The Snow Camp Historical Drama Society was organized in 1971 to promote the rich heritage of the Quakers in the Snow Camp, North Carolina area. It was determined that an outdoor drama would best convey this heritage. Playwright William Hardy was commissioned to write a drama about the early Quakers. In three short years, The Sword of Peace was staged in the amphitheater built on the banks of Cane Creek. Mark Sumner's Pathway To Freedom with music by Ann Hunt Smith opened in 1994. The play tells of events and the people involved in the secret transfer of escaped slaves to Indiana, Ohio and beyond during the 1840's and 1850's. The Drama Society has seen and met other theatrical interests of the area with the introduction of Children's Theatre, Broadway Musicals and Youth Drama Camp. The Society also maintains a historical site including restored log buildings, museums and old Quaker meeting houses.
Snow Camp At A Glance:
Produces North Carolina Quaker outdoor dramas "The Sword of Peace" by William Hardy, and "Pathway to Freedom" by Mark Sumner annually during June, July and August.
Produces a Broadway musical in late August.
Conducts a Children's theater program which features a children's play and a youth drama camp.
Maintains the historical drama site year round, including herb and wild flower gardens, historical buildings, craft facilities and a 600-seat amphitheatre.
Sponsors annual community events such as the Molasses Festival.
Presents the F. Paul Thompson award to an outstanding local company member annually.
Works closely with the nationally based Institute of Outdoor Drama at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Directs a continuing public relations program for local, regional, and state print and electronic media.
The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources recognize "The SCHDS" as a professional theatre and provides grant assistance to the theatre from funds appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly.
Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre was created out of the desire to promote the rich heritage of the Quakers in the Snow Camp, North Carolina area. Read more
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