Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama

2017 Marks the 54th Consecutive Season Running!

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine, the official outdoor drama of the Commonwealth of Virginia and member of The Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, opened for the 54th consecutive season on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Interwoven with beautiful and yet haunting folk music, the drama is performed live before a magnificent 72-foot panoramic painting of the valley known as Lonesome Cove, and is the third longest continually running drama in the Unites States. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama is an exciting, entertaining, and accurate theatrical account of the novel by the same name, made famous worldwide by the noted local Big Stone Gap author, John Fox, Jr who published the story in 1908.

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine tells a tender love story of June Tolliver, a mountain girl with a beautiful voice, and Jack Hale, a handsome mining engineer from the East. The great boom of the industrial revolution in Southwest Virginia is depicted, when the discovery of coal and iron ore forced the proud mountain people to make drastic changes to their way of life. The story progresses to tell how a little mountain girl is changed through education and exposure to the world outside of her beloved mountains, and how the mountain cultural immersion changes the heart of the engineer. Told with the homespun wit and humor of these Appalachian mountain folk, the story is intermingled with stark tragedy, suspense, feuds, and the final acceptance of the inevitable destiny of all.

The 2017 Director of the Drama is Everett Tarlton, who is thrilled to return to Big Stone Gap and to the Trail. This will be Everett’s second summer as artistic director of the Trail, but third visit to “The Gap” after working on the film, “Big Stone Gap.” Everett hails originally from the mountains of Eastern Tennessee and has lived nomadically throughout the southeast working as an actor, singer, dancer, model, comedian, coach, director, and choreographer for over a decade. He studied Theatre, Film, Dance, and English at East Tennessee State University, where he obtained his B.A..

Everett’s past directorial Credits include: “Romeo & Juliet”, “Line” by Israel Horovitz, “Ballerinas Choose Your Weapons”, among others. In addition to the film “Big Stone Gap”, additional film credits include “Nashville”, “Race with the Devil”, as well as several independent films, music videos, and commercials. Currently working out of Nashville, Tennessee, Everett has been seen most recently in “The Odd Couple”, “Glad Tidings”, “All Shook Up” “Arsenic & Old Lace” & “Mixed Emotions” at Chaffin’s Barn Theatre. He has also appeared in “Chicago” (Nashville Rep), and “Discovering Shakespeare” (Nashville Shakespeare Festival). Other stage productions include: “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The 39 Steps”, “Kiss Me, Kate”, “The Pirates of Penzance”, “Unto These Hills” and “Peachtree Battle”. A veteran of the Fringe Festival Circuit, Everett has performed in many award winning shows including “Tallulah Dies” (2011 Producers Pick), “BeBe”, and his one man show, “Timmy Goes to Rehab” (5 out of 5 stars).

The Drama will be offering several ticket specials in the 2017 season, starting with an Opening Weekend Special, good Thursday, June 29 until Saturday, July 1. In celebration of Opening Weekend, guests can take advantage of a Buy 1 Adult or Senior Ticket, Get 1 Child Ticket for 12 & Under Free. Guests can contact the Box Office to take advantage of the promotion. Facebook ticket specials will be run during the rest of the 2017 season.

Guests might also recognize The Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama as featured in scenes from the 2015 movie “Big Stone Gap,” based on the novel of the same name by local author Adriana Trigiani. “The Milk Glass Moon Seat Package” is a special package that features seats G5 & G7 occupied by Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson in the movie. These two seats under the stars are the best place to view the milk glass moon, obviously; but guests in these seats also receive a special gift and some other perks. The Milk Glass Moon Seat Package is $50 and may be purchased by contacting the Drama Box Office.

The Trail of the Lonesome Pine runs from June 29 to August 19, 2017, and is performed each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m., with pre-show entertainment beginning at 7:15 p.m. Arrive early and visit the June Tolliver House and Folk Art Center museum next door, or enjoy a snack in the theater from our local Kiwanis Club.

Tickets prices are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military, $10 for children 12 and under, free for children 5 and under, and groups of 10 or more can receive discounted tickets by calling the Box Office to make arrangements.

To make reservations or purchase tickets, please contact the amphitheater box office at 800-362-0149, or visit http://www.trailofthelonesomepine.comand select the Box Office link. You can also find the Drama on facebook under Trail of The Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama.



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