There is something unique yet strikingly similar about the outdoor pageants that take place every summer all over the United States. They are part history, part hokey drama, part pure patriotism, with lots of singing and dancing. There is often a love story between young people of two different factions.
Texas! is put on at the Pioneer Ampitheater in Palo Duro Canyon in a beautiful setting. The action takes place from the stage to the clifftop above. Horses, lightning, fire and the six flags of Texas play important roles in the drama. The two warring groups here are the farmers and the cowboys.
Ramona, the official state play of California. My clearest memory of the play is the scene directly after intermission when what seemed to be hundreds of Native Americans magically appeared on the cliffside to challenge their Mexican rivals. Dramatic indeed!
And there are at least two more outdoor dramas that I know about yet haven't seen. The Wilhem Tell Pageant is performed in New Glarus, Wisconsin and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, Minnesota. Although I have missed both of these pageants' dates for summer 2013, I can put them on my calendar for summer 2014.
I am sure there are more outdoor dramas exist than I have listed here. Do you know of any to put on my outdoor drama bucket list?