Amphitheatre season opens with Lincoln musical

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Kara Skorge of Jasper danced and sang in the chorus as a pioneer girl during a 2013 performance of “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale” at the Lincoln Amphitheatre. Kara also played Matilda and was in the chorus as a New Orleans girl.

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LINCOLN CITY — Lincoln Amphitheatre will open its 2014 season with “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale,” the amphitheatre’s signature musical about the life of Abraham Lincoln on the ground he walked in southern Indiana nearly 200 years ago from the ages of 7 to 21.

 “We are ready to put the long, cold winter behind us and look forward to the start of a great 2014 season,” says Dan Wilkinson, executive director of Lincoln Amphitheatre. “The Lincoln legacy is alive and well at Lincoln Amphitheatre and we are pleased to be offering our guests more opportunities to see our signature production.  There may even be a few new additions to the show, so even if folks have seen the show before they will definitely want to see it again.”   

The third season of “A.Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale” will premiere Thursday, June 19 and will run Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until July 26, with matinees on Wednesday, June 25 and Sunday, July 13. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. CDT and matinees at 2 p.m. CDT. An optional fried chicken and roast beef dinner is available at an additional cost to guests who make reservations at least five days in advance.

 In addition, Lincoln Amphitheatre will present “Celtic Song and Dance,” “Route 66,” the Trail of Terror and “Scrooge’s Christmas” during the 2014 season.

“Celtic Song and Dance,” a Celtic-themed concert featuring the Louisville-based Celtic band Guilderoy Byrne and the McTeggart Irish Dancers, will be presented at 2 p.m. CDT Sunday, Aug. 17. An optional pork chop dinner buffet is available at an additional cost to guests who make reservations at least five days in advance.

“This concert was one of our most talked about events last season.  Everyone who attended had a great time and we just knew we wanted to have them back again,” Wilkinson says.

“Route 66” follows a group of friends taking a road trip along the iconic U.S. highway. The show features the sounds of 1950s Chicago and travels to the California coast with the surf music of the 1960s. The musical features 34 of the greatest “Rock ”˜n’ Road” hits of the 20th century.

“People of all ages love the music of the 1950s and 1960s and the added element of live musicians will make this a great experience for everyone,” Wilkinson says.

“Route 66” will take to the amphitheatre stage at 7:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 2 p.m. CDT Sunday, Sept. 14. An optional 50s diner meal will be available one hour prior to show time.

Lincoln Amphitheatre will partner with the Friends of Lincoln State Park for the fourth annual Trail of Terror, including extended dates and a no-scare hour.  This haunted maze features an array of frightening experiences each year in the surrounding woods of Lincoln State Park and will run Oct. 11, 17, 18, 24, and 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. CDT with the no-scare hour and with Trail of Terror tours running from 7:30 p.m. CDT to 10 p.m. CDT.

“Scrooge’s Christmas,” written and directed by Jones, will run in conjunction with the Santa Claus’ Christmas Celebration Saturdays in December. “Scrooge’s Christmas” is adapted from Charles Dickens’ classic tale, “A Christmas Carol.”

“Scrooge’s Christmas" is a dynamic adaptation utilizing a company of actors, through multiple roles, telling the classic story.  Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they teach him the true meaning of the Christmas Spirit,” Jones says.

Since December weather is unpredictable, Lincoln Amphitheatre will host "Scrooge’s Christmas" at an indoor location to be announced later.

"Scrooge’s Christmas" will run at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. CST Dec. 6, 13 and 20.  

Season tickets for Lincoln Amphitheatre’s 2014 season are now available and include one-time admission to four event offerings (Trail of Terror is not included) for $50 per person. Guests who purchase season tickets before Friday, April 18 will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to purchase two season ticket packages for $75. Season passes for “A. Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale” are available for $60.

For more information about Lincoln Amphitheatre’s 2014 season, visit www.LincolnAmphithe or call 800-264-4223.

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