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ASHEVILLE — A free outdoor theatrical production of Sword in the Stone is running from July 30-Aug. 28 by The Montford Park Players.

“It has magic, a dragon, and a good moral of realizing one's own potential,” said Director Kristi DeVille. 

The original production will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from July 30-Aug. 28 at the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Asheville.

The Sword in the Stone is a play based on the legends of King Arthur and concentrates on the tales of the young king’s origin. Young Arty is nobody, until the day he pulls a sword from a stone and is named the next King of England.

The wizard Merlin takes Arty on a journey to educate the 13-year-old about what it means to be a great ruler. Along the way, the duo encounter refugees, a dragon and some long-lost family. Theirs is a tale full of magic, adventure, and, ultimately, empathy — the truest trait of a great king.

The Montford Park Players is the longest running Shakesperean theater company in the state, although it produces other classical plays as well. 

The plays are free, but due to limited capacity, you must sign up for a free ticket ahead of time online. Do so by clicking here.

You can make a donation when getting the ticket online, and a hat will be passed at intermission as well.

Located at 92 Gay Street in Asheville. 828-254-5146.