Lake George to Host 2012 National Outdoor Drama Convention
Lake George has been selected to be the site of the National Institute of Outdoor Drama’s 2012 national conference, the board of directors of The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama have announced.
According to Luisa Craige-Sherman, a member of the board, the group worked for a year with the North Carolina-based National Institute of Outdoor Drama to bring the annual conference to Lake George next October.
“Our plan is to market the four-day conference as part of a longer stay for participants to vacation around especially since most of them have never been to our region before,” said Sherman.
“We are so excited about having our national conference in Lake George next year. We have never had our conference is that part of the country and we are looking forward to everything the region has to offer,” said Susan Phillips, Interim Director of the National Institute of Outdoor Drama.
Members of the national organization range from major Shakespearean Festivals in Utah and Kentucky to the 70 year old “Lost Colony” historical outdoor drama on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As many as 70 people are expected to attend the conference.
In recent years with tough economic times, the convention has had 50-70 attendees representing many outdoor dramas around the country. Representatives from the Blue Man Group are part of the mix.
The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama will host the conference.
“We have a unique story to tell about how we got started and where support came from as well as our long term vision and strategy to make our production one of the leading tourist attractions in New York State,” said Michael Dufault, who created the drama and who serves as the board’s president.