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By Liberty Mountain, Jul 14 2017 08:25PM

By Robert Inman

July 9, 2017

As we get ready for the final weekend of our fourth season of “Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama” at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, I wanted to share some of the responses from our audiences this year. We’ve enjoyed a substantial increase in attendance overall, and the audiences have increased in size as we’ve gone through the season. Director Caleb Sigmon and I enjoy meeting folks who come to see our play and hearing what they have to say about our production.


One of the most interesting comments I got last weekend was from a high school history teacher who remarked about how the Battle of Kings Mountain – and indeed the entire Southern campaign in the Revolution – is neglected in our history books. We read and study a lot about what the battles in New England, like Saratoga and Brandywine and Bunker Hill. But more and more, historians agree that what happened in the South largely determined the outcome of the war. With the conflict in New England in a stalemate in 1780, the British turned south, with the goal of conquering the Carolinas and Virginia and then trapping the Continental Army between their forces moving north and those striking from New York.


Kings Mountain and the battles that followed changed all that, disrupting the British plans and leading directly to the British surrender in 1781. Yorktown, where it all ended, is in Virginia, not New England. Folks from our neck of the woods turned the tide.

That history teacher I talked with was adamant about more people in our neck of the woods needing to know and appreciate that history. It’s our story, our legacy. “Liberty Mountain” helps, but we also need to teach it more in school. One of our major efforts the past few months has been to prepare good lesson materials for teachers and make them available for free online. They can be accessed through our website: www.libertymountaindrama.com. We hope a lot of teachers will take advantage.


We’ve also gotten a lot of good comments about the changes in our production this season. We’ve added graphics and video to help tell the story, using every tool at our disposal to capture the attention of our audiences. We’re seeing more and more young audience members at our performances, and young people are visually oriented. So we need to tell the story in ways that appeal to them.


Finally, we’ve gotten a lot of great compliments about our cast. We have a talented group of actors each year – some who’ve been with us since our premier in 2014, but many who join us every year for the first time. Our cast and crew have come together as a true theatre family this year, and our audiences can sense that from their performances on stage. My hat is off to each and every one – cast, crew and volunteers – for overcoming difficulties, working tirelessly, and making this our best season ever.


You have one more chance to see the magic they’re making on stage. Our final weekend includes Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30, Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3:00. Visit our website for information and online ticket ordering, along with our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you at the Joy and hearing from you after the performance.

By Liberty Mountain, Jun 30 2017 07:00AM

(Photo by Paul Jensen Photography)


Caleb Ryan Sigmon, artistic and fight director with “Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama” shares five things about this summer’s show and what to expect:


1. High-tech scenic design


“The epic war drama is integrating brand-new technology into this year’s show through the use of projections and moving scenic pieces. Custom-made tree units travel around onstage on their own while we use an intense sound and video design across the stage. You’ve never seen a play like this before.”


2. Revamped battle scenes


“Liberty Mountain prides itself on its immersive staging and up-close combat scenes... it’s one of the ingredients that sets the show apart from any other. The company has grown its artillery to include more historically-accurate weaponry, rounding out the armory to include muskets, long rifles, bayonets, tomahawks... and a cannon.”


3. Brand-new costumes


“The wardrobe shop upstairs at Liberty Mountain has been busy patterning and sewing new costume pieces that match historical patterns and styles from the time period. You won’t see any makeshift “Civil War” or “Renaissance Festival” costumes in this production. Only historically-accurate clothing items from the Revolutionary War, tailor-made to the actors wearing them. The esthetic is rounded out with a handful of professional, hand-made wigs, replacing the shows previous collection of hair goods.”


4. New casting and talent


“Liberty Mountain has a brand-new company of actors in this year’s production, coming into Kings Mountain for the summer from all across the nation. Featuring a diverse cast of ethnicities and experience levels, the show melds together local performers that have ancestors that fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain, all the way to actors that have just completed national tours.”



5. The Fire & Sword CD


“Fresh from the recording studio, you can grab a copy of Liberty Mountain’s brand-new CD project, Fire & Sword. These are on sale in the theatre lobby and include all of the music you will hear in the show, as well as songs from the exclusive pre-show music experience. The CD even features a bonus track with their one-of-a-kind rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The CD is guaranteed to transport you back into the American Revolution and is even narrated by Robert Inman, who wrote the play.”


WANT TO GO?


Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama opens to the public on Saturday, sharing the story of the founding fathers’ quest for independence and what happened during the Battle of Kings Mountain.


The show runs on select dates through July 16 at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain. Tickets cost $20, plus tax and a transaction fee. For tickets and performance times, visit libertymountaindrama.com.


You may also buy tickets at the box office from 5-7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For information call 704-730-9408.

By Liberty Mountain, Jun 28 2017 07:17PM

Source: The Kings Mountain Herald


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Opening night Friday of Liberty Mountain, the Revolutionary drama, was full of surprises for a packed crowd.


The audience was on their feet giving loud applause after a nearly two-hour performance that was pleasingly different from last year’s performances.


The show continues weekends through July 16 at Joy Theatre. A July 4 performance will be held at 3 p.m. For more information and performance times, visit libertymountaindrama.com. Or call 704-730-9408. Tickets are also available at the box office from5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Caleb Ryan Simon, artistic and fight director, was on the stage himself as Silas Martin and Bob Inman, who wrote the drama, was narrator. The Martin family included Tyanna West, as Priscilla; Jared Wachsmuth as Joseph; Adam Phillips as Caleb; and Alayna Jensen as Sally. The


supporting cast included Christopher Stone as Col. Williams; Darrell King as Rev. McKenzie; Justin Chapman as Benjamin McQueen; Mary Grace Keller as Elizabeth McQueen; Franz Sizemore as Franklin McQueen; Matthew Lucas as King George; Jeremy Homesley as Patrick Ferguson; Nicholas Howell as Dragging Canoe and John Sevier; Christian Lee Underwood as Lord Germaine and Col. Isaac Shelby; Corey Mansfield as Joseph Galloway’ Captain Depeyster; Caleb Rollins as Patrick Henry; Katie Stone, Erica Carpenter, Ashley Marie Demar, Nicole Wilson, Judy Jones, Jana Sales, Seth Chappel and Sierra Drewery, all members of the ensemble.


The drama is presented in two acts, with 14 scenes in the first act and nine scenes in act. 2. There is a 15-minute intermission between act one and act two. The plot moves quickly and smoothly, the moving scene pieces add to the authenticity of the show, along with revamped battle scenes, and brand-new costumes all make the drama something for everyone.


READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE >> http://kmherald.com/opening-night-was-full-of-surprises-p11021-144.htm


By Liberty Mountain, Jun 1 2017 04:39AM

We are excited to officially announce one of our most exciting additions to our 2017 Season… the debut of our CD album Fire & Sword, featuring the voices of Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama.


This project has been carefully designed and orchestrated to transport the listener into the American Revolution. The CD features songs from the epic drama, as well as gripping narration underscored with heart-pounding music. Fire & Sword is narrated by Robert Inman, playwright of the show, and former WBTV news anchorman. The soundtrack provides a full storyline of the events that led up to the Battle of Kings Mountain… the battle that turned the tide of the War for Independence.


Songs on the CD feature live instruments and vocals, headed up by the show’s new Music Director, Addi Berry. She is based out of New York City, and will be spending the summer in Kings Mountain, NC while working on the drama. The soundtrack has been professionally produced and recorded, with great attention to detail and quality.


“We aren’t releasing the CD’s for sale online,” says Caleb Ryan Sigmon, who is the Artistic Director of the show, and headed up the project’s storyline and orchestration. “We want to give our audience members the first chance to take this experience home with them… For right now, we are only planning on selling copies of Fire & Sword in our theatre lobby gift shop. If you want the CD, you’ll have to come see the show!”


Liberty Mountain – The Revolutionary Drama plays at the Joy Performance Center in Kings Mountain, NC with performances on weekends, June 23rd – July 16th, 2017. Tickets are available now and selling quickly. Reserve your seats online at: www.LibertyMountainDrama.com

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