Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg: Gold in the Hills
By Meshea Crysup
Founder of Rediscovering Historic Vicksburg & RHV Books
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There is more to rediscover in Vicksburg than our civil-war-related history. For example, there is a play that holds the Guinness Book of World Records’ “longest running show” status. Gold in the Hills has played every year since March of 1936, and it is RIGHT HERE in Vicksburg! Who knew???
Well, obviously, a lot of people must know about this play or it would not just keep going, and going, and going…
But, as it often goes in any town, locals are often not as aware of the “jewels in their midst”, or they are aware, but take it for granted because it has “always been here”. For this reason, not only do I want to be sure people outside of our area know about Gold in the Hills, but I think it is important to bring it back to the minds of locals as well! (This is my goal with all aspects of history we are “rediscovering” and blogging about!)
A Bit of History
Gold in the Hills began on March 28, 1936. It was started to fill the need for evening entertainment during Pilgrimage. Vicksburg’s “Pilgrimage” has come and gone a few times since then, but the show has remained! In spite of changing venues a few times, a fire consuming where the show was held as well as costumes, props, etc., and the fickleness of human nature, the show has gone on! (Click here for more info.)
About the Play
(Full disclosure: This is an excerpt from Vicksburg Theater Guild’s Website below. I wanted to get the info “straight from the horse’s mouth!)
Fun for the whole family. Sing the old songs! Cheer the hero! Boo the villain! Presented yearly since 1936, Gold in the Hills features a relentless hero, a winsome heroine, a ruthless villain, beautiful can-can dancers, and the wilder side of city life in the infamous New York Bowery.
Become a part of history when you witness the Guinness Book of World Records’ longest-running show, playing every year since March 1936!
… who stole John Dalton’s gold locket?
… what did Murgatroyd discover in the hills?
… is John Dalton really penniless?
… where DID Lizzie leave her fascinator?
… what is the dead sister’s secret?
How do you get in on the fun and find the answers to all these questions?
Friday & Saturday, March 24-25, 31, & April 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, April 7-8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, June 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12, $6 children (12 & under)
Buying Tickets at the Box Office
Tickets are available at the Box Office starting one hour before curtain time for Main Stage shows and 30 minutes before curtain for Gold in the Hills and Fairy Tale Theatre.
We do not take reservations, and we offer open seating.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, cash, and personal checks.
Buying Tickets Online (Click here/Link included!)
Tickets for main-stage plays are available for purchase online! Fast and convenient, plus you can print your ticket at home and avoid the line at the box office!
Remember, just because it has always been here—or so it seems—jewels like this do go away if they are not supported locally. This is a really big deal folks! If you are planning a trip to Vicksburg, go see it! If you are a visitor in the area right now, go see it! If you are from the Vicksburg area, go see it—even if you have seen it before! (All live performances vary and the experience will always be a little—maybe even a lot—different!) If you are from the Vicksburg area with guests in town, all y’all go see it!