LINCOLN - Indiana's American Story
Posted on June 25, 2010
I had the opportunity to see opening night at Lincoln Amhpitheatre... and it was spectacular! LINCOLN: Upon the Altar of Freedom,
debuted its second season last night with new enhancements from the premiere season in 2009.
The night air was hot and humid but the enthusiasm that spread among the cast, crew, and audience made up for the summer stickiness! One of my favorite parts of the evening was before the show even began... the characters mingled with the crowd, demonstrating skills and childen's games from the Lincoln era.
John Wilkes Booth and a soldier began an argument before we took our seats and an ensemble of characters entertained us with a cappella songs that Lincoln would have listened to many years ago.
LINCOLN, the play by Ken Jones, brings the audience into the mind of Lincoln and throughout his time in Indiana. It was during Lincoln's 14 years in this area that he developed a thirst for knowledge and reading. In addition, Lincoln lost two important women during this time: his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, and his sister, Sara Lincoln. The formative years Lincoln spent in Indiana helped developed the character of our beloved 16th president.
If you love Lincoln history or theatre in general, make sure to bring your family to this beautiful outdoor venue and experience LINCOLN this summer! Learn more about Lincoln and sites dedicated to his life in Indiana at www.IndianasAbeLincoln.org.