Drums Along the Mohawk

The City of Amsterdam, New York is rich with history and wouldn’t exist if it were not for the life sustaining waters of the Mohawk River that flows through it.  The history of the Mohawk Valley is the basis of many Revolutionary War stories. One of the best is Drums Along the Mohawk written by Walter D. Edmonds in 1936. The story describes the journey of a young couple, Gilbert and Lana Martin, trying to exist and raise a family in the Mohawk Valley among the horrific battles between the British soldiers, American soldiers and the Seneca Indians.

Local Director Kyle Jenks has taken this story and produced an adaptation featuring local actors in the beautiful outdoor setting of Gelston Castle Estate, 980 Robinson Road, Mohawk, New York. The period piece will take place the first two weekends in August with a performance both on Saturday and Sunday starting at 5pm. Each two act performance is two hours long with a brief intermission between each act. Details about tickets and directions can be found on the production’s website. You can also find them on Facebook.

Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama

As a precursor to the full production, there will be a portrayal of the wedding of lead characters Gilbert and Lana Martin (played by Dave De Fazio and Ness Stark) on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Palatine Church in Palatine Bridge, NY, followed by a reception at the Nellis Tavern in St Johnsville, NY.

Although the story is fiction, it is based on actual events that took place in our area. This event should please both our local history buffs and lovers of theater. Combined with the beauty of the Mohawk Valley, this outdoor drama has all the elements to make for an enjoyable event.

Producer/Director Kyle Jenks describes the outdoor drama on WCSS this morning.

Producer/Director Kyle Jenks describes the outdoor drama on WCSS this morning with Dan Weaver.

Ness Stark and David De Fazio rehearse a romantic scene as Lana and Gilbert Martin.

Ness Stark and David De Fazio rehearse a romantic scene as Lana and Gilbert Martin.

John Reheuser goes over his lines as Colonel Cox.

John Reheuser goes over his lines as Colonel Cox.

Kyle Jenks , Jon Fremante, Lisa Kruger and John Reheuser.

Kyle Jenks , Jon Fremante, Lisa Kruger and John Reheuser.

Asst Director/Stage Manager Melody Kruger, Jon Fremante, John Reheuser.

Asst Director/Stage Manager Melody Kruger, Jon Fremante, John Reheuser.

Setting the scene.

Setting the scene.

Jon Fremante and David De Fazio rehearse a fight scene.

Jon Fremante and David De Fazio rehearse a fight scene.

Ness Stark and David De Fazio.

Ness Stark and David De Fazio.

Kyle Jenks

Kyle Jenks

Motivational group hug.

Motivational group hug.

Photo courtesy of Kyle Jenks and used with permission of the Copyright holder.

Actors in period costume. (Photo courtesy of Kyle Jenks and used with permission of the Copyright holder.)

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2 thoughts on “Drums Along the Mohawk

  1. Dorothy Hathway Forbes

    “…among the horrific battles between the British soldiers, American soldiers and the Seneca Indians”…
    I doubt if it were the Seneca Nation that provided their problems…there are 2 Nations between the Mohawks and the Senecas (who pretty much stayed closer to home). Of course, I haven’t read the book in a very long time.

    • You may want to read the book again, or better yet come to the play. ” My God, he (Reall) said, the way they stared at me. I’ve heard the Senecas and the Erie tribes eat human meat.”

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