Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama 2017 Marks the 54th Consecutive Season Running!

5:04AM April 20, 2019
Written by Pam Vance

The Trail of the Lone­some Pine, the offi­cial out­door dra­ma of the Com­mon­wealth of Vir­ginia and mem­ber of The Crooked Road Her­itage Music Trail, opened for the 54th con­sec­u­tive sea­son on Thurs­day, June 29, 2017.

Inter­wo­ven with beau­ti­ful and yet haunt­ing folk music, the dra­ma is per­formed live before a mag­nif­i­cent 72-foot panoram­ic paint­ing of the val­ley known as Lone­some Cove, and is the third longest con­tin­u­al­ly run­ning dra­ma in the Unites States. The Trail of the Lone­some Pine Out­door Dra­ma is an excit­ing, enter­tain­ing, and accu­rate the­atri­cal account of the nov­el by the same name, made famous world­wide by the not­ed local Big Stone Gap author, John Fox, Jr who pub­lished the sto­ry in 1908.

The Trail of the Lone­some Pine tells a ten­der love sto­ry of June Tol­liv­er, a moun­tain girl with a beau­ti­ful voice, and Jack Hale, a hand­some min­ing engi­neer from the East. The great boom of the indus­tri­al rev­o­lu­tion in South­west Vir­ginia is depict­ed, when the dis­cov­ery of coal and iron ore forced the proud moun­tain peo­ple to make dras­tic changes to their way of life. The sto­ry pro­gress­es to tell how a lit­tle moun­tain girl is changed through edu­ca­tion and expo­sure to the world out­side of her beloved moun­tains, and how the moun­tain cul­tur­al immer­sion changes the heart of the engi­neer. Told with the home­spun wit and humor of these Appalachi­an moun­tain folk, the sto­ry is inter­min­gled with stark tragedy, sus­pense, feuds, and the final accep­tance of the inevitable des­tiny of all.

The 2017 Direc­tor of the Dra­ma is Everett Tarl­ton, who is thrilled to return to Big Stone Gap and to the Trail. This will be Everett’s sec­ond sum­mer as artis­tic direc­tor of the Trail, but third vis­it to The Gap” after work­ing on the film, Big Stone Gap.” Everett hails orig­i­nal­ly from the moun­tains of East­ern Ten­nessee and has lived nomad­i­cal­ly through­out the south­east work­ing as an actor, singer, dancer, mod­el, come­di­an, coach, direc­tor, and chore­o­g­ra­ph­er for over a decade. He stud­ied The­atre, Film, Dance, and Eng­lish at East Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­si­ty, where he obtained his B.A..

Everett’s past direc­to­r­i­al Cred­its include: Romeo & Juli­et”, Line” by Israel Horovitz, Bal­leri­nas Choose Your Weapons”, among oth­ers. In addi­tion to the film Big Stone Gap”, addi­tion­al film cred­its include Nashville”, Race with the Dev­il”, as well as sev­er­al inde­pen­dent films, music videos, and com­mer­cials. Cur­rent­ly work­ing out of Nashville, Ten­nessee, Everett has been seen most recent­ly in The Odd Cou­ple”, Glad Tid­ings”, All Shook Up” Arsenic & Old Lace” & Mixed Emo­tions” at Chaffin’s Barn The­atre. He has also appeared in Chica­go” (Nashville Rep), and Dis­cov­er­ing Shake­speare” (Nashville Shake­speare Fes­ti­val). Oth­er stage pro­duc­tions include: Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors”, The 39 Steps”, Kiss Me, Kate”, The Pirates of Pen­zance”, Unto These Hills” and Peachtree Bat­tle”. A vet­er­an of the Fringe Fes­ti­val Cir­cuit, Everett has per­formed in many award win­ning shows includ­ing Tal­lu­lah Dies” (2011 Pro­duc­ers Pick), BeBe”, and his one man show, Tim­my Goes to Rehab” (5 out of 5 stars).

The Dra­ma will be offer­ing sev­er­al tick­et spe­cials in the 2017 sea­son, start­ing with an Open­ing Week­end Spe­cial, good Thurs­day, June 29 until Sat­ur­day, July 1. In cel­e­bra­tion of Open­ing Week­end, guests can take advan­tage of a Buy 1 Adult or Senior Tick­et, Get 1 Child Tick­et for 12 & Under Free. Guests can con­tact the Box Office to take advan­tage of the pro­mo­tion. Face­book tick­et spe­cials will be run dur­ing the rest of the 2017 sea­son.

Guests might also rec­og­nize The Trail of the Lone­some Pine Out­door Dra­ma as fea­tured in scenes from the 2015 movie Big Stone Gap,” based on the nov­el of the same name by local author Adri­ana Tri­giani. The Milk Glass Moon Seat Pack­age” is a spe­cial pack­age that fea­tures seats G5 & G7 occu­pied by Ash­ley Judd and Patrick Wil­son in the movie. These two seats under the stars are the best place to view the milk glass moon, obvi­ous­ly; but guests in these seats also receive a spe­cial gift and some oth­er perks. The Milk Glass Moon Seat Pack­age is $50 and may be pur­chased by con­tact­ing the Dra­ma Box Office.

The Trail of the Lone­some Pine runs from June 29 to August 19, 2017, and is per­formed each Thurs­day, Fri­day, and Sat­ur­day evening at 8:00 p.m., with pre-show enter­tain­ment begin­ning at 7:15 p.m. Arrive ear­ly and vis­it the June Tol­liv­er House and Folk Art Cen­ter muse­um next door, or enjoy a snack in the the­ater from our local Kiwa­nis Club.

Tick­ets prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and active mil­i­tary, $10 for chil­dren 12 and under, free for chil­dren 5 and under, and groups of 10 or more can receive dis­count­ed tick­ets by call­ing the Box Office to make arrange­ments.

To make reser­va­tions or pur­chase tick­ets, please con­tact the amphithe­ater box office at 800-362-0149, or vis­it http://www.trailofthelonesomepine.comand select the Box Office link. You can also find the Dra­ma on face­book under Trail of The Lone­some Pine Out­door Dra­ma.



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