Trumpet in the Land

Written by PAUL GREEN / Music by FRANK LEWIN

Trumpet in the Land , Ohio's official state play and longest running outdoor theatre production, brings to life the tragic but inspiring story of David Zeisberger and his Christian Indian followers as they struggled to preserve their peaceful settlement despite the growing violence of the Revolutionary War.

The story begins in 1772 in the heart of the Ohio wilderness. Ziesberger, a Moravian minister has just arrived in the Ohio valley with dreams of building the first settlement in the wilderness, Schoenbrunn. Meanwhile, tempers between the British and Americans flair, eventually leading to the start of the Revolutionary War.

When the Revolutionary War breaks out, Zeisberger and his followers find themselves caught between the British at Fort Detroit and the Americans at Fort Pitt. By refusing to take sides in the struggle, Zeisberger and his people incur the wrath of both warring parties, eventually leading to the brutal massacre of 96 Christian Indians at Gnadenhutten in 1782 by a band of American militiamen. President Teddy Roosevelt, a noted historian, called the event "a stain on the frontier character that time cannot wash away."

The performance is full of unforgettable historical characters including Simon Girty, a conniving border renegade who agitated for all-out war in the region; Captain Pipe, a young warrior chief whose hatred of all white men for the killing of his father added to the dangers facing the missionaries; and John Heckewelder, one of the first explorers of the "Ohio country."

Written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paul Green, Trumpet in the Land is set in the very hills once traveled by those portrayed in the show and handpicked by the author. Watch the warm summer nights come alive with beautiful horses, brilliant fire dances, authentic looking costumes, fiery battle pyrotechnics and a beautiful natural setting.



Book, Music and Lyrics by JIM JACOBS and WARREN CASEY

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sounds of the 1950's in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and the new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest f the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as Greased Lightnin', It's Raining on Prom Night, Alone at the Drive-In Movie recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An eight-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals, along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.

July 22, 30, August 5, 13, 2022


Dinner with the Boys


When Charlie and Dom, two wise guys from the old neighborhood, find themselves at odds with the "Family", they must serve up perfectly seasoned performances with their spicy puttanesca to escape danger. This odd couple awaits their fate as they prepare dinner for special guests. Written by Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years), Dinner with the Boys is an evening filled with belly-laughs, killer plot twists, and plenty of garlic. The only question remaining - will this dinner be their last meal?

Presented by special arrangement with Stage Rights

June 30, July 7, 14, 2022  *  7:00pm


Special Events

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh is Christopher Robin's fat little "bear of very little brain" who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat "a little something." However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit.

From the series of A. A. Milne

Dramatized by Kristin Sergel

Winnie the Pooh is presented by special arrangement with

The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois

July 28, August 4 , 2022 *  7:30pm


Christmas in July

The Trumpet Singers perform the

Sounds of the Season. Join DeeAnne, Kami, Missy, Bart and Larry as they sing some your favorite holiday classics.

July 25 , 2022*  7:00pm on the Pavilion Stage


Music Revue

A one night only homage to

Broadway musicals.

August 11, 2022  *  7:00pm

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Based on the book by BRAM STOKER

As day turns into night, join the cast of Trumpet in the Land as the legendary vampire Dracula walks the hills of the Schoenbrunn Ampitheatre.

With such memorable characters as the insect-eating Mr. Renfield; the vampire-chasing Professor VanHelsing; Count Dracula's love interest, Lucy Westenra; and the comical butler, Charles; the startling double twist at the end of the show will have you looking over your shoulder until you are once again safe in your car.

Dracula is presented by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois

September 30, October 1, 7, 8, 2022

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