By Debbie Rolen
July 24, 2013
As important as Princess Aracoma is to the Shawnee Indians, the Mountain Man is just as important to telling her story.
The entire production comes to life through the words of one central character. That character is played this year by Roger Burdette of Madison. Burdette teaches English and Literature at Scott High School. He has been involved in local theatre for nearly four decades. He has acted in and directed several shows.
Burdette is no stranger to the role of the Mountain Man. He has laced up the boots and applied the beard well over a hundred times through the years. He even admits that he’s not sure of the exact number. “A bunch,” he says with a laugh. He has been absent from the stage in recent years as he took care of his sick mother who passed away this past March.
Burdette was also part of the team that brought the show to Chief Logan State Park in the late 70s. He remembers the hard work that went into transforming wilderness into a stage and seats for the public.
It isn’t the stage and set that keeps him coming back year after year. Burdette says it’s the people. “I will always have a special place in my heart for this organization and the people who make it happen.”
Burdette says the show is never the same. He says there are new directors, new cast members, and even new lines. Burdette said, with a laugh, “They have changed my lines just enough to make it next to impossible to deliver them.
Economic times being what they are, it may be difficult for families to enjoy an evening out. LB&T and The Aracoma Story Inc. are teaming up to offer a special discount for tonight’s performance of The Aracoma Story.
Tonight, July 24th, LB&T is sponsoring a Kid’s Half Price Ticket Night. All children 12 and under will be admitted for just $4. Also, each child will be given a box of popcorn at no charge with the purchase of a bottle of Pepsi or Pepsi product.
The Aracoma Story will run tonight through August 4, 2013. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. nightly at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheatre. Tickets are available at the gate the night of the show or in advance by calling the Aracoma Story Inc. Office at 304-752-0253.