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Help us bring a dramatic adaptation of the events of 1777 to the historically significant region of Mohawk N.Y.

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Our Past Matters.
The American Revolution was Fought Here.

Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer-Wounded at the Battle of Oriskany
Brigadier General Nicholas Herkimer-Wounded at the Battle of Oriskany

In August 2012 we launched a successful, full scale drama production that told the compelling story of lesser known American Patriots who helped change the course of history. Nicholas Herkimer and friends were valiant heroes who played a direct role in preventing the British from winning the war against American independence. Yes, many thought this patriot rebellion was a silly little effort that would be squashed like a bug in 1777. Instead, it resulted in an unprecedented British surrender and was dubbed “the Turning Point of the American Revolution”. Four years later we severed our ties with Great Britain and started our path to become the country we are today.

Oriskany battle scene and wounding of General Herkimer
Oriskany battle scene and wounding of General Herkimer

Hi. I’m Kyle Jenks and I'd like to introduce you to our Outdoor Theatrical Production, “Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama”, based upon the famous Walter D. Edmonds story.

We Have Proven it Can be Done.
We Need Your Help to Keep it Going.

I have created an organized and systematic approach to grow Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama. In 2012 I found a method to entertain and educate people at the same time. The result was a successful single performance of the drama. Now that we have the experience of producing the show we need help to make improvements as well as pave the way to a sustainable future.

The Oneida's side with the patriots
The Oneida's side with the patriots

Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama is a sweet and heroic show that also stays true to history. It's a tale of a young couple who settle in the Mohawk Valley of upstate NY to raise a family only to find they are thrust into the pathway of war.

Lana sends Gil off to battle
Lana sends Gil off to battle

It’s also the story of a true patriot of Palatine German descent who carved out a successful livelihood despite living on the edge of civilization and became a quintessential leader of men.

This story needs to be told at a magical place I have found

Right at the epicenter of the plot line is the venue for our drama. Gelston Castle Estate is a gorgeous, 330 acre site with breathtaking views and pastoral elegance located in Mohawk, NY.

The Long Range Mission

The vision is to develop a green, outdoor historical drama at Gelston Castle Estate. Eventually performances will be held in a nighttime setting with lights and sound. And finally, there will be a regular, seasonal schedule in a permanent amphitheater structure. Thereby bringing much needed economic and cultural development near the area of my roots: The Mohawk Valley of upstate NY.

Where the money will go

In addition to the cast and crew stipends, there is rehearsal space rental, insurance, rights to the show, overhead, accurate reproduction wardrobe, props and set pieces, actor expenses, marketing, etc. It all adds up. Last year I was able to produce the show because of my personal financial commitment. It was worth the risk. The show is that good. The story has already been expertly written by Walter D. Edmonds. His novel, Drums Along the Mohawk is known as one of the finest examples of historical fiction ever told.

Risks and challenges

In order to evolve the production as well as keep it, I am executing a systematic approach to match my passion with a plan. This plan is comprehensive enough to make a permanent and valuable contribution to society.
Since I am self-taught, many pitfalls present themselves. I must not only learn, but implement at the same time.
This year's production will depend on this donation platform, sponsors and the ticket gate. Next year, with four shows under our belt and a little momentum built up, we will be positioned to involve more people who see our proven track record.

Another challenge has been the lack of proximity to the show's location.

In 2012 I lived in Ohio, almost 500 miles from the performance and rehearsal venues and still managed to pull this off. Last November I have achieved my goal to relocate back east and now reside in the metro NY/NJ area. This gives me access to more resources that will drive the project forward on all fronts.

This fortitude, I believe will ultimately pay dividends. Nothing truly worthwhile is achieved without enduring hardship. Staying true to my "clarity of purpose" with a plan that is passionately pursued I believe will garner your trust, the project patrons of this endeavor.

Thank you for your confidence in supporting this massive and meticulous mission.

Gratefully,
Kyle

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