Lee named new 'Horn' director
by Anna Oakes
The board of the Southern Appalachian Historical Association recently announced that Teresa Lee has accepted the role of director for the 2014 "Horn in the West" season.
Lee, a theatre professor at Appalachian State University, brings a career-long dedication to the art of direction and is a longtime friend of both Horn in the West and Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, SAHA said.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity and thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful tradition here in our community," Lee said.
Lee said the script is being revised this year to place greater emphasis on historically accurate events and on Daniel Boone. She said the crew is also working to make the dialogue more palatable for modern audiences.
Lee recently returned from recruitment efforts at the Southeastern Theater Conference, which followed local auditions on Feb. 22. "Horn" held approximately 750 auditions and interviewed more than 200 technicians, she said. Dance instructor Shauna Godwin Hamby of Boone has been hired as choreographer.
"We are full steam ahead right now as we speak," said Lee.
Lee praised the partnership between SAHA and the town of Boone, which owns the Daniel Boone Park amphitheater where "Horn in the West" is performed. She said SAHA and "Horn" leaders are happy to be working with the town to make needed facility repairs before this year's 63rd consecutive season.
"Horn in the West" is the longest-running Revolutionary War drama in the country and among the oldest outdoor dramas in the nation.
The SAHA board noted that they "are eternally grateful" to former director Julie A. Richardson, who has decided not to return this year.
"The board would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to Julie for all she's done in the past, and we look forward to having her advice for many years to come," SAHA said.