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 nightly to the audience before the showings, Dufault told the spectators that where they were sitting in the courtyard of the Fort, the battles indeed played out 253 years ago.
Dufault referred to this aspect Monday.
"This is our story. Much of it is fiction, but it's set against historical events that occurred in our community," he said. "This is the hallowed ground where our men fought and died. This is our community story we can share with tourists that are coming from around the country and from all over the world."
Craige-Sherman offered a similar point.
"The Last of the Mohicans drama not only provides entertainment through drama and spectacle, but educates the audience through historical fact."
Although there are a number of other outdoor dramas offered across the U.S., this is the only one that's been presented on the very ground the depicted events occurred, she said.
But Dufault said that selling out 350 seats was considerably different than filling 1,200 seats over an eight-week summer run, which is his aim.
"We still have a long road ahead of us to become a large-scale professional outdoor drama," he said. "But it's certainly encouraging considering what the initial run has now shown us."
Call 668-5755 or see: www.lastofthemohicansoutdoordrama.org to participate in volunteer work to launch upcoming productions.