From This Day Forward
From This Day Forward is an outdoor drama that tells the story of the Waldenses, a people from the Cottian Alps in Northern Italy and the founders of the Town of Valdese. The production begins with the early days of religious persecution by the Roman Catholic establishment and Louis XIV of France. The play follows the Waldenses through years of exile, a triumphant battle and return to their homeland, and the journey of a group of Waldenses to America in the late nineteenth century to find new land and prosperity.
The production has been staged each year since 1968 by the Old Colony Players, a community theater company based at the Old Rock School in Valdese. The play was written by Fred Cranford, a Burke County native.
Hours of Operation
Performances are given on Friday and Saturday evenings from mid-July through mid-August. The shows start at 8:00 pm.
Ticket prices are:
Senior and Students 12 & under: $10
Group of 15 or more $10 per person
Special group rates of $9 per person are also available for groups of fifteen or more.
Hours of operation and fees are subject to change. Contact directly for most current information.
Old Colony Players Ampitheatre
401 Church Street, NW
Valdese, NC 28690
- Valdese (1 mile)
On May 29, 1893 Southern Railway's "Number 11" deposited a travel-weary band of twenty-nine souls from Northern Italy
- Waldensian Heritage Museum (1 mile)
The Waldensian Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the history of Waldensian settlement in the foothills of North Carolina.
- The History Museum of Burke County (7 miles)
Dedicated to preserving and displaying our heritage for both current and future generations.