Snow Camp Outdoor Theater

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Snow Camp Historical Drama Society
Established1973
LocationSnow Camp, North Carolina
WebsiteSnow Camp Theatre

The Snow Camp Theatre is a regional repertory theatre in Snow Camp, an unincorporated community in southern Alamance County, North Carolina that brings the voices of the past into the hearts and minds of a modern audience from around the world by producing engaging historical dramas that inspire and entertain.

This vision of this non-profit performing arts company is to be a destination of entertainment and education at the state and national level accomplished by hiring professional artists partnered with young artists in the early stages of their careers to help train, support and develop their craft; to use a variety of educational programs to engage the youth of our communities to broaden their understanding of culture, history and the world around them; and we endeavor to use our theatre as a vessel for bringing together all peoples to a common bond of community.

--- The theatre is supported by the Snow Camp Historical Drama Society, Inc., with grants from the Theatre Arts Section of the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina General Assembly, and the National Endowment for the Arts.[1]

Its two key plays are Pathway to Freedom (1995) by Mark Sumner.[2] and The Sword of Peace (1973) by William Hardy. Both plays examine local Quaker involvement in past events, especially the Revolutionary War and the Underground Railroad. The plays are set within the local context of the Cane Creek Friends Meeting, a Quaker congregation established October 7, 1751, in what is now southern Alamance County. (Snow Camp was for a time part of Guilford County during the Revolutionary-era events of Sword of Peace). The Cane Creek meetinghouse is a few hundred feet from the amphitheater.

Pathway to Freedom[edit]

Pathway to Freedom is a drama about Quakers involved in supporting abolition and the Underground Railroad.

Sumner was the long time producer of the Lost Colony, a show written by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Paul Green. The Lost Colony is a drama created for outdoor staging. It is about the Native Americans and colonists on Roanoke Island and presents an interpretation of the failure of the colony.

The Sword of Peace[edit]

The Sword of Peace is a drama of the American Revolution war period and the struggle of the pacifist Quakers. Two days after the Battle of Guilford Court House, the British army moved south, where some stopped at Snow Camp and took over the house of Simon Dixon, patriarch of the Quaker community. It was first produced here in 1973.

Author William Hardy was an actor and novelist and a member of the faculty of the Department of Radio-Television and Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina. He also served as a long-time director of Kermit Hunter's Unto These Hills, an outdoor drama about the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the early 19th century, presented every summer since 1950 in Cherokee, North Carolina.

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  1. ^ Dr. William Heizer, Chairperson, Board of Directors, Snow Camp Historical Drama Society (2015), Souvenir Program Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre
  3. ^ Lee Anderson III, William. "Notes about Scotch-Irish and German Settlers in Virginia and the Carolinas". Home of the Ulster-Scots / Scotch-Irish in America. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  4. ^ Thorner, James (1996-01-29), "Small Local Town has a Large Past", Greensboro News & Record

Coordinates: 35°53′07″N 79°26′10″W / 35.8852°N 79.4361°W / 35.8852; -79.4361