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Sellout crowd intrigued with 'Last of the Mohicans' outdoor drama

LAKE GEORGE - The premiere of the Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama, staged at Fort William Henry Thursday night, hosted a sellout crowd that showed considerable enthusiasm for the show.

The audience was treated to an action-packed presentation complete with cannon and musket fire, characters bearing fiery torches, live horses, and special effects, said Luisa Craige-Sherman, a board member of the production team.

"The audience was just enthralled it it," Craige Sherman said, noting she had to shut off orders mid-day Thursday for the night's performance because of the demand. The drama, written by director/playwright Michael Dufault, is based on James Fenimore's classic book by the same name.

Without a doubt, the special effects that are only possible outdoors made the drama a spectacle. But one of the most compelling aspects, however, was that the drama was performed at the very location where the historic battles occurred. The novel was based on events of the French and Indian War, which included the bloody siege of Fort William Henry in 1757.

In introducing the drama production he founded to the audience Thursday, Dufault told the spectators that where they were sitting in the courtyard of the Fort, the battles indeed played out 253 years ago, Craige-Sherman said.

"The Last of the Mohicans drama not only provides entertainment through drama and spectacle, but educates the audience through historical fact."

Although there are several other outdoor dramas presented across the nation, this is the only one that's been presented on the very ground the depicted events occurred, she said.

Tickets are still available for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights' performances, which begin at 8 p.m. at the Fort William Henry, Canada St. in Lake George Village. Call 668-5755 or see: www.lastofthemohicansoutdoordrama.org for details.

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