The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama, Inc.

News and other interesting tidbits.....


JANUARY 2013: wE WILL BE TAKING A HIATUS FROM A SUMMER PRODUCTION THIS YEAR TO ENABLE SOME CONSTRUCTION TO HAPPEN AT OUR PERFORMANCE SITE.  OUR DEDICATED BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS ALSO SEEKING INTERESTED VOLUNTEERS TO ASSIST WITH SOME OF OUR NEW PLANS FOR 2014.  AS ALWAYS CORPORATE AND PRIVATE DONORS ARE NEEDED TO FULL FILL THE GOALS OF THE ORGANIZATION.  PLEASE WATCH OUR WEBSITE, OR REGISTER TO RECEIVE NOTIFICATIONS OF OUR 2014 SEASON.

October 2012:  Our grant applications are in to LARAC and to the Warren County Tourism Department.  Keeping fingers crossed because without this funding we can not continue to develop into the major attraction that is envisioned.  We are seeking interested people to serve on our working board.  A heartstring for American History is a great asset!

September 2012:  We are actively looking into places to secure or how to build our banked seating.  Surely this is one area we knew we needed to do but with less than anticipated grant monies and donations this year we were unable to fulfill that wish.  Our hope and goal is to do this for our 2013 season.

August 2012:  Despite having to cancel four shows due to extreme weather conditions (one resulted in a cast member illness), the show has been receiving amazing reviews!  People are noting the upgrade and improvements to our set, our expanded abilities to incorporate new effects, our lighting and sound and as always our tremendous costumes and the actors who make the show come to life!  If you have not seen the show--make a date!

July 2012:  We are extremely busy putting the finishing touches on our new permanent stage location.  Set on the foot of French Mountain and nestled into the natural woodland setting-- it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and offer something very unique for a theatrical venue.  We are also very pleased to be welcoming back several cast members, some in their original roles; Claudia DeMartino returns at Cora Munro and Kelsey Nevins as Alice Munro --both for their 3rd season! Rob Forgett returns for a 3rd season, his second as the venerable Chingachgook (Magua in 2010).   David Edward Campbell as Colonel George Munro, Alan Angelo as Colonel Frey and David Michael Benjamin as Magua- all for their 2nd Season.  Andy Volin is returning for a second season in a new role for him as Marquis de Montcalm (British Soldier and Native in 2010)Steven O'Connor is returning for a third season, his second as Show Producer and this year in the roles of Sir William Johnson as well as a few minor roles (Montcalm in 2010,2011). Jim Briggs returns for his 2nd season, this year playing the lead role of Hawkeye (David Gamut in 2011).


June 2012:  We have been awarded $1K grant from the Village of Lake George Occupancy Tax fund towards our 2012 Summer production.  Work is busily underway at our stage area to upgrade and expand our woodland setting. Cast is in place and rehearsing----costumes are getting freshened and we are on track for a glorious 3rd season!

Our Speakers Bureau was busy this June doing public informational presentations to the Lake George Rotary Club, the South Glens Falls Rotary Club and the Saratoga Kiawanis Clubs.

Volunteers in the area of costume, ticket booth and ushers are still needed.  Visit our "Volunteer Opportunities" page today!

May 3rd- Watch us on LOOKTV Channel 8 in the Glens Falls/Lake George/Saratoga Region!

April 2012
We are seeking dedicated seasonal volunteers and student interns for various aspects of our production.  Please see our "Volunteer Opportunities" page on this website.  Thank you!

March 2012

We have been awarded the "Tourism Excellence Award for Cultural Heritage" by the New York State Travel & Vacation Association!

February 2012
Auditions are starting. We are participating in the Adirondack Regional Theater Auditions day on Feb 21 and will also be hosting our own auditions the last week in February. Please visit our auditions page for more info and contacts.

January 2012
We are very pleased to announce that Mr. David Bunce will be our Director and also Fight Choreographer for our 2012 season.  Mr. Bunce comes with a long list of credits in his theater career and also serves as a professor of theater at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY.

December 2011

Our entire Board of Directors wishes everyone a wonderful and joyous Merry Christmas and all the best in 2012.  We are so appreciative of the support, guidance and compassion that has been shown to this unique production

Also, welcome to another new board member, Maura Fox!  Maura works for BOCES as a speech & language therapist and is uniquely interested in assisting LOMOD with fundraising and grant procurement.  She has been following our project from its very early stages.

We are very pleased to report that we have been awarded a $21,000 Occupancy Tax Grant from the Warren County Tourism Department for marketing and associated costs for our 2012 production season.


November 2011
Welcome to Susan Pruiksma, new board member and someone who is very seasoned in non-profit financial management.  Welcome to Kelli Hatin, new board member.  Kelli is a adjunct professor of Tourism and Hospitality Studies at SUNY Adirondack College.

We have been awarded an additional $6,000 occupancy tax grant from the Town of Lake George to assist us with expanding our marketing in the Albany area to include television commercials. Using our great new video footage from this past summer.

October 2011
Michael Dufault and Luisa Sherman from LOMOD attended the National Institute of Outdoor Drama convention in Louisville, KY.  After some successful marketing and salesmanship- we have landed the 2012 convention to come to Lake George!

September 2011
We are working with the National Institute of Outdoor Drama to bring their 2012 convention to Lake George.  This will give us a chance to showcase all we have been able to accomplish as well as to bring tourism revenue to the region.  Many thanks to the Village of Lake George and the Town of Lake George for providing some financial assistance for us to attend the 2011 convention to market LG.

August 2011
We have played to over 2000 guests and our final weekend is approaching!  Last night, the full moon rose over French Mountain just as our show was opening...simply awesome!

July 2011
Opening night on July 29th.  Just amazing!  Our new location offers us so much more flexibility to use the natural woodland surroundings and mountain backdrop.

June
2011
Our cast is in place and rehearsals are beginning.  Looks like we are going a really fantastic summer season!

May 2011
We began set construction and working feverishly on costumes.  We are extremely excited to be moving to our permanent home on the grounds of the Wild West Ranch property conveniently located just off RT 9, south of LG Village.

Our school outreach coordinator, Steven O'Connor conducted an engaging historical school program this month in Warrensburg.  This program was funded through a grant from the Lake George Rotary Club.  Steven also serves as our Producer and Vice President.

March 2011
Conducting two audition nights for lead actors and support cast.  See our Auditions page for more details.  We are actively seeking backstage crew members and front of the house volunteers as well as a paid House Manager for our summer season.  Please contact us for information.

February 2011
Presentation to the Glens Falls Rotary Club.
Conducted regional auditions in cooperation with other area dramatic productions and theaters including:  the
Charles R. Wood Theater, The Lake George Dinner Theater, Adirondack Theater Festival and others.

January 2011
Presentation to the Warren County Economic Development Corporation.  A $10,000 Occupancy Tax Grant was provided by The Town of Lake George.  Many, many thanks!

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December 2010
 
LOMOD was awarded $22,000 from Warren County Tourism Department Occupancy
Tax Funds for our Summer 2011 performances. Thank you, Warren County!

November 2010
Presentation to the Newcomb, New York Chapter of the Lion's Club.

October 2010
We welcomed Steven O'Connor (O'Connor's Murder By Design) and
Stacy Bissell 
(
LARAC) to our board of directors.

We attended the
Institute of Outdoor Drama National Convention in Manteo, NC

A team from our board gave an informational presentation
to the 
American Assoc. of University Women (AAUW).



September 2010
See us on Mountain Lakes
PBS!

August 2010
We are very proud to announce that we completely SOLD OUT our 2010 Inaugural Season performances!
(in fact we added additional seats and still had to turn people away)

July 2010
Our online store featuring our exclusive logo wear is made available!

Our "Mohicans on the MOHICAN" benefit cruise with the Lake George Steamboat Company
 was a great success with over 185 people on board.  Many thanks to those who also signed up to volunteer during our upcoming performances and beyond!

June 2010
We have received a $1500 grant from the Lake George Rotary Club which
will support our Mohicans to Schools program in the 2010-2011 School year.

We received an additional $10,000 from the
Town of Lake George
AND 
Warren County Tourism Department's Special Event/Occupancy Tax Fund
to enable our production to happen fully this summer.
 

We were awarded a $1,000 grant through the Stewart's Foundation, the Town of Lake George for our summer productions and  a grant from the Lake George Rotary Club which will assist us in bringing historical education programs to local schools in 2011.

May 2010
We conducted a television interview program on the
Schenectady Today show, featuring host Ann Parillo

April 2010
We held auditions for our Summer performances.

February 2010
A troupe from LOMOD performs for the YMCA Camp Gingachgook
Fundraiser Dinner at
The Fort William Henry Resort

The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama was awarded Matching Grant Status from both the GE Foundation and also Adobe Systems.  This allows both companies to match any monetary contributions made by their employees.  We appreciate this honor and support.

December 2009
 LOMOD was awarded a $10,000 grant from Warren County Tourism Department Occupancy Tax Funds for the staging of 6 full performances during the summer of 2010. 

 
August 2009
"Sights, Sounds and Scenes from The Last of the Mohicans Outdoor Drama" was held
at Shepard Park along the shore of
Lake George, NY.  Over 600 people of all
ages enjoyed the two free performances made possible through Occupancy Tax Grants
from Warren County Tourism, and the Town and Village of Lake George. 

July 2009
Chronicle Newspaper hosted "Mohicans on the Mohican" benefit cruise to a sell out crowd of over 300 guests.  Many thanks to Mark Frost and his newspaper team and also to the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB for their assistance.

April 2009
Our play was read in its entirety to a public audience for the first time on April 29th.  Many thanks to the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel who graciously donated space and AV equipment.  The feedback from the public was fantastic.  Kudos to playwrite Michael Dufault who organized the evening and to our volunteer actors for their terrific reading!

March 2009
We received our 501 (c) 3 status with the IRS for non-profit status.  This ranking allows our donors to contribute generously to our project and then allows that donation to be tax deductible to the extend allowable by the IRS.  Having a 501 (c ) 3 status also will allow us to pursue grants through corporations, endowments of the arts, government programs and other non-profit foundations. 

February 2009
We have recently been awarded $2,500 in seed money from the
Warren County Occupancy Tax Committee to assist LOMOD
to host Limited Performances in local municipalities during Summer 2009. 
These performances will help to build community awareness of our project goals
 while also illustrate and reinforce the national importance of our region's history.