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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  • by Arron Location: Circleville, Ohio on Sep 8, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    I am a long time fan of the outdoor drama "Tecumseh!" located in Chillicothe, Ohio. I was planning on Seeing "Bluejacket" this summer. However, when I attempted to contact the boxoffice, I received only a recording. After some research, I learned that the show had been discontinued. I am very disappointed in the fact that it ended. I mam equally disapointed that I did not get to see it. I am enjoy learning about history and I am also involved in theater. I feel that outdoor dramas allow us to expierence a degree of entertainment that one will not get in a movie theater. It allows you to feel the expierence and not just see it. I hope more people discover these wonderful outdoor dramas and will visit them.
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