
Medicine Man Luke Robinson
Dragging Canoe Josh Hodgson
Governor Tryon/Cobbler Justin Attkisson

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