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“Trumpet in the Land” returns for 54th season

| June 23, 2023
Paul Green's "Trumpet in the Land" reopens tonight for its 54th season. (Celuch Creative Imaging)

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (June 23, 2023) – The story of Schoebrunn Village, its residents, and their tragic demise returns to the stage at Trumpet in the Land Friday tonight.

General Manager Margaret Bonamico says there’s been a lot of work going on behind the scenes as they prepare to open the 54th season of Ohio’s-longest running outdoor drama. 

“Well, we’ve had a lot of construction and repair work done on different set pieces. We’ve had volunteers that have come in and helped rebuild and repair a lot of the costumes – just a lot of people that have given a lot of their time, a lot of their blood, sweat and tears to get the show open, and that’s what it’s really all about is the volunteers and the people who have such a love for the show.”

She says there are usually some last-minute challenges to overcome, but the show always goes on.

“We just had some issues with one of our lighting instruments but we got that taken care of, so there’s always something that’s going to happen.”

Bonamico was scrambling earlier in the week to get horses lined up for the show. She says she got a call today Thursday from someone offering to lend theirs to the cause but they won’t be stage-ready in time for the first couple of performances. 

“It’s too quick to work them in but we’re going to go next week and do some riding and make sure they’re calm enough for our actors, and hopefully by the end of next week we might have them in the show.”

Trumpet in the Land opens at 8:30 tonight and returns on select Friday, Saturday, and weekday evenings through October 19th. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under, but you can take the whole family for free with a Travel Tusc ticket. Those are available at the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau in downtown New Philadelphia and get two adults and two children complimentary seats to any of the performances this season. 

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