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Acclaimed outdoor drama season begins in Cherokee on May 30

CHEROKEE, N.C. - “Unto These Hills,” one of the country’s most popular outdoor dramas, kicks off its 2015 summer season on May 30 and runs through Aug. 15.

The third oldest outdoor drama in the United States, “Unto These Hills” unfolds Mon.-Sat. evenings at 8 p.m. in the newly renovated 2,100-seat Mountainside Theatre at 688 Drama Rd. in Cherokee. Parking is free for ticketholders.

The play, which tells the gripping story of the Cherokee people, traces the tribe’s history from the height of its power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, into the modern day. Thousands of years in the making, "Unto These Hills" depicts ritual, betrayal, love, action, suspense and loss. Talented actors in spectacular regalia dance, sing and exhilarate amid elaborate sets complete with fog and fire, haunting music and thundering surround-sound effects.

Tickets may be purchased online by visiting or by phoning toll free 866-554-4557. Tickets are also available at the Cherokee Historical Association Box Office at 564 Tsali Blvd., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and at the Mountainside Theatre (during summer season; located at 688 Drama Road) from 4 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). Personal checks are not accepted at any of our box office locations.

“Unto These Hills” general admission ticket prices:

Adults: $20
Children 6-12: $10
Children 5 and under: Free

Family Pack (available Monday-Wednesday): Buy one adult ticket, get one child ticket free (general admission tickets only).

“Unto These Hills” reserved ticket prices: 
Adults: $23.00
Children 6-12: $13
Children 5 and under: Free

Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. Custom itineraries that include other cultural attractions and/or events are available. 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. 215 or 866-554-4557 or contact us via email to

Rain Insurance is available by contacting the box office up to one day prior to the show for $3 per ticket.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is a sovereign nation with more than 15,000 enrolled members and is the only federally recognized Native American tribe in North Carolina. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians makes its home on the 56,600-acre Qualla Boundary in five Western North Carolina counties about an hour west of Asheville and at the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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