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‘Tecumseh!’ production is a can’t miss for the true history fan

CHILLICOTHE – It’s a story many know well, whether or not they’re history buffs.

Sunday, June 10, 2001

CHILLICOTHE – It’s a story many know well, whether or not they’re history buffs.

It’s Tecumseh, the legendary Shawnee leader, and his historic past. Each year, actors in Chillicothe re-enact the life of Tecumseh in an outdoor drama that attracts watchers from all over the United States, not to mention souther Ohio.

This year’s season of "Tecumseh!" presented by the Scioto Society Inc. – which began Friday – will feature virtually an all new cast. Marion N. Waggoner, producer and artistic director, said the 2001 version of "Tecumseh!" brings more change within the cast and production company since it premiered in 1973.

"This can only mean a super exciting season for everyone involved, especially the audience," Waggoner said.

The lead role of "Tecumseh!" will feature the debut of Robb Smith. This Wisconsin native will assume the role of the Shawnee leader in the internationally acclaimed drama.

"As an actor, I am drawn to projects that will challenge me and stimulate my continued growth as an artist," Smith said. "I am delighted to have been given that opportunity with the honor of Tecumseh."

Smith called the portrayal of a legendary person a unique challenge.

"I believe my charge is to strike a balance between ‘Tecumseh the legend,’ an entity of mythic proportions, and Tecumseh the human being, a mortal man with dreams and fears."

The 2001 season of "Tecumseh!" runs through Sept. 1, Monday through Saturday at 8 p.m. nightly at the Sugarloaf Amphitheater. The society also will feature the return of William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." on three Sundays, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19.

Phone toll-free 1-866-775-0700 for information and reservations, or check the drama out on the Internet at www.tecumsehdrama.com.