“Unto These Hills” Outdoor Drama | Cherokee, NC

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We’re taking a dramatic pause for the 2020 season.

After much discussion, and in full consideration of the health of you, our actors, and our staff, the Cherokee Historical Association has made the difficult choice to keep the curtains closed this year on “Unto These Hills,” the beloved outdoor drama of the Cherokee story. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, the drama must remain closed for this season, and we regret any inconvenience this causes our cherished fans and supporters. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back for an exciting, drama-filled season next year. In the meantime, we wish you and all our fans well. Stay safe!


The original “Unto These Hills” drama is back.
Now, with extra drama.

Since its debut on July 1, 1950, “Unto These Hills” has entertained over six million people, telling the Cherokees’ rich story from 1780 to the twenty-first century. And for the first time in over a decade, that original production—updated for cultural sensitivity and extra stage drama—is back. Yes, the original Kermit Hunter version of “Unto These Hills” is being performed live again, under the stars, at the Mountainside Theatre.

Does a story thousands of years old require spoiler alerts?
If so, consider yourself alerted.

This story has action. Violence. Bitter disappointments and broken agreements. You’ll see triumph and tribulation. But you’ll also see the hardships of Cherokee history—so be warned. Though a family-friendly production, this is a “keep you on the edge of your seat” experience audiences see and feel. Through amazing imagery, and even some pyrotechnics, one thing’s for certain: you’ll emerge thrilled by the beauty and astounding courage of the Cherokee people. 

Bring a blanket and someone to hold hands with.

As you enjoy the fresh air and the 2,100-seat, newly renovated Mountainside Theatre, it’s easy to be transported as the story unfolds thrillingly before your eyes. Join us and experience the power of Cherokee performing arts in a production certain to move you. It might be the perfect way to end your day before a comfortable bed in Cherokee calls your name.

“Unto These Hills” is performed at the Cherokee Mountainside Theatre, located at 688 Drama Road. Free parking for “Unto These Hills” ticket holders.
Due to COVID-19, there will be no 2020 season.
The show starts at 8:00 p.m. nightly. The theatre is closed on Sundays.
There will be 10:30 a.m. matinee shows on July 17, 20, 31 and August 3.

“Unto These Hills” General Admission Prices:

Adults: $28.00
Children 612: $18.00
Children 5under: FREE
“Unto These Hills” Reserved Ticket Prices 
Adults: $31.00
Children 6–12: $21.00
Children 5under: FREE

VIP Ticket Prices
All ages: $43.00

Cancellation insurance is included with the purchase of your ticket. To review weather policies visit CherokeeHistorical.org or call 828.497.2111

Purchase your tickets now.

Cherokee Mountainside Theatre Group Prices:
Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Custom itineraries can be made to include other cultural attractions and/or events. Groups are encouraged to make advance reservations and must pay in full at least two weeks prior to date of arrival. Cancellations must be made two weeks in advance to receive a refund.
For any questions on group information please call 828.497.2111 ext. 205 or 866.554.4557 or contact us via email to  groupsandtouring@cherokeeadventure.com.

Other ways to purchase tickets: To purchase tickets by phone, call toll free 866.554.4557. Tickets are also available at the Cherokee Historical Association Box Office at 564 Tsali Blvd., across the street from the Museum of the Cherokee Indian (off Highway 441N), from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., and at the Mountainside Theatre (during summer season; located at 688 Drama Road) from 4:00 p.m. until showtime. Paid reservations are held for late arrival. All tickets are held at the box office (cash, Visa, and MasterCard are accepted). We do not accept personal checks at any of our box office locations.

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