Actors fill the stage with song and dance in one of the many musical numbers of the new play “Here I Grew Up”

The play Here I Grew Up marks its world premiere this month at the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Spencer County, Indiana. Here I Grew Up celebrates Abraham Lincoln and his formative boyhood years in southern Indiana. It also honors the local pioneers who played an integral part in shaping the future president by nurturing his work ethic and encouraging his desire to learn. The musical tells this story with all new songs, lively dances, and a unique perspective on Lincoln’s life.

The play and music were written in 2008 by an anonymous Spencer County native who delivered it to the Lincoln Boyhood Drama Association. The play was then forgotten until it was later discovered by members of the Actors Community Theatre, a non-profit organization headquartered in Jasper, who had been at the head of Lincoln drama productions at the amphitheatre for the past three years.

According to director Jasmine Bosler, about 75 percent of the play is original with various revisions and songs added. The result is a fresh take on the childhood of President Abraham Lincoln. It begins with John Wilkes Booth’s assassination attempt. Unsure of what has happened to him, Lincoln languishes before passing away. The ghosts of his childhood come to the fore as he narrates the story of his life in Little Pigeon Creek.

The musical returns to the stage July 11, 12, and 13. Doors will open for each performance at 6:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. start. Each show will have a 15-minute intermission and will end at approximately 9:15 p.m.

General admission tickets are $19.95 while VIP tickets (preferred seating, a free drink voucher good for Pepsi products or beer/wine, and a commemorative poster) are $26.95. For a limited time, the promo code “HIGU19” will unlock a $3 per general admission ticket discount. Seating for veterans is $14.95 and senior citizens pricing is $15.95. Tickets may be purchased online at www.LincolnAmphitheatre.com. For group discount information or to order tickets over the phone, call (812) 937-2329. Children aged 12 and younger are invited to attend free of charge. These free tickets can be obtained at the box office.