Outdoor Dramas Focus On Surviving Changing Times

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Cincinnati (AP) -- An outdoor historical drama about a Shawnee Indian Chief in the 1790s has ended a 26-year run in Ohio because of lower attendance and higher costs.

The now defunct "Blue Jacket" Drama in Xenia, Ohio, isn't alone in experiencing audience decline.

Historical outdoor dramas around the country are working to cope with similar challenges.

The industry has seen attendance decrease considerably since its heyday in the 1970s and 1980s.

Officials with outdoor historical dramas in states including Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, North Carolina and Indiana say increased competition for the entertainment dollar, the economy and changing audiences have created major challenges.

Even some of the long-running dramas reporting increased attendance this year acknowledge the constant struggle to cope with rising costs.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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