American Indian tribal chief in traditional headress at the Tecumseh outdoor drama

Named one of the most mesmerizing dramas in the nation, Tecumseh! is the story of a legendary Shawnee leader who struggled to defend his homeland in Ohio during the late 1700’s. The play is held at the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, a huge outdoor venue in Chillicothe, Ohio. Sit beneath the stars and watch as galloping horses, live military cannons, and dazzling battle sequences grace the stage. It’s a thrill for audience members of all ages! Here’s what you’ll see at the Tecumseh outdoor drama.

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What Is the Tecumseh Outdoor Drama?

About the Play

Tecumseh! was written by seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Emmy recipient Allan W. Eckert. Since its premiere in 1973, the play has attracted 2.5 million visitors to Chillicothe. Over a hundred people are involved in bringing the performance to life each summer! With quality production elements like the Native American Music Score (recorded exclusively by The London Symphony Orchestra) and narration by actor Graham Greene, Tecumseh! is the most popular outdoor play in Ohio and the entire Mid-Western United States. Visit the Tecumseh outdoor drama website for show details and tickets.

Other Fun Things To Do

Behind-The-Scenes Tour

First implemented in 1978, Tecumseh! behind-the-scenes tours are still highly acclaimed by patrons. Enjoy an exciting backstage tour of the theater complex lead by a cast member/tour guide. Tours last approximately one hour and include demonstrations of weaponry, stunts, and makeup. They’re offered daily at 3:45, 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.

Terrace Buffet

There’s nothing better than dinner and a show! Before the performance, guests can dine in a spacious, covered terrace overlooking forests and mountains. The buffet dinner includes wholesome American food like fried chicken, ham, creamy mashed potatoes, a salad bar, and desserts. No one will walk away hungry! Families can enjoy the buffet from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Reservations are recommended.

Can’t make it to dinner? The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls is happy to provide a brown bag meal to bring with you. All you have to do is ask!

Meet and Greet

Immediately following the performance, the cast members of Tecumseh! assemble in the pavilion area for autographs and photographs. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to talk to the actors one-on-one!

Mountain Gallery Gift Shop

Before you head out, be sure to visit the gift shop located in the main pavilion of the theater complex. You’ll find a variety of unique souvenirs including jewelry, pottery, T-shirts, books, and more. The gift shop is open during the production season from 5 to 8 p.m.

Come Home to the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

After a wonderful show, take a short drive back to our Hocking Hills bed and breakfast and unwind! Our inn rooms, cottages, and cabins have everything you need for a memorable stay. Amenities include private porches, gas log stoves, and soothing whirlpool hot tubs, just to name a few. We even have a full-service spa and restaurant on site! Visit our accommodations page to see what’s available and contact us to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!

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