February 5th , 2014 11:33 am Leave a comment

‘Liberty’ auditions draw those eager to make history

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Volunteers had the opportunity Sunday to make a little history by trying out for this season’s production of “Liberty! The Saga of Sycamore Shoals.”

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area held auditions Sunday for the 36th annual production of the long-running outdoor drama, drawing an assortment of interested individuals to the park for the chance to become part of this year’s production. The drama will stage nine performances at the end of July, including a special show on July 17 that will offer free admission for veterans. SSSHA Manager Jennifer Bauer said tickets for the 2013 performances were $12 for adults 18 and older, $10 for seniors 55 and older, $9 for students with a valid ID and children ages six to 17, and children five and younger are free. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more.

Bauer also said she is looking for ways for families to be able to spend less to attend.

“We want families with their kids to be able to come, and if they’ve got children from six to 17, that’s $9 a child,” Bauer said. “We’re trying to find a way to have a package deal for families.”

The production is run by about 100 volunteers and has been designated “The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee.”

Bauer said the production gains popularity with each passing year.

“It has grown enormously,” she said. “There are stage effects and it’s really professionally done when you consider a bunch of volunteers are going out and telling the story of Sycamore Shoals.”

“Liberty!” tells several stories of the history of the Elizabethton area, highlighting events that had a major impact on shaping the history of the country. Performances include the formation of the Watagua Association, the Transylvania Purchase, the Siege of Fort Watagua and the Muster of the Overmountain Men, which Baur says impacted America more than many people realize.

“Many historians will say that that event was the event that ultimately turned the tide of the American Revolution,” Bauer said. “Everything very quickly changed and ultimately resulted in the creation of America.”

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