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Tecumseh play this weekend

By Michael Butler

The finishing touches at rehearsals are nearly complete. It's almost showtime.

"...And One Fire Still Burns," the account of Native American Shawnee warrior Tecumseh's visit to Tallassee, will be on the Mount Vernon Theatre stage this weekend.

The original production by the Friends of Tuckabatchee was first performed in 2011 and became an annual event through 2014. This year's return will have some familiar faces but changes too. Friends of Tuckabatchee president Liz Britt explained.

"We have a Native American dancer from Knoxville, Tenn. Brooke Rigsby's girls from Studio B will be participating. We've changed the family scenes. Willie Moseley is the Scotch trader."

Hubert Boatwright played the role of Tecumseh in the first production. His son Kyle has the lead role for this weekend.

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"Kyle came with Hubert in 2011 and learned every line. He was a little young fellow then," Britt added. "When we had tryouts, he was over the top. He does a fantastic job. We had practice last night. I'd say he knows 98 percent of his lines. We're really tickled to have Kyle. He's meeting this week with Ann Christian to work on his makeup. He's got to look like he's in his 30s, not 18."

There are 25 parts in the play. Some were cast in past performances.

"Having the opportunity to present this at the Mount Vernon Theatre is just wonderful. While (being) outside at the log cabin was magical, how fortunate we are to have this wonderful theater because it is much less fraying on one's nerves."

The play's title signifies the sacred fire by the Muscogee/Creek people. Coals were carried from their Alabama homes along the "Trail of Tears." The belief is that the fire must continue in order for the culture to survive.

"...And One Fire Still Burns" will have two shows for the public on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. There will also be a school day on Nov. 1. Tickets are $15 each. For more information go to: www.friendsoftuckabatchee.com or www.mtvernontheatre.net.