To be part of Taloga’s outdoor historical drama is to be part of a family as well as part of history. The dozens of people involved, from cast to crew, spent nearly three months preparing this year’s story…The edge of the desert— for weekend performances.
This Journey Back takes a fictional look into Logan County’s past, recounting the adventures of Simon Kenton, who was captured and run through the gauntlet in Wapitomica. The play also includes the birth of Tecumseh and the massacre of Chief Logan’s family. Written by Dr. Jason Robson, a dentist from Bellefontaine, more than 30 years ago, it is one of the four dramas that the troupe goes through year after year.
“It’s a way to keep the story alive,” said Mychal Cox, who plays Little Turtle and serves as technical and production director. “But we are also a family here.”
The drama has been part of the Logan Hills Festival, held at Hall-Fawcett Park in Zanesfield, since its inception 42 years ago.
This year’s festival also includes food, drumming, pétanque (pronounced peh-talk; a lawn game similar to pétanque), an auction and a parade.
Representations of The edge of the desertwhich lasts just under two hours, are at 2 p.m. today (Saturday, May 28 and Monday, May 30), as well as at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. Tickets are $4 per adult and $2 for children 5 years old. at 10.
Taloga’s outdoor historical dramas have the distinction of being the only ones of their kind to have an all-volunteer cast of area residents. With 60 characters in the series, many actors play more than one role.
“Most of us go to it every year,” Cox said. “Normally, the same actors come back. In fact, one couple has been involved for 40 years.
More information and the three-day program are available on the Logan Hills Festival Facebook page.